There is a number of other reviews. Look here, here, here, here and here (and probably many more).
Here are some comments from Ken Ham and Ray Comfort on the movie.
Revised: Feb. 28. 2017
All in all this is one of the worst examples of manipulation I have come
If it shows anything, it shows a creationist who have no respect for other
The picture of evolution is completely distorted (remember that even if you find an idea silly, wrong, fraudulent or otherwise bad, you still have to present it correctly).
It paints a picture of ‘Atheists’ ‘ views on evolution that is so distorted,
that it can only be either ignorance or a will to misinform.
It is presented as if it is a coincidence that plants produce oxygen and
organic matter from CO2 and water, by means of solar energy, and
animals do the opposite: break down organic matter and thereby releasing CO2,
water and energy.
What would the chance be of such a system coming up by accident!
If you know a little about evolution, you would know how this
is thought to have come around.
Here is the short version of the history, which tells why this presentation is based
on a profoundly ignorant idea about evolution.
The first prokaryotic life (Prokaryote = without a nucleus, that is Bacteria
and Archaea) was anaerobic (life without oxygen). Extracting energy by various
forms of chemical reactions without oxygen. Along came photosynthesis (admitted,
I don’t know how it evolved). The slowly rising oxygen level in the ocean
was a problem for some organisms, which survived in places where oxygen levels
were low. Others adjusted to the new environment and evolved ways to break down
organic matter, using oxygen (aerobic). The benefit of that is huge. Using oxygen
extracts more energy from organic matter than any other chemical reaction.
It is by no way a coincidence. One (aerobic decomposition of organic matter)
evolved as a response to the other (photosynthesis).
Of course, it is relevant to ask about the details of how these two systems
evolved. But that is not what Ray Comfort does. He just claims that it is a fantastic
He ask tough questions to a lot of people with not much education, and he
doesn’t give them a chance to think before they answer. He just put one
question on top of the other, repeatedly.
The aim clearly is to leave the impression that the interviewed cannot answer,
while the impression it actually leaves is that the interviewer, Ray Comfort,
doesn't want them to think about an answer - they might come up with one.
I cannot escape the feeling of being manipulated. That these people either
have been carefully instructed, or carefully selected. Selected in the sense
that if anyone actually knew about evolution and Origin of Life theories and therefore
could give adequate answers, they were deleted.
One example (the woman appearing about 6Â½ minutes into the film): Here the person
actually comes up with some sort of an answer, RC immediately changes the
RC: Do you believe DNA happened by accident?
Woman: No, I think that it developed over the course of many many millennia of
evolution and development!
RC: DNA exists in every living thing. Its origin don't matter, the fact that
there is intelligent information tells us there must have been an intelligent
If the origin of DNA don't (sic!) matter, why did RC ask about the origin?
The minute the woman actually tries to start an answer, he changes the subject
and tells the woman what to think.
Also, the way he asks leaves the impression that DNA in various organisms
must have originated independently.
According to the video. Life is mostly birds and mammals. In reality, that
is only about 15,000 of at least 1,500,000 species of animals (excluding
Plants, Fungi, Protists, Bacteria and Archaea).
Asking people a line of questions that is not followed by the relevant
information, and not giving them any time to reflect over the answer, is
A person who believes that according to evolution ‘DNA happened by accident’ do not know much
about evolution and ‘origin of life’ research.
'Nothing created everything!' Just because we don’t understand how, doesn’t
make it wrong. At the very moment of BigBang all known laws of physics brakes down. We don't know - perhaps the creation of energy is permitted under such circumstances!
Here’s an example:
It seems counterintuitive that something could be in one position and a little
later be in another position, without at any time obtaining any other position
in between (or elsewhere). However, according to quantum mechanics, that is
what electrons do all the time.
Then there is a short part of an interview with Lawrence Krauss (full interview here - patience; it starts about 16 minutes into the video):
Asked if DNA can be formed spontaneously, he uses a brilliant picture of a
snowflake. Of course, a bit out of the line of what the interviewer are aiming
at, which is information. But that is due to Ray Comfort not asking the right
question. And here he leaves Krauss.
Comfort knows that if he asked him the tough question: "Where did the
information come from" Krauss would be able to give an answer, and the
interviewer doesn’t want that because that would destroy his point, which is
the usual (wrong) postulation that information needs an intelligent informer.
(Random sequences of amino acids, that is proteins, have been shown to contain
Then it changes to uninformed postulation, in the form of more questions to
What came first, chicken or egg? This is such a stupid manipulation. The
interviewed persons are apparently quite ignorant regarding evolution.
This is where the sense of manipulation is strongest. The people he asks are so
confused about the question, that they certainly cannot be studying biology.
Based on knowledge of evolution, the answer is actually quite simple. Animals lay eggs long before birds evolved.
Birds evolved from dinosaurs, which lay eggs. The egg is therefor much older
than the chicken.
The relevant question would be: How did birds evolve? But that is not the
question Mr. Comfort asks.
If this shows anything, it shows either the interviewers willingness to
manipulate; or his (and the persons interviewed) total lack of understanding of
evolution. It seems as if he thinks that evolution tells us, that the first chicken
sprang into existence suddenly out of nowhere.
How did I see before I had eyes? Is the next stupid question.
Eyes evolved early in the chordate line (Humans are Vertebrates, Vertebrates
are Chordates - therefor this is the relevant group to look at), probably by a
process something like that described by Darwin 150 years ago. Lots of animals
do fine without eyes.
The good (and hard) question would be: 'How did eyes evolve'? But to ask that you need just a little bit of understanding of evolution, therefor Ray Comfort doesn't ask that. It simply doesn't come to his mind.
The good counter-question would be: 'Why are there so many different kinds of eyes?'
Or: Why are the simplest eyes so incredibly simple (just a single light sensitive cell attached to a cell with cilia), compared to the Human eye?
Next question. This time it actually makes sense: "What about blood and heart, what came first?" What use is a
heart without blood? How do the blood get around the body with no heart?
But again, knowledge of evolution solves it. At least at the first level of understanding, it is pretty simple. The first chordates to have blood probably
looked something like a Lancelet. Fossils
of Lancelet-like creatures have been found in Cambrian sediments. Lancelets
have a circular system but no real heart (a strukture called 'sinus venosus'). Aorta, the artireum leading blood from Sinus venosus is contractile, but there is no heart chambers or valves. The circulation is probably aided by muscle activity.
We have such a system (the skeletal muscle pump) helping a more efficient blood
circulation during work. Blood lacks hemoglobin and probably it's prime function is to carry away waste products.
The next level of questioning: "How were the details. How did blood evolve? How did blood-vessels form a heart?" is of course much harder. But Ray Comfort doesn't ask any of those.
The question not only reveals that the interviewer has a purpose to manipulate.
He also is ignorant of the evolution of vertebrates.
"Did the first chicken have lungs?" Bla bla bla give the man a
chance to think before you ask the next question.
Given the chance, a person with a good understanding and knowledge of evolution
(not necessarily an expert) could answer all of that.
"You have to translate that to elephants, horses, cats, cows, humans,
every living thing". Why only mention mammals? Because if he mentioned
Lancelets, Fish or Tunicates (if the
person was a biologists, he would know what a tunicate is) it would lead to the
And here it is clear that Ray Comfort thinks that every single species (he would say 'kind') needed to evolve lungs, heart, eyes and so on, from scratch. Which is of course nonsense, as all the mentioned animals are mammals that has a common ancestor which already had eyes, lungs, heart, blood etc. But otherwise the "You have to translate that ..." makes no sense.
Can you think of anything that is not fully evolved? What a
nonsense question. What would a not-fully-evolved organism look like? If you don't know what to look for, how would you know if you found it? But you can actually try to answer it. As mentioned the lancelet has blood, but no heart, so it is in this foolish sense, not fully evolved. Also, as mentioned, the most simple light sensitive organ in multicellular organisms is only a single light sensitive neural cell connected to a cell with cilia (mark: no brain invelved), in Ragworm Larvae . Is that a 'fully evolved' eye? Some insects and birds can see ultraviolet light. Humans cannot. Does that mean that our eyes are not 'fully evolved'? The concept doesn't make any sense!
"You are a moral being, not like a dog or a cat." Doesn’t a cat
care about its cubs? Of course it does. All mammals and most Birds do. Even
crocodiles, some snakes and lizards, even fish protect their young.
"People get the wrong image of God." I find this part
uninteresting. The interviewer is just lecturing his personal religious ideas.
And on top of that, he patronizes the interviewed persons by telling them that
he knows that they know he is right.
Studying nature to make good designs shows nothing about where those
natural designs came from. "He has given us literally all things to
enjoy!" Like malaria and the rest?
Then Mr. Comfort goes on to the amazing properties of earth that supports
life. However, he doesn’t mention any attempt to calculate the number of
planets in the universe (probably billions of billions). In addition, Origin of
Life is pictured as the first living cell popping into existence with no
No one have believed that for more than a century.
Then comes the distorted picture of evolution mentioned in the beginning (The O2 - CO2 example).