Archive for Evolution
Of course not! Fraud! Invasive burial! Weird dinosaurs that have feet similar-looking to that of modern humans!
“Our brains use 2,000 to 5,000 so-called Intellectual Deficiency (ID) genes, according to Crabtree’s estimate. Geneticists routinely identify specific mutations in ID genes as the causes of various types of mental retardation and similar intellectual syndromes that arise during imperfections in brain development.3 Proper human intelligence requires at least one clean copy of every ID gene.4 Like a missing wooden slat in a very long rope bridge, a mutant ID gene challenges the brain to carefully “step over” the gap on its way to developing the biological infrastructure for healthy intelligence.
Each new generation accrues about 60 new mutations to the gene-coding DNA regions of the human genome. Crabtree applied this rate to calculate that “every 20-50 generations we should sustain a mutation in one copy of one of our many ID genes.” As a result, “in the past 3000 years then (~120 generations), each of us should have accumulated at the very least 2.5-6 mutations in ID genes.” Accordingly, the human intellect “perhaps reached a peak 2000-6000 years ago.”1″
Here’s another article with a similar theme. I would point out two things about this. One, whether or not the human brain is deteriorating genetically, modern humans’ reliance on machines to help with their thinking may have something to do with intellectual capacity. We are no longer required to exercise our memory and thinking skills as rigorously as our forebears who did not have super-fast computational devices. Two, the argument that Genesis was written so that “primative man” could understand it is unpersuasive, based on these findings.
Suppose two men get stranded on a desert island, and as they are walking along the beach, they see a collection of seashells ahead. As they approach, they realize that the seashells have been arranged to form a message: “Fresh water 50 yards to the north”, accompanied by an arrow helpfully directing one to the north. The first man says, “Someone must have been here before, and created this message in the sand for those of us who follow after.” The second man ridicules the first, and says, “That’s unlikely. What really happened here is that the waves and the weather threw the seashells up on the beach, and only coincidentally arranged them in a pattern that we interpret as a message.”
No offense, but the first man’s hypothesis has exponentially more credibility than the second man’s, because it is our experience that information always derives from an intelligent source. In the same way, the specific and complex genetic information present in living organisms indicates strongly that an Intelligent Agent was responsible for life’s existence.
An excerpt, in which the inability of Darwinoids to understand the implications of their own dogma:
“Among other things, Coyne berated Eldredge for not mentioning ‘some of the classic and most powerful arguments for evolution [including] the nonfunctional eyes of cave organisms, which evolved from sighted creatures.’ Of course, this is a loss of information for eye function. What would be really impressive evidence for goo-to-you evolution would be fish gaining eyesight where there was no previous genetic information for eyesight. But Coyne’s example, like nearly all others given as convincing ‘proof’ of evolution, is a change in exactly the opposite direction required for evolution!”
Ken Ham of Answers in Genesis points out a growing propensity for atheists to describe Christianity (and religion) as a virus. There are several fairly incendiary quotes that he places throughout the article, but the most disturbing ones imply that children would be better off if taken from their parents. One of the quotes, by Jilian Becker is as follows:
“Has anything caused as much human suffering as religion? You might say disease, but religion itself is a disease, of the human race and of individual minds. Persecution, war, torture, terror, bodily pain, mental anguish, profound misery, wasted lives are the chief products of religion.”
Becker has evidently not heard about a certain atheist-based philosophy known as Marxism, which seems to have incurred many of the same suboptimal effects that she ascribes to religion. Usually the atheist will counter that Marxism itself is a religion, and that the terrors produced by that philosophy should be placed in the “religion” column. I guess they’re hoping that people don’t figure out that they’re full of diseased monkey snot.
In addition, religion is clearly not a virus, because it is something people embrace. Viruses, in my experience, are usually something people know to avoid.
The point is that calling people uncomplimentary names because they do not embrace a faithless world, while annoying, has little result beyond, well, annoying people. Even making sophmoric comparisons between religion and a virus requires little more response than “You’re an idiot”. But before they engage in the despicable activity of threatening a person’s family, atheists need to remind themselves what happens when one gets between a mama bear and her cubs.