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Saturday, September 22, 2018

How to Fly - a Little Birdie Told Me

There are several words used to describe the how humans copy things in the natural world for our own use. I use biomimetics, others use biomimicry, and today I learned a new one: bioinspiration. Has a nice sound to it, don't you think? Today, we take a lesson from Bicycle Repairman.

The creationist Wright brothers meticulously studied the design work of the Master Engineer.
First successful flight of the Wright Flyer by the Wright brothers
Image via Wikimedia Commons
I was getting a mite playful for a moment. This is about Wright brothers, who had several interests, including bicycles. They were firm creationary Christians, and wanted to know how to fly. The Wrights were right in studying birds, and they were very meticulous and scientific in their studies of how the Master Engineer created flight. 

They also looked at the failures of their contemporaries. Ever see old videos of "early flight attempts" or "flight failures"? Some were just weird, and many seemed to think that flight is a matter of flapping up and down, sometimes with paddles of other wing imitations. Studies show that wings have a far more intricate motion than we can see with the naked eye, but the brothers were able to analyze bird wings thoroughly enough so they could get their idea off the ground. First, gliders. Then they got going with powered flight. Not for long, at first, but they kept at it, as well as scientists and technicians that followed.

Bill Nye the Propaganda Guy and others of his ilk insist that evolution is necessary for science to progress. This science of flight had nothing to do with evolution, so that twaddle has been refuted yet again. He should find this troubling.
Humans have been endeavoring to soar like birds for millennia. After multiple failures, many people felt that manned, mechanized flight was impossible. After three years of test flights, Wilbur and Orville Wright’s first successful airborne attempt finally achieved the dream of mechanized flight in 1903, and it changed the world. And “throughout the story of the Wright brothers…birds figure prominently.”
To read the rest, fly on over to "Bioinspiration: The Birds Will Tell You".

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Friday, September 21, 2018

Alfred Russel Wallace and Evolution

Instead of Darwinism, we almost had Wallacism. Alfred Russel Wallace was a contemporary of Darwin, and arrived at very similar ideas on evolution by natural selection. Perhaps they were both influence by Comte de Buffon. Like other evolutionists at that time, he had little or no formal scientific training (Darwin studied theology), but Wallace did a passel of fieldwork and did some real science. When Chuck found out about Alfie's ideas, he hurried up and had his book published first.

We almost had Wallacism instead of Darwinism.
Alfred Russel Wallace, circa 1895 via Wikimedia Commons
One major difference between Wallace and Darwin was the teleological (purpose and design) views of Wallace. For Darwin and his disciples, any hint of a Creator was bad medicine. Don't be disunderstanding me now, the two gents rode for the evolution brand for the most part, but Wallace was not an atheist. Although Darwin and Wallace had some disagreements, I am not aware that they went on letter-writing campaigns to discredit each other or say, "You're a liar!" Rational thinking does not work that way.

Wallace supported "Spiritualism" (really, it's spiritism) like A. Conan Doyle and other people in Victorian times. This spirit stuff detracted from the status of his work as a naturalist.

It is interesting that Wallace could be considered a forerunner of the Intelligent Design movement. I need to reign in a moment here and explain something. Biblical creationists tend to distance ourselves from the ID movement per se because their organizations reject unguided natural processes and believe that something, somewhere, was behind it. They do not proclaim the Creator as revealed in the Bible; their adherents include folks from several religions as well as agnostics. However, creationists use intelligent design examples and arguments quite frequently, but within a creationary framework. Seems that Alfred would have fit right in with some of the ID organizations that exist today.

It is interesting that Alfred rejected what is now the pseudoscience of astrobiology. When Percival Lowell said there was life on Mars and someone up there built canals, Wallace debunked the claims and also professed disbelief that life existed beyond Earth.

A few years ago, I posted material about Professor Michael Flannery, author of Alfred Russel Wallace: A Rediscovered Life and his short documentary, Darwin's Heretic. Now we have some new material for you. Flannery has a new book, Nature's Prophet, and he was on Real Science Radio for an interview. It's in two parts, totaling just over an hour. Free to listen online or download, and there is some additional information at the site:
I have no idea if Flannery is a biblical creationist, but this interview was both interesting and informative. Unfortunately, I have to point out that while RSR host Bob Enyart has some excellent material supporting biblical creation, he supports "open theism", so I recommend suspicion of some of his theology.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

More Plain Truth about Planation Surfaces

Ever notice how some mountains are not pointy on top, but look like a giant sander came down and flattened them out? Those are planation surfaces. They span large areas in many cases. Geologists reckon that huge amounts of sediment has been removed from the mountains, but secular scientists have no idea how — and why it is not happening today.

Flat mountains are planation surfaces, and secular geologists cannot effectively explain them.
Cape Breton Highlands National Park
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Dr. Wilson (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Geomorphology (the way the land gets shaped) of planation surfaces is very pronounced up in Canada, eh? Cypress Hills have a very big and very flat plateau, and they provide useful information about the Genesis Flood. Uniformitarian geologists say that something "looks old", but that is not science, that is opinion. After all, they have nothing with which to compare something and choose "young" or "old". Hint: the earth is young.
During the Recessive Stage of the Flood the mountains rose up and the valleys sank. This caused huge quantities of rock and dirt to wash into the new oceans of the world. The magnitude of this, such as the estimated thickness of sediment eroded, is largely undisputed among geologists of all persuasions. For example, it is accepted that erosion has removed about 6,000 m (20,000 ft) of rock from the Appalachian Mountains of the eastern USA. They are therefore said to ‘look old’—because the conventional (uniformitarian) notion is that it happened gradually, over millions of years, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.
To read the rest, click on "Testimony to the Flood — A remarkable planation surface in Canada". You may also like to see "Geologists Puzzled by Planation Surfaces".

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Design in Early Fruit Fly Development

A while ago, we had a short article on fruit flies, how they defy evolution and affirm creation. My wife detests the things. I have a slightly higher tolerance, but get a mite cranky when they try to fly up my nose. They are tiny, so pictures need to be magnified. Those of us who want to avoid fruit flies can avoid bringing fruit home, but they are attracted to other things as well. Because they eat decaying material, they are considered beneficial. Want to just wait until they die off? Sure, they live less than two months. But boy do they breed! So, it's not so easy.

The tiny fruit fly defies evolution and affirms creation.
Fruit fly liking a coffee fruit / Image credit: USDA-ARS
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Enough about the annoyance part. Now that scientists have the equipment to see tiny things, and are learning more about proteins and mRNAs, we can see that they testify to the genius of the Master Engineer. There is no logical place for evolutionary ideas in the life cycle of the lil' ol' fruit fly. I have to warn you about something. The following article is made available here, and was written for people with a strong science background, not us reg'lar folk. The author his his doctorate in biochemistry.
While design may be seen in all living creatures as well as many nonliving objects, the early development of the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, clearly shows that the making of a “simple” fruit fly exhibits forethought. The Lord had to predetermine where the head (rostral or anterior), the tail (caudal or posterior), the back (dorsal) and belly (ventral), all the organs, and appendages would be in the finished product. In other words, God had to envision what the final product would look like before beginning construction, then bring together in the proper juxtaposition all the pieces necessary for construction.
The entire can be found at "Early Development of the Fruit Fly as Evidence of Design".

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Astrobiology and the Other Richter Scale

Purveyors of universal common ancestor evolution cannot explain the origin of life on Earth, so they give the problem to their imaginary invisible friends, the space aliens. Evolutionists presuppose their belief system, and then insist that life must have not only originated, but evolved somewhere far away. Then they want to commence with conversation. That's assuming the aliens exist, are advanced enough to receive and send signals, everyone's using the proper signals, they want to talk in the first place, and so on. Not to mention the time lag, since they are supposedly zillions of light years away.

The search for extraterrestrials is getting more desperate for evolutionists.
Credit: Pixabay / VirajTamakuwala
There was a time that people played the odds (the so-called Fermi Paradox) and insisted that life had to exist on other worlds. Problem is, the more scientists learn about the hazards of space and the "habitable zone", the less likely those odds are going to play out. From a biblical creationist perspective, most of us reject ETs on both scientific and theological grounds.

Some of those jaspers get all het up about alien life, saying how it will be one of the most important discoveries for humanity. Maybe they'll dazzle us with their know-how. I lack belief that such a claim is true. Farmers will still have to farm, medical professionals will still have to do medical stuff, delivery drivers will still have to drive, politicians will still have to do whatever it is they do — you get the idea. I also think that if we found alien life, they would still go around doing alien stuff like they were before.

Reading the speculations about the search for life out there — well, it seems increasingly desperate. There is a prairie schooner-full of words like "maybe", "could be", "perhaps", "scientists think possibly", and so on. It sounds like schoolchildren playing make-believe, which is not such a faulty analogy. F'rinstance, Jupiter may have been a watery world before it became a gas giant, and water means life, hey presto! Or, globular cluster like Omega Centauri could — oh, wait. No they couldn't. You can read about these and other stories by clicking on "Astrobiology Survives on Passionate Hope", then you can come back for the next item, below.

If I told my boss that although I had zero production, I had papers describing how wonderful it would be if I actually worked, just give me more time and eventually I'll produce results — you can guess how long I'd be employed. Alien enthusiasts want our tax dollars for a "science" that has no results and really has no right to exist; you can't have a science without something to study, old son. They had to move on and go with donations, but they hope to get more government handouts like other Darwinists who produce nothing. 

They even has a scale of importance, and this importance is entirely subjective. Sure is a lot of work to deny special creation and to reject the Creator who gave us life! Dr. Henry Richter has a list of important factors for habitability, and making a "Richter Scale" with reasonable estimates makes ET unlikely to phone home, have a home, or exist in the first place.
Should the government fleece taxpayers again for a project with almost zero chance for success? Consider two “Richter scales” that should inform hopes.

NASA has gritted its teeth ever since SETI went on the government-funding chopping block in the 1990s. They keep titillating the public with hopes for finding their invisible friends in space. Microbes are not enough, even though NASA gets loads of money for “astrobiology,” the big-tent search for even one-celled life. They want someone to talk to. Let’s see how they express their motivations:
To finish reading about all this far-out bioastrology stuff, click on "Richter Scaling: Is Funding for Astrobiology and SETI Justified?"

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Galapagos Islands Showcase Creation

Devotees of Darwin can head down yonder to Ecuador and take a jaunt into the Pacific Ocean to see the sacred site known as the Galapagos Islands. Even though we hear about all the scientific research being conducted, people take vacations there. The Bearded Buddha made many observations there while making his voyage on the Beagle, but made seriously erroneous conclusions.

A Darwinist called the Galapagos Islands a "laboratory for evolution". Wrong.
Credit: RGBStock / Stella Bogdanic
One writer referred to the Galapagos Islands as a "laboratory for evolution". Unfortunately, Darwin's disciples deceive others as well as themselves by conflating variation with evolution, implying dust-to-deceiver evolution. What we see is a passel of different critters, and varieties of those critters, just as the Master Engineer designed them to have. We do not observe evolution.
A recent Livescience article is entitled “The Galápagos Islands: Laboratory of Evolution.” It addresses, among other things, “unique examples of plant and animal life.” The islands contain a variety of biota (the animal and plant life in a particular area), such as the Galápagos giant tortoise, sea lions, the varieties of finches, waved albatrosses, penguins, marine iguanas, and hundreds of native plants. A wide variety of unique species are normal for environments around the world, but where is evidence for real, demonstrative, vertical evolution that the title of the article alludes to? 
To read the rest of this short but interesting article, click on "Are the Galápagos Islands a Laboratory of Evolution?"

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Rewriting Dinosaur Evolution Again

Once again, the hands at the Darwin Ranch have to put in overtime at the propaganda mill. This is because the story dinosaur evolution needs to be reconfigured and rewritten yet again. This post will link to three articles — I have five or six available, but that is asking too much of y'all.

Evolutionists have to rewrite the history of dinosaur evolution again.
Original image: The Passion of Creation by Leonid Pasternak, 1880s
"Why does it need rewriting again, Cowboy Bob?"

Evolutionists and other old-earth believers have their anti-creation assumptions and presuppositions. Then, they commence to plugging in data where it fits. When the data are recalcitrant to evolution, they torture the facts until they confess to whatever is needed. This includes changing the storyline. In today's exciting episode, we see how the narrative of dinosaur evolution keeps on shifting.

What really takes the rag off the bush is when Darwinists claim that they have evidence for evolution that actually works against evolution, or get all fired up over facts that simply lay there doing nothing. In this first article, we have a nice change where papers on largest dinosaur foot ever discovered prudently omitted evolution. We also have a huge dinosaur found in China that causes consternation, "appearing much earlier than expected" and forces timeline rewriting. Another big boy was discovered that also fouls up the timelines because of its development.
You have to squint hard to see the image of Charles Darwin in these bones. It works better if you close your eyes.

Evolutionists do not ‘own’ the history of dinosaurs, even though they pretend to. Do these fossils support the idea that dinosaurs evolved from smaller, simpler animals?
You can read about the three items listed above, and more, by clicking on "Dinosaur Era Fossils Fail to Support Evolution". Our panel of experts agree: no evidence for evolution.

Next up, we have a big pterosaur that evolutionists call "primitive". Why is it primitive? Because it is in the strata where critters existed that Darwinists have arbitrarily assigned "primitive" status. Also, a tinhorn managed to bring global warming into the story!
A large pterosaur in Utah is 65 million Darwin Years older than thought, but was already built for flying.

Very few pterosaurs are known from Triassic rock; this one is amazingly well preserved. What does evolutionary paleontologist Steven Brusatte think of it? He tells the BBC News,
Find out what Steve said, and more about bad pterosaur tales, by clicking on "Good-Flying Cosmopolitan Pterosaur Found Earlier Than Thought".

Finally, the first article linked above touched on the subject of a longneck dinosaur being found in the "wrong place". This one goes into more detail, and shows how Darwinoids are on the prod because the facts are a mite recalcitrant to their metaphysical opinions — that is, their beliefs are not based on actual science, but on rewriting history.
One of their most surprising results was that the new dinosaur was found in rocks well below all other similar diplodocoid discoveries. This fossil stretches the global time span of sauropods to include the early Middle Jurassic—about 174 million years ago, according to secular thinking. However, most diplodocoids, and sauropods in general, do not appear in strata until the Late Jurassic System which was supposedly about 160 million years ago.
To read the entire article, click on "Diplodocoid Dinosaurs Found in Unexpected Place". All of these instances of facts slapping leather with a good story could be mitigated if scientists had the proper starting point. Deep time, evolution, and other creation-defying assumptions simply do not work. The truth is that the world was created recently, and the Genesis Flood explains what has been found far better than secular beliefs.

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Friday, September 14, 2018

Physical Death Provides for Life

"Sure is mighty hot, Luke. You sure we can make it to the next town?"

"Yep. Not much father, Clem. Then you, me, and these hosses will get watered."

"Them vultures look impatient for us to give up the ghost."

"They gotta eat too, ya know. But it won't be us."

Luke was right, and after plenty of water and cooling down, Clem commenced to cogitating on the physical part of life and death. We see carrion birds eating roadkill, and know that some scavengers are not too proud to drag off a carcass as a present for the wife and kids. But there is a great deal of activity in death of which we are unaware.

Our Creator provided life for animals and organisms through death.
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Our Creator knew that with sin, death would enter the world (Romans 5:12). Things die, but can't just lay there. He made provision for them to go away — eventually. It's interesting that some of the microscopic organisms that help creatures survive also help break them down. Sort of like working at a gathering and then having to help with the cleanup detail afterward. No chance of fossilization happening under normal conditions, old son.

Now I'm going to warn you that the disgust factor is very high in the rest of this post. Scavengers are not the only things benefiting from death. There are microbes in the decay process, the patch of land gets fertilized, predators eat scavengers, and so on. The whole process is both disgusting and fascinating. Even more interesting is that Jesus died, but his body did not have decay before he arose from the dead — which fulfilled prophesy (Psalm 16:10, Acts 13:37).

By the way, I reckon that people who get afraid of the "zombie apocalypse", where dead people attack the living, seem to put science aside, and know nothing of the necrobiome. If decay stops, then it's magic or aliens, and you have just another sci-fi horror story. But I'm just speculating here.
Quick show of hands. How many of you have spent time watching an animal decay? Anyone? Unless you live on a farm, the closest you’ve come is probably a squashed squirrel or skunk. You catch a flash of innards as you drive by and that’s enough. Yuck!

But all vertebrates (animals with backbones) go through a similar process when they die. In fact, by all appearances, God put in place a sophisticated system to deal with dead things. Death wasn’t part of the original “very good” world (Genesis 1–3), but we can be glad that after Adam’s sin brought death into the world, the Creator made sure dead animals get absorbed back into the dirt.
For more "yucks" (but still a very interesting subject), click on "Death's Cleanup Crew". 

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Rapid Adaptation Supports Engineered Adaptability Model

Votaries of minerals-to-monk evolution generally accept the view promulgated by Darwin that evolution is the result of external "pressures". These cause organisms to adapt and evolve very slowly, eventually turning into something else. Some owlhoots support evolution through fake science and bad papers that often go unnoticed. Creation science, meanwhile, presents reality: designed, targeted, rapid adaptations programmed by the Master Engineer.

Engineered adaptability theorizes rapid change, evolution is the opposite
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Instead of external influences on organisms, evidence supports the continuous environmental tracking model. Things change, and they do it far more quickly than Darwin's disciples want. How about the showshoe hare? We know that it changes color from white to brown, and then back again. The change has changed as well according to the environment.

Some evolutionists are admitting that things change quickly. Then they deal from the bottom of the deck and refer to adaptation and change as evolution. Not hardly! Rabbits are still rabbits, geckos are still geckos, killifish are still killifish, and so on. I reckon that they've illegitimately smuggled in the word evolution so much that they've deceived their ownselves; they want to believe, evidence or not. The facts remain that Darwin was wrong, and our Creator is right.
The Institute for Creation Research is developing an engineering-based, organism-focused model called continuous environmental tracking (CET) to explain how organisms self-adjust to changing conditions. Our model anticipates that the adaptive solutions creatures express can also be characterized as directed, rapid, and highly targeted. As we’ve highlighted in this Engineered Adaptability article series, research results are aligning with this expectation.
To read the entire article, click on "Engineered Adaptability: Fast Adaptation Confirms Design-Based Model".

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

If Physicists Knew SUSI...

The articles linked here should have more appeal to people with physics and mathematics background.

Secular physicists have been attempting to salvage their Big Bang concepts, but they only have theoretical constructs, not experimental support. The Higgs boson was thought to be a way to hitch a new team of mules to the old wagon, but that did not work so well. In fact, some scientists speculated that the universe should not even exist. Later, they came up with supersymmetry (SUSY), where bosons and fermions would find their superpartners. Guess they could dance the night away. They don't know SUSI like I know SUSI.

Secular scientists failed to find "supersymmetry" involving quantum fields.
Dance in the City, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 1883
It was hoped that experiments at CERN would help lonely particles find their partners and help salvage the dark matter concept (the other team of mules hitched to the wagon for rescuing the failed Big Bang), and also the string theory ideas. Nope. For more about those subjects, see "SUSY is not the solution to the dark matter crisis".

There was also hope that the experiments could verify speculations that top quarks saddled up with the Higgs field gave particles larger mass. This seems to have some experimental support. However, a need for new physics was felt, since the numbers would cancel out somehow, leaving small values. Although the Standard Model has some validity, the Big Bang still lacks support. Since supersymmetry only works on paper, it can never be disproved; materialists can keep their Creator-denying faith in cosmic evolution rolling along. They're waiting for the big dance that will never happen.

No one knows the reason that some particles interact strongly with the Higgs field, giving them a large mass, while other particles react weakly, giving them a smaller mass. These so-called coupling strengths are treated as constants of nature that must be measured. According to the very successful Relativistic Quantum Field Theory (QFT), the Higgs mass should be 1017 (a hundred million billion) times larger than the 126 GeV that has been observed at the Large Hadron Collider, due to quantum mechanical (QM) interactions among the underlying quantum fields. This must mean that the QM interactions that make large positive contributions dozens of digits long to the Higgs mass have added to the large negative contributions dozens of digits long to give the Higgs its tiny resulting mass (cf. proton’s mass = 0.938 GeV).
To read the entire article, click on "Higgs boson and top quark coupled together — What does it mean?"

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Pandemic of Unchallenged Darwinism

Here in these United States, we have laws against monopolies and racketeering. Sometimes they are even enforced. Unfortunately, since secular humanism (atheism, really) is the de facto state religion here and in other parts of the world, and monopolies on information cannot be restrained, evolutionary thought is mostly unchallenged. Especially in secular science publications, as even a hint of Darwin doubt is intolerable.

Since they refuse challenge, secularists have a great deal of nonsense passed off as actual science.
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On rare occasions, the censorship against creationists and Intelligent Design proponents is lifted enough so that something not overtly threatening to evolution is allowed for publication. But if those same folks knock at the science department's front door and says, "I have some science that challenges Darwin and/or deep time", then it's "Katie, bar the door!" and Darwin's disciples scurry away through the escape tunnel in the storage room. Meanwhile, creationists have to use their own resources to make information available because of the bigotry inherent in the secular science industry.


True science thrives on challenge and discussion, not on consensus and monopoly, old son. 

Since secularists control the information monopoly on science, weird stuff gets through unchallenged. Some of it is even contradictory. But because it was presented by secularists, they are given a pat on the head, a lollipop — and more grant money. Evolution made the laziest the most fit. No, wait! H. erectus was driven to extinction by laziness, never mind that neither fairy tale has any science or facts. Birds and plants in the cities show variations like their cousins in the wild, then Darwin is imported and conflation occurs.

You can read about the unchallenged nonsense presented as science, plus a bit more, by clicking on "Silly Evolution Speculations Would Cease If Media Allowed Fair Debate".

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Monday, September 10, 2018

Seismites Support the Genesis Flood

One benefit of writing up these here posts is that I get a prairie schooner-full of education on all sorts of sciences. It is actually rather fun. In this case, a couple of new words to describe rapid geological deposits — and they do not appear in older geology dictionaries.

Rock formations known as seismites are troubling to secular geologists.
Seismite photo from Wikimedia Commons / Mark A. Wilson
If you think on it a spell, you can see the roots of these words. One is tempestites, because deposits were made by storms (tempests), and the other is a word for what we're going to look at right here, seismites (shaped by earthquakes).

Secular and creationist geologists agree that plate tectonics occur. However, secularists are married up with deep time and uniformitarianism, so they cannot explain how plate tectonics even began. Creation science can tell them, but secularists don't like the concept of catastrophic plate tectonics, even though the Genesis Flood is the best explanation for plate tectonics.

Continents get to careening down the expressway, texting while driving, and smash into other continents, which results in damage and lawsuits. Okay, so it's not quite the way it works. What we do see with tempestites is that sediment that is still wet and the earthquakes influence the rock layers before new sediments are laid over them.
A seismite would make a great “marker bed.” It’s like a vast sheet that is different from every layer below it and above it. If geologists could identify this sheet, they would know whether dinosaurs were buried earlier than the earthquake (below it), or later than the earthquake (above it), or maybe even as a result of the earthquake. That’s important to reading history from the rocks (to geologists, anyway).
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What catastrophe could cause an earthquake big enough to disrupt 30 feet of the earth’s surface? Secular geologists don’t have an explanation. Not even an asteroid impact can explain such huge seismites, especially in rapid succession. Asteroid impacts are the most powerful geologic processes known to conventional geologists, who often postulate that one killed off the dinosaurs!
To read the entire article or download the MP3 version, click on "When Continents Collide".

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Saturday, September 8, 2018

Evolution and Lying

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Darwinists keep refuting themselves in the foot by attempting to define intangible things with empirical methods. This time, they are trying again to grapple with morality, specifically with lying. Why do we do it, when is it wrong, when is it right, and (get out your Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Ring©) how lying evolved. 

Evolutionists are trying once again to grapple with the morality of lying. What they found confirms what Bible believers have known for centuries.
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Keep in mind that these sidewinders have hijacked science to promote pantheistic evolutionism, and are living up to their abysmal standards such as "survival of the fittest" and "the end justifies the means" (especially in science education, why lying is acceptable). Since they are materialists, things like logic, the soul, and morality cannot be determined through their systems. By doing so, they are riding onto the Metaphysics Trail and outside of the empirical sciences they claim to uphold.

Let's take a side trail of our own, if'n y'all don't mind. What is lying? Some folks say something like, "I had scrambled eggs for breakfast — oh, I lied, they were poached". I detest that expression, because someone is correcting a mistake. Lying is not a disagreement on the interpretations of facts (Niels Bohr and Albert Einstein had disagreements, but the doesn't seem to be a record of them calling each other liars or somesuch). One angry popinjay spammer insists on calling me, and other biblical creationists, "liars" because he does not like what we say, so defamation is one of his weak attempts to silence us. How does he prove his claims? By diverting challenges and frantically reasserting that he has done so. Yet, with him and others of his species, the challenge of, "Suppose I really was lying, as you claim. How is that wrong according to an atheistic worldview?" hog ties them. To say that lying (or any other moral impropriety is wrong requires them to stand on the biblical worldview! 

Secular psychologists are rooted in evolutionary ideas. Dr. Albert Mohler discussed a report in The Washington Post, and one thing that stands out is how researchers determined that lying changes us in that it becomes easier to lie. That's not very startling to Christians. The apostle Paul refers to apostates (and, I believe he also refers to unbelievers) who are liars and had their consciences seared (1 Tim. 4:2). Our consciences testify to the moral law of God (Romans 1:32, 2:14-15). Even those who claim that they do not know God have their inner judge, the conscience, that contradicts them (Romans 1:18-23). A seared conscience is a dangerous thing.

Now I'm going to strongly urge you to listen to or read the first installment of The Briefing for August 29, 2018. Dr. Mohler has some very interesting remarks from a Christian worldview perspective about lying, evolutionary thinking, and secular science.

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Friday, September 7, 2018

Were Spear-Thrower Tools Ancient Biomimetics?

When watching movies where indigenous people were attacking, hunting, or driving off enemies, I noticed something resembling a long trough used to launch a dart, arrow, or spear. Seemed silly to me, just throw the spear. I was dreadfully wrong on that. Although it looked awkward, the tool became an extension of the arm and gave more power to the projectile. This made it possible for womenfolk and young'uns to get into the act. When you had a group of people on the prod who were skilled in using those tools, you'd better get out of Dodge mighty quick-like!

Devices like atlatls used for hunting and driving off invaders may have been an early example of biomimetics.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Richard Keatinge (CC BY-SA 3.0)
I was uncomfortable using a photo where people could be recognized,
so I blurred the facts even though the original image does not do this.
There are several names and styles, and simple enough that you can make your own atlatl. Interesting that these spear-throwing devices are very similar, and can be found in 'Straya and the Americas, among other places. I'm not willing to suggest that this is an example of people from the dispersal at Babel taking their skills with them. However, ancient peoples may have done the thing we now call biomimetics or biomimicry: seeing something in nature and imitating it for human use.

Imagine if you will a couple of people watching a heron. Its neck extends, pulls back, and snaps into the water to snag a fish. One watcher says to the other, "I think we can use that principle." The other says, "Sorry, would you say that louder? I'm a bit hard of heron". After a good laugh, they got to work.

On a side note, there is a minor sport that was popular with gamblers several years ago called jai alai. Very fast action. According to a jai alai site, it is "...played in a three-walled court with a hard rubber ball that is caught and thrown with a cesta, a long, curved wicker scoop strapped to one arm". Sounds familiar.

There are some similarities in the spear-throwers and the actions of the bird neck. Biomimetics from way back when? Could very well be! Our Creator gave us minds to use so we can improve our lives and intelligently design things based on the critters that he intelligently designed himself.
When archaeologists find an atlatl—as they have done in north Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, and Australia—they quickly recognize it as a tool designed to aid spear-throwing. Aztec warriors used the device to powerfully propel spears through the body armour of Spanish conquistadors in the 16th century; the word atlatl in fact comes from the Nahautl language spoken by the Aztecs.

Australian Aboriginals know it as the woomera.
To read the rest of this short but interesting article, click on "The atlatl (woomera) and the heron’s neck".

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Thursday, September 6, 2018

WIMPing Out on Dark Matter Again

Secular astronomers and a few vacillating creationists believe in that elusive stuff called dark matter. It supposedly makes up the overwhelming majority of the stuff in the universe, but dark matter has never been seen, nor has any evidence for its existence been decisively indicated. I'll allow that some astronomers insist that dark matter has been indicated, but they set up a consequent to affirm and ignore other possibilities for explanations.

Cosmic evolution fails again with yet another attempt to find dark matter.
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Many tests for dark matter have been set up, but they keep jumping the fence. An 80-day experiment by Chinese scientists was a spectacular failure where the PandaX detector thumbed its nose at researchers. They get mighty disappointed when failing to detect something that probably doesn't exist in the first place. Cosmic evolution fails again.

Since dark matter is essential to keep the faith in something they know isn't true (the Big Bang), secularists just keep on believing, and keep on contriving their rescuing devices. Of course, if they would stop rebelling against the Creator and admit that their cosmology is fundamentally flawed, they might be able to reach some valid conclusions and do something useful.
The Chinese didn’t find dark matter with their super-detector, but they still believe it has to be there.

Rafi Letzer reported in Live Science that the Chinese PandaX detector, one of the most sensitive detectors on the planet, has failed to find theoretical WIMPs (Weakly Interactive Massive Particles), a favored candidate for dark matter. He writes as if this is becoming a broken record. “Once again, dark matter has failed to turn up where researchers hoped they might find it.” PandaX should have been able to find WIMPs if they exist. It would see an occasional flash from detectors when a WIMP disturbs a xenon atom in the huge underground tank of liquid xenon.
 To read the rest, click on "Dark Matter Fails Another Test".

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Human Fossils and the Genesis Flood

As biblical creationists, we realize that our young Earth, creation-affirming, evolution-defying views raise ire and eyebrows. People who claim to believe in intellectual honesty and inquiry tend to reject creationary views out of hand. Others, however, want to understand our point of view. Indeed, we know that creation science raises many questions, especially for those who have been indoctrinated in materialism and atheistic interpretations of science.

A fair question asked of biblical creationists is whether there can be fossils of pre-Flood humans and artifacts.
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One fair question is why we don't find a passel of fossils from the antediluvian world. After all, many creationists believe that the earth was not exactly sparse in the population category, so where are they? Related to this is the idea that artifacts, and possibly entire cities, from before the Flood would be (or have been) discovered — haven't they?

While there is no direct biblical reason to think there cannot be fossils or artifacts, inferences can be made from Scripture. However, there are some serious scientific reasons to be skeptical of such things. There was a lot of volcanic activity, plate tectonics, lots and lots of fast-moving water, and more. Since fossilization happens quickly (dinosaur tracks are not going to wait around for fossilization conditions, you know), someone or something has to be in an optimal location for rapid burial and preservation. An 1866 engraving by Gustave Dore has a good image of the Ark, but he put a pile of dead bodies laying all peaceful-like on the ground. Not hardly! When Noah and his family left the Ark, they would not have seen such a thing.
We are frequently asked variations of this question, like this example from Ed in Ohio:
I can’t find any information of human fossils in the layers of rock reputedly put down by the flood. They would certainly be there. Can you enlighten me?
If there really were a global flood as described in Genesis, what would we expect to see today? Billions of dead things buried in rock layers laid down by water all over the earth. And that is exactly what we see. But among these rock layers, human fossils are few and far between, with all known specimens coming from post-flood rock layers. Where are all the fossils of pre-flood humans?
To finish reading, click on "Where Are All the Pre-Flood Human Fossils?" ADDENDUM: I missed this before. You may also want to see a similar article from the Institute for Creation Research, "Where Are All the Human Fossils?".

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Failure to Evosplain Hemoglobin

Watching one of those medical shows the other night, the word hemoglobin was used. It is a common word, but some of us simply know that it is something important that has to do with blood, and then move on. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that takes oxygen to cells that need oxygen. That's a lot of cells, and specified complexity. Of course, Darwinoids want to tell us how it evolved.

Evolutionists are troubled by hemoglobin and its specified complexity.
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The Master Engineer put hemoglobin in a wide range of creatures. Evolutionists are unable to appeal to the fossil record and their self-serving dating methods, so they try other methods. The evolsplaining methods fail, because of so many creatures have the stuff, and the imaginary common ancestor cannot be envisioned. Wherever hemoglobin is found, it is the same, and doing the same work. No evolution here, pal. Darwinists tried using duplication and translocation, but those ideas only make things worse. How about admitting that the Creator did the work, and get on with some actual science?
Did hemoglobin evolve? Evolutionists should be able to trace how this amazing protein molecule originated—but they can’t. Scientists have no fossil molecules, and thus they cannot go back into deep evolutionary time and analyze the hypothetical pre-hemoglobin that supposedly existed. Evolutionists Richard Dickerson and Irving Geis stated that hemoglobins are “a puzzling problem. Hemoglobins occur sporadically among the invertebrate phyla in no obvious [evolutionary branching] pattern.” Dickerson goes on to say, “It is hard to see a common line of descent snaking in so unsystematic a way through so many different phyla.”

A decade later, another evolutionist said:
You're probably sanguine about reading the rest of the article. To do so, click on "Phenomenally Designed Hemoglobin".

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Monday, September 3, 2018

Deep Skull Causes Deep Trouble

If you head down south in Asia, south of Vietnam, Burma, and such, you'll reach an ocean and get your feet wet. Lots of islands and island nations down thataway, and you can find the third largest island in the world: Borneo. A skull was discovered in a Niah cave a few decades ago, and an evolutionary anthropologist examined it, and some jasper got the notion to call it "Deep Skull".

Niah Cave skull was reexamined, but now the timeline needs revising.

This skull was classified, and people accepted the pronouncements that it was of a teenage boy from further down south, below Australia, of Tasmania. Other evolutionists were satisfied, since an authority examined some skull fragments and treated his words as ex cathedra. The dogma for that part of the alleged human evolutionary timeline was established.

Reign 'er in there, Hoss! Maybe they were thinking how many papers passed peer review that could not be replicated, or someone simply got the notion to give the skull a modern examination. Whatever the reason, the skull research gave evolutionists several problems. Not only wasn't it a teenager from Tasmania, but it was a better fit being a granny from the neighborhood. They're "excited" because there's "a lot to learn". Maybe, if you drop the evolutionary presuppositions and admit that humans were Created, not evolved, you savvy? Evolutionists believe in chance. Flip a coin: it's heads. They lose again.
In 1958, the remains of a human cranium were discovered in Niah Cave on the island of Borneo, in Sarawak, Malaysia. Dubbed ‘Deep Skull’, it was ascribed an age of about 39,000 years, making it “the oldest modern human discovered in island South-East Asia”. It was examined by the prominent British anthropologist Don Brothwell whose conclusions formed the basis for what became the dominant paleontological thinking ever since, namely, that Deep Skull:
  • Was that of a teenage boy;
  • Had its strongest resemblance to the indigenous people of Tasmania (Australia);
  • “Lay within an evolutionary lineage to the ‘Negritoids’.”
However, recently University of New South Wales Associate Professor Darren Curnoe and a team of researchers have re-examined Deep Skull.
To keep reading, click on "Niah Cave’s ‘Deep Skull’—Teenage boy or elderly lady?" The video below doesn't need sound.

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Genetic Clock Research Complies with Biblical Timeframe

If you ride out Folly Road past Stinking Lake (not as bad as it sounds), then head northwest to Deception Pass, you can find the Darwin Ranch. The Winkie Guards are none to fond of sightseers, though. The ranch hands have been in a somber mood lately because genetic clock research is backfiring on their evolutionary research. You'd think they'd have learned from previous experiences.

Genetic clock research supports the biblical creation science timeframe.
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Genetic clocks are a study of DNA variations and how long an organism has supposedly been around. When plugging data into evolutionary presuppositions and deep time assumptions, scientists obtain conflicting results that do not fit their timelines. Using an empirical approach, results are right in keeping with biblical creation science timelines.
A massive new genetic study by secular scientists analyzed the DNA of over 100,000 animal species using about five million DNA sequences. Researchers at The Rockefeller University and the University of Basel found that the amount of DNA variation among humans was about the same as that observed for each of the many animal species they studied.
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When the researchers extrapolated this data into time frames of origins, they discovered that about 90% of all animal life was roughly the same, very recent age—a complete contradiction of evolutionary expectations. Mark Stoeckle, the other study author, remarked, “It is more likely that—at all times in evolution—the animals alive at that point arose relatively recently.” According to evolution, animals have progressively arisen over a half-billion years—not all at once in recent time.
To read the entire article, click on "Genetics Research Keeps Confirming a Recent Creation".

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