Creationism and Ethnic Pseudoscience

Vine Deloria Jr, Creationism, and Ethnic Pseudoscience | NCSE – Deloria gives credence to the Mormon contention that the American Indians came from the Middle East (p 62).

Author(s): H David Brumble Volume: 18 Issue: 6 Year: 1998 Date: November–December Page(s): 10–14
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American Indian creationism refers to a belief among Native Americans that rejects the scientific theory of evolution and other scientific ideas of human origins, arguing that American Indians originated in North America.[1] It has deep roots in Indian tradition and religion. Vine Deloria, Jr., an American Indian author, theologian, historian, and activist, was influential in its recent development. According to the Wikipedia article “Flood Myth,” a very common factor that is present in most American Indian creation stories is the deluge. Usually the deluge, or great flood, is used to form the Earth or to rebirth the Earth. Just like the story in the Bible with Noah and the Ark, oftentimes in American Indian creation stories, the flood is used to cleanse the Earth and re-purify it.[2] The website “Oral Tradition,” explains how oral tradition is extremely important to Indian culture. If there was no oral tradition, there would be no story telling; therefore, no one would know these creation stories today. Often, these stories were used for amusement in the tribes or to learn the origin of his or her clan.[3] Outside sources, such as the website “Native American Myths of Creation”,[4] and the book “The Myths and Legends of the Pima” written by William Lloyd,[5] provides the creation myths of certain American Indian tribes in order to give insight to their beliefs.

Science and Pseudo-Science (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy) – First published Wed Sep 3, 2008; substantive revision Tue Apr 11, 2017

The demarcation between science and pseudoscience is part of the larger task of determining which beliefs are epistemically warranted. This entry clarifies the specific nature of pseudoscience in relation to other categories of non-scientific doctrines and practices, including science denial(ism) and resistance to the facts. The major proposed demarcation criteria for pseudo-science are discussed and some of their weaknesses are pointed out. In conclusion, it is emphasized that there is much more agreement on particular cases of demarcation than on the general criteria that such judgments should be based upon. This is an indication that there is still much important philosophical work to be done on the demarcation between science and pseudoscience.

10 Bizarre Theories About Ethnic And Racial Origins – Listverse – Vine Deloria was born near the Pine Ridge Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota and grew up in a family of mixed French and Native American influence. He has written much about the necessity of restoring tribal rights and ending some of the horrific atrocities being committed against Native Americans—like the complete destruction of their culture.

Aside from all the good things he’s written, he’s also the one behind the pseudohistorical book Red Earth, White Lies, which claims that the theory of humans migrating across the Bering Strait and into the Americas is absolute bunk. He claims that there’s no real evidence for the theory, and clearly, the fact that it’s stayed around for so long is simply a testament to the mental illness of the academic world.

According to Deloria, absolutely everything we currently think about the world’s early history is wrong. Evolution didn’t happen, because there’s no real proof of it at all. Don’t even get him started about the ice ages, because those weren’t real, either. However, the theory that grieves him the most is the idea of people crossing the Bering Strait. It’s not only contradictory to most of the tribal lore, which tells of a history where Native Americans were born from the land they’re on, but it also gives the government grounds for declaring that Natives don’t have a right to the land, after all.

The real stories are rooted in the oral histories of tribal elders. The earliest Native Americans lived alongside saber-toothed cats and mammoths, and, contrary to the idea that some species were hunted to extinction, there was a massive catastrophe that wiped them out. The Native American ancestors were created, and there was a period of peace— at about the same time they were coexisting with dinosaurs.

Red Earth, White Lies | Wiki | Everipedia – Criticism

John Whittaker, a Professor of Archeology at Grinnell College, referred to Deloria’s “Red Earth White Lies” as “a wretched piece of Native American creationist claptrap that has all the flaws of the Biblical creationists he disdains…Deloria’s style is drearily familiar to anyone who has read the Biblical creationist literature…At the core is a wishful attempt to discredit all science because some facts clash with belief systems. A few points will suffice to show how similar Deloria is to outspoken creationist author Duane Gish or any of his ilk.” [2]

Michael D. Gordin notes the book’s close ties to Immanuel Velikovsky‘s cosmographical works, especially the revindication of oral myth and tradition as central to revising both history and myths’ role in the study of history. Deloria had entered Velikovsky’s circle in 1974, calling the psychologist “perhaps the greatest brain that our race has produced.” Gordin concludes Deloria’s rejection of the Bering land bridge and “attack on any affinity between Native tradition and Western culture and science” was derived from Velikovskian catastrophism, though Velikovsky himself rejected any hint of creationism.

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