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Defense and the Ruffed Grouse

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First, a story. Way back when I was much younger and James Madison was President, we were visiting my grandmother in the northern part of Michigan, in the lower peninsula. It was a small town (still is), and there was a parcel of land behind the house, just a field. This bored child went a-wandering. There was some activity from a killdeer, making all sorts of racket and playing at having a broken wing. I'd heard of such shenanigans to protect the young'uns, so I went in the opposite direction. I could imagine the call of the killdeer as saying, "Fleeee, baby!", and I found the little ones in the tall grass. Had sense enough to leave them alone. Ruffed Grouse , John James Audubon Other birds that lay eggs on the ground do this broken wing business as well, including the star of today's show, the ruffed grouse. They're not very big, and both man and beast consider them good eatin '. How can they keep from going extinct in a hurry? The Creator gave t

Cave Wall Animation?

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Video action is commonplace today, and we can pull out a camera, phone, or other device and record something that we can view instantly. (I marvel at how people can have a live video broadcast that is also being uploaded to places like YouTube, free, and I've never bothered to use the tools at my disposal to do it.) Technology can be fun! Step back a ways, and many of us remember watching movies that were on film, whether in the cinema or in school. Those kinds of movies were actually optical illusions, relying on the brain, film speed, and persistence of vision so we would not see the individual frames, but perceive actual motion. Movies on film that lasted a long time. What happened before? One gadget was Thomas Edison's kinetoscope, using film and that optical illusion thing. (A short video about the kinetoscope is here , and a kind of tour of the machine is here .) The earliest Western films were on the kinetoscope as well. Before that, there was a toy called the thaum

Evolution, Aliens, Religion — Wackiness Ensues

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If you study on it for a spell, you'll notice that secularists have double standards, especially related to anything Christian or creationist: When we teach our children about biblical creation, we're "indoctrinating" them. When government-run secularist education centers give them materialistic and evolutionary material for several hours a day over a period of years, they're "educating" them. When evolutionists disagree about hypotheses and models, it's good for science. When creationary scientists disagree with each other or offer other possible interpretations of evidence, well, creationists cannot get along with each other. When atheists and evolutionists attack Christians and creationists, they're being "rational". When creationists present evidence and refute the attacks, we're "right wing extremist s" and " science deniers". When using quotes of evolutionists admitting they have problems, it's &q

The Quantum Soul?

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen The soul has been a source of controversy for a mighty long time. What is it? Where does it reside? Is there a difference between soul and spirit? Some Christians believe that humans are sort of triune, saying something to the effect of, "You are a soul, you have a spirit, and you live in a body". This may reflect the Trinity of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Others believe in only two aspects, with soul and spirit being interchangeable. Image credit: dan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Secular scientists with their materialistic (often reductionist) worldviews contradict themselves. They use the laws of logic, but those are not material things . For that matter, some consider mathematics to be something pure, but numbers are also immaterial . The secular worldview precludes the existence of God and spirits, and yet, scientists search for the location of free will , which indicates that they believe there is a soul (or consciousness, if you will)

Constellations and the Genesis Dispersal

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For me, stargazing is a wondrous thing, but I'm not good with constellations. F'rinstance, I don't get seeing Cassiopeia on her throne, just a kind of W shape. That one over there, a scorpion, you say? Not happening for this child, sorry. Odd that I can see figures in clouds but not in constellations. Especially on a clear night, there's all kinds of other stars making it hard to pick out the ones in the constellation. Big dipper (or "plough")? Yes, I can see that. And the little one, too. No, I don't see the Great Bear in it. Oh look, a shooting star! Starry Night over the Rhone , Vincent van Gogh, 1888 Those constellations have some mighty fanciful tales associated with them, don't they? What people may not know is that the same basic story is found in diverse areas of the globe, in different cultures. How is that? Getting into the history of constellations, star maps, and the biblical timeline, looks like this may help support the Genesis disp

Thanks for the Spices

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen Today is Thanksgiving Day in the United States (Canada has one the second Monday in October), and many people are happy for the day off from work, feasting, slumbering, and watching our version of football. Some actually pause and consider the things they're thankful for, such as the food, family, friends, salvation in Jesus Christ (Eph. 2:9-9, Acts 4:12, John 14:6), having a job, and other big things. I want to talk about something small that I'm thankful for: spices. Image credit: Freeimages / Kyle Edwards "Spices are the variety of life, Cowboy Bob!" Uh... something like that. Don't tell anyone, but cinnamon is my second greatest weakness. That stuff is versatile, you can add some to coffee, donuts, pies, make it into candy, and so on. Nutmeg is a frequent companion of cinnamon. Bay leaf adds flavor to legume soups. The misnamed allspice  is certainly not a combination of spices, but comes from the pimenta tree , and is said

Weak Storytelling to Dodge Genesis Flood Evidence

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When presented with evidence that does not conform to long-age and evolutionary expectations, secularists employ rescuing devices. Sure, we all have rescuing devices, but to for scientists to reject investigation and simply make excuses is, well, inexcusable. After all, scientists who are supposed to be interested in evidence. Instead, many will make up stories, ignore the evidence, call biblical creationists "liars", and other silliness. Image credit: US National Park Service Marine fossils are found in areas that are (or were) considered fresh water places. Instead of saying that something started out as a fresh water creature and then somehow evolved to salt water doesn't cut it, old son. These owlhoots make up stories without anything resembling evidence, and Evolution's True Believers™ accept guesswork as fact. Since there's such a mixture of fossils, the best explanation for what is found is the Genesis Flood. On a recent visit to the Royal Tyrell

More Signs of a Young Solar System

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Predictions and expectations of secular models of the age and formation of the solar system are not happening.  "Don't biological, chemical, and cosmic evolution give opportunities for predictions, Cowboy Bob? " They would if they were true, and if scientists actually understood what they were talking about before pontificating. But they're not true, and secular scientists have a habit of being un-humble. Maat Mons volcano on Venus image credit: NASA/JPL , who would not endorse this site Some newer problems for secularists are occurring out yonder. Mars has carbon dioxide eruptions that are eroding the surface that look to be about 2,500 years old. Rescuing devices are being utilized. Meanwhile, Venus is showing signs of very recent volcanic activity. Then there's that Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko mission by Rosetta, which I suspicion that scientists may be regretting because they're none to happy with the results about comet dust, the formation

Lizard Mutation and the Origin of Hair, Scales, and Fur?

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With apologies to writers Don Barnes, Jeff Carlisi, and Jim Peterik of the band Thirty-Eight Special, "You see it all around you, good science gone bad..." Yes, once again, we have an instance of unwarranted conjecture be proclaimed as science. In other news, evolutionists Make Stuff Up™. Generated at ImageChef Bearded dragons are popular pets ("bearded" because of the frill that happens under the neck ). Someone got a notion to do some actual science and find out why the " naked bearded dragon " has no scales. They had some good science happening at first, but then sought evolutionary clues. First clue: it's a mutation. Second clue: disingenuously using the discredited myth of embryonic recapitulation. Third clue: comparing a mutation in birds, mammals, and reptiles. The Darwinoids saw some similarities and claimed to "conclusively" show that everything evolved from a common ancestor. Naturally, the press stampeded with this bad scien

Not So Smart, Really

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Here we are with our digital technology, space rockets, increases in medical care, and more. God some mighty fine plans for the future, too, if we don't blast ourselves back a thousand years. We think we're lords of all we survey, don't we? Reckon so. Except that the idea that we're more intelligent than our ancestors is based on evolutionary presuppositions and arrogance. The storyline goes that stupid brutes evolved, then gradually evolved intelligence, and on from there. Not hardly! Image credit: Pixabay / geralt We're not really the sharpest knives in the drawer, we've just accumulated more knowledge and learned a lot. When you study on ancient people (including the surprising, fully-human Neanderthals ), you'll see that there are many examples in ancient history of human ingenuity. People with an evolutionary paradigm get all worked up over this and sometimes even say that our ancestors had help from aliens because they "could not" be c

Evolutionists Thrown Out at Third Base

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Heading up Deception Pass way, you might catch the hands at the Darwin Ranch feeling a mite glum over the outcome of the latest facts. Another of their latest efforts to support common-ancestor evolution has been thrown onto the compost pile out back. Again, it involves DNA, which has never been a friend to their paradigm. Image credit: Pixabay / PublicDomainPictures Evolutionary scientists show a heap of hubris by asserting that something is due to evolution because they don't understand it. For example, the "junk" DNA fiasco, where sections of DNA were declared leftover junk from our alleged evolutionary past, then discovered to be very important indeed . Three bases in RNA work on coding for a protein. The third base was considered redundant (no reflection on Kris Bryant ), therefore, evolution could maybe perhaps occur. Evolutionists tried this trick before to no avail, and it's not working now. (They can cry, protest, and riot if they want to, but that won

Fundamental Flaw Flusters Evolutionists

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Once again, a fatal flaw in fungus-to-philologist evolution has been found, putting the evolutionary establishment in an uproar. Fossils have been misinterpreted, and the discovered problem means that the "facts" are stampeding away to freedom on the open plains. Image credit: US National Park Service , who would not endorse this content even if they knew it existed. The method of correcting fossil diversity records has been found to be extremely inaccurate. The authors suggest a phylogenetic approach, which is still based on the presumption of evolution, and is circular reasoning. In reality, the only worldview that makes sense of the data and doesn't need excuses from Charlie Darwin's Fudge Factory is: biblical creation. Fossils may be real, but the methods used to analyze them have come under fire, with implications for Darwinian theory. It can ruin your whole day. Finding that, after years of work, your assumptions undermine everything you believed ca

Stars Falling to Earth

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen It's interesting to me when things come together in a short period of time, and I kind of wonder if God is prompting me to do (or, in this case, write) something. The other day, I was asked about how to deal with the question of stars falling to Earth. Scoffers have a problem with contexts in the Bible. They frequently cherry-pick verses out of context and claim something is a contradiction or an impossibility. Often, parallel accounts in the Bible of an event can offer clarification, but there are times when we need to get into bigger contexts: historical, cultural, grammatical, linguistic, and so on. Image Credit: NASA / Bill Ingalls I was contacted by someone who was challenged about the phrase, "The stars will fall from the sky". Now come on, that can't happen, they're giant super-hot balls of gas and they're not going to come crashing down here. First, look at the immediate context. The scoffer drew from a passage in the G

A Slick Idea for Biomimetics

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Biomimetics (or biomimicry) is the concept of getting ideas from nature and building practical applications for our use . Usually, the owlhoots give credit to the puny god of evolution for the design in nature. (In academia, this theft of credit is called plagiarism. ) Image credit: Elizabeth Hertel / US National Park Service Use does not imply endorsement of site contents Moving on, pitcher — I mean, picture this: a slick surface is needed. Sure, we get those, they repel water. But how about repelling other fluids as well? And repair itself? Such a thing is happening, inspired by our Creator's handiwork on the pitcher plant. We have probably all seen the sign, “Caution—slippery surface,” and likely experienced the slipperiness of a wet floor firsthand. Not surprisingly, surfaces which repel fluids efficiently are correspondingly slippery, and such surfaces can have many useful applications in industry. Vast amounts of money are spent each year in developing materials t

Methane Won't Rescue Long-Age View

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Often times, something that is confusion or contradictory is the result of faulty presuppositions. The hands at the Darwin Ranch insist on Earth being old, and the universe itself being older, because they speculate that evolution will happen if given enough time. Image credit: Morguefile / jusbiblpon (cropped) In their view of cosmic evolution, Earth formed bunches of years ago, but the sun hadn't hottened up enough to heat Earth and make life possible. They call it the "faint young sun paradox", and come up with excuses such as the " solar belch " and other things, such as solar flares . These smack of desperation, since secularists must have long ages, but they're not getting the time they want. While we're on the subject, another long-standing attempted explanation of the faint young sun paradox has been shot down by secular scientists: methane. Maybe they'll actually catch on to what creationists have been saying all along: the evidenc

The Fall of Lucy?

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Mention Australopithecus afarensis, and you invariably get proponents of algae-to-ape evolution get all worked up and claim it's evidence of humanity's first ancestor, and if you disagree, you're a liar. Such excitement shows not only intolerance of other views, but ignores controversy among evolutionists about the bones. This ape is commonly called Lucy (although researchers Häusler & Schmid claim that Lucy is a male, and should be renamed Lucifer ). One anthropologist seemed to be trippin' out when he had a vision of it falling out of the tree, bless her heart. So, did Lucy have a great fall? Maybe she had a great summer, too. That fall may have looked like this "Far Side" fantasy . Full replica of Lucy's ( Australopithecus afarensis ) skeleton in the Museo Nacional de Antropología at Mexico City. Image credit: danrha / Wikimedia Commons There are many stories swirling around Darwin's home world that are put together to support the s

Dimensional DNA Refutes Evolution

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A huge problem for advocates of particles-to-painter evolution is the genome, which is recalcitrant to their purposes. Some evolutionists get on their high horses and imperiously proclaim that DNA supports evolution. Ain't happening, old son. Quite the opposite, in fact. Image composed of manipulated graphics found at Clker clipart The human genome is chock full o' specified complexity, and scientists are learning more and more all the time. Even the comparatively simple E. coli bacterium can be compared to a computer program, and is more efficient. It seems that our amazing genome is complex and efficient at the same time, and analogies to computer program get left behind in the dust on the trail. Computer programs operate in one dimension, and the genome operates in four dimensions. There is no way such a thing could have arisen through naturalistic processes, and must be the product of the superior Mind. Yippie ky yay, evolutionists! The human genome is the most

Still Using Haeckel's Drawings to Lie for Evolution

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A proponent of Darwinian evolution was Ernst Haeckel, and he was so het up about proving evolution, he made some drawings about it. Ever heard of "ontology recapitulates phylogeny"? That's the fantasy that an embryo goes through the various stages of evolutionary history, and Ernie illustrated it. With fake drawings. The concept has been lassoed and hog-tied for a mighty long time. But "science" must prevail, even if dishonesty is necessary! So, even though government school indoctrinators and textbook writers know that Haeckel's material was proved to be fake, they use them anyway! Some people have tried to redeem him. I've even had people comment that it doesn't matter if they drawings are fake, what they show is true. Sure, Poindexter. I bet you believe in square circles, too. Can't let people know there's a Creator God, now, can we? Mayhaps they keep bringing this nonsense back is because they use it to support abortion. There ar

Insurmountable Problems for Evolution

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In a previous post, we saw that some proponents of common-ancestor evolution are admitting that they have mighty big problems in their paradigm. There are many problems with evolution, including bad logic, playing fast 'n' loose with the data, constantly revising and re-dating "evidence", the evils of Darwinism applied to society, and more. Cross-section view of pumpkin's stalk Image credit: Freeimages / Krzysztof (Kriss) Szkurlatowski There are three insurmountable problems for evolution right in the area where it's supposed to be strongest: biology. When Darwinistas are presented with these problems, they usually come up with excuses and word games, plus a bit of data tinkering. May as well admit the truth, old son, life was created and didn't evolve. For more than a century Christians have looked for the scientific silver bullet that would destroy Darwinian evolution and prove biblical creation to be true. We already know from God’s revealed,

If You're Violent, Blame Evolution

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Although everything was created "very good" (Gen. 1:31), there has been much violence in the world after the fall of man ( Rom. 5:12, Gen. 4:8 and 6:11). It has even been a spectator sport, such as in the Roman Coliseum and its modern offshoots in several competitive sports. This is a product of our sin nature (Gal. 5:17-22, Eph. 2:1, Col. 3:5), but naturalistic thinking is attributing it to common-ancestor evolution. Fight With Cudgels , Francisco Goya, 1820-1823 There's a passel of evils that can be traced to evolution, such as " Social Darwinism ", the Nazi legal system , "scientific" racism , eugenics, abortion, and other horrors . Now we can blame evolution for the violence inherent in our systems based on more evolutionary speculations? Not hardly! Last I knew, people are supposed to be responsible for their own choices. The implications of saying violence is a product of natural selection are disturbing. Lethal violence is rooted dee

A Rapidly-Forming Canyon

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The consensus is that the landforms we see today are based on the slow, constant processes of uniformitarianism. For instance, dogma stat ed the Grand Canyon began to get itself carved out by the Colorado River about seventeen million years ago. Catastrophism (major changes in much shorter periods of time) challenges that assumption, and some geologists are reconsidering the long-time view. Also, catastrophism has the advantage of having observational evidence, such as the canyon system formed after the Mt. St. Helens eruption . Part of Providence Canyon from rim near entrance road image credit: Wikimedia Commons / Robbie Honerkamp Riding over Georgia way, just east of the town of Lumpkin is Providence Canyon Outdoor Recreation Area. That's right, they've got themselves a canyon of their very own, and the start of it was blamed on bad farming practices, since those yahoos didn't really know how to care for the land. But the canyon started to form, and it kept on gro