Review: Jonathan Park: Ep. 20 – The Talking Picture

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Plot Summary

Artist Riley Sievers is helping Benjamin work on an invention when suddenly, he disappears! While police suspect Riley’s kidnapping is connected to his father’s campaign for Governor, the Eagle’s Nest Gang search for Riley and the truth. (Taken from here.)

Topics in this episode:

  • Sound and Its Purposes
  • Sound Frequency
  • How We Hear
  • Tensor Tympani and Stapedius Muscles


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, here is episode 20 –  ‘The Talking Picture′.

Topics in this episode



The Story: Grandpa Benjamin explains to the Eagle’s Nest gang how sound works.  He tells them

that sound travels in waves.  An object needs to start a vibration to get the sound waves rolling. There are many ways sound waves can be made.

Sound is helpful to us.  Without sound we would not be able to deal with our surroundings as well.  We wouldn’t be able to hear something dangerous coming towards us, or we wouldn’t have speech to be able to communicate.  God gave us sound for our pleasure.


The Facts: The facts are correct.

What dangers were there in the Garden of Eden (other than the Serpent, which ironically, led to Man’s downfall)?

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Sound Frequency

The Story: Grandpa Benjamin explains that most humans can only hear sounds within a certain frequency range, about 20-20,000 waves per second.  Frequency is related to pitch.  A lower frequency produces a lower pitch and a higher frequency produces a higher pitch. (9:52-11:20)

All the important things we need to hear are sounds within our hearing range.  This is evidence of a loving Creator God.  Some people say that ‘evolution accidentally made it that way.’  If evolution were true, our vocal chords might have evolved in a way that their frequency wasn’t in our hearing range.  Instead, our voices are perfectly suited for what our ears hear.  That shows design by the Creator.  If our ears could hear the whole range of frequencies, it would be too overwhelming.  Instead, God has made our ears to hear exactly what we need to.


The Facts: The segment from 9:52-11:20 about hearing is all factual and correct.

Who exactly says that evolution accidentally made it so that we only hear the important things?  Young Earth Creationists?  Evolution is not a process of accidents, so this claim is quite bizarre.  Grandpa Benjamin exhibits an extremely poor understanding of how evolution works if he assumes that different parts of the body ‘might’ evolve incompatibly with each other.  Concluding that it shows design and therefore a loving Creator God is arguing from incredulity and using a teleological argument.

Did Adam and Eve have the hearing range that we have now?  Or, was this range adapted over the years?

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How We Hear

The Story: Dr Park explains to Jonathan how our ears work to pick up sounds. First, the sound travels down into our ear canal and hits up against our ear drum. As the ear drum moves with the waves, it moves along the three little bones – the hammer, the anvil and the stirrup – which increase the volume 25 times and then sends it along a tube that is filled with liquid.  Inside the tube are tiny hairs which translate the waves into electronic pulses, which our brains receive as sound. (16:23-17:41)

Angela says that the ear is so complex that only a Designer could have made it. (17:41-17:48)

The acts: The information about how the ear works is correct.

The answer to Angela’s opinion can be found here. She is making a teleological argument.

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Tensor Tympani and Stapedius Muscles

The Story: Grandpa Benjamin explains that when we hear a sound that is too loud for our ears, the tensor tympani muscle pulls the hammer bone in, and the stapedius muscle pulls in the stirrup bone.  Dr Park likens it to hitting a drum with one hand and dampening the sound with the other. Our ears are very sensitive – any more sensitive and we would be able to hear air molecules passing through our ear canal – and yet we can hear sounds that are 10,000 times louder than that.  Our ears can pick up an incredible range of sound, much better than any man-made technology.  Katie says, ‘That just shows how well God designed our ears!’ (21:20-22:13)

The Facts: The scientific facts are correct.  The last statement is YEC propaganda and a teleological argument.

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Most of the show was spent on the adventure. The facts presented are correct.  I could have done without the teleological arguments, though.

The Study Guide has more detailed information.  You might be better off reading the Study Guide rather than listening to the CD.  The Guide also contains YEC propaganda, so you will have to watch out for that.

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I am a Malaysian-born woman who is married to an Australian and now live in Melbourne, Australia. I am a mother to four children. I home school. I like reading, writing, and cooking -- not necessarily in that order. I care about grammar and spelling, but am nonchalant about the Oxford Comma. I try to follow Christ's teachings.

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