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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Mitochondrial DNA Differences and Creation Science

We are hearing more and more about mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in science news, and the topic crops up frequently in discussions on human origins. This kind is believed to be exclusively the property of women. Believers in microbes-to-mothers evolution think that humans came out of Africa somewhere about 200,000 years ago, while biblical creationists contend that humanity and everything else was created far more recently.


Creation science research in mitochondrial DNA yields results that support the biblical timeline.
Credit: “Dna” by renjith krishnan at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Researching the history of mtDNA, a number of assumptions have to be used. Scientists do that, then they see if the results comport with reality. The generation time of the mtDNA is based on the assumptions that marriage and family customs are uniform, using an age of 15 years for mothers. In the biblical creation science paradigm, people lived a great deal longer, and biblical records indicate that they married and had offspring much later in their lives. 

Using reasonable assumptions about the past and calculating mutation rates with available databases, the number of 137 nucleotide changes in the population was indicated. The biblical view supports what is observed, while the evolutionary assumptions yield results that are vastly different.
In 2016, Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson published an article in the Answers Research Journal regarding the origin of the differences in human mitochondrial DNA. While he has published previously on the topic of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA), this article brings a study of African mtDNA differences and discusses how it supports the young-earth creation model. This article will summarize Dr. Jeanson’s research.
That is the abstract. The article is somewhat technical, but not excessively long. If you've a mind to, you can read the rest by clicking on "Origin of Mitochondrial DNA Differences".
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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".


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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".

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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.



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