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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Evolutionary Thinking and Human Capital

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This is going to be one of my more unusual articles. My personal social media policy is stricter than my employer's policy: nobody needs to know where I work. I'm referring to them as The Company. However, there are several things that may change this. Eventually, I may reveal the name of The Company. However, many aspects of this article are apposite for many in the business world, so I am using my own experiences as illustrations.

Evolutionary thinking in the business world but people are created in God's image.
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My Life On a Spreadsheet

The Company contracts with other corporations to perform various duties. Our location, along with several others, is what I call a data entry mill. Over the years, over a hundred of us were hired to do a job and be paid by the hour. We were informed that we are now going to be paid "piece work", which is based on the number of fields that we enter. (Is this change even legal?) Different projects are paid at different rates, and I believe all of them are paid at a fraction of a cent per field. When the system is slow, we make less money. If there is no work, someone is out sick or on vacation, meetings, other "down time" factors, all default to each employee's established hourly rate, which is slightly above the state's minimum wage law. If someone's productivity is low, he or she is paid minimum wage.

Like the others, I was called into the ramrod's office to have a discussion on how the pay scale works. Robert Palmer had a song called "Simply Irresistible", and employees could agree that the system is simply incomprehensible; the system is fundamentally flawed. The ramrod showed me the spreadsheet on his screen, showing how much I earned, how much I can possibly expect to be paid, and my alleged earning potential. There's our value to the company: numbers. Remember how companies had a personnel department? That became human resources (a term that is still used in some places). Now it's human capital. Both resources and capital are things you use and then replace. The piece work is not welcome by most employees, and The Company keeps changing the rules or just making them up as they get the urge. They've also lied to us about the system, and in other ways. Although The Company is based in a foreign, pseudo-socialist country, they still have to obey laws in the United States when they have operations here.

Laissez-faire Capitalism

There is nothing wrong with making money or having wealth! Further, I am a capitalist and believe that it works when done properly. Someone asked an insightful question, "Have you ever obtained a job from a poor person?" Me, neither. The problems occur when avaricious people get the bit in their teeth and ride at full gallop in pursuit of great wealth at all costs. The Company controls people through fear, intimidation, manipulation, law-breaking, deceit, and more. Requirements for the pay scale were increased just before it was implemented, and then secretly increased afterward. More work for less pay. I thought of Mark 8:36-37 and how executives in The Company foolishly sold their souls for money, and are willing to discard people in order to attain their goals. They are also willing to violate federal and state laws to cheat employees out of their overtime pay. After all, it's survival of the fittest, right?

Materialistic companies like this do not really want people, they want automatons. Robots are supposedly predictable, untiring, immune to eye strain, resist fatigue, have few physical defects, trick the pay scale, need no medical treatments, have no needs of family, no psychological ailments, few other factors which interfere with steady productivity. People are not baunistic. Mechanical beings would also be willing to work overtime when the need arises, and will not require payment when there is no work available. The Company has fired people for not meeting their oft-increased requirements, many of whom had been loyal employees for years. (The Company is losing money. Cheating the ones you depend on who actually do the work is not the way to stop financial difficulties, you savvy?) Other employees saddled up and rode off when they saw that this is not a good place to work, finding better employment elsewhere. Robots don't do that.

Unfortunately for The Company, they would not succeed by having automated personnel. One reason is that it is using ineffective, outdated software. Also, the computers that employees are currently using (or if you want to picture it, a roomful of androids that The Company seems to desire) are Windows XP tricked out to work on a Windows 7 kludge

The way I cognate on it, the first source of greed was when Satan wanted to be like God (Isaiah 14:12-14). Then he got the first humans into the act (Gen. 3:4-7), and it's been around ever since. Darwinism was expanded into social applications to justify things like "scientific" racism, eugenics, abortion, and many other evils, Ironically, Karl Marx was influenced by the Bearded Buddha when he was assembling his communism thing, and evolutionary thinking influenced the greed-motivated lassez-faire capitalism. Both are evil, and have a common root. See how that works? For more about this extreme capitalism, see "Darwinism and Laissez-faire Capitalism". I could go on about how The Company is unwilling to listen to the people who actually do the work and are quick to blame us for their myopic directives, as well as getting on the prod when we disagree with their "wisdom", but this article is getting long enough. I smuggled in brief points there, you notice.

Created in God's Image

Here's where I keep this article in the unusual category. Something I considered the best part of the movie National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation is when Clark's boss was kidnapped and brought to the Griswold home. He saw how the removal of Christmas bonuses — which people depend on as a part of their salaries — affected the people. Mr. Shirley saw people's faces. He said,
Sometimes things look good on paper, but lose their luster when you see how it affects real folks. I guess a healthy bottom line doesn't mean much if to get it, you have to hurt the ones you depend on. It's people that make the difference. Little people like you.
What greedy tinhorns around the world are unwilling to realize is the individual has value and dignity. Someone might say, "That's the way of the world today, old son, it won't change". Doesn't make it right, and I don't have to like it. Also some of us believe in doing what's right and living by biblical principles. There's a line in "Jesus Freak" by DC Talk that resonates with me: "The high and lofty, they see me as weak 'cause I won't live and die for the power they seek!" View me as a weak, idealistic Jesus freak, that's fine. Can I change evil forms of capitalism (or Darwinism)? That'll be the day! But I can point out injustices, and hope that some people will wake up and start realizing that we have value. Sure would be nice if the heads of international corporations, as well as smaller businesses, realize that they cannot expect the success they desire if they hurt the ones they depend on!

Am I a sterling example of Christianity in action at the workplace? No. I make mistakes, display my emotions, have outbursts, and resent assumptions about my own motivations as well as those of my co-workers. But I still try to do what's right, though I have my failings. I have lots of prayerful confessions and seeking after God's wisdom happen after work, you betcha.

We are not the products of time, chance, and random processes, but are created in God's image. That gives us value. As for the corporate bean counters and clock Nazis, they will have to give an account for their pleonexia in the final Judgement. Those who sought unrighteous money over all else and spurned Jesus (as well as all others who rejected salvation) have a terrible eternity waiting for them.  

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Same DNA, Different Horse?

Selective breeding is rather common nowadays, getting characteristics that the breeder desires. It also results in harmful genetic mutations, often resulting in unhealthy animals, such as with dog breeding. There has also been discussion of bringing back extinct animals (which would be an exciting possibility when usable dinosaur DNA is found). One such case is a "prehistoric" horse, such as those seen in cave paintings.

Horse breeding insight biblical created kinds DNA
Mongolian Wild Horse (Przewalski’s horse)
Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Ltshears / CC BY-SA 3.0
There is an extinct breed called the Tarpan, which had a resemblance to the critter pictured above as well as the cave paintings. People began breeding from wild mustangs that had some of the characteristics. Interesting that they did it without crossbreeding with the Przewalski's horse. This gives some insight not only into DNA, but also into the created biblical kinds. This is not evolution, since it involves variation and no added genetic material.
Previous articles in Creation have dealt with depictions of so-called ‘prehistoric’ animals in cave paintings around the world. While we recognize many of these creatures because they are still alive today, others are apparently extinct. The ‘prehistoric’ label reinforces the idea that many types of creatures lived and died before mankind came on the scene. But starting with the real history in Genesis, we can be sure that the beginning of earth history was also the beginning of human history, so there has never been an era of prehistory in that sense!
Breeding a Tarpan

What would it be like to see a ‘prehistoric animal’ from a cave painting alive? Well a couple from central Oregon, USA, do that every day! Back in 1990, Lenette and Gordon Stroebel bought a herd of 20 Tarpan-style horses with a view to breeding horses that we typically associate with cave paintings. Other cave paintings of horses resemble Przewalski’s horses . . .

They carry on a breeding project begun in the 1960s by horse lover Harry Hegardt. His efforts to recreate a ‘prehistoric’ horse from wild American mustangs eventually resulted in something closely resembling the original Tarpan. The Stroebels have continued where he left off.
To read the rest of the article, click on "Resurrecting a ‘prehistoric’ horse".
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Thursday, July 6, 2017

Dinosaur Fossils, Ocean Rocks, and the Genesis Flood

Paleontologists were shocked — shocked, I tell you — to find dinosaur fossils in marine rocks. They were commencing to find themselves some ammonites (the oceanic invertebrates, not the cantankerous cusses of the Old Testament), and found some T. rex-like remains.

Dinosaur fossil marine rock Genesis Flood
Credit: Freeimages / Matt Sullivan
The surprise should have ended with the discovery of the new critter, but they got a mite agitated that the fossil was found in an ocean environment. Why? Evolutionists themselves admit that most dinosaur fossils are there, and not in, say, arid regions. Fossils and bones from diverse creatures are frequently found mixed together, and evolutionary speculation only agitates the waters. No, the reasonable conclusion (especially when taken with all the other evidence) is that this is a result of the global Genesis Flood and, therefore, recent creation. Yippie ky yay, old earthers!
Another spectacular dinosaur fossil discovery baffled paleontologists who deny the historical accuracy of the book of Genesis. New Scientist recently reported the identification of a T. rex-like dinosaur from Upper Cretaceous system rocks in North Africa. What confounded the scientists were the phosphate-rich rocks in which the bones were found—rocks indicative of deposition in an open ocean.
To read the rest of the article, click on "Dinosaur Fossils Found in Marine Rocks...Again".
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Better Living Through Graphene?

Today's post is going to take a different approach. Instead of showing flaws in evolutionary reasoning and presenting examples in nature that affirm special creation, we can see how our Creator has given us many things we need to improve life on this busy blue marble. To quote Ian Juby, "Your brain was intelligently designed, and God wants you to use it."

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In Genesis, God gave Adam and Eve the dominion mandate to fill the earth, subdue it, and have dominion (Gen. 1:28). Seems to me that the dominion part includes making good use of what he's given us. By the way, subdue does not mean pillage. We are stewards of God's creation, and accountable to him for how we take care of it, you savvy?

We know and love water, for example. Some folks realized that if it's good for helping us cool down, it can be good for other things. Hey, water cut a lot of rock during and after the Genesis Flood, so how about using it in mining? Wow, water used to cut rock in mining, let's use high-pressure directed water jets for cutting! Yes, some folks got clever with it. No need for me to get into sand, what with making glass, doing abrasive blasting to remove contaminants, and so on, right? 

As technology progresses, people get more and better ideas. There's a whole heap of carbon on Earth, and is the basis of all known life forms. (I disremember where, but some science fiction story had aliens using the expression "carbon-based lifeforms" in a derogatory manner. No kidding? How's that silicon silliness working out for ya, Xenu?) Aside from playing nicely with many other elements in organisms, carbon can be manipulated into making useful products. Graphite is a form of carbon, and is the "lead" in pencils. How about shaving it down — way down — until it's an atom thick? Now you're talking about graphene. This stuff is very strong. We read a bit about water, add in graphene, and there is promising research to filter out salt water so people can have an abundant supply of safe drinking water! Give glory to God for giving us resources and for making logic, mathematics, chemistry, and science itself possible! 
Carbon, the sixth element on the periodic table, is considered “King of the Elements.” It appears in three major forms in nature. One of these forms, diamond, is transparent and the hardest known material while another form, graphite, is black and very soft. Carbon is essential to life.

In 2002 researchers at the University of Manchester isolated graphene, an ultra-thin sheet of carbon atoms, by peeling off layers of graphite with tape until they had a layer just one atom thick. Now the strongest material known to man, this “wonder material” is pliable, strong, and conductive.

Professor Stuart Burgess, a professor and gifted design engineer at the University of Bristol in the UK (and a biblical creationist), says this of carbon and graphene,
No, to find out what he said and to read the rest of the article, click on "Graphene: Seeing God’s Handiwork and Care in Chemistry".
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Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Cheating on Origin of Life Studies

I keep a-warnin' ya, don't be playing cards with the hands at the Darwin Ranch when they head out from Deception Pass and ride into town on payday. Those rapscallions don't like the hands they're dealt, and cheat mighty fierce like. Evolutionists are known for equivocation, such as equating change with evolution, and seeing "evidence" of evolution practically under every bush. Some even try to fool us by saying that abiogenesis (origin of life, OOL) has nothing to do with evolution (those are the ones who know abiogenesis is impossible), or say it happen out in space, and other trickery. Then they commence to working on origin of life experiments anyway.

Public domain photo credit: New York Public Library
We've read stories from the wild-eyed science press going after sensational claims about life being made in a laboratory, but what was obtained was primarily a few amino acids that were pretty much useless by themselves. (From the Irony Board: schooled people using high-tech equipment under specific intelligently-designed conditions are used to show that life happened by chance. Quite a bit of work to deny the Creator his due!) Hornswoggling can be seen in the famous Miller-Urey experiment, and it continues today. If you study on it a spell, if evolution wasn't a pseudoscience, Darwinists wouldn't need to tamper with data or do other dealing from the bottom of the deck in the laboratory. Question their integrity, though, and step back a mite and watch the fireworks.
If accountants cooked the books like this, they’d serve jail time.

Suppose your financial planner tells you, “I have good news and bad news. The good news is that in five years, you’ll be a billionaire! The bad news is that you need to come up with 750 million dollars that I can invest for you.” That’s what evolutionary origin-of-life theorizing is like. As long as they can cheat, they can accomplish anything.
To finish reading or hear the audio version, click on "Origin-of-Life Theories Cheat". Also worth considering is this reposted article from 1993, "The Origin of Life".

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Monday, July 3, 2017

Human Cloning and Ethics

Yes, I'll allow that the title is a bit grandiose, and philosophers of science have been wrangling about the subject for decades.  However, there are serious considerations raised by Christians regarding the controversial subject of human cloning — and secularists will give these scant attention. Especially on matters of morality and ethics.

Human cloning ethical biblical moral considerations
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I'd be obliged if you'd ride with me on this little side trail a spell. Although there is no definitive proof that Sasquatch (Bigfoot) exists, several areas have made it illegal to shoot one. It may seem silly on the outset, but if you study on it, you'll see that there are actually good reasons to protect the beastie. One of these is the possibility is that some drunken jasper might shoot another person, maybe even another drunken jasper in a costume.

Back to the main trail now, cloning itself has been advancing, especially with progress that has been made regarding genetics. Animals have been cloned, there's speculation about dinosaur cloning, and human tissues have been cloned. Unlike taking arms against Sasquatch, human cloning is a much more realistic possibility — and is illegal in many countries. A big problem is the morality involved. Secular scientists do not have a healthy worldview, and some seem to want to play Creator. Christians (especially biblical creationists) know that we were uniquely created by God — we have dominion over animals, but not over other people. In addition, serious problems arise when experimenting on human embryos. Other serious questions also come to mind.
We have written several articles about animal cloning over the years in this magazine. Several more have appeared on the pages of creation.com. This is a difficult issue, with spiritual, moral, legal, and technological twists at every turn. Yet, from the first successful clone of Dolly the sheep (1996), cloning technology has improved at a rapid rate. Today, it is routine to clone pets, farm animals, and even race horses. This comes as a shock to many people who have not realized how fast this field has changed in the past 20 years.

The technology is here to stay, but that brings up a perplexing issue: is it possible to clone people? And, if someone eventually does clone a person, how should we react?
Don't be getting beside yourself, you can read the rest by clicking on "Human cloning".

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Saturday, July 1, 2017

Lawrence Krauss' Story Not Great

Excuse me while I check the status of my unregistered assault keyboard... okay, we're ready to continue bringing you evidence affirming creation and showing that there are many serious questions about minerals-to-materialist evolution. Ready?

Theoretical astrophysicist Dr. Lawrence Krauss has made a name for himself on the owlhoot trail by promoting atheistic materialism and cosmic evolution by using sciencey words to promote irrational concepts. He believes that everything came from nothing, but redefines nothing as (my paraphrase here) something that we call nothing. He has written books that his followers (many of whom are disciples of Clinton Richard Dawkins, who also has much to say that has very little meaningful content) happily purchase and believe that they contain evidence for his views. That'll be the day!

Credit: Pixabay / Gerd Altmann
Krauss has a book that seems to have borrowed from an epic film about Jesus, and called it The Greatest Story Ever Told — So Far. Well, he's partly right. It's a great deal of fiction, all story, and not much in the way of science. His dismal view includes the idea that there is no reason for our existence (a sentiment that is unlikely to decrease the high suicide rate among atheists). The biblical creationist worldview gives hope, not despair, since there is a Creator, the universe was designed for a purpose, and we are not the products of time and chance. God is the one who made us, and we should find out what he has to say in his written Word.
A recent American Physical Society newsletter contained an excerpt from physicist Lawrence Krauss’ new book The Greatest Story Ever Told—So Far. In it, Krauss states that for most people there are two great questions: Why is there a universe at all? and Why are we here? He notes that his earlier book A Universe from Nothing (AUFN) addressed the first question and his latest book deals with the second.

But a careful reading shows that AUFN didn’t actually answer the question of why the universe exists. Rather, it’s a blustery Big Bang apologetic with some snide remarks about theologians and creationists thrown into the mix.
To finish reading, click on "The Greatest Story Ever Told?" Also, check out the parody of Billy Squier's "The Stroke", below. Interesting, a parody of a song that is satire about the music industry and psychological "strokes", isn't it?


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