Category Archives: Evolution

Hambo and the Chinese Dinosaur

A few weeks ago, PhysOrg posted ‘Amazing Dragon’ unearthed in China pushes back date of earliest sauropods in Asia. They say:

A team of researchers from China and the U.K. has unearthed the remains of the earliest diplodocoid ever found in eastern Asia. In their paper published in the journal Nature Communications [A new Middle Jurassic diplodocoid suggests an earlier dispersal and diversification of sauropod dinosaurs, readable online], the group describes the place where the fossil was found and what the find revealed about the history of the large dinosaurs.

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Sauropods are a class of dinosaur — they are known as very large vegetarians with long necks and massive bodies. Diplodocids are regarded as a super-family of sauropods representing some of the largest animals that have ever lived on land. They have been classified as neosauropods because of their more recent evolutionary history compared to other sauropods. But their absence in eastern Asia suggested something had prevented them from moving into that area. But now, it appears that assumption is wrong. … The find proves that diplodocids did exist in what is now eastern Asia, during the time before Pangaea broke apart. That means they had to have arrived at least 15 million years earlier than previously thought.

The news has just reached Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, he wrote: A Dinosaur in the Wrong Place, Wrong Time? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Evolutionary scientists have recently announced the “surprising discovery” of a dinosaur similar to Diplodocus (one of the long-necked dinosaurs) in a region of northwest China where these dinosaurs were not believed to have lived, fifteen million years earlier than scientists thought they had evolved. This discovery now “forces a complete re-evaluation of the origins and evolution of these animals.”

Ooooooooooooh! The evolutionists were wrong! That’s in contrast to creation scientists, who are never wrong. Hambo says:

When I point out that the evolutionary story and timeline have been revised again many evolutionists will quickly declare, “that’s science! The process of science changes our knowledge as we discover more evidence and data.” But what’s wrong with this argument?

Tell us, Hambo! Here it comes:

Well, first of all, this kind of thinking ignores the difference between observational and historical science. Observational science is directly testable, observable, and repeatable. It’s the kind of science that develops medical innovations and new technologies. But historical science deals with the past (like these dinosaur fossils). It is not directly testable, observable, or repeatable so what you believe about the past will directly determine how you interpret the evidence in the present.

Groan! We went through this years ago — see Creationism and Science. It’s summarized in Common Creationist Claims Confuted. Hambo continues:

With this in mind, [Hee hee!] consider this find. [We’re ready, Hambo!] The observational evidence is dinosaur fossils in a rock layer in China. The fossils don’t come with tags, telling us this dinosaur lived millions of years ago and they certainly don’t tell us they evolved from another kind. [Ooooooooooooh!] Those are interpretations imposed on the evidence because of an evolutionary starting point. And this starting point is consistently getting the story wrong! We don’t know those dinosaurs lived in that area or even died there — all we know is some remains of them are found in that area as fossils.

Wowie — he’s right! Let’s read on:

You see, it’s not just the occasional fossil popping up at the wrong evolutionary time in the wrong place. If you follow science news at all, you will see that nearly every week there’s at least one story claiming that everything we knew about the evolution of such-and-such a creature needs to be rewritten in light of a new find, study, or perspective on a find. And what always happens? Evolution just absorbs these changes. The model is so plastic it just changes with every new find.

And creationism never changes. Why? Because they start with The Truth. Here’s our last excerpt:

Because evolutionists start with the wrong starting point [The fools!], they will consistently be surprised and have to rewrite their story. … Many more surprises are still to come for evolutionists because they have the wrong starting point — man’s fallible opinions rather than God’s infallible Word.

Hambo doesn’t bother to give us his explanation for the evidence found in China, but he doesn’t need to. We already know — the dinosaur was dumped there by the Flood 4,000 years ago. Creation scientists have a good deal — they don’t need to do any research because they already know everything. So why don’t you join them, dear reader?

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Strange Statistics on Professors’ Salaries

We can’t find any creationism news today, but take a look at this: Gender, Ethnic Studies profs earn about $12k more than peers. It’s posted at a website we’ve never visited before — Campus Reform — which describes itself as: “America’s leading site for college news.” Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Professors of subjects such as Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies are largely outearning those that teach more traditional subjects like math and science, according to a new analysis.

What’s going on here? Then they say:

A report released by The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) reveals that the average salary for professors of “Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies” during the 2017-2018 academic year was about $15,000 more per year more than for Biology, Math & Stats, and Science professors.

They provide a link to the report: Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty Salaries. Lots of data there, but we’ll stick with the article we found. It tells us:

According to the report, “Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies” professors earned an average of $105,656 last year, while professors of Physical Sciences earned only $90,422. Mathematics and Statistics professors made an average of $89,691, and Biology and biomedical professors earned just $88,792.

This strikes us as very odd. Perhaps we’re looking at it all wrong, but it seems to us that universities should pay more for people who have significant opportunities for employment in the private sector. That appears to be the case with professors of law, but we’re struggling to imagine that there is much demand in private industry for an expert in gender studies.

Hey — it could be worse. Other than bible colleges and creationist outfits like ICR, AIG, and the Discoveroids, there doesn’t seem to be any demand for professors of creation science. At least the study doesn’t provide any data on that subject.

Anyway, that’s the only news we could find — at least for now. Make of it what you will.

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Hambo Masters the Fourth Dimension

This is an astonishing post from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. At the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), Hambo’s creationist ministry, he wrote: Completely Refurbished 4D Theater Now Open at the Creation Museum.

What? Did Hambo say 4D? We gotta dig into this! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

We’re excited to announce that the special effects theater at the Creation Museum is completely refurbished and now open for guests to enjoy a brand-new, 20-minute, spectacular 3D show, In Six Days. [What about the fourth dimension?] Due to the updates, this state-of-the-art 4D theater is now able to show 3D films as well as provide special effects that create the “4th D,” such as rumbling seats [Huh?], wind [Hee hee!], and other surprises. We had our first showings this past Friday morning.

Hey — we’re not making this up. The creationist fourth dimension involves rumbling seats, “wind,” and “other surprises.” You can draw your own conclusions about Hambo’s heavenly fourth dimension. He says:

In Six Days is a 3D experience that brings the first chapter of Genesis to life like never before. With realistic plant life springing forth at God’s command, birds filling the skies, and animals — including dinosaurs — filling the earth, this film looks incredible in the 3D theater (plus special effects). We can’t wait for you to see it!

Hambo tells us about those “special effects”:

As our A/V team has been working hard to get this theater ready, they’ve run into a wide variety of challenges [Hee hee!] but have overcome each one. We appreciate their hard work and dedication to get this amazing theater ready for our guests.

Hambo’s “A/V team” must be the Amazing Ventilation team. He continues:

Guests will receive 3D glasses as they enter. Special closed-captioned reading glasses will be available for Deaf guests or those with hearing impairments. But these aren’t the 3D glasses you’re familiar with from regular movie theaters. These are “active 3D glasses” that use infrared technology. And they’re battery operated, allowing them to rapidly shutter open and closed, blocking information meant for the left eye from the right eye. These special high-tech glasses add a whole new level to your experience that you won’t find at most other 3D movie theaters.

We assume guests will also be given gas masks. It would be inhumane otherwise. One last excerpt:

I encourage you to plan a visit to see everything the Creation Museum has to offer. Go to [link omitted] to plan your visit.

Well, dear reader, why do you hesitate? You can watch the movie in 3D, and experience Hambo’s heavenly fourth dimension too. It’s the full creationist experience.

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A Great New Science Book from ICR

Some of you have wondered: What causes creationism? We have a bit of an answer today from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR). Their article is titled ICR Kids’ Book: God Made Gorillas, God Made You. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

In the last few years, ICR has released numerous resources to help parents teach their children creation truth. [Hee hee!] Our “Guide to… ” series is perfect for homeschoolers or anyone who wants a detailed, easily understood science resource. Science for Kids books contain kid-friendly, hand-painted illustrations and present one- to two-page science concepts in a fun, conversational style. … All of these publications were created with families and children in mind.

Ooooooooooooh! Creation science books for children. Isn’t that wonderful? Then they say:

This week, ICR announced the release of a new picture book for young children. God Made Gorillas, God Made You uses creative rhyme and vivid artwork to teach foundational creation concepts.

This is fantastic! They tells us:

This 32-page book [Wowie — 32 pages!] compares the abilities of people and animals while introducing several Bible-based truths:

• God created animals for a purpose.
• People have a higher purpose than animals.
• People are made in God’s image.
• Each person can use their God-given, uniquely human gifts to bless others.

What a book! ICR continues:

The rhymes are fun and simple, sometimes humorous, yet they lay a solid creation foundation and emphasize the special abilities of human beings. The author, ICR editor Christy Hardy, says, “Children are constantly bombarded with the idea that they’re just another type of animal. [How horrible!] But they’re not. They’re special creations made in God’s image. We want to give kids a better — and more biblical — message.”

Yeah — children need to know that they ain’t no kin to the monkey. Let’s read on:

ICR’s graphic designer Susan Windsor has painted watercolor art for over 20 years. Children will enjoy her life-like animal portraits throughout this book. She says, “We know that kids love animals, and creating this book was a fun way to also remind them of their great value in God’s eyes.”

One last excerpt:

ICR is working diligently to make the creation message accessible, understandable, and enjoyable for people of all ages. God Made Gorillas, God Made You is the perfect book to start teaching children and grandchildren about biblical creation.

Well, dear reader, what are you waiting for? Click over there and buy the book. The cost is only $7.99. Buy a dozen, and give them to the kiddies when they come to your door on Halloween.

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