Via The Sensuous Curmudgeon, a clever blog about science vs. biblical creationism, we learned of an article titled, "Librarians Decide What is Reality" that was published in Library Journal, "the oldest and most respected publication covering the library field … read by over 100,000 library directors, administrators, and staff in public, academic, and special libraries."
In the librarian article, the author raises the question, should creationism books be filed under religion or science? With humor, she recounts how creationists often view their work as scientific. Her question was raised after Congressman Paul Broun remarked that "evolution and embryology and Big Bang theory … come from the pit of hell" and "there are a lot of scientific data that I found out as a scientist that actually show that this is really a young Earth. I don't believe that the Earth is but about 9,000 years old." She concludes,
Classification schemes impose order on reality. In a way, we decide what reality is. Librarians may follow the general consensus of educated people, but it’s still them making the call on whether something is science or religion, and the decision is clear: creationism isn’t science, even though some people might claim otherwise.
Librarians are supposedly ready to defend books against challenges, but are they ready to defend the order they’ve imposed on reality?
So in this week's poll, you're invited to pretend you're a librarian and decide what is reality by letting us know what Dewey Decimal Classification you'd file a "creationism science" book under.
Our poll will remain open until the morning of Sunday, October 21, 2012. Although our polling software records IPs to void double voting, your vote is totally anonymous. This is obviously not a scientific poll.
Comments are always welcome. Thanks in advance for voting!
If you were a librarian, what Dewey Decimal Classification would you assign to creationism books?
- 200 - Religion (63%, 34 Votes)
- 813 - Fiction (37%, 20 Votes)
- 500 - Science (0%, 0 Votes)
- Unsure (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 54