Ken Ham owns the Creation Museum, which by museum standards must be a little boring–because nothing in it can be very old. (At least not more than 6,000 years old, which is the “biblical age” of the earth as held by young earth creationists.) That kind of time limitation would make a trip to an actually cool museum like the Museum of Natural History pretty boring. Nevertheless Ham has received some attention–mostly because he was able to somehow convince Bill Nye the Science Guy to debate him. Now Ham’s got five seconds of Neil deGrasse Tyson’s attention, too.
Which is a shame, because Tyson should be basking in the accomplishment of his Cosmos TV series, which has already won a few Emmys this week. In an article by Dan Arel at AlterNet, the commanding logic of Tyson comes through almost as though you can hear his booming voice. The scientist addresses some of the people he must argue against to ensure people understand the science behind how the world works. Well, Tyson doesn’t argue exactly, he says. Not against opinions, which is what creationists have. (They don’t have facts, the scientists says. Cosmos has facts.) Tyson’s not too worried either about opinions winning the day. He thinks facts will prevail. “Someone like Ken Ham,” he says, “has beliefs that are even crazy to many Christians.”