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Monday, September 30, 2019

Homology and Design Features

Normally, I do not make write-ups for online book chapters, but this topic is brought up frequently. The concept of homology is a tool for biologists and evolutionists where living things are grouped according to certain traits that they have in common. It can be useful, but problematic for muck-to-music therapist evolution.


Biologists and evolutionists use homology as a tool, but it works against evolution and can also be used to support creation.
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Grouping by similarities is often used by village atheists and evolutionists to prove evolution, which is not logical. It also can work the other way: common traits demonstrate the work of our Creator using his design plans. Indeed, evolutionists often cannot explain traits that are unrelated according to their schemes, and invoke the miracle of convergent evolution — which is not an explanation, especially when creatures not related according to evolution.


When used properly, homology can be not only a useful tool, but predictive. For example, Dmitri Mendeleev made the Periodic Table of the Elements in 1869 and was able to predict later discoveries of elements. Mayhaps biblical creationists will be predicting trait distribution among critters.
If God made people as people, why are we full of “animal parts”? Look at your arm for a moment and try to picture the bones inside. There’s one bone attached to the body, two bones in the forearm, a little group of wrist bones, and bones that extend out into the fingers. As it turns out, there are many other living things that have forelimbs with a similar pattern: the foreleg of a horse or dog, the wing of a bat, and the flipper of a penguin, for example, as shown in Figure 6. Biologists use the term “homology” for such similarities in basic structure.
To learn more, click on "Comparative Similarities: Homology"



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Saturday, September 28, 2019

Lucy and her kin are Still Extinct Apes

This post contains links to several articles that should prove useful to students, teachers, parents, and other people interested in the human origins debate. It deals with the australopithecines, emphasizing devastating material regarding Lucy. Well, devastating for Darwinists, not for biblical creationists.


Lucy and other alleged links to humans continually receive evidence against their status. This post has links to free videos and a PDF booklet.
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The hands at the Darwin Ranch ( head out Folly Road past Stinking Lake, then head northwest to Deception Pass, avoid the Winkie Guards) are excited about a newly Australopithecus anamensis discovered skull. Like Lucy (some scientists want it called Lucifer because they contend it was male), parts were found scattered in different areas. There is no actual skeleton. Scientists disagree about whether or not it was just another extinct ape, albeit a different variety. Arguing from naturalistic presuppositions, some think it evolved into Australopithecus afarensis (Lucy), others invoke the magic of parallel evolution. The evidence actually shows no evolution, just extinct apes. Just like creationists have been saying for years.
Publishing in the journal Nature, a team of experts described a fossil skull that puts both a new face and a contradictory age onto an extinct ape variety previously known only from teeth and bone fragments. The team discovered the fossil in 2016 in the Afar region of Ethiopia. Early on, they recognized it as an australopithecine ape, but after analysis, they assigned it to the species anamensis.

Australopithecus anamensis supposedly evolved into Australopithecus afarensis — the most famous example of which is nicknamed Lucy — which some have asserted became humans. But many evolutionists see no anatomical link between this extinct ape kind and mankind. One zoologist admitted, “They are just apes.”
You can read this short article in its entirety at "Fossil Ape Skull Is a Game Ender". Be sure to come back for the next entries. 

This next article also deals with A. anamensis. It is also rather short, but has background and technical details for those so inclined:
The media has been drooling over a newly reported australopithecine fossil cranium alleged to be an ‘ape-man’ (i.e., hominin) in our family tree. However, the evidence is strongly against the australopithecines being a human ancestor. This latest find, of a cranium labelled MRD-VP-1/1, and attributed to Australopithecus anamensis, provides no new evidence that the australopithecines were anything more than an extinct apish primate group.
To read the rest, click on "New cranium, same old evolutionary ambiguities". 

Not all scientists in the field are on board with the human evolution from australopithecines,  and have provided material to support their contention that these critters were simply extinct apes. Now research shows that their eating habits were like those of some modern apes as well.
Secular scientists routinely confirm Australopithecus species as being nothing more than apes, and this new study is no different. In a recent paper published in Nature, Renaud Joannes-Boyau of the Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group at Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia, and colleagues reported that A. africanus exhibited seasonal eating patterns, similar to modern apes.
This article is also rather short, and not technical. To read the rest, click on "Australopithecus Ate Like an Ape". Now we come to the important material about Lucy.

Darwin's disciples have long had febrile enthusiasm for A. afarensis as a missing link between apes and humans. (There is no single missing link. The entire chain is missing, old son.) The putative discoverer of Lucy, Donald Johanson, conveniently made "discoveries" when his time was running out. 

He played fast and loose with the data, dealing from the bottom of the deck by presenting a skeleton that was assembled mostly from imagination and the scientific principle of Making Things Up™. DJ is also vehemently anti-Christian. Supporters of Lucy even did a bit of force-fit reconstruction of plaster casts to get what they thought the pelvis should be. Once again, presuppositions dominate the worldview and the narrative, and actual research is severely lacking.

 

The folks at Genesis Apologetics have some material for your education. (Mayhaps students can be detoxed from the propaganda and learn to question evolution.) Several videos are included, one of which is below. There is also a one-hour webinar. But wait, there's more! There is also a free downloadable PDF booklet, Lucy: The Australopithecus that fell out of the Human Evolution Tree. Free is good. The booklet is not strictly about Lucy, but includes creation science material and evangelism. To commence to downloading and watching, click on Lucy's Fall from Science.




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Friday, September 27, 2019

The Culture of Death and the Climate Change Cult

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

This is a follow-up to some aspects if my article on education and indoctrination, "Evolutionists Stoking the Fires of Censorship Again". People are unskilled in using the most basic logical principles and "think" with their emotions. They are used by manipulators who seek to further their own agendas. This is very prominent in atheism, fish-to-fool evolution, leftist political views, and global climate change.

Climate change cult hysteria is increasing and activists even manipulate children in their agendas. In reality, science supports the Bible and we have hope.
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The world is going to end! Katie, bar the door! Oh, you never opened up from the last big scare? Never mind. Alarmists have been predicting catastrophes and even the end of the world for decades, but have a perfect record of failure. In the 1970s,  alarmists were saying that a coming ice age was inevitable (for example, see the video "In Search Of... The Coming Ice Age"). That switched to global warming, spearheaded by Algore and his  discredited predictions. Now they've hedged their bets with the ambiguous "climate change", which can be blamed for many things from civil wars to my car not starting. The car not starting thing is not much of an exaggeration because climate change has been blamed for many odd things.

While scientists are having their disagreements (but agree that there is no cause for panic), more heat than light is being furnished by leftist politicians, uneducated alarmists, and globalists. Just try to put forward information or have a discussion, and you are likely to be called a "liar" and slammed with leftist propaganda. We cannot have the conversation. Their view and their interpretation of the evidence is the only one to be considered. Real science is about examining the facts, not just the material that is tortured to support a leftist ideology. Now children are being manipulated by activists in the subterfuge.


Global warming leftists have a materialistic worldview that is fueled by evolutionary thinking. Just study on it a moment. Principles of Geology by lawyer Charles Lyell was written in part to “free the science from Moses” (that is, deny God and recent creation), and also to postulate huge amounts of time. Lawyer Lyell influence Charles Darwin, who hated Christianity and popularized an ancient pagan view (evolution was not invented by Darwin) that fooled many people.

Many people have a fundamentally flawed worldview and are not taught how to think (secularists tell people what to think), unaware of suppressed evidence refuting Darwinism and the popular versions of global warming. It's not surprising they have a bleak outlooks. These people (including children now) are filled with despair, fear, anger, hatred, atheism, and lies that they think are the truth. Yes, we have hope, but it is not in the machinations of sidewinders who want power and money. We do have a Creator, he is in control, and science supports the biblical worldview.

This global climate thing is widely known and there are many sources of information. In addition to the links above, I have two more. First, I recommend a video by Dr. Alan White, "Is It Time to Panic About Climate Change?" Dr. White provides some very important information, although some tinhorns will call him a liar without even thinking about what he says. Invoking white privilege, here is an excerpt of Dr. James R. White on The Dividing Line. It's just over thirteen minutes long, and he discusses the cultic nature of global warming:



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Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Breath of Life

Some things we believe we cannot live without, and we want them right away. Most of those are frivolous when compared to those things that are essential to life. Have you ever been deprived of air for a while? You want those next breaths, and you want them in a mighty big hurry.


Having the breath of life is one way that our Creator keeps us alive, such as providing oxygen in our blood to supply all those cells inside us. But there is more.
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If something or someone isn't breathing, there's no point in sending a "Get Well Soon" card. Ain't nobody home. Having the breath of life is one way that our Creator keeps us alive, such as providing oxygen in our blood to supply all those cells inside us. Scientists experiment on cadavers to find ways to keep us functioning, but they are more like objects than people when they are bereft of breath. God also gave the symbiotic relationship with plants that use carbon dioxide we exhale and give us oxygen so we can continue to breathe.

It is a simple fact that everyone who has been or ever will be born will stop breathing and die. Those who have life in Jesus will one day be resurrected and have bodies that will never die.
The Greeks used the word pneuma to signify both breath and spirit. That’s not scientifically inaccurate, because most animals cannot survive for long without breath, and will “give up the ghost” if they stop breathing. First Aid students learn that of the ingredients needed for a body—food, water and oxygen—breathing is the most critical. Seconds count. Thankfully, we don’t have to think about breathing. The autonomic nervous system keeps the chest and diaphragm filling the lungs with air automatically, even in our sleep. The Pentateuch says the “life” of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11), but it’s clear from the creation that the “spirit” of the flesh is in the breath (pneuma). The first human body, wonderfully designed as it was, was just an object on the ground until God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7, KJV). This became true of the first woman as well.
To read the rest, take a deep breath, be thankful for it, and click on "What a Difference the Breath of Life Makes".




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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Evolution and Learned Behaviors

Proponents of universal common ancestor evolution are excited about the possibility that learned behaviors can be passed along to future generations. Have you ever looked askance at something? It would be understandable, since sometimes the offspring of musicians cannot play an instrument, or parents of average intelligence have children that are geniuses. Even so, there are some indications that learned behaviors are indeed passed along.

Research shows that some living things pass long learned behaviors to their offspring. This is limited, and the results support creation.
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Roundworms and mice have been tested and it was found that their offspring had learned traits that the parents had learned. This was traced back to epigenetics, a modification of the study of genetics that was initiated by Gregor Mendel (peas be upon him). Darwin's disciples are excited, thinking that they have lassoed evidence for their beliefs. 

Not happening, Hoss. There have been no indications as yet that the learned behaviors were present after about four generations, where the critter reverted back to its natural state. Evolutionists also wonder if this would lead to speciation. Maybe. Speciation is a concept that is friendly to creation science, and no new genetic information was actually added because the changes were essentially through genetic switches. Remember the engineered adaptability series? This research reminds me of that: the Master Engineer designed living things to respond and adapt to their environment. This is by design, not because of external pressures that Darwin imagined.
Since Mendel, most scientists have believed that acquired traits could not be inherited by offspring. This would mean that if an individual organism were to lose a tail or learn to avoid a predator, for example, these traits could not be passed to the offspring through the DNA. The young would be born with a tail and no innate knowledge of how to avoid a predator. With the discovery and applications of epigenetics in the last few decades, this is changing. A recent article in the peer-reviewed journal Cell discussed the epigenetic inheritance of learned traits in roundworms. Roundworms are not the only organism to exhibit transgenerational learning. Numerous others do as well or utilize some other method of epigenetic inheritance.
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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Evolutionists Stoking the Fires of Censorship Again

Atheists and evolutionists want to further censor creation from science education in Wales. Such indoctrination is not only happening in the UK, but in the USA as well.

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

We have seen reports where free speech is on the decline in Britain, such as when preachers get locked up for a "hate crime" (here is just one example), but atheists and evolutionists are galloping toward full educational censorship against anything even resembling creation or design. I reckon they not only oppose freedom of speech, but freedom of thought as well. 

"Humanists" increased thought control and bushwhacked science education already, but it appears that they want to close any loopholes. Evolution must reign supreme in Welsh education, and there can be no reasonable doubt that the rest of Britain will follow suit. Hail Darwin, blessed be! Evolutionists are not content to misrepresent and even lie about what creationists actually uphold, but they disingenuously redefine "science" in materialistic terms. Also, they will claim that Christian parents, teachers, and ministries are "indoctrinating" when in fact they are doing that themselves. Such blame shifting is a common tactic among atheists, evolutionists, and leftists.

Anti-creationists are delighted at such censorship, of course. I posted something about this Welsh censorship effort on our Fazebook Page, which garnered irrational attacks by one of Satan's handmaids not only for me, but other creationists as well. It is interesting that when some sidewinders complain that they cannot post abusive, irrelevant reactions to creationists, we are "censoring" them, but they heavily promote real censorship and indoctrination. It's who they are and what they do. You may also like to see a short post on such manipulative tactics at "How Manipulators Subvert the Truth".

By the way, a spammer, criminal cyberstalker and pretender to the throne of Almighty God has condemned me to Hell.

Critical thinking is not being taught, and I believe that secularists do not want people to learn how to examine the evidence and ask questions. Such indoctrination tactics are becoming more common in the UK and USA, and we can see the fruits of this in not only origin science, but in climate change as well. 

Students are becoming Children of the Corn, useful idiots for leftists, in reacting emotionally to climate change. In this podcast by Derek Hunter, a student is regurgitating leftist global warming propaganda (based on old-earth beliefs and denying the Creator), and she has clearly been only told the "facts" that she is supposed to know. Obviously, she was not informed that the Maldives are supposed to be under water by now  or that climate doomsday predictions are amazingly inaccurate. To hear Derek's recording and commentary, head for the 41 minute 24 second mark.

Some related material comes from Chris Stigall who was filling in for Chris Plante. There are four areas, but the links are supposed to send you directly to the segments I'm hoping you'll play. First, some of the same kind of thing about the angry student that Hunter covered, but Stigall mentioned that global warming activists are more passionate about their cause than many professing Christians about the gospel. Hear this at 44 minutes 8 seconds. A bit of fun hearing "Mike the Lib" who is typical of global warming fanatics, but a certain criminal cyberstalker makes Mike seem like a rational orator. This can be heard at 56m 38s. Chris did a bit of a repeat on the student's testimony and added some interesting comments, this is at 2h 7m 18s. Finally, at 2h 43m 32s, a caller has some insightful comments on the global warming fiasco. This global warming indoctrination is clearly linked to the lack of instruction in critical thinking skills and logic, which may have saved many people quite a bit of grief.

Aaaaand, a follow-up the next day from Hunter about hypocrisy, the "climate strike", and how indoctrinated kids are angry, without hope (and I must add, without any sign of the Creator in their lives). This one is near the 52 minute mark. Finally, something I don't like to do because I haven't heard it yet, but here's a link to Stigall's follow-up as well.

I write these up several days in advance, and they occasionally get updated. This one should finally be done.

B. Hussein Obama was the climate change-friendly president. If he really believed this stuff, why did he spend millions of dollars on a mansion that would be destroyed? Asking for a friend.

Let's face it, consensus "science" is conducive to indoctrination but terrible for actual research. It's far more convenient to shield students from evidence and keep them from learning to think. It's happening in the USA as well, but it is less blatant right now.
British secularists are yet again up in arms about teaching creationism in schools—this time in Welsh schools. But Welsh schools are not actually teaching creationism, and it’s not as though creationists have been pushing for it either. The fact of the matter is, since humanists erupted in 2011 over the inclusion of the creationist perspective in a religious education class,1 teaching creationism in science classes has already been effectively banned in British schools, even including religious education classes! So why have 46 leading science organisations and scientists, including British atheist big-guns Richard Dawkins, David Attenborough, Steve Jones and Alice Roberts, joined forces in a campaign to ban teaching creationism in Welsh schools?
To read the rest, click on "Senseless cynical censorship — Humanists target creationism in Welsh schools".

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Monday, September 23, 2019

More Dinosaur Soft Tissues, More Excuses

Dinosaur soft tissues is a bane of old-earth beliefs, and they just keep on rolling in. Researchers were mighty careful in collecting these new ones, possibly to avoid possible criticism. The collecting and examining was apparently thorough, but the results obtained got Rusty Swingset (the foreman at the Darwin Ranch) on the prod.


Researchers found several dinosaurs and more of those annoying soft tissues. They could not address the issue, but the biblical timeline fits the findings.

Their report ignored the woolly mammoth in the room. That is, how can they have soft tissues after so many Darwin years had supposedly passed? One suggestion was that there was iron in the area, and yee haw boy howdy, iron is a preservative, right? It may has some effect, but the tissues should not be lasting for such a long time. Maybe it's global warming.

Plug in the creation science timeline of thousands of years, and the data make sense, and there is no excuse. But Rusty wants his deep time so evolution can continue, and never mind the Creator.
A trio of scientists used sterile techniques to collect 17 dinosaur fossils. They searched deep inside the specimens for original, still-soft tissue remnants. What did they find?
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All told, 20 samples included bone, ossified (hardened) tendon fragments, and a lone tooth. The researchers collected samples from various depths, including a few that had already washed onto the surface. The team dissolved the hard mineral from their samples, then analyzed any soft tissues that remained. Their photographs showed bone cells called osteocytes, blood vessels, and connective tissues called fibrous matrix.
To read the entire article, click on "Over a Dozen More Dinosaur Soft Tissues",

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

When Killer Bees Evolve into Pussycats

Some of us remember the big scare a spell back when Africanized honeybees were heading up into the United States from way down south. They earned the moniker killer bees because they were ornery cusses, attacking in large groups and killing people. The venom was not any worse, but the savagery of the attacks were the main problem. So why did they drop off the radar?

Africanized honeybees were known for being extremely aggressive. Now many seem to have pussycat attitudes, which does not fit evolutionary expectations.
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Short answer: they calmed down, especially those from down Puerto Rico way. (Those from Brazil can still be a problem.) But changes happened to rapidly to fit evolutionary expectations. Darwin's acolytes gave credit to evolution, blessed bee! They frantically worked their Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Rings™ to come up with explanations. They had a few, and ran them up the flagpole, but they were not saluted by anyone.

Instead of contacting the spirit of Charles Darwin, secular scientists should seriously consider the continuous environmental tracking of the engineered adaptability model. While Darwin insisted that outside influence and "environmental pressures" caused changes, the CET model demonstrates that the opposite is true. That is, the Master Engineer designed living things to adapt. These bees didn't evolve into having pussycat attitudes, they were designed for it.
Another doomsday scenario has been debunked: killer bees have calmed down and become nice. How, and why?

We remember the catastrophic predictions a decade ago: killer bees, those mean-spirited Africanized bees that escaped a lab in Puerto Rico during a hurricane were on the march northward. Deaths would skyrocket from terror swarms of hyperactive “killer bees” attacking people who happened to disturb them innocently. Beekeepers would have tough times controlling them. And as the swarms of killer bees dominated the more docile European bees introduced into America, crops would suffer because of their less effective pollination. Scientists watched helplessly as they migrated north and west at a measurable rate. There was nothing we could do to stop them. North America was doomed.
To read the rest, buzz on over to "Experts Were Wrong About Killer Bees".



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Friday, September 20, 2019

Space Aliens and Worldviews

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

People have speculated about life on other worlds, whether in our solar system or farther away, for a long time. To hear some people talk, it is a certainty that life exists out there, thataway. There are people who sincerely, passionately, believe that space aliens can be found at Area 51.


UFOs and alien life are a hot topic, but they are not extraterrestrials and are not hidden at Area 51. Sorry. We can know more about the alien agenda.
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A good part of this alien enthusiasm comes from presupposing deep time and atoms-to-aliens evolution. Sure are a lot of stars up yonder, and there must be many planets. On those planets, intelligent life must have evolved and developed amazing space travel abilities. It's all in the numbers, right?


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Centuries ago (I'm feeling old today), I fully believed in space aliens. Did I have evidence? Not hardly! In fact, nobody has any actual hard evidence. Like evolution, there are assumptions leading to conclusions, circular reasoning, wishful thinking, and more. Interesting that many atheists believe in extraterrestrial beings that they have not seen, but reject the Creator that they have not seen — and evidence abounds for his existence.



Are UFOs real? Well, look at the letters: Unidentified Flying Object. That is kind of broad, and can include a hubcap that came off on the expressway, military test vehicles, simple mistakes, and more. Flying saucers? That is much more specific. In my earlier years (as well as today), I rejected the assumption that everyone who had seen something was faking it or delusional. Yes, many were mistaken. In fact, I learned a simple truth from a UFO publication: you look for every possible natural explanation. Some things really are swamp gas, Venus, and other mundane things. It certainly doesn't help anyone when a government official says that people saw Venus when it had risen yet, though.

The "Storm Area 51" event appeared to be serious, "They can't stop us all" and "Let's see them aliens!" That's right, people "knew" that the United States government had aliens stashed at the Area 51 facility. (The event was eventually portrayed as a big joke, but it was causing problems for the Air Force and Nevada residents.) It is a military installation used for testing and such, not an interstellar conference center.


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Depending on the conspiracy theory, we are exchanging technology in secret with extraterrestrials. Sometimes, sooper seekrit shadowy organizations above the governments of the world are involved. People know this because the cousin of a friend's ex-wife who spoke under works for the government and called a late-night radio talk show.

A bit more of my own story. Raised with liberal theology, I had no problem believing in theistic evolution and space aliens. Even after I rejected TE because of sound theology and evidence for six-day creation, I held onto ET beliefs. For every argument, I tried to counter it. Essentially, they would be advanced beings who had huge amounts of time to develop space travel over huge distances. I even used the fallacious argument from silence: the Bible does not say that there are no extraterrestrial beings. (You can facepalm now.) I wanted them to be real. Again, there was no evidence, just my presuppositions and poor reasoning.

Looking back on it now, I see that I was doing a bad form of presuppositional apologetics. That is, there were certain axioms that I hitched my wagon to and would not give up, and then argued from there. Badly. I dropped the subject when alien abduction stories were getting more common, and I had other things to do.

Evolutionists desperately want to believe that life exists on other planets (as regular readers have seen), but they really have no hope of finding it because the habitable zone is tenuous. The logistics of space travel are astronomical (heh!) and defy physics, "what if" and "but they're super intelligent" excuses notwithstanding.

Yes, there are extraterrestrials, but you have to define the term correctly. There are beings that are not of this world that are meeting up with people. No, I do not believe that they are from other planets. For one thing, the logistics of long-distance space travel are staggering. Another thing to consider is, "Why?" They supposedly came all that way to tell us that they want to help us in our evolution. So, they abduct and probe people, while mutilating cattle and such, and no two UFO sightings are the same. Strange way to make us feel wanted.

They are extraterrestrials, but if you study on it, alien encounters are a great deal like demonic manifestations. Trans-dimensional beings may be more accurate. Yes, these so-called space aliens who deny the Bible, are terrified when a Bible-believing Christian commands them to cease and desist in the name of Jesus, lie to us, contradict themselves, promote evolution and deny the Creator — they are demonic entities.

There are some resources that I would like to make available that will explain what I have been talking about in far more detail:



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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Another Alleged Earth-Like Planet Discovered

Astrobiologists are promoting their pseudoscience like chariot racers in the Circus Maximus, hoping to find evidence of habitable planets in deep space. Although they fail every time and their hopes are dimming because the habitable zone has multiple caveats, bio-astrologers keep on a-trying.

Secular astronomers are cheering yet another exoplanet discovery. They keep searching for signs of life despite evidence against it.
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The desire is to find evidence of life out there, even though nobody can even see the planets, let alone, conditions on them. (Also, exoplanets are young, created recently like our own solar system. No time for Darwin to work his magic.) I maintain that it would be illogical to claim that even if life was found and evolution was proven, it would not justify that all life evolved; it would be the hasty generalization fallacy. Materialists don't seem to care.

Exoplanet GJ 357 d is supposedly in the habitable zone, yee haw boy howdy. There are many unknown factors as well as the little detail that it orbits a red dwarf star. The planet is also very large, but its composition is unknown. If it is rocky, the gravity would be lethal, and if it is something like Neptune, that would be another reason to saddle up and ride on to another telescope. These owlhoots keep on making empty proclamations; you'd think they would learn to rein in their hubris a spell until more information is gathered.
The headlines seem like science fiction, conjuring up images from the movie “Another Earth”. Is there possibly life on another planet like ours? Researchers at the Carl Sagan Institute at Cornell University discovered what may be an Earth-like planet, 31 light years away from our solar system.
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Red dwarf stars are by far the most common type of star but are all too faint to be seen with the naked eye. The star GJ 357 is no exception: it is only about a third of the sun’s mass and diameter, but its temperature is quite cool, 3505 ± 51 K, and is only 1.6% as bright as the sun. There are huge problems with planets around red dwarf stars that make them unsuitable for life, as discussed in the our article about the ‘ultracool’ star Trappist-1 and its seven planets.
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GJ 357 d is claimed to be in the habitable zone and has a rotation period between 70 and 120 Earth days. Such a slow rotation suggests at least partial tidal locking. Evolutionists think that this way the temperature on the planet is neither too hot nor too cold and is just right for life to evolve. . . . 

Should we really be so excited? What did the researchers really find?
To read the article in its entirety, click on "Have astrobiologists really found a super-Earth?"

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Two Oceanic Critters and Evolution

This child thinks that our Creator like variety and has designed some things for our wonder and maybe even our amusement. It could be that he knew how professors of fish-to-fool evolution would get mighty uncomfortable explaining how some things came to be. For example, the predation skills of the slapping shark and the pistol shrimp.

Thresher sharks and pistol shrimp have predation skills that evolutionists cannot explain, but show the skill of the Master Engineer.
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When a pistol (snapping) shrimp takes a notion to have a critter for lunch, it slaps leather (so to speak) by firing off a shot. The cavitation bubble is lethal, and when it pops, the sound reaches of 200 decibels! It's also great pals with the goby fish. In a similar manner, the pelagic thresher shark smacks little fish with its powerful tail. If it sees you, it won't bite, but would rather get out of Dodge quick-like.

Evolutionists resort to the scientific principle of Making Things Up™ to evosplain why their deity deigned to deliver these unique characteristics. "It likely evolved to..." and similar weasel words can be found as expected. No, they are doing what they were designed to do by the Master Engineer.
The super-fast and powerful movements of sharks and shrimps are among “the works of the LORD” and “His wonders in the deep.” Consider how their body parts and physiologies providentially empower sharks to slap and shrimps to snap.
To read the rest of this short article, click on "Deep Wonders of Slapping Sharks and Snapping Shrimps". I also have an earlier post that may be of interest, "Armed and Dangerous Shrimp".



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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Mica in Sand Thwarts Secular Geologists

Saddle up and ride over to the gorge-ous Grand Canyon, then take special notice of the rock layers and the various colors. There's a whitish-yellowish part known as the Coconino sandstone that uniformitarian (deep time) geologists think is a problem to creationists. Not happening, pilgrim.

Secular geologists think that the Coconino sandstone at the Grand Canyon is a problem for Flood geology. In fact, the opposite is true.
Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Diego Delso, delso.photo, License CC-by-SA 4.0
Secular geologists say that the Coconino sandstone was made in a desert and could not possibly have been formed by the global Genesis Flood and allows millions of years for evolution to happen. From superficial examination, it does appear to be a problem. Further examination, however, shows that there is mica in the sand, which should not be there under the conditions secularists expect. Instead, this mica supports the Genesis Flood.
My graduate school professor, Dr. Steve Austin, was a serious field geologist. But periodically, his childlike delight in exploring God’s creation shone through. He taught us to let the rocks and the earth “speak to us,” as Job 12:8 (NKJV) said several millennia ago. 
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For some time now, I have been studying a famous layer of yellow rock known as the Coconino Sandstone found in the walls of Grand Canyon. Other creationists and I have devoted many years to this sandstone because most other geologists interpret the sandstone as sand dunes that formed in an ancient desert some 275 million years ago and later fossilized (hardened into rock). How different from the view that Noah’s watery flood laid down these layers quickly around 4,300 years ago!
To read the entire article or download the MP3 with my favorite reader, click on "Mica, Mica in the Sand, Tell Us Something Really Grand!" For additional information, see also, "Coconino Sandstone Myths Debunked".

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Monday, September 16, 2019

Astrobiology, a Pseudoscience Without Evidence

Supposedly, a science requires research, investigation, and especially evidence. People can get degrees in bio-astrology — I mean, astrobiology — even though it is based almost entirely on guesswork. Worse, astrobiology has no evidence to back up the numerous claims and expectations.

People can get degrees in the pseudoscience of astrobiology, which has no evidence to support it. Here are some more outlandish reports.
Credit: NASA (usage does not imply endorsement of the truth contained on this site)
It is ironic that materialists demand evidence for God and miracles, yet they believe all sorts of things based on ipse dixit — because someone said so.  Long ago, people were discovering how to get away from reliance on the claims of others. They wanted evidence. Bioastrologers — I mean, astrobiologists — and other secularists are locking themselves into consensus and disinterest in evidence. The following article has several items showing how astrobiology shenanigans are a waste of our tax money. They're probably laughing over their firewater at how we have to pay them to deny the Creator.
  • Cyanide in a meteorite gives "understanding" to the origin of life
  • Search for extraterrestrials that are not like life on Earth
  • Instead of a materialist admitting defeat in the search for extraterrestrials, more materialism is added
You can read about these and others by clicking on "Astrobiologists Whip Up False Hopes".
 

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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Engineered Nanobot Evolution

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

A few months back, I took some inspiration from a 1989 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation that tied in with a previous post on gene editing ethics (see "Science Fiction and Genetic Engineering"). While taking a break from serious stuff on my Roku device, it happened again.


Once again, inspiration from science fiction. A Star Trek TNG episode provided some illustration for engineered adaptability, but the characters erroneously called it evolution.
Fun fact: the Angry Picard "meme" is from a segment where he was quoting Shakespeare
I had to turn the dial on my suspension of disbelief gadget up to eleven because the show was saturated with evolutionary propaganda that ran contrary to what I have learned about both creation and evolution. Speaking of which, the episode is simply titled "Evolution" and it involved nanotechnology. Although it does not actually exist yet in any practical sense, research is happening. Nanites (nanobots, nanomachines, and other names) are supposedly one billionth of a meter in size. If they are developed, nanomachines could be extremely important in medical science. Anyone who watches or reads science fiction has probably encountered stories involving nanobots.

In the story, two nanites escaped and somehow found their way into the warp core of the Enterprise. They began to replicate and adapt to their environment, and their feeding for further development and replication endangered the ship. Some folks didn't take too kindly to the disruptions and wanted them eliminated. But whoa there, Hoss! These critters are evolving. Yup, evolution. Isn't evolution wonderful? (Our television franchise loves promoting evolution, don'tcha know.) They have evolved into a new, intelligent life form in just a few hours. Isn't evolution wonderful? So, we can't kill them off since they're a newly-evolved life form. Evolution.

Except that it wasn't evolution.


It occurred to me that this 1989 story was indirectly illustrating some of the points of the engineered adaptability concept proposed by the Institute for Creation Research in 2013-2014. This creation model is contrary to how Darwin and his acolytes hijacked natural selection and other concepts. They insist on outside "environmental pressures" to cause evolution, but the opposite is true. Specifically, the Master Engineer designed living things to adapt and even anticipate changes, whether on an individual basis or even entire populations.

That's what happened in the story. There was no blind, purposeless molecules-to-machine evolution going on. These nanites were following their programming, adapting and changing. This television show illustrates something that we see so frequently riding the Creation Trail: owlhoots are so enthusiastic in their adoration of Darwin that they "see" evolution where none exists. The adaptation through design was misnamed in the show, and it is misnamed in science today. A huge amount of effort is involved in denying the creator in evolutionary thinking.

Excuse me now. I have to replace my suspension of disbelief gadget. That silly program burned it out.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Damage Response Machine for DNA

When everything was perfect in the beginning, the Master Engineer knew that things would run down after the Fall of Man. He put systems into place The exceptionally important and extremely complex molecule for life known as DNA is quite fragile. However, the MRN complex helps fix things up.

The Master Engineer knew that things in living things would deteriorate, so he designed ways to repair the extremely important DNA molecule. This is another refutation of evolution.
Credit: Unsplash / Blaz Erzetic
This molecular machine is comprised of three proteins, and repairs several kinds of damage. Proponents of molecules-to-molecular biologist evolution really have no explanation or model for how they came into being. It is amazing that the more we learn about the world even on the molecular level, the more we learn about the brilliance of God.
You have been designed with many trillions of cells. Within the nucleus of each cell (except for red blood cells) is the “molecule of life” called DNA. It’s organized into chromosomes (humans have 46) upon which many thousands of genes are found. Genes are hereditary units, comprised of nucleotide bases called T, G, C, and A. Each cell undergoes complex metabolic processes, or metabolism. Because we live in a fallen world, sometimes these processes (such as oxygen metabolism) can produce reactive chemicals that can produce harmful DNA lesions. Our DNA can also be damaged by environmental toxins and ionizing radiation.
To read the rest of this short article, click on "DNA Repair Research Reveals Astounding Complexity".



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Thursday, September 12, 2019

Neglected Abundance of Food

It gets a mite difficult for people like me who can place an order for food on the telephone or on a website for delivery —

"You do that quite a bit, don't you, Cowboy Bob?"

They told me my weight is genetic. Or something. Moving on...

Many of us have little worries about getting victuals (correctly pronounced "vittles") at our convenience, so we may have problems understanding or empathizing with those who are desperate for decent food. In other places, people eat and thrive on things that make those of us in the Western world cringe. Then there are various things that people have not considered for sustenance and could theoretically alleviate starvation.

Some of the starvation problems are not simply drought, but bad government. Back in 1985 and following, there were rock concerts and such with the noble intention of alleviating starvation in Ethiopia caused by famine. It was not a good idea because distribution and other factors were not considered. Even worse, the government let much of the food that was delivered rot on the docks and money was used to buy weapons. Atheist Soviet ruler Josef Stalin killed millions of people through famine. The Great Chinese famine was caused largely by atheist ruler Mao's incompetence. The list could easily go on.

Our Creator has provided his creation with an abundance of food. We need to learn how to find and use it. We can even eat duckweed.
Duckweed in a marina image credit: James Fischer, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (public domain)
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Our Creator has given us many things to be used for food. I disremember when, but I saw a movie where a boy was stranded in a remote place and tried to make algae soup. It was too nasty for him to eat. Maybe it needed hot sauce. Some suggested foods have been ridiculed partly because of what I refer to as "the eww factor": No thanks, don't want maggots, worms, or bugs for lunch, but you go ahead. However, some of those things do not have to be consumed per se, but can be put to good use. Some strains of duckweed (ducks love the stuff) are high in protein and are better for you than a typical salad. Or you can have the alternative vegetarian diet by feeding duckweed to livestock and then eating them.
People don’t starve because of a lack of resources. They suffer because of bad ideas and wicked rulers.

Solomon, the wisest king of all, had a lot to say about poverty. One of his proverbs says, “The fallow ground of the poor would yield much food, but it is swept away through injustice” (Proverbs 13:23). Here are some of his other proverbs about poverty. Hunger is not the result of a lack of resources, but a lack of character (slothfulness), a lack of truth (mythology and bad beliefs), and a lack of justice (wicked leaders). Recent news articles from scientific discoveries reinforce his maxims, but sometimes you have to think outside the box of natural inclinations.
To consume the rest of the article, click on "Food Abounds for the Poor".



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Wednesday, September 11, 2019

How Humans are also Animals

In "Animals Do Not, But We Do", we saw that critters can do all sorts of things, but they cannot develop languages, create civilizations, build colleges and hospitals, and all sorts of things. However, biologists will tell you that humans are animals. Is that correct? Well, yes and no.


Humans were specially created, but we are also considered animals. According to biological classifications and common design elements, this is true.
The Cowboy by Frederic Remington, 1902
According to biological classifications and physiological traits, we are considered animals. (Using the same kinds of system, we certainly are not plants or minerals.) Going further, we are more specifically classified as mammals, which have certain characteristics in common beyond those of animals. Some humans can be considered animals because of their actions like those who crashed planes into buildings on September 11, 2001. Darwinists use cladistics and homology to argue for evolution, but their systems can work the other way, arguing for a common Designer. Even though we are biologically animals and mammals, we are still very different, having been created in God's image.
Are you an animal? If a man eats with deplorable table manners, his wife might ask him if he had been raised in a barn. If the guy down the street behaves wildly, you might call him an animal, though not to his face. If you hear on the news of a couple like Bonnie and Clyde going on a murder spree, you might remark that they are behaving like animals.

What is it about these behaviors that prompts us to call a fellow human an animal, whether in jest or seriously? It is any behavior that we deem less than civilized, behavior that we associate with animals more than with humans. But do those behaviors mean those individuals are actually animals? Of course not. The very fact that we might derisively call someone an animal based on “animal-like” behavior illustrates the fact that we humans generally consider ourselves different from animals.
To read the rest, click on "What Are Humans? Animals, Mammals, or Neither?"

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