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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Insect Sanitation Engineers

This is one of those posts that has interesting information, provided people can get over the "Ewww Factor" for a spell. I had a post about dung beetles, which are important sanitation engineers for the environment, but I reckon most people had to kind of steel themselves to read it. This is another of those.

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One of the creatures that people wonder why God created is the cockroach, and some wish they'd just all die off. The revulsion probably comes from our mental images, memories, experiences, and such with the unpleasant ones that invade our dwellings. Even though there's a stigma, if there are cockroaches in your home, it does not necessarily mean that you are dirty or a bad housekeeper. Mayhaps the association comes from actually dirty living quarters where the nasty things have a grand hoedown. Even so, they're clever at getting into even the cleanest home — especially if you live near an infestation. Only five of the thousands of species are bothersome to humans.

Cockroaches are all over the world, so we'll have to get over the heebie-jeebies. It would help if we learned to appreciate some of their qualities. They are a high-protein food source for other critters — and some people like the crunchy bugs. In addition, they are beneficial for their environments, essentially helping with leaf litter. Some scientists are using cockroach biomimetics for robotic design.

Speaking of design, there is no evidence of cockroach evolution: they have remained the same over millions of Darwin years. Fact is, these things some of us love to hate (especially the five home-invasive species) have been designed by our Creator for specific purposes.
Discovering a cockroach infestation is a horrifying experience, and they are difficult to get rid of once established in a residence. Synonymous with filth and unsanitary conditions, some wonder, ‘Why would God create such a disgusting creature?’ Were they really part of God’s original ‘very good’ creation?

In fact, while they get a bad reputation from their pest cousins, there are thousands of species of cockroaches that do not infest homes, and actually play vital ecological roles. They also display indicators of ingenious design that robotics engineers are learning from.
I don't want to bug you, but I suggest reading the rest of the article. Just click on "The cockroach: nature’s garbage men".

If  people can get over the "Ewww Factor" for a spell, there are some surprising things about those sanitation engineers of the insect world, the cockroach. They're even being studied for applications in robotics!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Mind is Not the Brain

Today we're going to examine two articles on a similar theme, if'n y'all don't mind. Although secularists hold to methodological and philosophical naturalism (briefly stated, no God, even if the logical conclusion and the evidence leads to God), they still search for non-material concepts like free will and the soul. By doing this, they're inadvertently admitting that their worldview is inconsistent. Now secular scientists are obtaining evidence that we are not just "meat machines", and the mind/soul/consciousness is still operational.

Brain is not consciousness
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The brain has two hemispheres that work together, and are connected by a kind of conduit. Doctors and scientists have been puzzled when people with damaged brains have rerouted, and then used other areas that are not damaged. What if that conduit is severed?
Experiments with split-brain patients in Amsterdam lend support to the idea that one immaterial being operates the physical brain, even when damaged.

The University of Amsterdam UVA News posted an intriguing headline: “Split brain does not lead to split consciousness.” Split brain refers to a condition when the corpus callosum, the “pipeline” between the brain’s two hemispheres, has been severed. Classic experiments seemed to show that the left side of the brain could only perceive objects on the left side, and vice versa, leading researchers to conclude that each hemisphere generated its own conscious identity. UvA psychologist Yair Pinto has run new experiments to show that is not entirely true. The experiments are difficult because of the rarity of people having the condition. Pinto had two subjects to work with, allowing a certain level of confirmation of his findings.
To finish this first article, click on "One Spirit Can Operate a Split Brain". Then, there's a related article waiting for your return.

See? Here's an introduction to the related article that I promised you. Cue the beginning of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb": "Hello, is there anybody in there? Just nod if you can hear me. Is there anyone home?"

Although 1955 was before my time, a classic Alfred Hitchcock Presents television story called "Breakdown" involves a man who was in a crash and people thought he was dead. He was alive, however, and trying very hard to communicate, almost to no avail. Patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) have been locked in and unable to communicate, and their loved ones wonder what's happening on the inside. One woman with ALS was connected to a computer and was able to have some motion and communication.

Taking it further, more communications experiments have been conducted with ALS patients, and the results are encouraging — especially when the patients answer questions.
Four ALS patients unable to move at all learned to communicate with their thoughts. Despite their condition, they all said they were happy.

What’s a person thinking when they cannot move a muscle? It’s a tragic question asked by family members of patients with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a degenerative disease that gradually robs them of movement. The patient can become ‘completely locked in’ where cannot even move their eyes, and exist in this state for years. Is the ‘person’ still there? Is he or she in pain or miserable? We may now have the means to answer those questions, thanks to new techniques developed in Geneva, Switzerland. Researchers describe how they overcame a limitation with standard EEG techniques, which might respond to involuntary eye movements rather than thoughts. At The Conversation, Ana Matran-Fernandez describes the procedure:
To read the rest, click on "The Mind Is Free When the Body Is Locked-In". Both of these articles indicate that the spirit is not just the brain, but the brain is used by the spirit. We were created in God's image. You have a spirit, and it will live on after you die. Do you know where that will be? You can be sure.

The spirit or consciousness is not simply the electrical and chemical impulses in the brain. Recent studies are showing that the materialistic approach to science does not properly address this.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Human Evolutionary Dates in Conflict

When presenting evidence refuting evolution and affirming special creation, Darwin's Flying Monkeys© tend to swoop down and insist that evolution is a "fact", then gibber various "proofs" of evolution. Added to their alleged facts are items that are dated way back yonder.

Human evolution dating has serious problems

What many of them do not realize is that there is considerable disagreement on the dating of human evolution; it depends on who you ask. The main items on which evolutionists focus are two supposed splits in their mythological history: the one between humans and chimp lineages, and another between modern humans and Neanderthal-type humans. One of the greatest failings for human evolutionary timelines involves molecular clocks. This isn't just a tweak for Daylight Saving Time, either. Why are there so many date problems if evolution is almost-settled science? Because this kind of evolution never happened, old son. Creation happened, as the evidence indicates.
If you listen closely to newscasters, schoolteachers, and evolutionary experts when they talk about our evolutionary history, you will notice discrepancies in the numbers they quote. Do those discrepancies bother you? Or do you, like many people, simply hear another really big number and move on with your day? Well, those discrepancies are pretty big, and they bother scientists who are concerned about the accuracy of their claims.

Now keep in mind that evolutionary scientists are not in the habit of questioning whether or not apelike-creature-to-human evolution occurred. Nor are they in the habit of attributing the sorts of differences that distinguish us modern humans from Neanderthals to a cause any different from that which makes us different from our supposed ape cousins. But, with complete confidence that we are the products of millions of years of evolution, they would like to know when the key events in our evolutionary history happened.  
I hope you'll take the time to read the rest of the article. To accomplish this, it would be mighty helpful to click on "Resolving Human Evolutionary Dating Dilemmas". A similar article is also worth your time, "How Many More Anomalies Can Darwinism Take?"

The human evolution timeline is considered to be almost settled science by Darwinists, but there are some very serious problems in the dating.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Dinosaur Egg-Citement

Way back in 1842, Richard Owen classified some unusual critters as Dinosauria, using parts of two Greek words that mean terrible lizards. (Not all were so terrible — some were the size of chickens — but Owen probably didn't know that.) For quite a spell, folks reckoned them to be reptiles until some uppity Darwinists decided to claim that they evolved into birds. There are many insurmountable problems with this idea, including bone structure, breathing mechanisms, the development of wings, and more. Now eggs are cracking wise against evolution.

Dinosaur eggs refute bird evolution
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If dinosaurs evolved into birds, there would have to be a whole heap of similarities between them. Although dinosaurs appear reptilian, the evolutionists who believe in dino-to-bird evolution insist that dinosaurs had to be warm blooded, not cold blooded like other reptiles. They know this because it fits with their narrative, not because of actual evidence. A startling analysis of dinosaur eggs reveals that the time in the egg of the young 'uns, as well as the quantity of egg laying, had far greater similarities to reptiles than to birds. This supports what creationists have been saying along, that dinosaurs and birds were created and did not evolve.
Prevailing secular theory considers birds to be living dinosaurs, but new science is hatching to support the stark differences between these creatures. The data demonstrate dinosaurs were more likely cold-blooded like all modern reptiles.

Dr. Gregory Erickson of Florida State University and his colleagues from the University of Calgary and the American Museum of Natural History recently published their findings on dinosaur incubation periods in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. They found that dinosaur eggs took roughly twice as long to hatch as comparable bird eggs.
To read the rest, click on "Dinosaur Eggs Not Bird-Like After All".

Dinosaur eggs are not being friendly to proponents of dino-to-bird evolution. Analysis shows what we've known along: dinosaurs were reptiles.