The relationship between Language and creationism

26 Sep

The relationship between Language and creationism

I was reading today about Old English (Spoken from about the fifth century to some time after the Norman invasion of 1066) and other forms of the English language like the fascinating Pidgin English (Spoken in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea) which uses such phrases as “maritman” (obvious evolution of the phrase ‘married man’) for modern English ‘Husband’ or “i laikim tru” (obvious evolution of the phrase “I like it, true”) for modern English ‘Interesting’.

Compare also the modern English ‘Good day’ with the Old English Gódne dæg, modern Dutch Goedendag, or modern German Guten Tag. The similarity is of course, more than mere coincidence. All these languages share a common ancestor. Old English even shares similarities to old Norse and Iclandic languages.

Other examples include the similarities between French, Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. All Latin-based languages. They all evolved from one common ancestor language: Latin. Again, the similarities between the now separate and distinct modern languages is not coincidence, but is concrete evidence of a common ancestry and then evolution over time. Gradual changes in grammar rules and vocabulary that eventually resulted in the modern languages. As a result, a fluent Spanish speaker can probably understand enough Italian, French or Portuguese that they can pretty much get a general gist of the topic of conversation.

Now how does this relate to such topics as Evolutionary Biology and creationism? Take a look at modern life. Look at a Rat, and a Human. Or a Pig and a Human. They share many similarities, including organ placement (almost an exact duplicate of Human organ placement when you look at a pig) and such organs as the Vomeronasal Organ. (Humans possess it, but it no longer serves a function, it is a vestigial trait. Of course, many creationists would like to think there is no such thing as vestigial traits, and all organs present in all animals serve a purpose and are not relics of evolution) The more obvious similarities are of course present, from two eyes, central nervous system, reproduction, (placental mammals) skeletal structure. 4 limbs with 5 digits per limb. Look at our fingers, with nails, which is homologous to a claw in a rat. (again, creationists would like to say there is no such thing as homologous structures between organisms) The exception to the 5 digit example is of course, the Pig which is an ungulate of the Artiodactyla order (even-toed hoofed animals). Study the Phylogeny of Pigs, it’s pretty interesting how the hooves in all ungulates evolved from 5 toes.

Just as a spanish speaker can probably understand enough italian to get by, scientists can study the effects of drugs on animals such as lab rats and get a pretty good idea of how it will affects humans, since we share many biological similarities.

In any case, the point is that in the same manner that we can easily see common ancestry of many of today’s modern languages because of their similarities, we can also see that all modern life evolved from common ancestors due to their startling similarities. (primates and humans for example) It’s more than coincidence, and good concrete evidence of macro evolution, especially when combined with the vestigial organs present in all highly evolved life.

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