Our regular readers know all about the micro-macro mambo, described (and debunked) in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Today it’s the subject of a post by Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else.
This just appeared at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry: Are Birds Evolving in Just Decades? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
We constantly see headlines proclaiming the “rapid evolution” of one species or another. The latest one [in New Scientist: Birds introduced to Hawaii have evolved rapidly in just decades] announced the so-called “rapid evolution” of bird species in the tropical island paradise of Hawaii. It’s happening so fast, they describe it as “a blistering pace” of evolution. But, like all the other supposed “rapid evolution” articles, there’s no evolution taking place — just changes based on the genetic diversity that likely already existed in the living thing.
Evolution? Bah! It’s “just change”s based on genetic diversity. Then he says:
The popular article summarizing the research explains that non-native birds are replacing the now extinct species previously native to Hawaii. These birds have quickly filled the niches left open by the disappearance of previous species. When researchers compared birds that now live on the islands with museum specimens collected from their native ranges, they noted some differences in size, including shorter legs in two species, and larger, thicker bills, shorter wings, and longer tails in most of the species.
Hambo isn’t impressed. He tells us:
This so-called “evolution” has taken place in just 50–90 years. One of the authors of the study commented, “Evolution is typically thought to occur over millennia … We’re talking about ten to twenty generations at most.”
Hambo knows that can’t be evolution. Evolution takes millions of years, and the universe is only 6,000 years old! He’d really be upset if he learned about the Domesticated red fox, (a/k/a Fox Farm Experiment), a Russian experiment that produced a breed of tame foxes after only 50 years of selective breeding. Anyway, Hambo continues:
They are unsure if these changes are caused by adaptation to the new environment, the “founder effect” (reduced genetic diversity due to a small founding population), or if it is a consequence of the birds feeding on non-native plants — or a combination of any of these. But, regardless, what researchers are observing is not evolution. It’s just variation within a “kind.”
Yup, that’s all it is. He explains why it’s not evolution:
No new information for new structures or functions has been added to the DNA of these various bird species, something that’s required for molecules-to-man evolution. They are simply exhibiting some of the variety God built into their DNA.
Ooooooooooooh! They have “variety” in their DNA — whatever that is — but no new information! What’s information? See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information
And now we come to the end:
In his wisdom, God created each kind with an incredible amount of variability in their DNA. This allows kinds to adapt to changing environments and thrive in our sin-cursed world. But it’s not evolution — no new information is added, and each kind reproduces within its kind, just as we’d expect, starting with Genesis.
You can claim you have all kinds of evidence of evolution, but you can’t fool ol’ Hambo. He knows The Truth™!
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