Latest Articles: Creationism/Evolution
Evolution of Human 'Super-Brain' Tied to Development of Bipedalism, Tool-Making
Post Date: 2011-04-24 14:07:24 by Sebastian
CU-Boulder researcher John Hoffecker, shown here working at a site in Russia dating back 45,000 years, believes there is mounting archaeological evidence for the evolution of a human "super-brain" no later than 75,000 years ago that spurred a modern capacity for novelty and invention. Scientists seeking to understand the origin of the human mind may want to look to honeybees -- not ancestral apes -- for at least some of the answers, according to a University of Colorado Boulder archaeologist. CU-Boulder Research Associate John Hoffecker said there is abundant fossil and archaeological evidence for the evolution of the human mind, including its unique power to create a ...
A fight starts over spaghetti on NYC subway
Post Date: 2011-03-24 23:47:11 by Rudgear
Poster Comment:Just the latest confrontation in the culture wars . . .
Radiometric Dating: Making Sense of the Patterns
Post Date: 2011-03-17 00:06:33 by A K A Stone
Radiometric dating methods sometimes yield conflicting results, but the technique itself is scientific and reliable, and once the results are interpreted in a biblical framework, they yield clear patterns that help us better understand the earths history since creation six thousand years ago. Part Two of this series showed that the same rocks can yield very different ages, depending on which radiometric dating technique you use. These inconsistent results are due to the problems of inheritance and contamination, which cause the rocks chemistry to differ from the assumptions of standard radioactive clocks. Radiometric Dating 101 PART 1: Radiometric Dating: Back to ...
Dinosaurs from Anglo-Saxon and other Records
Post Date: 2011-03-12 18:56:46 by A K A Stone
I have spoken on the subject of the Table of Nations and the early post-Flood history of Europe, in Germany, Belgium and at many places now in England, and what surprised me at first was how, during question time, the subject turns so quickly to that of dinosaurs. Do they appear in the early chronicles? Do descriptions of them exist? And so on. So here I have set out as many examples of the mention of dinosaurs in the early records as I could immediately find, although there are doubtless many other instances to be noticed. Some of the examples mentioned here come from the very records that we have just been considering concerning the descent of the nations. The progression is only ...
The Created World A Creationist Perspective: Part 1
Post Date: 2011-03-01 07:43:28 by A K A Stone
Creationists develop models like these . . . by studying the facts of Gods Word and Gods world. In the beginning, the everlasting God spoke both time and the universe into existence. At first, the earth was without form and unfilled. Over three days, God gave form to the sky, sea, and land. Then, on the following three days, God filled these voids with abundant reminders of His glory. Included in the original material of creation was water, out of which God created the earth. This unique planet had just the right mix of chemicals and the right mass to hold a life-sustaining atmosphere. God then raised a landmass, similar to Rodinia (see below). As the waters rushed off the ...
Pssst! Don't tell the creationists, but scientists don't have a clue how life began
Post Date: 2011-02-28 17:30:17 by Mad Dog
Exactly 20 years ago, I wrote an article for Scientific American that, in draft form, had the headline above. My editor nixed it, so we went with something less dramatic: "In the Beginning
: Scientists are having a hard time agreeing on when, where andmost importanthow life first emerged on the earth." That editor is gone now, so I get to use my old headline, which is even more apt today. Dennis Overbye just wrote a status report for The New York Times on research into life's origin, based on a conference on the topic at Arizona State University. Geologists, chemists, astronomers and biologists are as stumped as ever by the riddle of life. After its ...
Same Sex Couple Turned Away At Creation Museum
Post Date: 2011-02-21 14:29:34 by Fred Mertz
(Petersburg, Ky.) - A gay couple says they paid for tickets, but were denied admission to an event at the Creation Museum in Petersburg. The Kentucky Enquirer reports the couple planned to attend a Date Night event at the Christianity-centered museum on February 11. One of the people reportedly involved, John Meador, is a blogger for alternative publication LEO Weekly in Louisville. Three of us (myself, my girlfriend and our friend Brandon) passed the security checkpoint despite minor scrutiny. We arrived right at 6:00 p.m.; (Creation Museum founder) Ken Ham was just beginning his talk of love in the museums special effects room, and we were eager to hear ...
LIVE VIDEO: Mubarak says he's staying power
Post Date: 2011-02-10 16:00:08 by Brian S
By M. Alex Johnson, msnbc.com reporter LIVE VIDEO: President Hosni Mubarak addresses the Egyptian people. Update 3:50 p.m. ET: Mubarak says, "I remain adamant to continue to shoulder my responsibility" until elections in September, saying, "I cannot and will not accept to be dictated orders from outside."The announcement contradicts reports by many news organizations for several hours including NBC News that he was likely to announce his resignation.Update 3:48 p.m. ET: President Hosni Mubarak tells Egyptian protesters that he takes "great pride in you as a new generation ... shaping the future." "I will hold accountable those ...
CARBON 14 AND POTSSIUM-ARGON DATING
Post Date: 2011-02-09 21:42:56 by A K A Stone
Carbon 14 dating, what is it, and what are the problems with it? The earths atmosphere is about 100 miles thick. It contains 78% nitrogen, 21% oxygen, .06% carbon dioxide, and .0000765% radioactive carbon (c14), which mix equally with the other normal CO2 by the wind currents. This radioactive carbon 14 is inhaled and absorbed by animals and plants. The sun produces carbon 14 by striking the atmosphere and converting the nitrogen (atomic weight of 14) to carbon (atomic weight of 12) by knocking a few particles off of it. Because the carbon came from nitrogen, it is unstable and radioactive. From testing, scientists believe that carbon 14 breaks back down to nitrogen at the rate of ...
Bedbug Cases On Pace to Triple in NYC Public Schools (anchor baby kooties)
Post Date: 2011-02-09 14:43:03 by Hondo68
View more videos at: http://www.nbcnewyork.com.Bedbugs are plaguing New York City public schools like never before, according to the latest stats from the Department of Education. City schools reported 1,700 confirmed bedbug cases in just the first five months of the school year -- a rate that's on pace to triple last years total of 1,019 cases. The parasitic pests have thrived in the winter season, it appears, with 80 percent of cases having been reported during November, December and January. "It's just an outbreak and I don't know how they can stop it," said Wendy Tatum, a mother at PS 54 in ...
Christian schools lose appeal bid in UC case
Post Date: 2010-10-16 21:25:48 by Skip Intro
Christian schools lose appeal bid in UC case The U.S. Supreme Court rejected an appeal Tuesday from Christian schools that want the University of California to grant college-prep credit for courses with religious viewpoints - using textbooks, UC says, that replace science with the Bible. The justices, without comment, denied a hearing to the Association of Christian Schools International, which accused the university of violating freedom of speech and religion with its policy on the classes applicants take in high school. UC requires certain high school courses for admission and says it reviews their content to make sure they cover subjects that incoming students need. University ...
Canyon Rapids and Rapid Formations
Post Date: 2010-09-09 22:54:35 by A K A Stone
In the cover story for the current edition of World magazine (September 11 issue), the editor-in-chief examines the question of the historicity of the book of Genesis using the Grand Canyon as the backdrop. (World magazine has been dubbed the Christian version of Time magazine.) World magazine cover With a headline on the cover that declares Rocks in Their Heads? (we thankfully note the rhetorical question-mark in referring to young-earth creationism), the lengthy article by Marvin Olasky was largely composed as he rode the rapids of the Colorado River that cuts through the Grand Canyon. He participated in an Answers in Genesis/Canyon Ministries one-week raft ...
What Is Science?
Post Date: 2010-09-03 09:21:43 by A K A Stone
Even if all the data point to an intelligent designer, such an hypothesis is excluded from science because it is not naturalistic. Dr. Scott Todd, Kansas State University, Nature 401(6752):423, Sept. 30, 1999 What You Will Learn Many people do not realize that science was actually developed in Christian Europe by men who assumed that God created an orderly universe. If the universe is a product of random chance or a group of gods that interfere in the universe, there is really no reason to expect order in nature. Many of the founders of the principle scientific fields, such as Bacon, Galileo, Kepler, and Newton, were believers in a recently created earth. The idea that science ...
Marvels of the Monarch
Post Date: 2010-09-01 19:56:00 by A K A Stone
A monarchs development from caterpillar to adult and its incredible ability to migrate clearly display the Creators design. What animal has a brain the size of a pinhead and yet can pinpoint a location 3,000 miles (4828 km) away and navigate there with an accuracy of 100 feet (30.5 m)?1 It is the most famous butterfly in North Americathe monarch. But the winged adult is just the fourth (and final) stage in this insects marvelous life cycle. A Tricky Life Cycle The monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) begins life as an egg (ovum) in its mothers body. Monarchs usually lay their eggs on a milkweed flower petal or leaf. Their eggs are very small, approximately ...
A Response to the Old-Earth Advocacy of Campbell et al., PCA Geologists on the Antiquity of the Earth
Post Date: 2010-08-19 22:58:26 by A K A Stone
The May/June 2010 volume of Modern Reformation, published by Dr. Michael Horton (Westminster Seminary, Escondido), noted for his radio program, The White Horse Inn, included a note by eight geologists who are members of the PCA. It can be accessed at www.modernreformation.org. In the article, these men propose that the denomination accept the old-earth view of Genesis based on arguments from the discipline of geology. This response was developed to demonstrate to laymen that their arguments are neither based on proper authority nor are scientifically compelling. It will also show important connections between prehistory and Enlightenment secularism. All of these considerations should drive ...
The Evolutionary Belief System
Post Date: 2010-08-10 20:48:07 by A K A Stone
Several times during our session of the annual conference of the United Methodist Church (held in western Pennsylvania in June) I heard the following phrase spoken quite passionately: I believe in evolution! We, of course, are free to declare what we believe in the United States of America. But when I heard that phrase, and the use of the word believe, it was revealing to me and many colleagues that the Darwinian Evolutionary worldview is fundamentally a belief system. Also, I realize that the evolutionary world itself is in flux in terms of conflicting interpretations of evidence and assumptions among its scientists; the evolutionary establishment is not as unified as it wants ...
The Biggest Lie About U.S. Companies: They Really Owe $7.2 Trillion
Post Date: 2010-08-04 18:43:39 by Capitalist Eric
The biggest lie about U.S. companies - MarketWatchAug. 3, 2010, 12:01 a.m. EDTThe biggest lie about U.S. companiesCommentary: Healthy balance sheets? They owe $7.2 trillion, the most ever By Brett Arends BOSTON -- You may have heard recently that U.S. companies have emerged from the financial crisis in robust health, that they've paid down their debts, rebuilt their balance sheets and are sitting on growing piles of cash they are ready to invest in the economy. You could hear this great news pretty much anywhere -- maybe from Bloomberg, which this spring hailed the "surprising strength" of corporate balance sheets. Or perhaps in the Washington Post, where Fareed ...
Why Orthodox Darwinism Demands Atheism
Post Date: 2010-07-28 21:18:24 by A K A Stone
Abstract A common claim is that no conflict exists between modern neo-Darwinism and orthodox biblical Christianity. The conclusions of many of the most eminent biologists today and a major study of leading biologists were reviewed, finding that they strongly disagree with the non-conflict hypothesis. Keywords: Darwinism, The Dover Court Case, atheism, influence of Darwinism on atheism, conflict of worldviews. Introduction U.S. District Judge Jones ruled in the 2005 Dover, Pennsylvania Intelligent Design court decision that no contradiction exists between modern Neo-Darwinism and theism. The judge ruled that: Both Defendants [Dover Area School Board of Directors] and many of the leading ...
Dating the Pyramids
Post Date: 2010-07-18 16:56:59 by A K A Stone
The Bible gives us only a few clues about where the rebels went after they left the Tower of Babel. One rebel leader was Hams son Mizraim. Since his name later became a synonym for Egypt, early Jewish and Christian writers believed he led his family to Africa, founding Egypt along the waters of the Nile. We must go to secular sources, however, to find more details about the founding of Egypt. According to the Greek historian Herodotus (ca. 484425 BC), Egypt was originally an uninhabitable marsh. The Egyptian historian Manetho, writing later in the third century BC, says that a demigod named Menes rose to power as Egypts first pharaoh. Early Christian writers ...
Darwinism and Racism
Post Date: 2010-07-17 22:18:27 by A K A Stone
Darwinian evolution is inherently a racist philosophy, teaching that different groups or races evolved at different times and rates, so some groups are more like their ape-like ancestors than others. Before Darwinian evolution was popularized, when most people talked about "races," they were referring to such groups as the "English race," "Irish race," etc. Robert N. Proctor (Racial Hygiene: Medicine Under the Nazis ) observed: "Prior to Darwin, it was difficult to argue against the Judeo-Christian conception of the unity of man, based on the single creation of Adam and Eve. Darwin 's theory suggested that humans ...
Spark of multicellular life two billion years old: study
Post Date: 2010-06-30 23:41:51 by Skip Intro
PARIS (AFP) Scientists unveiled fossils from west Africa Thursday that push back the dawn of multicellular life on Earth by at least 1.5 billion years. Just how complex the newly discovered organisms are is sure to be hotly debated. But there can be no doubt that the creatures unearthed from the hills of Gabon, visible to the naked eye, have upended standard evolutionary timelines. "The cursor on the origin of complex multicellular life is no longer 600 million years ago, as has long been maintained, but more like 2.1 billion years," said Abderrazak El Albani, a researcher at the University of Poitiers and lead author of the study. The findings were published in the ...
New Fossils May Fit In Gap Between Apes And Humans
Post Date: 2010-04-08 11:40:09 by Brian S
(04-08) 07:00 PDT WASHINGTON, (AP) -- Two skeletons nearly 2 million years old and unearthed in South Africa are part of a previously unknown species that scientists say fits the transition from ancient apes to modern humans. The fossils bear traits from both lineages, and researchers have named them Australopithecus sediba, meaning "southern ape, wellspring," to indicate their relation to earlier apelike forms and to features later found in more modern people. "These fossils give us an extraordinarily detailed look into a new chapter of human evolution and provide a window into a critical period when hominids made the committed change from dependency on life in the trees ...
Ants Millimeter Messengers
Post Date: 2010-03-14 20:57:58 by A K A Stone
Ants have taken over the world, it seems, but they didnt do it alone! One reason theyre so successful is their ability to communicate with each otherwhere to go, what to watch out for, how to help. The lone ant follows the path marked earlier by her companions. In her ceaseless search for food, she decides to veer off the trail and blaze a new path. Along the way, she releases a complex cocktail of chemicals to assure that, if her hunt is successful, other ants can locate her trail and lend a leg (or jaw). Finding no sustenance, she hightails back to the trail junction and leaves another sign for her nest mates: dead end. She tries another route, and this ...
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