Chook, the Adelaide Zoo’s acclaimed lyrebird, has died. In the new book Seeing the Non-Existent: Evolution’s Myths and Hoaxes, we wrote the following: “Some birds can even recreate other non-bird sounds in nature and man-made noises. The Australian lyrebird, the king of feathered mimics, can imitate such things as the whirring of a camera’s motor drive and shutter, car engines and alarms, rifle-shots, explosions, a baby’s cry, a dog’s bark, and the screech of a chainsaw. There is a sound clip online of Chook, a lyrebird at the Adelaide Zoo, imitating construction equipment (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeQjkQpeJwY). See also http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/life/Superb_Lyrebird. These amazing feats require not only a wonderfully-designed voice box but also marvelous intelligence, not only to control the voice apparatus but also to identify and recall sounds.” A pastor friend likened Chook to a preacher who merely repeats what his “crowd” believes. The Chook-preacher can imitate with amazing accuracy the position of the good old boy’s network, but he doesn’t think for himself with the Bible truly as his sole authority and Christ truly as his only Lord. I guess this isn’t fair to Chook, though, since he was only a bird, designed by the Creator to entertain humans, and had no wisdom with which interpret the meaning of the sounds he reproduced. The Chook-preacher has no such an excuse.
(Friday Church News Notes, January 6, 2012, www.wayoflife.org firstname.lastname@example.org, 866-295-4143)
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