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Friday, May 8, 2015

How Did Worm Lizards Get Dispersed?

No, it's not a snake. No, it's not a worm, even though it burrows. It's called a worm lizard, or an amphisbaenian. It has the equipment of a lizard (teeth, eyes, certain scales, backbones and so on), so that's how it's classified. Even so, the specific order is being reconsidered, since they used to be setting up camp with Squamata (scaled lizards), but they may belong in a different classification. Not that they care, they'll go on about their business no matter what humans call them.


Two Iberian worm lizards / Image resized from original / Wikimedia Commons / Richard Avery
Two Iberian worm lizards / Image resized from original / Wikimedia Commons / Richard Avery
Aside from being a passel of classification hassle, these critters baffle evolutionists because of their wide dispersal (biogeography). Evolutionists thought that they were spread apart when the ancient supercontinent Pangaea broke up, but that idea has changed because observed evidence contradicts it. Although their circular reasoning and old earth dating assumptions are errant, they're catching on to ideas that biblical creationists have been putting forth for quite some time — land bridges, and floating on rafts of vegetation.
Worm lizards, burrowing reptiles native to continents and islands around the globe, appear at about the same place in the fossil record all over the world, just above the K-T (Cretaceous-Paleogene, aka Cretaceous-Tertiary) boundary. These creatures are not particularly mobile, so how did they get there? The solution to this biogeographical mystery is startling to evolutionists but supports an idea long held by many Bible-believing scientists.

This map [shown in article linked below] presents the evolutionary view of how many millions of years ago worm lizards, after supposedly evolving in North America, arrived in distant parts of the world on floating mats of vegetation. This replaces the earlier notion that worm lizards were distributed throughout the world over millions of years when the supercontinent Pangaea presumably broke apart. However, models consistent with biblical history explain the presence of worm lizards in their many locations past and present without invoking millions of years or any evolutionary claims.
To read the rest, click on "Oceanic Dispersal Rafted Worm Lizards Around the World".
   


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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Life is in the Blood



The life of a creature is in its blood, and blood itself is amazingly complex. It works through other intricate processes to keep us alive, a testimony of the engineering of our Creator.

We have seen that the heart is amazingly well designed, and the circulatory system has intricate, amazing development before and after a child's birth. But what about that stuff that the heart is pumping through us? You know, blood. It provides nutrition for our cells, gives oxygen to the brain and other organs, removes waste products. The Bible tells us that "the life of a creature is in the blood" (Lev. 17:11), and it took the blood of Jesus Christ to be a sufficient sacrifice for our sins (Rev. 1:5), so our Creator put special meaning in blood, and he designed it to keep us going through life. To believe all of these intricate processes working together is the product of evolution stretches credulity to the utmost.
After 100 years of development, automobiles still need engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, antifreeze, and so on. Wouldn’t it be great if just a single multipurpose fluid could be circulated from a central reservoir? Each car part would use only the needed properties of the special fluid, exclude detrimental properties, and then send it back. The new system’s worldwide application would ensure a huge market—and academic honors—for the clever developers.

This lucrative breakthrough, however, would not be pioneering. Just such a brilliant integration of fluid properties to the diverse needs of the human body has already been achieved in our blood—in a self-starting process beginning about 15 days after conception.
To finish reading, click on "Made in His Image: Life-Giving Blood".
  

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Sea Urchins — Points Taken

One of the more common critters of the sea is the urchin (or sea hedgehog, you can see a bit of a resemblance). Not only are they all over the place, but exist in a variety of sizes and colors. Their spines are partly for defense, but several predators consider them good eatin'. For that matter, some people like to chow down on them as well (but you won't find them stashed in my saddle bags for a snack on the trail, no siree). The urchins prefer algae and kelp for their own nutrition.


The spines of sea urchins show intricate design, and are the subject of special study. Products from biomimetics may result from all this.
Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration / Department of Commerce
Lots of people get injured on the sharp, pointy spines. Some of the spines even inject poison, so watch out. And I ain't kiddin', neither. While we're on the subject, sea urchin spines have been examined quite closely, and are found to be amazingly well designed by the Creator. No, the scientists give credit to evolution, even though they have no evidence of any kind of evolving going on. Ironic, they get biomimetics inspiration from something that they believe is the product of time, mutations, chance and all that, so they can intelligently design something.
Many beach trips have been spoiled by stepping on the sharp and strong spines of sea urchins. The urchin uses those spines for moving around and protection against predators. However, recently biologists and engineers from Australian universities have analyzed their ingenious structures under a powerful tool called micro-computed tomography (microCT).
To finish reading this short but interesting article, click on "Sea urchin spines — May inspire new materials".
      

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Catastrophes Defy Uniformitarianism

Uniformitarian geology avoids evidence of catastrophic events in the earth's past, especially the Genesis Flood. Even so, they are forced to face some evidence for catastrophe.

Backslidden theology student Charles Darwin was heavily influenced by lawyer Charles Lyell's uniformitarian geology principles (i.e., the present is the key to the past). Since secularists and liberal Christians believe atheistic interpretations of evidence in favor of evolution, they do the same for "deep time" speculations, since Darwinism requires long ages. When evidence refuting uniformitarianism and supporting catastrophism crops up, they commence to playing "I got an excuse to keep on believing evolutionary dogma".


Uniformitarian geology avoids evidence of catastrophic events in the earth's past, especially the Genesis Flood. Even so, they are forced to face some evidence for catastrophe.
Jamestown, CO, Sep. 15, 2013 / Steve Zumwalt / FEMA
They hugely underestimate the power of catastrophes, especially from water. A lot of water in a little bit of time can have a tremendous impact, and can affect "millions of years" of change. Of course, that's assuming they know what "millions of years" actually looks like. Every once in a while, uniformitarian geologists have to give a nod to catastrophes, but still keep their worldview based on circular reasoning and assumptions. If they gave serious consideration to the abundant evidence of the greatest catastrophe of all, the Genesis Flood, they might have to change their tune.
One Colorado storm in 2013 caused hundreds or thousands of years’ worth of mountain erosion. This is causing a rethink on the power of catastrophic events.

A big storm hit Colorado in September 2013. Scott, Suzanne and Robert Anderson of the University of Colorado went looking for geological changes that resulted to the Front Range of the Rockies. In the journal Geology, they report 1100 landslides and debris flows in a “historically sedate landscape.”
To finish reading, click on "Geologists Have Underestimated Catastrophes".

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Logic, Speculations, and the Big Bang

Some people put their faith in science as the ultimate source of truth (Scientism). Worse, some Christians rely on science to prove their faith in God. Both groups are in a heap of trouble when the scientific claims have to be revised, and the Christian who does this is hurting himself because his faith is to be in the only real truth, the Word of God. I disremember how many times I've heard something like, "The Big Bang shows that there is an origin of the universe, so there's a God. Checkmate, atheists!" Checkmate? Nah. I wouldn't pay it no nevermind.
Current ideas about the Big Bang, inflation, the multiverse, and so on are based on circular reasoning and bad logic. Christians have no business using the Big Bang for evangelism, here's why.
Original unedited image credit: NASA/WMAP Science Team
The Big Bang hypothesis has changed many times over the years, and is quite a bit different from the original. Some things look good on paper until you realize that they are based on assertions and presuppositions, which make for a flawed foundation.

The current trend is to proclaim the "multiverse" based on "inflation". Why are they using these variations? Because observable evidence keeps causing cosmogonists to revise their ideas. The emphasis is based on quantum fluctuations, an extrapolation of the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, circular reasoning, and a corral full of bad reasoning.
Abstract
Many Christians today embrace the big bang theory as an avenue for evangelism. They reason that a big bang origin of the universe naturally leads one to conclude that there must be a Creator, thus opening the door for sharing the gospel. However, there is a growing belief that a quantum fluctuation gave rise to the universe apart from God. This belief is based upon several speculative and probably incorrect ideas concerning physics, but it appears to be the direction that big bang cosmogony is headed. If big bang evangelism ever was effective, its window is rapidly closing.

The Reason for Belief in an Eternal Universe
Christians who believe the big bang model frequently argue that if the universe had an origin, then there must be a transcendent Creator. Indeed, the implication of a Creator was the main reason why so many cosmologists and astronomers opposed the big bang model for many years in the middle of the 20th century. Many scientists chose to believe in an eternal universe rather than the big bang origin primarily because an eternal universe avoids the need of a Creator. However, the 1965 discovery of the cosmic microwave background convinced most scientists that the big bang was the correct origin model of the universe. Consequently, the big bang model has been the dominant cosmogony for nearly a half century, so today few people are aware of that early opposition.

To read the rest, click on "Quantum Fluctuations May Kill Big Bang Evangelism".
  


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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Dinosaur Tracks Speculation Stomped Out

We've seen that scientific "facts", speculations, claims, and things get reversed. Evolutionists are contending with the embarrassment that "Lucy", one of our putative ancestors, has been on display for decades with a baboon bone in the skeleton (which was a deplorably bad example of a "missing link" from the start). Then there's the bad science that led to the humiliation of "junk" DNA. The list goes on. Just because "scientists say" or "scientists think that maybe perhaps it could be", doesn't guarantee truth.


Another science "truth" has been upended. Dinosaur tracks in Lake Quarry, Straya, have been reclassified. Worse for evolutionists, the track-making scenario is best explained by a creation science Genesis Flood model.

An item for special consideration is the claim that dinosaur tracks in Lake Quarry were of smaller dinosaurs fleeing a carnivore. But those were guesses by uninformed uniformitarian scientists. The tracks were not only misclassified, but the entire scenario is best explained by a creation science hypothesis called Briefly Exposed Diluvial Sediments. Darwinists are a mite flustered about all this.
Lark Quarry Dinosaur Trackways (or just ‘Lark Quarry’) in central-western Queensland, Australia, is world-famous for what has been billed as a dinosaur stampede imprinted in rock. A trackway is composed of two or more footprints from the same animal. Scientists have interpreted the tracks as made by dozens of small dinosaurs fleeing a large meat-eating theropod dinosaur, such as an Allosaurus. Three to four thousand footprints were made over an area the size of a basketball court. The small tracks ranged from chicken-sized to emu-sized dinosaurs. The site has been covered with an enclosed and air-conditioned museum and is a major tourist attraction in Australia.

A more detailed analysis by researchers from the University of Queensland concluded that this interpretation of the tracks was grossly wrong, which shows that we need to be skeptical of interpretations of the past.
To read the rest, click on "A stampede of swimming dinosaurs". Also, you may want to see "Dinosaurs Swimming Out of Necessity".



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Friday, May 1, 2015

Radiometric Dating and Reason — Part 7

The series on radiometric dating continues, showing flaws in uniformitarian circular reasoning. The evidence supports a young earth after all.
The beat goes on in this series on radiometric dating clocks, and I reckon that fans of uniformitarianism are getting ticked. (Ticked...clock...I made a funny!) I thought the series was put into the corral last month, but ICR surprised me. Links to the previous articles in the series are here.

This time, the subject is the heavy metal clocks, such as Uranium-Lead and Thorium-Lead. There are other methods that are not so popular today (the Uranium-Helium method gave ages that were "too young"), but they all have several things in common that make for circular reasoning. These dating methods are well-established, and have a somewhat different approach from the others.

Proponents of rocks-to-radiologist evolution frequently indulge in faulty logic, and uniformitarian geologists have the same problems. Why don't they "follow where the evidence leads" and see the passel o' problems that their worldview has? That would mean that the evidence refutes their presuppositions (including "deep time"), supporting a young earth and creation; God is the creator, and he makes the rules.
This article will address the uranium-lead (U-Pb) and thorium-lead (Th-Pb) models.

Along with stratigraphic assumptions, the U-Pb and Th-Pb dating methods have been regarded as the gold standard for “deep-time” dating. Very few in the geochronology field would dare question the results of these dating methods, and therefore, by consensus, they are considered as scientific fact within the secular scientific community.
You can read the entire article in context by rocking on to "Heavy Metal Clocks, U-Pb and Th-Pb Dating Models: Radioactive Dating, Part 7". Look for Part 8 next month.

  

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