After a life spent among creationists, Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo to us), offers his insight about human intelligence. His opinion is valuable, because he’s the creationist entrepreneur behind the infamous Creation Museum — which has become the North American Mecca for the mindless. He also operates the creationist website Answers in Genesis (AIG).
Hambo’s lifetime of observation and experience is summarized in the title of his newest article: Human Intelligence is Declining! Here are some excerpts from Hambo’s latest, with bold font added by us for emphasis and scripture references omitted:
Yes, you read that title correctly — human intelligence has been on the decline (since the Fall of Genesis 3), and now a leading geneticist agrees. Dr. Gerald Crabtree recently stated in an article that he believes genetic mutations are adversely affecting human intelligence.
In his article in the journal Trends in Genetics, Crabtree claimed, “I would wager that if an average citizen from Athens of 1000 BC were to appear suddenly among us, he or she would be among the brightest and most intellectually alive of our colleagues and companions, with a good memory, a broad range of ideas, and a clear-sighted view of important issues. Furthermore, I would guess that he or she would be among the most emotionally stable of our friends and colleagues.”
Here’s the paper: Our fragile intellect. Part I. They also published Part II. Crabtree’s argument hasn’t impressed everyone. You can read about it in the Guardian: Fragile intellect or fragile arguments? Anyway, Hambo’s impressed by Crabtree, so let’s continue with his article:
Well, I’ve made a similar sort of point for many years. That is, many Christians (mostly unwittingly) have adopted an evolutionary view of man’s abilities and intelligence over the millennia and tend to think we are more advanced today than our ancestors in the past — but actually, the opposite is true!
Hambo may well be right. It’s obvious that any society in which AIG and the Creation Museum can flourish isn’t overflowing with intelligence. From Hambo’s perspective, extreme stupidity must seem to be the norm. As with everything else, Hambo finds the explanation in scripture:
But if people of past societies were so primitive, then we certainly would not expect that Noah was able to build an Ark, would we? Actually, Noah was a brilliant man, as were many of his relatives.
Yes, brilliant. No doubt about it. We continue:
Noah had to be an incredibly smart man to build the Ark and incorporate the technology needed to make living on it sustainable, even though we don’t know for sure what kinds of technology Noah and his family may have had. Humans have been highly intelligent from the beginning and could quickly gain knowledge to create sophisticated technology. The Bible, the true history of the universe, has revealed that truth to us in Genesis. Can you imagine what Adam and Eve’s abilities must have been like in a perfect world?
No, we can’t imagine. Here’s more:
Since we know that with the Fall came sin and death, we can expect that the universe is wearing down over time. Sin has corrupted God’s “very good” creation. So we can expect to see a gradual decline in human intelligence from Adam and Eve until now.
Right. We’ve degenerated so far that creationism is rampant. Hambo’s final paragraph wanders all over the place. It begins like this:
As we think on the great achievements of man in the past, such as the Egyptian pyramids, I also want to encourage you to remember the vital message of the Cross.
We’ll quit there. You can click over to AIG to read it all, if you like. The key point is this: Hambo is convinced that humanity is stupid, and we’re getting even more stupid as time goes on. It’s easy to understand why he would think that.
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