Neither of these creationist articles alone is worth a post. The two of them together aren’t much better, but there’s nothing else going on at the moment so let’s take a look at what the creationists are saying to their drooling followers.
First we’ll visit the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their latest gem is Man-Made Sniffer Versus Dog , written by Brian Thomas. He’s described at the end of his articles as “Science Writer at the Institute for Creation Research.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
In June, 2017, thousands of scientists from around the world attended the 65th Annual Conference of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry in Indianapolis. One of the thousands of research projects on display at this year’s conference compared portable man-made sniffers to dog noses. Whose design won?
The conference concerned mass spectrometers. Since these devices measure the masses of specific chemicals, some call the devices “sniffers.” One can find these amazing machines in research labs, airport security checkpoints, and even space probes.
We’ll skip most of it. Brian finally gets around to quoting someone who says:
From the field trials, canines are 17 to 20 times more sensitive in detecting the examined compounds compared to our portable analytical instrumentation.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Brian finishes with this:
The skilled technicians who generated this state-of-the-art man-made technology deserve credit for long hours of training and experimentation, and for inventing a portable device that can detect such small amounts of a compound. Now how much more credit does God deserve, who made the dog’s smaller and more sensitive nose and scent-sensing system in a flash — with just a word?
Dog beats machine, therefore Oogity Boogity!
Now we turn to the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia. AIG’s article is titled Blue Whale: The Mammoth of the Sea, written by Karin Viet. The last time we wrote about one of her brilliant essays was Behold the Platypus. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
What is the largest animal of all time — even larger than the most massive dinosaurs? The answer is the blue whale. These giants average about 70 feet in length, although some were reportedly more than 100 feet long during the whaling era. That’s about the length of three school buses!
Karin babbles on for a while, and eventually gets to the creationist stuff. She tells us:
If you consult many science textbooks, you’ll read a whale of a tale about how whales supposedly evolved. Evolutionists believe some land animals — perhaps in search of a better source of food — returned to the sea as air-breathing marine mammals like blue whales. Despite claims that the fossil record shows the missing links between land mammals and marine mammals, the transitional forms are far from convincing or complete.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Not enough transitional fossils! She continues:
Transitional forms provide no evidence for how the whale “evolved” complex systems like the ear designed for underwater hearing and pressure, tail that moves vertically, blubber and countercurrent heat exchangers to keep warm, respiratory system able to withstand high pressure and long periods underwater, and the ability to birth and nurse underwater.
She’s right, of course. There’s no transitional form with two sets of mammary glands — one for nursing on land, and the other for nursing in the water. Let’s read on:
Complex structures like baleen cannot form by random mutation. Natural selection is also inadequate because adaptation involves a change of traits that already exist. Therefore, change happens only within a kind — not a change from one kind to another, like a land animal to a whale.
So true! And now we come to the end:
In contrast to the evolutionary assumption of land mammals evolving into marine mammals, the biblical account says sea creatures like whales were created on Day Five of Creation Week (Genesis 1:20–23), a whole day before the land animals were created. Whales display divine design.
Very persuasive! Don’t you agree, dear reader?
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