“If the situation is as I have described it, the intellectual bankruptcy of Darwinism cannot be concealed for very much longer.  The Darwinists may delay the day of reckoning for a while by wielding the weapons of power, but more and more people are learning to press the right questions and to refuse to take bluff or evasion for an answer.”

– Dr. Phillip E. Johnson, The Wedge of Truth (IVP, 2000), p. 150.

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Eminent British Scientist Urges Honesty Oath For Scientists  03/30/2001
Sir John Sulston, a leading British scientist, is recommending that scientists take the equivalent of a Hippocratic Oath to cause no harm and be wholly truthful in their public pronouncements, according to a story in the BBC News.  He feels a code of conduct would be a good step toward rectifying the growing public distrust of scientists.

    Honesty is a prerequisite for good science.  That is one reason why the Christian world produced so many of the world’s first and best scientists.  Can the pursuit of truth be expected to prevail in a culture that values fame, fortune and survival of the fittest?  Even if Sir John gains support for his proposal, can we expect scientists to agree on a code of ethics when there is no consensus about a foundation for ethics on which to build?  After all, God is out these days, so it’s all about power and pushing your own agenda: animal rights, global warming, personal prestige or what have you. 
    What remains of good science today is coasting on the ethics of the founding fathers of science who were primarily Christians.  Scientific endeavor presupposes a truth that can be pursued and must be valued for its own sake.  Christianity provided both the philosophical framework and moral impetus that ushered in the scientific revolution.  For an example, see the dedication to the first (1665) issue of The Royal Society, the world’s oldest scientific journal, that expressly stated their goal of deciphering the true nature of God’s glorious works for the benefit of all mankind.
Dietary Fat Is Soft Science  03/30/2001
According to an essay in
Science, the conventional wisdom about dietary fat is, like Thumb’s Second Postulate says, an easily-understood, workable falsehood that is more useful than a highly-complex, incomprehensible truth.  The official government scientific line is that reduction of dietary fat will reduce risk of heart disease.  Scientifically, however, the situation is much more complex; there is no way to predict whether following the conventional wisdom will work; individual factors often far outweigh dietary generalities.  The “one size fits all” advice is not, at this state in our knowledge, scientifically supportable.
No one is suggesting we go pig out on the monsterburger and fries, but this essay is important for pointing out the difference between real and perceived science.  In the back rooms of research, scientists often disagree strongly and present contradictory evidence.  To the public, however, whether through government Public Service Announcements, TV programs and other media outlets, the story is presented as absolute truth.  This is exactly the situation with evolution.  As we show repeatedly in these pages, the evidence is questionable at best, downright contradictory to Darwinism at worst, yet it is taught as gospel truth in the schools and museums.  Teachers are even threatened with lawsuits or recrimination for even timidly trying to present the problems with Darwinism.
    So should you eat fat?  Biblical principles of behavior are superior here to scientific ones: enjoy what God has provided, yet with moderation.
Next headline on: Health.
Imaging news 03/29/2001: A team at UC Santa Cruz has produced the most detailed image yet of cellular ribosomes in action (see report in Science).  NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center has collected the most complete and detailed set of images of earth’s biosphere from the Sea WiFS satellite.  The Galileo and Cassini spacecraft have imaged two 240-mile high volcanic plumes on Jupiter’s moon Io.
Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry.

Debate 03/28/2001: The Martian meteorite: evidence for life?  Space.Com examines opinions of the believers and skeptics.
Next headline on: Mars.

Update on Archaeoraptor 03/28/2001: BBC News explains how the Archaeoraptor hoax (a.k.a. Piltdown Bird) was perpetrated (see our Sept 29 story).  Article also mentions other paleontological frauds and mistakes of reconstruction.
Next headline on: Fossils.

Early Earth Just Right, But Not For Long  03/27/2001
How much time did life have to get a foothold on earth?  A paper by scientists from NASA and Stanford in
PNAS estimates that the early earth went through Three Bears stages (too hot, too cold, and just right), but not just right for long: only 100,000 to 10 million years, just a blink in geologic time.

They would have a major problem getting life started with 10 quintillion years.  This just adds insult to injury.  It’s just not going to happen without a Creator, no matter how much time (or faith) you have.  Notice the fallacy of personification in Philip Ball’s statement.  Bacteria are clearly incapable of caring one whit if they survive or not.  Are we supposed to imagine them having a huddle, or organizing a tiger team to map out a strategy for dealing with the climate change?  Come on.
Next headline on: Origin of Life. • Next dumb story.
Human Brain Glia Cells More Than Scaffolding  03/27/2001
A paper in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reports more functions found for glia cells, long thought to be nothing more than support structures for the more important neurons.  The discovery of new functions for these cells, including key roles in memory, information processing, and learning, is a rapidly advancing field.
Nonliving things like rocks usually get simpler the closer you look.  Not so for life!  The closer we look, the more complexity and wonder unfolds before our scientific eyes.
Next headline on: The Brain. • Next headline on: Human Body. • Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry.
Fossil Salamanders Test Evolution  03/25/2001
A new treasure-trove of exquisitely detailed salamander fossils has been found in China, according to
Science Now.  Evolutionists claim they are 150 million years old, the oldest salamander skeletons known, yet indistinguishable from modern species.
The evolutionists immediately jump for joy at the prospect of studying salamander evolution here, but fail to ponder the logical question that if evolution is such a pervasive agent of change, why are today’s salamanders virtually identical to their 150 million year old parents?  The article mentions “possible salamander ancestors in the Paleozoic,” leaving room for storytelling.  The article says the fossils are dead ringers for those alive today, but in the next sentence quotes a paleontologist calling them “very primitive.”  This is the Darwinian mindset, feeling compelled to shoehorn things into an evolutionary sequence, whether they fit or not.  Salamanders are not primitive!  They are highly complex vertebrates with exquisite capabilities for respirating in water and on land.  The fossil record in general shows abrupt appearance of complex life-forms, and often catastrophic burial.  That pattern is exemplified right here with these salamanders.
Next headline on: Fossils. • Next headline on: Darwinism.
Spiders Win in Bullet-Proof Textile Technology  03/28/2001
The lowly orb-web spider is leagues ahead of the manufacturers of Kevlar, the material in bullet-proof vests, according to a story on the
Nature Science Update.  The material in spider silk is more resilient, stronger than steel, non-polluting, quickly manufactured at ambient temperature, and biodegradable.  How spiders keep the complex protein strands from kinking and lumping into amorphous blobs is a trick humans haven’t yet mastered.  Genes that produce these fibers are being sequenced in hope of producing a new class of versatile, strong protein-based textiles.  This story made Nature’s Feature of the Week, with links to the full paper and related articles, including an essay by Philip Ball on how human engineers can and do get inspiration from nature’s designs (note last sentence about the bacterial flagellum).
Sadly, the article again lays the praise at the feet of the usual false god: “It [spider silk] is nature’s undisputed high-performance polymer fibre, fine-tuned by several hundred million years of evolution.”  If you can hold your stomach on that line, the rest of the article is instructive on the wonders of spider technology.  But Jonathan Sarfati writing in the latest Creation Magazine beat Nature to the punch on this scoop.
Next headline on: Bugs and Crawlers. • Next amazing story.
Eye Does Image Processing  03/28/2001
A scientist at
U C Berkeley claims that stacks of cells in the retina process the image received by the photoreceptors, then sends 12 parallel data sets to the brain that contain only the bare essentials of the image.  “What the eye sends to the brain are mere outlines of the visual world, sketchy impressions that make our vivid visual experience all the more amazing,” the report claims.
Whether or not this hypothesis is true that the retina sends a stripped-down version of the image remains to be seen; it’s probably much more complex than that.  It seems doubtful that the brain is interpolating all the fine detail you are seeing right now, considering the millions of photoreceptors in the retina.  Read this article, though, to get a feel for the mind-boggling processes at work in the eye.  No wonder it gave Darwin cold shudders.
Next headline on: The Brain. • Next headline on: Human Body. • Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry.
Therapy for Depression: Go Take a Hike  03/27/2001
Aerobic activity can work faster than drugs to lift depression, according to the
British Journal of Sports Medicine.
It’s doubtful that Adam and Eve picked Prozac off the trees.  They communed with God surrounded by His creation, and no doubt were physically active every day till sin brought depression into the world.  You might try a Creation Safari next time you feel down.  (Click here for other ministries doing similar activities.)  It worked for the writer of Psalm 42: he took a walk up to Mt. Hermon and the cascades of the upper Jordan, and renewed his hope in God.  Jesus also took his stressed-out disciples for a retreat in the wilderness.  Some fresh air and a break from the routine might clear your head.
Next headline on: Health.
Natural Amplifier Found in Inner Ear  03/27/2001
A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, summarized here in
Scientific American, describes new findings about how ears work.  A newly discovered “motor protein” named prestin acts as an amplifier.  Found on the tips of the microscopic outer hair cells in the cochlea, it takes the electrical energy converted by the inner hair cells and converts it back into mechanical energy, thus amplifying the sound.
Each of our senses is so amazing and complex, you have to just gasp the more you learn about them.  The pressure waves in the air that make up sound can be as low as 2 x 10-5 N/m2, yet the sensitivity of the eardrum, the ossicles, and the cochlea to these whispers of sound is astounding – the ear can handle intensities of a million million to one.  The eardrum’s microscopic vibrations are amplified by the bones of the middle ear twentyfold as they transmit from air to fluid in the inner ear, where further amplification takes place.  This article provides just one more detail on the process.  Like all other proteins, prestin is made up of hundreds of amino acids, all left-handed, that are arranged in a precise sequence to allow it to perform its job as an amplifier.  God has given you a high-precision, advanced-technology stereo sound system in your head!  Its specifications surpass anything man has ever made.  Even if yours isn’t working properly at this time, you have backup senses, no less marvelous, to keep you in touch with your surroundings.  Enjoy!
Recommended reading: The Wonder of Man, by Dr. Werner Gitt (CLV, Germany, 1999).
Next amazing story.
Next headline on: Human Body. • Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry.
Lunar Prospector Sniffed Outgassing  03/26/2001
According to a report in
SpaceDaily.Com, the Lunar Prospector spacecraft that spent 18 months orbiting the moon detected evidence of lunar outgassing.  This lends credence to long-claimed observations of transient lunar phenomena (TLPs).
If the moon is still emitting gases from the interior, maybe it’s not as old as claimed.  Volcanic activity was supposed to have ceased a billion years ago.
Next headline on: Dating methods.
Bioengineer Uses Darwinism to Evolve Better Food Packaging  03/26/2001
According to
Nature, a Japanese scientist used an evolutionary algorithm to find better ways to package vegetables.  He selected optimum air samples found in random packages, and allowed the best to “breed” by mixing their properties.  Through this process he was able to sort out the best packaging materials to keep vegetables fresh.
This experiment had nothing to do with natural selection, i.e. Darwinian evolution, but everything to do with artificial selection, i.e., intelligent design.  The experimenter had a goal in mind and manipulated every step to get what he wanted.  Nature, however, cannot select what isn’t already there.  The experimenter also commits a fallacy of ascribing natural selection to gasses, which cannot reproduce.  To call this an evolutionary algorithm is, therefore, an empty P.R. stunt that tries to make Darwinism seem useful in the laboratory.  An astrologer could give credit to horoscopes by similar reasoning.
Next headline on: Darwinism. • Next dumb story.
Article 03/25/2001:  The Los Angeles Times, in spite of its reputation for liberal bias, had a surprisingly balanced article on the Intelligent Design movement on the front page of its Sunday March 25 paper.  It tells the story of a biology teacher who discussed Intelligent Design in a Washington high school, never mentioning God, but was ordered to stop.  Around this plot, the article discusses arguments on both sides of the ID movement, quoting the usual suspects.
You can really see the propaganda tactics of the opposition: fear-mongering, loaded words, ad hominem, etc.  Is it not shocking that, in America today, you can be called on the carpet and treated as a lawbreaker for daring to question naturalism (not even mentioning God or saying anything about the identity of an undesignated designer), yet homosexual activists are being actively promoted in our public schools and given free reign as role models to portray their dangerous lifestyle as normal to impressionable students, even in the primary grades.  Is anything shocking anymore?  Wake up, people!  The Bible and common sense teach that ignoring evil makes one a party to it.  And what is the connection between evolution and homosexuality?  Darwinism teaches that we are only evolved animals, and therefore morals are phantoms, and we can make up our own choices about sex.  This is the legacy of naturalism that has “suffocated the human spirit and debased the culture,” as quoted in the article.
Next headline on: Schools.
Doctor Prescribes Nature for Health  03/23/2001
A public health scientist at
Emory University believes that exposure to natural settings and contact with plants and animals should be prescribed to prevent and treat illnesses.  He sees benefits such as reduced stress, lowered blood pressure, alertness, feelings of well-being and a sense of appreciation coming from hiking or exposure to beautiful environments.  Doctors may well include prescriptions for pet ownership, gardening and vacations to beautiful places as part of treatment.
This scientist is onto something, but unfortunately justifies it with an evolutionary tall tale: “Early humans found that places with open views offered better opportunities to find food and avoid predators,” Dr. Frumkin explains.  “But they needed water to survive and attract prey, and groups of trees for protection.  Modern research has shown that people today, given the choice, prefer landscapes that look like this scenario.”  On the contrary, God put the first man and woman in a garden, surrounded by plants and wildlife and natural beauty.  That is why activities like Creation Safaris are a healthy return to our roots as humans: fellowshipping with our Creator and glorifying Him for His works.  Here’s an experiment you can do right now: go to this nature photo gallery and look out the window in a brick wall at some wonders of creation.  Feeling better yet?
Next headline on: Health. • Next headline on: Plants.
Article 03/22/2001: “Can Movies Win Oscars for Good Science?”  A biologist examines science-fiction movies for good and bad science, and uses them as teachable moments.
Next headline on: Movies.

Article 03/21/2001: John Woodmorappe writing for Answers in Genesis discusses possible mechanisms for accelerated nuclear decay, and laboratory demonstrations of some of them.  These mechanisms could reduce radioactive dates by a factor of a billion or more.
Next headline on: Dating methods. • Next headline on: Physics.

New Hominid Fossil Found in Kenya  03/21/2001
National Geographic reports that Meave Leakey’s team has uncovered a hominid fossil they have named Kenyanthropus platyops (flat-face), representing a new line unrelated to Lucy and other alleged human ancestors.  They date the fossil at 3.5 million years old.  This story made Nature’s Feature of the Week, but the journal Science laments that this find scrambles a once-simple story of early human ancestry: “Experts are unanimous that the find will complicate efforts to trace the convoluted course of human evolution.  Indeed, experts say the importance of the new discovery lies in its demonstration that the roots of the human evolutionary tree are pretty tangled.”

As predicted here, the rivals are getting their first down on the field.  National Geographic, which has funded the Leakeys for decades, is not about to let the French score a touchdown.  How can perceptive observers of this contest believe a word they say?  No matter how badly the next find disagrees with previous beliefs, there is always a rationalization for how it is improving our understanding of our origins.  Consider this sentence from the article: “Though the discovery seems to blur the lines of humankind’s family tree, according to Daniel Lieberman, an anthropologist at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., ‘This is part of a trend. We’re getting to know our ancestors better.’”  This is like claiming victory from under the dogpile.  Yet in spite of the morass of conflicting stories, and how every year a new find upsets the whole applecart, the Discovery Channel and National Geographic TV using computer graphics and actors in monkey suits continue to produce documentaries making it appear the scientists have it all figured out.  Follow the chain links here and see all the conflicting opinions just in the last few months.
Next headline on: Early Man.
Monarch Butterflies Threatened  03/20/2001
According to
Scientific American, millions of monarch butterflies have died in their wintering grounds in a remote forest in Mexico.  It is not clear whether the cause is an unusually severe winter or by pesticides sprayed by logging companies.
National Geographic posted this update on March 27.
Monarch butterflies have often been used by creationists as examples of exquisite design in nature.  Their fantastic metamorphosis, their epic migration as far as 3000 miles each year, their exquisite colors and defense and navigation mechanisms are amazing stories told with exceptional photography in Moody’s classic film The Wonders of God’s Creation.  If weather alone is the factor in their current plight, we must accept this as an act of a sovereign God, who cares about even the sparrow that falls to the ground.  If, however, this is caused by man’s greed, we must object.  Man has a right to harvest timber and build homes, but not to selfishly wipe out populations of God’s creatures: this is not fulfilling our role as stewards of His world.  If a particular forest is home to a concentrated population of wonderful creatures who rely on it for their life cycle, then we must harvest our timber elsewhere.
    Creationists would improve their witness by showing outrage at wanton destruction of habitats for human greed.  This must be done with balanced thinking, of course, not like environmental fanatics who see a bug as more valuable than a human.  (Notice that some of the worst examples of environmental destruction have been committed by superstitious pagans like African poachers who see rhino horn as an aphrodisiac, or by totalitarian regimes and their poor, victimized populace.)  When there are alternative ways to meet our needs than to wipe out something rare and beautiful, we should take pains to protect God’s handiwork.  It is both responsible stewardship and important for our witness as Christians.  Should we dam the Grand Canyon to power our homes?  Should we cap Old Faithful to pipe hot water to a hotel?  Should we harvest a species of hummingbird to the point of extinction to make fashionable corsages, as almost happened in the 19th century?  There’s more to living than vanity and building cities and making our lives comfortable at the expense of vulnerable creatures and delicate or rare phenomena.  People tend toward extremes on this issue, and these must be avoided.  There can be win-win solutions that protect the environment as well as meet human needs.  Perhaps the Mexican wintering grounds for the monarch could bring good income as a tourist attraction instead of a lumber mill.  Regardless, it is worthwhile to get outdoors and enjoy the creation for its testimony to the Creator.  The monarch butterfly is certainly a worthy attraction that should be protected.  Take your Sunday School class on a Creation Safari and teach them the marvelous life cycle and epic migration of the monarch butterfly.
Update 04/24/2001: ABC News describes efforts underway to devise win-win solutions, such as eco-tourism and non-intrusive products as a substitute for lost logging income.  Apparently, locals are signing on.
Next headline on: Environment. • Next headline on: Bugs and Crawlers.
Update on Textbooks 03/19/2001:  Science News is publishing a two-part series on the problem of science textbooks that are filled with errors.  This is a follow-up on the January 30 story about a group that found 500 pages of errors in the most commonly used school science textbooks.
Next headline on: Schools.

Essay 03/18/2001:  Mark Hartwig at the Discovery Institute says “Don’t Blame Fundamentalists for Evolution Controversies.”  He gives examples of the tactics of equivocation, sidestepping and big lie that the new science standards implemented by the Kansas School Board employed to insulate Darwinism from criticism and prevent critical thinking by students.

Neanderthal Opens TV Propaganda Season  03/18/2001
The
Discovery Channel aired its new evolutionary documentary Neanderthal Sunday, featuring beetle-browed pug-nosed imbeciles locked in a hopeless struggle against their shaved-head Cro-Magnon superiors.  Following that, the channel aired “Humans: Who Are We?” with assorted action shots of actors in monkey suits portraying Australopithecines and Homo erectus, living out their survival-of-the-fittest lifestyle by mutation and natural selection.  A flood of video Darwinism is in the pipeline, according to Ken Ham’s newsletter; Steven Spielberg’s upcoming movie Evolution, which will include a 26-part animated TV series aimed at children, and the PBS series Triumph of Life which aired last month.  Tonight viewers can see Discovery Channel’s documentary on the documentary, “The Making of Neanderthal.”

It is imperative that viewers hone their skill at Baloney Detecting, these days, because the baloney is flying fast and furious.  Anti-creationist forces, alarmed at the success at creationism and intelligent design theory, are stepping up the rhetoric and indoctrination.  The American Association for the Advancement of Science is, for instance, undertaking a project to “support the teaching of evolution in the schools and combat efforts to teach creationism in science classes.”  I.e., never mind facts: this is war.  Neanderthal is nothing more than wild speculation acted out by hired help.  Teach your kids to visualize the cameraman just out of range: they are not looking at history, but actors.
    What is the evidence on which these shows are constructed?  Just some skulls and skeletons.  Creationists can take the very same physical evidence and tell a very different story – survival of nomadic tribes after the Flood in a drastically changed climate – but they don’t get the government grants and Hollywood special-effects wizards to put it on the screen.  When paleoanthropologists themselves disagree violently among themselves over what these bones mean (as we reported earlier); and when reconstruction is known to be highly subjective; and when history is replete with shameful frauds and hoaxes concerning early man, it is disingenuous for PBS and the Discovery Channel to present wild speculation wearing the mantle of “science.”
    Some of the baloney on the Discovery Channel programs is so blatant it is almost humorous.  The narrator, introducing the new Homo erectus, says “a new species arose that was an evolutionary work of art.”  Call foul!  You cannot say that if you are an evolutionist.  There is no art; there is no Artist.  The program says a mutation doubled the size of his brain.  This is tantamount to belief in miracles.  It has a camera shot of scientist holding a computer model of a Homo erectus brain, describing its various parts and their evolutionary adaptations, when all he has to go on is bone!  Welcome to the mythology of the 21st century.  It would be laughable if it weren’t taught to impressionable children as “science” with all the support of the federal government and the scientific establishment.
Next headline on: Early Man. • Next headline on: Movies.
Historical Highlight 03/17/2001:  St. Patrick may not have driven the vermin out of Ireland, but he brought the gospel to a country living in pagan darkness, baptizing 120,000 converts and building 300 churches.

Garden of Eden Opens in England  03/16/2001
Those living near Cornwall can go to the grand opening of the garden of Eden Saturday, according to a story in the
BBC News.  The Eden Project, a high-tech museum of plant diversity, consists of several biomes under huge geodesic structures and features a visitor center, music and interpretive displays.  It hopes to attract millions of visitors and change people’s thinking about the environment.

Anything that showcases creation is worth visiting, if you can filter the evolutionary storytelling and political agendas.  Interesting how mankind seems to retain a longing for the lost Eden, mythical though some may think it to be.  But despite man’s technology, the way back to Eden is blocked because of sin.  Only the Savior, Jesus Christ, can lead us to the tree of life.
Next headline on: Environment. • Next headline on: Plants.
Mars Had Its Own Noachian Flood  03/16/2001
A scientist at
Washington University at St. Louis claims that the Tharsis volcanic region gives evidence of processes that could have allowed water to flood the entire Martian surface 120 meters deep.  Reported in the March 16 issue of the journal Science.  (It should be noted, however, that not all scientists agree with the flood theory on Mars: see, for instance, this 04/05 article on Space.Com.)
Note how he even uses the term “Noachian epoch” for this alleged period of volcanism and water flooding.  Curious line of reasoning: Fact 1: Mars has no surface water.  Fact 2: Earth’s surface is over 70% water.  Conclusion: Mars had a worldwide flood, but on earth, Noah’s flood is just a myth.
Next headline on: Mars.Next headline on: Solar System.
Why Is Water Neutral?  03/16/2001
It’s a good thing water’s pH level is exactly in the middle, or life would probably not exist.  But why is water neutral?  Physicists at
University of Rochester think they have found out.  They developed a new technique for capturing a fleeting moment of hydrogen-ion escape that occurs in a thousandth of a trillionth of a second.  This very complex reaction only occurs in a rare configuration of water molecules, but without it, another of water’s unique properties, on which all life depends, would not exist.  See also this summary and picture from the paper in Science magazine.  The European Space Agency has several web pages on the properties of water and its detection in space.
You either have to believe we are incredibly lucky, looking at the “many accidents of physics and astronomy that have worked together for our benefit” (as Freeman Dyson once said), or you can know the Designer personally who fashioned these properties from the beginning: “For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD, and there is no other.” Isaiah 45:18.
Next headline on: Physics.
Weeds Are an Untapped Drug Store  03/15/2001
No need to tramp through the tropical rain forest looking for new medicines; the next cure for cancer may come from weeds along a downtown fence, according to scientists at the
University of Georgia.  The fact that they thrive in environments surrounded by harmful substances may be a clue they’re onto something.
A weed is just a beautiful plant out of place.  Treat that weed with a little more respect next time you work in the garden.  You never know how it might just save your life one day.
Next headline on: Health. • Next headline on: Plants.
Color Evolved for Vegan Monkeys  03/14/2001
Nature has two color-related evolution stories on its March 14 Science Update page: (1)
Leaves evolved red color in response to changing carbon dioxide concentrations, and (2) primates evolved color vision to find the tastier red leaves among the green.
Evolutionary just-so storytelling gets almost humorous at times.  These stories do not come from the scientific data - creationists and evolutionists agree on the data - but how you fit the data into an origins story depends on your world view.  Never would it cross the mind of materialistic Darwinists to see intelligent design in eyes or leaves, because such explanations are ruled out by their world view.  So they are forced into telling how these things came about by materialistic, purposeless, unguided processes of mutation and natural selection.  It doesn’t matter that the mechanism is totally inadequate, and that they must resort to personification fallacies and circular reasoning.  It doesn’t matter that the story contradicts known laws of science.  It doesn’t even matter if the new evolutionary stories contradict the old ones, as admitted in both these articles.  They know they are right, because they cannot allow a Divine foot in the door. 
Next headline on: Mammals. • Next headline on: Darwinism.
Universe Filled With Black Holes  03/14/2001
The universe teems with black holes, according to a A
NASA Press Release.   The Chandra X-Ray Observatory, the X-ray counterpart to the Hubble Space Telescope, observed faint regions of space for a million seconds to reveal numerous X-ray sources.  The result was a new set of images called the Chandra Deep Field.
The data are the X-rays.  The interpretations are the ages and the processes that created them.  Nevertheless, this is a stunning observation and set of images.  It is comparable to the meditative treasure-store of the first Hubble Deep Field.  Black holes remind us of the Entropy Problem in modern cosmology: why is the entropy of the universe as low as it is?  Why is there so much order and structure, instead of particles uniformly distributed in space, or everything in black holes?  If the universe is running down, like a clock, Someone must have wound it up at the beginning.
Next headline on: Cosmology. • Next headline on: Physics.
Dinosaur Fossil Yields Feathery Structures  03/13/2001
Such is the title in the March 10
Science News (vol 159, p. 149), regarding some unresolved linear branched impressions in the rock found near Sinornithosaurus, a dinosaur fossil from China.  Storrs Olson of the National Museum of Natural History disputes the claim that they are ancestral feathers, however: “They want to see feathers . . . so they see feathers.  This is simply an exercise in wishful thinking.”  The article concludes that the evidence required to resolve questions about their origin is likely to remain elusive.
The discoverer concedes that, “To have an incredibly new and complex thing suddenly arise with no known antecedents is tough to explain.”  Feathers are indeed wonderfully complex, with a shaft, barbs, barbules and hooks that keep the feather rigidly locked into a beautiful, functional, lightweight structure.  Feathers are totally different from reptile scales in their structure and growth.  Only wishful thinking would see ancestral feathers in these fossil impressions.  Besides, all alleged “feathered dinosaur” fossils are younger than modern birds, so where is the ancestry?  Another paleontologist admits, “We’re looking at stuff strewn about on a rock, and consequently a lot of it is open to interpretation.”  There is still no evidence birds evolved from dinosaurs.  Birds - and their feathers - appear like everything else in the fossil record: abruptly, fully formed, and well adapted to their environment.  This is the trade secret of paleontology.
Next headline on: Fossils. • Next headline on: Birds. • Next headline on: Dinosaurs.
Article 03/13/2001: In the World Magazine March 10, 2001 issue, Janie B. Cheaney, in her essay “Noma?  No Chance - Stephen Jay Gould unwittingly explains why we can’t get along,” challenges the thesis of Gould’s new book Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life.  Gould thinks science and religion can co-exist if they respect each other’s “non-overlapping magisteria” (NOMA).  but Cheaney sees through the appeal for appeasement, arguing that such a separate-but-equal principle leads to discrimination and makes science a false god.  God cannot be kept out of any area of human life, including science.  Another good refutation of Gould’s NOMA appeal can be found in Phillip Johnson’s latest book The Wedge of Truth.

How Do Cilia Move in Concert?  03/12/2001
Cilia, the microscopic hair-like projections on some single-celled organisms such as Paramecium and in the human body such as the lining of the esophagus and digestive tract, have long puzzled biologists with their ability to beat in synchronized wave patterns.  In the March 22 issue of the
Biological Proceedings of the Royal Society, two Israeli scientists use 3D modelling to simulate how this motion is achieved and find that the viscosity of the surrounding medium influences the motion.

Right now, cilia are moving in picturesque waves along your throat, sweeping your windpipe clean of contaminants as you breathe.  Readers of Michael Behe’s Darwin’s Black Box will remember the cilium as one of his examples of irreducible complexity (structures composed of multiple parts that cannot work unless all the parts are present, therefore could not have evolved by a series of mutations acted on by natural selection).  Take a look at this paper to gain an appreciation of the magnitude of the problem.  After pages of differential equations and diagrams, the scientists call their work a “simplified model” of the “internal engine.”  To work properly, or at all, each cilium engine requires many diverse components, such as dynein and nexin rods and cross-bridges arranged in a structured 9+2 pattern, ATP for energy, the proper membrane voltages and calcium levels, the ability to respond to neighboring cells with the proper timing, and other factors not yet understood.  Yet we are asked by the scientific establishment to believe that brainless cells figured out these engineering feats without an Engineer.
Update 03/14/2001Nature has just published a paper on another of Behe’s examples of irreducibly complex systems: the bacterial flagellum.  The flagellum is now seen as a reversible helical propeller that allows the bacterium to switch between running and tumbling modes.  The complexity just keeps getting more and more mind-boggling.
Next amazing story. • Next headline on: Human Body. • Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry.
Sidelight  03/09/2001: from the Science in the News page of the Royal Society: “Experiments to test Murphy’s Law begin today as part of Math Year 2000, in which children will test whether toast falling from a table lands butter side down or not . . . The results will have profound implications not only for science but also for theology.”
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Race to Clone Humans Accelerates  03/09/2001
The
BBC News has several stories today on human cloning.  The lead story is that doctors in the US and Italy are defiantly moving ahead despite widespread public condemnation and ethical concerns.  Another story tries to answer “Cloning: Can It Really Be Done?.  Another article by ethicist Dr. Donald Bruce examines the “terrible odds” of the procedure.  On another medical ethics front reported by CBS News, use of stem cells from aborted fetuses to treat Parkinson’s disease isn’t working, and produces negative side effects.  This will surely add fuel to the political battles about this controversial line of research.

With the technology in our grasp, and no moral compass to guide us, we are embarking on a voyage into a brave new world.  While we all can sympathize with the plight of childless couples, it is not an excuse for pragmatism when adoption is still an alternative.  The experiments will surely lead to the deaths of hundreds of embryos (only 1% of animal attempts survive), and endanger the lives of the mothers and create deformed children in the process.  What’s driving the rush to open Pandora’s Box?  Pride: the desire by infertile males to pass on their genes, and the desire by scientists to be first and maybe win a Nobel Prize, or worse - get rich.
Next headline on: Politics.
Is Orthogenesis Back in Vogue?  03/09/2001
Two scientists at the
University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute claim that current evolutionary theory, that attributes all directionality in evolution to natural selection, is incomplete; they claim instead that mutational biases instead give some non-random directionality to evolution.  This runs counter to the current theory of neutral evolution.  They claim mutations don’t have to be neutral, but are biased towards preordained results.  Their theory lends credence to the old discredited view of orthogenesis (straight-line evolution), and is based on recent findings in studies of genomes (bioinformatics).
Is this an admission that current evolutionary theory is deficient, or a flight from the hopelessness of randomness?  Apparently, both.  But you cannot escape randomness if you are a consistent naturalist: unless you start with information, you cannot pull information out of noise.  In the beginning was the Word.
Next headline on: Darwinism.
Arthur Peacocke Wins Templeton Prize  03/09/2001
A biochemist and Anglican priest, Dr. Arthur Peacocke, has won the 2001 Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, joining an odd assortment of previous winners like Freeman Dyson, Chuck Colson, Mother Theresa, Billy Graham, Paul Davies, Alexander Solzhenitzen and Ian Barbour.  Dr. Peacocke, whose scientific work involved the structure of DNA, sees religion and science as intertwined efforts to search for meaning, but disparages creation-evolution controversies, believing that God makes evolution work.  See also the report in the Nando Times.  The million-dollar prize was begun in 1973 by financier and philanthropist John Templeton.
You can be an atheist and win the Templeton Prize, as long as you can say something nice about religion.  Another man with the Templeton name, Charles Templeton reminds us of the slippery slope of evolution.  Once a vivacious Christian, pastor, evangelist, and even a mentor to Billy Graham, he lost his faith because of the teaching of evolution as fact.  There have been many others.  Some of them have become ardent anti-Christians and anti-creationists; some, like the current winner, take evolution as a given, but retain some longing for the sense of meaning and purpose that the faith of their fathers once provided.  Read Arthur Peacocke’s comments and you get the feeling that he grips naturalistic science firmly as the Truth with a capital T, but is willing to extend a hand to religion, any religion, as providing some truth with a small t.  This kind of compromise thinking may be harder to debate than pure atheism.  Phillip Johnson has good insights into the relation of liberal theology to evolutionism in his latest book The Wedge of Truth.  As long as naturalistic science is the unassailable arbiter of Knowledge in society, religion (which also just evolved) may be tolerated, but must bow the knee to Emperor Darwin.  It’s time to proclaim the emperor has no clothes.
Biochemist Claims Ancestor to ATP Enzymes Found  03/09/2001
A
Purdue biology professor claims that acetate kinase resembles the structure and function of other metabolizing enzymes in bacteria and archaea, and may be the common ancestor of these enzymes that utilize ATP for energy.
Notice that even though the these enzymes have an outward resemblance (a similar fold), they have entirely different amino acid sequences.  In actuality, ATP utilization is an irreducibly complex mechanism in living cells.  We have written earlier about the wonder of ATP synthase; no way could something like this just evolve by natural means.
    When you learn the art of baloney detecting, it is not hard to find the fallacies in this kind of story.  The professor attributes wish fulfillment and cooperation to enzymes and bacteria: this is the fallacy of personification.  He claims similarities prove ancestry: this is non sequitur.  Then he uses his assumptions of evolution to demonstrate evolution: this is circular reasoning.
Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry. • Next dumb story.
If-Then Algorithm Found in Brain Wiring  03/08/2001
Scientists at
UC San Francisco have found a wiring algorithm for nerve cells in developing embryos.  Nerve cells, or axons, use neurotransmitters to guide their growing ends toward their proper connection sites: attractants call out “this way” and repellants say “keep out.”  But what if both an attractant and a repellant appear at the same time?  They found that the repellant wins the draw, and the repellant receptor then physically binds to the attractant receptor to deactivate it, like tying Ulysses to the mast to keep him from rowing toward the deadly sirens’ tempting song.  Click here for the press release with more details.
Update 03/12/2001:  Scientific American summarizes a report in the journal Science about how growing tips of nerve cells send signals.  Scientists found that they use short bursts of calcium, lasting only 300 milliseconds, to scout out their surroundings as they grow toward their destinations.
Each of your billions of brain cells can make thousands of connections to other brain cells, forming a neural net of an estimated 10 trillion connections.  That’s more than all the soldered joints in all the electrical appliances on earth.  During development of the embryo, each neuron’s growing tips are guided unerringly to their destinations.  If not, the result would be far worse than a bad computer memory chip that makes the software crash: you would be a vegetable or DOA.  This discovery reveals just one small aspect of how this marvel of assembly is accomplished.  It should make us all stand in awe of the wisdom of our Creator.  Think of this the next time you hold a newborn baby in your hands, watching it sense its new environment for the first time.
Next headline on: The Brain. • Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry.
Dinosaurs Died Out Quickly  03/08/2001
According to a US-Italian team studying rocks in Italy and Tunisia, the dinosaurs died out in a brief 10,000 years.  When a large asteroid impacted the Yucatan and laid down iridium at the K-T boundary (according to the current popular theory), it left traces of helium-3 that, they believe, can act as a chronometer.  Other scientists disagree, however, citing evidence of massive volcanism as the cause of global climate change and extinction.  (Reported in the
BBC News, also summarized in Scientific American, complete with artwork.)  A story in Space.Com takes this hypothesis even further, claiming that occasional catastrophes are good for evolution.
Only an evolutionist could take a molecule and weave an epic tale of catastrophe from it.  The use of helium-3 can be taken as a chronometer if properly calibrated, they say, but how can you calibrate against a hypothetical singular earth-shattering event in the unobservable past? 
Next headline on: Dinosaurs.
Egg and Sperm Play Darwinian Cat-and-Mouse Game  03/07/2001
Researchers at
Cornell University claim that they are watching Darwinian selection at work in the evolution of proteins that bind to mammalian egg and sperm cells.  In a study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, scientists analyzed portions of the DNA coding for proteins that control whether sperm and egg will bind together, and claim the female and male genes co-evolve in a cat-and-mouse fashion according to Darwinian natural selection forces.
This story makes a good case study in detecting logical fallacies.  If you read carefully, you will find evidence for post hoc, personification, begging the question and circular reasoning.  There is also bluffing, because the fine print uses plenty of might, could, maybe words while the title and abstract confidently proclaim Darwinian selection has been found.  If you look at the raw data, this story actually confirms the Genesis principle of after its kind, and the wonder of how eyeless sperm and egg are able to recognize they belong to the same species.  The Creator in His wisdom has built in enough variation to adapt to changing circumstances.  This is not evolution.  Let the Darwinists tell us how sex evolved in the first place.  Nothing in evolutionary theory predicts such a marvelous and mysterious phenomenon.  (For a good treatment of the problem, read Ch. 7 of The Biotic Message by Walter ReMine.)
Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry. • Next headline on: DNA. • Next headline on: Darwinism. • Next headline on: Mammals. • Next dumb story.
Where Are All the Planets?  03/06/2001
Not as many planets have been found as predicted, at least in globular cluster 47 Tucanae, according to an astronomer looking with the Hubble Space Telescope, reported on NASA’s
Astrobiology Website.  Ronald Gilliland expected to find 15-20 “hot Jupiters” (large close-in planets) by looking for dips in the light as they transited in front of their host stars, but found - zilch.
Not too much should be concluded from this report, since the measurements are very hard to make and could only have detected the largest possible planets.  But give evolutionists all the planets they want; they’ll need plenty, because the chance origin of life is so improbable it would never happen in a billion universes as vast as ours.
Next headline on: Stars. • Next headline on: Cosmology.
Life From Nonlife Made Simple  03/05/2001
“Missing Links Made Simple” is the voilà! title from an article in today’s
Nature, summarizing an experiment announced in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The vexing problem of the origin of proteins, specifically how to get amino acids to link up with peptide bonds, has evaded naturalistic solution for decades.  But researchers from Scripps Institute have found that short segments of Transfer RNA (tRNA) assisted by puromycin molecules carrying amino acids can form peptide bonds without the assistance of ribosomes, provided some imidazole is around to help.  They claim that this process also encodes some information into the chain: the tRNA bound to the puromycin better when their sequences matched.  “The evolution of this control over protein manufacture holds the key to the emergence of the living from the non-living worlds.”
So the vast gulf between life and non-life has been bridged, eh?  So spontaneous generation is back, eh?  Not so fast.  There was a lot of intelligent design in this experiment, but very little intelligence in the conclusions.  These experimenters brought together three highly improbable ingredients into close quarters, which would not have occurred naturally in sufficient concentrations to provide a chance for fellowship.  They also neglected the destructive effects of UV rays and oxygen, and other nefarious compounds which would act like muggers in the party.  And the claim of information is a stretch: sequences that match would lead only to repetitive crystals, not complex aperiodic information that could have any bearing on the formation of functional proteins.  This experiment seems like an extrapolation on the old joke about two hungry hoboes, one of which tries to cheer up his buddy by saying, “If we had ham, we could have ham and eggs, if we had eggs.”
   It is conceivable that if you took apart a complex mechanism like a watch, parts of it would still work.  Some of the gears and springs might still move.  This is what these experimenters have done: disassembled a tRNA molecule and got parts of it to work.  To have any relevance to the origin of life, they need to start with nothing, not something: get a watch to build itself without any springs and gears, and nobody around giving a hoot whether it worked or not.  Anything less commits the fault of investigator interference and the fallacy of personification.  And remember, until replication is nearly 100% accurate, any progress is lost when the next lightning bolt strikes.
Next headline on: Origin of Life. • Next dumb story.
Museum Deceives, Unless You Read the Fine Print  03/02/2001
On the scene report  The
American Museum of Natural History in New York City continues to exhibit evolution as fact, but sometimes what the display giveth, the fine print taketh away.  Two examples: (1) An eye-catching diorama shows two ape-like hominids walking across an ash-covered plain, a volcano erupting in the distance (the famous Laetoli trackways).  The actual source evidence (the footprints) are indistinguishable from modern human footprints, but the figures are given simian features and hairy bodies.  In small print at the bottom of the exhibit, the museum admits: “Certain physical details of the figures are entirely conjectural.  These include lip, ear and nose shape; eye and skin color; and hair color, texture, and distribution.”  (This means you could just as reasonably put a beach lifeguard and his cutie in the scene.)  (2) The famous horse series, displayed here since the late 19th century as a “classic demonstration of evolution,” now displays it as “A Textbook Case Revisited”, i.e. (if you continue reading), since some fossils didn’t fit the straight-line (orthogenetic) story (told in textbooks for a hundred years), “Scientists concluded that there was no single line of evolution but many lines, resulting in diverse groups of animals – each ‘successful’ in different ways at different times,” and, “We now know, however, that horse evolution has been much more complex, more like a branching bush than a tree with a single main trunk.”  These upsetting details are overshadowed by the larger-print statements such as “This collection represents one of the most famous evolutionary series of fossils in the world,” and the 1951 quote from George Gaylord Simpson which overarches the display, “The history of the horse family is still one of the clearest and most convincing for showing that organisms really have evolved; for demonstrating that, so to speak, an onion can turn into a lily.”  Not many visitors were seen stooping to read the fine print.
Evolution thrives on propaganda, and a picture is worth a thousand words.  Since Darwin’s time this museum has been a propaganda powerhouse for evolution.  How many visitors are aware of the problems, such as reported on this website?  Here one of the most powerful, classic examples of evolution (the horse) is admitted to be wrong!  What you were taught in school is a myth.  The fossils come from different continents at different times, but were force-fitted into an evolutionary sequence because of a priori assumptions that evolution had occurred, when in fact each animal was perfectly adapted to its environment and had no urge to evolve into something else.  And despite their disclaimers, the fleshed-out imaginary models of ape-like human ancestors carry inestimable propaganda potential.  Look at the evidence itself, however (modern-looking footprints), and you will find no basis for the conjectured features - other than a prior commitment to evolutionary theory.  Another exhibit on Archaeopteryx shouted in bold type, “Birds Are Dinosaurs,” even though as reported here, scientists disagree strongly among themselves on this, and many other aspects, of evolution.  Caveat emptor.
Next headline on: Schools. • Next headline on: Darwinism. • Next headline on: Fossils.
Hands and Brains Evolved Simultaneously  03/02/2001
What gave modern humans the edge over Neanderthals 300,000 years ago, and led to the rapid rise of technology?  According to an anthropology professor at the
University of Illinois, it was the co-evolution of hand dexterity, language and brain capacity for planning and building complex tools.
The article admits from the start that “There is no consensus among experts about how this dazzling leap in technology influenced human evolution.”  So paleoanthropologist Stanley Ambrose “challenges conventional wisdom about Paleolithic technology and hammers out a set of new hypotheses about our evolutionary odyssey.”  In other words, he charges into an open arena for storytelling where anything goes, asking us to believe something clearly preposterous: that the fantastic capabilities of human hands and brains, allowing humans to make complex tools, use grammatical language and solve problems, evolved independently and simultaneously.  And they deride Christians for believing in miracles.
Next headline on: Early Man. • Next headline on: The Brain.
Nanorobot Inventors Turn to DNA Code  03/01/2001
Nanotechnology engineers at Penn State have succeeded in using short strands of DNA to program microscopic gold wires into position, according to a report in
Nature.  Though not yet exact, DNA-tagged components showed a preference for bonding at the correct locations on a surface.  This may lead to self-assembly of microcircuits.
This quote from the article says it all: “Nanoscale self-assembly already happens, every instant, in living cells.  These can be seen as collections of molecular cogs, motors and energy generators, programmed by DNA to organize themselves into a functional unit.”  Nature (read: creation, intelligent design) had it first.
Next headline on: The Cell and Biochemistry.
Earth Is a Collection of Star Clods  03/01/2001
A physicist at Stanford University claims to have found evidence that supports Frank Shu’s theory that chondules (millimeter-size clots of molten rock in certain meteorites) were melted near the sun then blasted outward by the solar wind.  Some of these formed asteroids and some became the planets, according to the controversial theory.
See Finagle’s 2nd Law, right.
Evolutionists Compute a Consensus on Origin of Placental Mammals  03/01/2001
According to faculty members from the
University of Florida, “We have come from great pessimism to great hope that we’ve nearly resolved placental mammal history.”  Noting that “the morphological and molecular methods have sometimes yielded different results, leading to a longstanding, often acrimonious debate among scientists about which one is more accurate,” these researchers combed through 16,102 published papers from 1966 to the present and feel they have come up with a fair amount of agreement, at least up to the level of orders.  They used a computer to generate “supertrees” from both the morphological and molecular data, “paring out differences and combining the similarities.”  There appears to be rough similarity up to the level of orders, where the two methods diverge considerably.
Men cry peace, peace, when there is no peace.  The words pessimism and acrimonious debate characterize the storytellers from both camps.  This project involved no field work, only library research, the Internet, and a computer to try to find a consensus between the two warring parties.  It is not only in the arena of placental mammals where molecular phylogenists have fought the morphologists, as we have shown earlier.
Next headline on: Mammals.
Earth May Have a Global-Warming Safety Valve  03/01/2001
According to
NASA-Goddard scientists, earth may have a heat vent over the tropical Pacific that can radiate away excess heat from human-generated global warming.  This safety valve, not included in current global-warming models, might reduce heat buildup by two thirds.
Two conclusions can be inferred from this article: (1) global warming predictions may be vastly overrated, and (2) the Creator has built in safety mechanisms to maintain dynamic equilibrium on our life-sustaining planet.
Next headline on: Environment.
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A Concise Guide
to Understanding
Evolutionary Theory

You can observe a lot by just watching.
– Yogi Berra

First Law of Scientific Progress
The advance of science can be measured by the rate at which exceptions to previously held laws accumulate.
Corollaries:
1. Exceptions always outnumber rules.
2. There are always exceptions to established exceptions.
3. By the time one masters the exceptions, no one recalls the rules to which they apply.

Darwin’s Law
Nature will tell you a direct lie if she can.
Bloch’s Extension
So will Darwinists.

Finagle’s Creed
Science is true.  Don’t be misled by facts.

Finagle’s 2nd Law
No matter what the anticipated result, there will always be someone eager to (a) misinterpret it, (b) fake it, or (c) believe it happened to his own pet theory.

Finagle’s Rules
3. Draw your curves, then plot your data.
4. In case of doubt, make it sound convincing.
6. Do not believe in miracles – rely on them.

Murphy’s Law of Research
Enough research will tend to support your theory.

Maier’s Law
If the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.
Corollaries:
1. The bigger the theory, the better.
2. The experiments may be considered a success if no more than 50% of the observed measurements must be discarded to obtain a correspondence with the theory.

Eddington’s Theory
The number of different hypotheses erected to explain a given biological phenomenon is inversely proportional to the available knowledge.

Young’s Law
All great discoveries are made by mistake.
Corollary
The greater the funding, the longer it takes to make the mistake.

Peer’s Law
The solution to a problem changes the nature of the problem.

Peter’s Law of Evolution
Competence always contains the seed of incompetence.

Weinberg’s Corollary
An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.

Souder’s Law
Repetition does not establish validity.

Cohen’s Law
What really matters is the name you succeed in imposing on the facts – not the facts themselves.

Harrison’s Postulate
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

Thumb’s Second Postulate
An easily-understood, workable falsehood is more useful than a complex, incomprehensible truth.

Ruckert’s Law
There is nothing so small that it can’t be blown out of proportion

Hawkins’ Theory of Progress
Progress does not consist in replacing a theory that is wrong with one that is right.  It consists in replacing a theory that is wrong with one that is more subtly wrong.

Macbeth’s Law
The best theory is not ipso facto a good theory.

Disraeli’s Dictum
Error is often more earnest than truth.

Advice from Paul

Guard what was committed to your trust, avoiding the profane and idle babblings and contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge – by professing it some have strayed concerning the faith.

I Timothy 6:20-21

Song of the True Scientist

O Lord, how manifold are Your works!  In wisdom You have made them all.  The earth is full of Your possessions . . . . May the glory of the Lord endure forever.  May the Lord rejoice in His works . . . . I will sing to the Lord s long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.  May my meditation be sweet to Him; I will be glad in the Lord.  May sinners be consumed from the earth, and the wicked be no more.  Bless the Lord, O my soul!  Praise the Lord!

from Psalm 104

Maxwell’s Motivation

Through the creatures Thou hast made
Show the brightness of Thy glory.
Be eternal truth displayed
In their substance transitory.
Till green earth and ocean hoary,
Massy rock and tender blade,
Tell the same unending story:
We are truth in form arrayed.

Teach me thus Thy works to read,
That my faith,– new strength accruing–
May from world to world proceed,
Wisdom’s fruitful search pursuing
Till, thy truth my mind imbuing,
I proclaim the eternal Creed –
Oft the glorious theme renewing,
God our Lord is God indeed.

James Clerk Maxwell
One of the greatest physicists
of all time (a creationist).