This one is a real classic from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. The latest post at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry, is No, Kids, Humans Aren’t Going to Evolve Again. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The website The Conversation — which boasts supposed “academic rigor” — recently hosted an article in a series designed for children, to answer a reader-submitted question, “Are humans going to evolve again?” But this article showed anything but “academic rigor.”
The article Hambo is complaining about is Curious Kids: are humans going to evolve again? We haven’t read it, but Hambo’s response to it is really amazing. He says:
The author, Darren Curnoe, an associate professor at the University of New South Wales, in Australia, writes, “The short answer is that humans are evolving right now and will continue to do so even if we don’t notice it.” He then goes on to divide evolution into two groups: macroevolution and microevolution. He says that macroevolution means the big evolutionary changes — like the arrival of mammals or bipedalism in humans.
Nothing wrong with that — except that bipedalism isn’t as big a leap as the arrival of mammals — but Hambo is furious. He tells us:
This term really summarizes the belief in molecules-to-man evolution. But microevolution is the small, almost unnoticeable changes, like the ability to digest starch or lactose, that might not even result in new a species but, that, eventually, cause evolution.
That’s true — but Hambo doesn’t think so. He explains:
But there are two big problems with his argument: (1) “Macroevolution” has never been observed; (2) “Microevolution” isn’t evolution. Those are some pretty big problems!
BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Ol’ Hambo then does a splendid performance of the micro-macro mambo, described in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Here it comes:
What he’s calling “macroevolution”— the evolution of one kind into another kind — has never been observed. It’s an interpretation imposed on fossils, DNA, etc., because of an evolutionary starting point. … Macroevolution is really their religion — a blind faith idea to try to explain life.
Hambo then explains the author’s other big error:
Now, what he calls “microevolution” isn’t evolution at all. It’s actually the opposite of evolution! The small changes we observe in populations and/or species are real — we can note and document those changes. But these changes are always caused by a loss or a shuffle of information — never by the addition of brand-new information.
To turn an ameba into a man, you have to add an incredible amount of brand-new genetic information. That’s never been observed. All we observe is the loss or rearrangement of already existing information. And that information was placed there by God from the very beginning.
Ooooooooooooh! There’s no new information! See Phlogiston, Vitalism, and Information. Then Hambo’s post takes a dark turn:
The human species isn’t evolving. We’re actually getting worse! [Gasp!] With every generation, more and more genetic mistakes (mutations) accumulate in our DNA (this is called the genetic load). [It’s definitely some kind of load.] We’re worse off now than we were before! (Of course, these mutations started after the fall, when God no longer sustained and upheld his creation perfectly because of sin and the curse). So, no kids, we’re not evolving. We’re getting worse because of sin!
But after that, he ends on an optimistic note — the promise of salvation. We’ll let you click over there to enjoy it. Meanwhile, you’ll have to suffer with the results of chronic genetic degeneration — thanks to Adam & Eve.
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