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Duane Gish

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Duane Tolbert Gish (February 17, 1921- March 5, 2013[1]) was a biochemist, but is best known as a creationist who regularly engaged in debates on the subject. Dr. Gish was once vice-president of the Institute for Creation Research. He had at least 14 peer reviewed academic papers, none related to evolutionary biology at all, and none published after 1971.[2] He wrote more than 15 books, including The Fossils Say No. Dr. Gish received a PhD in biochemistry from Berkeley in 1953 and was well known for using his experience as a researcher as a stick in debates with evolutionists, even though he had no relevant peer reviewed papers. He retired from his long-held position as a staff scientist at ICR.[3]

Gish extensively discussed his belief that chemical evolution fails to address the question of abiogenesis and the origins of life. Gish initially regarded the Earth's age as irrelevant to creationism, but later became convinced of a Young Earth, in line with other ICR members.

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[edit] Debating

Gish used a rapid-fire approach during a debate, presenting arguments and changing topics very quickly, as though he were aware that his statements wouldn't stand close scrutiny. The approach has been dubbed the "Gish Gallop" by Eugenie Scott and criticized for failing to answer objections raised by his opponents.

Massimo Pigliucci, who debated Gish five times, noted that Gish ignored evidence contrary to his religious beliefs.

[edit] Wrong, wrong, wrong!

Gish was accused by evolutionists of making several blunders in his creation science writings and debates.

  • Claiming there are no fossil precursors to the dinosaur Triceratops (despite obvious precursors such as Protoceratops being well-known since the 1920s).[4] Gish made other similarly incorrect statements about the fossil record, including claims about transitional forms, the fossil record for birds and the status of Archaeopteryx.[5][6]
  • Claiming that Solly Zuckerman had access to modern knowledge of Australopithecus yet still stated they were not ancestors of Homo sapiens — Zuckerman's original conclusions were based on evidence available before the Lucy fossil was discovered, revolutionising the field of physical anthropology.
  • Claiming that Neanderthals were modern humans, "fully human Homo sapiens just like you and me," which is false given the morphological difference between modern humans and Neanderthals.
  • Claiming that evolution by natural selection is rendered impossible by the second law of thermodynamics.[7]
  • Claiming that the dinosaur Parasaurolophus used its distinctive crest as a mixing chamber for breathing fire.[8]

[edit] Abridged bibliography

  • The Amazing Story of Creation: From Science and the Bible
  • Creation: acts, facts, impacts
  • Creation Scientists Answer Their Critics
  • Creationist Research 1964-1988
  • Dinosaurs: Those Terrible Lizards
  • Dinosaurs by Design
  • Evidence against Evolution
  • Evolution, the Fossils say No!
  • Evolution: the Challenge of the Fossil Record
  • Manipulating Life, Where Does it Stop?: Genetic Engineering
  • Speculations and Experiments on the Origins of Life
  • Teaching Creation Science in Public Schools
  • Up with creation!: ICR acts/facts/impacts, 1976-1977
  • Evolution: The Fossils Still Say No!

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Institute for Creation Research—the original creationist organisation:
  Brian Thomas  -  Henry M. Morris  -  Institute for Creation Research  -  Jason Lisle  -  Jeffrey Tomkins  -  Jerry Bergman  -  John D. Morris  -  Lawrence Ford  -  Nathaniel Jeanson  -  RATE  -  Your Origins Matter  
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