Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Testable Creation Model?

Dr. Hugh Ross claims to have constructed a testable, biblical model of the Universe. But, as I suspected, the "predictions" of Ross' theory are lame. From the latest edition of eSkeptic:

"Ross began by saying that scientists had finally and certainly determined that space, time, and matter-energy all began at the moment of the Big Bang. He didn’t bother to mention that although this is a favored idea by many scientists, there are other respected cosmologists and physicists, such as Paul Steinhardt and Neil Turok, who contend that time had no beginning and is endless (see their 2007 book Endless Universe: Beyond the Big Bang, Doubleday). Nevertheless, defending his own model of the universe, Ross asserted that God caused the beginning of time at the moment of the Big Bang. As other Creationists often do, Ross seems to ignore the fact that an act of a person causing something is itself an event in time, and so he backs himself into the corner of contradiction by implying there was time before the beginning of time."

"Ross and Rana proudly asserted that their RTB model makes predictions, like any good scientific model should. But some of the predictions that they presented at the debate were not very impressive. Ross claimed that he had used the model several years ago to accurately predict that science would discover more and more finely-tuned physical constants that could only have been produced by a majestic fine-tuner, and he claimed that this prediction will continue to be fulfilled. All this really means is that persons who wish to believe in God, especially physicists, will continue to pick out factors and constants whose values they assert could have been different, are very improbable, and must have been selected by an Intelligent Design or God for a noble purpose — the eventual creation of human beings. Now, there is a prediction you can take to the bank!"

"Shermer asked Ross and Rana to make predictions from their RTB model about the answers to these questions; they provided none. I’m not going to hold my breath waiting, but if Ross finally provides the requested predictions, maybe we can actually calculate his rate of hits and misses over the next couple of decades. Here are Carroll’s questions for Ross to answer:

1. What is making the universe accelerate? Cosmological constant, quintessence, modified gravity?

2. What is the dark matter? Is there only one kind?

3. What is the mass of the Higgs? Is there only one Higgs?

4. Are there large extra dimensions of space?

5. Did inflation happen? At what energy? Will we see its imprint in gravitational waves on the microwave background?

6. Is supersymmetry right? Is string theory?

7. Explain something the Bible predicts that hasn’t yet be found and will be completely surprising when it is. "

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