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Creationists and the Fermi Paradox

Everyone has heard of the Fermi Paradox, described by Wikipedia like this:

Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi’s name is associated with the paradox because of a casual conversation in the summer of 1950 with fellow physicists Edward Teller, Herbert York, and Emil Konopinski. While walking to lunch, the men discussed recent UFO reports and the possibility of faster-than-light travel. The conversation moved on to other topics, until during lunch Fermi blurted out, “But where is everybody?” (although the exact quote is uncertain).

Your Curmudgeon has written about the Fermi Paradox a few times, e.g.: Evolution and the Fermi Paradox. We’ve also written about creationist commentary, such as: Ken Ham Explains the Fermi Paradox, and also Discoveroids Solve the Fermi Paradox.

Today, finally, we we found some commentary from the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of of all creationists outfits, the fountainhead of young Earth creationist wisdom. It’s titled Prepare for the Big Non-Event!, and it was written by Frank Sherwin, Science News Writer at ICR. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

In 1950 the famed Italian physicist Enrico Fermi asked his coworkers at the lunch table the simple metaphysical question in regard to possible aliens in the universe, “Where is everybody?” Since then his question has become the Fermi Paradox: the supposed high estimates for intelligent extraterrestrial life conflicting with cold, interstellar silence.

Fair enough. Then he says:

In 1984 the ambitious Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence (SETI) was launched to intercept electromagnetic radiation from possible civilizations on other planets. But interest has since waned and funding has been a problem.

But now there’s Breakthrough Listen, a project with $100 million in funding to listen for intelligent extraterrestrial communications. This mission uses thousands of hours on telescopes in facilities throughout the world attempting to discover technosignatures (indicators of technology) and biosignatures (biological processes).

Wikipedia has an article on it: Breakthrough Listen. Anyway, Frank tells us:

Two evolutionists [The fools!] are convinced that through the alleged billions of years of the universe’s existence, evolution has produced intelligent life somewhere and that we may make contact with aliens in about three years.

In 2011 Howard Smith, a senior astrophysicist at Harvard, stated after surveying 500 planets, that we are alone in the universe. Life — intelligent or otherwise — has still not been found. Nevertheless, predictions continue to be made. Regardless of hearing nothing from the depths of space, scientists are insisting Earth get prepared to answer interstellar messages.

Frank continues:

Evolutionists continue to place their faith in evolutionary processes that will produce — they hope — intelligent, non-violent beings that will soon contact us.

Yes, it’s tragic the way those evolutionists place their faith in evolutionary processes. Frank explains why:

The Bible is historically accurate. [Hee hee!] It gives us clear insight into the origin of the universe and Earth. It doesn’t mention intelligent extraterrestrials.

And for a powerful bit of evidence, Frank ends his post with a quote from the bible:

The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s:
but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

You can’t argue with that! All those SETI people are nothing but Darwinist fools!

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Casey Proves the Earth Is Intelligently Designed

Once more, we visited the creationist blog of the Discovery Institute, and to our great delight we found Geologist Casey Luskin: Our Intelligently Designed Planet. It has no author’s by-line.

Even casual followers of this blog know who Casey is. We were all so fond of him that a dozen years we wrote Casey Luskin Is Named a Curmudgeon Fellow. Then he vanished for a while, and triumphantly returned with a doctorate in geology.

Here are some excerpts from the Discoveroid post, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

A new ID the Future episode [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!] continues geologist Casey Luskin’s presentation about how Earth is fine-tuned in numerous ways for life. Here in the second half, he highlights the many ways Earth’s precise mix of atmospheric gases is strikingly fit for life.

We missed out on the first half, but don’t worry — we’ll take care of that later. Meanwhile, the Discoveroids say:

On top of that (or rather, beneath that), Earth’s active geology and water-rich surface — unique in our solar system — are masterful at helping maintain our life-friendly atmosphere over long ages. Luskin argues that these and other finely tuned characteristics of planet Earth strongly suggest intelligent design.

Jeepers, he’s right! Earth is much more suited for us than Uranus. Then the Discoveroids tell us:

He also offers an additional design argument [Gasp!], this one aesthetic in nature, and takes questions from the audience.

This must be a really thrilling podcast! The Discoveroids continue:

Download the podcast [Link omitted!] or listen to [it] here [It’s embedded in the Discoveroid post!. Part 1 of his talk is here [Link omitted!].

Okay, dear reader, there’s some great stuff waiting for you at the Discoveroids’ blog. Will you watch the podcasts, or will you remain a Darwinist fool? The choice is yours.

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ICR Says Evolution Is as Crazy as Flat Earth

This one is an oldie, from 2006, but it can still be found at the website of the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of of all creationists outfits, the fountainhead of young Earth creationist wisdom. It’s titled Is Earth Really Round?, and it was written by John D. Morris, a son of ICR’s founder. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Without a doubt, Earth is round, or nearly so. Using careful measurements from the ground and observations from space we can be certain it is essentially a sphere, with only minor bulging near the equator. If reduced to the size of a billiard ball, it would be perfectly smooth, and we wouldn’t even be able to feel the highest mountains or deepest oceans. The erosive action of rainfall, glaciers and wind couple with gravity to relocate material from higher elevations to lower ones, rounding the globe. We actually observe these familiar mechanisms at work in the present.

Shocking, isn’t it? As all of our readers know, the bible has dozens and dozens of passages declaring that The Earth Is Flat! Well, let’s see what John D. Morris says about it:

By the way, the Bible has always taught a spherical Earth. [Really?] There are, of course, instances of phenomenological language, where the author refers to what the viewer can see, just as we do today when communicating. We talk about “flat” terrain or a “flat” ocean even though we know they follow Earth’s curvature. It is flat to our eyes and to our listener’s eyes. But when the issue of Earth’s shape is addressed in Scripture, the Hebrew wording implies sphericity (see Isaiah 40:22, etc.).

We discussed that Isaiah language in our flat Earth post. It’s properly translated as “disk,” not sphere. And besides, what about all the other flat Earth language that we quote in our post? Creationists somehow always ignore scripture when it suits them. Ah well, then Morris says:

This may seem unimportant, but evolutionists often belittle creation thinking by comparing it to belief in a flat Earth. [Why not? They’re both biblical.] Certainly most who do so are merely repeating catchy insults from others, even though there are many who make the claim maliciously and purposively. While this may make them feel superior it belies a great misunderstanding (or misrepresentation) of creation and of the nature of science itself!

What misunderstanding? We’re just quoting the bible. Anyway, after that he tells us:

Of course creationists and evolutionists agree fully on Earth’s shape. It involves observational science. Earth can be observed to be round. This is not a matter of interpretation. This is simply an observational fact. To deny it is to deny observation, and no one does.

No one denies observation? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Morris continues:

Compare this with macroevolution, the theory that basic plant and animal types have changed into others. This is not and has never been observed. [Huh?] Instead, we observe stasis, that things “stay” the same, with only minor adaptations to the basic types. Evolutionists recognize this fact of the present too, but they claim things underwent major changes in the unobserved past when no one was present to observe it, and that all of life experienced these major changes. Indeed, their claim is that all of life came from a common ancestor. They argue about the mechanism by which this happened, but not the truth of the claim.

Morris thinks those evolutionists are crazy. Let’s read on:

Thus evolution must deny the ubiquitous observation of stasis, relying on an unobserved mechanism [Unobserved?] to accomplish great changes. Evolution must confuse facts about the present operation of the universe based on observations in the present with speculation about its history which ignore present observations.

For one example of observed evolution, see the Wikipedia article on Laboratory experiments of speciation. Ah well, now we come to the end:

So in reality, evolution claims bear more resemblance to flat Earth claims than does creation thinking. [BWAHAHAHAHAHA!] Based as it is on a rather unsupported view of the past, and a denial of present observations, its supporters really shouldn’t be throwing stones at those who are doing better science.

There you have it, dear reader. If you’re an evolutionist, the holy geniuses at ICR think you’re as wacky as a flat Earther. What do you think?

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Let’s Take a Serious Look at Intelligent Design

We’re always being told by the Discoveroids, and all the other creationist websites, that not only was our Earth created for life, but the whole universe and all the laws of nature were also made for life. Is any of that true? Is there a way we can actually know that it’s true — or not true?

We could talk about this for days, but let’s try to simplify things to keep the discussion reasonable. First, let’s consider our own wonderful selves. Are we really intelligently designed?

Well, we need food. It would be nice if we could fly around and get all the energy we need from cosmic rays or something, but that’s not the way we’re made. We have to eat — as if we we were mere animals. That’s disgusting!

And after we eat, we need to digest the food. Think about your digestive system. Consider your so-called small intestine. It’s 18 feet (6.5 meters) long. It wasn’t uniquely designed for us. Even earthworms have intestines. In humans, digestion takes between 24 and 72 hours, and all the while, your stomach and intestines are squeezing and squishing and squirting the food — until the process comes to its glorious end.

Isn’t that delightful? Oh, the only reason we don’t hear all that squeezing and squishing and squirting, in ourselves and everyone else around us, is because our sense of hearing isn’t very well developed. And yet, there are those who insist that we are intelligently designed. Frankly, when it comes to taking in food, a cactus in the desert seems to be better designed than we are.

But that’s enough about us. Let’s talk about the universe. The Discoveroids are always telling us how intelligently designed it is. The designer — blessed be he! — created all the laws of nature just for us. Sounds wonderful — but are they right?

Take a look at Wikipedia’s List of physical constants. They’ve got 56 of ’em, from the Newtonian constant of gravitation to — well, to some that your Curmudgeon never heard of. Take a good look at all those digits in the column where the value of each constant is given. Now think about it — if you were creating the universe, and could do it any way you wanted — would you make every constant so inexplicably odd, clumsy, and bizarre? Verily, the intelligent designer appears to be demented.

That’s all we need to say on this topic. Let those who insist that everything is gloriously and divinely created try to defend the mess we see all around us. That should be fun.

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