Of course I answered questions from the students. Most re actually intrested in acquiring the skills to pursue geochem as a career.
Theres a great difference between answering questions and carrying on debates with people in the class who were firmly held in a grip of evience-free belief.
When someone continues demanding that I answer questions as to "Why" the atomic clocks of radionuclides are incorrect according to Biblical "FACTS", I can only pursue that line of questioning so far because Im kinda held fast to provable scientific evidence. Ill discuss and present extra reading in the subject to the "tudent" and, usually, before the semester ends the kid will move on and drop the course that he was mrely auditing.
Weve only ever had two actual grad students , both Fundamentalist Christians who hung on to acquire their MS's and PhD. Their real goal in life was to get an advanced degree with their theses or dissertations in some less controversial aspect of geochem (like radionuclide driven birefringence as a tool for mineral assemblage identification--it had great market potential in mining lithium from its main rock ore called spodumene or lepidolite). Its also an area of BS argument about dating rocks of the earth using a miscast method of determining Polonium birefringence. The tuent stayed away from any controversy during his thesis completion because he only resented it as a "Tool for exploration"
Niether of those students were my advisees or else maybe I would have trie to push em out the door on thir own
I told you that to tell you this,
These two kids, armed with advanced degrees actually became ministers of Fundamentalist Presbyteries and hadTV missions as apart ofa larger xhurch organization (Name of which is unimportant) .They use their " dgree credentials, and try to bullhorn real scientists and by convincing their :Flocks" about the real tuth in science only if it follows Genesis.)
To me this is BS and quite a bit dishonest. It seems that these Fundmentalist groups, while preaching truth and god-like attributes, were being as fraudulently underhanded in pushing thir belief systems onto the new "Flocks" in the more rural area of the US.
You really think Dr HAMM of the "ARK Exprience" is a really ualified scientist?? Bill Nye wxposd him on tv once an "The SCience Guy" is a swlf professed entertainer, not a scientist