ICR’s Evidence Says We Didn’t Evolve from Apes

This is from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom. Their new post is titled Man: Smart from the Start, and it was written by Frank Sherwin, described at the end as “Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research. He earned an M.A. in zoology from the University of Northern Colorado and received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from Pensacola Christian College.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

People have been created with a three-pound brain that scientists [The fools!] will never fully understand. Evolutionists have tried to trace the evolution of the human neurological system (including the brain and spinal cord) from supposedly “lower life forms” without success.

Egad, scientists have failed! Frank says:

There is a clear absence of evidence: “Surprisingly, little is known about the evolutionary origin of central nervous systems;” [footnote 1] “the origins of neural systems remain unresolved;” [footnote 2] “when and how the animal nervous system arose has remained murky.” [footnote 3]

Frank has footnotes for his claims, but they don’t link to anything, and it’s too much trouble to search for his sources. If you like, you can click over to ICR and check it all out, but we have better things to do. He tells us:

One of the three major parts of our created brain [Created!] is the cerebellum, long known to be involved in coordination, regulation of balance, and other motor activities. The cerebellum contributes to our five senses, sits close to the brain stem, and is called by some the “little brain.” Recent research at San Diego State University has shown that the human cerebellum is more complex than realized.

He continues with a quote he attributes to footnote 5:

In their investigation, evolutionists compared the brains of people with the brains of the macaque, an Old World monkey. “An SDSU [San Diego State University] neuroimaging expert discovered the tightly packed folds [of the cerebellum] actually contain a surface area equal to 80% of the cerebral cortex’s surface area. In comparison, the macaque’s cerebellum is about 30% the size of its cortex.”

The brains of people are more complex than the brains of monkeys? Shocking! Let’s read on:

The researchers revealed some heretofore unknown anatomical information regarding the human cerebellum, but they then attempted to put an evolutionary spin on such discoveries.

[Frank quotes from something cited in footnote 5 but no link is provided:] “The fact that it has such a large surface area speaks to the evolution of distinctively human behaviors and cognition,” [Gasp!] said Martin Sereno, psychology professor, cognitive neuroscientist and director of the SDSU MRI Imaging Center. “It has expanded so much that the folding patterns are very complex.”

Frank disagrees with that blasphemous evolution stuff. He declares:

Creationists, on the other hand, would say, “The fact that the cerebellum has such a large surface area speaks of God’s design of distinctively human behaviors and cognition.”[Yeah!] Furthermore, since there is no evidence of people evolving from ape-like ancestors, we would say the human cerebellum was designed with very complex folding patterns from the beginning.

Brilliant thinking! Here’s more:

Who wouldn’t applaud such ongoing scientific research revealing the mysteries and complexities of the brain? But the evidence does not compel one to draw unscientific connections between people and monkeys. [Hee hee!] For the [hell-bound] evolutionist the only option is to embrace a non-biblical worldview, despite the scientific evidence.

Yeah — all the “scientific evidence” points to design, not evolution. Then he gives us an amazing quote which he attributes in footnote 6:

“When you look at the narrative for hominin [bi-pedal apes including modern humans] origins, it’s just a big mess — there’s no consensus whatsoever,” said Sergio Almécija, a senior research scientist in the American Museum of Natural History’s Division of Anthropology.

After that powerful declaration, Frank ends his post with this:

The evidence pushes us toward the truth: God created people as people and apes as apes from the beginning.

Only a fanatical Darwinist would disagree. Would that be you, dear reader?

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4 responses to “ICR’s Evidence Says We Didn’t Evolve from Apes

  1. siluriantrilobite

    How old is Sherwin now? I saw him speak in Kentucky in the late 1980s. He was at least 60 then.

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  2. Intelligent Folding™ theory sounds very compelling, and at least they have the guts to name the Intelligent Folder, unlike some other Intelligent X theories going around.

  3. Dave Luckett

    richard: Oh, that’s ICR, all right. Guts they got. Brains, not so much.

    But speaking of brains. And nervous systems. They don’t fossilise. Nothing much is known about how they started. What is known is that they’re made up of cells, just like all living tissue. Very specialised cells, but cells nonetheless.

    There are some multicellular life-forms that manage without a nervous system, but for most, it is a measurable advantage to have a means of carrying information about the environment to a neural centre where it can be assessed on some level and reacted to. Since that system is an advantage for most, evolution would predict that it would appear in very basal forms, which would become more intricate and elaborate the more use it was, constrained by the energy costs. That development is seen clearly. The origin is not known. How could it be known, given the constraints on the record?

    The ICR is pushing its usual two-handled barrow: One handle is, “You don’t know everything, therefore you know nothing.” The other is, “You don’t know how this happened, therefore it must be God”. God is to be found in what we don’t know. This is “the god of the gaps”, indeed.

    The idea that God is to be found in the unknown is not, however, the ICR’s, although they have taken that ball and run with it. Paul was making pretty much the same argument on the hill of the Areopagus in Athens. Like ICR, Paul told his audience that he knew this god that they had an altar to, this “Unknown God”.. Which is yet another leap to be taken on faith. “God is in the unknown; AND I (we) know the unknown”.

    I don’t think God is to be found in the gaps, that is, in the unknown. I’m absolutely certain that ICR hasn’t a clue about what is to be found there.

  4. chris schilling

    “God created people as people and apes as apes from the beginning.”

    So why can’t creationists form unanimous agreement as to which hominin fossils are ‘human’, and which are merely apes? (See Jim Foley’s entertaining catalogue of creationist confusion on this subject at TalkOrigins).

    Until there’s complete consensus among creationists on the so-called distinction, I think we can safely infer intermediate features in the fossil record of human evolution from “ape-like ancestors.”