It appears that Answers In Genesis is creating quite a stir from quite a few atheists. Why? Well, this Monday, May 28, 2007 is the scheduled opening of Answer In Genesis’s new Creation Museum in Boone County, Kentucky. Ken Ham, one of the founders of AIG, has already completed 43 interviews this week because of the new museum. A thousand guests have been invited to celebrate the opening and ribbon cutting ceremony. One such guest expected to attend is Raymond Damadian, inventor of magnetic resonance scanning aka magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Several months ago I wrote a blog entry about Raymond Damadian and the “Indomitable,” the first MRI machine to make an MRI image of a human on July 3, 1977. Although he had invented the MRI machine in 1977, which is on permanent display today at the Smithsonian Institutions’s Hall of Medical Sciences, the nobel prize awarded in 2003 for the Medical breakthrough of MRI imaging went to two other scientists, Dr. Paul Lauterbur and Sir Peter Mansfield. Both were important contributors to the field of MRI, however Damadian’s work came first. And even though the nobel prize award can be awarded to up to three people, only those two were awarded, leaving Damadian out. It has been suggested that Damadian was denied the award because of his open belief in young earth creation, which is totally irrelevant to his work on the MRI, but goes to show the bias in some scientific circles.
This Creation Museum is another museum that I would definitely visit if it were close to me! I especially would have loved to go to the opening to meet Raymond Damadian. But alas, I will have to just read the press releases on it come Monday.