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The Reformation of Peer Review

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An organization can begin well, but lose its moorings and drift from its purpose. It happened 500 years ago when the Roman Catholic religious system became corrupt, and Martin Luther was the focal point of the Protestant Reformation. Similarly, the secular science industry's peer review process is due for a reformation. Credit: Modified from a picture at Freeimages by  Arjun Kartha Movements of any consequence seldom have a single point of origin. The Protestant Reformation had been growing for some time, and some of the seeds were planted by John Wycliffe. Martin Luther had a disquiet and realized that the Roman Catholic power system was not true to its original purpose, having become a corrupt power and money system. (I reckon that when unbelievers use the remark that religion is to control people, they could very well be thinking of the Catholic system, and generalizing that it is typical of all sects that have the tag "Christian".) That church had not become wi

Is Altruism Controlled by Microbes?

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For the most part, the concept of vertical (molecules-to-microbiologist) evolution is naturalistic. This means there is no room for the Creator, purpose, or anything else. It also means that atheistic empiricism and materialism cannot explain the necessary preconditions of human experience. They cannot explain even the existence of love, compassion, anger, laws of logic, and other intangible things that people experience every day. Anaerobic bacteria image credit: Argonne National Laboratory (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) Even though it's illogical, materialists attempt to explain the intangible through natural means, including evolution. You've probably remarks about someone being irritable because of digestive difficulties, which may indicate unpleasant microbe activities. It is also known that ants can be zombified in a way, taken over by a parasitic fungus. So, maybe our activities are affected to some extent by those tiny bugs inside us. Altr

Science and Bible Interpretation

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As Christians who believe the Bible and also use science, creationists are often challenged by mockers to explain biblical passages that appear to deny established scientific facts. Scripture does not contain anything that actually  defies scientific facts, and it certainly does not call on us to deny observable science. Dishonest atheists often use the logical fallacy of conflation, saying that since we deny evolution, we deny science. Evolution is historical in nature, and has numerous flaws; it is not a scientific fact. Still, the question remains: how do we deal with apparent conflicts between science and the Bible?  Planetary Orbits , Andreas Cellanius, 1660 The same owlhoots that call creationists "science deniers" for rejecting evolution also go to the stables and saddle up the old swayback of a falsehood that Christians persecuted Galileo because he taught true science (the heliocentric view, Earth moves around the sun), which supposedly conflicted with what t

The Controversial Angkor Wat Stegosaurus Carving

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This is a difficult article for me to present. Not because I have a problem with it, but I got all het up about the article and want to talk about it too much and spoil the main thing for you. So, a bit of restraint on my part is in order. Way over yonder down Cambodia way is a cluster of ancient Buddhist temples and monasteries. Some of them are huge. One of the most famous is the Angkor Wat, and it warrants our attention because of some carvings that look like a stegosaurus. It is understandable for people to say some thing like, "What is that  doing there?" According to deep time presuppositions, it cannot  be a stegosaurus because evolution.  That is, those critters supposedly died off about 65 million Darwin years ago, long before humans roamed the earth. Because of their assumptions, the carving is dismissed out of hand; the secularistically biased Wikipedia wrote them off , "...however the carving does not represent a living stegosaur but instead either a r

Argonauts on the Fast Shell

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There are two very similar mollusks, the chambered nautilus and the argonaut (which is often called the "paper nautilus" because of the female's paper-thin eggcase). In ancient Greek legends, Jason took fifty men to find the golden fleece on a ship called the Argo , so they were argonauts. This relative of the octopus was thought to sail in its own way. See how that works? People thought they stole the shells, the wicked little pirates, but no, they own the shells. Argonauta argo , Comingio Merculiano, 1896 People have been baffled by the argonaut for a long time, but gradually, many of its secrets have been revealed. It uses a form of jet propulsion, and actively scoops air to control buoyancy. I should have said she , because only the females have the shells. Males were unknown until the 19th century, and being exceptionally small is a contributing factor to their lack of discovery. Reproduction is something that is quite unique. The argonaut is yet another exampl

Beetle Baffles Evolutionists

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According to proponents of vertical (universal common ancestor) evolution, the simplest life forms are in the oldest rock layers, and then things became more advanced. This story is built on assumptions, and paleontologists are constantly finding fossils in the wrong order, and critters that "astonish" them. Happens a lot, really. Credit: Clker clip art Papa Darwin called things that appeared to be extinct but are doing right well in the here and now " living fossils ". Seems like we have something that may qualify. A beetle that is 300 million Darwin years old shows all sorts of features that its fully modern counterparts exhibit. So, evolutionists are amazed. They wouldn't be having these problems if they realized that God's Word is true, evolution is false, and the world was created recently. Fossils like this happened quickly in the Genesis Flood, not gradually over zillions of years. Then all the evidence would line up nicely for them. Unfortuna

Getting Behind in a Facial Recognition Study

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Looks like the hands at the Darwin Ranch have been overworked, moonlighting at the new propaganda mill over near Fort Defiance. I say that because they seem to have been gnawing on a mess of peyote buttons again. And I say that  because of the outlandish "research" being conducted using the ever-present circular reasoning: to prove evolution, you assume it's true. Then they mix in some more strange assumptions and bad logic. Ain't working, Pilgrim. Credit: Pixabay / 1447441 Just a moment for a side note. Proponents of molecules-to-monkey evolution get on the prod when someone says that they believe we evolved from apes. To get into semantics, they believe we evolved from a common ancestor, the lineages for apes and humans having diverged way back when. Then they prop up the idol of failed transitional form Lucy , an  Australopithecus afarensis (Latin for "Southern ape from Afar", because scientists like dead languages out of tradition). Proposed missi

Silicon Plays Well with Others

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As carbon is to living things, silicon is to rocks. Silicate minerals comprise most of the rocks on Earth, and silicon is extremely compliant. Carbon wanted to have a party and invited other elements. The noble gasses remained aloof, what with being noble and all. The fun started when silicon showed up, since it mixes well with a passel of other minerals. The garnet gemstone has silica in its composition. Credit: Morguefile / arien Silicon is plentiful, and its ability to combine with other elements gives us a tremendous variety of shapes and colors in rocks. More than that, our Creator engineered silicon so we could use it in many applications and improve our earthly lives. Not just function, but our viewing pleasure. So why do minerals have so many different shapes and colors? The answer tells us a lot about God’s love and care for us. He created a small set of basic building blocks, out of which the earth could provide the amazing variety of minerals we need to build places

How Biblical Creationists Are Refuted

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Or, "How Do I Refute Thee? Let Me Count the Ways..."  by Cowboy Bob Sorensen As we have seen numerous time on this site alone, anti-creationists want to debunk what we have to say. These self-appointed social justice warriors go on search-and-destroy missions, attacking creationary sites in their efforts to protect "science". In reality, they are attempting to protect evolutionism from rational scrutiny. We get a boatload of them at The Question Evolution Project . What follows involves my own observations as well as material that I recommend for your edification. Credit: Freeimages / gestoerte Darwin's Crusaders Science thrives on information and discussion, but anti-creationists not only oppose free speech, but free thought. Darwinism must  be guarded, lest people see it for what it really is. Many of these folks fancy themselves as crusaders for science, falsely  calling those who disagree with evolution "liars" , egos telling them t

Secular Miracles and the Origin of the Solar System

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During a few hours of downtime, the hands at the Darwin Ranch were working with their Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Rings© (obtained by sending in UPC codes from Uncle Nabal's Primordial Soup© cans). They were trying to determine if they had evidence — real  evidence — for the origin of the universe. They used a word they learned down Mexico way:  nada.  Or, zilch. Nil. So, they did what they saw in a cartoon and invoked a miracle for the origin of the solar system. Credit: NASA (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) Atheists do believe in miracles , secular cosmologists and cosmogonists ignore inconvenient scientific truths to invoke their  miracles. No, they do not give credit to the Creator. Instead, they give their puny gods of evolution and nature a kind of intelligence that makes things happen. Those owlhoots have an amazing amount of blind faith in nothing, don't they? Skipping over a difficulty because it can’t be solved scientifically: that

Unconformities Not Conforming to Secular Geological Views

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So, when rock layers that have assigned ages are separated by non-depositional or erosional surface, that surface is called an unconformity.  There are four of them, with words that are unlikely to be found in casual conversation: nonconformity, angular unconformity, disconformity, and paraconformity. The last is the most troubling for uniformitarian geologists. Angular conformity near Catskill, NY, about half an hour north of me ( street view , I drove right by this) Credit: Wikimedia Commons /  Michael C. Rygel ( CC BY-SA 3.0 ) Since geological activity happened in the past, it is history, and not strictly science, so there cannot be eyewitnesses. Scientists have speculations, reasoning, models, and so forth based on the presumption of an old earth. Errors are made, and some facts are neglected. What we really  have is geology that is best explained by the rapidly-flowing water and catastrophic tectonics of the Genesis Flood. What are unconformities and what do they mean to

That Star is Older Than It Should Be

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According to Big Bang mythology, the numbering of "population" stars is backward. Population III stars are presumed to be the oldest, although none have been discovered. Population II stars are somewhat younger, and were brought into being by population II stars. These have more metals. (In astronomical terms, "metal" is defined as elements heavier than helium. Yeah, makes sense to me, too.) So, population I stars are the ones with even more metals, and are youngest. Credit:  Digitized Sky Survey (DSS) , STScI/AURA, Palomar/Caltech, and UKSTU/AAO Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents Some factors in determining the ages of stars is first by presuming the Big Bang and stellar evolution in the first place, rejecting special creation, measuring brightness and metal content, and so forth. There's a star with the romantic name of HD 140283. (I'm going to write a song, "Kiss Me when HD 140283 Rises, Oh My Darling".) Using secular models

Cavitation and the Genesis Flood

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Never underestimate the power of water — especially when it is moving. People get hurt or killed when they think they can drive or walk through swiftly-moving flood waters, and storms on the ocean shore can fling huge boulders. Waterjets have been developed to direct the stuff at high velocity and cut through hard objects with precision. Another way that water can pack a punch is through cavitation. Credit: Pixabay /  Tobias Dahlberg Water commences a-churning from pumps, dams, propellers, and other sources. Bubbles are formed. Under the right conditions, they implode with sound and fury, signifying destruction. When your outboard motor's propeller has been pitted and possibly damaged, cavitation has happened. Tiny bubbles, but the energy in them is tremendous, and is also very hot. Interestingly, our Creator equipped a kind of shrimp with the ability to hunt by cavitation ! On a large scale, dams have been dramatically damaged by cavitation, and this kind of power fits in m

Engineered by the Master Architect

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Some rather deep articles have been linked from here regarding engineering causality as a response to Darwinism . The short form is that Darwin and most of his followers believe that external forces are responsible for changes, and they extrapolate horizontal changes into vertical evolution — of which there is no evidence. The answer for Darwinism's silly idea is that organisms were designed by the Master Engineer. It is interesting that many human inventions and structures reflect designs in living organisms. Interior of Salisbury Cathedral , William Turner, 1805 Architects who engineered cathedrals built them to endure, and many have lasted many centuries. Some of the support structures are found in the skeletons of animals. Only took humans a few thousand years to catch on to that aspect of our Creator's design. For that matter, the box turtle's shell exhibits architectural engineering as well! Interestingly, some evolutionists give credit to nature  (which is the

Evolutionary Thinking is Wrecking Society

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Biblical creationists have pointed out for a long time that evolution is not just a campfire discussion topic for academics and scientists. It is far more than that, since it is a worldview that not only covers origins, but meaning, purpose, the future, and more. Materialists who control the science industry use atheism and evolution to affect Western society. Credit: Pixabay / Herbert Aust The biblical creationists present a message of hope: We are created in God's image There is a purpose in life Our Creator has redeemed his people through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ There is a final Judgment where people are recompensed according to their deeds, evil receives eternal punishment and God's adopted children are rewarded.  Darwin's Flying Monkeys© on the internet want to destroy this, offering: We are the products of time, chance, and random processes There is no purpose in life There is no ultimate justice, we're just worm food w

Conspiracy of Hidden Fossils?

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen "I spy with my little eye...something beginning with F." "Fossil!" "Right. How did you guess so fast?" "Because we're in the fossil section of the natural history museum, doofus. So which fossil?" "That one — hey, it's gone! Those people are taking it away!" "Bad luck, pal." Hidden in the Museum It is a fact that museums have much more in their collections than are visible to the public. This applies to archaeology, religious art, erotica, paleontology, and more [ 1 ], [ 2 ], [ 3 ], [ 4 ], [ 5 ], [ 6 ], [ 7 ], [ 8 ]. They are so secret, we can read about them on the web. Is there a conspiracy  here yet? Actually, some artifacts and such are hidden away for the safety of the items, additional research is needed, offensive nature of ancient art, to simply rotate the stock because they have so much to exhibit, and other reasons. In addition, some people who do not know how to hand

Reading Chemical Evolution Research Properly

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There's nothing cowboys like more than riding into town for supplies and slipping off to the library to do some reading on abiogenesis. Good times, good times... Just kidding, science fiction is low on their list of priorities. Even so, some folks want to read secular materials to get a handle on how Darwinists are thinking, and how they try to deny the Creator. Credit: Pixabay / StockSnap First off, to tackle that kind of thing, it helps to have a strong background in science. Second (and this is the kind of thing creationists discuss frequently), a reader needs to understand the presuppositions of materialists and the assumptions upon which they base their research and conclusions. Third (one of my favorites), keep an eye out for bad logic — especially circular reasoning and affirming the consequent . Fourth, a good knowledge of creationary material is very important, since creationists are not likely to twist science to advance secular paradigms. There are some other thi