Webinar recording

The Wonder of Hearing

Date recorded: 22 Mar 2016 | Speaker: Andy McIntosh
Topic: Science


The Wonder of Hearing - exquisite miniature engineering bringing sound to our souls… all from a reptile jaw?

The talk addresses the intricacy in the design of the mammalian ear, and in particular the human ear. There is minute and detailed engineering involved in the movement in air of acoustic waves which then transmit vibrations through to the mechanical movement of three tiny bones in the ear, then to movement in liquid, then movement of a special membrane splitting the sound into its component parts by frequency, then movement of very tiny hairs, and finally through electro-chemical bonds generating electrical signals to go to the brain. This has caused even Dawkins to write of the three inner bones in “the mammalian  ear, where they constitute an exquisitely delicate bridge, to transport sound from the eardrum to the inner ear.” [Dawkins, R. The greatest show on earth – the evidence for evolution, Black Swan, 2009, p.293]. Rather than give glory to God who has clearly stated (Prov 20:12) “The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the LORD hath made even both of them,” evolutionists insist that these three tiny bones gradually changed their location as they moved from the jaw bones of reptiles. The logic of this is beyond comprehension when one understands the near perfect acoustic transmission involved in this system.

Prof McIntosh brings to bear his acoustic engineering background to show that the frequency analyser we all have in our ears is not only an example of brilliant engineering design, but is also a tribute to the beauty of what the Lord has made in sound sensory mechanisms, and the ability to appreciate voice and music.

“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well” (Ps 139:14)

“…that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.” (Rom 1:19,20)