Whenever Ken Ham is asked about obstacles to Noah building the ark, he claims that pre-flood humans had advanced technologies and Noah was sure to utilize them. Yet, the Ark Encounter is filled with very primitive “technologies” and doesn’t even reflect the metal-working and forging skills which he claims existed long before the flood. For example, Ham’s exhibits show very inefficient storage of liquids and foods in pottery jars instead of large vats and tanks. Why? Indeed, the exhibit don’t even touch upon quantifying storage needs and ark capacities. He has an entire exhibit criticizing (and even mocking) traditional Sunday School materials and children’s books for their unsophisticated representations of the ark, yet his entire tourist attraction is filled with primitive depictions which contradict his own claims. Why wouldn’t a metal-working society at least have simple pipes for delivering water and flushing waste? And considering that Ham claims that Noah used sophisticated machinery for building the ark, why isn’t there the simplest motor or even lever and pulley systems depicted in Ark Encounter exhibits? I get the impression that the “advanced technology wild card” is something he keeps in his pocket as a last resort when answering obvious questions—but otherwise he wants to match the average Christian’s expectations of familiar Sunday School images, even if they risk looking like a Flintstones version of the ancient world. (Ham claims that animals provided the power for various problem-solving contraptions within the ark.)
Of course, all of this probably explains why the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are not known for informative docents ready and willing to answer a lot of obvious questions. Even a child from a typical farm background will notice that a floating barge of the size of the Ark Encounter that is filled with so many animals is going to have huge ventilation and sanitation problems. The wasted-splattered wooden floors would immediately begin to rot and provide growth media for countless fungi and bacteria. The acidic stench alone would be intolerable to humans—and inescapable in every room. Slimes, molds, and various mushrooms would cover every wooden surface by the end of the first week. Surely there are plenty of Ark Encounter and Creation Museum visitors who vocalize these questions, despite stern rules prohibiting their expression within earshot of other guests. (Posting such questions on AiG Facebook pages leads to deletion within minutes. Repeated postings get the questioner banned. That happened to me.) The original layout for the Ark Encounter included a petting zoo on the second deck. Ham & Co. soon discovered that health regulations make such a plan virtually impossible. Yet, I’m surprised AIG doesn’t simply claim that God suspended the usual biological phenomena and kept all surfaces germ free and the animals supernaturally vaccinated against all possible infections. Perhaps feeding and waste elimination were also suspended. (If I recall correctly, Morris and Whitcomb in The Genesis Flood suggested that all animals went into a efficient hibernation state.) Frankly, I would find those explanations far more satisfactory than Flintstones types of solution and I think most ark visitors would agree.
I guess this “superior technology” issue is off-topic but whenever I see “Ken Ham’s Impossible and Incompatible Claims”, it is hard to draw a boundary line. It scares me what the Ark Encounter communicates to the general public about what it means to be a Christ-follower and one who trusts in the Bible.