Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 9 – Art Heist Adventure

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Plot Summary

The Park and Brenan families are going to an art show, and Katie is left behind to babysit Ryan. However, during a series of babysitting mishaps, Katie and Ryan uncover an exciting plot to steal paintings from the show. (taken from here)

Topics in this episode:

  • Fibonacci Numbers
  • Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio
  • Fibonacci Numbers and the Human Body
  • Famous Artists Who Studied Fibonacci Numbers
  • Evolution as a Chance Process Could Not Have Produced Fibonacci Patterns

The Study Guide for episode 9 can be found here: jp_vol1_study_guide_epi9

Background Information

The Jonathan Park CDs are produced by Vision Forum Ministries.  Through these CDs, VF hope to ‘provide children and adults with scientific evidence that is in harmony with the Word of God’.  [Which raises the questions, ‘What does “in harmony” mean?’ and ‘What do they do with scientific evidence that is not in harmony with the Word of God?’]

Tagline: This is our Father’s world, God created it; we can explore it, so live the adventure!

So, without much further ado, let’s take a look at the ninth episode ‘Art Heist Adventure’.

Topics in this episode:

Issues

Fibonacci Numbers

The Story: Mrs Park explains about Fibonacci numbers. Dr Park says that just like builders use blueprints to help them build things, Fibonacci numbers are the building blocks of patterns that we see in many beautiful things in nature.  The golden spiral is found throughout nature: our galaxy, seashells, rams’ horns, etc.  Dr Park likes to think of it as the ‘fingerprint of God’. (5:55-7:15)

Jessie explains more about Fibonacci numbers.  They are a sequence of numbers where each number is the sum of the previous two numbers:

0 1 1 2 3 5 8 13 21…

Dr Park says that a good example to look at is the sunflower.

Sunflower

Sunflower

Fibonacci Pattern

Fibonacci Pattern

(8:25-9:33)

The Facts: Fibonacci numbers are indeed very unique and special.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with the science here.

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Fibonacci Numbers and the Golden Ratio

The Story: Riley Sievers, the artist, explains to Jonathan about Design and Fibonacci Numbers.  He talks about the Golden Rectangle, a rectangle where the sides are made up of two sequential Fibonacci numbers.  Such rectangles are very pleasing to eye.  If one takes the larger number and divide it by the lower number, the ratio is 1.6; if one takes the lower number and divide it by the larger number, the ratio is 0.6.  This rule applies for all the numbers in the Fibonacci sequence. Leonardo of Pisa discovered Fibonacci numbers while studying rabbits. (13:55-15:00)

The Facts: I searched on the internet, but was unable to substantiate the claim that Leonardo used real rabbits in his study.  According to this site, Leonardo was interested in rabbit reproduction. He created an imaginary set of ideal conditions under which rabbits could breed. [Real life rarely is ‘ideal’!]

I also stumbled across this site, which I think makes for interesting reading.  The author is somewhat cynical and feels that sometimes we just see what we want to see and make things fit patterns.

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Fibonacci Numbers and the Human Body

The Story: Mr Sievers explains that our bodies have these Fibonacci patterns.  It has been theorised that the more pleasing a human body feature looks, the more closely aligned it is to the Fibonacci.  So, it is true that we are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made, as it says in Psalm 139.  (15:29-15:55)

The Facts: I have heard this, too.  Take the hand, or more specifically, the fingers.  Measure each finger segment and divide it by the measurement of the next finger segment.  The closer it is to the golden ratio (1.6 or 0.6), the closer it is to being very pleasing to the eye.

Now a word about beauty.  I certainly do believe that we are fearfully and wonderfully made, BUT I think you’d be hard-pressed to find very many perfect Fibonacci-model people, except for maybe models.  And besides, doesn’t God look at the heart?

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Famous Artists Who Studied Fibonacci Numbers

The Story: Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Monet, Michaelangelo and others are among those who studied Fibonacci numbers. (16:00-16:10)

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Evolution

The Story: Martha finds it strange that a man spent his whole life convincing people that his fake paintings were the real thing.  She likens this to evolution – here we are in this beautifully designed world, truly a work of art, and yet ‘we are sold to this fake idea that we evolved through random chance processes.’ Her husband, Jim, agrees and says that people who believe in evolution have a huge problem on their hands, namely, why are there all these Fibonacci patterns?  Since evolution is random, there shouldn’t be any patterns, or beautiful things.  He concludes that these Fibonacci patterns are tremendous evidence that a Creator made our world.  (23:10-23:53)

The Facts: People see patterns all the time. Martha and Jim are making teleological arguments and not scientific ones.

Secondly, Evolution is NOT a chance process!

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Moral Lessons

Responsibility

Katie feels bad because she can’t go to the Art Show.  She is reminded that it is important to be responsible. Matthew 25:21 (2:23-2:36)

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Conclusion:

The main point of the show is about Fibonacci Numbers.  All the facts presented in the show are pretty much true.

The idea that evolution is a random process is once again spouted.  This idea is wrong.  Evolution is NOT a chance process.

The adventure aspect was okay.  I don’t know how old Katie is exactly (she sounds really young!), but she may not really be old enough to legally be home alone, let alone babysit.  Nevertheless, children may find this cool.

The bad guys are clearly bad guys, they speak in a sinister Italian gangster-type accent. This, too, is okay for younger listeners.

Since they have misrepresented evolution and employed teleological arguments in order to promote their brand of Creationism, I cannot recommend this to anyone.

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