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Thursday, February 03, 2011

*POOF* The Magic Dragon with words and music

Gee, it seems Darwinists just don't have a sense of humor...and all this talk of people shooting themselves?  I would advise getting trigger locks for all your guns so you do not do something on the spur of the moment.  You do know that moments have spurs, don't you?   But then William Shakespeare would have said, "upon the gad" instead.  So somewhere there is a gad and it is upon it.  So is "it" a zooks, as people will sometimes say, "Gadzooks!"  So if a moment has a spur composed of a gad and it comes with a zooks then perhaps you will give that some thought and give up on the notion of shooting yourself? 

"A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver."

Really,  "Billie Jean is not my Plover, she's just a Gull..."nobody liked that one at all?  Tough crowd.  But then if you are a Darwinist then you think the world was a random accident and in the big scheme of things your life is completely meaningless.   I mean, a thousand years from now (if there is another thousand years left to this existence) who is going to remember me or you unless, of course, there is a God and there is eternity and there is real meaning to existence. 

"A happy heart makes the face cheerful,  but heartache crushes the spirit." 

Wisdom is to have knowledge and common sense and the God-given ability to understand the application thereof not only in intellectual terms, but in moral terms.   Wisdom without morality is just as much folly as is action without intention.  The Universe is not aimless nor accidental, so your life should be intentional and productive.

Proverbs 3:13-26

13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
   those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
   and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
   nothing you desire can compare with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
   in her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways,
   and all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her;
   those who hold her fast will be blessed.
 19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations,
   by understanding he set the heavens in place;
20 by his knowledge the watery depths were divided,
   and the clouds let drop the dew.
 21 My son, do not let wisdom and understanding out of your sight,
   preserve sound judgment and discretion;
22 they will be life for you,
   an ornament to grace your neck.
23 Then you will go on your way in safety,
   and your foot will not stumble.
24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid;
   when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
25 Have no fear of sudden disaster
   or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
26 for the LORD will be at your side
   and will keep your foot from being snared. 

How does one get wisdom?   Only from God and the Bible.   How does one get knowledge?  That is available everywhere.   Information abounds in today's world and yet there are so many foolish people who do not understand that information only comes from intelligence and so they cannot ascertain that there is an Intelligent Designer and they do not attain to wisdom no matter how smart they might be.  Stephen Hawking may be exceedingly smart but he is not wise.   Wisdom comes with morality and they do not work separately well.  Morality without wisdom leads to legalism and hypocrisy.   Intellect without morality leads to great foolishness and grievous errors.   How many people who might have come to a knowledge of God and a belief in Christ have been fooled by Darwinism into casting God aside?  Oh, the list of crimes against humanity that shall be laid at the feet of Charles Darwin!    Because of Darwin and his followers and sycophants and champions, *POOF* has been proclaimed to be science while GOD is derided as myth!!!!!

But if you are reading this blog, you are alive and you can turn away from foolish and silly myths like Darwinism and still find the God of the Universe and his Intentional, Logical and Glorious plan for your life!


Evolutionary Magic     01/31/2011    
Jan 31, 2011 — What do evolutionists do when data bring surprises to their claims?  They find new ways for evolution to work magic.  See if these stories illustrate that or not.
  1. Plant-animal partnership:  One could hardly find two groups of organisms more disparate than plants and animals, but an article on PhysOrg claims that both groups hit on the same evolutionary solution to a problem independently.  The subtitle emphasized the disparity, saying, “Despite their divergent evolutionary history, membrane-bound kinase receptors in animals and plants rely on similar regulatory mechanisms to control their activity.”  To arrive at this solution, “plants took an evolutionary path different from their animal cousins,” the article continued.
        How to explain that in evolutionary terms?  “There seem to be only so many ways to build a robust signaling system,” Dr. Joanne Chory of Howard Hughes Medical Institute, “and plants and animals have hit upon the same mechanisms.”  Odd; there seem to be a lot of evolutionary solutions to many other common problems.  Conservation and convergence are contrary to predictions of Darwin’s branching tree of life, but evolutionists routinely invoke those terms within evolutionary theory, not as a falsification of it.
  2. Tooth loophole:  What is the truth about the tooth in frogs?  Most frogs lack teeth on the lower jaw, but a strange tree frog in the Andes named Gastrotheca guentheri has teeth on both upper and lower jaws – the only known frog species so equipped.  The headline on the BBC News announced, “Frogs re-evolved lost lower teeth.
        How to explain that in evolutionary terms?  Dr. John Wiens of Stony Brook University published his explanation in the journal Evolution: “I combined data from fossils and DNA sequences with new statistical methods and showed that frogs lost their teeth on the lower jaw more than 230 million years ago, but that they re-appeared in G. guentheri within the past 20 million years.”
        This would have to mean that genes for lower teeth sat dormant in frogs for 210 million years.  If they served no purpose, though, why would natural selection retain them?  “The reappearance of these lower teeth after such a long time fuels debate about whether complex traits are lost in evolution or if they can resurface,” reporter Ella Davies wrote.  Is this a kind of resurrection miracle?
    “The loss of mandibular teeth in the ancestor of modern frogs and their re-appearance in G. guentheri provides very strong evidence for the controversial idea that complex anatomical traits that are evolutionarily lost can re-evolve, even after being absent for hundreds of millions of years,” Dr Wiens says....
       What G. guentheri did was to put teeth back on the lower jaw, rather than having to re-evolve all the mechanisms for making teeth ‘from scratch’,” says Dr Wiens.
    While efficient for the frog, it seems to contradict the notion that natural selection continually sifts out the bad and adds up the good.  210 million years is a long time to keep genes around that don’t do anything.  But Dr. Wiens was not done with his evolutionary magic tricks:
    “This ‘loophole’ may apply to many other cases when traits appear to re-evolve, such as in the re-evolution of lost fingers and toes in lizards,” Dr Wiens tells the BBC.
        According to Dr Wiens, this theory could be applied to other recent studies that have suggested the re-evolution of lost traits.
        In the last decade, scientists have identified and debated several attributes that have apparently “re-evolved” over time including stick insect’s wings, coiling in limpet shells, larval stages of salamanders and lost digits in lizards.
  3. Who’s your daddy?  Now that the orang-utan genome has been deciphered, evolutionists are saying that parts of the human genome are more closely related to orang-utans than to chimpanzees (see Science Daily).  The BBC News, reported that the orang-utan genome “evolved slowly,” while another article on Science Daily claimed that the orang genome is simultaneously “More Diverse Than Human’s, Remarkably Stable Through the Ages.
        How to explain that in evolutionary terms?  It seems the only way is to make evolution run fast and slow, both genetically and phenotypically: “That doesn’t mean the species itself has evolved more slowly,” said Devin Locke (Washington University), of the orang-utan genome, “but that this particular mechanism of genome evolution has been proceeding at a lower rate.  Humans and chimps, in sharp contrast, have experienced an acceleration in this form of evolution over the past 5 million years or so.”
  4. Carnation race:  Why would evolution’s mechanisms not follow predictable natural laws?  PhysOrg announced that carnations “show the fastest known diversification rate in plants,” at the same time some of their neighbors in similar habitats do not.  The short article tried to explain “the most rapid rate ever reported in plants or terrestrial vertebrates” as a function of arid conditions, “suggesting a link between climate and biodiversity,” but then one would expect all organisms in the Pleistocene to respond similarly in evolutionary terms.  Clearly the “living fossil” species, and many other stable organisms, have not.  What in tarnation made the carnation go on a diversity kick?
Evolutionists are clearly having to juggle a confusing jumble of data.  Science Daily put forth a new theory about intron evolution, trying to bring order out of that seeming chaos, while PhysOrg tried to weave evolution and ecology into a curious feedback loop.  Thomas Schoener (UC Davis) looked at the oscillating beak sizes of Galapagos finches, and said, “If ecology affects evolution (long supported) and evolution affects ecology (becoming increasingly supported), then what?  The transformed ecology might affect evolution, and so on, back and forth in a feedback loop.

    This will certainly confuse cause and effect inferences, to say nothing of making evolutionary trends unpredictable.  A “major research effort” will be needed to find this out, he said.  But if evolution, ecology and environment are all interconnected, evolutionary theory will have a difficult time with this three-body problem being able to predict what will happen.  With apologies to Arthur C. Clarke, any sufficiently convoluted evolutionary theory is indistinguishable from magic.
Has there ever been a more vacuous theory than Darwinism?  Evolution is fast except when it is slow, chaotic except when it is stable, divergent except when it is convergent, a driver except when it is driven, selfish except when it is altruistic, exorbitant except when it is thrifty, accelerating at the same time it is pushing on the brakes, dependent on the climate except when it’s not, mechanistic except when it is random.  There is no observation that cannot be incorporated into this hodgepodge of explanation, rendering it little more than a flexible, dynamic, evolving, adjusting, backpedaling, ad hoc narrative.  But we MUST teach it as FACT in the schools! (Re-read 01/29/1011 now).
Next headline on:  PlantsTerrestrial ZoologyMammalsEarly ManFossilsGeneticsDarwin and EvolutionPhilosophy of ScienceDumb Ideas
Fishy Just-So Stories     01/29/2011    
Jan 29, 2011 — “How the Seahorse Might Have Got Its Shape” (italics added) is a backpedal on the Just-So Story formula (e.g., “How the Zebra Got Its Stripes,” Kipling).  Was the evolutionist hedging his bets this time?  PhysOrg continued the possibility thinking with its subtitle, “The shape of the seahorse has long baffled marine scientists, but new research suggests the seahorse’s unique shape may have evolved to allow it to catch its food when it was further away.”  May have, might have; that’s the power of suggestion.  The BBC News, however, threw caution to the waves and declared that the seahorse’s body shape has been “explained”.
    The storyteller is a Belgian scientist, Sam Van Wassenbergh (U of Antwerp).  He compared seahorses with their relatives, the pipefish, which lack the characteristic curvature that makes seahorses distinctive in their upright swimming position.  He found that the curvature helps the seahorse, a weak swimmer, increase its striking range to catch prey.  A video clip explains the theory, followed by this paragraph at the end of the PhysOrg article:
Dr Van Wassenbergh said the foraging behavior would have come first and then natural selection would favor those fish that had a larger strike distance.  According to their research this created a selective pressure for the angle between head and trunk to increase.
The video clip was less bashful about the Just-So Story, ending, “...and that’s how the seahorse got its shape.”
    What Wassenbergh didn’t explain, though, was why pipefish didn’t follow suit, if this is such a good strategy for natural selection to work on.  In fact, the pipefish and seahorses seem to live in the same environments and do equally well at feeding and surviving.  It would seem an equally good story could be told about “How the Pipefish Got its Shape” – how selection pressure straightened out the weak-swimming, ungainly seahorse so that it could approach its prey with more speed.  Perhaps a more scientific title, then would be, “Why the Seahorse Has Its Shape,” not how it got its shape.  Then it becomes a story about biophysics, not evolution.
    A slightly stranger story on PhysOrg proposed that angelfish can do math.  When joining a group, or shoal, they appear to always prefer a shoal size with a ratio of 1.8 over another.  The article hedged its bets on what this might mean about angelfish brains and abilities, and even whether the observations hold true under other circumstances.  This second article did not mention evolution.
What’s the matter with the angelfish researchers?  They didn’t do their job.  They didn’t tell a story about how evolution accounted for the angelfish’s mathematical mind.
    The first one did it right.  Natural selection made pipefish straight, and it made seahorses curved.  This is known as scientific explanation.  Opposite outcomes occur from the same law of nature, the law of natural selection (12/19/2007).  These opposite outcomes can be subsumed under the Stuff Happens Law, which explains everything (see 09/15/2008 commentary for why this law is scientific).
    To exercise scientific restraint, you can say Stuff Might Happen; then when it does, you are acclaimed as The Scientist – a Priest of sorts, mediating between the mysterious workings of the cosmos and the peasants, providing them the comfort and assurance that comes with understanding.  Assume the lotus position and recite the mantra Stuffffff Happpppennnnnzzzzz till a state of nothingness descends upon you.  You have arrived at Niwrada (01/26/2010 commentary).
Next headline on:  Marine BiologyDarwin and EvolutionDumb Ideas
  “Darwin Acid Eats Literature” – what?  What does that mean?  Find out in the alarming 01/27/2006 entry – and be sure to read the commentary last.

Peter, Paul and Mary made a song famous and I am now the author of a sequel sung to the same tune - sung cheerfully and with gusto!

Okay, everybody sing now with feeling!!!!

*Poof* the Magic Dragon, came from the ooze
Impossibly improbably awoke from matter's snooze
Watches wind themselves, tornadoes make jet planes
And other stuff and nonsense they say Darwin explains

Little Radaractive watched that rascal "Poof*
and set about to call him out and call his foolish bluff
the dogs and mice all cried as *Poof* went out the door
for factually and actually he never was before

Storytimes for toddlers cause good moms to sing 
and tell their just-so stories about 'most anything
But when you are a grownup, fairy tales don't fly
and neither does the macroevolutionary cry, oh

*Poof* the Magic Dragon, came from the ooze
Impossibly improbably awoke from matter's snooze
Watches wind themselves, tornadoes make jet planes
And other stuff and nonsense they say Darwin explains


15 comments:

Anonymous said...

You've got this backwards, Radar. "Poof!" is the creation story.

Maybe some day you'll re-educate yourself, but we're not holding our breath.

"...and all this talk of people shooting themselves?"

I think it may have been concern that you might hurt someone else, given all these extreme thoughts about evil Darwinists that are like demons and so on.

Jon Woolf said...

"How does one get wisdom?"

From experience and thought. Though it seems that creationists fall rather short in the latter department. They prefer to sign away their brains in the service of their faith.

"How does one get knowledge? That is available everywhere."

And yet, creationists obstinately eschew it in favor of numbwitted failed-snarkery and malicious dishonesty. Every one of the examples cited in the blogpost you "borrowed" gives new insights into genetics, ecology, and evolution, and how they all interact. New knowledge and wisdom, right there in front of you. And all you can think of to do is lie about the science and malign the scientists involved.

"Everybody sing now, with gusto!"

Okay.

Brave Sir Radar ran away.
Bravely ran away away.
When Knowledge reared its ugly head,
He bravely turned his tail and fled.
Yes, brave Sir Radar turned about
And gallantly he chickened out.

Bravely taking to his feet,
He beat a very brave retreat.
Bravest of the braaaave, Sir Radar!


Creationists. Still all hat and and no cattle.

highboy said...

"You've got this backwards, Radar. "Poof!" is the creation story."

Whether you believe in God or not, the story is still "poof".

Anonymous said...

I love the way Darwinsts explain re-evolution and shape shifting. They are so good at enlightening our ignorance and determining scientific processes. Everything is possible because everything is. DebB

radar said...

Which Poof makes more sense? A random undirected accident which seems to be a complete impossibility followed by myriad statistically impossible poofs all random, all undirected, which result in logical processes and systems, design and information in vast amounts?

Or, a Creator God with intelligence Who with intentionality made a logical Universe and input both life and information and even left us a message that explains His purposes for the Universe and for the created beings inhabiting said Universe, us?

Which poof is more logical and likely? A series of uncaused causes, or one pre-existent supernatural Intelligent Designer as First Cause?

radar said...

And lest we forget, it is Darwinism and it's flow into Social Darwinism that is the villain here. Those who have been fooled into believing it may do evil things in part because they reject the Arbiter of what is called "good" and what is called "evil." Hitler apparently believed what he was doing was good. Those who shot, killed and stuffed aborigines for museums thought they were doing good.

When the Judeo-Christian ethic is rejected and each man decides what is right or wrong, we get anarchy. Situational ethics and political correctness lead to immoral societies and immoral societies always collapse.

What is interesting is that when a nation believes that "might makes right" that nation is just as likely to collapse from within as it is to be conquered from without or a combination thereof.

"America is great because America is good." is commonly attributed to Alexis de Tocqueville but it was in fact something of a summary of a much longer train of thought he wrote in his tome "Democracy in America." I will quote him accurately next comment...

radar said...

"In France I had almost always seen the spirit of religion and the spirit of freedom marching in opposite directions. But in America I found they were intimately united and that they reigned in common over the same country.

Religion in America...must be regarded as the foremost of the political institutions of that country; for if it does not impart a taste for freedom, it facilitates the use of it. Indeed, it is in this same point of view that the inhabitants of the United States themselves look upon religious belief.


I do not know whether all Americans have a sincere faith in their religion -- for who can search the human heart? But I am certain that they hold it to be indispensable to the maintenance of republican institutions. This opinion is not peculiar to a class of citizens or a party, but it belongs to the whole nation and to every rank of society."

You can find this on Google books and various other sites.

America was founded on laws based on the Bible and the Judeo-Christian ethic was the default setting for society. As Social Darwinism has attacked the foundations, we now see that society and government are both floundering. The continued deception of Darwinism is key to the eventual erosion of all morality and eventually the USA will be just another great nation that fell from great heights due to the resulting destruction of the fundamental family unit and the lack of moral absolutes.

Darwinist science has become a hodge-podge of incomprehensible jargon and conflicting hypotheses that produce ridiculous claims, because no matter what is found, it is explained by evolution. Evolution is therefore nothing, because it is everything. Evolution is simply God to Atheists. But a God devoid of personality or intellect or intent or anything other than a convenient answer to the unanswerable questions is a pitiful lower-case god incapable of actual existence. You may as well buy a bust of Darwin, put some candles around him and bow down to him, he will have as much creative power as does his lame hypothesis.

Anonymous said...

*yawn*

Whatever Radar.
Move on people, nothing worth your attention here.

Jon Woolf said...

"Move on people, nothing worth your attention here."

Yeah, that about sums it up.

Wisdom right there in plain print, ripe for the taking, and Radar hides his head in the sand of creationism yet again.

"There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed by the Creator into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved."

-- Charles Darwin

Anonymous said...

Is Jon Wolf saying that Darwin believed that God created life? That life didn't come from non-life? Abiogenesis is indeed not true? So now you admit that abiogensis is make believe? Good for you!
DebB

Anonymous said...

So Jon, Darwin had to say that life was created into a few forms or into one. So why not ALL the basic kinds with lots of genetic information in the DNA for variation that can be selected to adapt to various environments?

DebB

Jon Woolf said...

"So why not ALL the basic kinds with lots of genetic information in the DNA for variation that can be selected to adapt to various environments? "

Because we can look at the genetic code and tell that's not what happened.

radar said...

The above statement is false.

Anonymous said...

"The above statement is false."

You've got some reading to catch up on.

Anonymous said...

Radar: Of course God "makes sense" because God was invented to make sense. That's the whole reason he/it was created.

Nazi Germany was still a Christian nation at the time of its collapse. Not what you or I would like to think of as Christian, but still: Christian "values" provide no guarantee of a just or stable society.

"no matter what is found, it is explained by evolution."

No need to mock this, since (a) what you're saying here is equally explained by the theory being valid, and (b) you complain that science tweaks its theories, if possible, as new evidence is uncovered. New evidence may falsify a theory, or it may tell the scientists "this is almost right, but this bit doesn't work - but it will with some changes".

DebB: what do you mean by "re-evolution"? What do you mean by "shape shifting"?