Creationists are always surprising us. Back in 2009 we wrote The Scientific Case Against Powered Flight. Using creationist logic — the best kind of logic! — we decisively proved that powered flight is impossible.
But now, to our amazement, powered flight is being used to prove the bible by the creation scientists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom, Their article is titled Bioinspiration: The Birds Will Tell You.
It was written by Jerry Bergman — that’s ICR’s bio page on him. His resume sounds impressive — until they say he “joined ICR in 2018 as Research Associate.” We’ve seen occasional creationist references to him, but this is the first time we’ve blogged about one of his articles. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Humans have been endeavoring to soar like birds for millennia. After multiple failures, many people felt that manned, mechanized flight was impossible. After three years of test flights, Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first successful airborne attempt finally achieved the dream of mechanized flight in 1903, and it changed the world. And “throughout the story of the Wright brothers…birds figure prominently.”
Jerry has a footnote regarding the source of that quote about birds. We haven’t bothered to check it — or any of the several other alleged quotes he provides throughout his article. Then he says:
They were no doubt inspired by the mention of birds 53 times in the Bible, such as “ask…the birds of the air, and they will tell you.” [Footnote to a scripture reference.] The brothers were largely self-taught but voracious readers who experimented with mechanical things throughout their lives. Their church had long been openly creationist and very opposed to Darwinism.
Were the Wright brothers inspired by the bible? Jerry has no source for that statement. We don’t see any source for that claim about their church either. We sense that Jerry is building a rickety case for claiming that their work is some kind of creation science. He tells us:
Wilbur and Orville realized that if birds could fly, humans could copy their design and likewise be able to fly. … The brothers recognized a critical factor was the bird wing’s shape, which they endeavored to copy. Observing birds was one way their approach to flight differed significantly from contemporary experimenters whose focus was on developing more-powerful engines. The brothers focused on wing design. … Their notebooks include detailed notes on bird flight that help historians determine what they learned from birds.
Perhaps so. Where is Jerry going with this? We’ll soon find out. He continues:
The human engineering of devices inspired by design in the natural world is called bioinspiration, a field that has grown both in size and importance in the years since the famous flight. The Wright brothers’ example is only one of thousands.
Ah, we see where he’s going. The Discoveroids used to make that kind of argument all the time — a typical example is in Humans Copy Nature, Therefore Intelligent Design! Here’s another one: Discoveroids: Science Copies Nature, Therefore …. Is recycling that old nonsense the best ICR can do? Apparently so. Let’s read on:
From “studying God’s creation in the form of bird-flight, they were helped to develop their own creation of a better aircraft.”
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! And now we come to the end:
Indeed, very few men have changed the world in greater ways than the Wright brothers, and they started by watching “the birds of the air.” We can see God’s engineering genius even in this pale imitation of His created avian wonders.
As feeble as that was, it’s probably going to delight the Discoveroids. They’re always hoping their “science arguments” will have some influence, and now their wish has come true. Unfortunately for them, their argument has influenced only another creationist outfit.
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