We have yet another gem of creation science from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their latest article is Stone Age Art Holds Hints of Language. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Ancient cave art can give modern observers a unique glimpse into the minds of people who lived long ago. Stone Age art in European caves is best known for its beautiful paintings of animals like deer, horses, and mammoths. Recently, researchers investigated seldom-studied symbols appearing non-randomly among the paintings that may indicate that Stone Age people could communicate with written symbols.
Symbols? ICR seems to have done their creation science “research” by reading this article in the Guardian: Did Stone Age cavemen talk to each other in symbols? It has a graphic showing many of the cave symbols. Their article describes the work of Genevieve von Petzinger, of the University of Victoria in British Columbia.
Here’s an article she wrote: Geometric Signs – A New Understanding. It appears at the website of the Bradshaw Foundation, with which we’re not familiar, but they seem to be a factor in anthropology and archaeology. We found this information about them in Wikipedia: Rock Art Research and the Bradshaw Foundation.
One of von Petzinger’s assistants, April Nowell, is quoted by the Guardian as saying:
“We cannot use the ‘L’ or ‘W’ words [language or writing] yet,” says Nowell. “This is not writing as we know it or language as we understand it. However, in these caves we are looking at the patterning of symbols, and if we can unravel that, we can get to their meaning.”
Let’s get back to ICR’s article:
The problem is that if these previously overlooked patterns do represent some form of writing, then they appear “25,000 years earlier” than when researchers believed writing originated. Some of the cave markings are supposedly 30,000 years old.
Observe, dear reader, that ICR puts quotes around that 25,000 year estimate, because their loyal readers know such an age is scripturally impossible. The ICR article continues:
But Scripture indicates that the very first humans were able to read and write. Adam may have even signed his own name at the end of his written portion of Genesis, recorded as “This is the book of the generations of Adam.”
Well! If Adam could write, then there’s no problem here. Those cave people probably could too. How did von Petzinger and Nowell overlook such an important fact? They must be fools!
ICR concludes with this:
But it isn’t necessary to wait for cave art studies to discern that ancient people were the same as modern people in terms of language and art. This follows from the Bible. And from that reliable record, one can also obtain a date correction for the Ice Age that shortens it from 10,000 to 2,500,000 years ago to about 3,400 to 4,400 years ago.
Once again, we are enlightened by the creation scientists of ICR.
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