It always amazes us the way creationists keep finding new evidence for creationism. The latest example is found at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.
Their post is titled Babies Are Born Ready to Read, and it was written by one of their most brilliant creationists, Brian Thomas, about whom we’re told: “Dr. Thomas is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in paleobiochemistry from the University of Liverpool.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
Dogs don’t read the words on a page. Neither did Coco, the famous gorilla that learned to communicate using simple hand signs. So what affords humans the unique ability to read and write, and why do we do it? [Ooooooooooooh!] These kinds of questions drive Zeynep Saygin’s research at Ohio State. Her team’s recent discovery sets the stage for some answers.
Later in his post, Brian gives us a footnote linking to the research. It’s titled Innate connectivity patterns drive the development of the visual word form area, published in Scientific Report. You can read it on-line, without a subscription. Okay, back to Brian. He says:
Brain experts already knew about the visual cortex — an area of the brain where neurons fire as we interpret faces, shapes, and words. But Saygin’s group seeks to understand what happens in our brains as we learn to read. The team compared functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) data sets from 40 newborns to similar scans of 40 adults. fMRI shows neuron activity within the brain, so the comparison would indicate if baby brains come into the world already equipped with the wiring necessary to perceive and process letters later in life.
And the research shows that baby brains have the inherent capacity to perceive writing. Brian finds that astonishing. He tells us:
Saygin, the senior author of the study, told Ohio State News, “Even at birth, the VWFA [visual word form area] is more connected functionally to the language network of the brain than it is to other areas. It is an incredibly exciting finding.”
Are you excited, dear reader? Brian then asks a brilliant question which demonstrates why he’s a great creation scientist and you aren’t:
From a Darwinian perspective, our brains’ functional modules would have incrementally developed over eons for our survival. But in what scenario would our ancestors have been forced to read or die? [Wowie!] For that matter, how could such pressures reach into and rewire our brains?
He doesn’t just ask the question — he answers it:
On the other hand, if humans came from supernatural creation instead of mere nature [Gasp!], then the possibility opens for God to have intentionally prewired our brains “to see words.” And why would a Creator do that?
That quotation has a footnote which links to this article at Ohio State about the research. Humans are born with brains ‘prewired’ to see words. Brian continues:
Reading is the key to understanding the most important information for time and eternity found in the Bible. [Yes, that’s the reason!] Scripture says we were created for God, that our sins have driven a wedge between us and God, but that God sent His Son to take our sins upon Himself in order to restore our relationship with Him.
Now you know why we were born with our brains already wired to read. Brian hammers the point home in his final paragraph:
So, it makes sense that a God who has invested so much into us would also have endowed us with the prewiring needed to see letters. That way each can learn to read, take up the Bible, and discover the way back to Him.
Our brains are also “prewired” to see faces, trees, clouds, and the Moon. What do you make of it, dear reader?
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