This one caused our irony meter to tremble a bit — bit it didn’t shatter. See if you find it as ironic as we did. It’s from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia, famed for his creationist ministry, Answers in Genesis (AIG) and for the mind-boggling Creation Museum.
Hambo’s post is Aliens Killed By Climate Change!, with this subtitle: “New Study: Aliens Are Out There — But They’re Dead!” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
I had to smile when I saw these headlines, “The Aliens Are Silent Because They’re Dead” and “Why Can’t We Find Aliens? Climate Change Killed Them.” [Links in the original.] The absence of any life in outer space has long been a problem for evolutionists. So some researchers from The Australian National University proposed a solution to this major dilemma — there are aliens, but we can’t find them because they’re dead!
The item from Australia is the latest in a vast number of attempts to resolve the Fermi paradox. If the universe is full of life, some of it intelligent, then — as Enrico Fermi is said to have asked — “Where are they?”
We’ve written about it before (see Evolution and the Fermi Paradox). In that post we suggested that intelligent aliens have probably been around far longer than our species, and they’ve made improvements in themselves such that they’d see us — newly evolved with torsos full of guts and bacteria — as physically disgusting. Thus, they’re avoiding us until we grow up a bit.
In a later post — Charles Krauthammer and the Fermi Paradox — we speculated that intelligent aliens are out there, but their civilizations are like ours were until quite recently. They never developed technologically beyond ancient Egypt, or Babylonia, or Rome. The aliens, abundant though they may be, have no serious disciplines like physics, chemistry, etc, or the economies to support them. They’re not sending signals because all they have is torches, trumpets, and their own equivalent of the pony express. So although they exist, we can’t detect any signals from them.
Hambo doesn’t need to worry about the Fermi paradox, because he knows that the universe was created just for us. Here’s what he says about the climate change speculation from Australia:
This is clearly what’s called a “rescuing device.” According to evolutionary ideas, Earth isn’t special. Its just one planet out of millions, and it just happened to have the right conditions for life to form spontaneously. Since there’s nothing special about Earth, there should be hundreds or thousands of other planets that also allow just the right conditions for life. The problem? Well, scientists have found hundreds of other planets orbiting other stars, yet not one is suited for life. And despite years of research and millions of research dollars, not a single shred of solid evidence for life in outer space has been discovered. So, for the evolutionist, the question remains — why are we alone?
Hambo’s disparaging reference to “evolutionists” in this context seems to include everyone who doesn’t adhere to his religious views. Let’s read on:
Well, if you can’t find any evidence of life, just make up a story for why! Here’s how the story goes according to the news sites: life evolved many different times on many different planets, but the climates of these planets weren’t stable enough, so the climate change killed the life off. Life on supposed young planets “rarely evolves quickly enough to survive.” So the overwhelming evidence that we’re alone in the universe is explained: life evolved elsewhere but climate change killed it! That’s as much a fairy tale as is the story of molecules-to-man evolution!
Yes, that’s what the “evolutionists” do — just make up stories. Creationists like Hambo would never do such a thing. He continues:
This explanation of aliens supposedly being killed by climate change is certainly a convenient story. But it’s nothing more than a story. There’s no observational evidence for this explanation at all.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Hambo is contemptuous of stories that aren’t supported by observational evidence — but he’s building a “life size” replica of Noah’s Ark! He keeps ranting:
It’s just another rescuing device to save the evolutionary tale from the embarrassing lack of extraterrestrial life. Of course, such evolutionary scientists who propose this nonsense do not get mocked by secularists — but as soon as a scientist states that an infinite Creator God designed life, the secularists mock what is so obviously the correct explanation.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, obviously correct. Then he tells his drooling readers where the real evidence is:
Instead of appealing to climate change and the death of alien life, secularists need to read the biblical account that gives the answer to the origin of all life. Earth isn’t random but was specially designed by God to be inhabited [scripture reference]. We shouldn’t expect the universe to be teeming with life because life didn’t evolve here or anywhere else. God created life and the universe (Genesis 1) only a few thousand years ago. The obvious lack of life in the universe isn’t a problem for the biblical creationist — it’s to be expected.
Here’s one last excerpt:
Sadly, these evolutionary scientists are so blind to the truth of God’s Word that they can’t see the obvious answer: life isn’t found in outer space because it’s not there! They start with a belief in naturalistic evolution, and when the evidence doesn’t fit or isn’t even there, they must come up with an alternate explanation for why the evidence doesn’t match the prediction. The problem isn’t the evidence but the evolution belief!
So there you are, dear reader. Hambo’s answer to the Fermi paradox is quite simple: Fermi was a fool!
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