Last week I saw a set of DVDs sitting on the desk of a coworker. I stopped to take a peek. Hmmmm, “Incredible Creatures that Defy Evolution…” I quickly set the disks back on his desk, exactly the way I found them, and moved on as if nothing had happened. I don’t like to get involved in certain types of conversations at work. Eventually I asked him, casually, about them as if I didn’t know what they were. To my relief he said he had come across them, didn’t know what they were and didn’t care and told me I could have them if I wanted. Offer accepted. Now I could watch them without feeling guilty about contributing any money whatsoever toward the spread of idiocy. To top off the mixed feelings, I found the book the videos were based on, The Evolution of a Creationist, available online for free. I also got hold of a transcript of a television interview Dr. Martin did for a Christian program where he talked about his work. I had a day off work (for other reasons-I wouldn’t call out of work to watch creationist propaganda if that’s what you’re thinking) and had a barrel of laughs with WilloNyx as we watched the first video, almost an hour of GawdDidIt on the big screen.
Incredible Creatures That Defy Evolution with Dr. Jobe Martin
Based on what I read ahead of time about these videos I was sure to be in for a treat. One website informed me that this set of videos “presents powerful evidence that proves that animal designs can only be attributed to a creator. They cannot possibly be explained by evolution. This program will inspire you to look more closely at the world around you.” Oh yeah. I was pumped.
As the video began we were introduced to an actor dressed like an Animal Planet star walking around what looked like a zoo. His first job was to fluff “Dr.” Jobe for us. Tell us sir, what is it that makes Dr. Martin uniquely qualified to overturn centuries of scientific research? I’m glad you asked gentle viewer. Well you see, half a century ago Dr. Martin was a dentist on Air Force One. Be still my heart (wiping a tear). You had me at dentist… You had me at dentist… There I was, thoroughly impressed by the man and I hadn’t even heard the good doctor speak yet. It was a good thing I was committed to writing this piece because, all sarcasm aside, once he opened his mouth I regretted bringing the DVDs home.
I have to confess to you, while I managed to watch the entirety of part one, I could not bring myself to watch the other two. I can’t get that time back, no matter what I do. The video offered not one single piece of evidence to support the assertions of irreducible complexity it made over and over again. It didn’t bother to examine any of the evolutionary explanations it purported to disprove. It simply mentioned and described, usually inaccurately, some biological system or organ and stated that it couldn’t have evolved. It even went so far as to pretend like these creatures were kept secret and out of the scientific literature because they baffled “evolutionists.”
In fact, I was already familiar with every single species this video highlighted because they were all classic case studies in evolution. The chemical arsenal of the bombardier beetle; the cardiopulmonary system of giraffes; the tongues of certain species of woodpecker, etc. As if this wasn’t dishonest enough, many of Dr. Martin’s descriptions of the biological systems were horribly inaccurate to the point of absurdity.
None of this was surprising after listening to Dr. Martin summarize his education in evolutionary biology. I’ll paraphrase. It began with a big bang which released a bunch of hydrogen gas which turned to dust. The dust became the earth which was dry until volcanoes made water. Somewhere some stuff gets zapped with lightning or X-rays or something and BAM! Life.
See, it makes perfect sense now. Doesn’t it? If that wasn’t painfully stupid enough, he constantly throws bible verses around in place of evidence. Somewhere in the video he mentions that there is more information in his book The Evolution of a Creationist. If you had any doubts before about a possible masochistic streak in me, doubt no more. I decided to read the book. I’ll save that discussion for my next installment.