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Brain Size does not Support Evolution

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For quite some time, Darwinists have believed that cranial capacity indicates intelligence, even though that concept has been in disrepute . (Interesting that Neanderthals do not play nicely with evolution, since they had large brains, but after spreading their DNA around, pretty much disappeared except for artifacts, bones and suchlike.) Today, we have two related articles — a doubleheader. Credit: Freeimages / Miranda Knox First, a big study was one on volunteers. Researchers learned that, just like people and other parts, brain sizes vary greatly. Although they tried to find evolution by twirling their Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Rings©, it still does not work. You don't need to be a brain surgeon to realize that some brilliant people have smaller skulls, and there are less-than-average individuals that have large heads. Biblical creationists realize that God made us with variety, but arbitrary classifications by scientists do not make anyone less human. We’re a

DNA Research Supports Creation Timeline

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Creationists have said many times that there is no such thing as Darwinist evidence and our evidence. Facts are facts, and the fretting commences with the nterpretation of said evidence. Some researchers wrote a paper on mitochondrial DNA, and excitement ensued in the evolutionary ranks because the results flew in the face of Darwinian dogma. Credit: Pixabay / Gerd Altmann Some years ago, scientists realized that classifications of organisms would be streamlined with the use of DNA barcoding. (I like it, as it makes purchases faster at the DNA superstore when they can scan each item and give you a total...maybe I'm thinking of something else.) Several objections to DNA barcoding were raised, which turned out to be unfounded. Although written with an evolutionary framework in mind, the researchers found that most species originated about the time that humans appeared on the scene. Interesting how that fits creationary models. Taking the research to the next logical concl

Missing Time in Geological Strata

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While the title of this here post may sound like a UFO abductee story, it is actually about uniformitarian geology. Many times, there are features and observations that cannot be explained by slow and gradual "the present is the key to the past" processes, but they have to keep the storyline going because the alternative is unthinkable to them. There is missing time in the sedimentary erosion according to geologists. Credit: Morguefile / MichaelKirsh In the Marx Brothers movie Duck Soup, Margaret Dumont saw an imposter of Rufus T. Firefly leave a room. Then she saw another imposter (Chico Marx), and insisted that he left. "I saw you with my own eyes!" Chico said, "Well, who ya gonna believe, me or your own eyes?" Secular geologists deny the sensible explanation for what they see with their own eyes — the Genesis Flood — because that means the world was created recently, their views are loaded with errors, and Darwin's schemes did not have time t

Humans Causing Extinction

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The observation that humans cause animals to go extinct is not exactly startling news. For believers in atoms-to-atomic engineer evolution, I will ask again: why should anyone care that some animals are endangered , and will even become extinct? Biblical creationists have an answer, but evolutionists are inconsistent because we are the dominant life form and can do what we want.  But we do care and try to keep various animals alive despite the naturalistic worldview. (By the way, ever notice that people don't care so much about the survival of ugly critters? Someone shared that, and it stuck with me.) Y'all might be surprised that despite my provocative and seemingly callous questions above, I'm actually angry while writing this. Elk photo credit: Unsplash / Abben S I'm not against hunting per se, (if people eat what they kill), but I get mighty riled when tinhorns want to kill critically endangered animals for photos and bragging rights. Also, "tradition

DNA Emergency Services

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Gregor Mendel (peas be upon him) started the science of genetics, researchers have been lassoing a lot of fascinating information. Especially in recent years. Advances in science and technology, research in creation science, and other factors have contributed to amazing information regarding DNA. Proponents of universal common descent have been embarrassed by their previous weak research in the human genome and their labeling of things they do not understand as "junk" DNA. Now we learn that some of that so-called junk is a part of a kind of EMS — emergency medical service. Credit: RGBStock / Robert Linder Seems that there are some good Samaritans in each cell that deal with the extreme amount of damage incurred by DNA. "You don't look so good, old son. Let me get you to a place that will fix you up." This is going on in each cell, and we have trillions of cells. And evolutionists called it junk, but they should be realizing that the Master Engineer puts t

Do Animals Really Act Like Humans?

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen Basement Cat gives me a strange look when I am moving around, getting ready for work in the morning. My wife and I give it a meaning, such as, "I know what you did". There are times when we know she is happy, annoyed, affectionate, or whatever, because many animals do show emotions. Giving verbal captions and putting words in our mouth is just us assigning traits on the cat for our own convenience.  Original image credit before modification: Pixabay / cojessmom There was a news report about a killer whale that gave birth to a calf, but sadly, it died a few minutes later. The mother was clearly showing signs of grief, and even going beyond that of other orcas.  Some people tend to "see" human traits in animals. When a dog is coached to make a sound like, "I love you", sorry, pilgrim, it is not a true expression of love. Other critters can display reactions that have the appearance of advanced emotions, and can appear to act

Manta Rays and Biomimetics

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You probably know that there are some mighty strange things living in the oceans, and we have not even explored all of them yet. An odd flat fish thing that is somewhat familiar is the manta ray. Rays are related to sharks, but without the bad attitude. Sharks, dolphins, and so on move from side to side, but mantas have that interesting motion that (to me) looks a bit like it's flying underwater. One endangered species has the unfortunate moniker of " devil fish " or "giant devil ray" because some folks thought it looked creepy. Scientists wanted to study the motion of mantas for biomimetics uses. The sting ray was not mentioned in the report that I saw. Credit: flikr / jon hanson ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ) If you recollect that biomimetics is the way scientists study organisms in nature so they can imitate them for our use, then you recollect rightly. Someone got the notion that mantas have a way of moving that, if successfully imitated (although without credit to

Disappearing Atmosphere on Mars

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Seems like a nice place, but it could do with a little atmosphere... Actually, Mars is not such a nice place, what with being so cold, huge dust storms, static electricity, mostly desert, a possible "lake" which would have poison water , and all. The atmosphere is 100 times thinner than ours, so heat does not have much incentive to linger. Scientists have known for a long time that its atmosphere was thin. Now they've learned that what little it has is going away. Mars having a dust storm, and its two moons are also in the picture Credit: NASA , ESA, and STScI (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) The atmosphere depletion is a cause for concern among deep time proponents. Using their lower limits, scientists have a passel of problems keeping Mars old. Rescuing devices for cosmic evolution cause more problems than they solve. Simply put, Mars and the rest of the solar system are young — all were created recently, as we keep seeing from the evidence time

Volcanoes, Hawaii, and the Genesis Flood

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Biblical creationists freely admit that the Genesis Flood was a miraculous event, but we still want to know not only the theology, but the science involved. Like their secular counterparts, creationary scientists have disagreements and put forward various models of the events. (An early idea that creationists promoted was the Canopy Theory . I taught this in the early 1990s. It has been largely abandoned by most creationists today.) Even so, the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii had itself an eruption in 2018, and the result fits creationary ideas. Volcanic plume at the summit of Kilauea on May 13, 2018 Image Credit: NASA astronaut Drew Feustel from the space station (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) Creationists have examined the effects of volcanic activity on the air and water, since there was a tremendous amount of volcanic activity during the Flood. Water heats up, steam rises, and rain is produced. Extrapolate this to the global catastrophic event of the Flood.

Engineered Adaptability and Biblical Clarity

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While biblical creationists may disagree on models on origins, models of the Genesis Flood, and so on, we agree on the truth and clarity of the Bible. We are not going to all this work to be contentious and put burrs under the saddles of evolutionists. Instead, we strive to point people to the gospel message. Creationists use scientific evidence in a biblical framework. Credit: Unsplash / Aaron Burden Darwinists tend to presuppose materialism, and biblical creationists presuppose the foundational truth of Scripture. We have been examining articles by the Institute for Creation Research and others about engineered adaptability. The short definition is that Darwin and his followers believe in intangible external forces or "pressures" that cause organisms to adapt and change, but scientific evidence shows that the better explanation is that they were engineered and equipped to adapt. The Bible is clear that people know that God exists, and his attributes are seen in nat

Beneficial Beavers

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Most people have some familiarity with beavers, whether in person or seeing them on television. Some folks consider them pests. After all, they gnaw down trees, build dams, and interfere with the flow of water. This can get out of hand without predators to keep them in check. However, these (mostly) Northern Hemisphere rodents are actually good for the soil. Assembled from images at Open Clipart Pollutants such as nitrogen and phosphorus get trapped into the ponds that were the result of beaver dams. Also, other critters benefit from the ponds, and help deter soil loss. If you read up on beavers, you'll see that the Master Engineer designed them for what they do so well. Of course, Darwinists will lasso the "EvolutionDidIt" non-explanation by rote, but that nonsense only contaminates the good soil of actual science.  Without beaver dams, loss of nutrients from soil would increase, and pollutants from upstream erosion would afflict waterways. Scientists at the Un

The Perception of Reality

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen While doing data entry, I listen to podcasts, sermons, articles, and audiobooks. I decided to listen to a slightly older audio book: Robinson Crusoe, from 1719. It was not as cumbersome as I expected, and interesting to see changes in the English language. (By the way, the closing theme of Gilligan's Island had it wrong. They sang "...like Robinson Caruso", with an extra syllable. The Italian tenor Errico Caruso had nothing to do with uncharted desert isles.) Robinson was marooned on an island and spent many years fending for himself and improving his situation until he befriended a man he named Friday. Fast forward a bit. Crusoe and Friday saved some people from mutineers, but the rest of the bad guys were coming back. Upon this Will Atkins cried out, “For God’s sake, captain, give me quarter; what have I done?  They have all been as bad as I:” which, by the way, was not true; for it seems this Will Atkins was the first man that laid hold of t

Whopper Sand and the Genesis Flood

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Whopper Sand does not refer to what happens to your burger at the beach, but instead, it is a large area of sediment in the Gulf of Mexico. Uniformitarian geologists were not too keen on looking in that area, and when it was finally investigated, oil reserves were discovered. But they do not know how all that sand and other inexplicable materials got there. Credit: RGBStock / Roger Kirby Secular geologists kind of waved off the deposits with inadequate explanations. Now the puzzle is getting worse, what with oil companies making discoveries and all. The deposits are much larger than believed, and how far they go has yet to be determined. Once again, secular geology is weak at adequately interpreting what has been found, but creation science Genesis Flood models have a far more satisfying explanation. Unfortunately for secularists, the Flood also indicates a young earth. In the U.S. Gulf Coast region, the Upper Jurassic Norphlet Sandstone rests right on top of thousands of fee

Evolutionary Thinking Yields Burning Hatred

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen People who pay attention to the origins debate are likely to have noticed that Darwinism advocates, especially on the web, are exceptionally passionate. Many of these folks really get on the prod if someone dares to write, speak, or even whisper words of doubt about evolution. This is hypocritical, as the same people often claim that they want "tolerance" and "discourse", but have no tolerance of those who reject any or all of materialistic evolution; so-called "freethinkers" often oppose people who think in a manner for which they disapprove. Credit: Freeimages / hamidreza ahmadi For that matter, Charles Darwin said in Origin , " A fair result can be obtained only by fully stating and balancing the facts  and arguments on both sides of each question; and this cannot possibly be  here done". However, he apparently did not have any intention of discourse with people who doubted his conjectures. Instead, it was appare

Consider the Moon

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Studying the solar system is fascinating, and not just the planets, but the moons themselves. Well, Mars has a couple of unimpressive rocks, but the gas giants start racking up bigger numbers. As far as we know, Jupiter jumps in with 67, Saturn rings up 62, Uranus has 27, Neptune isn't trying very hard with only 14. Even the former planet Pluto has 5 moons. The bonus excitement for biblical creationists is that these celestial objects continually startle secular astronomers with their proclamations of youth , and that includes the moons . Credit: Unsplash / Ganapathy Kumar Take a look up yonder at our own moon. We only have one, but it's ours, and we like it. Secularists tried to explain how the moon originated using long age presuppositions and bad science, but never really succeeded. (The rocks brought back by the Apollo astronauts didn't help secular theories, either.) Our moon is important for tidal action, and it has just the right fit for a total eclipse.

Specified Complexities in Bird Songs

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One source of entertainment for us is hearing the birdies chirp. Actually, chirp is an understatement in many cases (except for sparrows, seems they do not have much of a repertoire), as some have rather intricate songs for certain purposes or time of the day. Something quite startling to me is the variety used by the mockingbird . "The price is right, too. Cheep!" And you give me grief for bad jokes. Moving on... Happy wren image credit: Wikimedia Commons / Francesco Veronesi ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ) To further the amazement factor, some birds sing elaborate songs with partners, and they have specified complexity. Birds use their grass seed-sized brains to respond at the right time with others, and sometimes they sing in perfect unison. Also, they demonstrate the greater thinking abilities than apes (our "close relatives"). Evolutionists are surprised — this happens frequently — because of their worldviews. That is, time, chance, random processes, materialism

Insect Fossils Fluster Evolutionists

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To hear particles-to-praying mantis evolutionists tell it, their naturalistic view of origins is a done deal. Maybe some minor disagreements among evolutionary scientists, but they are certain that common descent occurred. When someone that's been reading up on it presses them for the details, evolutionists reluctantly admit that there are several major problems in dating, lineages, actual evidence, and so on. There are serious problems with the story of insect evolution. Unidentified insect fossil image credit: US National Park Service (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) As you know, the most fossils are marine organisms. There are also (to use the technical term) bunches of insects. Problem is, evolutionists have an insect fossil, and then — nothing. After that, insects suddenly burst into the fossil record, fully formed. This missing space is called the hexapod gap (not to be confused with Deception Pass, that's where the Darwin Ranch is located). Ra