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Monday, August 13, 2018

Insect Fossils Fluster Evolutionists

To heard particles-to-praying mantis evolutionists tell it, their naturalistic view of origins is a done deal. Maybe some minor disagreements among evolutionary scientists, but they are certain that common descent occurred. When someone that's been reading up on it presses them for the details, evolutionists reluctantly admit that there are several major problems in dating, lineages, actual evidence, and so on. There are serious problems with the story of insect evolution.

Another problem for evolutionists is the huge gap in the fossil record regarding insects.
Unidentified insect fossil image credit: US National Park Service
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As you know, the most fossils are marine organisms. There are also (to use the technical term) bunches of insects. Problem is, evolutionists have an insect fossil, and then — nothing. After that, insects suddenly burst into the fossil record, fully formed. This missing space is called the hexapod gap (not to be confused with Deception Pass, that's where the Darwin Ranch is located). Rather than admit they have no explanation other than the logical conclusion of the Genesis Flood and recent creation, evolutionists use the complex scientific method known as Making Things Up™. "Lack of oxygen in the early atmosphere, that's what done it, you betcha! Insects were restrained!" Got any evidence? Nope. In fact, the evidence is against the lack of oxygen concept.
Insects first appear about 385 million years ago, according to evolutionary dating. The earliest known insect, which appeared suddenly without any insect precursors, was a wingless creature that looked much like a modern silverfish. But after this initial appearance, there was allegedly an absence of insects in the sedimentary rocks for the next 60 million years. There was no sign of a single roach, grasshopper, or dragonfly. This huge evolutionary gap between 385 million and 325 million years ago is known among paleontologists as the hexapod gap.

At the end of this gap, an enormous diversity of insects, including many kinds of flying insects, appears suddenly in the rock record with no ancestors. One evolutionary researcher recently stated:
To find out more, click on "Evolutionists Can't Fill the Hexapod Gap".

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Saturday, August 11, 2018

Evolution and the Ecosexual

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

WARNING: This article contains information that is not recommended for children, and may be disturbing for some adults. Researching diverse subjects for articles is often fascinating, but sometimes I find material that I find troubling, and take no pleasure in writing. Several of the links below contain mature content and profanity.

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When I first encountered the word ecosexual, I looked it up and then dismissed it as a fringe fad that would fall by the wayside, sort of like the word metrosexual. Instead, the ecosexual movement appears to have grown into a strange brew of environmental extremism, witchcraft, sexuality, evolutionism, and selfishness.

Something else for you to study on is the way people are indulging in more sensuality nowadays. They are even seeking their identities in how they obtain sexual pleasure. Sex is a gift from our Creator, both for procreation and our pleasure. As we can easily see, it is being corrupted in many ways.

Concern for the environment is obviously a good thing, and Bible-believing (as opposed to nominal or cultural) Christians know that we are stewards of God's creation. The extreme versions of environmentalism include the view that humans are predators on Earth, and that most people should be exterminated for the sake of the planet. If that's not enough, calling an animal a "non-human person" made it to the court system. These people are mentally ill, pilgrim. Now let's move further.

Ecosexuality is not just the idea of having sex in a nature setting (I'll allow that the idea is appealing, aside from mosquitoes, ticks, and such). Now you can have orgasms by having sex with the earth or parts of it, or by sitting all by your lonesome and "experiencing" the "elements of earth, air, fire, and water". (Well, since the mind is the most important sex organ, such an idea should not seem impossible; mind over matter can be powerful.) You can hire a guide to cultivate your ecosexual experiences, however varied they may be. (Talking erotically to plants, getting married to the moon — those do not strike me as things rational people do.) As you may have determined, ecosexuality is extremely diverse and individualistic.

Pagans are known for their worship of nature, so it is not surprising that witches are attracted to environmental sex. In the article "Ecosexuals Believe Having Sex with the Earth Could Save It — From skinny dippers to people who have actual intercourse with nature, ecosexuality is a growing movement taking a new approach to combatting climate change":
. . . Loren Kronemyer and Ian Sinclair of Pony Express, who described the work to me as a "no-holds-barred extravaganza meant to dissolve the barriers between species as we descend into oblivion" as the result of our global environmental crisis. But they also see their piece as a part of a much larger ecosexual movement, which they say is gathering momentum around the world.
See that? They want to "dissolve the barriers between species". That is a key point, which is an undercurrent in much of what you can read and hear. We've encountered similar thinking in environmental extremism before. Living things were specifically created, and humanity was created in God's image.

Evolutionism is an ancient pagan religion that has been given respectability. It is being paraded as objective, empirical science. The concept of a universal common ancestor is a direct defiance of God's Word. Pagan pantheists worship the creation, not the Creator. This distortion of reality along with the corruption of God's gift of sexuality (and "having sex with the earth") are based on evolutionary concepts.

Christians, and especially biblical creationists, are at odds with secularists, pagans, environmental extremist, evolutionists, liberal "Christians", and many others. We are saying that God is the creator of all, and that we did not make ourselves. They don't cotton to that truth, nor that we are responsible to God. Sex games, paganism, selfishness, pride — none of those change the truth, but only distract people from it. We are accountable to almighty God for our sins, and we have to find out what he, our Creator and Redeemer, has to say.

This came in after I wrote the article. To take some remarks from Dr. Albert Mohler on The Briefing, "Now this is where Christians also understand most fundamentally that if we abandon the Revelation of God in Scripture and we abandon the Revelation that God has given us of ourselves and our bodies, of sexuality and gender in Creation, then there is no end to what will come. The revolution cannot be stopped."

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Friday, August 10, 2018

Oceans, Nickel, and the Young Earth

There are several indicators for the young earth that do not get a whole heap of attention. Creationists show that, using the assumptions of deep time proponents, the results do not reach the number of Darwin years that they require. One of these is ocean salinity, and a similar procedure is used when calculating the amount of nickel in the oceans.

Some nickel comes from meteorites, and it goes to the oceans. Nickel concentrations reveal that the earth is young.
 Willamette Meteorite on display at the American Museum of Natural History. It has 7.62% nickel.
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Nickel is one of those elements that are essential to life, but too much can be dangerous, and the oceans would be toxic in 850,000 years. There is supposedly more of it under the earth's crust than on it, and nickel can arrive in meteorites (and meteor dust), which can have mixtures of iron and nickel. Then it is transported by water into the oceans, where figures show that nickel concentrations can be used to testify for a young earth — again, by using the assumptions of secularists. Kind of like getting shot with their own gun, huh?
Nickel (Ni) turns out to be another mineral that points to a young age for the oceans. Very small levels of nickel are essential to life, but higher levels are toxic. The current background level of nickel in sea water is 0.228–0.693 parts per billion (PPB). The rate at which nickel is entering the ocean can be determined from fresh water studies, which indicate that dissolved nickel in ‘pure’ waters ranges from 1–3 PPB. While water in industrialized areas has a higher concentration of nickel, for this calculation the lower figure will be used.
To read the entire article and see the images, click on "Nickel concentration indicates young oceans".

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Thursday, August 9, 2018

Baffling the Secularists in Palo Duro Canyon

Seems like most people who have television, internet, and even newspapers have heard of the Grand Canyon. That place has been a tourist destination as well as a hotbed of geological research. If your travel plans do not allow for this one, there is another canyon that seems overlooked by many people. This is the Palo Duro Canyon, down Texas way. On a map, it's in the Texas Panhandle (it sort of looks like a top hat). This canyon causes problems for uniformitarian geological dogma.

Uniformitarian geology cannot explain features in the Palo Duro Canyon.
Credit: Freeimages / Deborah Finnell
You would rightly recollect that uniformitarianism is based on long ages, and "the present is the key to the past". This view precludes the Genesis Flood, which far better explains much of what is seen in geology — as we have seen here numerous times. If secularists weren't so afflicted with pusillanimity and had the courage to drop deep time presuppositions, they'd see how well Flood geology explains their observations. Actually, I'm being a mite unfair. They have to follow the Darwin trail from fear of losing their jobs if they deviate.

There are some rock layers that are "missing" millions of Darwin years. Secular geologists have served up some weak explanations, even considering a catastrophic local flood, but none of this works. One reason is that the rocky areas in questions cover a mighty big area.
ICR scientists recently led field trips through Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, Texas, pointing out many geological features that show clear evidence of the global Flood. The walls of the canyon display over 700 feet of Flood strata. 
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The rocks show no evidence of the supposed 40 million years of missing time between the Quartermaster and the overlying Tecovas. What are observed are flat-lying rocks upon flat-lying rocks for tens of miles in all directions. These sedimentary strata look like they were deposited layer after layer with no time gaps in between.
To read the entire article, click on "Palo Duro Canyon Rocks Showcase Genesis Flood".

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Further Protection from our Deflector Shields

If you did not read the news, space is a dangerous place. Aside from the lack of air, it is full of large and small objects zipping around (sometimes falling to Earth and scaring the horses). This includes high levels of radiation from our friend the sun. That friend would fry us deader than a — never mind. But the Master Engineer who gave us our usually well-mannered sun also gave us protection from it.

New discoveries reveal more of how the Master Engineer designed the way the Van Allen belts work.
Twin Van Allen Probes image credit: NASA
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There have been a couple of posts here about the Van Allen belts, our planet-sized deflector shields that protect us from the solar output and the sun's occasional sneezes. The solar wind is pretty much constant, and Earth plows through it like a boat through water. This bow shock does some interesting things to the electrons that should join in with the other solar stuff to destroy us. Instead, friction from those bad boy belts shred the solar wind. Some owlhoots will have us believe this is the product of luck and cosmic evolution. Not hardly!
Geophysicists are still puzzling over how the earth’s magnetic field and Van Allen radiation belts protect the surface from deadly particles in the solar wind.
The Van Allen belts are lobes of high-energy particles above the atmosphere, formed as a consequence of the geomagnetic field. First discovered in 1958 by Dr James Van Allen of the University of Iowa, using instruments aboard the Explorer satellites designed by JPL spacecraft pioneer Dr. Henry Richter, these belts have long puzzled scientists. A pair of spacecraft called the Van Allen Probes have been gathering data about the belts since 2012. NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (MMS) also gathered data since 2015. Elizabeth Howell provides this overview of the Van Allen Belts on Space.com. She says,
To read the rest of this fascinating article, click on "Van Allen Belts Protect Earth from Solar Wind".

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Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Blood Types and Human Origins

When studying human origins, many of us are used to seeing material from scientific disciplines like geology, paleontology, biology, and some from history and archaeology. Studying the ABO blood group has several things happening at once, such as genetics, biology, and history. The results are not good for Darwinian beliefs.

An examination of the ABO blood group provides insight to human origins and supports creationary scenarios.
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Like so many other things, your blood type is determined genetically. Alleles for your blood type come from your parents. From a creationary perspective, the question arises as to how blood types can be traced back to Adam, or at least, to Noah and his descendants. The allele frequency for type O does not fit with the evolutionary time frame, and creationists want an even shorter time frame. Possible mechanisms are discussed, as are two scenarios that are consistent with biblical models. We are also shown the complexity of our Creator's work.
Many people know what their blood type is and understand that blood types must be matched in a medical emergency. The ABO blood group is the most significant blood factor in clinical applications involving blood transfusions. Understanding the importance of the ABO blood group is not limited to clinical applications, however. With our recent ability to rapidly sequence genes, the ABO blood group is also proving to be a valuable asset for determining human migration patterns and origins.
To read the rest of Dr. Criswell's article, click on "ABO Blood and Human Origins".

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Monday, August 6, 2018

The Wonder of Wasps

That seems like a silly title. People do not like wasps. At an outdoor event at a picnic, you have to be careful that you do not get one of the critters in your mouth when you sip your soft drink, and they come around when you are trying to just do things. They sting, it hurts, and many can come back and sting again (although it's the females that sting, the males just pretend). Helpful hint: don't be standing behind a horse when it gets stung on the rump. We don't want them around, and we don't want to make them angry so they go on the attack. Surprisingly, they do fulfill several purposes that their Creator intended.

Can English-speaking people say "wasps' nests" comfortably? Not me. I slur it into "wassness".

It may be a surprise to learn that wasps serve several useful purposes.
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Wasps help keep the population of pest insects down, and some are actually "farmed" to be released in gardens this purpose. Reduces the need for pesticides, too. Some wasps have a surprising symbiotic relationship with certain fig trees. There is also hope that the venom of wasps can be used for the treatment of cancer! Evolutionists and creationists agree that the stinging mechanism was probably used for egg laying way back when, although creationists have some speculations about venom and the Fall.
Most people have an aversion to wasps, and a paper nest built on a structure can be a major nuisance. In addition, many people are allergic to wasp stings, making them especially dangerous to those individuals. Many people can see how their ‘cousins’, bees, have a useful role in the ecosystem, but struggle to think of why God would create such a pest as the wasp. In fact, they have important ecological roles to play. 
. . . only about 1,000 species of wasp are social and form colonies. The largest (and one of the most dangerous) is the Asian giant hornet, 5 cm (2 in) long. The others are solitary wasps; some species simply find an existing hole such as those created by wood boring beetles, or they build or dig their own nest.
To read the rest, fly on over to "Wasps: Nature’s pest control". You may also like to read "Parasite Wasps and Venom Origins".

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Artificial Psychotic Intelligence

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

A spell back, I was motivated to write about artificial intelligence and how it cannot compete with the Creator-designed abilities of human children. Another inspiration was given to me for the subject of evolving morality and AI, where some concept of morality must be programmed into a system based on the biases of the programmer. I reckon this is the third in the series.

Most of these AI people would conceivably omit Christian ethics and biblical creation science, and probably include leftist opinions. They are likely to include atheistic materialist philosophies. The rest of us have to live with the choices of AI designers. Unfortunately, some foolishly believe that Darwinian processes are related to code, see "Evolution and Software – A Fundamental Misunderstanding – or an Outright Fraud?"

AI is subject to programming, and a psychopath robot was made, which supports this claim.
Credit: Pixabay / Lukas
Computers, robots, AI, whatever — they can only do so much, and their actions are based on how they are programmed. Fears of the robot/AI apocalypse are a bit more rational than the zombie apocalypse, and have been around longer. But they are ultimately built on logic. What happens when bad programming logic is encountered or other conflicts occur? The system halts, or even crashes. 

Good programming can circumvent conflicts, and you may get an upgrade to the software so the problem doesn't happen again.

People are alarmed that digital assistants are spying on them. In this age of digital connectivity, they are probably justified. This child doesn't think that government agencies listening to Average Jane and Joe's conversations, especially since they would have to wade through a passel of things like discussions about your great aunt's baked salmon recipe. With all those microphones on devices from smart TVs, smart phones, digital assistants, and so on, I suspicion that it's all about advertising. That's where the eavesdropping may be taking place and processed. Love of money, old son.

Some of the things that AI robots are doing seem rather creepy, such as those in this video — and why does Alexa laugh like Hillary Clinton? What about those Facebook robots that seemed to go renegade and developed their own language, shades of Colossus: The Forbin Project? (Maybe the Terminator series writers had some inspiration from that movie and the books when they came up with Skynet.) Robots and software systems are boons to humanity, but tend to make us mighty nervous at times. They have to be managed properly.

Sometimes AI seems to have the ability to grow and develop, but those programs are not thinking, they are computing according to their algorithms (see the very interesting article, "Neurosurgeon outlines why machines can’t think" for more). Computing systems are intelligently designed to adapt and use information. Back when I was learning computer programming, the acronym GIGO was important: Garbage In, Garbage Out. While that applies at the beginning of programming (bad code yields nonsense or no function at all), it also applies to what the computer receives down the line.

Applying to my previous articles mentioned at the trailhead here, and this one, we can file under, "See? I Told You So!" AI software at MIT was fed violent images from Reddit, and the widget was named Norman. No, not after the one in that Star Trek episode. It was named after Norman Bates from the Psycho movie. It had some, well, disturbing traits. Take a look at this short article, and pay special attention to the very last sentence therein. Also, a short video at the end of this article has some interesting material (but I could not verify certain things stated). Ironically and appropriately, the video is conducted in computer-synthesized voices.

Humans can intelligently design some mighty efficient, interesting, and even alarming things. We build and advance, it's what we do. But only God can make a mind.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Environments and Adaptation

Several posts here have examined engineered adaptability, that organisms adapt because of internal mechanisms, and contrasting it with how proponents of fish-to-fortune teller evolution maintain that external "pressures" cause changes leading to evolution. (For the latest post on this, see "Targeted Changes and Engineered Adaptability".) Evolutionists are increasingly using the fallacy of reification, giving evolution a personality that makes choices, and smacks of esoteric mysticism.

Evolutionists maintain that environment causes evolution such as in this sea star, but they do not have actual science to support their claims.
Ochre sea star image credit: US National Park Service / Joseph Kinyon
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Question the evolutionists: How do you know? How does it work? Do you have any evidence? Can you set aside your tautology, circular reasoning, and confirmation bias? They not only stack the deck, but mark the cards and deal from the bottom of the deck. 

No wonder they get predetermined "answers" in from their choplogic and tainted research.

Sea stars "evolving past" a pandemic, anolis lizards became bold because of predators, the Midas cichlid becomes slender because of the lake, physics causes biological organization, and other stories give credit to evolution. It's almost worship. Environmental pressures cause evolution, so mote it be! The fact is that the Master Engineer designed things from the inside to be able to adapt. 
The way some evolutionists think, light creates eyes, sound creates ears, and odors create noses.
As we have seen, lazy Darwinians are accustomed to explain everything by the phrase, “It Evolved” (12 July 2018). That’s a restatement of their prior belief, not an explanation. When pressed, some of them try to say that the environment causes things to evolve and adapt. Here are some recent examples in the news. But before reading, ask: what power does the environment have to make something adapt?
The entire article has discussions on some of the items listed above, and more. To read it all, click on "Environments Do Not Cause Adaptations".

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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Finding Eden

People have been attempting to find, or at least determine, the location of Eden. They want to saddle up and ride over to the Garden of Eden, but they are going to have a long trip for many reasons. For one thing, the garden was in Eden (Gen. 2:8), and Eden itself was a special place on Earth.

The Bible and modern geography give details why Eden cannot be found today.
The Garden of Eden, Thomas Cole, 1828
You may be asking yourself why it would be so difficult to find Eden, since there are significant clues in Genesis. Notice that the description in Gen. 2:10-14 names the rivers in the present tense? Many creationists believe that several people wrote Genesis, and those were preserved by God until the Holy Spirit guided Moses to compile them. The usual explanation offered by biblical creationists regarding the impossibility of finding Eden is that the global Genesis Flood was catastrophic, and nothing would remain. Some people who are ignorant of the effects of the Flood use the names in Genesis as markers, but descendants of Noah would have likely named new rivers and such after the originals.

I'll allow that I thought a study on the location of Eden seemed rather pointless to me because of the above explanation. However, the study turned out to be quite interesting. For example, geographical details about the rivers described in Genesis do not correspond with those seen today. Also, various geological processes and weather events tend to make some mighty big changes, especially over millennia. Eden scouts need to examine the evidence, both historical and present, before embarking on a venture that would be a colossal waste of time.
The Bible includes only sparse geographic data in its descriptions of the pre-Flood world. This has led to widely divergent theories on the relationship between antediluvian and postdiluvian topography. The majority of place names that are repeated on both sides of the Flood are simple generic words describing common features of the pre- and post-Flood world. No modern candidate for the location of Eden fulfils the clear biblical conditions for the location such as one river splitting into four. This is because Eden is not placed in reference to modern geographical landmarks, but to pre-Flood topography. The goal of this study is to provide a thorough analysis and refutation of popular modern locations for Eden in order to better establish the idea that Eden was utterly destroyed by the Flood and that attempts to place Eden in a modern geographical context are misguided.
This article is in two parts. To read the rest, click on "Where was Eden? Part 1—examining pre-Flood geographical details in the biblical record" and "Where was Eden? part 2: geological considerations—examining pre-Flood geographical details in the biblical record".

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Waterwheel Plant Traps Evolutionists

Shut your trap. No, not you. There are two carnivorous plants with snap traps, one of which is the more famous Venus fly trap, which snaps on insects and so forth for supper. Some people have them, but they are endangered, so you can get in a heap of trouble if you dig one up yourself. However, you can get one from a licensed dealer and make it a kind of pet if you give it the proper care.

The waterwheel plant has a very fast snap trap, and is being studied for biomimetic applications.
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There's another trap shutter called the waterwheel plant. This bad little boy is endangered, has no roots, and floats along. When a small critter triggers its mechanism, the hinge snaps shut in as little as a hundredth of a second. Biomimetics research is being conducted for shading systems in architecture.

A couple of papers were submitted in the same month about the waterwheel plant. One discussed the biomimetics application, and details on the plant's operation. The other paper had a little information, and then wandered off giving homage to the evolution of snap traps and how the two plants are related. Except that there is no evidence for evolution whatsoever. So, one paper has a useful function, the other Darwinists are trying to do fake science that is no good to anyone, and is just another weak attempt to deny credit to the Master Engineer for his work.
Most people have heard of or seen the Venus flytrap, one of nature’s most remarkable plants. In a split second, its leaves snap shut around any insect unlucky enough to touch its trigger hairs twice. But have you heard of the Waterwheel plant? Look at its picture in Science Daily reproduced from a press release at the University of Freiburg. Smaller than the Venus flytrap, with traps only 3mm in length, it boasts a much higher snapping action—ten times faster than the Venus flytrap. It was named the Waterwheel because its spokes stick out from the center with a trap on each end. From a water flea’s perspective, it should be called the Ferris Wheel from Hell.

An article on the BBC News shows how the waterwheels are arranged along a stem, and says that the plants, though rare, are native to Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. Being the only other known plant with snap traps, is it related to the Venus flytrap by evolution?
To read the entire article, click on "This Plant Beats the Venus Flytrap for Speed".

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