Volcanoes or the Flood? Hambo Knows!

A recent article at PhysOrg reports on some research that is certain to upset creationists. Their headline is New evidence suggests volcanoes caused biggest mass extinction ever. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

Researchers say mercury buried in ancient rock provides the strongest evidence yet that volcanoes caused the biggest mass extinction in the history of the Earth. The extinction 252 million years ago was so dramatic and widespread that scientists call it “the Great Dying.” The catastrophe killed off more than 95 percent of life on Earth over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.

Paleontologists with the University of Cincinnati and the China University of Geosciences said they found a spike in mercury in the geologic record at nearly a dozen sites around the world, which provides persuasive evidence that volcanic eruptions were to blame for this global cataclysm. The study was published this month in the journal Nature Communications.

Here’s the paper they’re talking about: Evidence for a prolonged Permian–Triassic extinction interval from global marine mercury records. You can read it online without a subscription.

That sort of thing really upsets Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the ayatollah of Appalachia, the world’s holiest man who knows more about religion and science than everyone else. He just posted this at the website of Answers in Genesis (AIG), his creationist ministry: Did Volcanoes Cause the Biggest Mass Extinction Ever? Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

The fossil record is full of (mostly marine) creatures that are now extinct. In an attempt to explain all this biodiversity that has since vanished, evolutionary scientists [the hell-bound fools!] propose a series of mass extinctions caused by various catastrophes, though they frequently disagree on what those catastrophes were. One supposed extinction event, “the Great Dying,” is the subject of new research that claims volcanoes were responsible for wiping out 95% of life on earth.

Outrageous! There’s nothing like that in the bible. Hambo says:

Now, it’s interesting that secular scientists [Godless idiots!] are willing to accept global catastrophes — as long as it’s not THE global catastrophe: the flood of Noah’s day, as recorded in the Bible! And yet the evidence around the world clearly points to a watery catastrophe! Billions of creatures have been buried in sediments, laid down by water, all over the world. That’s clear evidence for a global flood and yet evolutionary scientists refuse to even consider it because it would wash away the millions of years needed for biological evolution.

Hambo is furious, and rightly so! He tells us:

Yes, there is tremendous evidence for massive volcanism in the past. And this activity was caused by the breaking open of the fountains of the great deep during the global flood (Genesis 7:11).

That explains it! He continues:

You see, the battle between creation and evolution isn’t over the evidence. We can observe that many of the creatures of the past are now extinct. We can see layers of volcanic ash in the rock record. These are observable facts. But how you interpret these facts in relation to the past depends on your starting point of thinking.

Well, what’s the correct starting point? Let’s read on:

Evolutionists start with millions of years of earth’s history, and so they interpret everything through that lens. Creationists start with God’s Word and the history in Genesis, and we interpret the evidence through that lens.

Here’s his powerful conclusion:

We interpret the fossil record as largely a record of the global flood catastrophe as creatures were successively buried as the floodwaters rose and raged about 4,300 years ago. The fossils don’t point to many huge mass extinctions — they point to one judgment by God on the wickedness of man.

So there you are, dear reader. It all depends on your starting point. Fortunately for Hambo, his starting point is the right one. It has all the conclusions built in, so the answers are obvious — and easy. Why don’t you follow his example?

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Klinghoffer and The Fallacy of Creationism

According to Wikipedia, James Tour is a synthetic organic chemist, specializing in nanotechnology. They also say:

In 2001, Tour signed the Discovery Institute’s “A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism”, a controversial petition which the intelligent design movement uses to promote intelligent design by attempting to cast doubt on evolution

The last time we wrote about Jimmy Tour was Discovery Institute Praises James Tour, and a month before that we wrote James Tour at the Jack Chick Website.

Well, dear reader, he’s back again at the Discovery Institute’s website. This just appeared at their creationist blog: Chemist James Tour Is Scathing, Hilarious: “Show Me the Chemistry” of Abiogensis. “It’s Not There.” It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

Rice University chemist James Tour almost defies description [We can describe him, no problem.] in a video now up of his amazing presentation at Discovery Institute’s 2019 Dallas Conference on Science and Faith. Watch it here: [Link at the Discoveroids’ post.]

Then he says:

At one point he asks for a show of hands of fellow synthetic chemists in the (large) audience. It turns out there are a couple and he demands that they stand up and call him a liar if anything he says isn’t true.

Interesting tactic, but if those two synthetic chemists are too polite to say anything, what does that prove? Anyway, Klinghoffer finally gets around to the reason he’s blogging about Jimmy Tour. He tells us:

His message is an alternatively scathing and hilarious indictment of claims from the origin-of-life studies community. Dr. Tour’s work in nanotechnology, an ulta-ultra-painstaking field, provides the backdrop for his demonstration that origins scientists don’t have the slightest idea [Gasp!] how the first life was somehow naturally synthesized by blind, mindless forces.

Wowie — this is big news! In what follows, Klinghoffer is presumably quoting Jimmy Tour:

The field hasn’t advanced an inch in 60-plus years. “Everyone’s clueless on this but no one wants to admit it.” Great scientists writing in the highest profile science journals are “lying to you” when they assert otherwise. “Show me the chemistry” of abiogenesis, he says. “It’s not there.”

Did you follow that? The message is clear: If it hasn’t yet been done in the lab, then it can’t be done — not ever! — and that proves Oogity Boogity! Or, as we recently expressed it a bit more formally: “You Don’t Know X, Therefore Y.” Putting it even more rigorously, which illustrates the argument’s flaky premise as well as its illogical structure:

1. Premise: If not X, then Y.
2. X is still being worked on.
3. Therefore, Y.

We’re temporarily calling that the Fallacy of Creationism — but there are so many others that we’ll probably need to revise the name. In his conclusion, Klinghoffer issues a bold challenge:

Jim Tour is without parallel. Truly, I’d love to hear from our materialist critics how they would answer any of this.

Well, dear reader — do you have the courage to respond?

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Discoveroids Say You Don’t Know X, Therefore Y

As our title suggests, today we have an absolutely dazzling example of cutting-edge thinking from the Discovery Institute. It appears at their creationist blog, but there’s no author’s by-line: Inside the Cell: DNA as a Library.

Ooooooooooooh! DNA as a library — that’s a brilliant analogy! Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:

On a classic episode of ID the Future [Ooooooooooooh! A Discoveroid podcast!], Discovery Institute biologist Ann Gauger discusses DNA, the library of the cell.

You’re in for a treat, dear reader. Ann Gauger (a/k/a “Annie Green Screen”) is a “senior research scientist” at the Discoveroids’ Biologic Institute. Annie’s work is so sensitive that the interior of her lab must never be seen by outsiders. You can read all about that in Klinghoffer Defends Photo Trickery. The Discoveroids’ brief post about Annie’s podcast then says:

Download the podcast or listen to it here.

There’s a link at the Discoveroids’ post. If you want to experience the intellectual and spiritual thrill of viewing the podcast — and we know you do! — you can click over there and find the link for yourself. The Discoveroids’ post continues:

Dr. Gauger delves into transcription and translation and the speed with which these processes take place. Listen in to learn more about the fantastic workings of the cell!

Ooooooooooooh! To prepare yourself for Annie’s podcast, you might start with the Wikipedia articles on Transcription and then Translation. Wait — don’t do that. It might be better not to begin by consulting a Darwinist source. Just watch the Discoveroid podcast and surrender to Annie’s wisdom.

Their brief post ends with this fascinating zinger:

And just think, it all arose by chance, blind, mindless processes alone, didn’t it?

So there you are, dear reader. How much more proof do you want? If your godless Darwinism can’t explain the library of the cell, then it had to be the work of the intelligent designer — blessed be he! Case closed!

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Easter Weekend 2019 — Free Fire Zone

This is a holiday weekend, and news of The Controversy between evolution and creationism is virtually non-existent — at least so far.

Well, you may find this interesting. It’s at the website of the Gallup Organization: U.S. Church Membership Down Sharply in Past Two Decades. It’s consistent with what we talked about last week in Creative Challenge #58: What’s Going On?, but it’s a different study with different data. One excerpt should be sufficient:

As Christian and Jewish Americans prepare to celebrate Easter and Passover, respectively, Gallup finds the percentage of Americans who report belonging to a church, synagogue or mosque at an all-time low, averaging 50% in 2018.

U.S. church membership was 70% or higher from 1937 through 1976, falling modestly to an average of 68% in the 1970s through the 1990s. The past 20 years have seen an acceleration in the drop-off, with a 20-percentage-point decline since 1999 and more than half of that change occurring since the start of the current decade.

We’ll keep looking for news, but that’s all we could find so far, which means we’ll have to entertain ourselves. Therefore, we hereby declare another Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, or even astrology, theology, mythology, and sociology — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it.

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