Hambo Says: Aliens? Forget About It!

Are you curious about the possibility of life on planets in other planetary systems? No one knows more about that topic than 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: Extraterrestrial Life More Common Than Previously Thought? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Evolutionists are desperate [Desperate!] to find extraterrestrial life. Why? Because their worldview demands it. If life evolved here on earth, it must exist elsewhere — after all, in their view, the earth is only 4.5-billion-years-old, but the universe is 13.5-billion-years-old. So, if life evolved here, it must have evolved elsewhere, given how much older the universe is than earth with all its diversity of life. But the search hasn’t been successful.

Hambo understands those evolutionists so well! He says:

It’s interesting that the desperate hunt continues, with studies often giving differing results. For example, a recent article proclaimed, “Extraterrestrial life could be more common than previously thought, new study says.”

This is the article he’s talking about. It’s at Fox News. Hambo tells us:

The new study looked at binary star systems (where one star revolves around another, or around a common center). It concluded that a theoretical earth in this system would have a tilt similar to earth, one of the many ingredients necessary for life as we know it to exist. Since binary star systems are common, exoplanets with a tilted axis may be common as well. Therefore, they assume, life could also be common.

Oh no, that would be horrible! Then he gives us the good news:

But then you continue reading in the article. And it mentions two previous studies:

He quotes what Fox says about those earlier studies:

A comprehensive study published in June found no evidence of extraterrestrial life among more than 1,300 stars in close proximity to Earth, a hunt that spanned more than three years.

A separate study published that month drastically cut the number of planets that could potentially host intelligent life, noting that the definition for the “habitable zone” – the distance between a planet and star – “is likely limited relative to that for microbial life.”

Hambo is thrilled! He continues:

So, which is it? Is life common, or is it not? Well, we don’t start with evolutionary assumptions. We start with God’s Word as our starting point. [Hooray!] And God’s Word tells us that earth was specifically formed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18). So, we don’t expect to find life on other planets.

Ooooooooooooh! Hambo has solved the problem! He finishes with this:

Instead of studying the heavens and looking for signs of alien life, we should be studying the heavens because “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1) and because “great are the works of the Lord, studied by all who delight in them” (Psalm 111:2).

Hambo’s wisdom always amazes us. You don’t ever have to think about alien life again, dear reader. Isn’t that wonderful?

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19 responses to “Hambo Says: Aliens? Forget About It!

  1. Stephen Kennedy

    Hambo has no concept of the vastness of the Universe. Suppose that intelligent arose on only one planet orbiting only one star in an entire galaxy of 100 billion stars and there were no other planets in the galaxy that harbored intelligent life how many inhabited planets would there be in the observable Universe? The answer is there would be billions of planets that are home to intelligent life in the observable Universe making life something that sounds pretty common to me,

  2. ham says “Instead of studying the heavens and looking for signs of alien life, we should be studying the heavens because “the heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1)” Looks like that’s it for astronomy folks…Back to the Dark Ages with you then !

  3. Hambo quotes the Bible and comes to a remarkable conclusion:
    “And God’s Word tells us that earth was specifically formed to be inhabited (Isaiah 45:18). So, we don’t expect to find life on other planets.

    How so, Hambo? The Bible doesn’t say the Earth is the only planet formed to be inhabited. There could be millions of them out there. But you are probably right in one respect – we shouldn’t expect to find life on other planets, at least not in our lifetime. (Mars being a possible exception.)

    We only have two ways to determine if life exists out there:
    (1) If it is intelligent life that has developed technology, we might detect an electromagnetic signal. It would need to be a very strong signal (distances are great), and it most likely would need to be a more or less continuous signal, otherwise we might miss it. And another thing – if the planet is 200 light years away and they developed radio technology 100 years or so ago (like us), we won’t get any signal before the year 2119.

    (2) If there is life but it hasn’t developed any technology, we would have to either travel to the planet in person or send robotic explorers. The only planets for which that would be possible in the foreseeable future are those in our solar system.

  4. At his age it’s a fairly safe bet for Ken to say that there is no life out there.
    There is no doubt in my mind that we’ll discover life, but it’s still a long way off.

  5. There is currently an Apollo 11 exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History that has the command module (re-entry capsule) on display. Among other things, there is a very large white board with markers available for exhibit viewers to answer the question, “What would you take on an expedition to the Moon or Mars?”

    If any of The Curmudgeon’s readers happened to see it, I confess to being the one who wrote “Some trilobites and brachiopods to scatter about to confuse the next explorers.”

    You know, just so they can get all excited about finding life on another planet.

  6. “If life evolved here on earth, it must exist elsewhere ”
    Because Ol’Hambo loves his own non-sequiturs he must conclude that other people need them too.

    “So, which is it? Is life common, or is it not?”
    Yeah – Ol’Hambo knows his conclusions before he starts to investigate something, scientists don’t.

  7. The proof-text that he cites tells us that in the heavens there are creatures which “declare” and “proclaim”. Those activities are marks of intelligence. Literally.

  8. TomS: It’s all in the reading, of course, which Ham cannot understand, because there is only one reading: his reading. He doesn’t exactly deny other readings – he behaves as though they simply don’t exist.

    Ask him where the Bible actually says it is the Word of God. He’ll tell you 2 Timothy 3:16. When you object that it doesn’t say that, he’ll say it does – and off we go into a version of the Monty Python argument clinic. Same for asking where it says that Genesis is literal history. For that, Ham’s justification is even more flimsy. It reads to him like literal history, that’s all. The fact that it reads to me like myth, legend, allegory and fable is immaterial, not even to be acknowledged. Ham’s is the only reading that exists, in the mind of Ham.

    You have, for example, given a perfectly reasonable, if extremely literal, interpretation of Psalm 19:1. But if Ham read your post, would he think about why he regards the words of that text as figurative, not literal? Would he consider the question of why Genesis cannot be read the same way? Of course not! That would be to question his own mind. I don’t think that Ham can do that.

    In fact, I’m pretty certain that Ham doesn’t understand the odds between figurative and literal meanings, anyway. He can’t even comprehend the idea that interpretations vary. He certainly has no concept of the thorny questions attending any interpretation of the words of ancient texts in a very different language, the products of a very different society and culture.

    Or… and this is a possibility… he is only behaving that way, because it saves trouble. Even to acknowledge that those difficulties exist, let alone addressing them, moves him into the territory of his opponents. Better never to do that.

    Thus, as ever when addressing the fragmented hall of mirrors that is the mind of Ken Ham, I can’t decide on the true reflection. He could be a narcissist; he could be delusional; he could be a shrewd con-man.

    Or – and this I find disturbing – he could be all three.

    He can be reasonably certain that unless the robotic spacecraft going to Europa and Ganymede, or Titan, or Mars, find something, he won’t be contradicted in his own lifetime. Pity. If even simple life turns up somewhere else than Earth, his reaction would provide some data as to which of the traits above dominate.

  9. I think that it takes work to understand the culture in which the Bible appeared. I’m no expert, but I think of a culture in which those moving lights in the sky were living, perhaps gods. This Psalm is telling us that they are subservient to God. They are signing his praises. Not his peers.

  10. chris schilling

    Ken doesn’t believe in 👽 these. That makes him a Fake American, in my book. Send him back to Oz.

    You can tar and feather him, while you’re at it.

  11. BS! Of course there are aliens, all the well documented accounts over the past 60yrs prove that the aliens are more real then the dimwitted preacher in the buyBull! So who is more believable…4 unknown fairy tale writers or numerous modern reports of aliens????

  12. Michael Fugate

    Creationists explained:
    https://www.gocomics.com/nonsequitur

  13. Laurette McGovern

    There are only two possibilities. One, that we are alone in the universe as far as intelligent life is concerned. That boggles the mind. The other is that we are not alone. That also boggles the mind.

    Considering the vastness of the universe and the immense distances between planets, I’m not sure if we will ever know. But that doesn’t mean we should stop trying.

  14. And then there is the possibility that there are great numbers of unimagined possibilities. Not life, but some other complicated chemistry. Not intelligence as we know it, but something that we cannot understand, and perhaps cannot understand us. And something which is as complicated as intelligent life, but not in the same way.
    What is the possibility that there is a kind of “life” on Earth which is unrelated to us? Perhaps thriving in the depths.

  15. Eddie Janssen

    “What is the possibility that there is a kind of “life” on Earth which is unrelated to us? Perhaps thriving in the depths.”

    I remember reading a science fiction novel about an earth just a couple of inches and a few seconds apart from our own earth. In a completely different universe.
    And then there was someone in our world who could “see” and “hear” and “feel” this second world. Fascinating to read but I cannot remember title and author.
    Anyone?

  16. Ashley Haworth-roberts

    How on earth (pun intended) does the fundamentalist bigot Ham know about other planets? Whe0 he is wilfully ignorant and dishonest about recent man-made global warming here on planet Earth.

  17. Dave Luckett:
    ” He [Ken Ham] could be a narcissist; he could be delusional; he could be a shrewd con-man.
    Or – and this I find disturbing – he could be all three.”

    I think you’ve nailed it, Dave. He seems to be all three. Maybe not a con-man per se*, but a disingenuous “creationist” for commercial purposes. He realizes there is a fortune to be made from people with creationist beliefs, and Ham has invested mightily in building his amusement park attractions to appeal to their creationist religiosity. In order to bring them in, he has to come across as a sincere creationist, putting himself out there as the voice of True Creationism in the US today.

    *A con-man deliberately cheats people out of their money; what Ham is doing is giving the creationists what they want, and charging them for it. They come willingly. Ham may be sincere in his professed beliefs, but I doubt it. He seems to be too intelligent to fall for his own creationist line.

  18. Some con men justify themselves by saying that they are only providing people what they want.

  19. @L.Long: “4 unknown fairy tale writers”
    You overstate the case: one anonymous fairy tale writer and three anonymous inaccurate retellings.