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Monday, August 7, 2017

Giardia, The Cute Pathogen

Imagine this phone call:

"Hi Jim, want to come over and do microscopy stuff?" Got some burgers to grill, and other fixin's. It'll be fun."

"Oh, hi, Marc. I should get out of here for a while. Listen, I need a break from the dinosaur soft tissues for a while. Got anything else?"

"Well, I have some Giardia. We can stain them with iodine, and some with trichrome. They're cute."

"Yes, they are. I can imagine constellations and stuff. Okay, I'll be over soon".

There's a pathogen called Giarda that is an intestinal parasite which causes a disease called giardiasis. It's common, but many people have no idea they have it because there are no symptoms. Others get the colon explosion. Here is some health information about giardiasis if you're interested.

Giardia causes intestinal disease but also thwarts evolution
Giardia trophozoites stained with trichrome.
Credit: Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, CDC
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Giardia has some interesting traits where it does not infect some carriers and does not infect all humans. Further, there are some aspects of symbiosis. Creationists have some interesting ideas on how it was before the Fall. In addition, it thwarts evolution because of its distinct design, especially in its locomotion.
Giardia is a genus of protozoa discovered in 1681. Six morphologically distinct species are recognized. It mainly attaches in the upper GI tract of a wide variety of vertebrates (including zebrafish), often with beaver and muskrat as reservoirs/carriers but exhibiting minimal—if any—disease in some animals. Giardia is usually non-pathogenic in the human population, even in children if exposed early in life. Although Giardia can be pathogenic, some strains colonize the gut with no malady. This parasite is not invasive and only serious infections depress the small intestine. Giardia are pear-shaped, have an adhesive disc for attaching to enterocyte cells in the small intestine villus, and move with eight designed flagella. In the post-Fallen world, Giardia infection occasionally has resulted in digestive dysfunction. However, Giardia may function in non-parasitic, possibly mutualistic, ways.
To read the rest of this rather long but well-illustrated article, click on "The Design of Giardia and the Genesis of Giardiasis".
 



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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Mosquito Flight Defies Evolution

This post was almost scratched because a lot of us detest skeeters, and I did a post a spell back about the design and dangers of the dreadful things. But this one has different details to examine: their flight. Y'all can appreciate the wonders of not only science and technology, but the design work of the Master Engineer, right?


Mosquitos defy evolution and are studied for biomimetics
Mosquito on elder plant image credit: Pixabay / zsuzstot
For a very long time, scientists could not figure out how mosquitoes were able to fly. Like so many other discoveries that affirm creation and refute evolution, advances in science and technology made it possible to commence understanding mosquito flight — they can beat their wings 800 times a second, after all. Many components had to be in place from the beginning or it simply could not fly. At all. Ever. Evolutionists use their special system of Making Things UP™ to "explain" how maybe perhaps it could be they suspect how wings formed. As the fossil record shows, there is no evidence of evolution; a mosquito has always been a mosquito. Some people just don't get the point.
Nature magazine recently published a fascinating article on high frequency mosquito flight. The authors of this comprehensive article discuss mosquito wing beats with “three axes and angles that define flapping wing kinematics [describing the motion of points]; stroke position, wing pitch angle, and deviation angle.”

In the past, zoologists (i.e., aerodynamicists) have used a procedure to monitor wing movement called quasi-steady modelling. However, for the mosquito, this approach could not “encapsulate wake capture, rotational drag and nonlinear vortex phenomena.” But the four researchers were successful in describing the “unusual wing kinematics” of the mosquito.
To read the article in its entirety, click on "High Frequency Mosquito Flight Shows Design". In addition, there's another with some fascinating aerodynamic information, and how mosquito flight is being studied for biomimetics, "Science Says Mosquitoes Cannot Fly But Recently Found Out How They Do".
  



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Friday, August 4, 2017

The Blue Whale and Evolution

Kind of hard to believe that such a huge critter like the blue whale eats little shrimp-like creatures called krill, and they eat a lot of them every day. The whale does this like a giant scoop, swallowing enough water to fill a swimming pool, then closing their mouths under all that pressure. It blasts out the water through blowholes. Whales are mammals that breathe air, so they come up to the surface for that as well as blowing out the sea water. This made them targets for whalers, who brought them to the brink of extinction in days gone by.


Blue whale puzzles evolutionists, testifies of Creator's work
Credit: NOAA Fisheries / Southwest Fisheries Science Center
James W. Gilpatrick, Jr. and Morgan S. Lynn
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According to evolutionary mythology, life went from the sea to land, and mammals like this went back to the sea. The Charles Darwin Club Secret Decoder Ring© inadvertently reveals that this is strictly guesswork based on evolutionary presuppositions; they do not have evidence for this process. They also have a very loud sound that puzzles scientists, since they can't find the mechanism for vocalization. Don't be expecting to hear it, because it's usually below human range. Going further, there are many specialized mechanisms for the whale's survival (including the one to close its mouth while scooping a watery lunch) that defy explanation through mutations, time, chance, natural selection, and so forth. No, this is yet another example of the Creator's design in action.
What is the largest animal of all time—even larger than the most massive dinosaurs? The answer is the blue whale. These giants average about 70 feet in length, although some were reportedly more than 100 feet long during the whaling era. That’s about the length of three school buses! While some dinosaurs were longer from nose to tail, the blue whale still tops them in sheer bulk. Blues weigh around 200,000 pounds (100 tons), while the largest land mammal today is the African bull elephant, which may weigh eight tons. If the blue whale lived on land, its skeleton would collapse under its weight. But the blue whale’s home is the vast ocean expanse, where the water’s buoyant force supports its bulk.
To finish reading, click on "Blue Whale: The Mammoth of the Sea". You may also like this article on fanciful stories falsely presented as science, "Whale of a Tail Tale".







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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Oceans on Mars?

The search for signs of life on Mars continues, partly motivated by the hope of secularists to justify their faith in molecules-to-Martian evolution and abiogenesis, and from there, deny the Creator. Before that, however, secularists desire to find water on Mars. It appears that water was indeed there in the past as the signs are quite distinct, though not all scientists are convinced.

Water on Mars speculations raise serious, unanswered questions
Speculative image of an ocean on Mars, credit: NASA
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Some scientists are saying that billions of Darwin years ago, Mars was a mighty fine place that even had oceans. Conjectures and models about what happened in the unobserved past can be useful, but they need to deal with evidence. Questions are raised, such as how Mars got water in the first place, where it went, conditions that would allow such vast quantities of water, the "faint young sun paradox", and more. Interesting that these owlhoots are willing to consider huge amounts of water out yonder despite lack of evidence, but deny the abundant evidence of the global Genesis Flood right here on our turf that is mostly covered by water.
Mars has no liquid water today, but water must have covered much of the planet in the past. How? Nobody knows.
Look at the diagram of Mars the way some secular planetary scientists believe it looked in ancient times (Phys.org). It’s almost covered with water. How could that be? There’s no liquid water there today, and Mars lacks the atmosphere that could keep it liquid. It’s also too cold for liquid water most of the time, although some may be locked up as ice in the polar caps.
Scientists infer its presence by its effects. The surface of Mars today is covered with what look like drainage channels. A leading hypothesis is that liquid water carved them at some time in the unobservable past, perhaps about 3 billion years ago.
To finish reading, click on "Secularists Can Believe Mars Had a Global Flood". Below is a speculative video of conditions on Mars 4 billion imaginary years ago. Impressive animation!








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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Appalachian Mountains "Problem"

Secular geologists have been troubled by inconsistencies in the Appalachian Mountains, distinct by the knickpoints (such as waterfalls) and erosion. In an earlier post, we looked at escarpments (steep cliffs along coasts). Those, too, have added to uniformitarian confusion. Using the magic of imagination, geologists came up with a supposed answer to the problem: an additional uplift, called a rejuvenation.
 
Cullasaja Falls and other knickpoints are problematic for secular geologists
Cullasaja Falls image credit: US Forestry Service

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Part of their resolution looks good on paper. However, like many other supposed explanations that secular scientists offer to keep their old Earth paradigm, important details are not addressed. When the data are examined and interpreted through the Biblical Geological Model of the Genesis Flood, things make much more sense.
In the United States, most students learned in their grade school geography class that the Appalachian Mountains have the appearance of old age since they are rather rounded or ‘subdued’. They may have also learned the Appalachians are predominantly composed of Paleozoic sedimentary rock. However, there are places in the Appalachian Mountains that are rugged, indicative of recent uplift:
To finish reading this short but uplifting article, click on "The Appalachian Mountains are young".
  



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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Time to Bury H. Naledi

This character called Homo naledi has been an annoyance from the get-go. Well, the annoyance has been from devotees in the Darwinian death cult who got all fired up and claimed that this was something to shove into the human lineage mythology. Hope we're finally done with this critter.


Homo naledi was no evolution ancestor, it was a dead end
Mostly made at Vukki
Evolutionists were yee haw boy howdy about the finds and issued sensationalistic press releases — as usual. Something I counsel people who ask, "Evidence for evolution. This can be refuted, right?" is to settle down and wait a spell. Likewise, creationists were also saying to wait, and the Institute for Creation Research had the zivilcourage to predict that H. naledi would be another evolutionary failure. They were right.

The biggest problem for this alleged human ancestor is that the dates were wrong, even in evolutionary dating methods. In a welcome piece of honesty, the evolutionists overturned their own claims. They wouldn't be having these problems if they realized that particles-to-paleontologist evolution didn't happen, and the true record of origins is found in the creation account of Genesis.
Homo naledi skyrocketed to international fame in 2015 as a claimed ape-like ancestor of man that fit the story of human evolution. Discoverer and promoter Lee Berger published hasty reports and then toured the world with dynamic, media-packed presentations. Back then, the Associated Press wrote that scientists had “discovered a new member of the human family tree” in the odd-looking fossil assembly.
To continue reading the article that hopefully puts this thing to rest, click on "Another Evolutionary Ancestor Gets Nixed". Additionally, "Is Homo naledi a New Species of Human Ancestor?" Also, see "Homo naledi, a New Human Ancestor?", which has some points of disagreement with the AiG article in the link immediately preceding which underscores the uncertainties in the discovery. Further, this next post links to a technical article: "More Confusion about H. Naledi".
  



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Monday, July 31, 2017

Genesis and Ancient Mythologies

There's a prairie schooner-full of legends about creation, the global deluge, humanity's dispersal, and a heap of other things. Skeptical scholars tend to presuppose that the Biblical record of history, especially the early chapters of Genesis, is not the written Word of God. To do this, they need to make a number of assumptions and ignore important details.

Bible accounts of the global deluge were not copied from pagan myths

Something I reckon is a big stumbling block is the dating of the manuscripts. Some tinhorns will be on the prod and say, "Those ancient documents were dated as being hundreds of years older than Moses supposedly lived". We've seen how dating methods can be inaccurate, and it also raises questions regarding which manuscripts were dated, and what dating procedures were used.

People will also look at the similarities of the documents and, based on their presumptions and biases against the biblical manuscripts, assume that Genesis was copied by the Hebrews from other peoples' myths. Something they need to consider is the differences between Genesis and the ancient tales — something we considered in "Adam was a Man, not a Myth". The Epic of Gilgamesh contained a global deluge story, but it has many significant differences from the Genesis Flood account that are neglected by many scholars. Pagan gods and people are capricious and immoral, making the claim of Hebrew copying ridiculous.

The biblical account of the Genesis Flood and other events have internal consistency and integrity. Instead of thinking that Genesis took elements from other people, it's the other way around: the biblical accounts are accurate, and the pagan myths are copies that became corrupted over time and by cultures.
When faced with the question as to whether the Bible accurately records ancient history in Genesis 1–11 or was derived from some other “ancient” document, we first need to apply a solemn reminder. God’s Word has made the ultimate and justifiable claim for itself that none of these other ancient texts has made. The Bible repeatedly asserts to be the perfect Word of God (2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21; Psalm 19:7; 119:160). If the Bible borrowed from ancient mythologies, this claim would be called into question.
To read the rest of this very interesting article, click on "Is Genesis 1–11 a Derivation from Ancient Myths?" For some additional material, I recommend two other articles, "Are Biblical accounts copied from pagan religions? Part 1. The God of Creation" and "Are Biblical accounts copied from pagan religions? Part 2. The Resurrection".
 



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