ONCE again, we bring you the view from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — truly the fountainhead of creationist wisdom. Today they have this new article at their website: Were Stone Age Britons Trigonometry Experts? Here are some excerpts, with bold added for emphasis:
Man-made geographical high points in southern England and Wales have been observed for centuries, including earthworks, stone monuments like Stonehenge, and hill camps. But something quite unexpected about their distribution may have been verified. When plotted from a bird’s-eye view, many of the ancient sites form corners of isosceles triangles in connection with other sites, making navigation a breeze for the ancients.
That’s amazing! Let’s read on:
Tom Brooks, an amateur historian and retired executive, analyzed 1,500 of these sites. He found that they were laid out such that they formed triangles that have two sides with the same length. This would have enabled ancient travelers to pinpoint the direction and distance to the next location, or point on the triangle, using lines of sight to the hilltop markers, because “many were built within sight of each other and provided a simple way to get from A to B.”
Wow! With 1,500 sites you can connect them (some of them) with isosceles triangles. Not equilateral triangles, not right triangles. Isosceles! Gotta hand it to the creationists, they know an important discovery when they see it.
The ICR article has a footnote with a link to the article they’re using as their source. It’s this in the Daily Mail: Stone Age satnav: Did ancient man use 5,000-year-old travel chart to navigate across Britain. If you click over to the Daily Mail you’ll see the most chaotic “chart” imaginable — a bunch of points with lines connecting them, in no readily discernible pattern.
We continue with the ICR article:
Brooks said, “Some of the triangles are over 100 miles across, yet the distances are accurate to within 100 metres. You cannot do that by chance. So advanced, sophisticated and accurate is the geometrical surveying now discovered, that we must review fundamentally the perception of our Stone Age forebears as primitive, or conclude that they received some form of external guidance.”
ICR doesn’t elaborate on Brooks’ “external guidance” remark, but the Daily Mail does:
On the question of ‘external guidance’, he [Brooks] does not rule out extraterrestrial help.
That was apparently too goofy even for ICR to mention. It appears that even a creationist website has standards. Or perhaps they’re just trimming the “facts” to suit their own view. Here’s more from ICR:
Based on his [Brooks’] observations, they would have had to be experts in spherical trigonometry to have marked out and used these triangular geographical patterns for navigation.
The identity of “they” is a bit vague. Is it the ancient Britons, or maybe their extraterrestrial helpers? Moving along with ICR’s commentary:
These observations and speculations fit perfectly with biblical history.
What? Then how about the mathematically challenged authors of scripture? See: Creationists And The Scriptural Value Of Pi. We’d better look at another excerpt:
It can be inferred from the biblical account of creation and the Fall that God made the first man as originally perfect, with his descendants gradually degrading over time as genetic corruption occurred. This directly contradicts the erroneous evolutionary concept that ancient man emerged from apes and had a lesser intellect than modern man — a concept also challenged by this new evidence of the mathematical brilliance of ancient British islanders.
Lordy, lordy. One last excerpt:
Despite attempts to doctor the news to make it more evolution-friendly, ongoing scientific discoveries continue to document that ancient humans were as smart, if not smarter, than modern ones.
Before you start blaming Eve for your lack of mathematical brilliance, permit us to give you an excerpt from the end of the article in the Daily Mail:
However, Mike Pitts, editor of British Archaeology, said: ‘The landscape of southern Britain was intensively settled and there are many earth works and archaeological finds. It is very easy to find patterns in the landscape, but it doesn’t mean that they are real.’
So there you are. Were the ancient Britons mathematical and geometrical giants, whose abilities we’ve lost because of the Fall, or do you prefer the “evolutionary” explanation — that the ancients weren’t created all-knowing, and a few triangles drawn to connect some of 1,500 points on a map are just a coincidence? Or perhaps you like the third option — the one left out by ICR — the ancients had extraterrestrial assistance.
You decide, dear reader. Give this matter all the attention it deserves — before it’s too late.
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