AIG: The Miracle of Eye Contact

The evidence for creationism continues to pile up — according to 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 of his new post is Study: Eye Contact Makes Baby’s Brain Waves Sync with Yours. It’s another example of what we call the Creationist Scientific Method:

1. Select a conclusion which you hope is true.
2. Find one piece of evidence that possibly might fit.
3. Ignore all other evidence.
4. That’s it.

Here are some excerpts from ol’ Hambo’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

The more we learn about God’s creation, the more we should be moved to worship and stand in awe of him — because his creation is amazing! It seems no matter where researchers look, or what kind of research they do, they discover layer upon layer of complexity. And researchers just discovered another layer of complexity to our brains.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Everything researchers find is evidence of creationism. Hambo says:

A recent study found that when adults and babies make eye contact, their brain waves actually fall in sync, giving them shared patterns of brain activity. This happens as brain waves “meet in the middle” — baby’s waves become more like the adult’s, and the adult’s become more like the baby’s. Scientists believe this may help babies and their caregivers communicate better.

He’s talking about an article in Science News: Staring into a baby’s eyes puts her brain waves and yours in sync. It’s a popularization of this paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences: (PNAS) Speaker gaze increases information coupling between infant and adult brains, which you can read online without a subscription.

Interestingly, the first sentence of the PNAS paper says: “According to the social brain hypothesis, human brains have fundamentally evolved for group living.” Hambo doesn’t mention that hypothesis. Instead he declares:

Our brains really are incredible! And the more research that’s done, the more we realize what they are capable of. There’s no way our complex brains could come about by random chance processes — they clearly show the fingerprint of an Intelligent Designer. [Hambo’s capitalization.]

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] An Intelligent Designer! He continues:

And that Designer is the Creator God of the Bible, who has made us “fearfully and wonderfully” [scripture reference].

Amazing! That’s pretty much all Hambo has to say. He ends his brief post by promoting a DVD by one of his creation scientists, which you can buy for only $59.99:

You can learn more about the phenomenal, miraculous design of the human body — including the digestive, circulatory, and respiratory systems — in this DVD set from AiG’s Dr. David Menton, Body of Evidence [link omitted].

So there you are, dear reader — another splendid example of creation science. Isn’t it time you abandoned your sinful belief in evolution?

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14 responses to “AIG: The Miracle of Eye Contact

  1. The Hamster should be quite pissed that his favorite deity has made his brain so alarmingly defective.

  2. Michael Fugate

    And so are dog brains and probably horse brains – were they both created in the image of a god, and is it the same one?

  3. Charles Deetz ;)

    Why wasn’t this reported in the creator’s science book? Or is he going to reach down and edit it now that us mortals have figured out his design. Oh, sorry, he told Hambo, he’ll clarify it for us.

  4. MichaelF asks a superfluous question, as the answer is obvious. Of course they were created by the same god. By whom else? You? Homo Sapiens however is special. Blame yourself for not appreciating it. Then you do like me.

  5. Mark Germano

    “There’s no way our complex brains could come about by random chance processes — they clearly show the fingerprint of an Intelligent Designer.”

    Thank the Intelligent Designer for Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s!

  6. Michael Fugate

    No scientist claims any brain arose by “random chance processes” and selection is non-random…

  7. This is a good example of the Fallicies of Compositon and Divison.
    My brain is a product of the natural processes of reproduction., genetics, growth, metabolism, etc.

  8. And the evolving larger size of the human brain comes into conflict with the human pelvis evolving for upright locomotion, leading to the Obstetric Dilemma:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Obstetrical_dilemma

    Chalk up another “Oops” for the Designer.

  9. I wonder what Klinghoffer and the rest of the clowns at the DI think of Ham blowing the Designer’s cover: “And that Designer is the Creator God of the Bible…”

  10. What they think is “of course we agree” and what they say is exactly nothing.

  11. Sixty quid for not-even-a-BluRay by some obscure fantasist? For 40 you can also get yourself Planet Earth I on BluRay from Amazon.

    They even claim it’s on sale from US$ 120.

  12. Mark Germano

    You can get Netflix and binge on all 11 episodes of Planet Earth I and six episodes of Planet Earth II in the free trial week.

  13. Our brains really are incredible! And the more research that’s done, the more we realize what they are capable of. There’s no way our complex brains could come about by random chance processes — they clearly show the fingerprint of an Intelligent Designer.

    This is a pure statement of faith–and of ignorance. Ham offers no evidence that complex brains could have come about by chance–and in any case that’s irrelevant, since “random chance” is only one factor in evolution. Mutation may be random, but natural selection isn’t.

  14. Let us assume that by some unknown process, for some unknowable reason, my brain shows the fingerprint of Intelligent Designers.
    How, then, do we have any reason to trust the reliability of my brain?
    For example, my brain tells me that it is obvious that evolution is operating in the world of life. Is my brain reliable?

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