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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Basilisk Jesus Lizard Frustrates Evolutionists

In deep south Mexico, and further south into Central and South America (with some appearances in Florida, USA), you might come across the basilisk lizard. It's been a bad boy as far as Darwinists are concerned, since not only is there no fossil evidence for its evolution, but the oldest fossil shows that it's virtually unchanged over alleged millions of years.

The basilisk ("Jesus lizard") frustrates evolutionists in several ways.
Greek basilisk / Photographer: Mark Sum / US Geological Survey
But wait, there's more! The basilisk befuddles evolutionists with its ability to sprint across water. It's been nicknamed the "Jesus lizard" for this reason. Guess they didn't read the part where Peter did the same thing, but I reckon that people wouldn't cotton to the less dramatic name of "Peter lizard". Not only is there no string of evidence back to the supposed common ancestor of lizards, but no way to imagine how it evolved its strange water-walking ability. Let's face it, the biblical creation makes far more sense. Let the article explain more:
Jesus lizards literally run across the surface of ponds in Central and South America. According to evolutionary thinking, all reptiles—snakes, turtles, gavials, dinosaurs, pterosaurs, chameleons, skinks, and Jesus lizards—descended from an unknown original reptilian form. What evidence might demonstrate this? Strings of fossils should clearly connect each basic reptile kind back to that supposed key ancestor. It should have interchangeable or adjustable body features that natural forces could have manipulated without disrupting the evolving creature's essential functions. A newly discovered fossil of a Jesus lizard in Wyoming shows just the opposite evidence.

. . .

They discovered that moving across water requires unique features. This lizard doesn't really crawl across water—it motors.
To read the full article in context, click on "Jesus Lizard Runs on Water, Tramples Evolution". Also, see the short video below of the basilisk running in slow motion (except for one short bit where it shows it can run five feet per second on water), with cute music.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Awe Yes!

Picture this in your mind: A cowboy is riding the range at night, and looks up at the starry sky. And keeps looking, pondering the grandeur. Seeing the stars has always had an effect on me as well. (For that matter, sitting on the couch and reading an article, Basement Cat jumps up and wants to be petted. Purrrrrrr. Sometimes I get a mite overwhelmed because her life is in my hands, but she trusts me; it's easy to show kindness and make an animal happy.) How about looking at Niagara Falls in New York, Blue Mountains in Australia, Ngorongoro Crater in Africa — you get the idea. That feeling is awe.

That sense of wonder called "awe" is unique to humans. It makes no sense for evolution, but the biblical worldview explains it.
Pixabay / Night Sky / fancycrave1
Animals don't do it. They just go on about their business, not seeming to notice the glories of creation around them, and definitely not writing symphonies or sonnets. Awe is special to humans, and does not have any evolutionary purpose or explanation. However, the biblical worldview explains it.
Psychologists are noticing that a sense of awe makes you a better person. Why is it a uniquely human trait?

Animals have some of the best views of the world: geese that sly over Mt. Everest, squirrels that gather nuts at the edge of the Grand Canyon, butterflies that travel over the continental United States to Mexico. No adventurer in a wingsuit (video) gets a more thrilling ride than a peregrine falcon gets every day. But we don’t see animals pausing to soak it all in. Birds and whales sing for communication or to attract mates, but we don’t know of any animals that vocalize music in response to the pure beauty and majesty of the earth. None of them write poetry about it. It’s a uniquely human experience to express transcendental thoughts in response to majestic sights and ideas beyond ourselves. We call it awe.

As reported in “News from Eden” (5/20/15), the American Psychological Association has recognized awe as a motivator for altruism. Expanding on that theme, Paul Piff from UC Irvine says that “Seeing awe-inspiring natural sights makes you a better person” (New Scientist). Simple experiments proved to him that “no matter who you are, awe” has the power to make us nicer.
To read the rest, click on "Why Awe Is Uniquely Human".

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

He Also Made the Stars

"God made the two great lights: the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He also made the stars."Genesis 1:16, WEB

The biblical account of creation adds a phrase like "He also made the stars", or "...and the stars", or similar (depending on the translation you use), reading almost like a "by the way" remark. It's like, "Yeah, he done that, too, Pilgrim, no big deal".

There is an astounding number of stars, and a large variety of them, often frustrating "deep time" secular scientists. What is more amazing is that their Creator also created and cares for us.
Image credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration
Secularists will tell you that they're ancient, except the ones that don't act their age. Then we're told that they're forming, even though nobody has actually seen a star form (they're speculating through their paradigm). The vague term "stellar evolution" covers some things that creationists agree with, but atheistic cosmogony and cosmology are products of philosophy, not observable science. There is a large variety of stars (and an astounding number of them) in size, brightness, and so on. And yet, our Creator cares for us.
The Hebrew word for ‘star’ is kôkāb (כוכב). When trying to understand the Bible, the goal is to work out how the original readers would have understood it. In this case, we should work out what the ancient Hebrews meant by kôkāb, which is not identical to the meaning that modern astronomers give to the word ‘star’.

The biblical meaning of kôkāb ‘star’ is any small bright heavenly object, so it would include meteors (‘shooting stars’). It would also include what the ancient Greek astronomers called an astēr planētēs (αστήρ πλανήτης), meaning ‘wandering star’, which of course we now call a ‘planet’. Logically, this would include planets around other stars, which have proved a headache for evolutionary theories of planetary origin.

However, modern astronomers classify stars as gigantic luminous balls of plasma in hydrostatic equilibrium, where the outward radiation pressure balances inward gravity. Thus in the modern definition, but not the biblical one, our sun is a star. This means that we can use the sun as a point of comparison for the other stars.
To read the rest of the article in context, click on this overly-long title: "Stars".

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

Shattering an Atheist's Arguments

One thing that puts a burr under the saddle of atheists is to tell them that their belief system is a religion, and they really get upset when you give evidence for it. Their main objection is that they don't believe in God or any gods, but if you study on it, you'll realize that to all intents and purposes, atheism is as much a religion as other non-theistic world religions. Indeed, some Satanic religions do not believe in Satan as an actual person.

Atheists detest being told that atheism is a religion. Tim Chaffey of Answers in Genesis dismantles a misotheist's claims.
Modified from an image furnished by Why?Outreach
I reckon that I've never encountered an atheist that is not an evolutionist. After all, they need evolution to give them a mythology of origins so they can be (to borrow from Clinton Richard Dawkins) "an intellectually fulfilled atheist". To make matters worse, evolutionism is a religion as well. It's not just a systematic study of biological, geological, and astronomical origins, but also a worldview that brings us Social Darwinism, eugenics, scientific racism, and other evils.

Generally, atheists claim to believe in logic and reason. When you ask why they reject the God that they really do know exists (Romans 1:18-22), you're hit with prejudicial conjecture (such as, "The Bible was written by Bronze Age goat herders" or similar nonsense), hasty generalization, and many other logical fallacies. Fact is, they try to intellectualize their spiritual condition, which is rebellion against God.

A letter written to Answers in Genesis by a misotheist on the prod was full of logical fallacies and self-refuting statements to justify rebellion against God. (The letter is typical of many comments that can be seen on teh interwebs.) Tim Chaffey responded, you can read it by clicking on "Feedback: Is Atheism a Religion?"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Special Feeding Mechanisms in Rorqual Whales

Here's something to think of if you go whale watching. We hear many confident assertions about how critters that are long dead lived, bred, ate, and so on. And yet, scientists do not really have a good understanding of many things living in the here and now, especially rorqual whales. But to be fair, it's not easy to follow something that can take a deep dive for 20 minutes and swim mighty fast when it wants to.

Rorqual whales have a special nerve that works in conjunction with the rest of their feeding mechanism. It was clearly designed by the Creator, not a product of blind evolution.
Fin whale mother and calf / Photo Credit: Christin Khan, NOAA/NEFSC
When these bad boys feed, they open their mouths and lunge deep in the ocean, taking in huge amounts of water so they can filter out the food, mainly krill. So much water, so fast, you'd think they'd rip themselves apart. Scientists have recently discovered a special nerve that works with the rest of it's chowing-down machinery; everything has to be working at the same time, or nothing works, nothing makes sense. Evolution was not involved, it's the hand of the Creator at work.
A few years ago, scientists discovered a unique sensory organ in the jaw of a rorqual whale—the world's largest creature. Rorqual whales, which include the blue whale and fin whale, feed by ballooning out folds of tissue that bag gobs of krill from fertile ocean waters. Some of those researchers recently described the unique bungee-cord-like nerve construction that illustrates clever and intentional design.
The rest of this article won't take up much of your time. To finish reading, click on "Clever Construction in Rorqual Whales".

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Other Worlds — Dead or Alive?

There are conflicted speculations whether or not there is life on Mars (of any kind, Marvin not withstanding). The taxpayer-funded worthless "science" of astrobiology has nothing to study. Maybe there's life up yonder, even as close as Mars. Maybe not, too. Speaking of "maybe", SETI is based on the assumption that evolution is a fact, so it must have evolved elsewhere, too. No need for evidence, of course.

There are conflicted speculations whether or not there is life on Mars. Evidence does not support evolutionary assumptions and wishful thinking.
President Richard Nixon greets the quarantined Apollo 11 crew. Image credit: NASA
The astronauts of Apollo 11 , Apollo 12 and Apollo 14 were quarantined as a precaution, since Earth people didn't cotton to the possibility of a space plague stampeding through our planet. Nowadays, stuff we send up into space is kept as clean as possible so we don't contaminate their worlds. It's a nice courtesy, but still based on evolutionary assumptions. 

Meanwhile, there is disagreement if places like Mars are dead worlds or not, but still, maybe there's life up there. Maybe I could see my speculations as science, too, you reckon?
How much longer does the public have to be told that Mars “might” have life or space aliens “could” be found soon?

A writer for New Scientist is concerned about the cost of protecting Mars from contamination. But the argument bears on the probability of life existing on the red planet.
To read the rest of this short article, jet on over to "Admit It: Mars Is Lifeless".

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Desert Varnish and Geochronology

Have you ever been riding in the desert and noticed the varnish —

"Like chocolate syrup on ice cream?"

No, I'm talking about desert varnish, not dessert varnish, ya idjit.

Where was I? Oh, yes. It's often very dark, and desert varnish that looks like a tapestry on canyon walls. Old-earth geologists use this as yet another evidence for the age of our planet. Is this valid?

Old-earth geologists using uniformitarian dating methods believe that desert varnish is an indicator for our planet's age. Is this valid?
This sandstone is covered with a fine black/blue patina. Image credit: US National Park Service.
The rates of accumulation can vary, and are calibrated with long-age uniformitarian presuppositions. Like radiometric dating, the results vary greatly. In addition, the accumulations can be accelerated under different conditions. When the Genesis Flood is brought into the picture, things make much more sense.
Dozens of geological processes are commonly claimed to proceed too slowly for the short timescale of the Bible. Many of these claimed slow processes have attached dates of tens of thousands to millions of years.

However, we usually only hear one side of the origins issue. It is too easy to make a wrong decision based on only one opinion. We should investigate the other side of an issue, especially when one side is heavily censored in the public arena. We also need to be aware that there are numerous unknowns in the earth sciences, and that the addition of another variable can result in vastly different conclusions. Sometimes it is discovered that slow processes today can occur rapidly under different circumstances. Another aspect is that with more research, dating methods considered solid are found to be suspect. With this in mind, we now consider whether the ‘slow formation’ of desert varnish is correct.
To read the rest, rock on over to "Desert varnish grows much faster than geologists admit".