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Bats Sounding Off at Chow Time

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Yesterday morning, I was in town at the local eatery and came across Rusty Swingset, the foreman at the Darwin Ranch. His lady friend Jacqueline Hyde and assistant foreman Cliff Swallows were also at the table. They introduced me to the other fellow, Decker Halls, who was on loan to them through the Christmas season. Although we have diametrically opposed convictions, some Darwinists can be decent folks. We had breakfast together, and after a spell, our conversation turned to bats. Mexican free-tailed bats, USFWS / Ann Froschauer , ( CC BY 2.0 ) While absently fingering the bough of holly pinned to his lapel, Decker Halls said, "Bats are important mammals but very misunderstood. Most sleep in the day and feed at night, so most people don't get to see them in action. They get creeped out seeing most of a large colony going out to feed together. Bats don't place an order for pizza like we just did." The feeding process gets complicated, since they have that echolocation

Beavers Offsetting Global Climate Change

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The secular science industry is consistent in several ways, especially when they are pursuing an agenda. With both global climate change (a darling of leftists) and particles-to-podiatrist evolution (essential to atheism), inconvenient facts are often ignored, waved off, and even suppressed. Another problem is that scientists often display arrogance and haste, making pronouncements when they should have not only considered all the data, but also have realized more would surface. A bit hairy surprise is how beavers are offsetting global warming. Beaver in water, NPS / Rocky Mountain National Park , modified at PhotoFunia  (usage does not imply endorsement) Beavers were created to be exceptional engineers. Some people consider them pests because they interfere with human plans. That may need rethinking. While they cannot completely offset global warming, they make an impact on that and on ecosystems in many ways. Especially in removing nitrates at a far greater rate than other climate de

Throwing a DART into Space

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Imagine you are the near-earth asteroid Didymos, going through space and making chin music with Dimorphos about why neither of you is named after a false god. Suddenly, bam ! Your moon takes it on the chin from a human space vehicle that was designed to crash into it. To add insult to injury, the orbit of Dimorphos was noticeably changed.  Actually, this rude behavior was planned by NASA to see if it was possible to deflect a menacing asteroid headed toward Earth. Dimorphos, NASA / Johns Hopkins APL (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) Yes, there have been big meteorite and asteroid strikes on Earth in the past, and there's a passel of 'stroids out yonder. One of significant size striking could be devastating to life here. Scientists wondered if they could make an impact (heh!) and possibly redirect this one through the DART project. The Italian Space Agency spiced things up by furnishing a spacecraft that rode along on DART, detaching a few days before the coll

Evolution Fast, Evolution Slow — but not Science

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Darwin's acolytes continually show us that, for a so-called scientific principle, evolution has no consistency. There are frequent surprises that living things evolved " earlier than thought ", but scientists make excuses. A huge reason that people are deceived is simply because of terminology. If something changes, it is evolution. Same with variation and natural selection. Fish-to-fool evolution is given credit, but that did not happen; people have been hoodwinked by a bait 'n' switch in wording. Flickr / Cowboy Bob Sorensen ( CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ) One amazing example of terminology games played by these sidewinders is seen in calling some characteristics "primitive" and "modern" (based strictly on their evolutionary paradigm),  making a lizard into its own ancestor . A spell back, we saw how an evolutionist is happy that evolution is fracturing  (which ties into what I said above about it having no consistency). How about that stasis thing ? Th

Darwinist Happy that Evolution is Fracturing

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There are fossils out of place (including living fossils ), organisms allegedly evolving faster or earlier than thought , and many other things falsify evolution. What is the response of Darwin's disciples? Frown thoughtfully, stroke their chins, adjust their spectacles, raise their eyebrows, then pretend to be excited when facts do not meet their expectations. Many evolutionists admit that neo-Darwinism fails and uniform agreement among its proponents is nonexistent. It should not be a complete surprise that an evolutionist says that the fracturing in evolution is actually a good thing. A certain professor points out that many evolutionists are specializing in various fields, so there are numerous efforts claiming to demonstrate evolution that do not include other fields. (They are unified in their religious fervor with naturalism, so diversity is wonderful — but keep those biblical creationists and intelligent design folks out, you betcha!) It shows this child that they are toget

Brace Yourselves, Alien Contact is Very Soon

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Make yourselves presentable, pet the neighbors and wake the cat, because the invisible imaginary friends of evolutionists are sure to make an appearance within the next few years. Our long wait is finally going to be over and it will be a big thing. Yee haw boy howdy! How do they know? Because reasons. Why will it happen? Because evolution. Atheists presuppose materialism and evolution. Although they cannot account for the origin of life, they are certain that it happened with the help of deep time, so aliens have evolved and are very advanced in many ways. Alien encounter with children, Pixabay / ImaArtist Their presuppositions prompt assertions of a near-future alien contact, playing the odds that some of those extrasolar planets must  have those advanced civilizations. Somehow, seekers have funding for another project to listen for alien communications. Because of all the hype and promises that never came true, it would be surprising if the public became excited. Secularists think t

Secular Geologists Revise Age of Yosemite — Downward

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Those of us who pay attention to biblical creation science articles, videos, and so on are unlikely to be surprised to learn that Yosemite National Park is having its age changed. Signs of the times? Well, the signage has been revised in several places, making those parks officially younger. Uniformitarian geologists presuppose deep time and gradual processes, so many of their assertions are not based on any empirical evidence. Occasionally, secular scientists want to dig deeper. What they find often shocks the scientific establishment. This occurred with Yosemite. El Capitan, Yosemite Valley, 1903 / NY Public Library Dating methods involve a framework that uses numerous assumptions. Even so, this research overturned previous guesses. While the dates do not line up with those of biblical creationists, they are a great deal younger than previous guesses and put a frown on Papa Darwin's face. The scientists also did not resort to the complex scientific principle of Making Things Up™

In Search of Mount Sinai

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Wait, there is a need to search for Mt. Sinai? After all, it can be found on maps or with an internet search. That is true to some extent. However, it may depend on the mapmaker because the location of Mt. Sinai is disputed. What may be the majority opinion may not be the historical location. You savvy? Mt. Sinai is important in biblical history, as anyone who actually reads the Bible can tell you. Dealing with history of even 150 years ago can be difficult, and this involves thousands of years. Sunrise on a possible Mt. Sinai location, Unsplash / Vlad Kiselov There are several candidates for its location. Some can be dismissed by using the biblical text that describes travel time and landmarks. Other possible places suggested consider what the Bible says, and they incorporate other factors. Some are rather intriguing. The Bible presents Mount Sinai as a real location, and later in biblical history it took Elijah 40 days to get from Beersheba to Mount Sinai (1 Kings 19:3–8). The questi

Darwin Succeeded through Huxley Conspiracies

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That title got your attention. While it is provocative and possibly emotive to use the word conspiracy , it is not done casually in this case. People who are attracted to the history of science (and a bit about the culture of Victorian England) should be interested in what follows. The Huxley name was held by several noteworthy individuals, especially Thomas Henry and his son Julian. T.H. was considered Darwin's Bulldog  because of his aggressive promotion of evolution, and Julian carried on the activities in many ways. There were many factors that made Darwin's story successful, including Victorian society and how people supported each other. The Huxleys were instrumental in bringing Darwin to the fore and keeping evolution going. Something very interesting is how that sidewinder T.H. didn't really believe in Darwinism, but something more akin to Gould's punctuated equilibrium . He used Darwin and evolution as a means to distance science from God. Both Thomas and Julia

Rapid Gemstone Formation and Deep Time

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A few days ago, my prospector friend Stormie Waters and her friend Ruby Slippers stopped at my place. (They were taking a break from wedding plans for Stormie and Roland Meadows.) Ruby tried her hand at panning for gold but instead found a nice stone. I have reference material. This was a peridot, and I suggested to Ruby that if it was cut and polished, it might be turned into a fine piece of jewelry. Then I told them that secular scientists have a mistaken notion that it takes huge amounts of time for them to form. Assorted gemstones in a spiral, Unsplash / Edz Norton We talked for a while about how Ruby shares a name with a pricey gemstone, what makes some valuable and others affordable, things like supply and demand, luster, superstitions of powers, and all that good stuff. In the last part of the book of Revelation, God uses gold and precious stones as building materials. Many gemstones are found in granite. The formation involves molten rock, cooling, and crystals. Secular scienti

The Painful Portuguese Man-of-War

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An intriguing creature of tropical and subtropical waters is called the Portuguese Man-of-War (some render it Man o' War or similar), but has been found in colder waters on occasion. Is it an attempt by Portugal to rule the waves? No, it is not from there. The Man-of-War has a floating part that remains above the water, the rest is submerged. This critter is similar to a jellyfish in some ways, especially those very long venomous tentacles that easily fire off painful stings. It's not so much an it , but more of a they . View from above,  Physalia physalis , Flickr /  Bengt Nyman ( CC BY 2.0 ) Okay, so it's not from Portugal. What about the other part of its handle? It is thought that it has a resemblance to the sails of heavily-armed warships (probably frigates, not galleons) of yesteryear. The upper part acts like a sail, so wind and ocean currents tell it where it's going to go. Although rather small body wise, a flotilla of a thousand of these things cruising along

Mackinac, the Genesis Flood, and Medical Science

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If you took a notion to visit Mackinac Island State Park way up yonder between the peninsulas of Michigan, it would be a hefty drive. Using I-75 from the state capital of Lansing and going in almost a straight line by the map, count on driving 3-1/2 hours one way. You would probably find it worthwhile. Despite spelling discrepancies with -nac and -naw, it is pronounced MACK-i-naw. The island is in view of the huge suspension bridge. A creation geologist can use the physical features to describe stages in the Genesis Flood as well as the Ice Age. Old Fort Mackinac from the pasture (cropped), ca. 1900, Library of Congress People who read biblical creation science material are likely to learn some things about the Genesis Flood, especially since it was not simply rain and the fountains of the great deep. As is observed, there are many megasequences laid down by water, and these span continents. Depositions occurred in stages. At Mackinac Island, some of the first laid down by the Flood w

Weaponizing the Peer Review Process Backfires

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As we have discussed numerous times, people think that if a paper has passed the peer review process, it is a guarantee of truth (an appeal to authority). They use that idea as a weapon to promote evolution and atheism. Of course, most people do not actually read peer-reviewed scientific papers. They are often behind an expensive paywall, too. Most of the time papers are submitted from scientists and academics working for well-heeled organizations that pay the expensive review fees. However, it gets difficult finding an actual peer to review submissions from specialists. Reviewing, Pexels / Vanessa Garcia There are many reasons for bad papers getting accepted, such as the large number of submissions, lackadaisical attitudes and lack of qualifications of reviewers, and more. Corruption exists because academics and scientists are just as prone to unethical behavior as everyone else. Indeed, some folks submitted computer-generated papers and outright hoaxes to show that the process has pr

Exoplanets Defying Cosmic Evolution

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Extrasolar planets are not a problem in and of themselves, but they have been recalcitrant toward the rules of cosmic evolution. They are also none too friendly to the hopes of secular scientists in finding places where aliens may live. Oversimplifying the most popular idea of the formation of solar systems is swirling gasses forming a star, then planets and moons are made from what is left. Therefore, everything should be turning and orbiting in a uniform manner. Not so with some exoplanets. Artist's concept of hot Jupiter-class HAT-P-7b, NASA , ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI) (usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) All of our planets have  prograde orbits, meaning that their motion is in agreement with the sun's rotation. Venus has a retrograde  orbit, meaning it doesn't see fit to rotate like all of the others — except Uranus, of course. That bad boy is tilted so much, it's been described as practically rolling in its orbit — and  is retrograde. When one examin

The Standard Human Evolution Story vs. the Facts

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This time, I am going to take you along a different trail. It is a series of articles from an Intelligent Design site worth considering. The ID movement has some serious limitations , but they do some good work in showing design   (obviously)  and flaws in evolution. When talking to typical evolution supporters, they often repeat material from secular news releases. We have seen that the press is often disingenuous and exceeds what evolutionary scientists actually claim. Darwin's acolytes claim to have mountains of evidence, but evolutionary scientists know otherwise. Ardipithecus ramidus , Wikimedia Commons / Sailko ( CC BY 3.0 ) One sidewinder actually said that human evolution is complete and has no gaps. That's the guy who gets quoted by evolution supporters who deny the Creator, but he's at odds with the majority of experts. That's right, there are disputes about evolution and major flaws in candidates for our ancestors are known. Unfortunately, people are impress

Darwinian Flexibility and Living Fossils

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Charlie Darwin believed evolution by blind faith. His followers past and present accept it despite lack of strong evidence, hoping that their beliefs would be justified later. That is the opposite of science, old son. They have problems with living fossils that, in and of themselves, falsify evolution. Living fossils are creatures that were thought to be extinct but later found doing well, or that have gone mostly unchanged over alleged millions of years, such as sea lilies and feather stars. Darwin knew about them . Now someone is stepping up to evosplain the problem away. Sea lily (crinoid), Wikimedia Commons / Alexander Vasenin ( CC BY-SA 3.0 ) People who know evolutionary concepts can see through attempts at rescuing Papa Darwin. F'rinstance, evolution is presented as almost an irrevocable force in nature; things must  evolve over millions of years. There are "evolutionary pressures" that force them to change — except when they do not  change, and that is called stas

The Need for Clarification on Soft Tissue News

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Something other biblical creationists and I emphasize is the importance of definitions. Despite our efforts, the corral gate is occasionally left open, a pony wanders through, and clarification is needed. Some of the difficulty is because of assumptions by readers. For example, I was using the phrase special creation  and assuming that the definition was clear to everyone. Since I had that wrong, I wrote an article specifying which meaning I use . The concern about wording this time involves reports of soft tissues and fossils. Aerodactylus scolopaciceps with soft tissue, Wikimedia Commons / Steven U. Vidovic, David M. Martill ( CC BY 2.5 ) This is not the same as complaining about someone referring to pterosaurs and ichthyosaurs as dinosaurs (even though they were contemporaries and their names ended in -saur). Such brabbling can be waved off. The problem occurs when reports and other things refer to soft tissues . Those words make creationists prick up our ears like a Scottish terr

Pterosaur Ancestor Fake News

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Things get interesting when scientists do sciency stuff and we hear about technology that made detailed research possible, but they spoil things by pretending to have evolutionary offerings presentable to the Bearded Buddha. A fossil from 1907 was analyzed and out popped an alleged pterosaur ancestor. You know, those winged lizards that lived at the time of dinosaurs. To quote Smudge the Cat from a previous post, " Show me the science ." The boring fossil was debated all along, but interesting new technology let researchers find bones hidden inside the rock. The pterosaur ancestor is seen through a passel of imagination and more of that evolutionary faith. Cast of Scleromochlus taylori , Flickr / Tim Evanson ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ) Reports have a wagon train-load of weasel words to build up the Just-So Story. Many assumptions stated instead of evidence, Darwinspeak presupposing evolution, and more. Russel Watchtower of the Ministry of Truth at the Darwin Ranch (over by Deception Pa

Secular Faith in Lazarus Bacteria

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Most evolutionists and professing atheists become irate when it is show that they have religious attitudes in their worldviews, but not all try to distance themselves. The account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead is well known. Secular scientists, deliberately or unwittingly, mock the work of Jesus by naming bacteria that appear to have "come back from the dead". Mayhaps it is cute, but a person is quite a bit more complicated than bacteria, so the title is misleading. Then there is that religious element. Summoning bacteria spirits, Pixabay / Arek Socha , modified at PhotoFunia These simple organisms have been entombed for long periods, then coaxed into activity by putting them in optimal conditions. Were they really dead? Not entirely. Secularists may have an ulterior motive for studying these things involving life from space (still assuming Darwinian evolution after it supposedly arrived), which would give them something that looks like evidence to use in denying the

Neanderthal Ponderings and Being Human

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If you study on it, Neanderthals have evolved in evolutionary history. They were links to our apelike ancestors as portrayed in textbooks and museums. Once some of the presuppositions about apeness were dropped, improved technology was invented, and better research was conducted, they were found to be fully human. What did these guys think about? Well, what do you  think about? What is important to people can often be determined by what they own and how they act. For example, visiting the dwellings of people can indicate what is valued or at least what is interesting to them. The same may be said of Neanderthals. Neanderthal reconstruction, Flickr / Michael (a.k.a. moik) McCullough ( CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 ) We should know that it is possible to generalize what groups of people think about, value, and provides them entertainment, but to generalize that each individual was the same as the others is the fallacy of division . My interests in music, science, theology, and other things are vastly

Biden Vampyropod Testifies Against Evolution

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It seems like a dubious honor to name a fossil squid after Joe Biden, but it also shows the leftist leanings of the secular science industry. (No word if this vampyropod used its tentacles to caress young  female offspring of other critters or if it sniffed their hair.) All that aside, the claims that this is an evolutionary ancestor are the opposite of the truth. Odd that squid fossils are found in Montana, but then, there are numerous fossil beds of marine creatures far inland. This one had (wait for it) well-preserved soft tissues. We are seeing — again — evidence of rapid burial, not the slow and gradual conditions of uniformitarianism. Things get worse... Syllipsimopodi bideni , WikiComm / Christopher D. Whalen & Neil H. Landman ( CC BY-SA 4.0 ) Old fossil squid compared to modern squid, no appreciable change. It's in the wrong place by millions of Darwin years, so evolutionists have to revise their dogma again .   That's because it displaces squids from being contemp

Moon Impact Model Swims the Luna Sea

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We have been through this origin of the moon stuff before, but they keep gnawing on those old bones. Dipping an old bone in sauce may make it taste better for a spell but it is still an old bone. None of the stories make sense, but naturalists need an origin story, so the best of the worst is the impact theory. The story goes that Earth was a molten blob, and another inconsiderate planet came along and smashed into it. Instead of rendering both planets a mess of cosmic splatters, Earth evolved into what we have today, and some stuff formed the Moon. Yes, secularists believe such things, and NASA is sliding downhill with the rest of the secular science industry. Artist's concept of planetary collision, NASA (Usage does not imply endorsement of site contents) NASA brought this thing to the fore because they were playing with a video game. "That's silly, Cowboy Bob!" I took that term from the article featured below because it fits. Researchers were tinkering with makin