Originally Posted by pj67coll
. I've just read a book called "The man who found time" about James Hutton and the Scottish enlightenment. Hutton being the founder of modern Geology thru the realization of the age of the earth.
That's a great book. There's a little garden in Edinburgh at the site of Hutton's house. You can sit there and get a view of the Salisbury Crags and Arthur's seat which must have inspired Hutton to think about the age of the Earth.
I took students to that very site after a geology professor friend of mine and I got very pissed when we learned the bookstore at Grand Canyon National Park was selling a Christian fundamentalist book which explained how the canyon was formed in 6000 years.
Little did I realize that the same intellectually degrading nonsense had wormed it's way into the very universities I was teaching my students were the epitome of critical reason.