Pharyngula

Well, fly fishing is a science

This is hilarious. That wacky Islamic creationist, Harun Yahya, sent all those copies of his great big expensive book, Atlas of Creation, to biologists all around the country, and darned few of us have actually bothered to look at it in any detail. The general pattern of the book is repetitious and predictable: the book shows a picture of a fossil and a photo of a living animal, and declares that they haven’t changed a bit, therefore evolution is false. Over and over. It gets old fast, and it’s usually wrong (they have changed!) and the photography, while lovely, is entirely stolen.

Here’s the latest funny part: someone did scrutinize the photos a little more carefully, and discovered a few of the photos are actually of fishing lures, hook and all. That’s the level of competence we’re talking about in this book.

By the way, I recently got another copy of the Atlas — the only difference seems to be that the new version has an emerald green cover, while the previous was bright red. Man, it’s impressive that they’ve got so much money that they’ll send out new editions just to change the cover color.

Comments

  1. #1 David Marjanovi?, OM
    January 10, 2008

    Ughh…. the bird skeleton he shows to indicate birds are unchanged is an enantiornithine, which all went extinct at the end of the Cretaceous.

    He discusses how crinoids are unchanged and shows fossil crinoids and extant polycheate worms as one and the same..

    And the “280-million-year-old frog” is the 160-million-year-old salamander Karaurus. Complete with tail and all. Never mind the fact that the oldest known frogs are 250 million years old. Oktar’s carelessness is incredible.

  2. #2 FrederickK
    October 3, 2008

    Richard DAWKINS seems to be BADLY TAKEN THE BAIT LIKE A FISH! It is actually very good that Harun Yahya put the picture of a model of a caddisfly right beside the fossil picture of the insect. This insect still exists today. The real picture of the living specimen and its model picture are all the same. Everywhere in the Internet, plenty of living pictures of the insect are available. Besides this model picture is not available in the other editions of the Atlas of Creation, Harun Yahya put the original picture on the other editions. Dawkins reckoned this as a mistake and published it on his website. And after that, some of the newspapers and websites that thought this as a huge discovery published the Dawkins’ news immediately. Whereas it is not something disadvantageous as Dawkins thinks. On the Atlas of Creation, it is being told that an insect which is living today and of which the living picture can be found anywhere on the internet has not been changed for 25 million years. So, thanks to Dawkins, millions of people visited the Atlas of Creation website. And they learned that the insect has not changed for millions of years.

  3. #3 Kel
    October 3, 2008

    Yo FrederickK, ever heard of punctuated equilibrium? If the organism is fully adapted to it’s environment, it won’t change. If the fossil record turned up a homosapien skull before mammals came about, then it would be something significant.

  4. #4 Jean DuBois
    December 1, 2008

    Someone should sue that moron who goes by the name of Harun Yahya aka Adnan Oktar for copyright infringement on the stolen photos. The sad thing is that the prosecutors who banned Prof Dawkins’ site in Turkey have no more neurones than this pitiful clown with lots of money to spare to produce this very expensive litter liner of a book. As to where this money might be coming from, the Light House (Deniz Feneri) court case in Germany might be a good eye opener. The German Federal Court indicted some fundamentalist Turkish citizens living in Germany for fraudulent fund raising, with links allegedly going all the way to the AKP (governing party in Turkey). These people have no concept of critical thinking, which is proven day after day with the fruitless rhetoric displayed by the AKP chiefs. What I find really depressing and insulting is that the EU is championing the policies of AKP, which are nothing but diversion to their Islamic and bigot agenda. The EU should be firm on demanding secular policies by reiterating that this is, if nothing else, is a deal breaker for accession prospect of Turkey to the EU. The EU should not be fooled by the hypocritical act portrayed by the AKP claiming to cherish secular ideal. This is a total lie! If it walks like a duck, quakes like a duck, it sure is a duck. And the AKP for all their non-secular and bigot policies is the lamest duck of all!!

  5. #5 Dave A
    January 7, 2009

    “darned few of us have actually bothered to look at it in any detail.”

    How then is any further comment valid?

    “a few of the photos are actually of fishing lures, hook and all.”

    From the evidence provided, only one of the photos in the book features a fishing lure, the other is a replica of the arachnid.

    I don’t believe in creationism, but I find it incredible that the ONLY thing about this book that is making the headlines is that the authors have included an image of a replica of an animal, as opposed to an image of the animal itself.