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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Secularist Laments Lagging Evolutionary Indoctrination

Although evolutionists have maintained a stranglehold on educational indoctrination in many Western countries for decades, some get on the prod that their conditioning is not yet complete. Contrary views of origins are actively suppressed, and even though secular educators claim to encourage critical thinking, only the sanitized versions of evolution are presented and inconvenient facts are omitted in government educational systems. That is one reason Question Evolution Day is important.

Despite the stranglehold that secularists have on educatioinal systems, some people reject evolutionism and think for themselves
Modified from a photo at Freeimages, original from Jeramey Jannene (click graphic for larger image)
In the United States and other Western countries, fascism is opposed in theory. Many people consider fascist a useful pejorative, projecting it on people they dislike (often without knowing the meaning of the word), and then employing fascistic philosophies and practices, including violence and leftist propaganda — sort of like when the Nazis burned down the Reichstag and blamed others for their own actions. You may be surprised to learn that atheism and evolutionism are strongly linked to fascist philosophies (see "Evolution and the New Atheo-Fascism" for more). Any totalitarian leader worth his or her salt, whether fascist, further left communist, or others, knows the value of indoctrinating the young early in life.

On a related side note, in early November, 2017, Canada's Governor General mocked the beliefs of many people who do not hold to the pronouncements of what amounts to Scientism and the secular science industry. She equated those of us who reject origins by "natural processes" with believers in alternative healing methods, devotees of astrology, essentially all religious views, and so on. I recommend this analysis by Dr. Mohler on the November 15 edition of The Briefing.

One sneaky trick is to say that secular public education, which controls students for several hours each day and actively promotes evolutionism while opposing any hint of evidence for creation, is good and right. However, when Christian parents and others follow biblical commands to teach the young, we are "indoctrinating". If atheists didn't have double standards, they would have none at all. For example, the movie Genesis: Paradise Lost was attacked by a sneering atheist (click for larger image):

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An important part of indoctrination is opposition to critical thinking — as we frequently see in evolutionism. Secularists don't cotton to anything even hinting of the  Master Engineer. This hatred includes the Intelligent Design movement, but especially biblical creation science.

Effective propaganda often relies on logical fallacies. These sidewinders commence to using equivocation (such as equating science and evolution, or science and anthropogenic climate change), arbitrary assertions of opinions as scientific facts, blatant lying (creationists, ID proponents, or those who reject anthropocentric climate change are "science deniers"), demonizing through deceptive misapplications of psychological terminology, redefining words, and more. 

Moving from those deceptions, they can make a common enemy based on fallacies and falsehoods, such as when Hitler called the Jews a common enemy of Germany to help unify the people under his demonic leadership. Now creationists are "science deniers", and hinder scientific advancement. Therefore, we are the common enemy, so they can persecute the opposition and pretend that we are mentally ill when we point it out. See how that works? That's who angry secularists are and how they operate, and then claim that they are concerned for the good of all. Not hardly!

Despite the uphill battle against propaganda and deception, apparently some people think for themselves. Das ist streng verboten!
Evolutionists have had complete domination of public school science for decades. They can’t believe that a sizable percentage still don’t accept evolution.

Ryan Dunk at Syracuse University is dumbfounded. He said on his blog last September,
Despite over a half century of education reforms aimed at better science instruction, nearly 40 percent of Americans reject the overwhelming scientific evidence for evolution.
In both articles, Dunk commits numerous logical fallacies and propaganda tactics as if taken right out of the NCSE talking points:
To read the rest of this enlightening article, click on "Darwinians Baffled that Students Refuse To Be Indoctrinated".

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Monday, November 27, 2017

The Oort Cloud: Faith Without Evidence

Atheists and evolutionists mock biblical creationists for believing in the observed work of the Creator, but have their own blind faith and "miracles". One example is their fact-free presuppositional assertions that neutron stars make gold in space. Another example of faith in their own schemes is discussed below.

 A serious problem for long-age cosmic evolution is the existence of comets. Those nuclei of those bad boys are small by astronomical standards (but you would not want one in your driveway), and are seen when they get close enough to the sun. Then, some of the surface burns off and we see the glow and long gaseous tail. They go orbiting again, and more of the nucleus burns off on the next pass. Repeat and fade until nothing is left, or it crashes into a planet or something. Using the dating methods and assumptions of secular scientists, comets should not exist because they would have been entirely used up millions of Darwin years ago.

This is where the scientific principle of Making Things Up™ comes into play. In 1932, Ernst Öpik said, "Hey, I got this!" and proposed a rescuing device, which Jan Oort agreed with in 1950. The excuse usually bears the name of the latter: the Oort cloud. Way, way out yonder, beyond Neptune's orbit and the Kuiper belt, a fantastical cloud of clutter repopulates the comets. Story goes, this happens when something kicks around some of the contents and they go into their odd orbits. Voila, comets still exist! This cloud is alleged to be a huge bubble-like thing with two chambers.

The Oort cloud is a deep-time rescuing device that has no scientific evidence
Credit: NASA / JPL, based on illustration by Donald K. Yeoman
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The Oort cloud is convenient, and invoked when comets are discovered, which smacks of confirmation bias. Interestingly, even the heavily-biased Wikipedia admits that the Oort cloud is theoretical. Take a look-see at this short children's indoctrination piece from NASA, and note how many "facts" are asserted, even though they have no verifiable scientific evidence:

Remember, kids, having faith in something even though you know it isn't true (to repurpose a quote from Samuel Clemens) is science. Secularists resort to some desperate measures to deny recent creation, and indeed, the Creator himself. Dreaming up things such as the Oort cloud, dark matter, space aliens, the Big Bang, or the giant ice wall surrounding the flat earth can seem plausible. However, scientists supposedly rely on empirical data. Guess that's changed. Interesting that they believe in fictions that they willingly fabricated, but deny the evidence for and testimony of God.
When I was growing up, the definition of science was simple: “the study of the natural world using the five senses.” This definition placed some limits upon science. For instance, science was restricted to the study of the natural world, so anything supernatural was out of bounds to science. Supernatural things include miracles, angels, souls, and God. Even if something is part of the natural world, it wasn’t considered scientific unless we could detect it with our five senses.

Over the years, however, many scientists found this definition too confining. So they gradually redefined science as “the search for natural explanations.” This newfangled view of “science” studies things we can’t even detect. The Oort cloud is a good example. It was included among the “11 Scientific Wonders We Know Exist—but We’ve Never Seen” featured in a cover article in New Scientist last year [March 2016].
To read the rest or download the MP3 version, click on "Oort Cloud—No Evidence Required". Also, for more about comets and recent discoveries, click on "Comets - Their Silent Testimony".

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Appeal to False Authority, TalkOrigins, and Diamonds

Creationists will often see a fallacy called appeal to authority in discussions with atheists and evolutionists. We frequently encounter this at The Question Evolution Project and other places on teh interweb.

While referring to an authority on a subject is legitimate, many tinhorns will refer to someone who has no qualifications in a subject, such as Clinton Richard Dawkins railing about theology. Atheists and anti-creationists get the bits in their teeth and ride hard to heavily biased atheistic storage facilities to find material on a subject, throw links at us, and essentially say, "I cited TalkOrigns! Case closed!" (Seems to me that this might qualify as confirmation bias, but I digress.) Citing those places is easier than thinking or reading creationary material, but those sites are unreliable; it is appeal to false authority in action.

Sites like TalkOrigins are false authorities and terribly unreliable

Recently, I made a post and said that opponents will go to the excuse mills. A furious atheopath proved me right by ignoring my remarks and giving a link to TalkOrigins at his post. The material was outdated and irrelevant, but people like this act like we've been debunked because of the "authority" cited. My belief is that they act this way because they are afraid to read material that refutes evolutionism and deep time.

One of the boilerplate responses to the existence of carbon-14 in diamonds (or in other places where 14C "should" not exist) is contamination. If you study on it, that's a heap of contamination from quite a few labs doing a great deal of testing. Those critics who are squirming to escape the inconvenient evidence are impugning the skill of those technicians — technicians and labs that they applaud when dating results fit their paradigms! Two standards, no waiting. No, there is no contamination. Fact is, Earth was created, and far more recently, than secularists are willing to admit.
C S from United States wrote in:
I was looking at talk origins’ little archive on Diamonds and C14 in summary. They say Radioisotope evidence presents significant problems for the young earth position. Baumgardner and the RATE team are to be commended for tackling the subject, but their “intrinsic radiocarbon” explanation does not work. The previously published radiocarbon AMS measurements can generally be explained by contamination, mostly due to sample chemistry. The RATE coal samples were probably contaminated in situ. RATE’s processed diamond samples were probably contaminated in the sample chemistry. The unprocessed diamond samples probably reflect instrument background. Coal and diamond samples have been measured by others down to instrument background levels, giving no evidence for intrinsic radiocarbon.
CMI’s Joel Tay responds:
To see Joel's response, click on "Carbon-14 in diamonds: Refuting Talk.Origins". You may be interested in another article, "Propaganda Talk about Origins". Also, there's a short video below.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Nature Teaches Humans about Design

Okay, you caught me. "Nature" does not "teach" anyone anything, just like "science" does not "say" or "know" anything. That is the reification fallacy. Generally, it is not important except in formal debates and similar situations. Otherwise, so many people use the fallacy, we would be calling them out on simple figures of speech left and right and reigning in simple conversations. In conversations, people generally do not do this to manipulate the thinking of others to fall for propaganda. So, I felt like doing it here. Besides, the three links below are using the same figure of speech. Oh, and don't worry, the articles linked below aren't very lengthy.

A good designer is going to spend time making plans that include a variety of elements, as well as how the project can withstand variables. The infinite mind of the Master Engineer had everything covered in his plans, which took him no time at all. Humans used the minds that God gave them to study nature and learn some great things — and then praise their false god of evolution instead of giving thanks to the one who made it all possible. Ingrates.

Biomimetics is where God's creation is studied and principles are applied to our lives
Credit: Pixabay / Lukas Bieri
Now, let's commence to reifying. Animals are a good source of information that indicates design. Many have tails, and those tails actually use physics in some cases, such as the side-to-side movement actually helping increase the length of strides in walking and running. We can study ant algorithms in relation to population density. How do you get a robot to get off its back if it falls? Scientists are studying the way beetles click upright so they can apply the principle. To read more of this first installment, go to "Animals Teach Humans About Design".

Moving on, we can learn about the Creator's engineering work from plants. There's a whole heap of lignin laying around that plants are not using any longer, but if we get serious with studying it, it can be turned into bio-oil, carbon fiber, and more. We were taught in school that most plants need sunlight so they can make their own fuel, and studies are being conducted to efficiently use similar principles — but they need to learn how plants self-regulate so they don't burn themselves out. For these stories and more, click on "Plants Teach Humans About Design".

Let's get into the really tiny stuff. Cells have their own lock-and-key mechanism, and studying this in receptors on proteins to help medical diagnoses. A slightly related area is that cell membranes can let in some items and keep others out, benefiting biomimetic membrane fabrication. You can see what these stories are about and more, head on over to "Cells Teach Humans About Design".

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Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thankfulness and - Repurposing?

From 1985-1992, American television had a series called MacGyver, which has become a bit of a cultural icon because of the hero's abilities to use chemistry, physics, and the like (as well as being able to think quickly) to make things happen and get out of difficulties. The series was rebooted in 2016. The idea of using whatever is available and fast thinking is often found in espionage movies and fiction. The concepts of multitasking and repurposing are found in many places, including our daily lives and in biology.

Repurposed printing press part saved Mayflower from disaster, our Creator has multitasking happening in our biology
Replica ship Mayflower II credit: Wikimedia Commons / OldPine
It seems that that some MacGyvers were on the Mayflower as well. The midship beam was cracking, and for it to completely break would have been a death sentence. The resourceful crew cowboyed up and repurposed a part of a printing press' equipment to save the voyage — and a major part of American history. For this, many of us are thankful.

Many of our organs, cells, and parts of our DNA are able to multitask. Some of these extra functions have been known for many years, and others have been discovered more recently. It's easy to think of scientists saying, "Hey, I didn't know it did that, too!"

Our Creator engineered many systems for our survival, and gave us the ability to reason so we can use the resources he has given us, as seen in biomimetics. We should give thanks that he has given us life and engineered it (and us) to live. More importantly, we should be thankful that he has provided us with salvation and eternal life.
Available machinery capable of versatile applications, combined with quick-thinking Pilgrim passengers, solved a life-or-death crisis that the Mayflower’s professional crew hadn’t anticipated. This providential detail is part of the Pilgrims’ progress in America—and thus is something we can appreciate during the Thanksgiving season.

We can also appreciate how God has programmed so much of His great creation with versatile engineering traits, including multitasking features within our own bodies such as our appendix, nose, ears, and hair.
To read the article in its entirety (which is not very lengthy), click on "Mechanical Multitasking on the Mayflower".

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Species Confusion and the Created Kinds

Scientists who are involved in biology disagree on the definition of species. Sometimes this happens with individual critters, but the broader use of the term is also disputed. It is the lowest ranking in taxonomy below genus, most often defined as organisms that can mate to produce fertile offspring. Doesn't always work that way, however.

Liger at the Novosibirsk Zoo / Wikimedia Commons / Алексей Шилин
We hear about hybrids, often in the plant kingdom. Animal hybrids usually cannot reproduce, and one of the most famous examples is the mule, from a male donkey and female horse. There are other hybrid animals as well. Darwin's imaginary "Tree of Life" gets its branches all tangled up with species interbreeding, and sometimes, the hybrids can breed with the parents, creating havoc for scientists at the genus level. It may be slightly less surprising when the matings happen in captivity, but they happen in the wild as well.

Materialists like to reject any consideration of the biblical kinds, preferring species (a system that was, ironically, invented by a creationist). No, they prefer to use "their" classification system. I'll allow that the created kinds in Genesis are not sharply defined, but the Bible is not a science textbook, it's a book of history (among other things, of course). When it speaks of science, it is correct. When Scripture does talk about science, it's correct, old son. The kind is broader than the species. Creation science has better options and fits what is observed far better than Darwin's failed Tree of Life. When animals jump species back to genus, that's no problem for the classification of biblical kind. In fact, creationists expect such things.
What do you get . . . when you cross a zebra with a horse? Give up? Why, a zorse, of course! How about crossing a polar bear and a grizzly? If you said “pizzly,” you’re catching on! Do you think I’m joking about these names? Guess again.

These are real examples of separate species that can breed and produce unique hybrid babies. Biologists have known about them for a long time, but until recently they thought hybrids were oddities. They usually observed these mixes in captivity, not in the wild—strange hybrids like the ones above, or wholphins (mix of a bottlenose dolphin and a false killer whale) and geeps (mix of a goat and a sheep). New, inexpensive techniques of DNA analysis have now enabled scientists to test a variety of wild creatures, and they have discovered that hybridization seems to occur all the time in the wild.
To read the rest or download the free audio, click on "The Great Species Mixup". You may also like to see a creationary view of speciation by clicking on "Evolution, Creation Science, and Speciation". Finally, two half-hour videos: "Speciation- yes, Evolution- no" and "Speciation and the biblical kinds – What’s the connection?"

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ancient Algae Amazes Evolutionists

Living things seem mighty recalcitrant when it comes to supporting evolutionary conjectures, including those things termed living fossils. Those are things that were thought to be extinct, then found alive and essentially unchanged after millions of alleged years. A green alga, a seaweed, is not quite a living fossil because it was thought to be extinct in North America but still living in other parts of the world. Well, it's been found in North America after all, and it's unchanged.

Dinosaur-era algae supposedly extinct in North America for long ages has been discovered, and it is unchanged

In cases like this, wait for Darwin's Drones to bring out the usual boilerplate excuses: it didn't have to evolve, stasis, and things like that. This child doesn't fall for those tricks, because a lot of environmental things happen in a year, and evolutionary mythology breaks down if they think we're going to accept such "explanations". Aside from the anticipated excuses, there are several important facts that evolutionists overlook, including how critters and plants did not evolve, they were created to survive — and adapt when necessary.
Botanists recently discovered Lychnothamnus barbatus, a large form of green algae known from European and Asian freshwater lakes, in North America. Before this discovery, the only hints of this particular water plant in the Americas came from their fossils mixed with dinosaurs in Argentina.1 If this type of algae’s fossils were deposited tens of millions of years ago, then how has it avoided evolutionary tinkering ever since? How could it remain unchanged for over “65 million years?”
To chew on the rest (won't take long, it's not a huge article), click on "Dinosaur Algae Alive and Well Today". For a related article, read "Seaweed Clogs Evolutionary Propellers".

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