Today we have another stunning example of creation science from the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). They’re the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Before we begin, however, we want to remind you of the curious technique used in creationist thinking — something that permeates all of ICR’s creation “science.” First they start with some research done by real scientists. As with tests of the Shroud of Turin, they’ll uncritically accept selected findings — even if they’re previously denounced the methodology — but only if those findings fit with their preconceived conclusions. Then they “analyze” their selected data, using what we call the Creationists’ Scientific Method. It works like this:
Today’s article from ICR is Why Dogs Don’t Need Snow Boots. We remember reading something about this, probably when it first appeared here: Functional anatomy of the footpad vasculature of dogs: scanning electron microscopy of vascular corrosion casts, but we didn’t post about it. What brought the matter to ICR’s attention was this from Time Magazine: Dogs Have Built-In Snow Boots, Researchers Find.
Okay, we know you’re eager to get started. Here are some excerpts from ICR’s article, with bold font added by us:
Human feet would quickly freeze if exposed to snow and ice without proper gear, but dogs don’t seem to mind the cold. Since the pads of their feet aren’t protected by fur like the rest of their bodies, it would seem that they’d be especially susceptible to freezing — but they aren’t.
A rational creationist — if such existed — would immediately wonder why dogs have a superior ability to deal with cold, while we humans (the purpose and pinnacle of creation), suffer from frostbite if we walk barefoot in the snow. But that question doesn’t occur to the creation scientists at ICR. They just talk about how wonderful dogs are. They say:
It turns out that dog paws have tiny blood vessels arranged as counter-current heat exchangers. This way, dogs’ internal body heat is not lost through the soles of their feet. Instead, cold blood is warmed right in their paws before it re-enters the main blood supply. Plus, most of the core body blood recirculates back into the body, instead of straight to the feet, to keep the animals’ temperature consistently warm even when walking on ice.
Why — oh why! — weren’t humans designed so well? Let’s read on:
This discovery only adds to the long list of known dog features that identify them as intentionally created creatures, including the dog’s straight back that “better absorbs the power that is generated by the hindquarters when the animal is moving.” Animal anatomist Daniel Schmitt called dog locomotion “an evolutionary miracle in my view.”
With all those advantages, it’s good to be a dog. We continue:
Also, a dog’s sense of smell is so acute that it can distinguish between identical twins, and its hearing is so well-developed that it can hear sounds up to 40,000 cycles per second — twice what human ears can hear. And their ear structure enables them to hear “about 4 times farther than humans are capable of hearing.”
We feeble humans have always admired the abilities of dogs. Now here’s ICR’s conclusion:
Superior dog engineering, from head to toe, should point thinking people to a superior Engineer. [Capitalizaton in the original.]
See what we mean? Why was man given lesser abilities than the dog? If there’s an “Engineer” behind it all, he’s got some explaining to do.
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