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Can Astrobiology Ever Become a Real Science?

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In the previous post, we saw that secular astronomers are all wound up about yet another exoplanet and what they think is hope for extraterrestrial life. Up yonder at Deception Pass, the hands at the Darwin Ranch have themselves a highly profitable enterprise that they call astrobiology.   Astronomy / Gentile da Fabriano, ca. 1400s As we have already seen,  astrobiology is a pseudoscience  that is used to promote atoms-to-alien evolution; the faulty reasoning is that if it happened  out there , then it  must  have happened  here  and humans can dismiss the necessary responses to our Creator.  However, there is a tremendous amount of observed data produced while working in astrobiology. If scientists wanted to do something productive, they could drop Darwin on the trial and ride on with their observations. Of course, a name change would be in order. Despite its propensity for wild speculation about life in space, there’s one way Astrobiology could provide useful science.

Pardon My Lack of Enthusiasm over Exoplanet ToI 700d

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Let the trumpeters trumpet and the drummers drum, get a sheet cake and invite your friends, exoplanet ToI 700d may be earth-like. We have heard that kind of thing before, then the additional information drops in. If I recollect rightly, there was news about Earth's twin, but only if Earth was a ball of magma. Still, the newly-discovered planet is in the "habitable zone", so it's got that going for it. Credit:  NASA 's Goddard Space Flight Center TESS found it. No, not the woman that works in the mail room. It's NASA's own Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, and ToI is used to denote  Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite Object of Interest . An astronomer may want to switch me with snakes for this, but I'm skeptical because observations are limited and conclusions are inferred. Indeed, some think that the outer reaches of our own solar system may be  home to a small black hole , others think a  massive planet  is out there. There are plenty o

The Origin-of-Life Phosphate Problem

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In A Scandal in Bohemia by A. Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes said, “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” A related remark penned by Agatha Christie in  The Mysterious Affair at Styles has Hercule Poirot saying, "Everything must be taken into account. If the fact will not fit the theory—let the theory go". Darwin's acolytes should have heeded these ideas long ago, even though they appeared in mystery novels. Indeed, the greatest mystery to them is the origin of life. Credit: Unsplash / Elevate Evolutionists have a bad habit of theorizing without facts and with erroneous assumptions. They also have a strange "science of the gaps" idea, believing despite lack of evidence or in the face of contrary data that maybe somehow someday the data they seek will appear. This is unscientific and irrational, yet they do not throw out the origin and evolution of

Shrews Chowing on Hot Peppers?

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Shrews are like rodents in many ways, but they are unrelated. Both can look for food and shelter in your house, and shrews smell worse than mice. But at least they eat insects and the like that you may not want around. It might be fun to feed them hot chili peppers and see what happens. It's been done. Credit: FreeDigitalPhotos /  jeswin Actually, they were not fed  the peppers so much as found and ate them all by their lonesome. Researchers did what researchers do and checked out the critters. It turns out that there is a slight change in their DNA that makes them less sensitive to the hot spice. But those peppers are not in their usual environments. Their habitat has a different kind of pepper that has a similar chemical, so the mutation has been called "beneficial" by universal common ancestor propagandists and hailed as evidence for evolution. Hail Darwin, blessed be! There's a big problem, however. Genetically, this is the loss  of information, which is

Spectacular Remnants to Make Evolutionists Cry

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Soft tissues of dinosaurs and other critters are becoming more and more common, and so are remnants that are termed spectacularly preserved. These are existential threats to universal common ancestor beliefs, as we will see in the three posts below. Faint not, brethren, most are not lengthy. Plesiosaur skeleton credit: Flickr / Kim Alaniz ( CC by 2.0 ) The first article is about the discovery of well-preserved brains and nerves in the Cambrian period. These things ought not to be because of the alleged long ages! Or is it because of global warming? Instead, fossils are showing great detail. It was thought by archaeologists — yes, I know, should be paleontologists, but the writers made the easy mistake — that soft tissues could not fossilize. Surprise! They could do that during the catastrophic processes of the Genesis Flood, and that is the best explanation. Exquisitely preserved fossils of Cambrian arthropods show minute details of brain and central nervous syste

Too Many Assumptions Taint Gene Study

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen  Here is another change from our usual fare. A reader of The Question Evolution Project posted a link to an article on Phys.org about genetics and asked me to comment, so I thought this might be a good opportunity to point out some of the assumptions and neglected considerations in the research. I will only be responding to the Phys.org article. Credit: Image from RGBStock / Tomislav Alajbeg modified through PhotoFunia Actually, I had indirectly posted a creationist's response to this some time ago, but I wanted to give additional comments. The article under discussion is " Sweeping gene survey reveals new facets of evolution ", from May 2018, which inadvertently supported recent creation and the Genesis Flood. But if they dare mentioned that the evidence supports those things, they risk having their careers thrown into the Gorge of Eternal Peril. As is often the case, the elements of the research seem straightforward. A system of DNA

Submarine Canyons and the Genesis Flood

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Biblical creation geologists like to talk about rocks and geological formations, and we benefit by learning from their studies and conclusions. Think back to the debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye the Leftist Propaganda Guy and you may recall his false assertion that there should be more canyons like the Grand Canyon. There are, and he should have known that. Mayhaps he did  know. Hudson Canyon map image credit: NOAA There is a network of canyons under Greenland  (among others), but what interests us today is the abundance of submarine canyons in the oceans. The Hudson Canyon is within riding distance of me — "Do you ride your horse to it, Cowboy Bob?" Sure, I ride through Manhattan like Sam McCloud , then head into Long Island. But seriously, you can't see submarine canyons very well without special equipment. A submarine would be mighty helpful. What's really interesting is that many of these canyons are bigger than the Grand Canyon, and they look like t

Creation Science Research and Fossil Forests

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Creation science is nowhere nearly as well-funded as the secular science industry, but creationists have still managed to do serious work. However, some areas need development, such as stellar astronomy models. Another area of challenge is that of fossil forests, including botany and geology. Fossil forest on Speciman Ridge, Yellowstone National Park Credit: NPS  / Neal Herbert (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) Using a Genesis Flood model, it needs to be determined if fossil trees were buried in situ (where they are found) or were transported before burial by the Flood. There are some expensive words in this somewhat technical article, but the two most common are defined for us: " One must keep in mind that the term “autochthonous” refers exclusively to trees that are buried in position of growth and “allochthonous” is applied exclusively to transported, especially Flood-transported, trees. "  To tell the difference in those kinds of trees, severa

Genesis Timeline Re-Confirmed by Chromosome Study

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Despite the assertions of Darwin's Flying Monkeys™, there is a great deal of evidence for the Genesis Flood and the young earth. Interestingly, it is not only found in geology, but also in biology. With the known rate of mutations,  genetic entropy  shows that humans could not have been around as evolutionists claim. Research supports the biblical timeline, and a recent study re-confirms it. Credit: Unsplash / Matthew Kwong The Y-chromosome is more genetically stable than the X-chromosome. It was studied more extensively than before, and the results provide strong confirmation for the 4,500-year biblical chronology going back to the bottleneck of the Flood. Based on biblical chronologies, we can determine that the global Flood recorded in Genesis occurred about 4,500 years ago. After the Flood, the earth was repopulated by Noah’s three sons and their wives. So we should find genetic signatures of this timeline in human DNA. While a number of previous studies by both secular

New Words on the Origin of Speech

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Believers in universal common ancestry long believed that since humans and apes diverged ages ago, apes should be able to talk as well as humans. Well, they have had enough time, but it did not happen. What about environment? Putting young chimps with humans was expected to give chimps speechifying ability. Modified from a photo at Freeimages, original from  Jeramey Jannene Since that failed, hands at the Darwin Ranch fired up the rescuing devices, and it was decided that a passel of storytelling was in order. It was figured that the larynx was lower in humans than in apes, so the Descended Larynx  "theory" was conjured up (without any evidence supporting it). That supposedly made it possible for humans to make the necessary sounds that are heard in the world's languages. "Does that mean apes didn't have vowel movements, Cowboy Bob?" So anyway... We have seen that there are many factors involved in communication, and critters are just not des

Meteorite Patterns and Storytelling

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The way most people understand science is often called operational  science, dealing with things in the present. This is contrasted with historical  (forensic) science, which uses things found in the present in an attempt to reconstruct the past. Which do you think applies to patterns in meteorites? Widmanst├Ątten pattern in Gibeon meteorite credit: Flickr / James St. John  ( CC by 2.0 ) By the way, the distinction between these two types of science was not  "made up by YECs" as some anti-creationists asseverate. The distinction has been around for quite a few years . There is something called a  Widmanst├Ątten pattern that is found in iron-nickle meteorites. Let's engage our think bones for a few moments. What do you have? A meteorite with a pattern. When does it exist? In the present, like us. How do those patterns with the long name form? That can be determined by other metals that have been heated and then cooled. Do these pattern in meteorites take millions o

Deluded Guardians of the Planet

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen It seems that the more people deny their Creator, the stranger things get. As we have seen, evolutionism is rooted in pantheism, and both of them saddle up and ride friendly-like with the New Age brand . (Nothing "new" there, it is just repackaged paganism.) Darwin's death cult is a big part of it. A hero of the anti-natalist movement is suing his parents because he regrets having been born. Interesting that he claims to be close to them, and the amount of money is "symbolic", because he wants to send a message. Apparently people do not ask to be born. This telegram just came in over the singing wire, pilgrim: they never do ask. (Tell me how anyone is supposed to do that. Tarot cards and other hocus pocus, I reckon.) It is a part of the global warming movement to reduce the population, and rejects the biblical teaching that children are a gift from God.  This movement should be flushed.   While that anti-natalist stuff is just p

Whale of a Miracle or Miracles of Whales?

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Naturalists reject the biblical account of Jonah and the great fish out of hand. After all, that is a miracle and there are no miracles because naturalism.  Such a view is arbitrary, not logical, and only justifies rebellion against the Creator instead of digging deeper. Humpback whale image credit: NOAA (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) If you stop and think about it, there are many "miracles" that apply to whales. (Of course, miracle  is used loosely in this context, except for the many miracles involved in the creation itself.) Whales are not the product of evolution, but instead show the intricate work of the Master Engineer. A skeptic once opined about the so-called problem of miracles, saying that “enlightened” thinkers doubt the Bible’s supernatural events such as “the whale miracle.” But which whale miracle did he reject? Was he thinking of Jonah being swallowed at sea yet living to tell the tale of the “great fish”?1 Some assumptions need

Using Evolution to Excuse Promiscuity

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While this post and the article linked below have nothing explicit or prurient, they contain adult concepts . Sensitive and younger readers may want to skip this one. Since Darwinism has given us many wicked social views and rejects the Creator, it is no surprise that evolution can be used to justify sexual promiscuity. Lovers , Konstantin Somov, 1920 Atheists may feel free to indulge in sexual abuse because they suppress the truth that God exists and is the final Judge of everyone, but they still must deal with laws and societies. Many claim that morality comes from evolution , which is foolish even on the surface. We have seen in previous posts how evolutionists struggle with ethics and morality. While atheists and evolutionists scoff at biblical Christianity and creationists, the ultimate truth is found in the unchanging Word of God. Humans may be classified by scientists as animals , but we are created in God's image. He has not only given us the Book to guide us, he

The Problem of Defining Information

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People talk about information  a great deal, but if you study on it, that word is a bit context-based. We can gain information from websites, cyberstalking, watching television, from Number Six , and many other areas. When it comes to genetics, information is tricky to conclusively define. Credit: Pixabay /  Pete Linforth Creationists point out that many changes in the genome result in a loss of or change in information, then arguments ensue. Some even use viperine tactics to clam that, since we cannot define information to their satisfaction, it does not even exist. Oh, please! Evolutionists may use rescuing devices that information is added through gene duplication or other ways, but it is not useful information. It's there, and they have a huge mountain to climb in explaining where it came from in the first place. After all, they reject the Creator who made it all happen. As biblical creationists, we often like to point out that ‘information’ is a notoriously hard-to-de

Assuming the Rocks Look Old

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"How much more riding do we have, Luke?" "About two more days. Nice scenery, though." "Lotsa rocks in nice layers. They sure do look old." "How do you know that they're old? You need something to compare them with, you know, and there are no tags giving their ages. Now let's get these horses some water." Credits: Grand Canyon from PIXNIO , run through PhotoFunia We are told that rocks, layers, and so on look  old because people assume  that they are old based on deep time presuppositions, but there needs to be a reference point. Rocks are rocks. Radiometric dating? More assumptions, and different methods yield wildly differing ages . There are people in my experience that look old because I also know people who are young. Here in the Kingston, New York area we have buildings from the Revolutionary War that look old near buildings that were constructed much more recently. (In Europe, you can see structures that are much older

Naturalists Hiding the Truth

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by Cowboy Bob Sorensen  Although Western civilization claims to value free speech, that commodity is being trampled like sawdust on a saloon floor nowadays. The secular science industry is heavily biased  and increasingly involved in leftist causes . To have the freedom to present evidence supporting recent creation and refuting evolution presented in the secular science industry? Fuggedaboudit. They want to control the narrative and the information. Background image furnished by  Why?Outreach For example, much of the information presented by climate alarmists is tainted, and they reject not only contrary information, but logic itself . If you offer scientific information that is suppressed by climate cultists and leftist science, expect to have those tinhorns shout you down . You may hear something like, "I don't care if there is documentation! Ignore the false predictions ! I can tell you that deniers are all liars, even though I don't read or understand the

Informed Creationists Affirm Natural Selection

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This title may be alarming to some creationists and startling to believers in scum-to-skeptic evolution, but things should be clarified if you stay with me. Like any other science, creation science has had some errors and had to deal with misconceptions from opponents. Credit: Good Free Photos When creationist Carl Linnaeus developed his classification system, may creationists believed in what is sometimes called the "fixity of species". There are evolutionists who think that's what creationists believe, but they obviously are using extremely outdated material. Modern creationists know that natural selection, speciation, and variations are a part of God's design. I have encountered uninformed creationists who hold to that view. Perhaps they believe that admitting natural selection exists is a compromise in favor of evolution. That is understandable to some extent because Papa Darwin hijacked a legitimate concept and redefined it for his own ends. Unfortunat