Welcome to the home of "The Question Evolution Project". There is no truth in minerals-to-man evolution. Evidence refuting evolution is suppressed by the scientific establishment, which is against the true spirit of scientific inquiry. Using an unregistered assault keyboard, articles and links to creation science resources are presented so people can obtain evidence that is not materialistic propaganda. —Established by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Showing posts with label Intelligent Design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Intelligent Design. Show all posts

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Tree Mail in the Wood Wide Web

Many people believe that it is a good thing to talk to plants. (If you hear them answering, that may be a problem.) It's good for you to get outside (watching out for ticks and dangerous critters, of course), but most of us don't realize that there's a passel of communication happening.

Trees have their own communications systems
Image made with assembled graphics from Clker clipart
We looked at an internal tree-mail system a spell back, but the story has grown quite a bit. Trees are sending helpful information to each other and getting cooperation, and sending requests to local fungi to provide them with nutrients. The system is actually quite intricate, and defies evolution because every aspect must be in place and fully operational from the beginning. This tree-mail system is yet another example of the design and provision of our Creator.
Stresses constantly threaten to destroy the forest’s surface harmony, and yet modern scientific research is revealing how marvelously the Creator has equipped His woodlands to respond to these stresses, keeping alive these reminders of harmony that once existed and will be restored someday through Christ.

Researchers are discovering that trees form communities that “talk” to each other, sharing their needs and providing mutual assistance. Yes, you heard me correctly. It’s mindboggling, even for someone like me who has spent his life studying nature’s wonders (forest ecology in particular).
To read the entire article, click on "Talking Trees — Secrets of Plant Communication". Also, for an article on cell biology and the genetics involved, click on "Plant Email System Described".

Monday, April 10, 2017

What is the Spleen?

We've examined the heart, eye, brain, appendix — may as well add the spleen to this organ recital. Ever heard the expression about venting one's spleen? Way back in the old days, it was considered the source of anger, so expressing rage was "venting" the spleen. (Anti-creationists do this frequently when presented with the truth of creation and refutation of scum-to-sculptor evolution.) Odd how that "medical" view of the spleen persisted for quite a spell, but all we have left of that now is a strange phrase. In reality, though, the spleen is quite important.

Credit: National Institutes of Health
Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents
This smallish organ is not something people tend to hear about all that often. Perhaps it's because if it has to be removed, it's not a death sentence. The spleen is quite important in filtering blood and doing other functions that our Creator saw fit to have installed in mammals.
The spleen! . . . What’s the spleen?

That might be how most people respond to any mention of this organ in our body. While most people have heard of the spleen, few could tell you what it does or even where it’s located.

That’s a pity since the spleen is an amazing organ that clearly shows the wisdom and handiwork of our Creator. (Although the spleen serves some very important functions, when necessary we can live without it—thanks to our accommodating liver.)
Let me spleen — I mean, explain — how to read the rest of the article. Just click on "The Mysterious Spleen", by Dr. David Menton.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Humans Show Design

Clinton Richard Dawkins claimed in The Blind Watchmaker that “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose”. You don't need your Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Ring© to see that this is nonsensical. (My ring even has a one-note whistle on it. It annoys Basement Cat.) Anyway, notice that he inserted his own opinion in the way he defined biology, and believes that even though things appear designed, that is not the case. Livescience does not seem to share that opinion, but they do pay homage to Darwin, what with being a secular site and all. In the movie Duck Soup, Chicolini asked Mrs. Teasdale, "Who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" That makes me want to ask who you're going to believe, the pronouncements of evolutionists, or your own sensibilities?

Humans are clearly designed
Credit: Pixabay / HeatherPaque
We see a great deal of science supporting creation and refuting slime-to-slumlord evolution, and how both creationists and evolutionists interpret evidence according to their worldviews and presuppositions. Let's step back a mite and look at things in a simpler way, but still acknowledging how we see things with our own eyes.
I once designed a small knife which consisted of a slender rod with a tiny razor-sharp blade at the end. One of my students came across the knife and started using it to cut up cards.

I explained to him that the knife was for something far more important—for carrying out life-saving operations on newly born boys who have a blocked bladder valve. If the student had looked closely at the intricate design of the knife, he would have known it was no ordinary knife.

Many today make the same mistake concerning the purpose of human life.
To finish reading, click on "Humans: Purposely Designed". 

Monday, March 20, 2017

Bird Identity Theft and Passwords

Seems a mite interesting that some words have fallen by the wayside to some extent, then became somewhat reinvented for use in modern technology. F'rinstance, the first time I came across the word browser, I associated it with going shopping: "Can I help you?"..."No, just browsing". For that matter, the concept of identity theft existed since way back when (think of the pseudepigrapha), but the actual phrase is fairly recent.

A password is something you type for certain kinds of computer access, but was spoken for access to a Prohibition-era speakeasy, and back even further in the olden days. The word hijack may have originated during Prohibition as well. Someone driving a load of illegal hooch has someone come up and say, "Hi, Jack", shove a smoke wagon in his face, then make off with the booze for his own speakeasy. Later, hijacking was associated with taking over airlines, and also what Darwinists do to science.

"Have you been drinking, Cowboy Bob?"

No thanks, it's too early. Cash me later, howbow dah? Actually, I'm having a bit of fun with word history.

"Get on with it!"

Horsfeld's bronze cuckoo engages in avian identity theft
It may be a surprise to learn that Horsfeld's bronze cuckoo can be a real jerk
Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Aviceda (CC BY-SA 3.0)
We can use contemporary words and phrases to describe something observed in nature. In the Land Down Under, sneaky Horsfeld's bronze cuckoos lay their eggs in the nests of "the least faithful birds in the world", superb fairywrens (also called blue wrens), and the interlopers hijack the nests. But the fairywrens have a way of teaching passwords for feeding to their offspring even before they're hatched to deter avian identity theft. Some owlhoots are likely to say that this is an example of evolution. Not hardly! Adaptation, maybe. Or even a design feature given by our Creator. Calling it "evolution" is an illegitimate description.
In this fallen world, even bird households have troubles. One family problem encountered by many bird parents is the nest-security issue of brood parasites, a sneaky form of fowl “home invasion.”

Brood parasitism does not involve parasitic worms or bugs. Rather, it features a different kind of parasite—a freeloading bird family that imposes its baby upon a “host” family. The host family is thereafter burdened with the costs of nurturing the uninvited freeloader. Worse, the invasive guest often competes aggressively with legitimate nestlings for food and shelter.
To finish reading, click on "Pushy Parasites and Parental Passwords". 

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Language Itself Testifies of the Creator

Language itself testifies of God the CreatorHere is another article that I read with reluctance and ended up fascinated. I'll allow that
linguistics can seem dreadfully dull for some people, but this is more of a big picture aspect. And we're not going to be examining things like the dangling pluperfect indefinite participle or whatever.

A very basic definition of language is that it is a means of communication, and languages are not merely verbal. There are written forms of verbal languages, braille raised dots for the blind, sign language for the hearing impaired, and more. There needs to be some degree of uniformity and consistency for a language to be useful. How many times has someone inserted some slang that you've had to ask for a definition or look it up if you had not experienced it before? Some slang words become established in a language because of agreement and acceptance, but many drop off (such as, fortunately, "gag me with a spoon"). The gesture I received while driving the other day could be considered an unofficial bit of sign language because those sending as well as receiving know what it means. 

Then we develop languages for our electronic devices, big and small. Computer languages and graphic user interfaces are complex, but they are reduced down to binary for the computers to use: ones and zeroes, yes or no, on or off. Signals are sent out and computers communicate with other computers, who build things back up again for humans. I'm typing in English, you're reading it in English, but there were many translation steps in between. A step can be added when someone uses electronic translation of a Web page or site into another language.

It takes a logical mind to understand and use a language, whether interpersonal communication or for various computers. We understand our vocabulary, put words together to communicate greater concepts than the individual words alone can communicate, and we can glean a meaning of an unfamiliar word from the context. In our communication, we also select from words with similar meanings if we wish to use a word with a more positive or negative connotation in our conversation. 

The most mirific language of all does not have anything to do with linguistics per se. It is the specified complexity of DNA, which is lining up atoms and molecules, as well as operating molecular repair stations withing our cells. Those, and far more. Proponents of lactobacilli-to-linguist evolution are unable to come up with a believable model for the origin of language, partly because it involves minds that must be able to use a language properly. The coded language of DNA makes matters far worse for evolutionists, old son.

Basement Cat looking intent
To make matters worse for evolutionists, words are not material in nature. The are non-material, like numbers. If I post a picture of Basement Cat, and then delete it (you only see the placeholder where the picture used to be), the cat remains unaffected. Similarly, take a dry erase marker and write "5" on a dry erase board. Then, erase it. A bit more, I can still see it — there you go. But "fiveness" still exists. Words, numbers, laws of logic, concepts are not material, but they are very real. Ultimately, they testify of God the Creator as described in the Bible! How did God create? He spoke.
Many arguments to demonstrate the reasonableness of God’s existence have been advanced over past millennia. On this issue, the biblical record maintains that clear evidence of God’s reality resides in the natural realm all around us. This evidence is so plain, the record claims, that no human being can fail to have awareness of God’s existence (Rom 1:20). This paper calls attention to a category of reality that provides especially powerful support for God’s existence. Our focus is upon the phenomenon of language. We begin from our own subjective experience of this phenomenon and then extend our considerations to the realm of the material world around us. Because language is so integral to our own mental processes and so intuitive in the way we relate to other human beings, most of us never pause to analyze just what is occurring when we think, write, speak, or process what we read or hear others say. Therefore, a crucial first step in this discussion is to establish clearly what the term language entails.
To finish reading this extremely interesting article, click on "A Linguistic Argument for God’s Existence".

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Surprising Intelligence in Small Packages

Way back when, there was a myth that people with bigger brains were more intelligent than others. Then there's the observation where someone can pay mucho dinero for higher education, but are dreadful at simple logic. I can name some people that believe they're the brightest bulbs in the chandelier but are actually quite dim, but never mind about that now. So, how does this brain size and intelligence thing work in smaller creatures?

Bumblebees and others have small brains but surprising intelligence.
Credit: Pixabay / DrScythe
The brain of a bumblebee is about the size of a sesame seed. Does that explain the time I got stung by one that flew into the open window of my delivery truck, smacked into me, then stung me when it wasn't my fault? Those bad boys pack a punch. But I digress. These fuzzy little critters are capable of learning, and others can learn by watching their fellow travelers.

Bats are masters of echolocation, but what happens in a crowd? Seems like there would be a heap of interference and collisions happening, but they dial down the noise. In fact, they're being studied for biomimetics purposes: wireless communication and interference.

We looked at how chickens can be manipulative as well as intelligent a spell back. Their intelligence has been underestimated for ages, but we've learned that they know about numbers and have reasoning abilities.

Then there's the intelligence of something without a brain: slime mold. Colonial fungi can actually learn and share information. Then, when they split apart, the separate colonies are better for the experience.

Our Creator has endowed aspects of his creation with levels of intelligence and communication that many of us never dreamed was possible. Ask a Darwinist for an explanation, and you'll get a nice story based on conjecture and assumptions, but not science.

More details on the teasers listed about can be found at "Animals Can Be Smarter Than You Think".

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Threading RNA Into the Ribosome Needle

People who deal with sewing or looms, whether on a personal or an industrial level, know that precision is required. My wife has longed for a self-threading needle, as have probably many other people. Sewing machines and looms break down and need maintenance. Sure would be mighty fine if the things performed their own maintenance, wouldn't it?

RNA and ribosomes like needle and thread
Credit: Morguefile / cohdra
Imagine something similar on a much smaller scale. Remember those microscopes you used in school? Not good enough. This is about an aspect of our internal self-repair, where ribosomes correct faulty RNA (which is a good friend of DNA) so we can continue living. The intricate design and specified complexity involved is another reason to reject common-ancestor evolution, and realize that the evidence supports biblical creation.
What does it take to slip a tiny thread through the eye of a needle and then use that thread to accomplish a purpose? Chimpanzees and other apes can’t do this. It takes fine, precise motion. Three examples of using needle and thread point to God as a super-genius Creator. . .

Did God make any threading machines? . . . Yes, He did, and without them our bodies would die in minutes. But His machines handle “threads” many times smaller than a human hair. If an RNA molecule, which carries the information needed to construct a protein, is like a thread, then the ribosome is like a needle’s eye. The slender RNA winds through the ribosome, which helps translate the RNA’s information.
To read the entire article, click on "God's Threading Machines". 


Friday, February 17, 2017

Research Fails to Identify Causal Mechanism

A recent study of the Great Chinese Famine resulted in faulty conclusions and incomplete research on famine effects passed on to offspring, especially because the paper did not identify a causal mechanism. Researchers claimed that metabolism causes altered metabolism, but it only discussed a relationship between famine and metabolism.

A recent study of the Great Chinese Famine resulted in faulty conclusions and incomplete research on famine effects passed on to offspring, especially because the paper did not identify a causal mechanism. But it did inadvertently support biblical creation.
Image credit: Pixabay / TusitaStudio
Before we continue with the research, a bit of history. The Great Chinese Famine of about 1958-1961 had several causes. Most egregious was Chairman Mousie Dung's incompetence. He was told that sparrows eat grain seeds, so he ordered sparrows killed — by the millions. Without the chirpie birdies around, locusts and other insects they ate went on a crop-eating rampage. People were starving, and Mao didn't release food in warehouses. The drought of 1960 made things even worse.

Now, back to our research paper. Like the famine was not the result of a single cause, neither is the result presented. In addition to not identifying a causal mechanism for the change in metabolism for later generations, researchers failed to understand that mothers did not necessarily pass along famine conditions to their unborn children. The child is in a safe environment, and our Creator enabled signals that the expectant mother passed along to her child so it could adapt. This is something supports biblical creation science.
A Chinese famine was so severe that 35 million lives perished between 1958 and 1962 due to the state's agricultural mistakes.1 Interestingly, this tragedy highlights an unseen biological relationship between organisms and their environment over multiple generations.

A large study recently published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition focuses on one Chinese city immersed in the famine.2 It compared the adult health status of residents between those who had prenatal (before birth) exposure to famine and those who were not exposed. Researchers wanted to see if famine exposure in parents correlated to the development of a high blood sugar concentration (hyperglycemia) and type 2 diabetes in their children and grandchildren.

Prenatal exposures in offspring were classified as having 1) no parent exposed to famine, 2) only a mother exposed to famine, 3) only a father exposed to famine, or 4) both parents exposed to famine. The researchers used standard diagnostic criteria for hyperglycemia and type 2 diabetes.
To finish reading, click on "Pregnant Mom Transfers Famine Info to Baby". 


Thursday, February 16, 2017

The "Obstetrical Dilemma" and False Evolution

Although cesarean sections (c-sections) for difficult childbirth was well-established in the 20th century, the practice of cutting open the womb to save a child has been around quite a spell. Difference is, it used to be done when the mother was dead or dying, whereas nowadays, all participants are likely to stay alive.

Borrowed from The Princess Bride, 1987
In their persistent quest to give Darwin credit for perceived changes, some scientists were presenting the idea that the so-called obstetrical dilemma. This is supposedly where a woman's pelvis needed to evolve to give birth to larger-brained babies, but also the apelike ancestor needed to evolve bipedalism. So, c-sections may be influencing natural selection. But this idea has serious difficulties, and ignores how our Creator brilliantly designed the human female pelvis for childbirth. Also, once again the Darwinoids are playing bait 'n' switch games, equivocating with the word evolution when none is in evidence.
Bigger newborn babies, statistically speaking, have a better chance of survival than tiny ones. So long as they can get out of their mothers’ bodies safely, that is! A study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences suggests that the modern practice of Caesarean section is rapidly altering human evolution. Ever bigger babies carrying genes for ever smaller pelvic bones can now survive, the authors say, leading to bigger babies and more moms with small pelvic dimensions in the human population.

An estimated three to six percent of newborns around the world cannot negotiate their way through the birth canal. This mismatch of baby’s head and mother’s pelvis is called fetopelvic disproportion, or cephalopelvic disproportion (CPD). Before the advent of safe obstetrical intervention through Caesarean section in the 20th century, CPD was often a death sentence for these babies and their mothers, and those who managed to be born with great difficulty often suffered severe damage.
To read the rest, click on "Are Humans Evolving Through Caesarean Sections?", written by obstetrician Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Free Speech and Question Evolution Day

Question Evolution Day is very timely. Not only can people spread the word about the truth of creation and the fake science used to prop up evolution, but it is also a stand for free speech!

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

As I have stated in articles, interviews, and so on, Question Evolution Day has many layers. Ultimately, it's about proclaiming the gospel and removing a huge naturalistic stumbling block. While we're hoping to prompt honest evolutionists to question their indoctrination and see that fish-to-fish packer evolution is abundant in storytelling but sparse in evidence, QED has some other aspects on which I need to focus.

QED is an effort to encourage people to take a stand for creation (and more so in 2017, because the event coincides with Creation Sunday). Participation ranges from having events, sharing a post with a #questionevolutionday and/or #qed2017 hashtag on social media, Sunday services, or other ideas. A reason for this event is because of censorship, censure, discrimination, and bigotry against those who oppose Darwin. If you study on it a spell, you should see that there's no legitimate reason for someone to oppose our freedom of speech, as well as the intellectual and academic freedoms of those who have the audacity to think for themselves and speak out. Indeed,  consensus does not guarantee accurate science, pilgrim. Far from it, in fact, since the establishment seeks to protect its views instead of investigating challenges and rejecting inferior science.

When I said there's no legitimate reason to oppose our freedom of speech, there are atheists and other anti-creationists who want creationists shut down. Free speech only exists in the minds of people like that when they agree with what you have to say.

Secularists hate creation, and they want creationists (and Intelligent Design proponents) silenced because their origins mythology is threatened. The well-heeled atheists will attempt legislation in many cases. When Ken Ham and Answers in Genesis built the full-sized Noah's Ark, atheist organizations had conniption fits, but lost their legal challenges. Even after the project was up and running, Americans United for Separation of Church and State is still lying about it. In the UK, creation is pretty much banned from UK schools, so that propaganda machine has electrodes firmly ensconced in the heads of children. See "Evidence for Creation now banned from UK religious education classes", scroll down past the large white space patch at the top.

If anti-creationists (and let's face it, all who are opposed to our free speech) cannot prevail through the courts, they attempt to defame their targets, primarily with misrepresentation, nonexistent "facts", appeals to emotion (teaching creation is "child abuse"), and so on. (Take a gander at this narcissistic jasper who criminally cyberstalks me for emotionally-laden libel and assertions of opinions as facts.) The Internet, forums, social media, Weblogs, and so on are hotbeds of false information. Unfortunately, people seldom go to the source to find out what is really taught, said, believed, preached, since it's easy for people to find someone who agrees with their preconceptions instead. 

The most recent flagitious example of defamation is when Betsy DeVos was being confirmed as the Secretary of Education in the United States. She has connections to groups that funded Intelligent Design (gasp, shudder), and leftists (most atheists are politically and morally liberal) were afraid that she would bring in "junk science" (note the loaded negative terminology), and the liberals in the anti-creation National Education Association got on the prod.. Worse than that, Propublica states,
At a confirmation hearing earlier this month, Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick for education secretary, responded to a question about whether she would promote “junk science” by saying she supports science teaching that “allows students to exercise critical thinking.”
Critical thinking is something that other creationists and I have been encouraging for many years. We don't want to be like evolutionary educators and evolution industry press that tell people what to think, but equip people with tools of science, logic, and so forth so they can learn how to think. And these people are opposed to thinking skills! I'd like to recommend Albert Mohler's The Briefing, "History made in Senate as Vice President joins in confirmation vote for Betsy DeVos" for some insightful analysis. Free to download, or read the transcript.

My primary examples are based in the United States, where I live. (For my politically-oriented article on the intolerant left, see "Snowflakes Burning with Hate" and one on how the secular science industry is not only biased but promotes leftist views, see "Blind Bias in the Secular Science Industry".) When this hits the Fazebook Page for The Question Evolution Project (or if you share it to your own social media for a conversation starter), there will probably be comments regarding anti-creationist roguishness around the world. It happens. I've seen reports.

Question Evolution Day is a way to make ourselves heard. Not just for creation science or to prod thinking in the minds of honest but uninformed evolutionists, but also for free speech. I urge people to use it while we still can; don't take your freedoms for granted. This is probably my last year spearheading this effort. To find out more and how you can be involved (no cost, no registration), click on Question Evolution Day. Don't forget the hashtags, people seem to like those. #qed2017 and #questionevolutionday . 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rapid Flight in the Animal Kingdom

If you commence to riding and take a turn too fast, you probably know what's going to happen, and it's none too good. People need specialized equipment to make quick movements at high speeds, and even then, we can only tolerate so much.

Two prime examples of God's design ability are in the way these creatures can focus on their activity and keep their focus while making fast changes at high speed.
Image credit: Freeimages / Rinske Blok-van Middendorp
More than just tolerating the stress of sudden, speedy movements, animals need to be able to see where they're going. Two prime examples of this are hummingbirds and bats. Hummingbirds see things a mite differently, and bats are using their sonar to decide how to catch two insects in different places in succession. Such characteristics are antithetical to evolutionary concepts because all the "components" must be in place and fully functional at once; there is no room for gradual evolution. These are examples of the amazing design skills of the Creator, and you can read about them by clicking on "Fast Flight Specializations in Birds and Bats".

Monday, February 6, 2017

When Bad Poisons Can Do Good Things

When Adam sinned, death entered the world, creation was cursed, and things went downhill. For a few days before that, everything was "very good" (Gen. 1:31). Animals didn't eat each other, we didn't eat them, no lethal poisons — now we have plenty of killing, eating, poisons, and so on.

There are many things in the world with lethal poisons. However, our Creator has given us intelligence, and scientists are learning ways to use poisons as non-addictive pain killers.
Highly venomous Bonaire box jellyfish
Image credit: Marijke Wilhelmus / NOAA (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents)
Now we have various plants and critters with lethal poisons. Creationists speculate that these are part of the DNA programming that was put in place by our Creator's design for use after the Fall, possibly based on modifications of existing benign features. Anyway, the point I'm bringing to your attention is that some things are being studied by scientists for medical use, including the draculin enzyme of vampire bats, and poisons for use in non-addictive pain killers. God gave us intelligence, and expects us to use it.
The most common medications prescribed today for chronic pain have a dangerous side effect. They are highly addictive.

Nearly two million people are now addicted to hydrocodone, oxycodone, and similar medications, all derived from opium. So scientists are looking for an alternative in a surprising place—biochemical weapons employed by toxic plants and animals! Pain and poison were not part of God’s original very good creation before Adam sinned. But it’s astonishing to discover that even within the poisons that arose as a result of the Curse, the Creator put unique tools we can use to relieve some consequences of that Curse. Research suggests that many natural venoms and poisons contain specialized chemicals that can block pain without the adverse effects posed by opioid-based drugs.
To read the rest of this painless but informative article or download the audio, click on "Painkillers from Poisons". It has some good illustrations, too. 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Scientists Give Homage to Evolution for Killifish Adaptation

There's a family (not species) swimming around mainly in the Americas called killifish —

"Why do you want to kill the fish, Cowboy Bob? That's cruel!"

No, look closer. One word, three syllables. "Kill" is an old Dutch word for river; I live near the Catskills. So, the meaning of killifish is "fish of the brook". Of course, some killifish can be good eatin', but that's not the subject today.

So anyway, when industrialists were using Darwinian-based laissez-faire capitalism and dumping sewage into the water, they commenced to not only pollute, but killed off many critters as well as a passel of fish.

Scientists did some decent research on why killifish survive in areas others cannot, then they commenced to seeing evolution that is not there, and telling stories.
Waccamaw killifish image credit:
Fritz Rhode / North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources / public domain
There was a song by the group 38 Special that had the line, "You see it all around you, good lovin' gone bad". Here's another instance of good science gone bad. Scientists examined the genomes of killifish to find out why they were surviving where other fish could not. They carry the equipment they need, built right in, for quick adaptation, as programmed by their Creator. Disingenuous proponents of scum-to-scamp evolution were committing atrocities against logic by making evolution into a sort of demigod with the ability to make decisions, and they conflated evolution with change; these bad boys did not turn into anything else. Once you get past the sneaky storytelling, there's a smattering of actual science happening.
 Industrialists dumped potent pollutants into Atlantic bays in the 1950s and 1960s, killing all kinds of fish. Even today, few fish brave those waters. A team of scientists led by Andrew Whitehead of University of California, Davis recently sequenced and analyzed the genomes of almost 400 Atlantic killifish to try to find out how these fish survive the polluted waters while other kinds don’t. They found good, scientific answers but framed them in wildly unscientific terms.

The researchers discovered that killifish survive by using their elaborate array of genes, including some that help them manage poisons. Like having Swiss army knives instead of flint knives, these fishes’ genetic gizmos enable them to solve more environmental challenges than other fish can handle. UC Davis News gave this finding a strong evolutionary spin:
To finish reading, click on "Fast-Changing Killifish Swim Past Evolution".

Friday, January 27, 2017

Irreducible Complexity Objection Refuted

An argument from the Intelligent Design people that creationists like to use is irreducible complexity. That is, components of an organism must be in place at the same time, or nothing would make sense, and even be harmful to the organism if they evolved piecemeal. There are many examples, including the hummingbird, bombardier beetle, and on the unseen level, the ATP synthase enzyme and the flagellum. Irreducible complexity is a strong argument for the skill of our Creator as well as a serious impediment for evolution.

Darwin's defenders object to irreducible complexity, which is a strong argument for the skill of our Creator. It is also a serious impediment for evolution.
Image credit: Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents)
Darwin's defenders don't cotton to evidence for creation, so they attempt to "refute" things they dislike (such as dinosaur soft tissue and irreducible complexity) with such first water arguments as, "It's been refuted", or, "That's not true". Saying something has been refuted does not demonstrate actual refutation, nor do objecting or offering an argument become refutation. Some owlhoots need to learn this.

In an interesting exchange of comments about irreducible complexity, an atheist made remarks and was educated in both science and logic. To read it, click on "Irreducible complexity and cul-de-sacs".

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Cute and Curious Tree Dweller

There are some mighty interesting critters living in the jungles of Indonesia, 'Straya, and elsewhere. (Mind you, keep your distance and don't touch unless you have someone with you that says it's okay.) There are interesting things up in the trees, and I understand that some spent so much time way up yonder, people didn't know they existed. Same kind of thing happens with nocturnal animals as well. Reminds me of the colugo. But I'm wandering again.

An unusual and good-natured tree dweller is another example of God's creative abilities.
Spotted Cuscus image credit: Matt Francey / Flickr
One of these jungle tree dwellers is the cuscus. (Before someone commences to typo-pouncing, yes, it's spelled correctly.) This cute thing looks sort of like a monkey. In fact, it's a marsupial, similar to the opossum, which is the only marsupial in North America, and some folks eat possums. I don't. The cuscus is not fierce, so it has other continuance features that our Creator gave it.
Cuscuses are good-natured marsupials that roam the lush jungles in northern Australia and the Southeast Asian islands (Sulawesi, the Moluccas, and New Guinea). They’re also adorable. If they didn’t live so far off the beaten path, every child would want one of these gentle fur balls—with their big, round eyes and curlicue tails—as a pet. At least that’s what our family thinks!

Marsupials are mammals, many of which are designed with a unique pouch to rear their young. Cuscuses are Australasian possums. They look and act a lot like opossums in the Americas (except cuscuses are cuter), and they fill the same role in the wild. Cuscuses are gentle, quiet, odorless (well, most of them anyway), and quickly potty trained. That makes them perfect human companions. This peaceable companionship may have been one thing the Creator had in mind when He made them. But after Adam’s sin brought deadly dangers into the world, they had to develop specific strategies to thrive.
You can read the article in its entirety (or grab the audio version) by clicking on "Cute Clandestine Climber". Don't miss the short video at the bottom of the page! 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Unjunking More "Junk" DNA

Years ago, the human genome was ineffectively sequenced. Toplofty scientists, reasoning from their molecules-to-molasses preparer evolutionary presuppositions, determined that the things they didn't understand were "junk" from our alleged evolutionary past. Using more advanced equipment and using due diligence, most of the things that were labeled as non-functional have been both embarrassing and surprising, since they do have functions, some of them very intricate. Herein lies an example of how evolutionary thinking hinders science. If the previous sequencers had assumed instead that life was created, and what was found was there for a purpose, there would not have been so many delays in scientific advancement.

The idea that some DNA is "junk" (useless leftovers from our evolutionary past) has been refuted many times. Amazing discoveries keep on rolling in, showing the brilliance of our Creator.
Image credit: “Dna” by renjith krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
I'll allow that it's difficult to find something that is difficult to see, and further discoveries were practically hiding in plain sight. They're small, but have vital roles, including finding damaged DNA, performing "triage", and then stepping back when DNA repair help arrives. We continually see the specified complexity from the brilliant work of our Creator.
Molecular biologists are finding a universe of functional small proteins and RNAs that were considered junk or not even known to exist.

We often hear that 98% of the human genome is “noncoding” for proteins. This may be a very misleading statistic. Actually, most of the genome is transcribed into RNAs, whether or not those result in the large proteins we know about. Hidden in those transcripts are small molecules known as micro-RNAs, and some longer ones known as “long non-coding RNAs” (lncRNAs) that are increasingly seen as vital in gene regulation. And now, scientists are beginning to uncover transcripts that are translated into protein fragments. Too small to be called proteins, these polypeptides also play vital roles in cell health. The genes that program these small molecules, once dismissed as “junk DNA,” are revealing more sophistication in the genome than previously thought.
To finish reading, click on "Small Molecules Play Key Roles in Cells".

Monday, January 16, 2017

Egesta-Rollers of the Lone Prairie

Some people need to get over the "Ewww Factor" to appreciate some critters for what they are, and how they're designed. I'm fascinated by certain reptiles, spiders, and so on (especially when dangerous ones are on television or behind glass). My wife gets the heebie-jeebies, though. So, if you can put bad feelings on hold and admire a creature for it's own sake, we're gonna have a ball!

The first reaction may be disgust. But if you study on it, you'll see that the lowly dung beetle is designed to perform a valuable service.
Image credit (cropped): Pixabay / debbiedejager
I'll allow that this post is difficult to write, but that's simply because I have to cowboy up and avoid using scatological humor. It ain't easy. The topic is the dung beetle (Egyptians worshiped the things, the artifacts are called scarabs). These little critters are on almost every continent, and love poo. Not only are they coprophagous (they eat it), but lay eggs and live in it, spread it around, and actually perform a vital function on the prairie. And the Serengeti Plains. And... (The stercoraceous material spread by Darwinistas has no value, unlike dung.) This lowly creature was designed by our Creator to perform a symbiotic function and to make life a little bit better on our special planet. Don't go teasing one by putting some coprolite in front of it.
Imagine the life of a dedicated dung beetle, collecting, moving, and hoarding dung—even raising its children on it. Talk about a lowly existence! Yet, from the dung beetle’s perspective, it’s completely normal; dung is what its life is all about.

Consider the valuable ecological service the dung beetle provides as it mundanely moves manure morsels. It uses herbivore-dropped manure to benefit itself and its family, as well as the habitat in which it crawls around. What is so valuable about herbivore feces that dung beetles actually fight over dung balls, energetically “stealing the ball” from one another as if dung ball-grabbing were an Olympic soccer game?
To read the whole article, roll on over to "Dung Beetles: Promoters of Prairie Preservation".

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Amazingly Complex Sensors in Plants

Most folks know about young sunflowers following the sun across the sky, which has been a bit of a mystery until lately. Other plants have sensory mechanisms as well to improve their survival opportunities, gotta get the most of that sunlight, don'tcha know.

Plants have sensors to seek light, but they are far more intricate than previously thought, and testify of the Master Engineer.
Image credit: National Institute of Health, usage does not imply endorsement of this site
Further research shows that plant sensors are far more intricate that just pointing a plant toward the light. They even activate "switches" that control the plant's behavior. This is yet another example of the purposeful engineering of the Master Engineer, and makes Darwinism even less plausible than it is now.
Plants’ amazing sensor systems enable them to adapt in response to multiple environmental cues. Since plants can’t get up and move around, they have to grow, develop, and thrive where they are.

One of the key factors in a plant’s life cycle is processing sunlight in the form of duration (day length), light quality (wavelength), and light intensity. All of these interconnected light-related factors are monitored within the plant’s leaf cells by a family of sensor proteins called phytochromes. When the red to far-red region of the visible light spectrum changes during the day, or because of shade from neighboring plants, the conformation (3-D shape) of the phytochrome proteins becomes altered and they act like genetic switches.
To read the rest of this short but interesting article, click on "Multipurpose Plant Sensors Startle Scientists".

Saturday, January 7, 2017

David Coppedge, Intelligent Design, and Persecution

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

The termination of Dr. David Coppedge from Jet Propulsion Laboratory resulted in a high-profile court case where the ruling went against him. He was a team lead at JPL for the Cassini mission until his demotion and subsequent dismissal. The unexplained court decision coupled with the skulduggery and double standards of managers at JPL make the outcome very baffling indeed. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to see that the entire situation was based on people being threatened by Coppedge's worldview, and that the firing was retaliatory.

Persecution of those who reject evolution is extreme in the secular science establishments. Dr. David Coppedge has a story to tell.
Artist's conception of Cassini and Saturn,
image credit: NASA/JPL (use does not imply endorsement of site contents)
The crime of Dr. Coppedge was "religious": he dared to offer, one-on-one, DVDs about Intelligent Design. The ID movement is definitely not biblical creationist, their adherents have diverse views. Basically, ID people want to provide scientific evidence that unguided evolution is impossible. I reckon what you do with that information is up to you. Biblical creationists use intelligent design arguments, but let people clearly know that the intelligence doing the designing is God the Creator as revealed in the Bible.

David received a complaint for "pushing religion" by offering the ID DVDs. (My first thought is, "Which religion? Christians, Jews, Mohammedans, Deists, and others believe in a creator of some sort or another".) He had been doing this for quite a spell, but it only takes one owlhoot to get her knickers in a twist and make problems for everyone — and destroy a career (I am very careful about even offering a business card for The Question Evolution Project at the workplace because of things like this). Coppedge offered ID materials, not biblical creation science, even though he's a creationist. Perhaps he thought that would be less threatening, and could be a stepping stone to presenting creation science and the gospel, I don't know. Many of his posts and articles from Creation-Evolution Headlines are featured on this site. 

Let's step back a mite. When the movie Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed discussed how scientists who disbelieve in evolution are repressed, evolutionists circled the wagons and opened fire. Darwinistas propagated false information as well as dismissing it instead of dealing with the content (it's what atheists and village evolutionists do). The National Center for Evolution Indoctrination — I mean, Science Education — made a hit piece about it called "Expelled Exposed". (Not surprising for a sidewinder organization that registered the domain of creationism.com and had it redirect to NCSE!) Here's a response to "Expelled Exposed".

Another high-profile case is the wrongful termination of Mark Armitage. His crime? Being a creationist and publishing findings about soft dinosaur tissue in a peer-reviewed journal, but not discussing young Earth implications or Darwinism. You can read about Armitage in this article, which includes several links for more information.

Also worth considering is Dr. Jerry Bergman's Slaughter of the Dissidents which addresses the intolerance from evolutionists toward those who reject evolution. It is expanding into a three-volume set. You can see the 2012 video here, and read a review of the first book at this link.

Dr. David Coppedge's experience parallels those of many others. I have seen posts and articles doing the usual hand-waving and assumptions that he deserved what happened to him. (That's something common from atheists and evolutionists, they assume the worst about evolution deniers, and play fast 'n' loose with the facts.) The Discovery Institute (an ID organization) has a 3-part podcast of Coppedge's account in "NASA on Trial: The Persecution of David Coppedge". Click for Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. You can read his story on his site, here. Also, here is an interview with David at Creation Ministries International.

There is abundant evidence about the persecution of biblical creationists and Intelligent Design proponents by the secular science establishments. Unfortunately, this will continue. But it is not unexpected (Matt. 5:11-12, 1 Cor. 15:9, Gal. 1:23-24, 2 Tim. 3:12-13), especially because creation is at the root of all major Christian doctrines. Evolutionism isn't about science, it's about controlling your beliefs. When the "wrong" information is not controlled, people learn the facts and begin to think for themselves and see that evolutionism is intellectually, morally, spiritually bereft. Despite harassment, libel, misrepresentation, and outright persecution, we continue to proclaim the truth for the glory of God. I hope that Dr. Coppedge's faith and perseverance, as well as the faith and perseverance of others mentioned above, will be an inspiration to all of us. 

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Japanese Sparrowhawk Defies Evolution

Birds of prey know they're cool, right? The Japanese Sparrowhawk has features that could not have been the product of changes and random processes in common-ancestor evolution. Lots of features. It does have some traits that can be traced to natural selection, but that's not evolution, old son.

The Japanese Sparrowhawk is a successful hunter, and all of its features need to be in place and working from the start. This fact defies evolution.
Image credit: γŸγƒΌεŠ / Wikimedia Commons
Like so many other things (including those parts in other living things), everything has to be in place at the same time and fully functional. If not, nothing makes sense and the critter is not able to survive. But — what do biblical creationists have to say about God designing birds to be successful hunters? Let's find out.
The Japanese Sparrowhawk is an impressive bird. With its keen eyesight, short wings, and long tail, it is ideally suited to flying quickly through dense forests to catch its prey. The barred colouring on its underparts makes it hard to detect in this habitat, leaving its dinner unsuspecting until it is too late. In short, this bird is well designed to be a highly efficient woodland hunter.

The Japanese Sparrowhawk is a raptor, or bird of prey, and is diurnal, i.e. active in the daytime (as opposed to nocturnal, active at night). It is 29–34 cm (~1 ft) long, and females are larger than males. Most of its prey consists of small birds. However, it will also feed on larger birds, small mammals and even insects.
To read the rest, click on "The Japanese Sparrowhawk — A testament to design—and natural selection?