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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fossilization Experiment Supports Genesis Flood

There is a great deal of scientific evidence that supports special creation and refutes universal common ancestor evolution in the life sciences. We can see the specified complexity of many living things, all the way down to the cellular level. When it comes to the Genesis Flood, most of the scientific information comes from geology, paleontology, and dead things.

The old line about needing millions of years for fossilization to occur has been further devastated by crocodile research.
Credit: Pixabay / Angelo Giordano
I kind of wonder how many budding scientists were stifled when their mothers told them not to play with dead things. Some scientists were not playing with those Australian crocodiles that had become bereft of life, and commenced to conducting an experiment on fossilization. The usual uniformitarian story goes that something dies, sinks, (a secular miracle happens here where the critter does not get eaten by scavengers), gets covered by sediment and the like, then fossilizes after a few million Darwin years.

Ever hear the song, "I Go to Pieces"? Well, they did. The dead things disarticulated, to use the expensive word. They also decayed. In short, there was no chance of fossilization despite the best efforts of scientists. Once again, we see that the Genesis flood provides the necessary conditions for the fossils that are found.
A recent Australian research study on how crocodile carcasses decompose in water has important implications for fossilization.
The researchers were seeking to better understand the processes operating on a skeleton after the flesh decomposes, affecting such things as how much of the skeleton remains, and how much stays articulated (the bones aligned together as in life).
To finish reading, click on "Dead crocodiles down under — How croc decomposition helps confirm a crucial element of Bible history".

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Evolution and the Stuff Happens Law

There are all sorts of "laws" floating around on the internet, and many of them are simply opinions or observations. One is "Poe's Law", where something in the extreme is difficult to distinguish from parody. Atheists frequently use this when attacking Christians and creationists as a form of an ad hominem. Who is Poe, anyway? Where are his or her papers, and were they peer reviewed? No, it's not a "law" or anything resembling science. Neither is "Murphy's Law". Just cultural things. There are also axioms in evolution that are considered laws or facts that have nothing to do with science.

When Darwinists are unable to deal with scientific evidence but want to validate their guesses, they essentially say Stuff Happens

When Darwinists evosplain how a critter or other organism came into being, they often use the principle of Making Things Up™. Essentially, they are using obfuscation, bad logic, and fancy terminology because their worldview drives their interpretations of data. Evolution cannot be legitimately validated, so board the train to the Imagination Station and present guesses as science.

Evolution is so malleable, it can be twisted to explain almost anything — which means that it explains nothing. Just plug in mutations and natural selection. Just say, "It evolved", praise Darwin, blessed be! People deserve better than that, and we get real science from the biblical creation approach.

The "Stuff Happens Law" can be compared with evolutionary explanations, and we can see how this parodic law is just as scientific as many evolutionary speculations.
The most vacuous scientific explanation of all meets the standard requirements of science.
We often describe Darwinian evolution as equivalent to the “Stuff Happens Law” (SHL). There is no such law, of course; in actuality, it is an anti-law “law.” The worst explanation scientists can give for a phenomenon is to just shrug, throw up their hands, and say, “stuff happens.” Scientists want reasons for phenomena. They want to identify causes for things. Stochastic variables can play a part in causation, such as in statistical thermodynamics, but the consilience of causes should amount to an explanation that provides  understanding of how things work. Saying “stuff happens” amounts to a capitulation, a lazy way of saying, “I have no idea.”
Now, what if a Darwinian tried the comeback argument that “stuff happens” is a scientific theory? In a humorous bit of playful sophistry, we can show that the Stuff Happens Law satisfies all of the requirements for scientific theories. Look:
This is getting good. To read the rest, click on "How the Stuff Happens Law Can Be Scientific". I also strongly recommend an article that supplements the previous one, "Darwin Given Credit for Non-Darwinian Observations".

Sunday, November 04, 2018

Our Earth-Moon System

If you are like me in this regard, you like to look at the moon, whether in the Western sky, the big orange harvest moon, over a body of water, or other places. The longer the better. Miss Beadle at the Walnut Grove School taught us that the moon plays a big part in tides, but there's a passel more to the moon's effects that was known way back then. In fact, we need our moon.

The moon is more than just a pretty face, it is necessary for life on Earth.
Credit: Unsplash / Kyle Johnson
Let's go back to the tide business. Since the moon is larger and closer to Earth than the moons of other planets, it has a tremendous effect on tides. Sure, the sun and even some planets have an effect, but we really need the moon to keep things from being stagnant and life in the oceans from dying off.

Lots of critters are nocturnal, and do their hunting and other critter stuff by the light of the silvery moon. Not just coyotes and such, but things we don't think about in and around water. 

The earth wobbles on its axis, but since the earth is so big, we don't pay it no nevermind. But this wobble, as well as the overall tilt of our blue ball in space, are kept in check by the gravitation of the moon. Both wobble and tilt have a very strong impact on life, and we don't want those things to change. There are more fascinating facts about the moon that the Master Engineer placed to rule the night in the article below.
Our moon plays a critical role in producing the environment required for life to thrive on Earth. If the moon suddenly disappeared, then the consequences for many forms of life would be devastating. The moon is the second-brightest regularly visible celestial object in Earth’s sky. . . .
Without the moon, all clear nights in areas without artificial lighting would be too dark for many nocturnal animals to search for food. Consequently, if the moon disappeared, some species would likely become extinct. Even the biological clocks used by many life forms are closely tied to the moon.
To continue reading, click on "The Moon: Required for Life on Earth". You may also like "Consider the Moon". While there is some overlap, there is a section in the linked article about the futile efforts of cosmic evolutionists to explain the origin of the moon through naturalism.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Surprises of the Palo Verde Tree

If you get a notion to saddle up and ride in the semi-desert areas of the American Southwest, you can expect to come across the palo verde tree.  Keep an eye out for it the next time you watch a Western movie. It is a big shrub or small tree that folks use for landscaping and ornamentation. Some can get rather large, so there is quite a range in sizes. There are varieties of it in many parts of the world (and can be a nuisance if you ask people in the Land Down Under), and it is fond of having less water than most other trees and shrubs.

Analysis shows that the palo verde was designed to adapt by the Master Engineer.
Credit: Flickr / Larry & Teddy Page (CC BY 2.0)
The palo verde has not had a great deal of study in the past, which is unfortunate. Most trees do their photosynthesis through the leaves, but this one uses the trunk, stems, and petioles (a petiole is the part that attaches the leaf to the stem). There is significant disagreement on genera and species. Some are green, some have different flowers than others, some are yellow, some are bluish — I reckon there's good reason for discussion on those things.

Particle-to-plant evolutionists are stumped (see what I did there?) to provide any plausible evidence or model of descent with modification. However, the adaptations present seem to indicate engineered adaptability, although this concept is not discussed in the article linked below. Our Creator designed the palo verde to thrive in conditions that most other plants would shun, and analysis supports this view. Although the following article is rather technical, if I could get something out of it, I think you can, too. I read some parts of it quickly.
The palo verde tree, Parkinsonia spp., is well known to residents of the desert southwest and Mexico, yet there are few studies of it in the technical literature. As a drought-resistant, woody plant, it is unique in several ways, most notably its bright green trunk, stems, and petioles where most photosynthesis is performed. Stem photosynthesis is, however, not unique to this desert plant. Other unusual features of the palo verde plant include extensive root systems, heavily cutinized epidermis and vascular bundles, sunken stoma, very small leaves (leaflets), drought-deciduous behavior, idioblasts, C4 photosynthesis, and the plentiful accumulation of storage products, oil, starch, and calcium oxalate. These features make this plant uniquely fitted to thrive in arid, desert biomes. More work is required to clearly isolate and describe such tissues as the cambium, primary and secondary phloem and xylem bundles, and the extent of internal cutinization of this unusual woody plant. We conclude that the sum of these unique features make it purposefully fitted to the biomes in which it grows.
To read the rest of this admittedly challenging but also very interesting article, click on "A Light and Electron Microscopic Study of the Palo Verde Tree of the Desert Southwest".

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Non-Evolution for Sulfur-Cycling Bacteria

Proponents of molecules-to-marine biologist evolution have everything covered. Too much. Evolution explains everything, and when cornered on poor science or faulty logic, they have a prairie schooner-full of rescuing devices and fudge factors. (Papa Darwin has a fudge factory, and if you get the golden ticket, you may be able to go on a tour.) Evolution is likened to an irresistible force based on environments. Except when it isn't. If something doesn't evolve over a few zillion Darwin years, it is called "stasis", and proves Darwin's "null hypothesis". Such is the case with sulfur-cycling bacteria.

Lack of change in bacteria that use sulfur is no surprise to creationists.
Credit: Freeimages / Rick Hawkins
Sulfur-cycling bacteria process dissolved sulfur in surrounding water, and can live in environments that are free of oxygen. Since there is no sign of evolution over all that alleged time, evolutionists fall back on the claim of stasis. It's a win-win conjecture, but is unscientific and explains nothing, despite claims of obedient secular science media and some scientists. Biblical creationists, however, are not surprised by lack of changes.
In spite of evolutionary expectations some bacteria have not changed for billions of years. A formation in Western Australia claimed to be 1.8 Ga old contains fossilized sulfur-cycling bacteria. These bacteria metabolically are fueled by seawater sulfate, meaning they can live in an anoxic zone. They are very similar to those found in another formation that is dated 2.3 Ga old. Contrary to evolutionary theory the sulfur-cycling bacteria are essentially identical with modern types:
To find out the reason for all the excitement, click on "Sulfur-cycling bacteria 1.8 billion years old the same as today".

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Time and the Origins Debate

Scoffers often claim that the Bible is a "book of fairy tales", which shows their lack of intellectual honesty (among other things). Fairy tales often begin with, "Once upon a time...", and tall tales cowboys tell around the campfire tend toward the vague side. The Bible is very specific about people, places, and times (such as Haggain 1:1, Matthew 2:19-23, and Genesis 8:4). Fairy tales and mythologies do not have such detail, but time is important in the Bible.

Time is essential to the study of origins.
Credit: Pixabay / Linus Sch├╝tz
The Bible is reliable as a source of history, but some sidewinders saw fit to "remove Moses" from geological ages. They were committed to deep time, and the true history in Scripture was tossed aside. After all, Papa Darwin needed huge amounts of time to make it look like his conjectures were plausible, and those folks wanted to give it to him. Many religious people were willing to accept this "science", and compromised accordingly. In fact, time is essential to the study of origins.
The idea for a documentary on Genesis came from a conversation I had with my then ten-year-old daughter.
She was watching a creation-evolution debate and was bothered by a number of things the evolutionist said. Her concern was that the events he described — a billions-of-years old earth, the direct relationship of men and animals, the impossibility of a global flood — were completely different from the events described in Genesis.
I knew how she felt. As a 15-year-old, I had been bothered by the same things. I recall reading books by Richard Leakey alongside books by Henry Morris. After weighing both sides of the question, I came away convinced that Genesis was an accurate book of history.
. . .
What I learned over the next few years changed my view of science, history, and the Bible. Here are three of the more important things I discovered:
To find out those three important things and read the rest of this helpful article, click on "Why Time Matters to the Origins Debate".

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Another Dinosaur Highway Surprise

A superhighway of dinosaur tracks was discovered in Alaska. These highways have assorted tracks and puzzle secular scientists

There is a series of dinosaur tracks in Texas extending up into Canada, and some folks call it a highway. Secular scientists cannot sufficiently explain it because it requires specific conditions that can only be explained by the Genesis Flood. Recently, things took a walk on the worse side.

Way up in Alaska, another "superhighway" was discovered in Cretaceous rocks.

"I guess you could say that instead of a Jurassic park, they had a Cretaceous parkway, Cowboy Bob! Hahahaha!"

Oh, boy. Moving on.

There were many tracks, including different types like therizinosaurs and hadrosaurs. The corresponding rock unit in China had bones but no tracks. Scientists speculate that this area was a route from North America to Asia. Other assemblages of footprints (one includes a mammal) are baffling secular scientists. This wouldn't be so difficult if they would run to the truth: the Genesis Flood is the rational explanation for such groups of footprints.
The recent Alaskan discovery of an unusual assemblage of footprints in Cretaceous rocks has paleontologists scratching their heads. 
Anthony Fiorillo, of the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and his co-authors, reported the trackway discovery in Scientific Reports.1 The numerous footprints were found in Denali National Park in central Alaska in the Cretaceous Lower Cantwell Formation. 
. . .
What made this discovery unusual was the co-occurrence of footprints from two completely different types of dinosaurs: Hadrosaurs (duck-bills) and therizinosaurs—odd-looking bipedal dinosaurs with long necks and long arms and long claws. Fiorillo stated,
To find out what he said and read the rest (it works out nicely that way), click on "Dinosaur 'Superhighway' Explained by Global Flood".