IEE: Snowflake Bentley

We present a new edition of Ideological Education Essentials! (Otherwise known as 'Science' Education Essentials)Wilson A. Bentley snowflake, 1890

The week of Science Essentials posts that began three weeks ago was about “Snowflake” Bentley.

We’ve encountered him before. In the December Acts & Facts there was an article called Snowflake Bentley: Man of Science, Man of God. Now, Wilson Bently (apparently) believed that snowflakes were designed by God. However even the creationists have admitted that the amazing patterns formed are entirely the result of the random starting conditions of the flake, coupled with the laws of physics.

This is, when it comes down to it, quite a good counterpoint to the claim that we can tell what is designed and what isn’t. In this case, somebody – biased by their religion, I might add – saw design where there was none.

But that still doesn’t explain why the creationists bring it up, and yet don’t mention that little inconvenient truth. Continue reading