AIG Says: Beware of Scientific Myths

There are times when we see something posted at a creationist website and we wonder if the authors are serious, or if they’re deliberately testing their drooling readers to see how much idiocy they are willing to accept.

A good example appears today 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 The Truth, the Partial Truth, and Anything but the Truth.

It was written by two authors we haven’t encountered before — Sarah Eshleman, about whom we’re told nothing, and Melissa Webb, described in an earlier article like this: “Melissa Webb earned a degree in communication print journalism from Liberty University and spent four years working as a news writer for Liberty’s News and Media Relations Office. She now edits for Answers magazine.” Here are some excerpts from their article — which is in Hambo’s Answers magazine — with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

You might be surprised how many myths you accept as truth. Have you ever unquestionably believed something that turned out to be a myth?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! That’s an incredible way to begin an article intended for a creationist audience. Then they say:

Supposed “facts” based on scientific studies are some of the most widespread myths because people don’t understand the nature of science. [Hee hee!] Scientific findings are almost always incomplete and subject to revision. The job of science is to constantly test previous conclusions and see if there are better explanations. But once people hear one result, it’s hard for them to stay up to date on all the changes, so old conclusions sometimes hang around.

Old conclusions sometimes hang around? Wow — imagine that. Then the ladies give several examples. Most of them are totally crazy. Here are only a few to give you an idea of what their post contains:

Myth: You Use Only 10% of Your Brain

Though your brain may not be working full blast 100% of the time, at some point over a 24-hour period, most parts of your brain are active — even when you’re sleeping.

Amazing, huh? Here’s another:

Myth: Diamonds Are Made from Pressurized Coal

Diamonds and coal are both made of carbon but by different processes. Most coal formed from plant material buried during Noah’s flood. [Ah, yes.] Diamonds, in contrast, formed in unique conditions deep underground, requiring intense pressure and heat (most likely during creation week).

That was a good one! Here’s one more:

Myth: Shaving Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thicker and Darker

Shaving your hair blunts the tip, making it feel sharper and appear darker or thicker as it regrows.

Okay. Those (and several others we omitted) were just a prelude to the ladies’ final example. Get ready, because here it comes:

Myth: Evolutionary Processes Produced the World We See Around Us Today

Because evolution is so commonly believed by the science community, most people accept it as fact. But once you break down the claims, you discover that they’re based on the biased assumptions of a naturalistic worldview. [Gasp!]

Oh, some aspects of the evolutionary story are built on partial truths. For example, evolutionists say natural selection changes populations of creatures — and it does. But the changes are limited within created kinds.

This is amazing. But wait — their answer goes on:

When we look at the world from a biblical worldview, we can see how observed facts agree with Genesis. God created every kind of creature during creation week, just 6,000 years ago.

Ah yes. And now we come to the end of the ladies’ article:

As Christians, we are to seek truth in all things. That includes referencing sound research and sources; but more importantly, it means we should build our thinking with God’s Word. While some myths are insignificant (for example, popping your knuckles will give you arthritis), other myths like evolution can mislead people about the gospel and Jesus Christ — the source of truth itself. That has eternal ramifications.

So there you are, dear reader. Don’t fall for any of those scientific myths — like evolution. If you do, there will be eternal ramifications.

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24 responses to “AIG Says: Beware of Scientific Myths

  1. communication print journalism
    I understand that there is a distinction between print journalism and audio journalism, and vidoeo journalism and computer journalism. But what kind of journalism differs from communication journalism? Would that be the kind of journalism that a public relations office or a press secretary does?

  2. Have you ever unquestionably believed something that turned out to be a myth?

    For a long time, I was convinced of the existence and at least non-miraculous works of a certain Jesus of Nazareth. Now I’m not so sure anymore.

  3. I’ve just heard that it is a “myth” (in the sense of “not true”) that there is a Celtic identity, shared among Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Brittany. I know that there are a lot of modern constructions, things like the Scootish clan tartans. (And how about kilts and bagpipes?) And I didn’t quite understand how the Irish had anything to do with the Celts that Caesar dealt with. But apparently the whole modern thing is a product of the 18th-19th centuries. See the Wikipedia article Celts (modern) for a rather unclear discussion.
    Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

  4. I remember as a kid when someone showed me a map of the world, and told me that “this is the place where the Bible events took place”. I have the memory that I just assumed that the events took place in a magic time and place, just like Cinderella – and cowbody stories. I was quite a lot older when I came to undrstand that the cowbody stories took place in real time and place, even though a lot of the stories were pure fiiction, they were located in real time and place, that there really were peopole like Buffulo Bill and Billy the Kid, and there really was a gunfight at the OK Corrall in a real town called Tombstone, Arizona Territory, in 1881.

    As far as the history of the Bible, and other such things, I suggest a moderate atheism at the site historyforatheists.com .

  5. These idiot creationist would know that diamonds form multiple ways, if they cared about truth and science and honesty and research. Not all diamonds form deep in the mantle. Some have a metamorphic origin. Some have an impact origin, including where coal is the target rock (yes – coal can be converted to diamonds naturally). Some diamonds are extraterrestrial – they occur as microscopic grains in meteorites. Some diamonds appear to be extrasolar in origin – carbonado diamonds are likely supernova rocks, based on isotopic analysis.

  6. JSJ forgot to add that diamonds are even man-made in a lab!

  7. In that first paragraph, the word should be unquestioningly, not unquestionably. Not a great start for someone who supposedly holds a journalistic qualification.

  8. When Melissa Webb got evangelized, or “saved”, or whatever it was, and became a creationist, it was all over, red rover. The journalism bit is just a front, like Clark Kent at the Daily Planet.

  9. All they have shown is that by learning to close your eyes and plug your ears when reality intrudes (i.e. an education[sic] at Liberty[sic] University[sic]) you can imagine all kinds of things that are not true and even believe some of them. While that 10% brain usage figure is false, creationists are always trying to demonstrate that it is actually correct. Like their “disproof” of evolution by fiat.

  10. Michael Fugate

    Eshleman’s LinkedIn page:
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarah-eshleman-551681b2
    She taught English at Pensacola Christian College.

  11. Steve Gerrard

    “Diamonds, in contrast, formed in unique conditions deep underground, requiring intense pressure and heat (most likely during creation week).”

    This is delightful. Creation week sounds like an event that happens every autumn on college campuses. Surely that’s enough time for making diamonds deep underground.

  12. “you discover that they’re based on the biased assumptions of a naturalistic worldview.”
    BWAHAHAHAHA! The three refuted myths are debunked by our crealadies ….. on the very same “biased” assumptions of a naturalistic worldview!

    “When we look at the world from a biblical worldview”
    Yeah, let’s do that. What does the Bible say about the percentage of our brains we use? About diamonds and coal? About shaving hair to make it grow thicker and darker? About evolution and natural selection?
    Zilch. Nada. Nothing.

    “As Christians, we are to seek truth in all things. ”
    Yeah, but only between sunset and Sunrise, with all lamps switched off and while wearing blindfolds and blinkers.

  13. @FrankB
    Good!
    BTW, in answer to your rhetorical questions:
    There is no reference to brains in the KJV. It may be that in the Ancient Near East, brains were not thought of having anything to do with thinking.
    There are a few references to diamonds, but nothing about their origins or composition, nor their relationship with coal.
    The one famous reference to hair growing back after it was shaven is in the story of Samson and Delilah, in Judges 16:22. Nothing about how fast or thick it grows back.
    And, of course, nothing about evolution.

  14. I’d like to comment on SCs article about these two mad people from AIG and Liberty University . However, I am quite busy right now ensuring that I don’t accidentally “crack” my knuckles. Thanks (I think) for the peek into the workings of a couple of insane minds. When one busily makes up additional fake explanations for one’s crazed worldview in rejection of established sciences like physics and biology, geology and others, it’s too late to make believe you’re not completely nuts. Wow.

  15. For TomS: Latin did not commonly use the letter ‘K’. Romans used CELTI when they took Greek κελτοι to name the people who lived in most of Europe after displacing Basques. Now English speakers permanently squabble over pronouncing “Celtic”. An ancient Roman map shows SCOTVS for Ireland. Pictish Celts inhabited what is now Scotland; the last speaker of Pictish died in the 1600s(?). Romans withdrew from Brittania; people we call “Irish” displaced Picts. The “Gaelic” of Eire and Scotland are extremely similar, using two variants of Latin alphabets. Kilts and tartans were probably evident in both areas, and might well antedate 18th century culture. Bagpipes were far more widespread; e.g., the onomatopoetic German ,,Dudelsack” for bagpipes. Musicologists have ID’d Xmas carol ..Kommet Ihr Hirten” (Come Ye Shepherds, as a bagpipe melody. After the Grimms’ studies, philologists ID’d “italo-celtic” as a separate branch of IndoEuropean, relating Celtic languages more closely to Latin than Greek. Cultures varied widely; Celts scattered from the Black Sea to Iberia and British Isles. Chariots were common to horse-using people until (maybe) Scythians, (maybe Celts?) invented stirrups.

  16. Michael Fugate

    Myth: mental illness is caused by chemical imbalance in the brain or physical damage to the brain.

    Mental illness is caused by demons. Exorcism is the best cure. Please undertake near a field of swine….

  17. Michael Fugate

    If faith can move mountains, then has AiG proposed faith-based continental drift?

  18. @Michael Fugate
    There has been a claim that Genesis 10:25 is about continental drift:
    “… Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided;”

  19. Aha! The Bible predicted the discovery of the Americas! And the sloths didn’t need to swim the Atlantic to arrive at the ark, because the Earth was not divided yet! The continental drift happened after the Great Flood! The Bible is true! As always! Checkmate, athiest materialist secularist commienazis!

  20. Michael Fugate

    Gen. 10 And that claim would be silly given the context of repopulation after the Flood. Divided tribes – not divided continents.

  21. Actually, the continents aren’t divided by much–if you only count Europe, Asia and Africa, the only ones known to the ancient Hebrews and their contemporaries.

    Of course, in modern times we’re aware of those pesky extra landmasses the Americas (considered as a single continent, as they actually were before the digging of the Panama Canal), Australia and Antarctica, which actually are separated from the continents of the Old World.

  22. @Eric Lipps on canals
    What about the Suez Canal. Were there objections to mankind’s pride in separating what God had joined together: Africa from Eurasia?

  23. @TomS wonders: “Were there objections to …..”
    It confirms human sinful nature. The well known fundagelical principle applies again: as far as it’s bad (because mankind’s pride), blame Homo Sapiens. As far as it’s good, praise the Lord.

    @FC supposes “it’s too much to ask ….”
    Our dear SC certainly is OK with you providing a link and commenting on it. Would that be too much to ask? I hope not.