A few months ago, PhysOrg had an article with this headline: Roads are driving rapid evolutionary change in our environment. It reported:
Said to be the largest human artifact on the planet, roads impact the ecology of nearly 20 percent of the U.S. landscape alone, and globally, are projected to increase 60 percent in length by 2050; yet, how roads are triggering contemporary evolutionary changes among plants and animals, is a topic that has typically been overlooked.
By drawing on previous studies, the researchers [see Road ecology: shifting gears toward evolutionary perspectives] show that the numerous negative effects of roads – such as pollution and road kill – can cause rapid evolutionary changes in road-adjacent populations. This finding that roads spur rapid evolution is transforming scientists’ views of the biological impacts caused by the ever-expanding network of roads. Over a period of just a few generations – and in one case in as few as just 30 years – some populations living in road-adjacent habitat are evolving higher tolerance to pollutants, such as road salt runoff; the common grass Anthoxanthum odoratum is one such example, the spotted salamander (Ambystoma maculatum) is another.
That’s enough background. Now we get the reaction of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted Is Evolution “Breaking Speed Limits” Along Highways? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Road ecology is the study of “how roads, and the salts and chemicals we put on these roads, impact nearby nature.” Well, according to a new study, roads are leading to “rapid evolution” on either side of the highway. This isn’t the first time we’ve heard of so-called “rapid evolution” — scientists are increasingly observing small changes over short timescales and calling it “rapid evolution.” But is this change within various plant and animal kinds actually evolution in the sense that new genetic information is appearing?
At this point, it’s important to note that “information” in this context is a creationist invention. Evolution is the result of change in a population’s genome over several generations. Creationists recently started to insist that true evolution requires the addition of some magical quality they call information, and if they don’t see it, there wasn’t any evolution. It’s a convenient, but nonsensical form of denial. See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information.
Okay, back to Hambo. He says:
According to study coauthor Steven Brady, this study observed that “individual plants that are living right next to a road … have evolved the ability to deal with higher concentrations of things like lead, from fuel.” He also says that on either side of the road “scientists are seeing differences in how one group of amphibians evolves compared to another nearby population.” The observational evidence shows small changes within a roadside population and small differences between populations based on their proximity to a barrier (a road).
Well, that’s evolution, isn’t it? No, not according to Hambo. He tells us:
The idea that this is “rapid evolution” is a worldview-based interpretation of the evidence. The researchers start with the assumption of molecules-to-man evolution and interpret the evidence through that lens. But these small changes aren’t evolutionary changes. No new genetic information is being added to the genomes of plants or amphibians.
The drooling reader probably assumes that Hambo’s creation scientists searched the genomes of these new populations and failed to find new information. He continues:
Each group is either losing or reshuffling information to deal with the changes and stresses of their changing environment. This isn’t evolution (which requires [Hee hee!] an addition of brand-new information). It’s variability within a created kind — natural selection operating on the genetic information that is already present.
Ah yes, those organism were already equipped with the “information” necessary to tolerate a high concentration of lead from fuel. Let’s read on:
Evolution is supposedly a slow-and-steady process, adding new genetic information over millions of years. What does it mean that examples of so-called rapid evolution keep popping up all over the place? Well, it supports a biblical timeline, not an evolutionary one.
For those who may find that last sentence stunning, because they’ve been misled by the devil’s evil horde of evolutionists, Hambo explains:
From a biblical perspective, God created living things with an incredible amount of genetic variability so that each kind could adapt to changing environments (but adaptation is confined within a kind, which is exactly what we observe). We would expect this to happen fairly quickly seeing that there’s only been 6,000 years since creation and about 4,350 years since the Flood; in fact, we already see a wide variety of adaptation within most kinds (e.g., tigers, lions, and cougars in the cat kind).
So there you are. All the “information” was miraculously jammed into each “kind” when the world was created 6,000 years ago. Rapid changes are biblical. Slow changes that evolutionists talk about don’t happen because: (1) there isn’t enough time; and (2) there’s no natural way new information can be added. All clear now?
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