This one is stranger than usual. It’s at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), the creationist ministry of 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 Forget Jurassic, Now It’s Pleistocene as the Coolest Theme Park. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
You might want to start saving your money now. In only 10 years or so, you’ll be able (so we’re told) to see woolly mammoths, rhinos, cave lions, and long-extinct horses in a Siberian “Pleistocene Park”. Scientists from Russia, South Korea, and Japan (as well as Harvard University geneticist George Church) are all working towards cloning these ice age animals and then putting them into a research (and tourist) park near Northern-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, Siberia.
Why would Hambo be promoting someone else’s tourist attraction? What’s going on here? He says:
According to the Siberian Times [Cloning of mammoth will be successful in 10 years, predicts head of region earmarked for their home], there are already cloning experiments underway on extinct ancient horses and cave lions. Woolly mammoths would have to be recreated from cells found in remains buried in the Siberian permafrost. Quite a few mammoth remains have been found, and a group of scientists are actively looking for more pristine samples.
Once enough intact DNA is found (and supplemented with elephant genes), it would be implanted into an Asian Elephant embryo and would be born from an elephant surrogate mother. Alternatively, Professor Church has plans to use an artificial womb in order to bypass using a surrogate elephant mother. Now of course, these would actually be mammoth-elephant hybrids, not true woolly mammoths.
Why does Hambo care? He tells us:
Now most of these news stories throw out numbers like 10,000 to 30,000 years ago for the date of these animals’ extinctions. But this is based on evolutionary assumptions and is not accurate. [Hee hee!] Looking at this from a biblical worldview, we would put Ice Age animal extinctions at roughly 2000–1800 BC.
Those scientists in Siberia are fools! He continues:
I also find it interesting that the word miracles is used here by Governor Nikolaev in this context. While it is certainly amazing that technology has progressed to the point that bringing back extinct animals may be possible, the work being done is pure operational science, being carried out by intelligent humans.
Egad — does Hambo actually approve of cloning mammoths? Let’s read on:
They are not creating new information [[Groan! — see Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information] but using genetic information that already exists!
That’s Hambo’s objection? Oh wait — he has another point to make. It’s at the end:
But the real miracle on display (and which is just offhandedly accepted) is the complexity of the DNA that these scientists are extracting and working with, which obviously points to an intelligent Creator — Christ Jesus (Colossians 1:16-17).
Well, dear reader, perhaps you can explain to your Curmudgeon what Hambo was trying to say. We can’t figure it out.
Copyright © 2018. The Sensuous Curmudgeon. All rights reserved.