Tuesday, April 27, 2010

No. It's not.

More wishful thinking from the religious, desperate for any validation of their beliefs.

A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say wooden remains they have discovered on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey are the remains of Noah's Ark.

The group claims that carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old, meaning they date to around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Mt. Ararat has long been suspected as the final resting place of the craft by evangelicals and literalists hoping to validate biblical stories.

Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team that made the discovery, said: "It's not 100 percent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 percent that this is it." 
Gee, we found wooden beams on Mt. Ararat.  Thus, Noah's Ark. 

Sorry, but that fails basic scientific methods.  Even the "fact" that it's 4800 years old isn't conclusive, especially since there's no actual evidence that the story of Noah's Ark is more than a myth or fable.
Representatives of Noah's Ark Ministries said the structure contained several compartments, some with wooden beams, that they believe were used to house animals.The group of evangelical archaeologists ruled out an established human settlement on the grounds none have ever been found above 11,000 feet in the vicinity, Yeung said.

Sounds like you've found a barn.  Congratulations.  Call me when you've found Noah's name carved into the bow.

1 comment:

Eric Haas said...

Don’t you just love science by press release?