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Sunday, December 04, 2016

Evolution's Magic, and Fossil Fun

When confronted with fossils that cannot be explained through evolution, scientists can resort to magic words and present them as "explanations".

Although many atheists and evolutionists will say that Christians and creationists believe in "magic", an honest assessment of source materials shows that people who make such accusations are saturated with meadow muffins. If you study on it, the proclamations of proponents of common-ancestor evolution are far more like magic than science. But we've come to expect double standards from secularists, haven't we?

Scientists are human, but are expected by the public and other scientists to have some degree of consistency with procedure and analysis. Some time back, and unimpressive reptile fossil was found. A better specimen was found years later, and it baffled Darwinistas. What's  doing with one claw like come evil beastie out of a video game? Why does it resemble one of today's living mammals? Instead of admitting that this creature was designed by our Creator, evolutionists waved their magic wands and muttered spells with vague "maybe" terms, and then passed this stuff off as "science". That's not science, old son.
Once upon a time, only a single Italian fossil—a crushed specimen that paleontologists had to reconstruct—represented the extinct reptile Drepanosaurus. Now, a team of American scientists including dinosaur, anatomy, and geology experts described a new Drepanosaurus specimen from Ghost Ranch, New Mexico in the technical journal Current Biology. Instead of fingers, it had a massive claw on each hand, and its curling tail was claw-tipped. These features have some secular scientists scratching their heads over where it came from and why it looks more like a particular living mammal than a reptile.

Though its name sounds like a dinosaur, this odd reptile found in Triassic layers wasn't exactly a dinosaur—or even a lizard. It was probably its own brand of reptile. Drepanosaurus' enormous front claw connected to a broad and flat bone found in no other animal. This specimen, and the few others like it, had a slender snout. Its long muscular tail could curl around tree branches, and it had a unique tail spike that could help anchor the animal onto tree bark. This extinct reptile likely lived in trees and scratched away bark to feed on insects.
To read the rest, click on "Magic Words Can't Explain Strange Fossil".

When confronted with fossils that cannot be explained through evolution, scientists can resort to magic words and present them as "explanations".

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Going to the Ant to Learn

In Proverbs 6:6-8, we are told to learn from the lowly ant. They don't sit around in their parents' basements, waiting for everyone else to take care of them, wearing safety or diaper pins, complaining about things they don't like in the world. Instead, they are making use of what's available for shelter. Some even build elaborate cities, do farming, and have assigned duties so they can be productive members of their societies.


Our Creator has provided us with learning opportunities from many sources. The ant shows us the values of being productive and industrious, and are being studied for biomimetics.
Leafcutter ants image credit: Wikimedia Commons / Adrian Pingstone
Not only can ants show us how to be productive, but to work together to build their societies. Christians, take note! Also, leafcutter ants are being studied for biomimetics applications, including the bacteria they use to make antibiotics for humans, and are being studied to produce renewable biofuels. Our Creator has given us a great deal to learn from these tiny critters that he designed!
The subterranean city highways are busy with traffic scurrying to and from the suburban markets. The citizens carry out their jobs with abandon, in full accordance with their special callings. A complex communication network ensures the survival of this metropolis, which must manage its food production, defend its citizens from marauding enemies, and regulate the climate. In some cities, caverns are set aside for shepherds to tend their flocks; and in other communities, collective farmers plant, prune, and harvest food from underground gardens.

These sound like modern human cities, but they’re not. Welcome to the wonderful world of ants, some of God’s most able architects, who have built an astonishing array of charming cities around the world.
To read the rest of this extremely interesting article (or get the free audio download), click on "Miniature Metropolises". Also, here is a short video on leafcutter ants (with the obligatory homages to evolution and millions of years, but those do not ruin the good science contained therein).




Our Creator has provided us with learning opportunities from many sources. The ant shows us the values of being productive and industrious, and are being studied for biomimetics.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Biogeography and Log Mat Rafting

Occasionally, muck-to-mammal evolutionists want to slap leather with creationists by asking, "How did those unique critters get from Point A to Point B after the Genesis Flood? Gotcha!" That'll be the day. Getting various life forms to their locations around the world (biogeography) is a problem for evolutionists and uniformitarian scientists, who also wonder how they moved around. Land bridges? Sure, some used land bridges, along with humans. But that's looking like it's not a good explanation.


Secular scientists have difficulty explaining how animals migrated from place to place. Creationary scientists have a much more plausible model than those that uniformitarian scientists propose.
Image credit: Freeimages / Silvia Cosimini
Biblical creationary scientists have a much more plausible model: rafting. Actually, rafting on log mats. This idea has been ridiculed, perhaps because they imagine small rafts that may hold six people. The rafts were likely quite large. Secular scientists are considering jumping on board the rafts, but obviously, leaving the Genesis Flood out of it — gotta keep that deep-time faith, don'tcha know.
The present-day and Ice Age distribution of many animals and plants is a major mystery of biogeography. The uniformitarian idea of rafting horizontally on tectonic plates, once thought to be the explanation for most biogeography, has recently been shown to be mostly wrong. The focus of this article will be on mammal distributions. One option for mammal migration is by land bridges but except for the Bering Land Bridge, this idea is not popular. The only other option is for rafting on vegetation mats, sometimes across oceans. Many problems occur with the uniformitarian rafting idea, such as the small extent of vegetation rafts observed today. Creationists, on the other hand, have a very potent mechanism to explain biogeography by the huge log and vegetation rafts that would be left over from the Genesis Flood and would last for decades floating on the oceans. Present-day floating islands give us a hint to the possibilities.
To read the rest, click on "Post-Flood log mats potentially can explain biogeography".

Secular scientists have difficulty explaining how animals migrated from place to place. Creationary scientists have a much more plausible model than those that uniformitarian scientists propose.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Why Are We Dying?

It has been said that at the moment a newborn child takes its first breath, the dying process begins. Why is that? With all the advances in medical science and so on, you'd think we'd be seeing a huge increase in lifespans, barring accidents, homicides, and so on. But it's not happening.

Secular scientists are trying to determine why our lives have a limited number of years. Evolution does not give them an explanation, but our Creator has provided it.
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Scientists are working from their materialistic worldview to explain why we have limits on our lives, and to extend our lifespans, but they have not had much success. Evolution does not give an explanation. If they bothered to consult the Owner's Manual that our Creator gave to us, they would have their answers.
Recent science news suggests that our days are numbered. Our hearts begin to beat sooner than scientists had thought, Medical Xpress says, but quickly notes that humans get a normal limit of about 3 billion heartbeats – some more, some less. To find out about the onset of heartbeats, the British Heart Association studied mouse embryos. Extrapolating their measurements to human gestation, they think the human heart begins beating just 16 days after conception. “Previously, it was thought that the heart started to contract a stage later, when the heart appears as a linear tube,” the article says, so this is a dramatic finding. The heart is the first organ to form during pregnancy. It will beat for many years—but not forever.

But “When, and why, must we die?” PhysOrg wonders. The author of this article gives a common evolutionary explanation:
To see the obligatory homage to evolution, the article in context, and then get the real answer, click on "Man’s Days Are Numbered".

Secular scientists are trying to determine why our lives have a limited number of years. Evolution does not give them an explanation, but our Creator has provided it.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Sixth Annual Question Evolution Day is Coming!

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Yes, I know it seems like February 12 is a long way off, what with this being November 12 and all, but Question Evolution Day is important, and we need to commence to planning. I need to come up with a new logo for this sixth annual event. Location: wherever you are. Cost: nope.


We've come through a many activities lately such as elections, the World Series, various holidays, and so on. Then there are further things to consider: the November 14 "supermoon", America has Thanksgiving Day on November 24, then we have other things including Christmas and New Year's Day to deal with. Who wants to think about February 12?

Hopefully, creationists as well as people who believe in intellectual and academic freedoms will want to mark it on their calendars. (Hint: electronic calendars on the Web and electronic devices have reminders you can set for your ownself.) Not only is it Question Evolution Day (which, through time, chance, random processes, mutations, and no intelligent design, it just happens to fall on Darwin's birthday), but it is also Creation Sunday. That's right, two for the price of one! And neither costs you anything at all to participate unless you want to spend money on your own observances.

Since both events are on Sunday, February 12, we can make it into Question Evolution Weekend. This is one big reason for advance notice. Creation Sunday is a way for Bible-believing churches to affirm that they believe in the importance of Genesis and creation. Some may want to dedicate Sunday to giving sermons, obtaining creationary speakers to give presentations, showing videos (many are free online, showing good videos such as Evolution's Achilles' Heels can be purchased), and so on. Eric Hovind supported the fifth annual QED, and he came up with some suggestions that are worth considering. Churches, organizations, or individuals may want to have activities on Saturday, Friday night through Sunday, or whatever. It's up to you. Isn't freedom wonderful?

For more information on Question Evolution Day, see the video below, and also click here. Here is the article I wrote for Creation Ministries International, "The Importance of Question Evolution Day". For Creation Sunday, click here. Let's get the word out and make the sixth annual Question Evolution Day and Creation Sunday bigger than ever! Umm...don't forget to get it on your calendars.


Sunday, November 06, 2016

Question Evolution? Why Not Question Gravity, Also?

The spillway for the Ashokan Reservoir is a short drive from here, and when rain commences to happen a bit intensively, the spillway has a kind of nifty waterfall effect. Other times, not so much. Many scientific principles are involved, including engineering, the hydrologic cycle — and gravity. Ever notice you don't see the opposite of a waterfall in nature? Water falls, it goes downward, like everything else unless acted on by a contrary force. But y'all are smart folks and already knew that.


Some atheists and evolutionists try to put down creationists by asking why we don't deny gravity as well as evolution. Such "thinking" is fundamentally flawed.

Some tinhorns think they're putting creationists in their place when they equivocate bacteria-to-bigot evolution with gravity. When promoting the annual Question Evolution Day event, we often get sneering comments along the lines of, "Ya gonna have a Question Gravity Day, too? Haw, haw haw!" In reality, such people are showing lack of reasoning skills and inability to understand science itself by making such an invalid comparison.


Peter Henderson being a shallow thinker and bigot on the British Centre for Science Education Forums.

The bad comparison is often used as a means of ridicule and intimidation, which backfires when used on people who know how to think. There's a heap of difference between gravity and Darwin's conjectures.
An article appeared in the Jan./Feb. 2004 issue of The Professional Geologist by paleontology Professor, James S. Mellett, with the intriguing title, "Question: Do You Believe in Evolution? Answer: Do You Believe in Gravity?" While the article brought nothing new to the debate, and indeed belied a substantial misunderstanding of creation thinking, its title indicates a profound misunderstanding of evolution as well and merits a response.

Let me remind you that "science" has always relied on human observation. Obviously, observations occur in the present, even if they relate to things in the past. For instance, paleontologists, who exist in the present, make observations in the present of fossils, which exist in the present even though the fossils are the remains of organisms, which lived in the past. Science is done in the present.
To read the rest of this short article, click on "Is Believing in Evolution the Same Kind of Thing as Believing in Gravity?"




Some atheists and evolutionists try to put down creationists by asking why we don't deny gravity as well as evolution. Such "thinking" is fundamentally flawed.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Blue Planet Mars

The pursuit of discovering life on Mars continues, and a key component of life is water. Mars is a red desert place with no water. Well, that was one view. Astronomers and people employed in the pseudoscience of astrobiology are still arguing about whether or not there's water. Some have said that it sorta kinda looks that way, but no, must not be water. I reckon part of the problem is that Mars has volcanoes (and one is mighty big) that could have belched out water vapor, but secularists say that oceans on Mars had to be there before the volcanoes. The materialistic view seem to go like this: if there's water on Mars, there may be life, which must have evolved, therefore, there is no Creator God.


There is some disagreement about whether or not Mars had, and still has, actual water. There is quite a bit of evidence, which also raises many questions.
Image credit (original on right, obviously): NASA / ESA / Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Although it's good to see that a scientist or two wants to consider other possibilities than water for what has been documented, I can't help but wonder if the hesitation to agree with the abundant evidence is based on ideological grounds. That is, secular views are out of line with evidence. There's a great deal of evidence that Mars had water in the past, and there is probably some there now.
Did water once flow on the surface of another planet in the solar system? Although Mars is now a desert, we have growing evidence that rain and flash floods once scoured the surface, sustaining a network of streams and lakes—and perhaps even an ocean. Today it appears that some of this water is locked up in subsurface permafrost and the rest has escaped into space.

Where did all this liquid water come from, and why did it disappear? These are two of the greatest mysteries in planetary astronomy. Mars is currently too cold and its atmosphere is too thin to support liquid water. So how did it ever produce and sustain an ocean and a thick atmosphere?

The spacecraft and rovers sent to Mars over the past five years are equipped with next-generation instruments to help solve these very questions. Yet despite our ever-increasing knowledge of the Red Planet, investigators are still baffled.
To read the rest, click on "Mars—The Other Blue Planet?"

There is some disagreement about whether or not Mars had, and still has, actual water. There is quite a bit of evidence, which also raises many questions.