The latest edition of That’s a Fact is called Evolution in Action, and consists entirely of a straw man (that is, once we get past the usual lengthy intro). Behold!
In other news, embedding is working again.
Let’s just fast-forward through the start…
It’s easy to see that puppies grow to become dogs, and that kittens become cats. But what about animals that look very different when they are babies? Like Tadpoles. When Frog eggs hatch the tiny tadpoles live in water and swim around, a lot like small fish, and as they get older they grow legs, lungs, and they lose their tails. Eventually, they can leave the water and hop around on land, just like grown up frogs. Some say that tadpoles becoming frogs shows evolution in action – the same has been said of caterpillars and butterflies.
Who say that? I don’t, but I could find on the ICR’s FAQ page an entry for When a Tadpole Turns into a Frog – Is This Evolution in Action? In it, John Morris defends against that silly question, as he does in other similar articles against similarly silly questions.
But that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense when you think about it – after all, a puppy never grows into an ostrich, and a kitten never becomes and armidillo. In the same way, a tadpole never grows up to be anything except a frog.
It may not make a lot of sense, but this is not why. That FAQ page answers it a lot better – in summary the tadpole may have changed, but it hasn’t really changed. Nobody thinks that tadpoles -> frogs is evolution, and the only conceivable reason that such an ‘FAQ’ is even there is if people were getting confused. Nevertheless, rather than taking the ‘if you were thinking…’ line, this video tries to take the ‘stupid scientists’ line, at least implying that that is the case without actually saying it.
That’s because the bible says God specifically and purposefully made every creature, from the birds in the air to the fish in the sea, and he gave them the ability to reproduce after their kind, so that they could multiply and fill the earth. If monkey’s had fish for babies they wouldn’t be around very long.
Wouldn’t they? At any rate, evolution would say that such a state of affairs could not survive.
So, while a baby penguin is puffy and cute, it loses its fuzz when it grows up and instead gets a nice, streamlined body that’s perfect for swimming.
The ‘purpose’ of the puffy coat of the penguin is not to be cute, but to keep it warm while it is small. Again, evolutionary advantage and all that.
It’s the same when tadpoles lose their tails or when caterpillars are given beautiful wings. All of it showcases the wonderful design and artistry of our creator.
Yeah, yeah, yeah – art proves design. Or something. Anything can be beautiful, you know – even random, purposeless things.
So, yeah, the only thing to say about this video is that embedding works again, and I’ve already said that…