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Whose Life Matters?

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen I don't know about other countries, but America is very "race" conscious. Some ethnic groups claim victim status and persecution from other groups, yet little attention is given to the murders of their own "kind". We hear about the "Black Lives Matter" group, and somehow, it becomes almost acceptable in the eyes of leftist media for them to block traffic and murder police officers. A response is, "Blue Lives Matter", because we need the police to do their jobs. There's a whole heap of racism from whites, blacks, and other groups that you want to name. Somehow, the lives of unborn children are not important to many people. "College Liberal" "meme" inspired by comments from Doug McBurney . This poor girl has been used in so many "memes", and was probably just minding her own business when the picture was taken. Did you know the word slave is based on the word Slav , as in Slav

Consider the Proportional Strength of Ants

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It's easy to dislike ants, I'll allow. They get in the house, spoil picnics, crawl up your leg, and other nuisance things. Ever have an ant farm as a kid? I didn't. Anyway, many of us like to stop and watch them carry things that are proportionally larger than they are and wonder how they can do that — and maybe want that ability ourselves.Well, some people are using biomimetics and thinking that mayhaps they can get inspiration from ants for robot designs. Image credit: Openclipart There was a study on the things, and it was discovered that they their structure is conducive to carrying. Part of this is that since their exoskeletons are so light, they do not have to carry their own weight, so they can focus on getting something from here and bringing it over there. Of course, the study praised evolution, blessed be! What they should have done is realize that the evidence shows the skill of their Designer. Now, I’m far from being an entomologist, but the diver

Hopes for Extraterrestrial Life Dimming

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Every once in a while, we learn that particles-to-planetologist scientists will effectively say, "Hold up there, Luke. You're saddling up the wrong horse!" In other words, they'll realize that certain ideas they have should be discarded instead of making excuses and sewing on more patches. (Of course, they still cling to evolution itself.) It's nice to see some scientific integrity now and then. Image credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech The pseudoscience of astrobiology is a part of the search for life on other planets, and they come up with some interesting speculations. Later, those are replaced because the facts tend to be obstreperous. (For example, if a planet is in the "habitable zone", it's not necessarily habitable .) Space "weather" ruins chances for life out there, as well as radiation, and some exoplanets may look good, but they're still too hot. The simple reason that they're having such a passel of hassle getting any hope

The "Convergent Evolution" Evasion

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Darwinists have a corral-full of rescuing devices to be utilized when observations do not fit their paradigm. One of these is convergent evolution, where different organisms independently evolved similar traits, even though there is no plausible mechanism or evidence. Some of these convergent evolution evasions are quite outlandish . Image credits: Burmese python (top), Pixabay / skeeze Emperor boa (bottom), Pixabay / sipa There are distinct differences in critters, but since they have some aspects in common, it's "evidence" that they evolved from a common ancestor. It's disallowed to even consider the more reasonable explanation: they were designed and equipped by their Creator to diversify within genetic limits and fill ecological niches. (That's right, creationists do accept speciation .) A recent study of pythons and boas reached the stunning conclusion that, even though they diversified, they did not change into something else. Convergent evolution

Playing the Odds in the Origin of Life

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Ever hear of an oddsmaker ? It's someone who predicts the outcomes of games, contests, and sets the odds for betting. "Ten dollars on Snorting Sally in the fourth at 8:5". If you go to a casino, spend some time beforehand and look up your odds of winning — usually quite poor. You may do better at poker because you have human competitors and can watch their "tells". Image made at Atom Smasher Oddsmakers need information to work with, and there's math involved, of course. Many details need to be considered. For something to evolve, there needs to be something to evolve from. When it comes to the origin of life, the information is getting bleaker all the time. It comes down to the cells, and even further, to the genome. The minimum number of cells for an organism to survive needs to be known, which involves sequencing genomes, gene expression, and several other items. It's a losing gamble to even consider that chemical evolution is possible. The sma

Ancient Man and Genius Artifacts

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As observed many times, people argue from their presuppositions and worldviews. We keep hearing about how archaic humans showed signs of intelligence and culture, but proponents of atoms-to-anthropologist evolution are continually baffled by this. Worse for them are the many out-of-place artifacts that show great intelligence from ages long past. The reason is that they are using evolutionary presuppositions, man had not evolved intelligence yet, so those artifacts are "out of place" and mysterious. Why do y'all think Chariots of the Gods and other "ancient alien" books were so successful? Man had to be stupid way back when, right? Not hardly! Antikythera mechanism fragment, image credit: Wikimedia Commons CC BY 2.5 I'm using the word artifact a bit loosely. Not only are there ancient computing devices, airplane-like gliders, batteries — and even cities. Biblical creationists should not be astonished that such things exist (aside from marveling a

More Deceiving for Darwin — "It's Just a Theory"

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen Retur ning fire with my unregistered assault keyboard.  The militant atheists that hole up with the hands at the Darwin Ranch (down yonder at Deception Pass) don't quite live up to the "reason" that they claim to support. Logical fallacies abound, and some of their favorites are the ever-present ad hominem, the frequent circular reasoning,  the pernicious red herring (such as " the Ark Encounter money could have been used to feed the poor "), and the ubiquitous straw man argument such as this foolishness from L. Aron "AronRa" Nelson .(Ironically, the guy next to him in this picture advocates the teaching of critical thinking, which creationists have done for years, since critical thinking refutes both atheism and evolution). We'll focus on the straw man , but don't let the horses eat him, the straw is moldy. Anti-creationists sometimes claim that our best argument against evolution is, "It's just a theo

Diamonds from the Basement

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Most of us have ideas about diamonds, how they're valuable, look mighty fine, the hardest substance on Earth, made of highly-organized carbon, have industrial uses, and are even useful in superconductors. (Maybe the lethal satellite in Diamonds Are Forever isn't so far-fetched?) The ones you see in jewellery stores or up for auction are specially cut and polished, rough (or "raw) diamonds look quite a bit different , and don't fetch quite a high price. Secular geologists assign dates of somewhere around a billion years old, but since radiocarbon exists in them, they are actually thousands of years old. They're also a bit of a mystery. So where do they come from? Image credit: Pixabay / Aenigmatis-3D Diamond deposits (and, naturally, diamond mines) are not everywhere on the planet. Also, they're unstable. They had to form way down yonder with Earth's basement rocks, and made the journey to the surface without breaking down into graphite. Creationar

The Origin of Inspiration

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Where does inspiration come from? Secular scientists have tried to deal with metaphysical questions based on their materialistic philosophies (such as free will, ethics, and so on) as if such things were a physical part of the brain. Not much success. Searching for naturalistic origins of imagination, inspiration, and so on are not exactly in their areas of expertise. Image credit: Freeimages / Keith Syvinski There are different kinds of inspiration that people get, such as music, poetry, prose, the desire to get something accomplished, communicating a message, architecture, and so on. People have different motives, too, whether it's to impress others, problem solving, to give glory to God, and other possibilities. But getting an inspiration and using imagination involves knowledge as well. The design of life, the universe, and everything testifies to the brilliance of our Creator. So, how do we come into this? Ain't no way such things could have evolved, they are gifts

Science is a Beastly Business

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It's one thing to learn about someone else by walking a mile in his moccasins, it's quite another to work at becoming an animal. A couple of scientists decided to get tax dollar grant money, live and eat like animals, and then writing books based on their "research". (Seems a bit nuts to me.) But they, or anyone else, cannot deny what they are created to be with mere assertion. Nebuchadnezzar by William Blake, 1795 Nebuchadnezzar, a king of the Babylonian Empire , lived the beast life in a much more impressive way — but not by choice, and not in a pretentious attempt at doing scientific research. Ultimately, he gave glory to God . These book-writing owlhoots had no intent at glorifying God. Such "research" is just plain silly, but fitting because secularists believe that humans are just another animal in common-ancestor evolutionism. The AAAS endorses two books where researchers act like animals. Thomas Nagel famously pondered what it would be l

Modern Genetics Supporting Bible History

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As we know, or should know by now, scientists do not go around collecting data and then seek to organize it. Instead, they have ideas and presuppositions; a "let's see what this does" approach can be helpful. Would a particles-to-pathologist evolutionist see if information supports the Bible? Not too often these days, old son. Schematic representation of the human mitochondrial genome Image credit: openi.nlm.nih.gov CC BY-NC 3.0 (use does not imply endorsement of site contents A creation scientist saddled up and rode the Genetic Trail and had some very interesting findings. Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) data were downloaded from all major people groups, ran software, did other calculations — and demonstrated that ancestry can be traced back to the wives of Noah's sons! This supports the young Earth view of biblical creationists, and causes some consternation for evolutionists. When research biologist Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson plotted hundreds of human mitchondrial

Conflicting Views and the Brain

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Secularists are contradicting themselves by saying that there's a brain-based conflict"between "science" and "religion", and then try to find the source of free will in the brain , and also claim to know about ethics . Free will and ethics are spiritual concepts, and indeed, these naturalistic owlhoots conveniently ignore the fact that atheism itself is a religion, both legally and philosophically . Credits: Image*After Scientists are mighty arrogant these days, making assertions about things that they really are only beginning to understand. There are naturalistic underpinnings in studies, contradictions, and problems with definitions (such as the key words here, science and religion , since science is a philosophy of interpreting evidence). Science gets presented in churches, that should cause a naturalist some cognitive dissonance. Further, Christians are commanded to love God with our minds as well as h eart , soul , and strength. Worse, bigo

Did Solar Flares from the Faint Young Sun Bring Life to Earth?

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The hands at the Darwin Ranch down Deception Pass way have been hitting the firewater again and telling tall tales — and getting paid. Wild speculation has been recorded and presented as "science", but there's a bit of disagreement with someone spoiling the celebration by bringing up a few facts. Then some yahoo brings up a completely different idea. We have a pair of related articles on these matters for your perusal. M6.4 class solar flare erupting, image credit: NASA / SDO (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) One of the oldest problems for evolutionists is the "faint young sun paradox". Basically, since everything is supposedly the result of the Big Bang, our sun was too cool to support life on Earth. Life couldn't evolve. But they insist on an ancient universe, so there's the "paradox". One Darwinista in the pseudoscience of astrobiology proposed a solution to the problem, but naturally, it involves a whole whack of

Neanderthals Bring New Meaning to "Man Cave"

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Who were cave men? Men who lived in caves. Next question. Oh, too short? Okay. In the parlance of proponents of evolution from a common ancestor, our predecessors were stupid brutes that gradually evolved human characteristics, intelligence, culture, and so on. The Neanderthals were popular cave man icons because some lived in caves, but they were not only intelligent, but fully human — much to the consternation of some anti-creationists. It's kind of fun to learn about our distant fully-human cousins, and new discoveries keep on refuting evolutionary ideas. One reason is that we have a whole passel of information about Neanderthals to work with than the usual fragments of teeth and bones of our other alleged evolutionary ancestors. By the way, people in modern times have lived in caves, especially in hot climates. Image credit: Morguefile / richard_b If you're not too bright and just trying to survive, or just passing through, you're not likely to gussy up a place

We All Have Rhythm

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In the 1972 classic movie The Cowboys, John Wayne's character had to use schoolboys for a cattle drive. They were unhappy being awakened in the 3 AM darkness, especially since their circadian rhythms were not accustomed to such activity. Well, our inner clocks are none too fond of other disruptions, such as jet lag, adjusting to and from Daylight Savings Time, and unusual work shifts. People often have to use various remedies (such as melatonin) to adjust . Assembled and modified from Clker clipart images These circadian rhythms are not just in us big folks. They are in all kinds of organisms, all the way down to the genetic level. Such clocks are essential for survival, and are impossible for evolution to explain. It is, however, to reasonably conclude that these important and widespread mechanisms were designed for us by our Creator. Life could not exist without organisms’ engineered ability to keep track of time on a 24-hour day-night cycle called a circadian rh

Secular Geomorphology Fails to Explain Landforms

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Some things sound simple at the onset, and can be generally true. Suppose I saddle up the horse and want to ride 100 miles (161 km). I make it 20 miles (32 km) the first day. Simple math says I'll be done in five days, don't you reckon? But I assumed that, since I started on flat terrain, it would be that way the entire trip. No washed-out gullies to go around, no steep inclines, the horse doesn't go lame or get tired, and so forth. Also, I can't make a blanket statement that this distance can be traveled by horse in five days, because I'm assuming that the horse I'm riding would be typical of all horses. " Mesa in the autumn ", Lake Meredith, Texas image credit: US National Park Service This is similar to uniformitarian assumptions. Watching a stream erode the banks and calculate, you can get a rate of erosion — but that has a whole heap of assumptions, including that the water flow does not change. Secular geologists like to use millions of yea

Your God-Given Teeth and You

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Do these crowns I own mean that I'm a royal personage? Probably not, they're all in my mouth. Bacteria gets in there, wreaks havoc, and I pay big money to get the crowns. Still, our teeth are very strong. Dentin, that stuff beneath tooth enamel, is actually quite durable. It has to be, since out teeth come into contact about 1.8 million times a year, and a bit is somewhere around 70 pounds per square inch (mainly in the back molars). A silverback gorilla bite at 1,300 PSI, and the saltwater crocodile chows in at about 7,700 PSI. Not important, but I thought it was interesting anyway. Image credit: Clker clipart Scientists did a study on dentin, and were impressed at what what they found. In addition, they are hoping for biomimetics development so we can have replacement parts more along the lines of what our Creator gave us. Aspects of human teeth appear over-designed for their function. Apparently German scientists are less reticent about appealing to the supernatu