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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Evolution, Environmentalism, Extermination

As discussed in "Radical Environmentalism and the War on Humans", adherents of the extremist ecology and animal rights movements have evolutionary thinking as the foundation for their worldviews. By their reckoning, life is pretty much the same, it's just that humans evolved more efficiently. But some think that humanity is a blight, and should be exterminated (or at least seriously culled). Don't expect respect if you tell them that humanity is special because we are created in God's image. No, we're accidents, just like everything else. No hope, no purpose. And yet they preach the evolutionary message of despair.

I reckon that any group will have the occasional participants that are plumb crazy, but it's a mite unsettling when someone gives a speech at a university wanting Ebola to kill most of us — and other nutcases cheer! This article from 2006 is just as relevant today:
A stunning claim circulating the internet is that a university lecturer was publicly applauded for advocating the elimination of 90% of the world’s population by airborne Ebola virus.

An eyewitness certainly gained that impression from the talk by Dr Eric Pianka, a highly respected evolutionary ecologist, given in early March 2006 to the Texas Academy of Science at Lamar University in Beaumont.1 Pianka may have been misunderstood in that he probably did not say that Ebola use should be some sort of deliberate policy. But the reality, based on an incomplete transcript of the actual talk, is still cause for grave concern.
You can read the rest by clicking on "Doomsday Glee".

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Quasar Alignment and Other Spooky Cosmic Stuff

The more science we learn, the more we realize that we don't really know much at all. Astronomers were baffled by the things they called "quasi-stellar-objects", or quasars. They suspicion that those huge things have something to do with black holes at the middle of distant galaxies, and jets of light shooting out are the result of this activity.

Quasar 3C 273. Credit: ESA/Hubble & NASA
Now quasars are joining the fun of refuting cosmic evolution ideas, even more than usual. It seems that they are in an alignment that baffles secular scientists. This kind of thing interferes with secular cosmogony and cosmology.
Unexpectedly, quasar rotation axes show a peculiar alignment over billions of light-years.

The European Southern Observatory, using its VLT (Very Large Telescope) in Chile, finished measuring the positions and rotations of 93 quasars and found something weird. These powerhouses of light, with powerful jets streaming out their poles, show unexpected traits in common. An ESO press release titled “Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-years” states:
I reckon you'll want to read the rest of the article. Hope you do. There are some bonus items in there that give further frustration to deep-time advocates, too. Click on "Quasar Alignment Is “Spooky”.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Isn't Evolution Just a Biological Theory and Nothing Else?

Darwin's Disingenuous Drones want it both ways. Far too often, we see news reports where scientific "discoveries" are merely speculation about evolution — even when evolution is not applicable, even by their own criteria. Good science is often tainted by attempts to turn something into an "explanation" or the newest great evolutionary breakthrough. And they fail.

On the other hand, post something refuting the Big Bang, or something that is not-directly-biological, or something about abiogenesis, in a creation group,  and you'll often get rebuked by owlhoots that say it has "nothing to do with evolution". Sorry old son, but evolutionary thinking permeates and ruins many of the sciences. The Big Bang, abiogenesis and other things do relate to Darwinism. Attempts by the Evo Sith to distance themselves from failed theories are not fooling us.

In fact, theistic evolutionists and old earthers are sometimes called "moderate" or "reasonable" Christians by militant atheists. Why? Because they compromise so much on the Word of God, they agree with atheistic interpretations of the evidence and downplay the authority of the Bible that they claim to believe.
‘That’s got nothing to do with evolution!’ This is a common response evolutionists give when creationists challenge them to produce evidence for abiogenesis (the idea that life spontaneously arose from non-life). Evolution, they say, is not about the origin of life; it’s only about the subsequent development of that first life form into the vast and diverse array of living things that now populate our world.

Of course, it is fair to distinguish between the two claims. However, in referring to abiogenesis as ‘evolution’, creationists are generally not confusing the proposition that life had a naturalistic origin with the proposition that all life is related by common descent. Rather, the point is that concepts like abiogenesis, universal common ancestry, and even the alleged development of stars, galaxies and planets from simpler structures are all connected to each other like intersecting threads in a much larger web of controversy. Our critics may want to arbitrarily limit the scope of the debate, especially when it comes to areas such as the origin of life, in which the evidence is so strongly stacked against them. But ultimately, this battle isn’t just about biology—it’s a battle of worldviews. And as we shall see, leading evolutionist sources themselves often use the term ‘evolution’ to refer to much more than a biological theory of common descent.
To finish reading, click on "Evolution: not just about biology".

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Using Evolutionary Pseudoscience in Cancer Research

Despite the protestations of its proponents, evolution is not essential for the progress of observable, practical science. In fact, evolution hinders scientific progress (for example, "junk" DNA) and evolutionary thinking is downright useless. Far be it for evolutionary scientists to get real jobs and use their training for something useful.

Cancer is a scary subject. I think we've all lost friends and kinfolk to it (I know I have), so we want significant research being done. Fortunately, there is. However, putting the pseudosciences of evolution and astrobiology together, and we have a waste of time, money and hope. Some people are advocating taking an evolutionary approach to cancer research. The "science" here uses data mining, circular reasoning, assumptions, presuppositions and more. Even the most ardent evolutionist should be skeptical about all of the assumptions (beyond the usual "evolution is true" mantra).
Physicist Paul Davies and astrobiologist Charles Lineweaver believe that cancer cells are simply cells that have reverted to their evolutionary ancestral state to cope with the challenges they face. This is called an “atavistic” model. (Atavism means reversion to an ancient, primitive, or ancestral state.)

Scientific American explains that because cancer occurs in so many different kinds of living things—people, animals, and plants—we know it evolved way back when everything alive shared a common ancestor. And what was that ancestor? Why a single-celled organism, of course! And what do single-celled organisms do better than anything else? They proliferate. They multiply. They are practically immortal, dividing and dividing and dividing. Just like cancer cells. Ergo, cancer has a very ancient evolutionary history. Or so their story goes anyway.
To read the rest, click on "Can Evolutionary Clues Cure Cancer?"

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Do Box Turtles Have Antifreeze?

The Creator's amazing designs and planning have revealed themselves in many ways. Interestingly, the more science advances with greater technology, the more we learn about God's design. It's a great time to be a creationist! One critter with some impressive features is the Eastern box turtle.

pixabay / JamesDeMers
Most of us know that when threatened, the turtle can pull its extremities into its shell for protection. But how many know that they have been programmed with the ability to survive being frozen? They have something resembling antifreeze, and I reckon that they go into something resembling what science fiction calls "suspended animation". The Genesis Flood was a judgement on wicked humanity (the next judgement is by fire, 2 Peter 3.5-7), but God preserved humanity and kinds of living things. But the Flood changed the surface of the earth, its climate and so on. He didn't just say, "Okay, everything's changed, you're on your own!" No, he equipped his creatures with ways to survive with methods that baffle evolutionists, who can only come up with ad hoc speculations in order to deny the glory and wisdom of the Creator.
After my family moved to northern Idaho, I recalled fond memories of my childhood back East. When a high-school friend told me he was planning to visit the East coast, I asked him to bring back a living reminder of my past—a box turtle. He obliged and brought a beautiful male specimen, which I named “Waldo Pepper.”

I built an outdoor pen in which Waldo puttered about throughout the summer. When winter approached, he dug a shallow burrow to prepare for the cold. I piled autumn leaves over him and covered everything with a small tarp. It can get bitterly cold in Idaho, but that winter was unusually frigid. I remember it dipped down to 30°F below zero (-34°C).

When spring came, I must admit that I wasn’t hopeful to find Waldo alive. On the first warmish day I anxiously scraped away the leaves. I saw the top of his shell, barely below ground level. “He didn’t dig deep enough,” I worried. “He’s sure to be dead.” I touched his shell and to my delight it lurched as he moved within. He had made it through that wintery blast!
To read the rest of the story and to learn about how this little guy survives, click on "Frozen Alive! Eastern Box Turtles".

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Sea Slug #FAIL for Evolution

Another thing that causes consternation for evolutionists is the sea slug. That little critter can save and store some of the plant stuff that it consumes to store energy. In some ways, it's solar powered. Evolutionists thought they had an answer in horizontal gene transfer, and that was the explanation for the hows and whys. But no, that option drew a losing hand. Instead, the creation option is the best one again.
In an everyday scene so bizarre that science fiction writers might never have imagined it, algae-eating sea slugs actually hijack chloroplasts—those tiny plant structures that perform photosynthesis—and use them as energy producers for themselves. Evolutionary biologists have linked a particular mechanism that they thought sea slugs used in this baffling process to a means by which evolution could have crafted similar DNA sequences found in similar-looking creatures that use completely different DNA. But new research heralds bad news for these evolutionary wishes and provides clear evidence for incredible biological creation. 
Solar-powered sea slugs begin by eating algae, just like other slugs and snails. But that’s where the similarities stop. Once the algae is in their gut, these sea slugs use tiny specialized finger-like cellular extensions to detect, select, and literally grasp chloroplasts out of the chewed-up algae and bring them inside their body cells.
To read the rest, just plant yourself at this link: "Solar-Powered Sea Slug Illuminates Evolutionary Weaknesses".

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Your Inner Machinery Indicates the Creator

A frequently-offered evidence for design is irreducible complexity. More simply, people will admit that the device they are reading this on is the product of intelligent, purposeful design. A painting has a painter, a building has a builder, and so on. However, Darwinoids will parrot remarks by bad philosophers and excuse makers like Richard Dawkins who say things like, "No, something only has the appearance of design, but it really isn't". Oh, please!

Meanwhile, scientists who study the amazingly intricate systems within you, and within living cells, are finding them more and more complex. There are many machines with functions like ratchet and rotation, switching internal architecture, scissors cutting and repairing DNA, and much more. There are newer discoveries that show more detailed information — and information is becoming the key, because these are not just microscopic machines, but there is a form of information technology involved. Evolution can be claimed, but really, evolutionists cannot explain all this. The reasonable conclusion is that there is an amazingly intelligent Creator.
This is a golden age of discovery about molecular machines, but the metaphor may be moving from machinery toward information processing.

Hardly a day goes by without a new discovery of machines in cells doing wonderful things with moving parts. Thanks to new imaging methods, scientists have clearer vision in the cell than ever before (see Science Daily and Science Insider for examples). We can only touch briefly on a few of the latest discoveries:
Hold your horses, Horace! To read the rest, you'll have to click on "Cell Biologists Use Machine Language".