Hambo Explains Taste and Smell

We warn you in advance, dear reader: Don’t read on unless you’re feeling particularly strong today, because this may really shock you. The information comes from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.

He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Forget Your Nose. You Also Smell with Your Tongue. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The more we learn about what God has created, the more in awe of our Creator we should be. [Right!] Just when we think we understand something, a new study shows we really didn’t know as much as we think we did. In fact, as finite beings we know hardly anything about creation compared to what there is to know. The layers of complexity in God’s creation are simply astounding!

Hambo is being modest here, because he knows everything — especially compared to evolutionists. He says:

And that was highlighted in a new study that showed it’s not just our nose that contains olfactory receptors (the protein responsible for detecting smells) — it’s also our tongue.

Hambo links to this article in ScienceDaily: Smelling with your tongue. Their summary informs us:

Scientists report that functional olfactory receptors, the sensors that detect odors in the nose, are also present in human taste cells found on the tongue. The findings suggest that interactions between the senses of smell and taste, the primary components of food flavor, may begin on the tongue and not in the brain, as previously thought.

For some reason, ol’ Hambo is all excited about this. He tells us:

So, what they’re saying is your tongue likely can “smell,” and your tongue and nose are not as separate as once thought. In other words — we’re more complex than they figured! [Ooooooooooooh!] This will be an exciting new arena of research as scientists seek to discover how much these olfactory receptors on the tongue influence taste and even smell.

Are you excited, dear reader? Hambo thinks you should be. After giving us an irrelevant scripture passage, he continues:

But, of course, the researchers try and give evolution credit for our ability to taste and smell our food:

[He quotes from the ScienceDaily article:] Taste, which detects sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and umami (savory) molecules on the tongue, evolved as a gatekeeper to evaluate the nutrient value and potential toxicity of what we put in our mouths. Smell provides detailed information about the quality of food flavor, for example, is that banana, licorice, or cherry? The brain combines input from taste, smell, and other senses to create the multi-modal sensation of flavor.

Those researchers are Darwinist fools! Hambo explains:

But such a complex system, able to detect and remember such a wide variety of smells and flavors, did not evolve by natural processes. It’s impossible!

But … but … if it’s impossible, then how did it happen? Let’s read on:

It’s a wonderful reminder of God’s care for creation. [Yes, oh yes!] He designed us to be able to detect and enjoy a wide variety of flavors — and then created a world filled with innumerable flavors and possible flavor combinations. (Why would evolution result in thousands and thousands of different flavors and smells?)

At last, everything makes sense! And now we come to the end:

What a good Creator we have! The incredible bounty of food, taste sensations, and wonderful smells around us should remind us of this verse: Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 34:8)

That was truly inspired! But of course, that’s how it is with all of Hambo’s writing. Don’t you agree, dear reader?

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14 responses to “Hambo Explains Taste and Smell

  1. Hambo’s writing always inspires in me a sense of wonder – at the amount of willful ignorance he displays.

  2. Karl Goldsmith

    This research is never from AiG despite titles of research scientist.

  3. “It’s impossible!”

    A correct answer to the question: “Can a creationist grafter like Ken Ham be taught to use critical thinking?”

  4. That should have been “grifter”, but I see that autocorrect has changed it twice on me.

    “This research is never from AiG despite titles of research scientist.”
    Their research is terminally limited to that infamous branch of science known as religious apologetics.

  5. “Are you excited, dear reader?”
    No. For someone “who knows more about religion and science than everyone else” Ol’Hambo is pretty ignorant.


    “He designed …. and then created”
    Yeah – the other way round (first the flavours, then human senses), let alone iteration and/or feedback process are unthinkable.

  6. @Beastwood: you speak for me.

    @Zetopan is pessimistic: “Their research is terminally limited to ….”
    Protest! Ol’Hambo has put a lot of effort in searching scientific articles for quotes that can be mined! It’s a core activity of creacrap research.

  7. @Zetopan
    autocorrect, an example of intelligent design.

  8. Michael Fugate

    Which shows that anyone claiming to read a god’s mind is biting off more than they can chew.

  9. Maybe Ham should do a series on all the physiological delights of the human body. For instance: did you know, boys and girls, God gave women the ability (Yes, oh yes!) to have multiple orgasms? But women also have the ability to fake them, as they see fit, to salve men’s egos (Nooooo! Oh God, nooooo!!).

    That’s right: a cunning, feminine tactic that mocks God’s creative powers! And He didn’t see it “coming!” Take that, Yahweh and all you overconfident men!

  10. Dave Luckett

    The premise appears to be that anything difficult to understand, anything complex and interactive, must be evidence for a creating intelligence greater than human. That is, we see here demonstration from ignorance.

    The rest of it is ignorance pure and simple. The interactivity of the senses of taste and smell has been known for certain for a century or more. Ham is presenting it as if it were news. It takes a special degree of chutzpah to so confidently rely on the ignorance of the audience.

    But there is an (ahem!) evolved understanding there, and a certain amount of technique involved in it. Anybody who has the slightest knowledge of the subject will simply laugh and pass on; but Ham doesn’t want anybody who has any knowledge. He wants ignoramuses. He wants people too ignorant to know how ignorant they are. People who have a scintilla of learning spell trouble. Far better to mine the seam he’s got. He has set his bait filter at “idiot”, therefore.

    What this piece really demonstrates is not that there’s a divine mind behind the Universe or anything in it. It demonstrates that Ham has acquired a good knowledge of the care and feeding of morons. Well, that’s as you’d expect.

  11. I like to think we inherited this ability from our reptilian ancestors.

  12. @DL gets creacrap half right: “The premise appears to be …..”
    Anything easy to understand, anything simple also must be evidence for said creator. Creacrap doesn’t care about premises, only about the conclusion: “evilution is wrong and goddiddid”.

  13. @FrankB
    The important thing is that we are not desceded from monkeys. Any thought is evaluated by how it relates to our ancestry. If there is a chain from X to Y to Z .., to monkeyhood – bad. But to non-monkeyhood – good.
    The links in the chain are not defined by logic, but by some feeling.

  14. Ham doesn’t point it out, but the article reinforces the reason why one should never drink a good beer from the can or bottle. Always pour it into a glass. Ham needs to practice this for a while – he might think clearer.