Category Archives: Evolution

Günter Bechly: Evolution Has Collapsed!

You remember Günter Bechly. He’s the Discovery Institute “senior fellow” whose website used to say:

I despise the dogmatic and sometimes even fanatical stance of some evolutionists like P.Z. Myers (Pharyngula blog), Laurence Moran (Sandwalk blog), Jeffrey Shallit (Recursivity blog), Jerry Coyne (Why Evolution is True blog), freelance writer John Farrell, the anonymous coward behind The Sensuous Curmudgeon blog, and other infamous web activists against Intelligent Design and religion. [Emphasis supplied.]

We wrote about his biggest claim to fame in Discoveroid Günter Bechly Has Been ‘Erased’. The last time we wrote about him was Günter Bechly: Evolution Is Collapsing. He was ecstatic about some new discovery that could require some revision of the human evolutionary time-line.

Today his joy is boundless. This just appeared at the Discoveroids’ creationist blog: “It’s Official”: Textbook Wisdom on Human Origins Is Wrong! [*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

In three earlier articles at Evolution News [the Discoveroids’ blog], I’ve written about the numerous paleoanthropological discoveries this year that generated media headlines announcing one “rewrite” of human evolution after another. I hardly dared to dream that, as an early Christmas present, 2017 would close with a final blow to the Out of Africa story. Yet guess how Discover Magazine announced this latest development? That’s right: “It’s Official: Timeline for Human Migration Gets a Rewrite” (Tarlach 2017).

Günter’s wildest dream has come true! This is the article he’s talking about: It’s Official: Timeline For Human Migration Gets A Rewrite. They say that new research suggests:

… multiple migrations out of Africa beginning perhaps 120,000 years ago. While some of these early explorations certainly failed and became evolutionary dead ends, others, say the authors, survived, not only spreading across Asia but interbreeding with Denisovans and Neanderthals. Both the archaeological and genetic evidence support a large dispersal from Africa around 60,000 years ago, but it was by no means the first — or the last — to occur.

Günter’s joy is unbounded. He says:

As the article demonstrates, even mainstream paleoanthropologists now acknowledge that there is a problem with the ruling paradigm on human origins and with the way scientists have handled the accumulating evidence against it.

[*Begin Drool Mode*] Ooooooooooooh! [*End Drool Mode*] New data points need to be considered. This is a scientific catastrophe! He continues:

The rewrite [of the human evolution timeline], though, is not the necessary rethink we may have hoped for.

Günter links to an earlier Discoveroid post in which he said:

The current consensus is refuted by more and more evidence. But in spite of all this conflicting evidence, the holy cow of Darwinian evolution of humans from ape-like ancestors may not be questioned. Why? Because that would challenge the ruling scientific paradigm of naturalism. God forbid!

Back to his latest post:

Instead [of that anti-evolution rethink] we find the usual fudging on the conventional story, with the minimal changes required to accommodate the conflicting evidence. Darwinian just-so stories are reconsidered, but Darwinism itself may not be questioned.

Aha! — the Darwinists are engaged in the “usual fudging” to preserve the paradigm of naturalism. Günter quotes again from the Discover article:

Acknowledging that our Out of Africa saga has many chapters stretching farther back in time is an important advance for the field. But some paleoanthropologists are unlikely to sign on: that small but vocal group of researchers who advocate a regional model for our species’ evolution….

So, while the conventional timeline that has dominated for half a century finally takes a tumble, don’t think that this is the end of the great debate regarding the early days of our species.

Wowie — it’s all falling apart! Günter gloats in triumph at the end of his post:

Who said it all along, yet was ridiculed [link to a blog article that ridicules him] by incompetent Darwinist bulldogs on the Web? Yes, indeed, you read it here first.

Yes, dear reader. You read it here first. Günter was right all along! Soon, the whole world will recognize his genius and abandon Darwinism.

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Creationist Wisdom #823: The Artist

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Northwest Florida Daily News of Fort Walton Beach, Florida. The letter is titled Science does not represent truth, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Unless the letter-writer is a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name — but today we have a special situation. It’s Robbie L. Rogers, whose artwork is on display here. He’s also the author of Guilty of No Wrongdoing (Amazon link). His publisher is Tate Publishing. Their website is no longer functional, but Wikipedia says they’re a vanity press outfit that went out of business in January, and news stories aren’t very flattering.

Anyway, Robbie is an artist, so he qualifies for full name treatment. We’ll give you a few excerpts from his letter, enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary, and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

What is truth? In many cases there is no such thing, especially in the scientific realm. Science claims to be all about the exact truth, that which can be proven time after time. In fact the exact opposite is the case. Science continually guesses as to what the truth is, meaning scientists often end up with nothing more than what-ifs and maybe’s.

We love it when the letter writer lets us know, right up front, that he doesn’t have a clue. Then he says:

The individual disciplines of science, mathematics, chemistry, mechanics, electronics and other areas operate in the realm of exact truths as best they can. Yet science as a whole is often nothing more than bureaucrats who want to control our minds with what they believe is right and violently reject ideas that do not agree with their own guesses. Much like liberals, they mark you as stupid and dismiss any ideas you have as prattle because you do not agree with them. Science can become and often is a collection of educated bullies who believe they are the only ones with the correct answer, yet history has proven them wrong countless times.

Great, huh? It’s just getting started. Robbie tells us:

Those who think outside-the-box thoughts and prove their theorems based on scientific disciplines are often not accepted by the powers that be.

Yeah, that’s what happened to the Time Cube guy. Robbie continues:

Take the theory of evolution in particular. We send our young to the thousands of higher learning centers to be taught by people who are stuck in a “postulation kingdom.” Most of them have never been in a position of placing their so-called truths into practice.

No doubt about it. Let’s read on:

Gravity is real but can it really be explained? Einstein’s theory of relativity can be mathematically proven to a degree, yet he called it a theory. Time so far has proven him right, but he came from outside the acceptable community of thinkers and it took years for his work to be accepted.

The theory of evolution that is accepted by science as fact is an untruth and cannot be proven unless you make huge jumps in conclusions based on a guess, pure fiction based on acceptable fiction.

Evolution is the worst! Robbie provides some examples:

If you say DNA never dies but can be mutated by circumstances in the environment or manipulated by outside aspects, and you called that evolution, you might be right. But to jump to the conclusion that a whale grew legs and became a dinosaur, or a monkey is mankind’s relative, is more than a wild guess. It is not based on anything close to real truth. Truth does not come from educated idiots and there are many.

Now we’ll jump to the end:

If you want to believe in an evolution that says weird things like an ape was my daddy’s great granddaddy, then you are wrong. That is too big of a leap of faith. Nevertheless if science is right and evolution is real, then God caused it to happen. But I may be wrong.

Great letter, Robbie! Solid gold!

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AIG: The Spectrum of Perfection

When a belief system is irrational and unsupported by verifiable facts, its advocates inevitably get themselves tangled up in contradictory statements. We have a good example today. On the one hand, creationists are always claiming that we’re uniquely created to be superior to all other life, we ain’t no kin to no monkeys, we alone have a soul, mere animals have no rights, etc.

On the other hand, we get stuff like this mess from the creation scientists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) — the creationist ministry of Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo), the ayatollah of Appalachia: Smarter Than You Think.

It was written by Dr. Joe Francis, a name we haven’t encountered before. At the end of his article we’re told that he is: “dean of the school of science, math, technology, and health at The Master’s University …” According to Wikipedia that’s a bible college. Okay, here are some excerpts from Joe’s article, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Truman, an octopus at the New England Aquarium, could see several aquarium workers each day; but he consistently soaked only one college student volunteer with cold salty water. After taking a leave for a few months, the volunteer returned and was promptly soaked again. Truman did not soak anyone else in the interim.

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Zookeepers and others who work with animals experience their smarts every day, but the rest of us miss out on these stories. We’re conditioned to assume “lower” animals aren’t smart. So stories like that about the octopus, an invertebrate, surprise us. For much of the last century, invertebrates were considered low on the scale of biological evolution and assumed to be much less intelligent than vertebrates like mammals.

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This thinking stifled decades of discovery in a branch of biology called ethology, the study of animal behavior. The idea that animals generally lack intelligence can be traced back to the pagan, humanistic philosophy of Aristotle, who put all living things on a scale “treating animals as simple minded.” Even Christians like Augustine were influenced by Aristotle’s man-centered (as opposed to Creator-centered) views.

Yes, evolutionary thinking always stifles scientific progress; but creationists are moving forward. Joe says:

Creationists have come up with a different view, based on the Bible, that leads us to expect astonishing examples of intelligence throughout the animal kingdom, not merely in “higher” forms, as proponents of evolution would expect. In his book Devotional Biology, Dr. Kurt Wise calls this “the spectrum of perfection.” If God is perfect and wants to reveal his attributes in an imperfect world, how can he do that? Dr. Wise suggests that he put in place a spectrum of intelligence which, when considered together, points to his perfect intelligence. Thus, categories of intelligence are seen in God’s living creation down to the invertebrate level.

The “spectrum of perfection”? We didn’t know about that. It appears to be an original contribution of creation science. Here’s Wikipedia’s write up on the genius who figured it out: Kurt Wise.

Joe’s long essay is loaded with examples of intelligent behavior displayed by animals. We’ll skip all of that. Then he tells us:

Although God placed marvelous examples of intelligence in his creation, even among his small and lowly creatures, none can compare to the full range of abilities given to his human creation, the only creature given the wisdom to have loving dominion over all God’s earthly creation.

So what does that “theory” do for us? Nothing, really. But to the extent that creationists have been feeling inferior because they’ve made no contributions to biology, now they can point to the “spectrum of perfection” It sounds lovely — but it doesn’t explain anything, doesn’t predict anything, and it doesn’t mean anything. It’s exactly what you’d expect from creation science.

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Creationist Wisdom #822: You Gotta Repent

Today’s letter-to-the-editor appears in the Statesville Record & Landmark of Statesville, North Carolina. It’s titled Only way to reverse course is to repent, and the newspaper has a comments feature.

Because the writer isn’t a politician, preacher, or other public figure, we won’t embarrass or promote him by using his full name. His first name is Harold. Excerpts from his letter will be enhanced with our Curmudgeonly commentary and some bold font for emphasis. Here we go!

Have you ever noticed it takes only one person with an idea to start a movement?

We never really noticed, but Harold’s letter is a catalog of “movements” he claims were started by only one person. Here’s the first one on his list:

In 1859, Charles Darwin released his theory that man evolved from animals or apes. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed and now it is in the books.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Darwin said that we evolved “from animals or apes.” It “got into the books” after the Supreme Court agreed. Okay, here’s the next “movement” started by only one person:

In the early 1900s, Vladimir Lenin, admirer of German socialist Karl Marx, established the world’s first communist dictatorship in Russia.

What a list! First, evolution. Then communism. Here’s number three:

In 1933, Adolf Hitler started World War II and eventually exterminated 6 million Jews. He wanted to conquer the world. Fifty-five million people died during this war. He was one of the most evil men in world history.

Yes he was — but Harold lists him after Darwin, Marx, and Lenin. Then he gives us two more movements started by one person:

In the 1900s, Roger Baldwin, a communist, helped found the ACLU in the United States.

In the 1960s, Madeline O’Hare, an atheist, did not want her two sons to be taught religion in school. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed and kicked the Bible out of our schools.

After that, Harold tells us about some more things that upset him. You can click over there to read them. Finally he declares:

At the collapse of the family values and the proliferation of immoral lifestyles in the U.S., our country’s only way out is to repent or else (Ezekiel 7:3).

Yes, that’s the only way out — or else! Harold ends with this:

There is only one who can save this out-of-control and chaotic world from destroying itself.

So there you are, dear reader. If you want to be saved from all those world-destroying “movements” — like evolution — you gotta repent. Thanks, Harold!

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