As a special treat, dear reader, today your Curmudgeon brings you not one but two — two! — articles from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. For each article we’ll give you some excerpts, with bold font added by us.
The first is Woodpecker Inspires Designers, Knocks Evolution. You know what they’re going to say, don’t you? Yes, you guessed it — the woodpecker is proof of creationism. Here’s a brief sampling, after which you can click over there to read it all:
When boring into wood in search of food, a woodpecker exerts so much force with each strike that its beak should crumble, its skull should crack, and its brain should be reduced to mush. However, a suite of design features absorbs the shock and ensures that these tragedies do not happen. How are these features able to provide such effective protection?
Sounds like a staggering problem, doesn’t it? Sure it does, and of course, science is boggled by the bewildering complexity of it all. They quote an article that says woodpeckers have a set of four essential features:
These are its hard-but-elastic beak; a sinewy, springy tongue-supporting structure that extends behind the skull called the hyoid; an area of spongy bone in its skull; and the way the skull and cerebrospinal fluid interact to suppress vibration
We’ll skip most of what ICR says. Their conclusion is very predictable:
There is no natural way for a whole suite of required, specified features to just “get together”all at one time. … Thus, the woodpecker is a testament to the superior engineering skill of its Creator.
Great, huh? Now here’s the second ICR article we promised you: Study Shows Humans Are Uniquely Designed for Music. You must admit, the variety of ICR’s offerings is amazing. One day it’s woodpeckers, then it’s music. They say:
Unlike other creatures, humans can compose, record, and enjoy music. A new study has identified a brain chemical that provides pleasure when people listen to certain music. Where did this amazing ability come from?
Can you guess ICR’s answer to this all-important question? If you strain, dear reader, you might be able to anticipate what they say. It would be cruel to keep you in suspense. Let’s jump right to ICR’s answer:
Earlier research into babies’ physical response to music prompted the comment, “It remains a mystery how humans evolved our musical wiring, [though] it’s now clear that we enjoy it and always did.” [footnote to something about dancing babies]. But it is only a mystery for evolution to explain. These discoveries confirm that people are the product of special creation, with musical enjoyment as a unique built-in function.
So many scientific mysteries, yet the creation scientists at ICR are unfailingly able to solve them with their scriptural insights. Verily, what would we do without them?
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