I said I’d do this a while back.
Jobe Martin is a dentist with a Masters in Theology and an undergraduate degree majoring in Biology and Music. His website decries multiculturalism and sex education, and he also narrates creationist videos.
He began his talk by describing his conversion to Christianity. About 50 people were present, including about 15 from IDEA, six other students and 20 teenagers from military academy. Throughout the meeting several IDEA club members prayed at the back of the room.
Publicity for the event depicted a bombardier beetle, with the text:
“Amazing Creatures That Defy Evolution
Dr Martin’s research into bombardier beetles and other amazing creatures conclusively proves the existence of a Creator.”
Argument from Biblical Authority:
Martin claimed evolution was faith-based, and equated it entirely with atheism:
“A basic assumption of evolution is that God does not exist.”
“If you’re a Marxist or a Shi’a Muslim or a secular humanist, you’ll choose evolution. If you’re a Christian you should be a creationist,”
“I don’t think the real issue is science, I think it is God.”
“Belief in evolution precludes happiness, loyalty and respect for life.”
One student asked whether she could be Christian without being creationist. He said no. Furthermore she should interpret the ‘days’ in Genesis literally because “day” in the Old Testament always meant a single 24 hour day.
“Jonah wasn’t in a whale’s belly for three billion years, was he?”
Many slides bore Bible verses. Not one bore a citation of a scientific paper.
Argument from Design:
Martin presented these examples of Amazing Creatures:
1. Interactions between orchids and pollinators, including mimicry;
2. mimicry of minnows by freshwater mollusks;
3. cuttlefish camouflage;
4. camels being suited to arid conditions.
He concluded that these adaptations could not have evolved because:
a. “Only God can do that. In my opinion only God can do that.”
b. (wrt Creatures 1. and 2.) “It’s the size of a pinhead.”
Bombardier beetles were not mentioned, making preparatory reading useless.
“Evolutionists suppress knowledge of these creatures because they are self-evidently designed.”
Several times, Martin referred to an organism by Latin name and asked if anyone had heard of it. If no hands went up, he continued,
“See? Nobody works on this.”
He also assured us that, according to an anonymous planetary geologist, estimates of the age of the moon were falsified.
God of the Gaps:
Martin asserted that the failure of scientists to recreate life showed that evolution was impossible, and that amino acids produced by abiotic processes are an equal mixture of L and D stereoisomers. Someone pointed out to him that this is not true for all reaction conditions. He responded:
“In the original experiment an equal amount of each was made. That’s not building blocks of life, that’s poison.”
“Not one mutation has been observed that adds information to the genome.”
“In the hundreds of years from wolf to poodle, information has only been lost.”
“Poodles and wolves will not hybridise because information has dropped out."
Martin allowed that speciation occurred because he said things were “free to vary within their kind”. As well as stating that DNA polymerase “fixes more than 60 different things” to keep kinds constant, he invoked sexual stabilizing selection:
“When two moose are fighting for a female, the most moosish moose will win.”
He ended the talk with this:
“Language comes from intelligence; DNA is language; therefore, DNA was intelligently designed. Can anyone spot anything wrong with that?”
He at first refused to define his terms but eventually said language was “a system that communicates information”.
Argument from Gross Misunderstanding:
“Why don’t we see chickenducks and cowhorses?”
“Evolution is random.”
“How do you get personality with slime plus time?”
“Can chimps sing in three-part harmony?”
“Can an explosion produce order?”
Martin claimed rock can only hold oil for 10000 years, and concrete stalactites are evidence that all stalactites formed recently. He mentioned a Dr von Gardner, whom he claimed was a respected geologist supporting his position.
Martin argued that the rate of human population growth has been constant since Noah’s Ark 4500 years ago and I can’t keep this detached reportage thing up any longer. At a respected university, in 2005, he was showing us a diagram of Noah’s Ark. That’s the scientific, evidence-based ID movement. For fuck’s sake.