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

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Earth's Magnetic Field and Solar Sneezes

A spell back, I posted about how life predated science fiction because Earth has something akin to planet-sized deflector shields. These are the Van Allen radiation belts, which were previously unknown until the Explorer satellite series helped find them. Later, the cosmic evolution-defying deflector properties were discovered.


Van Allen belts shield earth, Richter helped in their discovery
On January 31, 1958, Explorer 1 brought the US into the space age.
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When you sneeze, you're ejecting...stuff. The sun sends the occasional blast of stuff our way, which has been likened to a solar sneeze. 'Snot funny, That plasma and radiation could cause us problems. The following link leads to an article by Dr. Henry Richter, who was involved in the Explorer series and the detection of the Van Allen belts. It's good for a space exploration history lesson, and a reminder that our Creator set things up for our protection, even way out yonder.
A recent article about an attribute of the Van Allen Belts and how they operate strikes me as another prime example of how the Earth and its environment are designed to allow and protect life. Every now and then, the sun sends a large coronal mass ejection (CME) toward the Earth. This is a lot of dangerously destructive plasma which is a hazard to life and to electronic devices and systems. If the CME reached an unprotected Earth, it would cause widespread damage. The article on Phys.org, “Sun eruptions hit Earth like a Sneeze‘, say scientists,” describes what would happen without protection by our magnetic field.
To read the rest, click on "Earth’s Magnetic Field Protects Us from Solar Sneezes". Bless you, sun. 


Monday, August 7, 2017

Giardia, The Cute Pathogen

Imagine this phone call:

"Hi Jim, want to come over and do microscopy stuff?" Got some burgers to grill, and other fixin's. It'll be fun."

"Oh, hi, Marc. I should get out of here for a while. Listen, I need a break from the dinosaur soft tissues for a while. Got anything else?"

"Well, I have some Giardia. We can stain them with iodine, and some with trichrome. They're cute."

"Yes, they are. I can imagine constellations and stuff. Okay, I'll be over soon".

There's a pathogen called Giarda that is an intestinal parasite which causes a disease called giardiasis. It's common, but many people have no idea they have it because there are no symptoms. Others get the colon explosion. Here is some health information about giardiasis if you're interested.

Giardia causes intestinal disease but also thwarts evolution
Giardia trophozoites stained with trichrome.
Credit: Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, CDC
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Giardia has some interesting traits where it does not infect some carriers and does not infect all humans. Further, there are some aspects of symbiosis. Creationists have some interesting ideas on how it was before the Fall. In addition, it thwarts evolution because of its distinct design, especially in its locomotion.
Giardia is a genus of protozoa discovered in 1681. Six morphologically distinct species are recognized. It mainly attaches in the upper GI tract of a wide variety of vertebrates (including zebrafish), often with beaver and muskrat as reservoirs/carriers but exhibiting minimal—if any—disease in some animals. Giardia is usually non-pathogenic in the human population, even in children if exposed early in life. Although Giardia can be pathogenic, some strains colonize the gut with no malady. This parasite is not invasive and only serious infections depress the small intestine. Giardia are pear-shaped, have an adhesive disc for attaching to enterocyte cells in the small intestine villus, and move with eight designed flagella. In the post-Fallen world, Giardia infection occasionally has resulted in digestive dysfunction. However, Giardia may function in non-parasitic, possibly mutualistic, ways.
To read the rest of this rather long but well-illustrated article, click on "The Design of Giardia and the Genesis of Giardiasis".
 

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Blue Whale and Evolution

Kind of hard to believe that such a huge critter like the blue whale eats little shrimp-like creatures called krill, and they eat a lot of them every day. The whale does this like a giant scoop, swallowing enough water to fill a swimming pool, then closing their mouths under all that pressure. It blasts out the water through blowholes. Whales are mammals that breathe air, so they come up to the surface for that as well as blowing out the sea water. This made them targets for whalers, who brought them to the brink of extinction in days gone by.


Blue whale puzzles evolutionists, testifies of Creator's work
Credit: NOAA Fisheries / Southwest Fisheries Science Center
James W. Gilpatrick, Jr. and Morgan S. Lynn
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According to evolutionary mythology, life went from the sea to land, and mammals like this went back to the sea. The Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Ring© inadvertently reveals that this is strictly guesswork based on evolutionary presuppositions; they do not have evidence for this process. They also have a very loud sound that puzzles scientists, since they can't find the mechanism for vocalization. Don't be expecting to hear it, because it's usually below human range. Going further, there are many specialized mechanisms for the whale's survival (including the one to close its mouth while scooping a watery lunch) that defy explanation through mutations, time, chance, natural selection, and so forth. No, this is yet another example of the Creator's design in action.
What is the largest animal of all time—even larger than the most massive dinosaurs? The answer is the blue whale. These giants average about 70 feet in length, although some were reportedly more than 100 feet long during the whaling era. That’s about the length of three school buses! While some dinosaurs were longer from nose to tail, the blue whale still tops them in sheer bulk. Blues weigh around 200,000 pounds (100 tons), while the largest land mammal today is the African bull elephant, which may weigh eight tons. If the blue whale lived on land, its skeleton would collapse under its weight. But the blue whale’s home is the vast ocean expanse, where the water’s buoyant force supports its bulk.
To finish reading, click on "Blue Whale: The Mammoth of the Sea". You may also like this article on fanciful stories falsely presented as science, "Whale of a Tail Tale".



Thursday, July 27, 2017

Bee Hive Business

Yes, I flinch when a bee buzzes too closely to my head, since I've been stung before and it startles me. There was that hornet the other day that spooked me, but I won't apologize because those things hurt. Stings I've received were not by those insects that most people probably think of when hearing the word bee, that's the one that makes honey. The only times I was stung by honeybees happened when I was a tyke, and asked for it. Honeybees are a stumbling block for baryons-to-beekeper evolution, but give unspoken testimony to creation.


Credit: Pixabay / Eberhard Grossgasteiger
Did you know that the hexagonal shape they use for the hive is mathematically the strongest and most efficient design? Odd that they know that, isn't it? Plants need bees, and bees need plants — and we need bees to keep a big part of our food supply going. The honey they make is also very beneficial for us. Then there's the very intricate system of the hive, with the scouting, communication, gathering pollen, honey manufacturing process, breeding, and more. Honeybees are troublesome for evolutionists to explain, but biblical creationists have no difficulties, accepting that they are a blessing from our Creator.
We’ve all heard the phrase “busy as a bee.” The aptly named worker bees literally work themselves to death. In the barren winter, they may live several months, but in the work season when flowers are blooming, they may die after only a few weeks outside the hive. Their lives are cut short from the rigors of flying—sometimes dozens of miles each day. During its frenetic working lifetime, a single worker bee may add merely one-twelfth of a teaspoon of prized honey to its colony. Yet the power of the bee is in the cooperation of the colony. Together, an industrious colony may produce 150 pounds of honey during a year’s warm season.
Bee-have yourself and read the rest of the article by clicking on "Honeybees: One of God’s Sweetest Designs".



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Creation and Engineering Principles Part 1

One of the arguments used by creationists is that something that was designed had a designer. You may have seen it: a painting has a painter, a building has builders, music has composers — but something with amazing specified complexity such as the human brain is something that Darwinists will tell us is the product of time and chance. People like C. Richard Dawkins say that things are not designed for a purpose, they just look that way. Oh, please!


Evolutionists reject Master Engineer's work in favor of materialistic dogma.
Credit: Pixabay / Stevebidmead
Materialists fall back on their chant of "EvolutionDidIt", even though they have no plausible mechanisms or explanations for what is transpicuous. (You'd think that someone with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering like Bill Nye would be able to understand this, but such is not the case.) Organisms are engineered to adapt, but their false god of evolution receives undue credit. When logic and evidence indicate the work of our Creator, the Master Engineer, such conclusions must be rejected according to materialistic dogma.
When you observe nature, especially living things, does what you see look purposeful or messy? In other words, do living things have body parts that look like they have a proper fit and function, or do they seem as though they were cobbled together through some kind of tinkering process?

In college, I was taught that evolution produced life’s great diversity. What some call “survival of the fittest” was said to be the process nature used to “tinker” with life. Living creatures looked messy to my teachers since to them life had evolved through chaotic, deadly struggles.
To read the rest, click on "Engineered Adaptability: Engineering Principles Point to God's Workmanship".
  

Friday, July 14, 2017

Seabirds and Salt Water

We observe seagulls around lakes, rivers, bays (no jokes about bay gulls, please), and so on. For some reason, they like to hang around our grocery store parking areas that are a long way from water. They also live up to their name, living around the sea. Did you know they can drink sea water? 

Seagulls and other seabirds are equipped to drink salt water
Seagulls Over the Waves, Ohara Koson, 1915
Those of us who live in areas where we can get drinking water out of a faucet or in bottles at the grocery store where the seagulls hang out may take our plentiful supply for granted. In fact, most of the water on Earth is salty. (Sure do hope they make progress on that graphene water purification study.) Several varieties of seabirds don't mind, since our Creator provided them with salt glands — and some fresh water-drinking birds can adapt to drinking salt water!
On Day Five of Creation Week, God created the birds and all creatures that live in the water. While some of these creatures live only in freshwater and others live only in saltwater, some creatures, including many birds, are able to live (and drink) in both freshwater and marine environments. Since about 97% of the earth’s water is saltwater, the ability to drink seawater presents a big advantage, but also a big challenge.

Seawater has about three times more salt than is found in the blood and other body fluids of most land-dwelling vertebrates. If any of these creatures are to survive drinking seawater, they must somehow rid themselves of excess salt.
You can read the rest of this short article by clicking on "Salt Removal On Demand".
  

Monday, July 10, 2017

Your Other Senses at Work

Way back centuries ago (well, I was a teenager in the 1970s), I lived with my parents, naturally. The stairway to the basement was decent, nothing like the kind you see in a mystery movie or something. Down, then a landing, and a right turn. Now, this is a mite tricky to describe, but those steps had metal strips on the ends that were nailed down, I disremember why, probably to hold down non-skid plastic or something. I was charging downward in my stocking feet as usual, but this time, one of those metal strips caught my sock. I pitched forward toward the concrete wall at the landing. Instantly, my hands flew out and I grabbed the handrails on either side, which spared me a great deal of inconvenience.


Several sensory "apps" keep us functioning and are why a batter hits a baseball
Credit: Pixabay / KeithJJ
What happens inside a person at such a time? Lots of things simultaneously that end in —ception. You know, like perception. We have more than just the five main senses, and I'm not talking about paranormal spooky stuff. Your brain has several "apps" of its own, and these other sensory devices seem rather like apps as well. Whether staying upright to avoid falling down the stairs, or having several things working together for a batter to hit exceptionally fast pitches, and a passel of other things. Our Creator put many of those sensory modules in place to keep us alive and functioning, and evolutionary concepts are unable to model or explain them with any degree of believably.
Less than half a second—that’s how long it takes for a fastball to travel from the pitcher’s mound to the waiting batter. It’s so quick, in fact, that one Yale physicist said it was “clearly impossible” for a baseball player to hit a barreling three-inch ball with a small stick.
. . .
How? Hidden superpowers, senses that every human has beyond the basic five. Those powers come into focus every time the batter lines up at home plate with the bat slung over his shoulder. He knows the exact position of his hands and legs, even though he can’t see them. When the pitch leaves the pitcher’s fingers, his practice-trained brain tells his tensed arms when and where to strike. At the same time, fluid in his ears rushes around to ensure that he keeps perfect balance as he spins his whole body into the swing. 
Such awareness of the world is not just for play. Our body’s ability to gather feedback and respond instantly can be a matter of life and death.
To read the entire article or download the audio version, click on "Hidden Powers in Action".
  

Friday, June 30, 2017

Evolution and Teleology

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

A spell back, an anti-creationist troll shared one of these here posts to social media, and complained that I was claiming that evolution uses teleology. It showed two things about him: First, he did not bother to read the article that he shared before ridiculing it, and second, the article was showing how evolutionists themselves are using teleology! It was "The Spirit of the Origin of Life" if I recollect rightly. He was a mite upset because evolution is supposed to be through chance, and does not have a purpose-driven life.

"What's teleology, Cowboy Bob?"

Great timing, I was about to get into that. Sounds like the study of telecommunications or something, doesn't it? Basically, it means design in nature. Going a bit further, it means that the Creator designed living things, and the design refutes evolution through intricate specified complexity. Christian apologists have used the teleological argument (or fine tuning, or argument from design) for God's existence. This child isn't too fond of that argument by itself.


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In a presentation by Frank Sherwin about the design of insects, he mentioned news a few years ago about the amazing gear design found in the nymph planthopper, and some comments made by a researcher. Annoying insects things spread a plant disease called maise mosaic. But Greg Sutton was studying the way the critter was able to hop. Way down inside each leg is a gear assembly that is very similar to the kind that humans use in various mechanical applications.

Instead of giving praise to our Creator for his ingenuity, he commenced to bow down to the spirit of evolution. No, evolution is not an entity, that's the fallacy of reification. Even so, evolutionists have been acting pantheistic and making evolution (or nature) into a goal-oriented entity. Sutton said, "“These gears are not designed; they are evolved – representing high speed and precision machinery evolved for synchronization in the animal world.” There ya go: teleology for evolution.

But wait, there's more! Greg Sutton also said, "What we have is a prototype for incredibly small, high-speed, high-precision gears . . . that prototype is given to us by nature." He is not presenting us with actual science, but sciencey statements of faith. There is no model or plausible explanation. For a short but interesting article from a creationary perspective, see "'Living Gears' Might Have Evolutionists Hopping Mad".

Sorry, buckaroo, but the prototype was given to us by God, and he used it in nature. We are also told that the evidence for God the Creator is all around us and unbelievers are without excuse (Rom. 1:20), that they suppress the truth in unrighteousness (Rom. 1:18), and did not honor him (Rom. 1:21). Mr. Sutton honors some vague spirit of evolutionism, not the Creator. Unfortunately, this kind of attitude is typical of evolutionists. God tells us that people like this have become fools (Rom. 1:22-23), and the money they spent on getting a secularist education will be worthless when they have to stand before Jesus Christ the Creator at the Final Judgement. This is just one more instance where these people are inadvertently admitting that God is right: they know that he exists, but do not want to acknowledge him.
 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Hummingbirds Are Marvels of Flight

These winged wonders are found in the Western Hemisphere, and there are a lot of them, more than 325 species. Most are in the Southern United States, except those that see fit to migrate to parts far away. They have a range of sizes, such as the bee hummingbird that's, well, about the size of a bee. There's also the giant hummingbird ("giant" being a relative term), 9.1 inches (23 cm). Here's something I won't leave alone: if you have a hummingbird feeder, clean it often so you don't end up poisoning them (and don't use bleach!), you savvy?

Credit: Pixabay / luxlioness
Creationists like hummingbirds. Not just because they're amazing, but also because they fustigate evolution. (Darwinists cannot explain their intricate specified complexity, and have to resort to the mysterium tremendum of evolution: they don't know how, but they evolved.) These little critters can move mighty fast when they want to, and have an extremely fast metabolism that needs frequent refueling. One of the main puzzlers about them is their aerobatics. They can not only do basic flying, but hover, move backwards, fly upside down, and do other feats. How? Special wing movements and air currents that scientists cannot quite explain.
The hummingbird may be one of the most well-known birds on earth, yet this colorful acrobat continues to mystify the greatest mathematicians and aeronautical engineers. Just when they think they’ve learned all there is to learn about these birds, they discover more.

Hummers differ greatly from other birds. . . No other creature can match their skills. And man-made craft don’t compare. (What helicopter can cross the Caribbean Sea on a half ounce of fuel?)
To read the rest or download the audio version (by my favorite narrator), click on "Hummingbirds—Avian Acrobats of the Americas". Two other items of interest, "Hummingbirds Fly in the Face of Evolution" (which has an interesting video at the bottom) and "Flighty Evolutionary Speculations Taint Hummingbird Taste Study".
 

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Reindeer Eyes Thwart Evolutionary Stories

Proponents of universal common ancestor evolution have a great deal of difficulty when it comes to explaining the intricacies of sight. You'll get a passel of speculations sans evidence and models, and even a dodge, such as, "The human eye is poorly designed, therefore, evolution". So, uninformed evolutionists want to deny the Creator, and inadvertently admit that evolution does a poor job of causing the eye to happen. Sure, Poindexter, keep deceiving yourself with that pile of bad science. Things do not get better for you.

Rangifer tarandus credit: US National Park Service
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Way up yonder in the northern polar areas is a caribou (also called the reindeer) that has a neat trick: the eyes change color. No, not quickly, but in winter and summer. They have a golden hue in the summer, and blue in the winter. This is due to a complex arrangement of factors involving light wavelength, eye structure, reflectivity, and so on. We see again the failure of evolution to explain what is observed, and another testimony of the ingenuity of our Creator.
The golden-coloured eyes of Arctic reindeer (caribou, Rangifer tarandus) turn deep blue in winter. A researcher involved with this 2001 discovery, neuroscientist Glen Jeffery, studies vision at University College London. Describing the colour difference as “dramatic”, he said, “It has taken us 12 years to slowly find out what is going on and why.”

It turns out the colour change is because the reindeer seasonally change the wavelength reflection from their tapetum lucidum (TL)—the reflective surface commonly known as ‘cat’s eye’ behind the retina.
To read the rest of this short article, click on "Why reindeer eyes turn blue in winter".
 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Further Trashing the "Junk" DNA Concept

As we have pointed out before, pompous Darwinists studied some of the human genome, did not understand certain aspects, and labeled them as "junk" DNA — especially if they did not code for proteins. This reaction became zombified, reappearing time and again to make strong men faint and women scream. And this is in the science lab. Okay, so I exaggerate a mite, but with additional research comes additional embarrassment for arrogant evolutionary scientists who spoke from evolutionary assumptions and without knowledge.


Biomedical genomics refuting "junk" DNA

The transcription of information into RNA is pervasive. There are different sections with different functions, including long non-coding RNA, lncRNA. There's a heap of the stuff, and it has very precise functions that are being analyzed. No, scientists do not understand the genome yet, but progress has been made. The genome testifies of the ingenuity of our Creator, and frustrates evolutionary speculations. In addition, some scientists in biomedical genomics are working mighty hard to cure disease, and are not letting evolutionary ideas hinder their work.
The genome, the complete set of chromosomes in a cell, is like a computer hard drive that encodes the information stored in its DNA. Protein-coding genes are segments of DNA carrying instructions for making proteins. These segments are copied (transcribed) into RNA in a temporary fashion, just like copies of software programs are put into temporary memory on a computer. These temporary RNA instructions are then used as templates to make proteins
To read the rest, click on "Pervasive Genome Function Debunks Junk DNA".
 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Fast Frog Food Flusters Evolutionists

Most of us probably know that frogs eat insects with the use of their sticky tongues. Have you ever seen it happen? Probably not, since the procedure takes less than the blink of an eye. Also, they eat more than insects. And yes, toads have the same food-zapping apparatus.


Frog sticky tongue meal process defies evolution

There are many factors at work here. The tongue flips out, but it's very soft and acts like a shock absorber so it doesn't knock lunch into the next county. At the same time, the saliva is honey-thick at the start, but much thinner when it reaches its prey. After it reels in its lunch, it has to get it off the tongue. Many factors have to be happening correctly at the same time, or nothing works, nothing makes sense to have without the rest. Gradual evolution is woefully inadequate to explain frog feeding, this is all in place because of the wisdom and planning of our Creator.
Frogs have the incredible ability to catch and eat a wide variety of prey, from hairy to furry to oddly-shaped. This prey can be up to 1.4 times their own body weight. A recent study published in Journal of the Royal Society Interface sought to figure out how frogs can accomplish this since not much research had been done previously. Their findings were summed up in an article from Science News.

After viewing slow-motion video footage, conducting experiments, and analyzing frog spit (it took several hours of scraping fifteen frog tongues to put together enough spit for just one test. Now who says science isn’t glamorous?), researchers discovered that the frog’s super-soft tongue and unique saliva work in tandem.
Stick with me now. You can read the rest by clicking on "Super-Sticky Spit: How a Frog Gets a Meal".
 

Friday, June 2, 2017

Apps in Your Brain

Some people go wild downloading apps (applications) when they get a new smartphone, tablet, or whatever. There are millions available, and many are junk — or worse. (I have apps that came pre-packaged that I don't want, don't use, and can't uninstall. Bummer.) It's not surprising to hear someone say, "There's probably an app for that".I reckon some folks have apps on the brain.

Our Creator pre-installed apps in our brains
Credit: Pixabay / Gerd Altmann
The human mind and brain have been compared to computers in many ways, except that our working, uh, hardware is far more intricate and specific than anything a computer company could dream up. There are apps for your brain that sound exciting, and you'd like to download them into it. But that's not possible. Nor necessary. You have pre-packaged evolution-defying apps in the brain, courtesy of our Creator (who wrote our Operator's Manual).

Yep, we got us the Magic Rocks app for our inner ears to help us keep our balance. Then there's the Maps and GPS apps for navigation (obviously). The Handy app helps the brain work the hands. Don't forget the Memory Management app! To learn about these fascinating features, click on "Your Brain Comes Equipped with Techno-Apps".

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Armadillos Armored against Evolution

In Texas, one of the state mammals is the armadillo, but the reason why escapes me because lots of folks consider them a nuisance, especially gardeners and home owners. There was a time when Charles Apelt got the notion to hollow out the carcass and use the hard shells to make into baskets. A tisket, a tasket, an armadillo basket... Personally, I don't like the idea very much. You'd think that will his business interest in them, he'd have hunted the armadillos to extinction. Instead, they are thriving, and even found in new areas.

The armadillo (Spanish for "speed bump") looks like slow-moving speed bumps I've encountered in Michigan and New York: the opossum. But even though they have a superficial resemblance (sans body armor), they're not closely related. The opossum is a marsupial, the armadillo is a mammal. And no, the 'dillo is not a rodent, like some people think. One other thing that the two critters have in common is that some people eat the things. I don't recommend it, since some 'dillos carry leprosy, and you can get sick if you don't do it right. Besides, I think they're kind of cute. Except maybe the screaming hairy armadillo, which reminds me of Haywire the Stalker and his annoying friends in the atheopath clown car.


Armadillos defy evolution and support creation
Credit: Pixabay / cherylholt
They're problematic for fans of universal common descent evolution. The fossil record does not show significant change, and their diversity supports creationary contentions that they diversified from one armadillo kind. In addition, they have unique defense mechanisms, such as the ability to burrow quickly (which protects the soft underside) and frustrate predators with the hard stuff. Some even roll themselves into a ball. Hey, so do the roly-poly pillbugs. Someone's going to call that "convergent evolution", I'm sure.
Evolutionists say that the fossil ‘record’ of armadillos ‘begins’ in South America—but such long-age interpretation of fossil-bearing sedimentary rock layers leaves them puzzling over the origin of armadillos. They have ventured some tentative guesses about the ancestry of the armadillo, but not very convincingly. The uniqueness of the backbone of the xenarthran family, a class of animals including armadillos as well as anteaters and sloths, makes it difficult to establish evolutionary relationships beyond the xenarthrans.

It is very significant to note that the plates of the ‘shell’ (called scutes) were fully formed in their ‘earliest’ find in the fossil ‘record’. Evolutionists are disappointed that there is not a developmental ‘history’ of the scutes in the fossils, but this is precisely what creationists would expect—fully formed fossils with no record of evolutionary history.
To read the entire article, roll on over to "Amazing armoured armadillos of the Americas".


Saturday, May 27, 2017

Pupplies Help a Child's Health?

Way back in the olden days, we had a small dog, but my parents were not overly concerned with protecting me from the unsanitary beast. Nor were they all that worried about unsanitary cats, once they became part of the family. Proper hygiene was in order, and that was enough. (By the way, some people have scared pregnant women into avoiding cats, but the danger there is mitigated by taking care when changing the litter box.) I know people who would want to have "kisses" from their German Shepherd and have her lick their faces, even on the lips. I can't do that.

Children Playing with Puppies, William Collins, 1812
The idea that dogs' mouths are cleaner than ours is a myth, they have their own bacterial flora. No need to overreact, though. Our society has been "too clean" these past years (the word germaphobe is used too freely in my opinion, as a true germaphobe suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder), and are actually doing harm to ourselves and our children; we're lacking bacteria, microbes, and important things our system uses. 


So, Snoopy licked Lucy's face? He is probably doing her some good. Darwinists appeal to "co-evolution" to explain these things, but it's a "scientific explanation" pulled out of thin air. The fact is, certain bacteria were created for our benefit, and we were created to use them.
Many people react with revulsion when a dog licks their face—especially babies. Such a reaction is justifiable based on the unsanitary habits of Rover. However, recent research supports the idea that babies actually benefit from living with dogs.
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These authors approach human-microbe relationships from an evolutionary “survival of the fittest” worldview where life develops through a long progression of deadly struggles. The host-microbe relationship is regularly portrayed in warlike terms, which explains why puppy microbes are labeled “pathogens” even though they do not cause disease. The system that links the infant to the beneficial microbes is also labeled an “immune” system which conveys a defensive concept rather than functioning as the comprehensive regulatory interface it actually is.
To fetch this article in its entirety, click on "Puppies Provide Protection".
  

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Squid Squadron

Every once in a while, an unbelievable story told around a campfire or in a tavern is based in reality: 
I'm tellin' ya, we was sleepin' below deck in the boat, see. Woke up the next mornin', and breakfast delivered itself right smack on the deck. It was a squid. Musta flew up there!
Don't be too hasty to dismiss the seafarer's experience: squid do fly. They're not just jumping (breaching) like "devil rays", or doing some impressive gliding like flying fish. While it's not as free and easy as a bird, some species of squid take to the air in their version of powered flight. Specifically, it's jet-propelled flight, and it's not just a hop, either.


Flying squid do exist and refute evolution
Made at Atom Smasher
I reckon that there's a heap more to learn on Earth, and our money could be better spent here instead of searching for space aliens, but I digress.

This is clear evidence of creation, since all of the pieces had to be in place and functioning at the same time, or they would be meaningless in the squid, possibly even harmful. Some tinhorns are so locked into their cult of naturalism, they insist that even though there is no mechanism for evolution and the logical conclusion is that this is a product of the Creator's intelligent design, evolution did it. Despite ideologues, the evidence is compelling, and the flying squid activity is a marvel. 
Many a seafarer has observed schools of flying fish suddenly breaking the ocean’s surface and gliding at great speed just above the water for short distances, using their pectoral fins as wings. However, mariners’ reports of flying squid similarly soaring above the waves were generally regarded sceptically. But no longer, with the scientific community increasingly documenting the phenomenon.

So sailors finding squid high-and-dry on their vessel’s deck in the morning (as many do) can now more boldly say how they likely got there: many species of squid can, and do, fly.
To read the rest, jet on over to "Squid do fly!" For more evolution defiance, see "Paleontologists Show a Squid is Still a Squid".
 

Monday, May 15, 2017

The God of Evolution and the Horsefly

Time for another creature that most of us detest, but has some interesting information when it comes to creation and evolution: horseflies (or horse-flies).

"Why do they call them horseflies, Cowboy Bob? They're nowhere near as big as a horse."

That's because they're big Chicago Cubs fans, and do a great deal of shouting at the games, so their voices —

"Fallacy of ambiguity on the words horse and hoarse."

Good call, you're learning. Horseflies got their name because they bother horses. And livestock. And humans. Like mosquitoes, the female horsefly bites to get blood. Since this nasty thing is indiscriminate and persistent in its painful biting, it also can spread disease, so you should treat the bites. (They're sometimes called gadflies because of their annoyance, much like some anti-creationists I could name.) Don't be expecting to pull up stakes to escape them, since they're on most of the planet.


Horsefly survival defies evolution
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Over yonder in southeast Africa, the larvae burrow into the mud. But mud dries, so how can the unpleasant thing survive? By making a chamber around itself. Apparently, this behavior is unique. While creationists say that the Designer equipped them with this ability, evolutionist nature worshipers are giving credit to their god of evolution, which has apparently chosen to bestow this method of survival upon the horsefly. Hail Darwin, blessed be!
AUGUST, 1929: in the sun-baked southeast African territory of Nyasaland (now called Malawi) medical entomologist (insect specialist) W.A. Lamborn discovered an extraordinary behaviour of the larva of the horsefly, genus Tabanus.  
Remarkable and novel
He wrote a detailed description, and sent specimens, to his long-time friend E.B. Poulton, an Oxford University professor and fellow of the British Royal Society. Poulton judged ‘this elaborate adaptation’ in the larva of a fly to be ‘so remarkable and novel’ as to warrant immediate communication to the Royal Society, which published Lamborn’s findings in one of its scientific journals in early 1930.
Years later, George McGavin, a well-known Oxford entomology professor, came across the story. He described the unusual behaviour of Tabanus as an ‘ingenious trick’ which, he said, ‘is literally unique to this one genus of horsefly’.
To read the rest, buzz on over to "Bypassing the cracks — An amazing evolution-defying design in a tiny insect". 
 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Foot Design Refutes Evolutionary Claims

One of the most frequent bits of "evidence" presented for particles-to-podiatrist evolution is the similarities in locomotion between humans and apes. If you cognate on it a spell, you'll notice that apes walk on all fours most of the time while humans don't cotton to getting around that way. We also have a variety of styles for walking if we desire or need to use them. Have you ever seen a chimpanzee playing hopscotch?

Human feet made for walking upright unlike apes
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Like attention to Lucy the Failed Transitional Form shows, a great deal of attention has been given to show how humans and apes are related. There are very significant differences in foot structure. Of course, the crew down at the Propaganda Mill will be putting the newest research into the spin cycle —

"Mixed metaphor, Cowboy Bob!"

I like those on occasion. Darwinists will try to spin the facts to their advantage and keep evolution looking favorable. They do that a lot.

 Anyway, our feet were made for walking upright, theirs are not. We were created on the same day, and created as different creatures, despite evolutionary assertions.
Among living primates, only humans walk efficiently and easily on two legs. And many evolutionists believe bipedal locomotion was the springboard for our braininess. Are our feet the foundational distinction between knuckle-walking apes and us? How did we learn to walk this way? Enquiring evolutionists want to know!

When trying to parse out just how humans evolved a walk unlike that of our supposed chimpanzee cousins, evolutionary scientists like to compare our feet and ankles. They are similar, each with 26 bones, but they bend and flex in different ways while walking. A new study comparing the feet of humans and chimps during bipedal locomotion has revealed surprising facts about the way our feet move. Some of these paradoxical and hitherto unappreciated features do not fit easily into conventional evolutionary ideas about our walk up the evolutionary ladder.
To read the rest of this interesting article, click on "Designer Feet: Foundations for Walking, but Not up the Evolutionary Ladder". Just for kicks, there's some information at "Walk This Way: Body Designs Head to Toe".

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
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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.

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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.

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