The brilliant creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — continue to pile up evidence for creationism.
Their latest nail in the coffin of evolution is Discovery: Spine Signals Ears to Maintain Balance. It was written by Brian Thomas. He’s usually described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” This is ICR’s biographical information on him. Here are some excerpts from his stunning article, with bold font added by us:
Bodies bounce while jogging or performing any number of other vigorous activities, usually without getting dizzy. However, bodies get dizzy when they are “bounced” from the outside, like while on a boat or airplane. What’s the difference? Researchers pinpointed amazing new details behind the mechanism that maintains balance during voluntary motion, but their notion of its origins clearly misses the mark.
The vestibular organ (VO) resides inside the semicircular canals of the inner ear and senses head motions in all directions and all six rotations. It must have a process to dampen its sensitivity when the body itself causes motion. Without this dampening function, intentional body movements would disrupt balance — imagine getting motion sick every time you go for a jog. How does your VO protect against self-inflicted motion sickness? The answer involves a mechanism with precision parts and precise timing that has every characteristic of fine-tuned, intentional design.
Ooooooooooooh — fine-tuned, intentional design! How could the researchers have missed that? ICR informs us:
Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München in Germany experimented on tadpoles, which use the same basic VOs as humans.
Gasp! Does that mean we’re related to tadpoles? ICR doesn’t follow up on that. Perhaps they will some other time. For now, they’re focused on the balance issue, and they tell us:
The team found that when tadpoles initiated swimming motions, their tiny spinal cords sent out two copies of the swim signal — one goes to the body’s swimming muscles, and another goes to the VO. They published their results in Nature Communications.
This is the paper they’re talking about: Spinal corollary discharge modulates motion sensing during vertebrate locomotion. You can read it all without a subscription, but we’ll stay with ICR because we want The Truth™ — which only creation science can provide. Let’s read on:
As is often the case with high-tech design, the researchers found that timing is key. Precise nerve signal arrival times make this system work just right. The spinal cord sends two copies of the same signal: One signal arrives at the ears just before the same signal reaches the relevant muscles. Lead author Boris Chagnaud told the University, “This feedforward principle is crucial.” If the timing were off, then the system would disrupt balance instead of helping it.
Okay, so your body knows whether you are: (a) deliberately bending over to tie your shoe; or (b) unintentionally falling over on your face. Very nice. You, dear reader, in your ignorance, probably accept that as part of your nature. But ICR sees deeper. Much deeper. Their article continues:
How could a system with this kind of exquisite timing — the brain, brainstem, spinal cord, spine, ear, VO, neurons, and muscles all working in exacting and concerted harmony to make seamless locomotion — have originated? According to Chagnaud, “Here, evolution has not only come up with an elegant means of anticipating the effects of locomotion on the body but also of compensating for them in an adaptive fashion.”
That makes sense, doesn’t it? No, you fool! This is what the creation scientists at ICR say:
Natural forces never anticipate. They cannot think ahead because they do not have minds, will, or volition. However, intelligent minds can anticipate.
Then they ask the ultimate question:
Does this indicate that supernatural forces were involved?
This is how they deal with it:
What experiment has determined that evolution deserves the credit for constructing this elaborate system?
Admit it, dear reader — they got you that time, didn’t they? And your lesson isn’t over yet. Here’s another excerpt:
One could substitute the word “magic” in place of “evolution” to further reveal the complete lack of science behind Chagnaud’s statement.
Perhaps you’re starting to see the light. This is the end of the article, and if it doesn’t persuade you, then you are forever lost:
We see neither magic nor nature inventing such sophisticated machinery. But we do see actual designers do it. The Creator, not evolution, deserves the credit. The God of the Bible anticipates needs and meets them in advance.
See? No magic. Nothing supernatural. Just the “God of the Bible.” Obvious, isn’t it?
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