Ah. Here we go!
Ian Juby offers up this intellectual equivalent of a steaming pile of dog turds.
Let me get this straight:
T- rex was a vegetarian because the Bible said so.
And we can ignore all the evidence from T. rex morphology that says it was carnivorous for no other reason than fruit bats have pointed teeth?
Well, how do you explain why T. rex had such thick bones and such powerful jaws?
Was the vegetation back then that much more likely to fight back ?
Fruit bats don’t have very powerful jaws at all. They might have pointed teeth, but these can be explained by understanding that fruit bats evolved from insectivorous microbats, which needed pointed teeth to catch insects. The pointed teeth that fruit bats possess is the result of an historical legacy of their lineage. It is not an adaptation for eating fruit.
I’m surprised that ol’ Juby didn’t bring up hippopotamuses, which do have large pointed teeth that they use to fight with each other and defend themselves against predators. I’m also surprised he didn’t try to bring up the various primitive deer that possess tusks.
But all of those animals have flat, grinding teeth in the back, which would sort of hurt Juby’s little theory a bit.
Juby cannot explain why T. rex had such powerful jaws.
Ignore the teeth.
No herbivorous animal living today has a need for such extremely powerful jaws.
I doubt that the fruit and vegetable matter of T. rex’s day required such great strength to bite into.
However, if we accept that T. rex preyed up other large dinosaurs– and we have evidence of this–then the powerful jaws make perfect sense.
So this fruit bat analogy is one of the worst cases of intellectual dishonestly I’ve yet seen a creationist try to pull.
Surely Mr. Juby, a Mensa member, can find the evidence that T. rex was a predator.
And I am sure he already knows about this evidence, but he’s making career out of telling obvious lies to children and the gullible that he cannot accept the truth.
I feel sorry for the kids who are learning this crap.
Kids love dinosaurs. When I was kid, dinosaurs were an obsession for several years– until they started changing the scientific names on me.
I didn’t know that paleontology was forever revising the classification of these species.
So I drifted away from them.
However, dinosaurs can be a great way to introduce children to science and rationalism.
And the creationists know they are a great way to get children indoctrinated into their nonsense.
What was the name of Kent Hovind’s “museum”?
People like Ian Juby are robbing these children of a chance to understand the truth about the history of life on this planet.
It’s a terrible thing that he’s doing here, for dinosaurs can plant within the imagination of a child the beginnings of a scientific way of thinking.
One of these kids could be the person who discovers the cure for cancer or Alzheimer’s, or maybe one of them will be the person who comes up with cold fusion or some other breakthrough in the energy sector.
Creationism is about forcing children to believe what is demonstrably false.
It is the beginning of the dulling of inquiring, creative minds.
These are the minds that will carry our species on into the future.
Dulling them with such stupidity does our species and our planet a great disservice.
It’s a truly shameful act.
I don’t care how smart Mr. Juby is.
What he is doing is one of the worst things I’ve seen supposedly educated people do.
No IQ score can change that reality.
And no IQ score can disprove the overwhelming evidence for evolution.
Facts don’t care how smart you are.
If your IQ is 200 and you spout creationism, you’re still wrong.
Your IQ doesn’t give you license to change what’s true.