This is an excellent example of creation science in action, because it shows how creatinists deal with evidence. It’s from the best source possible — Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, we find Did Hair and Feathers Come from Fish Scales? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Zebrafish are one of the most commonly used research animals in the world — the lab rats, if you will, of the fish world — and various scientific studies use them for a wide variety of purposes. Because of their frequent use, zebrafish often show up as part of evolutionary research, including a recent study comparing their scales to hair and feathers.
This is the recent study to which Hambo refers: The ancient armor of fish — scales — provide clues to hair, feather development. PhysOrg got it from the University of Virginia. Hambo says:
This particular study looked at the molecular mechanisms of scale development in zebrafish, something that had been relatively overlooked until now. The article begins with the statement,
[Hambo quotes the article:] When sea creatures first began crawling and slithering onto land about 385 million years ago, they carried with them their body armor: scales.
Hambo doesn’t like that, and he tells us:
These researchers begin by assuming that the earth is millions of years old. This is not observational science (i.e., it’s not directly testable, observable, or repeatable) but is a worldview-based interpretation of the past.
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! He continues:
The study’s authors claim their research shows that the “molecular mechanisms of scale development in fish remain remarkably similar to the mechanisms that also produce feathers on birds, fur on dogs and hair on humans — suggesting a common evolutionary origin for countless vastly different skin appendages.” Because these researchers start off with the assumption that evolution is true, it’s not surprising that their interpretation of what they discovered reflects this presupposed belief. They are simply interpreting the evidence through the lens of their evolutionary worldview.
Those scientists are fools! Let’s read on:
This study makes some good observations, but, because it assumes evolution is true, the interpretation of the evidence is wrong. [Hee hee!] These researchers believe that by understanding scales, we can understand how hair and feathers develop since they are believed to have a common origin. But the observational evidence we study today tells us nothing about the origin of these structures. Just because these structures share somewhat similar molecular pathways of patterning does not mean they share a common ancestor.
Isn’t this great? Hambo claims that actual evidence of common ancestry means nothing! He gives us the right way to look at things:
Creationists look at the same observational evidence — molecular similarity — and interpret it very differently. Zebrafish have scales that were designed to be scales, birds have feathers that were designed to be feathers, dogs have fur that was designed to be fur, and humans have hair that was — you guessed it — designed to be hair. These structures are not changing into anything else.
Brilliant. Absolutely brilliant. The end of his incredible post tells us how a creation scientists interprets the evidence:
Mere similarity of patterning pathways in early development does not imply common ancestry of diverse creatures and structures — that’s an interpretation of the evidence that comes from an evolutionary worldview. In a biblical worldview, such developmental similarity illustrates the work of a common Designer — the God of the Bible — not a common ancestor.
So there you have it, dear reader. Don’t be misled by evidence of evolution, like those godless, hell-bound scientists are. Follow Hambo’s method of thinking. When you start with the right conclusion, you’ll always end up with The Truth™.
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