The topic is endlessly fascinating, and the most amusing moments come when we observe creationist attempts to deal with the subject. Creationists are incompetent at understanding life on this world, so it’s not surprising that they fail totally when the subject shifts to life elsewhere. We’ve written about their ravings before. For example: Creationism & Life on Other Worlds, and also Roswell Conference: UFOs, Aliens, & Creationism.
But for pure entertainment, we can always count on Answers in Genesis (AIG), one of the major sources of creationist wisdom. They have a very brief article on alien life at their website. It appears in their latest weekly news summary: News to Note, January 30, 2010. That’s the feature where they bring us “news from the biblical viewpoint.”
If you click over there and scroll down to the fourth item, you’ll find AIG’s reaction to something written by the BBC: Why hasn’t ET made contact yet?
The BBC article is a good, general-interest piece about SETI, the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, and about Frank Drake, creator of the Drake equation, once known as the Green Bank Equation. They wrote about Drake because he’s attending the same conference we recently discussed here: Extraterrestrials, Darwin, and the UN.
Read the BBC article for their report of what Drake had to say. Then you can skip most of AIG’s article, which is their attempt to explain what Drake said. Now let’s jump right to AIG’s final paragraph — their criticism of the whole SETI endeavor:
The search for extraterrestrial life (whether intelligent or simple) is thoroughly entwined with evolutionary ideas. For example, the values used in the Drake equation are based on beliefs about how long it took life to evolve on earth, how long it took for “intelligence” to evolve here, etc. Thus, the values are based more on dogma than on data — as is the entire search for alien life.
What are people like that going to do when life is discovered out there? Or when it’s created in the lab? Both are inevitable, and either may occur at any time.
Creationist reactions to other scientific discoveries give us some clues: (a) denial, (b) mention Piltdown Man and allege fraud, (c) claim that whatever is found is impossible and must be the miraculous work of their magical mystery designer, (d) claim that it’s always been part of their scriptural knowledge, (e) mention Neanderthal Man, and attribute it to the Tower of Babel, or (f) blame it on the devil.
Creationists sometimes demonstrate a limited capacity for imagination, so It’s possible that they’ll conjure up some other Oogity Boogity response; but whatever their reaction is, it’ll be both wrong and amusing.
[Related post: See Ken Ham Says There's No Extraterrestrial Life.]
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