Exposing PseudoAstronomy

June 14, 2014

Podcast Episode 112: Is Mercury’s Magnetic Field Decaying? Does that Prove Recent Creation?

Magnetic field of
Mercury: Has it decreased
Or just stayed the same?

For this episode, we return to an old stalwart of the blog: Young-Earth creationism, and I examine the relatively recent claim that Mercury’s magnetic field is decaying, therefore God.

It’s a bit of a nuanced topic, since, to understand it, we have to get into magnetic fields and how you measure them around planets. Hopefully my squishy water balloon analogies make sense.

It’s a bit of a shorter episode, three days late, but I’ve been pretty busy catching up with work that I let slide while I was working on the Cydonia movie.

Oh, and the logical fallacies in the episode are: Cherry picking, and quote-mining.



  1. Good episode, I liked the way you explained the structure of the magnetic field, I was able to visualise it. I’m looking forward to the next creationist episode, pehaps the ‘Missing Day’ as detailed on snopes.com, which may be linked to the ‘705BC Event’ Brent Miller was pushing as part of his 2012 nonsense and which Chris White seemed to be referring to in his video takedown of Brent Miller, which featured some pretty strange claims about the orbit of Mars.


    Comment by Graham — June 17, 2014 @ 9:19 pm | Reply

  2. All I can say is thank goodness for the slinky. Got utterly lost with the g10 and g20 stuff but the slinky analogy cleared it up. I think this is one of the few times I found your explanations convoluted. Still the rest was good and I liked your balloon analogy too.

    Comment by Flip — February 11, 2015 @ 4:06 am | Reply

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