Evolutionists: “The spleen has no function”

Hey, don’t look at me. Your authority on the matter this this guy, a six-day creationist whose incoherent but entertaining expulsions about the “religion” of evolution are laced with just enough bitterness to suggest that, deep down, he knows he’s nucking futzo.
Here’s what’s on his front page today:
Answers to two old questions that evolutionists like to ask a creationist:
1) Why was the appendix created? It has no purpose. In other words, the evolutionists are trying to pass this off as a redundant organ, and that there was no intelligence involved in creating it. Which in their view proves evolution. But as usual, they stuck their foot in their mouth on this one, because God does not create redundant junk. The appendix acts as a safe house for good bacteria in our digestive tract.
2) Why was the spleen created? It has no purpose.
a) Spleen acts as a filter against foreign organisms that infect the blood stream.
b) Filters out old red blood cells from the blood stream and recycles them.
c) It also manufactures red blood cells as a minor role, and can take over this task if the bone marrow quits doing this for what ever reason.

Ikester thus proposes that evolutionists claim the spleen has no function (an interesting position in itself), then proceeds to debunk this idea by linking to a site describing the spleen’s function–and run by evolutionists. Oops.
He makes the same claim about the appendix and deals with it the same way–by linking to a story from an Australian news outlet in which an interviewed scientist describes the organ’s function as “a safe house for good bacteria, which can be used to effectively reboot the gut following a bout of dysentery or cholera.” Ikester reproduced this bit on his site, but he probably should have read more than one and a half paragraphs, because later on the same interviewee states (emphasis mine):

“The thing is that if we observe what’s been happening through evolution, the higher on the evolutionary scale we are and the more omnivorous animals become, then the smaller and less important the appendix becomes and humans are a good example of that.”

Keep looking, Ike. Just don’t be afraid to make that scroll bar move from time to time.

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  1. #1 by T. Bruce McNeely on December 11, 2008 - 4:56 pm

    The spleen has no function? I have never heard anyone say that in school, conferences or on the job. You can live without a spleen, but you do have to take appropriate precautions (such as immunization against pneumococcus). And i’ve certainly never heard that as an argument supporting evolution. Someone is lying.

  2. #2 by Kevin Beck on December 11, 2008 - 5:01 pm

    Ordinarily I would call “Evolutionists say the spleen has no function” a strawman, but I think Ike really believes that evolutionists not only hold to this idea but rely on it for “proof” of evolution. Remember, it takes a lot of crazy to maintain a belief in six-day creation these days.

  3. #3 by Sigmund on December 11, 2008 - 5:25 pm

    I used to frequently get into arguments with one of these young earthers about evolution where I would present lots of evidence and he would dismiss it all as being just noise. I eventually managed to get him to describe to me the process of evolution he thought so unbelievable. In his mind evolutionary theory teaches that morphological change occurs in a timespan of seconds or minutes rather than the multiple generations that the theory actually involves. For instance he thought that the theory of evolution says that all individual species arrived in this way from a protocell up to a fly, frog or rabbit, with each developing in a manner of minutes. How did they know where to stop changing? (He thought that was a good argument point). How did a male and female manage to end up at the same point? I think he looked at standard evolutionary change animations and assumed it was showing a real-time re-enactment of the process of, say, vertebrate evolution, and ignoring the point that it was meant to show the result of millions of generations to get from a fish to a mammal, for instance.
    Needless to say it was impossible to drag him away from this ridiculous strawman position. I really don’t think it is possible to convince firm young earthers about evolutionary theory. Arguing with them may have some benefits in convincing some moderate religious people that they are better off siding with reason over lunacy but I’ve never seen a single example of an evolutionist convincing a YEC believer in anything.

  4. #4 by Julie on December 11, 2008 - 6:02 pm

    Why don’t people like this get that evolution is a process? When you evolve, the process of development is gradual. The things that we don’t need anymore, such as spleens, take a long time to go away. Sort of like religion.

  5. #5 by Kevin Beck on December 11, 2008 - 6:51 pm

    “The things that we don’t need anymore, such as spleens, take a long time to go away.”
    Exactly, and I meant to say something along these lines–the fact that we have an appendix whose utility we can place in the distant past (when our diets were different) and is more a liability than anything else in the present is a point in favor of evolution, not a strike against it. But I suppose when the furthest your belief system lets you go back onto the past is a few thousand years after people domesticated wolves, you aren’t apt to accept such explanations.

  6. #6 by PalMD on December 11, 2008 - 7:39 pm

    I’ve treated a number of asplenic patients with infections due to encapsulated organisms. The spleen may not be a sine qua non, but it certainly serves a function.

  7. #7 by Pierce R. Butler on December 11, 2008 - 10:10 pm

    … the higher on the evolutionary scale …
    Last I heard, this sort of language triggers a red flag in the mind of any properly inculcated Darwinist Cultist™, and raises questions like, “Which way is up?”
    Particularly in the present context: are omnivores “higher” than more specialized eaters, or is evolutionary altitude inversely proportional to size of appendix?

  8. #8 by Bill from Dover on December 13, 2008 - 6:18 pm

    So is it the spleen or the appendix that is like the 747 with exploded pieces-parts all over the desert… or was that a typewriter?

  9. #9 by SDC on December 14, 2008 - 6:49 pm

    He must have seen that episode of Sopranos where Christopher gets shot up and survives, later telling Tony: “I got no spleen, Gene.”

  10. #10 by **Uh,Yeah** on December 23, 2008 - 8:00 pm

    …if one drinks a little too much Early Earth Miracle Creation Water – **H2O2**, or even **H2O3** after God added the “additional oxygen molecule”, then it’s a definite NO.
    One’s spleen will likely not function very well at all…

  11. #11 by joy on February 28, 2009 - 7:40 pm

    The spleen is also part of your digestive system and most importantly it helps produce white blood cells.People are allways learning,that is why we evolve with a brain! I have no spleen but vented my opinion.Up the spleen and brain cells.

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