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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Mutations Not So Random After All

Papa Darwin's ideas require huge amounts of time, hence the bellicose propaganda of his disciples for an old Earth. However, another evolutionary concept involves chance and random mutations, but the overwhelming majority of mutations are harmful to an organism. Darwin was ignorant of the work of Mendel (peas be upon him) and did not know about mutations, his followers incorporated that idea later.) I'll allow that some mutations seem beneficial at first glance, but are usually disadvantageous in other ways.

In addition to long ages, evolution requires mutations. Random ones. Studies are showing that mutations can actually be targeted, which supports biblical creation science.
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Do mutations add genetic information, such as evolutionists insist? There are problems with that term, some of which are semantics, and a good part is how "information" is defined, so the answer may be a qualified "yes". What can prove to be frustrating to evolutionists is the way mutations may be a part of the Creator's design (which is borne out by rapid speciation), and scientific discoveries are inadvertently supporting predictions from biblical creation.
Evolutionists look at examples of animals adapting to their environments, and they assume that in this way, given enough time and enough tiny changes, primitive frogs have turned into turtles, and fish into philosophers.

Creationists have long agreed that inheritable adaptation happens via natural selection. This helps explain how the kinds represented on the Ark were able to rapidly diversify afterwards into many different varieties, even new species.

On its own, natural selection can only sort (or get rid of) existing information. It cannot generate any new information or variability itself; it can only choose from what is already there. Genes come in pairs, are reshuffled at reproduction, and many exist in at least two forms, so living things have a lot of built-in variability already. Thus the ‘dog kind’ pair on the Ark could have diversified rapidly into coyotes, dingoes, wolves, etc. without any genetic novelty necessarily introduced into their DNA.
To read the rest, click on "Designed to adapt?"

In addition to long ages, evolution requires mutations. Random ones. Studies are showing that mutations can actually be targeted, which supports biblical creation science.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Knowing the Dog Nose

Basement Cat has been camping out in the kitchen lately, even pressing her nose up to the base of the stove. Yep, something's hiding in there, probably a mouse (which is probably getting her scent as well). Not only do cats have great eyesight and hearing, they have about 80 million smell receptors, and we only have somewhere around 5 million. Dogs have us both beat. Depending on the size of the animal, they can have 300 million smell receptors, and their ability is very intricate.

Dogs and other animals have been given an amazingly intricate and effective sense of smell. This is clearly another gift from our Creator to some critters in his creation.
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There are other animals that can smell and locate specific things from quite a long way off, but it's kind of tricky to ascertain the skills of wild critters. Observation seems to be the best tool. The doggerel written for evolutionism cannot adequately explain the origin of the sense of smell, how it's processed, and the variations among different creatures. It is logical to conclude that this is another of the abilities our Creator has given to his handiwork.
If you have been to an airport recently, you may have noticed an increased number of canine staff on the TSA payroll, weaving through the security lines and along the busy corridors. In the nine airports that I have been in the last six months, I have seen German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, and Labrador Retrievers working these patrols. Beagles are another popular breed for this line of work. They are all sniffing out the scene for signs of something amiss. Depending on their training, they can be sniffing for anything from illegally imported meats to drugs to firearms. What about dogs makes them the best candidate for the job, and why these breeds of dogs?
No need to get your nose out of joint, you can finish reading the article (which has some really interesting science) by clicking on "What a Dog’s Nose Knows!" You may also like "Souped-Up Sniffers".

Dogs and other animals have been given an amazingly intricate and effective sense of smell. This is clearly another gift from our Creator to some critters in his creation. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Velocious Changes Perplex Secular Scientists

The basis view of secular geologists is uniformitarianism, where slow and gradual processes have been the cause of most physical features of Earth. They've had to reckon with observed scientific facts that refute their paradigm, and some will grudgingly allow that there are occasional catastrophic events. Other times, they really don't know what went on.

Several examples of quick changes on Earth's surface in recent times raise questions about secular geology, and the accuracy of their methods.
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Evidence shows that the Sahara Desert was once tropical. What caused the arid conditions? Scientists have some speculations, but can't figure why the changes were permanent. On a similar note, the Atacama Desert in Chile was habitable, even having wetlands, thousands of years ago. Greenland lost plenty of ice several times, and did it quickly (Vikings farmed the green land, after all). Quick changes, no long-age explanations. No, anthropogenic global warming cannot be invoked.

To hotten things up some more, studies of crystals are being conducted about the Gede volcano in Indonesia. The long processes used to explain volcanoes, their build up and eruptions, yield to inconvenient truths that the things can build up and go boom in a mighty quick span of time. Even dormant volcanoes may become active again.

Moving down yonder to Indonesia, scientists are also puzzled by the presence of volcanoes and earthquakes there. It's not exactly a hotbed of tectonic activity, so what's the deal? Attempts to palliate ideas that uniformitarian, old-Earth geology may not be as conclusive as once believed fall flat. Kind of makes you think that Earth may be young after all.

To read about these items, click on "Rapid Earth Changes in Historic Times".

Sunday, January 08, 2017

Genes Block Evolution

Before we get to the roadblock to evolution material, a request for Christian readers to pray for our proprietor, who is going under the knife a few hours after this is posted. -CBB 

Way back when, genes were those things that passed along inherited traits. Then our understanding of the genome increased, and it was learned that genes do not just pass along a trait, they are pleiotropic, passing along several. Votaries of microbes-to-magician evolution figure that there's a whole heap of beneficial mutations being passed along through genes to future generations. Not hardly!

Once again, more knowledge about the genome reveals more reasons to reject evolution.
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A mutation in one gene is going to affect other genes, making mutations even more likely to be harmful on a larger scale. Researchers tried to drive around this problem by focusing on transcription factors, those special proteins that act like genome switches. Things got worse for evolutionists, but guess who is not surprised? Biblical creationists.
In the early days of genetics, genes were thought to be solitary entities. Now it's well understood that genes operate in complex networks and that gene mutations can have multiple detrimental effects. A new study reconfirms mutations are a major roadblock for evolution.

Before the advent of modern molecular biology, scientists defined a gene as a single unit of inheritance. If a gene was found to influence multiple externally visible traits, it was said to be pleiotropic — a term first used in 1910. During this early period of genetic discovery, pleiotropy was considered to be quite rare because scientists assumed most genes only possessed a single function—a simplistic idea that remained popular throughout most of the 20th century. However, as our understanding of genetics grew through DNA science, it became clear that genes operate in complex interconnected networks. Furthermore, individual genes produce multiple variants of end products with different effects through a variety of intricate mechanisms. Taken together, these discoveries show that pleiotropy is a common feature of nearly every gene.
To finish reading, click on "Gene Pleiotropy Roadblocks Evolution".

Once again, more knowledge about the genome reveals more reasons to reject evolution.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

How Firm is the Foundation of Society?

There is an increasing antagonism toward God, the Bible, Christians, those of us who reject common-ancestor evolution and believe in a recent creation, and so on from mockers. They use self-identify in various ways, but atheist encompasses them rather well. Some go so far as to duncically claim in opposition to quality scholarship that Jesus never existed, others assert that the Bible is "evil", and a passel use the "full of errors" myth. One sidewinder wrote the Skeptic's Annotated Bible and used his viperine chicanery to claim that a book he doesn't believe in the first place is errant, so he is making money from weak-minded people who join with him in finding excuses to reject God. Nice trick. His poor "scholarship" can be dismantled.

Although mockers claim otherwise and use devious means to present their agendas, the Bible is foundational to civilization. The failure of man is not the failure of God.
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The strange thing about these self-styled intellectuals is that they frequently embarrass themselves in their pursuit of hate by ignoring pertinent facts, failing to do adequate research, assuming that the atheist is always right and the Christians are automatically wrong, attempt famacide, and so on. Like this tinhorn. All of this Bible-despising is akin to "biting the hand that feeds you". Science flourishes in a Christian environment, which should not be surprising, since the Bible is the foundation of society itself — and Genesis is the foundation of all major biblical doctrines.

Liken this to a building. You can have an excellent foundation, but if the structure built upon it is squirrelly and unmaintained (if drunken cowhands on payday shoot up the saloon ceiling, the roof has to be repaired to keep it from leaking, and their activities must be halted), the foundation is blameless. Similarly, people have disrespected and abandoned their biblical foundations, embracing secularism and evolutionary thinking. It is no wonder that civilized society is deteriorating, but that was caused by perfidious people, not God or his Word.
Have you ever stopped to consider just how much positive effect Bible-believing Christianity has had on societies throughout the world? It is also no coincidence that in prosperous nations such as Great Britain, the United States of America, much of Europe, Canada, South Korea and Australia, a significant proportion of society historically embraced biblical Christianity.

Children raised by parents “in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Ephesians 6:4) for generations grew up to influence all walks of life, including as business leaders, decision-makers, lawmakers, police and judges, and in the arts and sciences.

Among the things they were taught was that the Bible gave a true history of the world, including:
To learn more, click on "The Bible is the bedrock of civilized society".

Although mockers claim otherwise and use devious means to present their agendas, the Bible is foundational to civilization. The failure of man is not the failure of God.