This is another example of the reality denial that creationists have to live with. It’s from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. The title is Is Your City Driving Evolution? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:
Hambo begins with what he regards as a wild claim by evolutionists, and the brackeded stuff is in his post.
If you live in a city, stop and look around — life might be evolving before your eyes! A new study looked at data from 192 separate studies and determined that cities are “pushing some [organisms] to evolve and even spawning new species more quickly and more often than you might think.” (Spoiler alert: this isn’t really evolution!)
We’re grateful to Hambo for the spoiler alert. Then he says:
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the claim that humans are somehow driving evolution. Articles about lizards “rapidly evolving” and bird beaks being shaped by birdfeeders were in the news recently. A new study found that this “evolution” is occurring in city-dwelling groups as diverse as mammals, plants, birds, and insects and that “there’s actually now an overwhelming surge of evidence just in the last five to 10 years that a myriad of species are evolving in cities.” [Links omitted.]
What does Hambo think of these claims? First he quotes some of the linked articles (we haven’t verified the quotes):
This article defines evolution as
the change in species over generations caused by changes in how common different genes are in the population. Those genes, in turn, can have huge effects on how organisms look, behave, and respond to their environment.
One of the researchers involved with the project defines evolution this way:
Evolution is defined in its simplest form as a change in the frequency of alleles or genes within a population through time.
He goes on to say that, as you track these changes in gene frequency, you have “direct observable evidence for evolution.”
Hambo can’t allow that! He asks:
Is this really observable evidence for evolution? Well, if you use either of those definitions for evolution, creationists agree — “evolution” happens. But what they are doing (and I find secularists often do this, especially in the public schools to brainwash students) is a “bait-and-switch.”
[*Gasp!*] It’s a bait-and-switch! Hambo explains:
They say “look, we see small changes within a species—that’s evolution,” and then they’ll also use the word evolution to describe amoebas eventually turning into man. They use “evolution” to describe natural selection and adaptation (which is observable) and then use evolution for massive changes between kinds (which has never been observed). It’s a bait-and-switch!
Those scientists are really sneaky! Hambo continues:
But natural selection and adaptation are not the same thing as evolution. We observe animals adapting to their environments — and adapting very rapidly within just a few generations. But this adaptation doesn’t add any new information into an organism’s genome. It eliminates or reshuffles existing information — it doesn’t add it.
[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Information! Let’s read on:
Evolution requires the addition of massive amounts of brand-new genetic information. To change a single-celled organism into a man, you need to add huge amounts of information to code for arms, legs, hair, eyes, and so on. But there is no known process that creates brand-new genetic information!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information.
And now we come to the end:
This study does nothing to bolster evolutionary ideas. Rather, it further shows that God has created each kind of organism with a remarkable amount of genetic information. This allows kinds to adapt to new and diverse environments (if they couldn’t do this, life would quickly go extinct as conditions change). This study highlights the wisdom of our Creator who designed all life with the genetic information it would need to adapt in a changing world.
Amazing, isn’t it? He sweeps away the visible evidence of small acts of evolution caused by mutations and natural selection — because that’s not evolution — it’s a bait-and-switch! He demand evidence of gigantic changes all at once — which we never see — because it requires a divinely created ark-load of “information.”
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