Science — cold fusion has it, and creationism doesn’t.
One of my favorite comebacks to creationism advocates is pointing out that creationism is biology what cold fusion is to physics, except for the deep experimental results supporting cold fusion. It usually makes creationists bluster, because they hate to be compared to something they think is pseudo-science.
To be sure, cold fusion’s corpse remain’s pretty cold. It’s not a science that will soon spring to life to deliver safe, cheap energy to your refrigerator.
But it’s still alive, and research is still being done on cold fusion — in stark contrast to creationism/intelligent design, which remains colder than cold fusion. Bob Park reminded us of another missed anniversary that passed last Monday:
4.: TWENTY YEARS LATER, IT’S STILL COLD.
Monday was the 20th anniversary of the infamous press conference called by the in Salt Lake City to announce the discovery of . The sun warmed the Earth that day as it had for 5 billion years, by the high temperature fusion of hydrogen nuclei. Incredibly, the was meeting in Salt Lake City this week and there were many papers on cold fusion, or as their authors prefer LENR (low-energy ). These people, at least some of them, look in ever greater detail where others have not bothered to look. They say they find great mysteries, and perhaps they do. Is it important? I doubt it. But I think it’s science.
The Texas State Board of Education failed to require that Texas kids learn about cold fusion in their high school science classes. But had they done so, they’d have been on better, more truthful, more accurate and better researched ground than their rants against Big Bang, DNA and common descent.