The question of whether we’re alone in the universe is being tackled by the brilliant scientists 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.
Their article is titled The Evidence Is In: We’re Alone in the Universe. It was written by Danny Faulkner. Here’s AIG’s biographical information about him. They say he taught physics and astronomy until he joined AIG. His undergraduate degree is from Bob Jones University. Here are some excerpts from Danny’s post, with bold font added by us for emphasis and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
ET isn’t a mystery, if you’re willing to examine the data from 60 years of research and take it to its logical conclusion. … The problem isn’t a lack of data — we’re awash in it. And the problem is not that we don’t have any good tests. Several great scientific minds have already suggested some solid ways to test for the existence of extraterrestrial life.
Then he discusses the scientific tests:
Let’s examine the three most famous tests, and we’ll discover that something more than cold, hard science is preventing them from reaching the logical answer.
Egad, what’s preventing us from reaching the answer? That gets explained later. Meanwhile, some of the “tests” Danny discusses aren’t really tests — they’re ways to think about the question. He begins with the Fermi paradox. You know how it goes: If the universe is full of life, some of it intelligent, then — as Enrico Fermi is said to have asked — “Where are they?”
We’ve written about the Fermi paradox before. Our favorite speculation is that intelligent aliens may be out there, but their civilizations are like ours were until quite recently. They never developed technologically beyond ancient Egypt, or Babylonia, or Rome. The aliens, abundant though they may be, have no serious disciplines like physics, chemistry, etc, or the economies to support them. They’re not sending signals because all they have is torches, trumpets, and their own equivalent of the pony express. So although they exist, we can’t detect any signals from them.
Anyway, after discussing that “test” with his own spin, Danny tells us:
A decade after Fermi, the astronomer Frank Drake took a different tack to test whether intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe. By Drake’s day, humans had been broadcasting radio waves for several decades. Many radio waves pass through the earth’s atmosphere and into space, so it should be possible for alien civilizations to pick them up and become aware of our existence. Drake turned this process around — he reasoned that if other civilizations could detect our broadcasts, we ought to be able to pick up theirs as well.
With that as background he discusses SETI, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence. Looking for signals really is a kind of “test,” but we haven’t detected any alien transmissions yet.
Scrambled up with that, Danny describes the well-known Drake equation, described by Wikipedia as: an “argument used to estimate the number of active, communicative extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy.” It’s not a “test” of extraterrestrial life. Rather, it’s just a way of making estimates.
Then he mentions the recent discovery of thousands of extra-solar planetary systems (and he doesn’t mention how that contradicts what had been the biblical assumption that Earth is the only “world” in existence). He discusses what we assume is the necessity for intelligent life to be on an Earth-like planet in its star’s habitable zone, and we haven’t found too many of those yet.
We know what you’re thinking: That’s all very nice, but where’s the creationism? Okay, here it comes. Danny announces that we’re all alone in the universe, and justifies it like this:
Many scientists would complain that not all the data is in yet. [Indeed!] But when is all the data ever in? We can always collect more data. Furthermore, scientists frequently make conclusions based upon far less data. So why the reluctance to reach a conclusion in this case? The conclusion that is warranted by the data does not support the evolutionary worldview of most scientists. There’s a term for that: bias. [Gasp!] And extreme bias at that.
The evolutionists are biased! Let’s read on:
It’s not a matter of evidence or science. If you believe in evolution, then evolution must be common in the universe. Period. And this negative answer is out of the question, not because of what scientists find but because of their unwavering commitment to a belief.
Fortunately, creationists aren’t biased. Danny says:
If you believe in the Creator of the Bible, however, you have no qualms following the data to its logical conclusion. [Huh?] Biblical creationists understand that life doesn’t just happen (and good science agrees with that conclusion). God created it just 6,000 years ago.
Yes, that’s how “good science” is done. He explains further:
The three lines of evidence presented here — the Fermi paradox, the null SETI results, and the lack of earthlike planets — amount to scientific data. [Ooooooooooooh!] And all three agree with the prediction from biblical creation: we’re alone in the universe. To reach the right conclusion, evolutionary scientists do not need more data about life elsewhere in the universe, but the right starting belief about life here on earth.
Then he applies creationist “facts” to the variables in the Drake equation, and once again comes up with the conclusion that we’re all alone. We’ll let you read that for yourself. Here’s how Danny ends his fascinating essay:
[W]e know from God’s Word, which infallibly documents [Hee hee!] how life came to be, that life didn’t evolve here or elsewhere. The product of the Drake equation is zero. Ergo, life doesn’t exist anywhere else. This simple theoretical approach matches what we see in the world. Therefore, it’s time to call it: apart from God and angels, we’re alone in the universe.
Now you know, dear reader. The great question has been answered. Creation science says we’re all alone.
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