Can You Wiggle Your Ears?
Proverbs 1:22: "How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?"
Evolutionists tell us that the muscles which control movement of the ears – the auriculars – are vestigial. That is, they might have been useful to humans in our evolutionary past, but other than allowing some people to wiggle their ears, they have no purpose today.
That's why a new review of research on these muscles is causing so much excitement among evolutionists. "According to intelligent design and creationism," the researcher writes, "our body was designed by a being with perfect intelligence. Here’s something in our brain that's completely useless, so why would a being of perfect intelligence put it there?"
Biologist and creationist anatomist Dr. David Menton fired back with something for evolutionists to think about. This former professor at Washington University School of Medicine wrote: "One of the problems with the whole concept of vestigial or functionless muscles is the well-known fact that unused muscles quickly degenerate."
He went on: "It is unlikely that any muscle that was virtually unused for the lifetime of an individual (to say nothing of generations of individuals over millions of years) would remain as healthy muscle tissue. It seems overwhelmingly likely that any muscle in the body that actually exists in the present, serves some function."
Creation Moments has no doubt that Dr. Menton is correct in saying that the auricular muscles have a purpose. We do doubt, however, that evolutionists will make a serious attempt to discover what that purpose might be!
Prayer: Heavenly Father, as the Scriptures point out, scorners delight in their scorning and fools hate knowledge. Even so, I pray that You will change their hearts by overwhelming them with Your divine grace. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Notes: Stephanie Pappas, "No Purpose for Vestigial Ear-Wiggling Reflex," LiveScience, 10/22/15. David Menton, "The plantaris and the question of vestigial muscles in man," Countering the Critics, CEN Technical Journal 14(2) 2000, p. 50. Photo: Dr. David Menton. Courtesy of Answers in Genesis. (Fair Use)
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