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Exoplanet Hunters Fail Predictions
August 31, 2010 Before the first extrasolar planets were discovered, astronomers
had high confidence that other solar systems would resemble ours. We have rocky
planets close to the sun, and gas giants farther out. Planetary scientists were
pretty sure the pattern would hold up around other stars. Now that we have hundreds
of examples to compare, the reality has been far different from expectations. The
number of surprises in real exoplanet systems underscores the potential flaws in building
models based on a sample size of one.
In Caltechs latest
and Science magazine,1 John Johnson was interviewed about the state of extrasolar planet hunting.
Johnson has been involved with leading planet-hunting pioneers. A recurring theme in the
interview is the surprise that planetary systems were found to be radically different from predictions.
What are some of the current big
questions that you guys are trying to
Johnson went on to say that the leading theory of planetary migration to explain
how the so-called hot Jupiters get so close to their star has gone
into the dustbin now that so many inclined and retrograde examples have been
found. Were scrambling to find a new way of describing how these
gas giants can move in that also causes their orbits to be tilted, he added.
Were interested in how the solar system
formed. Were interested in our immediate
environment and describing its origins. And
beyond that, were interested in general in
how planetary systems formed. There are
some very specific questions that arise at
every turn. There are so many surprises in
this fieldalmost nothing is turning out as
we expected. There are Jupiter-mass planets
in three-day orbits. There are planets
with masses that are between those of the
terrestrial planets in our solar system and
the gas giants in the outer part of our solar
system. There are Jupiter-mass planets
with hugely inflated radiiat densities far
lower than what we thought were possible
for a gas-giant planet. There are giant
planets with gigantic solid cores that defy
models of planet formation, which say there
shouldnt be enough solids available in a
protoplanetary disk to form a planet that
dense. There are planets with tilted orbits.
There are planets that orbit the poles of their
stars, in so-called circumpolar orbits. There
are planets that orbit retrogradethat is,
they orbit in the opposite direction of their
stars rotation. There are systems of planets
that are in configurations that are hard to
describe given our understanding of planet
formation. For instance, some planets are
much too close to one another.
But a lot of those surprises have to
do with the fact that we have only one
example of a planetary systemour
solar systemto base everything on,
Whats interesting is that weve found very
little that resembles our example.
Although Johnson reaffirmed the old Laplace nebular hypothesis
with a 2.0 upgrade, the number of wacky things his team
has discovered belies any attestation of confidence. Were going
out into the solar neighborhood, where there are things that we thought were just familiar,
things that we thought we understood, he said. But just the wackiest
stuff comes upand its sure keeping me busy.
He compared it to going on safari and discovering a blue lion.
That might be the level of wackiness I would attach to it.
1. Marcus Y. Woo, Discovering New Worlds,
Engineering & Science,
Volume LXXIII, Number 3, 2010, pp. 18-23.
He didnt really find a blue lion. He found a natural lion, but the funny
glasses he was wearing made it look blue.
Atheist Doctors Might Kill You
Johnson went on to describe how Stephen Hawkings
book A Brief History of Time had made a profound influence on him. He also
affirmed at the end that he thought humans would figure out that their place in the
universe is insignificant, following the theme of the positivists and Carl Sagan: We are coming out of the
darkness from a couple hundred years ago and were rubbing our eyes today, realizing that we are on
a really small planet around a really average star in an unspectacular part of the galaxy, and were learning
our place in this whole universe, he said. Once we find more planets like our own,
itll further define our place and give us a better universal context for what it means to be human.
This kind of bluffing means Johnson has been a good apprentice. His mentor Hawking was
similarly prone to wild speculation without evidence, pontificating as he did in his book about
how close humans were to finding a theory of everything when in fact he could point
to little more hard evidence than mathematical speculations whirring about in his nimble imagination.
If anyone in economics or sportscasting had this bad a track record of predictions, though, they
would be out of a job. Cosmology is one of the many evolutionary sciences where you can brag about how wrong you
have been, and people will still think you are wonderful because you are busy stamp collecting.
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Aug 30, 2010 Your doctors religious beliefs or lack of them might
have a lot to do with how soon you exit this world when elderly or infirm.
Science Daily reported,
Atheist or agnostic doctors are almost twice as willing to take decisions that they think
will hasten the end of a very sick patients life as doctors who are deeply religious,
suggests research published online in the Journal of Medical Ethics.
The press release from the British Medical Association
concluded, the relationship between doctors values and their clinical decision making
needs to be acknowledged much more than it is at present.
The findings appear to be subject to interpretation, because
not all religions are created equal. The article said, for instance,
Specialists in the care of the elderly were somewhat more likely to be Hindu or Muslim,
while palliative care doctors were somewhat more likely than other doctors to be Christian,
white, and agree that they were religious.
Intelligent Design as Entertainment
Interpretation aside, consider the logic: a religious person is likely to care very much about the afterlife
and the consequences of dying. Religious doctors are also likely to have moral principles
about the sanctity of life. Why would an atheist care about such things? When you
die, you die; its only natural (everything dies, after all), and better that a patient
be put out of misery. Let the dying sleep so we can focus the resources on the living,
he or she might say.
Ideas have consequences. You had better consider your doctors beliefs,
and the beliefs of health care policy makers, when considering
your final will about prolonging your own life. The new leftist/progressive push toward universal
health care (mostly promoted by the non-religious) also contains the seeds of rationing
decisions about what lives are worth preserving without any thought of human dignity.
Despite the promises and repudiations about rationing, the American president snuck in a recess
appointment for head of the healthcare program who has overtly promoted rationing as a preferred
policy (see TownHall.com).
Watch what politicians do, not what they say. That principle applies more than ever in the current
One tragic statistic in the press release illustrates the erosion of belief in God
among the majority American population: But, overall, white doctors, who comprised the
largest ethnic group among the respondents, were the least likely to report strong religious beliefs.
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Politics and Ethics
Bible and Theology
August 26, 2010 Its been around a few months now, but OK Gos music video
of their song This Too Shall Pass featured an elaborate Rube Goldberg set.
What many viewers may not know about the backstory of the production is that several JPL rocket
scientists helped design and operate the contraptions that filled a good-size warehouse.
The NASA Wiki
post from June 1 includes interviews with the JPL'ers about their participation, and all the
trials and fun of getting the dozens of finely-tuned contraptions to operate in sequence
so that the entire number could be shot non-stop by a single hand-held video camera.
More than 40 engineers, techies, artists, and circus types spent several months designing,
building, rebuilding, and re-setting a machine that took up two floors of a Los Angeles warehouse,
the blog said. More about the elaborate set and the six months of planning and shooting
with 60 takes to get it right is explained on Wikipedia.
Teachers may want to use this video, lame as it is, to illuminate some aspects of intelligent design.
(Hint: the forgettable music with its shallow lyrics can be dispensed with to focus attention on the action.
Another good choice is the famous Honda
Accord Cog Commercial.)
Read about the planet-making trap Laplace didnt consider: the death spiral, in the
Some evolutionists complain that the cell acts like a clumsy Rube Goldberg device.
Notice what the engineers said, though: the smaller the parts, the more design and care was
required. And the whole set was irreducibly complex, in that a failure of one part
would bring the rest of the production to a halt.
Another lesson is that its not necessarily the parts, but the way they are arranged,
that showcases design. The video was made almost entirely with used household items.
Similarly, a cell achieves phenomenal intricacy with just a few simple atoms: carbon, hydrogen, oxygen,
sulfur, phosphorus, calcium, and a few metals.
The design of a phenomenon should be
judged by its effectiveness, not by some subjective human measure of clumsiness. The
workings of cells are far more elegant and effective, and, as orders of magnitude smaller,
require far more fine tuning to remain robust to fluctuations. Compare what magnificent
music can be made from a few black and white keys. Theres a lot more going on
under the surface.
Exercise: Ask young physics students this question: How is it that a tiny domino
falling can lead to a human being flying through the air? The domino does not have much
energy; where does the energy come from to produce such large effects from a small source?Next headline on:
Answer: The energy is stored in the potential energy of each contraption.
The flags, for instance, are held down by springs storing potential energy that can be
released by a small trigger. No energy is created or destroyed, but according to the
Second Law of Thermodynamics, it becomes more unusable over time. Once released, the
Rube Goldberg Machine would never reset itself. It takes intelligently-directed outside
energy to reset it each time.
Who Invited the Scientist in Here?
August 25, 2010 If you envision science in terms of white-coated lab chemists holding flasks, field biologists
gathering bird eggs, astronomers peering through a telescope or geologists chipping rocks with hand picks, think again. Todays science
sweeps everything into its domain, including the human mind, intellect, emotions, will, creativity, and
our most sincere beliefs and actions. When not explained in terms of evolutionary impulses from some animal past,
they are often described in sterile, dispassionate terms, reducing our sincerely held beliefs, choices and partnerships into
matters of neurotransmitters in the brain or impulses little different than the behavior of ants.
Humanities departments should beware letting scientists in the door. They come in and take over.
Remember Abraham Maslow? He was the evolutionary psychologist who devised the iconic pyramidal diagram called the hierarchy of needs
(physical needs, safety, affection, esteem, and self-actualization). According to Arizona State University, that was
a good start, but the pyramid needs an upgrade to take into account evolutionary psychology.
PhysOrg reported that the ASU researchers flipped out their
need-o-meters (maybe its an app on the Droid) and concluded they had a need to replace self-actualization
with some evolutionary needs that Maslow overlooked mate acquisition, mate retention and parenting.
Now that they are considering evolutionary needs, they hope they can take Maslows wonderful idea
and get it right this time.
- Moral calorimeter: A Harvard press release posted on PhysOrg
analyzed moral decision making in terms of brain wiring. It seems that our capacity for complex, life-and-death
decisions depends on brain structures that originally evolved for making more basic, self-interested decisions about
things like obtaining calories. The scientists assumed that since the same brain circuits for moral decisions lit up in brain
images as those for obtaining money or food, that therefore morality was an artifact of the evolutionary selection for self-preservation.
- Evangelical species: A Rice University press release posted on
PhysOrg classified evangelical leaders into four categories
with the coldness and aloofness of a museum worker pinning insects to a cladogram.
- Shame on poverty: An Oxford press release announced an international study to measure
the relationship of poverty to feelings of low self-esteem, PhysOrg
announced. This study did desire, however, to tackle poverty effectively while simultaneously recognising
the importance of promoting dignity and a sense of self-respect. It is not clear, however, whether science
can establish which is the cause, and which is the effect, if either.
- Evolution of crying: Several articles such as this one on
analyzed the evolutionary purpose of tears. Assuming anything that exists evolved, the article said,
according to scientists who study evolution, crying has likely evolved to be a tool a leg up in natural selection
to help the species persist. The reporter called NPRs coverage of this idea a great report
because it supposedly explains a human behavior as an evolved mechanism to save relationships in distress.
- Evolution of marriage: A press release from University of Chicago posted by
PhysOrg analyzed the stress levels and hormones of married
couples compared to singles, and classified human marriages right along with the animals: in species of primates
and birds where males assist females with rearing offspring ... testosterone levels in males drop as they engage in more fatherly behavior.
The human subjects were subjected to saliva sampling before and after playing computer games.
- Religious patriotism: A press release from the American Sociological Association claimed,
according to PhysOrg, that People with no religious affiliation
have less favorable views of the US. Its not clear whether the sociologists intended to state a cause-and-effect
relationship between patriotism and three demographic factors (ethnicity, religious affiliation and nationality), or just
wanted to state a pattern in the statistics. The press release was too brief to describe the instrument used.
What does a national-pride-o-meter look like?
- TV Sex: A press release from Temple University published by PhysOrg
claims that TV sex is not linked to early teen sexual activity. There are many reasons to find the portrayal of sex in
mass media objectionable, the researcher remarked, But lets not confuse matters of taste with matters of science.
Apparently science is tasteless.
- Goys and birls: In a claim sure to cause furrowed brows among some parents, Michigan State University
claims, Boys and Girls Not as Different as Previously Thought. The article on
Science Daily admitted that
further research is needed to confirm the results by examining a single group of children over time.
- Dont tell dad: My, what would Mom and Dad think of a press release from the American Sociological Association
that exonerates college unmarried sex on the grounds that it is often harmless to their academics?
Read Science Daily if you dare.
Apparently the opinions of parents, religious leaders, ethicists and counselors were irrelevant to this kind of scientific study.
- Mr. Wilson against Dennis the Menace: E. O. Wilson was at it again this week, explaining the evolution of
eusociality (self-sacrificing group behavior, as seen in beehives and human charitable organizations).
Science Daily summarize his latest Nature
paper. The apostate Christian and his colleagues figured out a way to explain unselfish behavior entirely in terms of Darwinian natural
selection. Part of the collateral damage of this view, if it becomes the new paradigm (not a new game; see
05/07/2002 and 08/26/2004), is that decades of
Hamiltons kin selection (inclusive fitness) theory, regarded as one of the most (or even the most) important
evolutionary insights of the recently finished century gets tossed into the dustbin of history.
For more on the disturbing legacy of W. D. Hamilton, see 03/07/2002
Its time to turn the tables on these Yoda wannabes again. According to their own belief systems, they are
evolved animals, too. No fair excluding oneself from the population. If they want to treat the rest of us
as lab rats, we can ask for reciprocation, so here goes. These evolutionary researchers go through these scientific
motions because they use the same brain circuits for getting food and money. We can divide them into four
categories: the dogmatic, hilarious, circumlocutious and brazen. Their affluence causes a lack of shame.
Their atheism causes their unfavorable attitude toward their country. They are stressed out because their
marriages are either unstable or non-existent. Justifying TV sex is an evolutionary defense mechanism they employ
to cover up their own dalliances. Their scientific conclusions are artifacts of their hormones and gender identities.
Dinosaur Graveyards and Arctic Tortoises: Whos Got the Context?
Why not let the humanities teachers, philosophers, theologians and preachers turn their measuring instruments on
the denizens of the science department? It would not be hard to envision G. K. Chesterton, C. S. Lewis or
Billy Sunday having some rather colorful rhetoric to explain the propensity of evolutionary psychologists to be predominantly
atheist, leftist, intolerable, arrogant reprobates. Undoubtedly, the sin meters of some of these poor scientific
scoundrels would be so active, they could be used on hot days as a fan.
What happens when scientists leave the lab and presume upon the domains of other modes of inquiry
is that they become caricatures of themselves. Like the proverbial carpenters with a hammer seeing every problem
as a nail, they start hammering the water, the air, the language, and the music. It looks pretty silly to
hammer a Mozart concerto. One thing they never do, though, is hammer their own heads. Maybe they should.
Somehow they need their sense knocked back into them, so that they can experience the psychology of
Notice how the evolutionary psychos leapt onto the Maslow pyramid to evolve it better.
What is this hierarchy of needs? Who was Abraham Maslow to presume to prescribe what his fellow
creatures need most? Even if he had not been a new-age mystic, he got it wrong his hierarchy was
the complete opposite of what the Manufacturer commanded. We dont need self-actualization; we need
self-sacrifice! Jesus said, Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
(Matthew 6:33) and
all your other needs would be added to you. Paul admonished believers to present themselves to God as
a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1-2)
and have our minds renewed by the word of God. Jesus told his followers to deny themselves and take up
their crosses and follow him, not to seek self-actualization. Without question the nobility of Jesus
Christ, and the life He lived, is incomparably more to be desired than the whims and myths of this joker Maslow
who put his puny little self at the center of the universe. Like all the other leading-light psychologists,
he appeared on stage briefly to give his short soliloquy, garner some applause, and then disappear into the wings,
out of a job, along with Freud, Jung, Rogers, and all the other pretenders.
Its time to unmask the charlatans who misuse the good name of science to hawk their
deceptive wares. The know-nothing Yodas described above are only fallible people. Their hammer works
good on physical nails, but not on the mind and the things of God. Call their bluff, pastors; be bold! We need some
modern-day Elijahs, unaffected by labels and histrionics and costumery, to challenge these priests of Darwin-Baal and show
who can draw down the true fire. One good Elijah is all it takes.
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Philosophy of Science
August 24, 2010 Science articles often go beyond the data. A jumble of bones found
on an island is boring; people want a story of what they were, and how they got that way.
Many scientists and reporters are only happy to fulfill that curiosity. But are the
stories they tell, usually presented as fact, the only way to interpret the context?
Its doubtful many readers would be attracted to a story about a chaotic jumble of dinosaur bones,
a chaotic jumble of reptile and mammal bones, and a chaotic array of lines in rock from the Aussie Outback.
Seeing into the bones, using them as a crystal ball to envision deep time, provides more satisfaction
for scientist and reader alike. Whether the data will bear such phantasmagorical scenarios is another question.
- Wight wash: The Isle of Wight is one of the most important dinosaur sites in the world,
reported PhysOrg. On this British isle, a great variety
of dinosaur bones and other species are found in a chaotic jumble showing signs of fire and drowning.
Something dramatic happened here, and two UK paleontologists are quick to tell their tale:
Rainfall occurred all year round but during the summer months, when temperatures soared to between 36-40°C,
evaporation exceeded rainfall causing drought conditions. At these times vegetation became parched leaving
it vulnerable to fires caused by lightning strike.
Can this tale be untangled from the data? According to one of the paleontologists,
On the Isle of Wight you get a complete muddle of the smallest fossils blended with the biggest, nothing quite
like it has been seen anywhere else in the world. The article claims that the Isle of Wight once lay
farther south at the latitude of Gibraltar. The new study, it claims, revealed that the islands
once violent weather explains why thousands of tiny dinosaur teeth and bones lie buried
alongside the huge bones of their gigantic relatives. Why the violent weather, lightning fires,
floods and concrete muddle did not happen on the mainland simultaneously was not explained.
Occasionally very heavy rain would follow electrical storms and wild fires causing flash floods. These swept
up all loose objects in their path, swallowed complete dinosaur skeletons and eroded floodplain sediments.
The more debris and sediment the water collected the thicker and thicker it became until eventually it was like mixed concrete.
- Arctic reptiles: One does not normally envision alligators and tortoises roaming on
Arctic ice, but according to Science Daily,
these cold-blooded animals thrived there on Ellesmere Island 50 million years ago, despite
being relegated to very little sunlight six months of the year. University of Colorado scientists
are certain they have figured it out. Back in the Eocene, they surmise, it never got below freezing
on Ellesmere. It was a balmy forested swamp back then, like Louisiana. Its still a bit
north, Dr. Jaelyn Eberle admitted: the existence of large land tortoises in the Eocene High Arctic is
still somewhat puzzling, said Eberle, since todays large tortoises inhabit places like the Galapagos....
Interesting that bowfin fish were also found mixed in with the fossils, which including a surprising assortment
of animals like giant tortoises, aquatic turtles, large snakes, alligators, flying lemurs, tapirs, and
hippo-like and rhino-like mammals in a lush landscape. Interesting, also, that the paleontologists are
concerned about coal miners disrupting the fossil beds. Coal in the Arctic? Eberle managed
to make her research politically relevant by describing the Eocene as a a deep time analogue
to modern concerns about global warming.
- The early sponge: In an attempt to show that animals started their emergence long before
the Cambrian Explosion, some Princeton scientists have described traces in Australian rocks said to be 650
million years old as the first sponges among the simplest of multicellular animals. The
BBC News shows the squiggly lines in
rock from the Flinders Ranges as a kind of Rorschach test for visualizing animal life. After all,
based on Darwins tree, the Geologic Column and molecular phylogeny, sponges should have appeared
about that time. Problem is, we have no idea what they would have looked like. Are they really
animals? A skeptical Aussie scientist described the traces as coco-pop breakfast-cereal-like forms
that anyone could use to claim were the oldest sponge-grade fossils.
Try our interpretation: a global flood. Why not?
If storytelling is the thing, that one has a lot going for it, including adequate mechanisms, eyewitnesses
and a lot less special pleading.
Moon May Be Active Today
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August 23, 2010 The old story of our moon was that it was geologically dead.
Except for the occasional meteor impact, not much happens there; the interior had cooled
down long ago, leaving it an inert, battered sphere. That was before the Lunar
Reconnaissance Orbiter showed scientists evidence that it has continued to shrink and
form new surface features recently. In fact, the activity may still be occurring today.
Daily reported that analysis of lobate scarps and small craters is changing scientists ideas
about the moon. Small craters should be erased in relatively short time, but some scarps,
thought to be due to lunar shrinkage, run right through them indicating the scarps are
younger than the craters. Such lobate scarps were known from the Apollo missions but
it was uncertain whether they were a peculiarity of the equatorial regions. LRO
has shown them all over the globe. Whatever causes them must be a global phenomenon.
Furthermore, the moonquakes detected by Apollo instruments might be due to ongoing
shrinkage rather than impacts as earlier thought.
One of the scientists put his error bars far apart.
We estimate these cliffs, called lobate scarps, formed less than a billion years ago,
and they could be as young as a hundred million years, Dr. Thomas Watters (Smithsonian)
speculated. But since the scarps look crisp and relatively undegraded why
couldnt they be as young as 1,000 years, or 10 years? After all, The moon cooled off as it aged,
and scientists have long thought the moon shrank over time as it cooled, especially in its early history,
the article said. The new research reveals relatively recent tectonic activity connected
to the long-lived cooling and associated contraction of the lunar interior.
The article also spoke about Mercurys lobate scarps, which are much
larger than the moons despite its smaller volume. On Mercury they can be 100 miles
high and snake across the surface for hundreds of miles. Without explaining why,
the article said, the team believes the moon shrank less.
On a related note, Science
Daily reported that the mountains on Titan, rising nearly two kilometers, may be due to shrinkage, too.
Since the formation of Titan, which scientists believe occurred around four billion years ago,
the moons interior has cooled significantly, the article said, stating tradition.
But the moon is still releasing hundreds of gigawatts of power, some of which may be available
for geologic activity. Lessons being learned there, however, cannot be generally
applied. Jonathan Lunine opined, These results suggest that Titans geologic history has been different
from that of its Jovian cousins, thanks, perhaps, to an interior ocean of water and ammonia.
And speaking of activity, Cassini bagged another close-up view of the geysers on
Enceladus, Science Daily
reported. The photos (see Imaging
Team site) shows the hot jets are still going strong, years after their discovery in 2005.
The JPL press release includes
photos it also took of Dione and Tethys on this, the 11th close flyby past Enceladus.
Scientists try hard to make it look like they know what they are talking about.
Describing how things look today is one thing. Thats observation.
Telling us how they got that way is interrupted frequently by the refrain,
Scientists had long thought... but.... Heard often enough,
its not cause for confidence in what they are telling us now, even when
they crow about nailing the age of the solar system to 5 significant figures
Scientist) which, by the way, they just decided is some 2 million years older
than the previous value they crowed about (see
Lets stack their confidence in that number by the pile of mistakes in all their
predictions (07/29/2010). They dont know, and they
werent there, so is this science, or is it educated storytelling with unlimited
withdrawals from the Ad Hoc Bank?
An evolutionist said evolution made everybody crazy two years ago but did she include herself?
Read 08/27/2008 and decide.
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Universe Is Doomed
August 22, 2010 Astronomers have decided the universe will expand forever, growing colder
and darker, till it ends in a heat death. According to the
BBC News, a study of
gravitational lensing by a huge galactic cluster named Abell 1689 determined that dark
energy will push galaxies apart till they burn out. One researcher remarked that
the study proves exactly what the fate of the Universe will be which
the article described, Eventually it will become a cold, dead wasteland with a temperature
approaching what scientists term absolute zero.
This is not news, but a reaffirmation of what 19th century
physicists inferred from the second law of thermodynamics. It doesnt matter
whether the universe is expanding or not (a factor 19th century astronomers did not consider).
No process can prevent the increase of entropy and the unavailability of usable
energy in the universe. When everything becomes a uniform temperature,
approaching the asymptotic limit of absolute zero, that is the end.
Inserting Evolution into Data
This is a blow to all positivistic conceptions of human progress.
Even in the movie Contact, there was meager comfort for the intelligences of the
universe to have nothing more to offer than biding time till the inevitable fate awaited
everything. In our day, cosmic acceleration speeds up the gloom. Sure it is
far off (far beyond our individual lifetimes), but what hope is there for any activity that ends in
a cold, black nothingness? There is no point in ultimate pointlessness, no purpose
in ultimate purposelessness, no initiative to energize mental activity in dread of the
ultimate disappearance of mind, reason and communication. The same despair holds,
for anyone who ponders it, in the cyclic worldviews that teach a universe vanishing into
a cosmic sea only to emerge again with no memory of what it had been.
Lord Kelvin, one of the most eminent in the
field of 19th century thermodynamics, understood that there is no hope in a world view
that omits God. Kelvin noticed the second law clearly stated in Scripture thousands of years
before his generation had discovered it
Not leaving his Creators universe decaying away in vain, he affirmed the revealed promises of
God, the only eternal hope that can energize our yearnings: We have the sober scientific certainty that the heavens and earth shall
wax old as doth a garment, he said. ....Dark indeed would be the prospects for the
human race if unilluminated by that light which reveals new heavens and a new
earth (Revelation 21-22).
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Bible and Theology
August 13, 2010 Evolution takes credit for a lot of things other scientists might think
say nothing about evolution. Are the statements in these articles about evolution warranted by the observations?
The habit of drawing evolution into explanations for observations has a long history. Darwin took credit for
bat sonar, symbiosis, insect size, and even lack of evolution as an evolutionary strategy in the
08/24/2007 entry, for space dust and magnetic fields and Mediterranean
microbes in the 08/11/2010 entry, and for all kinds of other things
as 1430 chain links on Darwin and Evolution over 10 years reveal.
- Do the RNA: Scientists at Yale University found an RNA complex that helps proteins
to infect cells. Thats interesting as far as it goes, but
Science Daily embellished
the observation with a story about the distant past: Yale University researchers have discovered
an ancient but functioning genetic remnant from a time before DNA existed, it said.
Ron Breaker of Yale elaborated the reasoning behind the claim:
This is the sort of RNA structure would have been needed for life exist [sic] before the evolution
of double-stranded DNA, with its instruction book for proteins that carry out almost all of lifes
functions today. If proteins are necessary to carry out lifes functions, scientists need
to explain how life arise [sic] without DNAs recipe. The answer to the chicken or egg question is
RNA machines such as the one identified in the new study, Breaker said.
Incidentally, even though the observation showed this RNA helping a bacterium infect a cell, the RNA
probably had a more beneficial function: They were though [sic] to be molecular parasites, but it is
clear they are being harnessed by cells to do some good for the organism.
The article did not attempt to explain how machinery evolves.
A lot of sophisticated RNA gadgetry has gone extinct but this study shows that
RNA has more of the power needed to carry out complex biochemistry, Breaker said.
It makes the spontaneous emergence of life on earth much more palatable.
- Moses oar: One of the most complete skeletons of the mosasaur Platecarpus, an
extinct marine reptile that was a dynamite swimmer as well as a fierce predator, was announced
by Science Daily.
The article said that earlier beliefs about it swimming like an eel have had to be revised, as analysis
shows it probably swam more like a shark. Thats interesting as far as it goes, but
it has evolutionary implications, as Luis B. Chiappe of the Los Angeles National History Museum explained:
The findings underscore how these adaptations for fully aquatic existence evolved rapidly and
convergently in several groups of Mesozoic marine reptiles, as well as in extant whales.
This fossil shows evolution in action, how a successful design was developed time after time
by different groups of organisms adapting to life in similar environments, said Chiappe.
It highlights once again the potential for new discoveries to challenge well-established interpretations
about dinosaurs and other animals that lived with them.
The article praised the curators and workers on the fossil, and remarked that new discoveries can challenge
well-established interpretations about dinosaurs and other animals, but was strangely silent about how evolution
produced complex adaptations time and time again in different groups of animals. Incidentally, the fossil
was exceptionally well preserved: It retains traces of a partial body outline, putative skin color markings,
external scales, a downturned tail, branching bronchial tubes, and stomach contents (fish). Most
sea creatures decay in the ocean. The article did not explain how this specimen was preserved so delicately.
From this beautifully preserved specimen it seems that advanced, shark like swimming began in mosasaurs
millions of years earlier than we previously thought, said Dr. Kevin Padian, a paleontologist at the
University of California, Berkeley, not involved in the paper.
- Reasoning about irrationality: People say and do dumb things. Thats interesting
as far as it goes, but Sharon Begley at Newsweek
used her powers of reason to argue why evolution may favor irrationality. Putting herself
in the mindset of a hunter-gatherer in prehistoric times, Begley explained, Forms of reasoning that are
good for solving logic puzzles but bad for winning arguments lost out, over the course of evolution, to those
that help us be persuasive but cause us to struggle with abstract syllogisms. She said this
very persuasively, if not logically; for if evolution favored irrationality, how would she know the difference?
When you read evolutionary science articles with your Baloney Detector on,
it all becomes very clear. Its like seeing with those new scanners at airports.
Evolutionary storytelling is an ideology searching for evidential threads to cover
Taking the Sci-Fi Out of SETI
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Origin of Life
Darwin and Evolution
August 12, 2010 SETI might well stand for Sci-Fi of Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence
with its ROI (return on investment) of zero in 50 years of searching
(12/31/2009). In his latest piece for
Seth Shostak did the best he could to distinguish SETI as science, not science fiction, though plenty of
the latter will be evident at a conference in Santa Clara this weekend called SETIcon (SETI Conference),
sponsored by the SETI Institute. Shostak, erstwhile Director, preferred in this article to call himself
by his new scientific title, Senior Astronomer.
The conference will feature a whos who of SETI glitterati, including Frank Drake,
Jill Tarter, and Seth Shostak
himself, who has tried to make the scientific case for SETI for years (01/05/2005,
04/22/2009). They will be
accompanied by Apollo astronaut Rusty Schweikart, planet hunter Mike Brown, Alex Filippenko and other astronomers.
Mixed in with the science category are plenty of science fiction people, like
Robyn Asimov (the daughter of noted atheist science fiction writer Isaac Asimov),
sci-if screenwriters, actors from sci-if movies, and book authors, making this a blend of views
all dealing with the science and science-fiction of extraterrestrial life.
What did Shostak offer up as the science of SETI? Without a subject
(02/20/2004, 07/25/2006), is it really
right to call it science (08/13/2004)? Without doubt,
there has been plenty of progress in astrophysical theories about the lifetimes
of various star types, the conditions for habitable environments, and a growing roster of extrasolar planets.
The search tools have become much better, with the Allen Telescope Array coming online
But much of his material is in future tense what scientists can expect is possible, given the
constraints of physics (12/07/2007). Scientists help inform overactive screenwriters imaginations with a dose of realism.
The dinner in honor of Frank Drake is more a celebrity toast than a science presentation, since Drake
never found anything.
Shostak insisted that theres never been a time when the search for life beyond Earth
a staple of the [science fiction] genre was more informed by real science. But the only
scientific achievements he listed deal with stars, planets, radio waves, and the like the usual
astronomy not matters of sentient beings.
Would it be science if you published many articles on scientific constraints
for the survival of gnomes and leprechauns? Shostak knows a lot of astronomy, but his reason for being in his current
post is SETI, for which there is no scientific evidence. He loves to mingle with the sci-if crowd
but when the legitimacy of SETI is at stake, he can easily point to Filippenko and Brown and the other
legit astronomers, and say, Im with them. Note: they havent found ET, either.
Was Homo habilis an ancestor of Homo erectus? No; they were contemporaries.
For a look at the arbitrariness of human bone classification, and the messy kinks in
the evolving evolutionary story, revisit the 08/09/2007 entry.
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Conjuring Up Evolutionary Implications from Current Data
August 11, 2010 What does observable reality imply about unobservable reality?
Some scientists say, a lot. But is unobservable reality really real? Or is it
an oxymoron? A couple of recent articles in the science media show scientists observing
things in the present, then saying they have huge implications for things no
scientist ever observed.
In one article, some Yale geologists measured the angle of magnetization in
rocks in Australia in the present. Thats the data. The implication they drew was that
a supercontinent in the unobserved past called Gondwana underwent a 60-degree rotation
525 million years ago. According to
Science Daily, one
of the scientists exclaimed, this could have had huge implications for the Cambrian explosion
of animal life at that time.
A picture of a professor and his post-doc working in a Frankensteinish lab
accompanies another article in Science
Daily. They are looking at space dust. Thats the data. They are trying
to tally up the chemicals in meteorites and dust samples brought back from space missions, and
detected in spectra from the Herschel space telescope, and make their tally available to
researchers around the world. What is the significance of dust? The article
announced the implications: Because space dust contains the basic ingredients that form planets,
the University of Central Florida physicists analysis could provide important clues about
how the solar system formed and how life emerged. The postdoc is learning her
lessons well. A complete understanding of the mineralogy of cosmic dust is essential
to understanding the formation and mineralogy of planets and, ultimately, to unraveling how life
emerged in the universe, she said.
An evolutionist at the University of Dusseldorf found organisms deep in the
Mediterranean that can live without oxygen. Thats the data. It led Bill
Martin to propose a radical idea about the origin of life and its subsequent evolution that
shows all the other evolutionary biologists are wrong: the origin of complex life did not
revolve around oxygen. The tale told as a hydrogen bombshell in
conjures up the union of a bacterium and an archaeal microbe to form mitochondria.
It conjures up the Cambrian explosion. It conjures up images of the rise and fall
of oxygen, the interactions of that gas with microbes directing the course of evolution.
One is that the initial rise in oxygen did not cleanse the oceans, but converted them into a
stinking mess, full of hydrogen sulphide. Far from having few refuges, anaerobes had
whole oceans to themselves. Whats more, these conditions lasted for more than a
billion years, right through the period when the eukaryotes are thought to have evolved.
Notice that the qualifier the period when the eukaryotes are thought to have evolved refers to the period, not the evolution.
Evolution was nowhere doubted in the article, though controversies about the how of eukaryote evolution surfaced at one point.
Author Nick Lane1 admitted that Martin and his colleague leapt straight in at the deep end
by suggesting that the ancestor of mitochondria... was a versatile bacterium capable of
living in a variety of environments using hydrogen or oxygen, and that by combining its
resources with a bacterium, it made a primordial pact that gave rise to the eukaryotes.
In answer to his critics, Martin revealed something about the inability of
drawing implications from other peoples data. His critics, who think the
transformation from aerobic mitochondria to hydrogenosomes has little or nothing to do with
the origins of eukaryotes, typically use gene studies to make their point.
Single gene studies are subject to so many artefacts that we can conclude almost nothing
about deep evolutionary history from them, Martin argued. Line up the same genes
from the other end and you derive a totally different tree.
Rather than learning that lesson from his own data, Martin and Nick Lane
feel that if the hydrogen hypothesis is right, the implications for complex life are striking.
Reaching for the stars, Lane wrote, The existence of animals that dont need oxygen means
that oxygen is not the be-all and end-all of complex life in the universe.
Furthermore, There was no magisterial progression from simple to complex life as oxygen levels rose;
no inevitability about it, he ended. Instead, there was a symbiotic union between a
bacterium that could make hydrogen and an archaeal host cell that could exploit that hydrogen:
a freak event that changed the world.
Amazing, is it not, the implications that can be derived from magnetic field
lines, dust, and Mediterranean microbes.
1. Incidentally, Nick Lane, who authored the article
in New Scientist,
whisked by the problem of the origin of ATP Synthase (08/04/2010) by referring to it
dismissively as, the usual ATP-generating machinery driven by oxygen.
In a book review in Science four years ago (see 03/31/2006), David Nicholls
was stunned by Lanes simplistic account of the emergence of ATP synthesis with the words,
all that the cells need to do to generate ATP is to plug an ATPase through the membrane.
Reeling from the shock of that sentence, Nicholls responded, Any bioenergeticist who has followed the
elucidation of the extraordinary structure and mechanism of the mitochondrial ATP synthase over the past decade
will pause at the word all, because the ATP synthasewith its spinning rotor massaging the
surrounding subunits to generate ATPis without doubt the most amazingly complex molecular structure in the cell.
Nick Lanes book had the audacious title, Science, Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the Meaning of Life.
For more examples of Lanes glittering generalities
in action, see 05/31/2010,
They should be weeping over the Cambrian explosion and the inability of evolution to account
for the emergence of complex life and body plans, and they should be blushing over reducing
science to freak accidents, but instead they are rejoicing in their own freak imaginations.
Ancient Earth Smackdown at Santa Fe Tells Global Story
What are the implications of following their example? If they can do it, so can we.
We can take observable reality and make up stories about unobservable realities that exist only in the imagination.
Heres your assignment: assume a stupid thing, observe a fact, and make up a story about
what it means about unobservable reality. Here are a couple to get you started.
Assumption: Everything happens according to the will of Elvis. Data: I got a junk
phone call from an airline company. Implication: Elvis wants me to fly to Memphis.
Assumption: Aliens planted gnomes on Earth to direct the course of evolution.
Data: Flies come into the house when the windows are open. Implication: 128.523 million
years ago, flies were change agents the gnomes used to pressure mammals to grow long tails as fly swatters.
See? Its fun. You, too, can be a scientist.
Send in your suggestions.
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Origin of Life
August 10, 2010 Biblical creationists believe in a global flood, but did you know secular geologists
have a global catastrophe, too? Both groups converge on evidence at a certain layer of rock.
To get there, we begin at a a compelling story about the distant past that emerges from a
look at rocks near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Leslie Mullen, writing for the online
(a NASA website), told the story of an ancient impact. No crater was left, because this impact is
assumed to have occurred sometime between 1.2 billion and 330 million years ago but no
earlier. Why? Because a boundary layer forms the point of convergence of two global catastrophe
stories. Her article focused primarily on the alleged craterless impact of a body 5 to 12 times larger
than the stone that formed the more recent Barringer Crater near Winslow Arizona. The mountains
near Santa Fe, by contrast, look like a random jumble of different shapes and colors, Mullins
said; but they can tell a compelling story about the distant past to trained geologists.
As evidence for an impact, she cited the discovery of shatter cones, which are
cone-shaped rocks each have distinctive wavy patterns, as though the rock itself briefly became a
flowing liquid before re-solidifying. Similar structures have been found at underground nuclear blast
sites. The only other force that can make these, she said, is the instantaneous hypervelocity force
of a meteorite impact. At the end of the article, though, she admitted that to tell the story of
what happened will require an army of scientists and graduate students studying this site, over many, many years.
indeed, according to Horton Newsom of the University of New Mexico, an expert in meteor impacts,
It could take several lifetimes to do all the necessary work.
But why the upper limit of 1.2 billion years? Its not just that volcanoes or erosion tend to
erase craters over time. Something happened at that point in the evolutionary timeline that affected the
Complicating the question is the Great Unconformity, an event that wiped about a billion years of history
out of the geologic record of this region. The disappearance of these tons of rocks was due to erosion
seas receded, and the newly exposed rocks wore away through wind, rain and other weathering processes. Then the seas flooded in again
and sediments began forming new layers. The result is that a 330-million-year-old rock layer now lies directly on
top of rocks that vary between 1.2 and 1.6 billion years old, depending on the location.
But was the Great Unconformity limited to the region around Santa Fe? It is very obvious throughout the
Grand Canyon, where underlying rocks, even tilted sediments, were planned flat as a pancake over a vast area.
New sediments (beginning with the Tapeats Sandstone) lie on top of this clear boundary, sometimes with huge
boulders embedded in the sandstone. Whatever caused a violent shearing force to underlying igneous, metamorphic
and sedimentary rocks covered a wide area.
A search on Great Unconformity shows that this break in the sediments extends wider still.
A journal article posted at Cliffshade.com
claims it is found in throughout Colorado, too: Any volcanism or surface topography developing in Colorado during
or before this time had been thoroughly erased by the close of the Great Unconformity. Wikipedia (no friend
of Biblical creationism) states, Geologist John Wesley Powell called this major gap in the geologic record, which is
also seen in other parts of the world, the Great Unconformity. Clicking on the link elaborates further:
The Great Unconformity is a geologic feature that exists across the world at a relatively consistent rock strata
(or depth relative to sea-level).1
Any unconformity worldwide in its extent would seem to require to a global catastrophe.
Creationists confidently point to this layer as the onset of the worldwide Flood described in
when the rising, violent floodwaters sheared off the surface of the antediluvian world, destroying the world as it was
(II Peter 3:3-9), then began depositing
new sedimentary layers that became reworked as the floodwaters subsided (subject to post-Flood erosion and volcanism).
What else could have caused the Great Unconformity? (See Canyon
Ministries for arguments in favor of the Flood.)
A sample pro-evolutionist site responded with a different kind of catastrophe.
A writer at the Milwaukee Evolution
League in 2005 answered the creationist claim with a counter-claim that glaciers did it. Only a glacier
can plane off rugged, jagged mountaintops with such level precision, the writer, who calls himself SaganJr,
said. A massive enough glacier can literally bulldoze over rock, leveling off everything in its path.
He claimed this also coincides with a time geologists believe glaciers covered the planet:
we know from other geologic evidence that the world was virtually covered in glaciers in the largest ice age
the planet had ever seen, he said. It makes perfect sense that a glacier planned off the angled, mountainous layers
over 250 million years, before the earth warmed, oceans rose, and sedimentary deposits began to accumulate once again.
Certainly, this makes much more sense than claiming that a global flood did it.
Either way, a global catastrophe occurred to form the Great Unconformity seen at Santa Fe,
Grand Canyon, Denver, and other continents around the world. Dates and mechanisms may differ, but
creationists and evolutionists cant dispute that flat, worldwide layer in the rocks.
1. CEH does not consider Wikipedia a reliable source; but for this reference, it can be considered
If a story is required to explain the data anyway, who has a better one? One thing is for sure:
the present was not the key to the past, as Lyell believed. This is also true for Venus and Mars.
So any hope of resting secular planetary science on natural laws on observable, repeatable processes is
problematic, when they have to invoke very special ad hoc conditions to make their story fit the facts.
Creationists admit that the conditions for the Flood were special, but they are not ad hoc, because one chooses
whether or not to believe the eyewitness that tells us what happened, and why.
Specialized Molecules Make Cells Work
Another thing that seems
clear is that glaciers are a poor explanation for the Great Unconformity. Glaciers slide down mountains.
If the whole world were a mountain covered with ice, the glaciers would have no place to slide and plane off
the surface. Where are the valleys, like Yosemite? Where are the moraines? Why did it happen
when they say it did, and not earlier or later? Where are the millions of meteors that must have fallen
in a billion years, and why were none of them large enough to end the ice age?
The Great Unconformity is flat as a pancake in most exposures; this is clearly
evident in the Grand Canyon for hundreds of miles. The secular story also has to invoke about a billion
years of missing history between the underlying rocks and the overlying sedimentary layers, which are
also mostly flat as a pancake (all the way up to the rim of Grand Canyon). If those million years took
place, why are there not numerous gullies, channels and faults running through the Great Unconformity?
It appears that the surface of the earth was scoured flat in a single event, after which sediments quickly became
deposited. It looks like a global Flood.
The meteor that Mullins talked about, if thats what caused the Santa Fe rocks to look like they do,
occurred after the Flood not hundreds of millions of years ago. The secular date is decided
based on the rocks in their presumed evolutionary context in other words, the rocks in their head.
It is not based on some true history that is out there in the world. Its part of their scheme, their
story, of how the world came to be.
If you want to believe the evolutionary story, full as it is of ad hoc special pleading, fine.
If you can live the several lifetimes for the army of secular geologists to try to figure out their story, fine. But dont
fall for the notion that it is somehow superior or scientific because secular experts believe it.
Both camps need a story, but there is a difference between historical narrative and fiction. Historical narrative
has eyewitness testimony and usually tends to fit the observations better. Look at the Great Unconformity and think
about it. You might want to also think about the
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August 09, 2010 Reports continue to show that vital cell processes depend on
finely-tuned proteins and RNA molecules. Most of the papers that discuss these
specialized molecules fail to mention how they might have evolved, as shown in three
papers in the recent issue of Science.
These three papers are examples of many that are continuously being published in leading
journals that (1) explore highly-specific molecules involved in vital cellular processes
and (2) say nothing about evolution. Examples could be easily multiplied.
- Walker with muscle: A paper by Kaya and Higuchi from the University
of Tokyo discussed how myosin motors, the active force-generating machines in muscle,
adjust their walking steps with non-linear elasticity.1
Myosins work together in muscle. Their ability to reduce stiffness and adjust
their walk is essential: the load-dependent changes in the step size are an essential
property of skeletal myosin, the authors said. Their last sentence explained
why this contributes to their effectiveness: Such molecular properties may be
inherent in the assembly of molecular motors and may reduce molecular interference,
leading to the high mechanical efficiency of muscle contraction.
You have your elastic myosins to thank for every simple or complex move you make.
For more stories about myosin this year, see 04/19/2010,
- Junk with control: It wasnt long ago when any non-coding region
of the genome was considered junk. No longer; lincRNAs are emerging as stars of
regulation and control (see 08/02/2010). Another finding to that effect was published in Science
by an international team from Stanford, Harvard and the Weizmann Institute in Israel.2
They studied one lincRNA called HOTAIR that has two specific binding domains for making
histone modifications. Histone is the protein on which DNA winds. It contains
molecular tags that affect translation the histone code (see
12/22/2009, bullet 5, with its embedded links).
team found that HOTAIR, an RNA generated from non-coding DNA, is intimately involved
with the regulation of histone by forming a scaffold for PRC2 and LSD1 proteins:
The functional consequence of coordinate targeting of PRC2 and LSD1 by HOTAIR is
gene repression, they said. What they found may apply to other cases:
Some lincRNAs may be tethers that recruit several chromatin modifications
to their sites of synthesis while other lincRNAs can act on distantly located genes as guides
to affect their chromatin states, the concluded. On the basis of their dynamic
patterns of expression, specific lincRNAs can potentially direct complex patterns of
chromatin states at specific genes in a spatially and temporally organized manner during
development and disease states.
- Repairmen with teamwork: A team at Zheijiang University in China studied
the partners in DNA interstrand cross-link repair, one of many repair pathways active in
the genome. Fanconi anemia is a disease caused by mutations in 13 Fanc genes.3
Here, we characterize a previously unrecognized nuclease, Fanconi anemia–associated nuclease 1 (FAN1),
that promotes ICL repair in a manner strictly dependent on its ability to accumulate at or near sites of
DNA damage and that relies on mono-ubiquitylation of the ID complex, they said, referring
to the tagging of a repair site with ubiquitin, a ubiquitous cellular tag signaling a site
for repair or demolition. Thus, the mono-ubiquitylated ID complex recruits the
downstream repair protein FAN1 and facilitates the repair of DNA interstrand cross-links.
For more on DNA repair teams in the cell, see the 07/18/2001,
1. Kaya and Higuchi, Nonlinear Elasticity and an 8-nm Working Stroke of Single Myosin Molecules in Myofilaments,
6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 686-689, DOI: 10.1126/science.1191484.
2. Tsai, Manor et al, Long Noncoding RNA as Modular Scaffold of Histone Modification Complexes,
6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 689-693, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192002.
3. Liu, Ghosai, Yuan, Chen and Huang, FAN1 Acts with FANCI-FANCD2 to Promote DNA Interstrand Cross-Link Repair,
6 August 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5992, pp. 693-696, DOI: 10.1126/science.1192656.
Who needs evolution? Not these authors. Not medical science, genetics, or
cell biology, either. Lets move along, and leave Darwinism to rust in pieces.
Its tough to get a date, but fun to keep trying. See what we mean in the
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Down with Human Evolution Just-So Stories
August 08, 2010 Stories of human ancestors around campfires evolving larger brains
by eating meat or caring for animals often sound themselves life campfire stories.
For example, Jeremy Hsu in Live
Science speculated that Caring for Animals May Have Shaped Human Evolution.
A cute girl with a puppy adorns the article. Our love of all things furry has deep roots
in human evolution and may have even shaped how our ancestors developed language and other tools of civilization.
For another example, see the 06/10/2010 entry
on why humans became hairless.
Paleoanthropologist John Hawks has had enough of this tale-telling.
Just-so stories [are] driving me crazy, he exclaimed in a rare outburst against reporters
and those in his own field on his John Hawks Weblog.
Responding to one such story, the idea that eating meat gave humans bigger brains (12/20/2009), he showed how
to ask skeptical questions: How did meat make us smarter? Is it a magical meat property?
If I fed enough meat to the local deer, would they get smarter? He did not reject the
evolutionary tales outright: These are serious hypotheses with literature and evidence supporting them,
he claimed, but then he blushed on his colleagues behalf: I just wish that they could be reported in a way that made it sound like
paleoanthropologists are skeptical scientists!
Thank you, John. Join our campaign to clean up science
by ridding it of storytelling. Just watch the ground under your feet.
Grandma Gets Sexy Idea for Origin of Life
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August 07, 2010 Helen Hansma likes being a grandmother and studying the origin of life,
according to a video on PhysOrg.
To show shes not over the hill, though, she came up with a sexy new hypothesis for how
we got here: life emerged between the sheets of mica.
Her video clip explains three parts to her hypothesis: (1) Mica sheets provide
safe havens for molecules to evolve; (2) Mica has potassium, and life uses lots of potassium; and
(3) Mica sheets can rise and fall as waves of water intrude the thin layers, providing a source
of mechanical energy to keep things thrusting between the sheets.
Smiling with money from the
National Science Foundation (NSF) to dream this up, she summarized it thus: mica would provide
enough structure and shelter for molecules to evolve but also accommodate the dynamic, ever-changing
nature of life. In the video clip, she suggested that it might be possible
some day to get good evidence for her ideas on the origin of life, implying that evidence has not yet been
a primary concern. She also welcomed diversity, boasting that her hypothesis
can work alongside other theories, like the Lipid world (09/03/2004,
and RNA World (02/15/2007,
The article, based on a press release from the NSF, presented her new ideas
cheerfully. PhysOrg embellished the new hypothesis further with by claiming that
That age-old question, where did life on Earth start? now has a
new answer, titillating readers with a flashy headline, The Secret of Life
May Be As Simple As What Happens Between the Sheets Mica Sheets.
You can try this at home. Put some watch parts in an accordion and pump till a watch
comes out. If you want NSF funding, find a way to make your experiment sound sexy.
(Warning: experimenting on the origin of life between your own sheets does not qualify.
Maybe the Kinsey Institute will finance that.)
God Forbid: Public School Field Trips to a Creation Zoo?
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Origin of Life
August 06, 2010 Is it legal? Can a public school take kids to a creation zoo?
Environment reporter Michael Marshall at
Scientist just about had a fit when he heard that A UK zoo that pushes a creationist message has
been approved as a destination for school trips by the government. That could
never happen in America, could it?
That zoo, called the
Noahs Ark Zoo Farm, appears
to be doing everything right; it earned a quality badge by the Learning Outside the Classroom
program; its educational resources appear absolutely fine according to Marshall himself,
it has lots of animals (including big ones like rhinos and giraffes),
and it accepts school parties with kids of all ages. But... creationism? Marshall quoted
the zoos website making this statement:
Darwinism has no explanation of how the atoms and all the laws of nature should just come to be there,
no adequate theory of how life with its highly complex DNA suddenly appeared, and no evidence to show that
single-celled life forms evolved into the much more complex forms of the later fossil record.
It also cannot explain how consciousness, instinct, free will, and sexual reproduction came into being.
Marshall retorted, Lifes too short to go through and debunk all that, pointing readers instead to an
Evolution Myths page at New Scientist. He also noted that in America, education authorities have
balked at using AiGs Creation Museum for field trips, handing that hot potato to local boards.
Even though the kid-friendly Noahs Ark Zoo Farm
does not appear to be focused on promoting creation, the Noah story or even criticisms of evolution
(see its news page), Michael Marshall
began his short report with words that
could only be described as mean-spirited: Criticising a family-run zoo that introduces small children
to the wonder of animals feels a bit like kicking a puppy but in this case we might have to.
Its fun to watch bigots go ape.
Not all motion is progress. For amusement, find all the words that rhyme with motion in
the 08/15/2005 entry.
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Darwin and Evolution
Stem Cell News: Adults Still Lead
August 06, 2010 Stem cells are still hot. Most of the significant findings are coming from
adult stem cells (AS) or induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS) rather than embryonic stem cells (ES).
For example, a PhysOrg article described progress at
the University of Michigan in predicting what cell types stem cells will become. Nothing was
said in the article about embryonic stem cells. Here are more news reports since the
07/20/2010 entry on the lead of adult stem cell discoveries over
RNA is a rising star in stem cell research. For instance, according to
Caltech found that micro-RNAs, once of unknown function or considered
cellular junk, are intimately involved with stem cells. It appears they control the
function of mammalian stem cells in the blood, determining what types of blood cell they will become.
Similarly, PhysOrg reported on work at Massachusetts
General Hospital that found micro RNAs are involved in controlling the number of blood cells in the body.
Science Daily reported on
work at MIT that finds RNA provides a safer way to reprogram stem cells (iPS cells).
Research at Stanford found that purifying the stem cells from bone marrow increase the
chances for successful bone marrow transplants, according to
Adult stem cells continue to show promise for healing broken hearts.
According to PhysOrg mesenchymal
stem cells injected into pigs with heart disease made their hearts good as new.
Want a renewed, all-natural joint? PhysOrg
reported that adult stem cells are coming along well in experiments. It appears from tests
on rabbits that failing joints can be replaced
with a joint grown naturally using the hosts own stem cells. Researchers foresee a future with
naturally grown joints that would last longer than currently used artificial joints.
Another study announced by PhysOrg found that,
for patients with deadly brain tumors called glioblastomas, survival time was doubled if radiation
therapy was directed at parts of the brain known to harbor stem cells that perhaps had become cancerous.
The radiation apparently targets the source of proliferating cancer cells.
Overall, PhysOrg reported, adult stem cell
therapies are far ahead of embryonic experiments. For all the emotional debate
that began about a decade ago on allowing the use of embryonic stem cells, the article
said, its adult stem cells that are in human testing today.
An extensive review of stem cell projects and interviews with two dozen experts reveal a wide
range of potential treatments. The score for ES cells is still zero.
While according to New
Scientist the first embryonic stem cell test on humans has gotten a green light,
PhysOrg said that
in the near term, embryonic stem cells are more likely to pay off as lab tools,
for learning about the roots of disease and screening potential drugs, An ethicist quoted in the article, however,
dubbed all the efforts for a decade to use ES cells for therapy as fruitless.
But perhaps the most significant news was announced by
The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research has added strong evidence that ES and iPS stem cells are
virtually identical, apparently removing any need for embryonic stem cells with
their ethical hurdles. Garrett Frampton, co-author of a paper in
Cell Stem Cell about this comparison, commented, Billions of dollars have been invested
in the idea that we will use ES cells at some point in the future as therapeutic or regenerative agents,
but for ethical and practical issues, this may not be possible. But if they work out therapies with
ES cells, and iPS cells are equivalent to ES cells, then the idea is that those therapies could be
used with iPS cells as well.
In light of this scorecard, why was the dominant theme in the past decade focused on the
promise of embryonic stem cells? PhysOrg
reported on a study at the University of Arizona that found who drove the issue. It wasnt
public demand. It wasnt even the media. According to the study, President Bush had little influence holding
back the tide of ES research because of the demands of scientific elites. The scientific community held the ball on the issue, and the media followed
them not the President. They also found that while two-thirds of the sources included in the
stories were elites, such as experts and politicians, not one story used the president as a dominant source.
When President Obama voiced support for ES research, that all changed. The media, the scientific community
and the President were then all on the same team. One of the study authors remarked,
I think it is time for us to see whether the same pattern occurred during the debate for
health care reform under the new Obama administration.
Defend science. But when a scientist (or reporter, or President, or any other human being) does something deplorable, loses integrity,
promotes a selfish agenda, wastes money, runs roughshod over ethics, or abandons common sense, science makes a pitiful shield.
Explosion of the Blob
Next headline on:
Politics and Ethics
August 05, 2010 Some scientists are looking into the folds of a sponge for clues
about the Cambrian Explosion the sudden emergence of all the major body plans in
the geological blink of an eye. What they are finding is more complexity than a
first glance at the simple creatures would expect.
A draft genome of a demosponge named Amphimedon from the Great Barrier Reef has just been
published. Adam Mann wrote about this in Nature News,1
hinting at the divination going on: Researchers wring evolutionary clues from gene sequence.
One result so far, he said, is Telltale molecular fragments teased out of ancient sediment show that
sponges existed some 635 million years ago the oldest evidence for metazoans (multicellular animals) on Earth.
The sponge has some 18,000 genes. This represents a diverse toolkit, coding for many
processes that lay the foundations for more complex creatures. What kind of tools?
These include mechanisms for telling cells how to adhere to one another, grow in an organized fashion
and recognize interlopers. In what may sound very surprising for such a lowly creature,
The genome also includes, Mann continued, analogues of genes that, in organisms with a
neuromuscular system, code for muscle tissue and neurons. Why would a sponge have such genes
without having a neuromuscular system or central nervous system? He didnt say.
Mann suggested that the discovery of this complexity in a sponge genome forces the evolution of complexity back in time:
such complexity indicates that sponges must have descended from a more advanced ancestor than previously suspected.
He quoted Douglas Erwin of the Smithsonian responding with alarm that This flies in the face of what we think of early metazoan evolution.
Charles Marshall, the master of Cambrian Explosion disaster (see 04/23/2006),
added, It means there was an elaborate machinery in place that already had some function.
What I want to know now is what were all these genes doing prior to the advent of sponge.
The sponge genome was published by Srivastava et al in the same issue of Nature.2
Mann summarized its conclusions as an invocation of the power of emergence by unknown powers of evolution
operating in a critical window of time. During that time, nefarious processes that would
plague humans 635 million years later, like a kind of ruthless communism, were being laid:
The analyses of Srivastava and her colleagues suggest that there was a crucial window, some 150 to 200 million years in duration,
when the basics of multicellular life emerged. Nearly one-third of the genetic alterations that distinguish
humans from their last common ancestor with single-celled organisms took place during this period. These changes would have
occurred within our sponge-like forebears.
By saying that nearly one-third of the genetic toolkit emerged in a blank period before
the fossils of the first actual sponge, and that the changes occurred in undescribed
sponge-like forebears, Mann shielded the fact that there is not only no evidence for such
an ancestor, but no known mechanism by which genes with foresight would have emerged in single-celled creatures.
The researchers also identified parts of the genome devoted to suppressing individual cells that multiply at the
expense of the collective. The presence of such genes indicates that the battle to stop rogue cells — in other words, cancer —
is as old as multicellularity itself. Such a link was recently hinted at by work showing that certain founder genes
that are associated with human cancers first arose at about the same time as metazoans appeared. The demosponge genome shows that
genes for cell suicide those activated within an individual cell when something goes wrong evolved before pathways
that are activated by adjacent cells to dispatch a cancerous neighbour.
Srivastava et al were no help explaining how this emergence occurred.
A search on evolution in the paper reveals these circumlocutions:
No such protoneuron is known, of course, but in the Conclusion section, the question of how this complexity originated was asked directly.
The answer was shrouded in passive voice verbs and unstated mechanisms:
- Comparative analysis enabled by the sequencing of the sponge genome reveals genomic events linked to the origin and early evolution of animals, including the appearance, expansion and diversification of pan-metazoan transcription factor, signalling pathway and structural genes. This diverse toolkit of genes correlates with critical aspects of all metazoan body plans, and comprises cell cycle control and growth, development, somatic- and germ-cell specification, cell adhesion, innate immunity and allorecognition.
- The emergence of multicellular animals from single-celled ancestors over 600 million years ago required the evolution of mechanisms for coordinating cell division, growth, specialization, adhesion and death.
- Sponges are diverse and their phylogeny is poorly resolved, allowing for the possibility that sponges are paraphyletic, which implies that other animals evolved from sponge-like ancestors.
- Although the diversity of sponges and their uncertain phylogeny make it doubtful that any single species can reveal the intricacies of early animal evolution, comparison of the A. queenslandica draft genome with sequences from other species can provide a conservative estimate of the genome of the common ancestor of all animals and the timing and nature of the genomic events that led to the origin and early evolution of animal lineages.
- We find 235 animal-specific protein domains and 769 animal-specific domain combinations that evolved along the metazoan stem (Supplementary Note 9). Additionally, lineage-specific changes to these animal domain architectures occurred in early metazoan evolution.
- The Myc oncogene illustrates how intramolecular regulation has also evolved.
- This lack of phylogenetic resolution may reflect a period of rapid evolution and diversification of ligand/receptor molecules in sponge and eumetazoan lineages.
- ...the expression of orthologues of post-synaptic structural and proneural regulatory proteins in Amphimedon larval globular cells suggests an evolutionary connection with an ancestral protoneuron.
Whereas the eumetazoan lineage produced a wide diversity of body forms [i.e., the Cambrian Explosion], the sponge body plan has been stable for over 600 million years. What can explain this disparity in evolved morphological complexity? Although we have seen that sponges and eumetazoans share many common pathways related to morphogenesis and cell-type specification, there are notable genomic differences, including different microRNA assemblages, lineage-specific domains and domain architectures, and the differential expansions of gene families. Although there has been minimal characterization of cis-regulatory architectures in non-bilaterians, we note that as most classes of bilaterian transcription factors are also present in sponges, cnidarians and placozoans, it may be that quantitative rather than qualitative differences in cis-regulatory mechanisms were needed to produce more diverse body plans.
They just said, in brief, that all the genetic toolkit was there in the sponge ancestor. The Cambrian Explosion
was due to quantitative rather than qualitative differences in the tools. But does this explain
a trilobite, a segmented worm, shellfish, crabs, the predator Anomalocaris, and all the other amazing creatures
found at the point of the Cambrian explosion? And why would a microbe come up with these tools in the first
place, even to produce a sponge?
The sexually-reproducing, heterotrophic metazoan ancestor had the capacity to sense, respond to, and exploit the surrounding environment while maintaining multicellular homeostasis. Although sponges lack some of the cell types found in eumetazoans, including neurons and muscles, they share with all other animals genes that are essential for the form and function of integrated multicellular organisms. With these genomic innovations enabling the regulation of cellular proliferation, death, differentiation and cohesion, metazoans transcended their microbial ancestry.
The news media, notably Science
Daily and New
Scientist, dutifully reproduced these sentiments without critique. For instance, Mann in Nature said,
As an added benefit, this genome may shed light on how primitive animal cells first learned to cope with the
enduring hazard of collective existence: cancer, to which New Scientist echoed, Figuring out how sponges get by
without them may shed light on their role in human cancers.
Scientist put the solution to the Cambrian explosion in terms of hope and change:
Now that their genetic make-up has finally been sequenced, it could explain one of the greatest mysteries of evolution:
how single-celled organisms in the primordial oceans evolved into complex multicellular animals with the spectacular diversity of body plans we see today.
As with the Nature articles, though, the explanation consisted of saying little more than complexity was already there:
This means that all the key genetic prerequisites for modern animals made up of trillions of cells were in place well before sponges
split from other animals 600 million years ago. Somehow, we are told, sponges moved up from microbes to become inventors:
To this basic set of genes, sponges and other multicellular animals add a small suite of master-control genes which may allow
the greater coordination needed when several cells are dividing together. Science Daily,
likewise, admitted that
how this differential complexity is encoded in the genome is still a major question in biology. A
coauthor of the study, Bernie Degnan, a professor of biology at the University of Queensland, Australia, engaged in
ancestor worship. This incredibly old ancestor possessed the same core building blocks for
multicellular form and function that still sits at the heart of all living animals, including humans.
It now appears that the evolution of these genes not only allowed the first animals to colonize the ancient oceans,
but underpinned the evolution of the full biodiversity of animals we see today. They evolved because they evolved.
Moreover, Degnan told Science Daily that all the genomic innovations that we deem necessary for intricate
modern animal life have their origins much further back in time that anyone anticipated, predating the Cambrian explosion
by tens if not hundreds of millions of years. He was stunned by the revelations coming from the genetic crystal ball:
Remarkably, the sponge genome now reveals that, along the way toward the emergence of animals, genes for an entire network
of many specialized cells evolved....
However they evolved, Degnan admitted that human engineers look to the sponge for inspiration for their own
designed innovations. Sponges produce an amazing array of chemicals of direct interest to the pharmaceutical industry,
the quote in Science Daily continued. They also
biofabricate silica fibers directly from sea water in an environmentally benign manner, which is of great interest in communications.
With the genome in hand, we can decipher the methods used by these simple animals to produce materials that far exceed our current
engineering and chemistry capabilities. (See 11/20/2008 and
its embedded links for descriptions of the exquisite fiber-optic structures produced by some sponges.)
Tantalizing glimpses of a primordial sponge blob were revealed by PhysOrg:
Ancient blob-like creature of the deep revealed by scientists. Scientists at Imperial College London generated a
3D image of Drakozoon, the only known fossil specimen of a cone-shaped, blob-like creature with a hood
that probably had a leathery exterior skin. We think this tiny blob of jelly survived by clinging
onto rocks and hard shelled creatures, making a living by plucking microscopic morsels out of seawater, said Dr. Mark Sutton,
another diviner. By looking at this primitive creature, we also get one tantalising step closer to understanding
what the earliest creatures on Earth looked like. But wait Drakozoon was dated to 425 million years old,
making it far too late to be the mysterious 635-million-year-old proto-sponge with all the tools needed to build a human.
The clever innovator remains shrouded in the presumptions of a long-lost evolutionary past.
1. Adam Mann, Sponge genome goes deep,
Nature News, published online 4 August 2010, Nature 466, 673 (2010), doi:10.1038/466673a.
2. Srivastava et al, The Amphimedon queenslandica genome and the evolution of animal complexity,
pp 720–726, 05 August 2010, doi:10.1038/nature09201.
Are you angry after reading this? You should be. Ever since Charlies coup, the world has been
told that evolution is the one-and-only scientific explanation for the living world. Its all
smoke and mirrors! Look at what they said complexity just emerged in the genes of some
hypothetical, unseen, mythical common ancestor. (Note the imbedded evolutionary assumption there
and the euphemism for miracle, emergence).
This ancestor was endowed with such incredible foresight, it somehow came up with innovations that would
prove useful to the scientists 636 million years later who might want to use their neurons to write nonsense.
What? Getting even one useful gene is astronomically improbable (online book),
to say nothing of 18,000 genes matching in a functional genetic toolkit.
This is absolutely shameful. Its indescribably absurd.
Science is supposed to be about evidence, observations, data, testability,
repeatability, proof, not just hollow thinking of ideologues, writing about magic visions reflecting in the
vitreous humor of their darkened eyeballs.
Have you told a friend about CREV.INFO lately?
All the tricks of the racketeer are here. Readers are shielded from contrary evidence and
critical analysis (card stacking). The nonsense is wrapped in the prestige
of science (association). Everywhere questions are begged
(circular reasoning) in broad-brush statements
(glittering generalities), while key issues, like how complexity emerged, are dodged
in passive verbs and miracle words (sidestepping). The lingo is loaded with
bluffing and subjectivity and
abound, such as the inference that complexity in sponge cells implies that thousands of genes exist in
some putative microbe ancestor, based on circumstantial evidence
interpreted according to an a priori commitment to naturalism (post hoc fallacy,
it exists, therefore it evolved). This has nothing to do with science; this is
dogma in an echo chamber (repetition). And when the lack of evidence is
too overpowering to ignore, theres always hope that the evidence may shed light on evolution
Folks, we are not talking about some little, backwater issue with Charlies grand scheme,
but the main argument even Darwin admitted could be deadly to his theory the lack of evidence
for transitional forms at the base of the fossil record (Origin, chapter 10). It was unsolved in his day; it remains unsolved
today. In fact, it is far worse for evolutionists now than it was in 1859, because there are no more excuses that
the fossil record is incompletely sampled, or that Precambrian rocks could not preserve soft tissues (see the
film Darwins Dilemma). Look at the flim-flam offered up a
few years ago by Charles Marshall, the Master of Disaster, when tasked with explaining the Cambrian explosion
(04/23/2006): basically, it evolved because it evolved.
This is smoke, not science.
The fossil record, a spear-pointed battering ram
aimed at the flimsy gate of evolutionary theory, should have toppled King Charlies castle long ago.
Its not for lack of trying. Critics have used the battering ram to good effect from the beginning,
but Charlies demons maintain an impenetrable moat of smoke to hide
the sacred image of the Bearded Buddha in the castle temple. Long ago, they co-opted
all the institutions the journals, the media, schools and even some churches keeping them occupied
perpetuating the smoke moat with their fogma machines, sending the sensible soldiers with the battering ram
coughing and the Darwincense-addicted Charlie worshippers inhaling deeply, euphoric in their hallucinations of
emergence. (For definition of fogma, see the
The defenders of the castle are also well-trained in hate speech,
knowing to close their eyes, cover their ears, and shout on cue Creationism! Pseudoscience!
at any sign of the battering ram.
The Bearded Buddha is a false god. Its long past time to clear the air and demand scientific
integrity. Dont get angry; get the power fans. Once the truth can be seen, a battering ram will
not even be necessary. The Darwin Castle will vanish in its own fogma. Expect a hard fight getting
the power fans in place, though; theres too much riding on this ideology. Expect Screwtape to
use his whole arsenal in its defense.
Next headline on:
Darwin and Evolution
Fine-Tuning Found in Lifes Rotary Engine
August 04, 2010 The universal energy currency in living things is ATP. To produce the
vast quantities of this molecule required by life 24 x 7, cells employ banks of rotary engines called
ATP Synthase, which we have reported on previously in these pages many times. ATP synthase has become
somewhat of a mascot of intelligent design, because there
are no known precursors to this multi-faceted, exquisitely efficient motor that is so tiny, 120,000 of them could
fit on the head of a pin (07/16/2002). Scientists continue to glimpse finer details of these engines using X-ray
crystallography and other techniques. A new finding, published in PLoS Biology,1 found that water molecules play
a crucial role in the rotor. The findings were summarized on PhysOrg,
Cells use water in nano-rotors to power energy conversion.
The international team (primarily at Max Planck Institute for Biophysics, Frankfurt, Germany) investigated
the ATP synthase motors in an unusual bacterium that lives in highly-alkaline water. This bacterium prefers alkaline environments where the concentration
of protons (H+) is lower outside than inside the cell the inverse of the situation usually found in
organisms that prefer neutral or acidic environments, the authors said. These cells have a special
challenge. Many cells live in neutral or acidic waters, providing no obstacles for the free flow of protons (hydrogen
ions, H+) through the membranes and into the rotors they help turn. In alkaline conditions, the protons would tend to
leak out to neutralize the environment. These special ATP synthase motors, therefore, need to maintain a gradient
that is not as alkaline as the outside. The extreme alkaliphile [alkali-loving] Bacillus pseudofirmus Of4 grows by
oxidative phosphorylation with cytoplasmic pH values maintained 1.5-2.3 pH units below the high external pH (up to 11)
of the medium, they explained (a pH of 11 is very strongly alkalinic). The existence of this reversed [delta]-pH
poses a major thermodynamic problem, with which these cells must cope.
This species has some modifications to its engine design to help it cope with its special conditions.
It has a modified a-subunit, latent activity, and, most significantly, a modified c-ring with more subunits and a
different shape. The c-ring is the primary rotor. In most organisms, it has 10 subunits; in B. pseudofirmus,
there are 13 subunits (some other organisms have 11 or 15, and some run on sodium ions, Na+, instead of
protons). Though identical in many respects to the c-rings in other species,
this one has an altered shape, somewhat like a tulip beer glass, they said soberly. Although the ways in
which these modifications serve to function in the alkaline environment of this bacterium are not yet clear, the authors
are convinced that the cooperation of the water ion in the center of each subunit is a key:
This work shows a new type of proton coordination in an F1F0 synthase rotor ring....
It is evident that the coordination network of the water itself... is a stabilizing and therefore a structural part of this
c-ring. The presence of the water has been shown to enhance the Na+-binding affinity in the Na+-binding
c11 ring [in organisms with 11 c-subunits]. Given this observation we propose that the water
in the c13 ring binding pocket also enhances the proton affinity. High affinity rotor
binding sites are of central importance for all ATP synthases but are especially important for ATP synthases of bacteria
that grow in alkaline environments.... Perhaps the novel manner in which a water participates in proton binding is also a
consequence of adaptation of the ATP synthase to alkaliphily [adaptation to alkaline environments].
They speculated that this observation applies to a wider class of specialized c-rings, too. Further comparative
studies of c-rings are needed to determine the precise role of these ion-binding pockets in the c-ring subunits.
They speculated that they may have to do with ion affinity and selectivity during torque generation of the rotors.
The authors mentioned evolution four times, but two of them were mere assumptions that the motors evolved; one was
a statement about the lack of evolution (This commonality of binding pattern underlines the evolutionary and
functionally conserved relationship between the pmf- and smf-driven systems) and the fourth
was only a fleeting suggestion: The smf-driven [sodium motive force] ATP synthases have been suggested to be evolutionary pioneers
in the establishment of the modern ATP synthases, they said, referring to a 2008 paper that suggested the idea.
If this hypothesis is correct, they continued, indicating the tentative nature of the idea, then perhaps the
unusual forms of c-rings could be derivatives of the c11 basic structure from an evolutionary point of view.
Nothing else from the evolutionary point of view contributed to the motivation, investigation, or the findings
in the paper itself. On the contrary, the authors praised the elegance of this ubiquitous nanomotor, including the
modifications of this particular alkaline-loving species:
The subtle but important differences in the H-bonding network geometry allow a fine-tuning ... and serve to
optimize the required solvation energy, they said. ;Fine tuning of these parameters is of crucial importance
within the a/c-ring interface, where the rotor binding sites pass a more hydrophilic environment. The fine-tuning
theme was significant enough to appear in the Abstract: It appears in the ion binding site of an alkaliphile in which it
represents a finely tuned adaptation of the proton affinity during the reaction cycle. And they certainly
did not hesitate to describe the ATP synthase as a wondrous, functional machine: Like the wind turbines that generate electricity,
the F1F0-ATP synthases are natural ion turbines each made up of a stator and a rotor that turns,
when driven by a flow of ions, to generate the cells energy supply of ATP.
PhysOrg in its coverage of the paper heaped on
ATP synthases are among the most abundant and important proteins in living cells. These rotating nano-machines
produce the central chemical form of cellular energy currency, ATP (adenosine triphosphate), which is used to meet the
energy needs of cells. For example, human adults synthesize up to 75 kg of ATP each day under resting conditions and
need a lot more to keep pace with energy needs during strenuous exercise or work. The turbine of the ATP synthase
is the rotor element, called the c-ring. This ring is 63 A [Angstroms] in diameter (6.3 nm, or 6.3 millionths of a
millimeter) and completes over 500 rotations per second during ATP production.
500 rotations per second amounts to, in the terminology of more familiar motors, some 30,000 RPM. Since three ATP molecules
are synthesized for each rotation, one of these motors can generate just short of 100,000 ATP per minute and your body
has quadrillions of them working all your life, even in your sleep.
The best way to visualize what is going on is through animation.
A simplified but effective animation can be found at University
of Osnabrueck by Wolfgange Junge; see Movie #2 (QuickTime); the c-ring is at the bottom (notice this is slow-motion; imagine
seeing this at 30,000 RPM).
DNA-tube has a more detailed animation (rotor at top)
showing the reversibility of the engine. Additional animations can be located with an internet
search on the phrase, ATP synthase animation.
1. Preiss, Yildiz, Hicks, Krulwich and Meier, A New Type of Proton Coordination in an F1F0-ATP Synthase Rotor Ring,
Public Library of Science Biology,
8(8): e1000443. DOI:10.1371/journal.pbio.1000443.
As usual, the references to evolution were mere incense offerings to Charlie at the start of festivities,
having nothing to do with the substance of the show. Those formalities could have been excised without
any loss of information; yea, indeed, but with a net gain in clarity. Did the authors propose any primitive
ancestors of functioning machines? Any half-way ATP synthase? Of course not; they wouldnt work unless
completely functional from the beginning. They admitted, The amino acid sequence of the protein subunits in
this rotor ... has features common to an important group of ATP synthases in organisms from bacteria to man.
The modifications they found for the bacterium under study were not accidents or mistakes, but purposeful modifications
allowing this species to survive in its harsh environment. To say that it evolved from a more common
form begs the question of evolution. One would have to already subscribe to evolution to believe that.
Before gassing that gopher in your garden, consider what good those little gardenia gluttons do for the globe.
Read the 08/02/2004 entry.
This machine is too wonderful for laypeople to be uninformed about it. It keeps us alive! Its a real,
mechanical, rotary engine spinning up to 30,000 RPM by the thousands in every cell on the planet! The thought of rotary engines
keeping us alive, even in our sleep, should be shouted from the housetops! This was only discovered in the 1990s.
Aristotle, Descartes, Voltaire, Darwin and Freud could never have dreamed life was this exquisite at its core.
Could any finding in the history of science be as awe-inspiring? People should know this.
Amaze someone at the water cooler today. Instead of the useless phatic utterance, Hows it going? try opening with,
Hows your rotary engine doing today? Your surprised co-worker might respond, I dont have
a Mazda, to which you reply: No, I mean your rotary engines the ones inside of you.
Now you have the springboard for an enlivening discussion that will put the engines spinning in your brains to good use.
Next headline on:
Best Face-on-Mars Photo Looks Dead
August 03, 2010 Conspiracy theorists will probably have little to say now that
the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken the clearest photo yet of the alleged
Face on Mars in Cydonia. For the before and after photos, see
PhysOrg. The new photo
is clearly an eroded, rocky mesa thats all, folks.
Use this as a teachable moment. See our
09/21/2006 entry on design detection and the use
of evidence to support a theory. Most serious human observers of Mars never
bought into the late-night-talk-show fantasies (05/24/2001), but there is a serious question in
such cases that needs reflection: how do we humans differentiate between design and chance or
natural law? Look at our long list of paired objects, some designed, some not.
A pictorial presentation of these pairs for kids can be a great way to help them think
logically about design. Some of them are trickier than at first glance; they
raise additional questions about deeper levels of design, and what we mean
by design and natural law, that can trip up adults, too. And some of the most ardent
scientific opponents of the Face-on-Mars idea have a puzzle of their own: how did they
use intelligent design theory to show the believers were wrong? Moreover, how do they
justify the inference of alleged microbes on Mars from methane, color, or other indirect
biomarkers? Dumb as the Face-on-Mars theory was, it can be turned into a lively
discussion on important questions, and can refine everyones
baloney detecting skills.
Cell Regulation Doesnt Just Happen
Next headline on:
August 02, 2010 Scientists are finding that its not just having the right parts that makes
a body go; its having those parts controlled by the right regulators. Recent stories make the
case with their headlines: Guardian of the Genome: Protein Helps Prevent Damaged DNA in Yeast,
announced Science Daily.
Scientists find gas pedal and brake for uncontrolled cell growth, reported
PhysOrg article about stem cells gave
New insights into how stem cells determine what tissue to become.
Still another on PhysOrg said that
Researchers find key step in bodys ability to make red blood cells.
Finally, also on PhysOrg, another use was
found for large pieces of RNA transcribed from the big stretches of code between genes. In
Linc-ing a noncoding RNA to a central cellular pathway, the opening paragraph
announced, The recent discovery of more than a thousand genes known as large intergenic non-coding RNAs
(or lincRNAs) opened up a new approach to understanding the function and organization of the genome.
That surprising breakthrough is now made even more compelling with the finding that dozens of these
lincRNAs are induced by p53 (the most commonly mutated gene in cancer), suggesting that this
class of genes plays a critical role in cell development and regulation.
All that was announced in just 3 days of science news, suggesting this is a hot area of research.
Without precise regulation of the parts of a cell and its genes, bad things happen.
This brief entry today is a teaser to go and read the articles,
look for mentions of evolution or design, and think about which point of view found these
discoveries surprising or not. Of course, dont expect to see the words intelligent design anywhere,
since that phrase is effectively banned from secular science journalism. Look instead for indirect inferences that design is
the best explanation. Or, look for the lack of attempts to explain the regulation by evolution.
Natures Designs Excite Inventors
Next headline on:
August 01, 2010 The imitation of nature biomimetics is one of the hottest
areas in science these days. Recent reports tell about research teams racing to move natural
designs to market, and theres no end in sight.
The abstract of the paper in Science1 mentioned the aesthetic as well as practical
value of the spiders product. The opening paragraph serves as a model vision statement for all bio-inspired research:
- Pack it green: Got parcels? Dont use styrofoam peanuts and bubble wraps; thats so 2009.
Why manufacture plastic and oil-based stuffing when you can grow something soft and biodegradable?
Two grads from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute started a company that is making packing foam out of
mushroom fibers and agricultural waste, reported Science
Daily. Gavin McIntyre said, We dont manufacture materials, we grow them.
Were converting agricultural byproducts into a higher-value product. The products use
mushroom fibrous roots called mycelia mixed in with waste from cotton gins. Its all natural,
all green, all biodegradable.
With fellow grad Even Bayer, McIntyre started up a company in Green Island, New York, called Ecovative Design to bring their
idea to fruition. They can produce custom-fitted foam packing material with very little energy.
The National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency are supporting
their project. By 2013, do-it-yourself homeowners may be able to use the technology in another
way: for home insulation. The award-winning company also invented Greensulate(tm):
an insulating material based on mushroom fibers that has the added advantage of being flame retardant.
- Its a plane, like a bird: Why cant an airplane be more like a bird?
asked researchers at MIT. Birds dont have to slam into a runway and roll for a mile to land.
They can switch from barreling forward at full speed to lightly touching down on a target as narrow
as a telephone wire, said
Science Daily. They do it by mastering the stall a complicated maneuver
that involves vortices and wakes. The article explains how this complicated phenomenon
works; Even the best descriptions of it are time-consuming to compute.
Can humans make like a bird? Hopefully, yes. MIT researchers have demonstrated a new control system
that allows a foam glider with only a single motor on its tail to land on a perch, just like a pet parakeet,
the article said. The work could have important implications for the design of robotic planes,
greatly improving their maneuverability and potentially allowing them to recharge their batteries simply by alighting on power lines.
Picture that on your next long-distance flight. The control system won its inventor the Engineering Student of the Year Award,
but the article did not say if the parakeet got an extra treat for providing the inspiration.
- Eye of the fly: Who would have ever thought that flys eyes would inspire a scientist?
Whats next, the bees knees? Sure enough, PhysOrg
reported that fly eyes are inspiring the next biomimetic surfaces that could revolutionize solar cells and materials for
a variety of applications. Scientists at Penn State are not only mimicking the fly eye; they
are duplicating it. They used a high-tech electroplating technique to reproduce the shape of they compound
eye exactly, forming a master template can be used either as a die to stamp the pattern or as a mold.
The fly they chose is the blowfly those disgusting flies that hang around dead things. The
researcher said, These eyes are perfect for making solar cells because they would collect more sunlight from a
larger area rather than just light that falls directly on a flat surface.
The same team is currently looking at butterfly wings to understand how the surfaces create colors without pigment.
Who knows; for more great ideas, maybe they should also take a closer look at the bees knees.
- Light farming: Algae and plants achieve a feat that is the envy of engineers: harvesting
the energy of sunlight with high efficiency. Jeff Tollefson at Nature
News reported about the new Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis that is using federal grant
money with the ambitious goal of developing, scaling up and ultimately commercializing technologies that directly
convert sunlight into hydrogen and other fuels. Caltech and Lawrence Berkeley labs are teaming up to
get the technology out of the lab and into commercially viable products. Plants produce sugars and other
complex molecules with their light harvest. The human engineers would be happy to get cheap hydrogen for
fuel cells. They appear to be making progress; the article is accompanied by a photo of a test car that
has a bumper message, This plug-in hybrid gets 100+ MPG.
- Snakes alive: The thought of snake bite is enough to cause shudders, but there might be a bright
side to learning more about it. Science
Daily told about a Japanese team that is studying snake venom for clues to how blood platelets respond to it.
This is not a true biomimetics story, in that the researchers are not trying to imitate snake toxin, but they
think by controlling substances that have similar responses they can gain understanding for good ends. The article began,
Researchers seeking to learn more about stroke by studying how the body responds to toxins in snake venom
are releasing new findings that they hope will aid in the development of therapies for heart disease and, surprisingly, cancer.
- Spider prize: Many of our previous biomimetics entries have mentioned spider silk as the holy grail for
materials science. A spider is able to take a watery fluid with special proteins and spin it out into some of
the strongest flexible material known. Its also flexible, durable and biodegradable, and can withstand
extremely high temperatures, Live
Science added. Simple as the spider makes it look, it is astonishingly difficult to duplicate the feat.
After years of work, several teams are making progress understanding and imitating the process of silk production.
A paper in Science1 recently pointed out that the development of silk hydrogels, films, fibers and sponges is
making possible advances in photonics and optics, nanotechnology, electronics, adhesives and microfluidics, as well as engineering
of bone and ligaments that will be non-invasive and environmentally friendly, according to
PhysOrg. The authors of the paper, from Tufts University,
said (pun probably intended), Silk-based materials have been transformed in just the past decade from the commodity
textile world to a growing web of applications in more high technology directions. One exciting new
method for mass production of the coveted material would be through genetically-engineered plants that could be harvested
like cotton. Developing countries might find a new source of wealth by growing the stuff made famous by silkworms and spiders.
On another front, Live
Science and PhysOrg reported on work published in
PNAS2 about the successful engineering of a bacterium, E. coli, to produce
spider silk protein that mimics the properties of the real thing. PhysOrg mentioned some of the uses
that could come from mass production of spider silk: parachute cords, protective clothing (bullet-proof vests),
and composite materials for aircraft are just the beginning: Researchers have long envied spiders ability to
manufacture silk that is light-weighted while as strong and tough as steel or Kevlar, the article began.
Indeed, finer than human hair, five times stronger by weight than steel, and three times tougher than the top
quality man-made fiber Kevlar, spider dragline silk is an ideal material for numerous applications.
Spiders and silkworms generate silk protein fibers that embody strength and beauty. Orb webs are
fascinating feats of bioengineering in nature, displaying magnificent architectures while providing essential
survival utility for spiders. The unusual combination of high strength and extensibility is a characteristic
unavailable to date in synthetic materials yet is attained in nature with a relatively simple protein processed
from water. This biological template suggests new directions to emulate in the pursuit of new
high-performance, multifunctional materials generated with a green chemistry and processing approach. These
bio-inspired and high-technology materials can lead to multifunctional material platforms that integrate
with living systems for medical materials and a host of other applications.
1. Omenetto and Kaplan, New Opportunities for an Ancient Material,
30 July 2010: Vol. 329. no. 5991, pp. 528-531, DOI: 10.1126/science.1188936.
2. Xia, Qian et al, Native-sized recombinant spider silk protein produced in metabolically engineered
Escherichia coli results in a strong fiber,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online July 26, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1003366107.
Biomimetics is a favorite topic in our pages for many reasons: the promise of wonderful products,
the wonder of learning about amazing feats of plants and animals, the fact that biomimetics is
intelligent-design friendly, and the reality that scientists do not need to pay homage to Charlie
D. to participate, get funding, and be heroes. For the years we have reported biomimetics news, we have rarely seen
the researchers even mention evolution. When they do, its usually just in passing,
like spiders evolved this fantastic ability 300 million years ago or some other stupid
dragline that wouldnt hold up an ounce of scrutiny. Whole university research departments
have been set up to work on biomimetics, and the future is bright. Its time to ditch
Darwin like a ball and chain and run into the future of design-based science.
What is the one fundamental cosmic entity that many cosmologists have been missing? Click this link
to the 08/14/2003 entry to find out.
If you have
precocious kids, take them into the yard and get them thinking along these lines. Some of the
most amazing technologies are right under our feet. If your kid can help understand them, copy them,
and make products out of them, he or she could become rich and help support you in your retirement, because
if you can build a better fuel cell, Obama will beat a path to your door with stimulus money.
(Whatever works; the greed angle should be secondary, whenever possible, to the inspirational
Spiders didnt invent silk; birds didnt invent landing on a wire; plants didnt
decide to harvest light and then find the perfect way to do it. Such things do not arise from
unplanned, unguided processes of chance and necessity. This is engineering and art. Strength and beauty,
magnificent architectures, efficient high performance natures wonders should stimulate any clear-thinking person
to ponder the master Mind that put these technologies into living things. Thats a good first step
toward wanting to know that Mind.
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Featured Creation Scientist for August
1571 - 1630
By anyones measure, Johannes Kepler ranks as a gold medalist
in the history of science. This great German mathematician
and astronomer (contemporary with the King James Bible and the Pilgrims)
discovered fundamental laws of nature
that have stood the test of time and are still widely used today. He
advanced mathematics in science to new heights, including the first use of
logarithms for astronomy and the foundation for integral calculus. He made useful
inventions. He was a major force in moving science away from its
subservience to authority and onto an empirical foundation, and from
superstition to mathematical law. He helped mankind
understand how the universe works. When the great Isaac
Newton expressed that his ability to see farther than others was due to standing on
the shoulders of giants, he most certainly had Kepler in mind.
Yet this humble, devout Christian, from a poor, uneducated home, had a life
filled with difficulty. In spite of it, he stands as a consummate example
of a Christian doing excellent science from theological motives; Kepler pursued
science as a mission from God. In his words, he
was merely thinking Gods thoughts after Him.
Anyone who thinks Christianity is inimical to science should take a close
look at the life of this giant of science and Christian faith.
Kepler is considered the Father of Celestial Mechanics.
The story of how he worked for eight years trying to figure out the orbit of
Mars and the other planets from the observations of Tycho Brahe
is legendary. Kepler was a perfectionist; close enough
was not good enough. He started by assuming the common belief that the orbits
of the planets were perfect circles. Moreover, he had a tempting
hypothesis that the ratios of the orbital distances matched the proportions of the regular
solids, but it did not quite work. It was Keplers genius
and integrity that forced him to abandon his pet theory and discover the truth.
After many years of work, and thousands of pages of tedious calculations, he
fit the data to the formula for an ellipse, and finally, everything fell into place. This
illustrates how in science frequently a fundamental truth lays lurking in
the minute details that do not fit the expectations. To an
honest scientist, the data
must drive the conclusions, and Keplers discovery ranks as a seminal
point in the history of science. With this finding, he overcame 1500
years of error based on the thinking of Ptolemy, Aristotle and even Copernicus
that the heavenly orbits must be perfect circles.
From his discovery, Kepler derived his famous Three Laws of Planetary Motion.
These were the first truly scientific laws, based as they were on empirical data and not
authority or Aristotelian logic. Kepler established precise mathematical
relationships describing orbital motion: (1) the orbits of the
planets are ellipses, with the sun at one focus, (2) the motion of a body is not
constant, but speeds up closer to the sun (a line connecting the sun and the planet
sweeps out equal areas in equal times), and
(3) the farther away a planet is, the slower it moves (the square
of the period is proportional to the cube of the semimajor axis). Newton later
explained these relationships in his theory of universal gravitation, but Keplers
Laws are just as accurate today as when he first formulated them, and even more useful
than he could have imagined! Even today, NASAs Jet Propulsion
Laboratory navigates spacecraft around the
solar system using Keplers Laws, and astronomers routinely speak of
Keplerian orbits not only for the solar system but for stars orbiting galaxies, and for
galaxies orbiting clusters and superclusters. The whole universe obeys Keplers
Laws, or as he would have preferred to say, obeys Gods laws that he
merely uncovered: he said, Since we astronomers are priests of the highest God
in regard to the book of nature, it befits us to be thoughtful, not of the glory of our
minds, but rather, above all else, of the glory of God.
These discoveries would be enough to guarantee Kepler membership in the science
hall of fame, but theres
much more. Not only was he the Father of Celestial Mechanics, Kepler is also
considered the Father of
Modern Optics. He advanced the understanding of reflection and refraction and
human vision, and produced improvements in eyeglasses for both nearsightedness and
farsightedness, and for the telescopes that
his colleague Galileo (with whom he corresponded) had first turned toward the
heavens. He invented the pinhole camera and designed a gear-driven calculating machine.
He investigated weather phenomena and also made other fundamental
discoveries about the heavens, such as the rotation of the sun, and the fact that
ocean tides are caused primarily by the moon (for which Galileo derided him, but Kepler
was proved right). He predicted that trigonometric parallax
might be used to measure the distances to the stars. Though the telescopes of his
day were too crude to detect the parallax shift, he was right again, and the recent Hipparcos
satellite used this principle to refine our measurements to thousands of stars.
Keplers firsts make an impressive list of accomplishments.
One would think a man must be the son of a privileged family to rise to such heights, but
nothing could be farther from the truth for this, and other, great Christians in science like
Newton, Carver and Faraday.
Kepler was from a poor, uneducated family. He was often ill, and lived with no advantages
that would have predicted his success. His mother was a flighty woman given
to superstition, and his father was a roaming mercenary, frequently off to the battlefield
to fight for the highest bidder. At age six, Kepler saw the Great
Comet of 1577 which in those days people assumed were bad omens, but Kepler
was fascinated. Later, his father bought and operated a low-class inn, and young Johannes was
required to do hard labor to help the struggling family business. When given a chance to go to school,
Keplers genius coupled with diligence advanced him quickly. Devout by nature, he decided
he would serve God as a clergyman.
He studied for two years in a seminary at the University of Tubingen, receiving training in Latin, Greek, Hebrew, mathematics
and the usual Greek philosophy, but there also became acquainted with
the newer ideas of Copernicus and those who doubted that the Greeks were the last
word in knowledge. It was only when he was pressured to accept a position
as a mathematics instructor 500 miles away in Graz that he reluctantly postponed
his goal to become a Lutheran minister. Later, he was chosen
by the great but eccentric Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe to figure out the problem
of the orbit of Mars, and the rest is history.
In spite of his successes, Keplers life was filled with hardship, poverty,
political turmoil, false accusations and difficult work. He had to defend his
mother who was falsely accused of being a witch. He was forced to move
on several occasions due to war or pestilence. He was not paid near what
he was worth. He probably never thought of himself as famous. Yet
he had an inner joy that would make his imagination soar when he thought of the
heavens and how everything worked according to the Creators mathematical
plan. He imagined space travel and speculated about earthlike planets around
distant stars. He wrote 80 books, including the first science fiction story,
The Dream (about an imaginary flight to the moon), and of course more technical treatises such as the consummate
compilation of Tychos data using logarithms, The Rudolphine Tables;
this work did much to advance the heliocentric theory. His signature work, expressing his
philosophy of science, is Harmony of the World in
which he saw the heavenly bodies making a kind of celestial music of the
spheres as the outworking of the mind of God, perfect in geometric harmony.
It expressed his belief that the world of nature, the world of man and world of God
all fit together into a harmonious system that could be explored by science.
Kepler had once believed that becoming a clergyman was the only way to serve God and proclaim
His truth, but he found that astronomy and mathematics were also a ministry, a way to
open windows to the mind of God. Deeply spiritual all his life, he said, Let also my
name perish if only the name of God the Father is elevated. On November 15, 1630, as he lay dying, he
was asked on what did he pin his hope of salvation. Confidently and resolutely, he testified:
Only and alone on the services of Jesus Christ. In Him is all refuge,
all solace and welfare.
Craters on the moon and Mars are named in Keplers honor. NASAs
spacecraft was launched in March, 2009 and is currently searching for earth-sized planets
around other stars.
A Concise Guide|
You can observe a lot by just watching.
First Law of Scientific Progress
The advance of science can be measured by the rate at which exceptions to previously held laws accumulate.
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.
Nature will tell you a direct lie if she can.
So will Darwinists.
Science is true. Dont be misled by facts.
Finagles 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 according to his own pet theory.
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.
Murphys Law of Research
Enough research will tend to support your theory.
If the facts do not conform to the theory, they must be disposed of.
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.
The number of different hypotheses erected to explain a given biological phenomenon
is inversely proportional to the available knowledge.
All great discoveries are made by mistake.
The greater the funding, the longer it takes to make the mistake.
The solution to a problem changes the nature of the problem.
Peters Law of Evolution
Competence always contains the seed of incompetence.
An expert is a person who avoids the small errors while sweeping on to the grand fallacy.
Repetition does not establish validity.
What really matters is the name you succeed in imposing on the facts not the facts themselves.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.
Thumbs Second Postulate
An easily-understood, workable falsehood is more useful than a complex, incomprehensible truth.
There is nothing so small that it cant 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.
The best theory is not ipso facto a good theory.
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
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,
Wisdoms 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).
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for science Darwinism in particular and I find your
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and willingness to look at the evidence for what the
evidence says is much greater than what I read in what
are now called science journals.
Please keep up the good work. I appreciate what you
are doing more than I can communicate in this e-mail.
(a teacher in California)
Im a small town newspaper editor in southwest Wyoming. Were pretty
isolated, and finding your site was a great as finding a gold mine. I read
it daily, and if theres nothing new, I re-read everything. I follow links.
I read the Scientist of the Month. Its the best site Ive run across. Our
local school board is all Darwinist and determined to remain that way.
(a newspaper editor in Wyoming)
have been reading your page for about 2 years or so....
I read it every day. I ...am well educated, with a BA in Applied Physics
from Harvard and an MBA in Finance from Wharton.
(a reader in Delaware)
I came across your website by accident about 4 months ago and look at it every day....
About 8 months ago I was reading a letter to the editor of the Seattle Times that was written
by a staunch anti-Creationist and it sparked my interest enough to research the
topic and within a week I was yelling, my whole lifes education has been a lie!!!
Ive put more study into Biblical Creation in the last 8 months than any other topic in my life.
Past that, through resources like your website...Ive been able to convince my father (professional mathematician and amateur geologist), my best friend (mechanical engineer and fellow USAF Academy Grad/Creation Science nutcase), my pastor (he was the hardest to crack), and many others to realize the Truth of Creation.... Resources like your website help the rest of us at the grassroots level drum up interest in the subject. And regardless of what the major media says: Creationism is spreading like wildfire, so please keep your website going to help fan the flames.
(an Air Force Academy graduate and officer)
I love your site! I **really** enjoy reading it for several specific reasons: 1.It uses the latest (as in this month!) research as a launch pad for opinion; for years I have searched for this from a creation science viewpoint, and now, Ive found it. 2. You have balanced fun with this topic. This is hugely valuable! Smug Christianity is ugly, and I dont perceive that attitude in your comments. 3. I enjoy the expansive breadth of scientific news that you cover. 4. I am not a trained scientist but I know evolutionary bologna/(boloney) when I see it; you help me to see it. I really appreciate this.
(a computer technology salesman in Virginia)
I love your site. Thats why I was more than happy to
mention it in the local paper.... I mentioned your site as the place
where..... Every Darwin-cheering news article is
reviewed on that site from an ID perspective. Then
the huge holes of the evolution theory are exposed,
and the bad science is shredded to bits, using real
(a project manager in New Jersey)
Ive been reading your site almost daily for about three years. I have
never been more convinced of the truthfulness of Scripture and the faithfulness of God.
(a system administrator and homeschooling father in Colorado)
I use the internet a lot to catch up on news back
home and also to read up on the creation-evolution controversy, one of my favourite topics.
Your site is always my first port of call for the latest news and views and I really appreciate
the work you put into keeping it up to date and all the helpful links you provide. You are a
beacon of light for anyone who wants to hear frank, honest conclusions instead of the usual diluted
garbage we are spoon-fed by the media.... Keep up the good work and know that youre changing lives.
(a teacher in Spain)
I am grateful to you for your site and look forward to reading new
stories.... I particularly value it for being up to date with what is going on.
(from the Isle of Wight, UK)
[Creation-Evolution Headlines] is the place to go for late-breaking
news [on origins]; it has the most information and the quickest turnaround.
Its incredible I dont know how you do it.
I cant believe all the articles you find. God bless you!
(a radio producer in Riverside, CA)
Just thought I let you know how much I enjoy
reading your Headlines section. I really appreciate
how you are keeping your ear to the ground in so
many different areas. It seems that there is almost
no scientific discipline that has been unaffected
by Darwins Folly.
(a programmer in aerospace from Gardena, CA)
I enjoy reading the comments on news articles on your site very much. It is incredible
how much refuse is being published in several scientific fields regarding evolution.
It is good to notice that the efforts of true scientists have an increasing influence at schools,
but also in the media.... May God bless your efforts and open the eyes of the blinded evolutionists
and the general public that are being deceived by pseudo-scientists.... I enjoy the site very much
and I highly respect the work you and the team are doing to spread the truth.
(an ebusiness manager in the Netherlands)
I discovered your site through a link at certain website...
It has greatly helped me being updated with the latest development in science and with
critical comments from you. I also love your baloney detector
and in fact have translated some part of the baloney detector into our language (Indonesian).
I plan to translate them all for my friends so as to empower them.
(a staff member of a bilateral agency in West Timor, Indonesia)
...absolutely brilliant and inspiring.
(a documentary film producer, remarking on the
I found your site several months ago and within weeks
had gone through your entire archives.... I check in several times a day for further
information and am always excited to read the new
articles. Your insight into the difference between
what is actually known versus what is reported has
given me the confidence to stand up for what I
believe. I always felt there was more to the story,
and your articles have given me the tools to read
through the hype....
You are an invaluable help and I commend your efforts.
Keep up the great work.
(a sound technician in Alberta)
I discovered your site (through a link from a blog) a few weeks ago and I cant stop reading it....
I also enjoy your insightful and humorous commentary at the end of each story. If the evolutionists
blindness wasnt so sad, I would laugh harder.
I have a masters degree in mechanical engineering from a leading University. When I read the descriptions, see the pictures, and watch the movies of the inner workings of the cell, Im absolutely amazed.... Thanks for bringing these amazing stories daily. Keep up the good work.
(an engineer in Virginia)
I stumbled across your site several months ago and have
been reading it practically daily. I enjoy the inter-links
to previous material as well as the links to the quoted
research. Ive been in head-to-head debate with a
materialist for over a year now. Evolution is just one of
those debates. Your site is among others that have been a
real help in expanding my understanding.
(a software engineer in Pennsylvania)
I was in the April 28, 2005 issue of Nature [see 04/27/2005
story] regarding the rise of intelligent design in the universities. It was through your website
that I began my journey out of the crisis of faith which was mentioned in that article. It was an honor to see you all highlighting the article in Nature. Thank you for all you have done!
(Salvador Cordova, George Mason University)
I shudder to think of the many ways in which you mislead readers, encouraging them to build a faith based on misunderstanding and ignorance. Why dont you allow people to have a faith that is grounded in a fuller understanding of the world?...
Your website is a sham.
(a co-author of the paper reviewed in the 12/03/2003
entry who did not appreciate the unflattering commentary. This led to a cordial
interchange, but he could not divorce his reasoning from the science vs. faith dichotomy,
and resulted in an impasse over definitions but, at least, a more mutually respectful dialogue.
He never did explain how his paper supported Darwinian macroevolution. He just claimed
evolution is a fact.)
I absolutely love creation-evolution news. As a Finnish university student very
interested in science, I frequent your site to find out about all the new science
stuff thats been happening you have such a knack for finding all this
information! I have been able to stump evolutionists with knowledge gleaned from
your site many times.
(a student in Finland)
I love your site and read it almost every day. I use it for my science class and
5th grade Sunday School class. I also challenge Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers to
get on the site to check out articles against the baloney they are taught in school.
(a teacher in Los Gatos, CA)
I have spent quite a few hours at Creation Evolution Headlines in the past week
or so going over every article in the archives. I thank you for such an informative
and enjoyable site. I will be visiting often and will share this link with others.
[Later] I am back to May 2004 in the archives. I figured I should be farther
back, but there is a ton of information to digest.
(a computer game designer in Colorado)
The IDEA Center also highly recommends visiting Creation-Evolution Headlines...
the most expansive and clearly written origins news website on the internet!
(endorsement on Intelligent Design and Evolution
Hey Friends, Check out this site: Creation-Evolution Headlines.
This is a fantastic resource for the whole family.... a fantastic reference library with summaries,
commentaries and great links that are added to
dailyarchives go back five years.
(a reader who found us in Georgia)
I just wanted to drop you a note telling you that at www.BornAgainRadio.com,
Ive added a link to your excellent Creation-Evolution news site.
(a radio announcer)
I cannot understand
why anyone would invest so much time and effort to a website of sophistry and casuistry.
Why twist Christian apology into an illogic pretzel to placate your intellect?
Isnt it easier to admit that your faith has no basis -- hence, faith.
It would be extricate [sic] yourself from intellectual dishonesty -- and
from bearing false witness.
Sincerely, Rev. [name withheld] (an ex-Catholic, apostate Christian Natural/Scientific pantheist)
Just wanted to let you folks know that we are consistent readers and truly appreciate
the job you are doing. God bless you all this coming New Year.
(from two prominent creation researchers/writers in Oregon)
Thanks so much for your site! It is brain candy!
(a reader in North Carolina)
I Love your site probably a little too much. I enjoy the commentary
and the links to the original articles.
(a civil engineer in New York)
Ive had your Creation/Evolution Headlines site on my favourites list for
18 months now, and I can truthfully say that its one of the best on the Internet,
and I check in several times a week. The constant stream of new information on
such a variety of science issues should impress anyone, but the rigorous and
humourous way that every thought is taken captive is inspiring. Im pleased
that some Christians, and indeed, some webmasters, are devoting themselves to
producing real content that leaves the reader in a better state than when they found him.
(a community safety manager in England)
I really appreciate the effort that you are making to provide the public with
information about the problems with the General Theory of Evolution. It gives me
ammunition when I discuss evolution in my classroom. I am tired of the evolutionary
dogma. I wish that more people would stand up against such ridiculous beliefs.
(a science teacher in Alabama)
If you choose to hold an opinion that flies in the face of every piece of evidence
collected so far, you cannot be suprised [sic] when people dismiss your views.
(a former Christian software distributor, location not disclosed)
...the Creation Headlines is the best. Visiting your site...
is a standard part of my startup procedures every morning.
(a retired Air Force Chaplain)
I LOVE your site and respect the time and work you put into it. I read
the latest just about EVERY night before bed and send selection[s] out to others and
tell others about it. I thank you very much and keep up the good work (and
(a USF grad in biology)
Answering your invitation for thoughts on your site is not difficult because
of the excellent commentary I find. Because of the breadth and depth of erudition
apparent in the commentaries, I hope Im not being presumptuous in suspecting
the existence of contributions from a Truth Underground comprised of
dissident college faculty, teachers, scientists, and engineers. If thats
not the case, then it is surely a potential only waiting to be realized. Regardless,
I remain in awe of the care taken in decomposing the evolutionary cant that bombards
us from the specialist as well as popular press.
(a mathematician/physicist in Arizona)
Im from Quebec, Canada. I have studied in pure sciences and after in actuarial mathematics.
Im visiting this site 3-4 times in a week. Im learning a lot and this site gives me the opportunity to realize that this is a good time to be a creationist!
(a French Canadian reader)
I LOVE your Creation Safari site, and the Baloney Detector material.
(a reader in the Air Force)
You have a unique position in the Origins community.
Congratulations on the best current affairs news source on the origins net.
You may be able to write fast but your logic is fun to work through.
(a pediatrician in California)
Visit your site almost daily and find it very informative, educational and inspiring.
(a reader in western Canada)
I wish to thank you for the information you extend every day on your site.
It is truly a blessing!
(a reader in North Carolina)
I really appreciate your efforts in posting to this website. I find
it an incredibly useful way to keep up with recent research (I also check science
news daily) and also to research particular topics.
(an IT consultant from Brisbane, Australia)
I would just like to say very good job with the work done here,
very comprehensive. I check your site every day. Its great
to see real science directly on the front lines, toe to toe with the
pseudoscience that's mindlessly spewed from the prestigious
(a biology student in Illinois)
Ive been checking in for a long time but thought Id leave you a
note, this time. Your writing on these complex topics is insightful,
informative with just the right amount of humor. I appreciate the hard
work that goes into monitoring the research from so many sources and then
writing intelligently about them.
(an investment banker in California)
Keep up the great work. You are giving a whole army of Christians
plenty of ammunition to come out of the closet (everyone else has).
Most of us are not scientists, but most of the people we talk to are not
scientists either, just ordinary people who have been fed baloney
for years and years.
(a reader in Arizona)
Keep up the outstanding work!
You guys really ARE making a difference!
(a reader in Texas)
I wholeheartedly agree with you when you say that science is not
hostile towards religion. It is the dogmatically religious that are
unwaveringly hostile towards any kind of science which threatens their
dearly-held precepts. Science (real, open-minded science) is not
interested in theological navel-gazing.
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I appreciate reading your site every day. It is a great way to keep
up on not just the new research being done, but to also keep abreast of the
evolving debate about evolution (Pun intended).... I find it an incredibly useful
way to keep up with recent research (I also check science news daily) and also
to research particular topics.
(an IT consultant in Brisbane, Australia)
I love your website.
(a student at a state university who used CEH when
writing for the campus newsletter)
....when you claim great uncertainty for issues that are fairly
well resolved you damage your already questionable credibility.
Im sure your audience loves your ranting, but if you know as much
about biochemistry, geology, astronomy, and the other fields you
skewer, as you do about ornithology, you are spreading heat, not
(a professor of ornithology at a state university, responding to
the 09/10/2002 headline)
I wanted to let you know I appreciate your headline news style of
exposing the follies of evolutionism.... Your style gives us constant,
up-to-date reminders that over and over again, the Bible creation account
is vindicated and the evolutionary fables are refuted.
(a reader, location unknown)
You have a knack of extracting the gist of a technical paper,
and digesting it into understandable terms.
(a nuclear physicist from Lawrence Livermore Labs who worked
on the Manhattan Project)
After spending MORE time than I really had available going thru
your MANY references I want to let you know how much I appreciate
the effort you have put forth.
The information is properly documented, and coming from
recognized scientific sources is doubly valuable. Your
explanatory comments and sidebar quotations also add GREATLY
to your overall effectiveness as they 1) provide an immediate
interpretive starting point and 2) maintaining the readers
(a reader in Michigan)
I am a huge fan of the site, and check daily for updates.
(reader location and occupation unknown)
I just wanted to take a minute to personally thank-you and let
you know that you guys are providing an invaluable service!
We check your Web site weekly (if not daily) to make sure we have
the latest information in the creation/evolution controversy.
Please know that your diligence and perseverance to teach the
Truth have not gone unnoticed. Keep up the great work!
(a PhD scientist involved in origins research)
You've got a very useful and informative Web site going.
The many readers who visit your site regularly realize that it
requires considerable effort to maintain the quality level and
to keep the reviews current.... I hope you can continue your
excellent Web pages. I have recommended them highly to others.
(a reader, location and occupation unknown)
As an apprentice apologist, I can always find an article
that will spark a spirited debate. Keep em
coming! The Truth will prevail.
(a reader, location and occupation unknown)
Thanks for your web page and work. I try to drop by
at least once a week and read what you have. Im a
Christian that is interested in science (Im a mechanical
engineer) and I find you topics interesting and helpful.
I enjoy your lessons and insights on Baloney Detection.
(a year later):
I read your site 2 to 3 times a week; which Ive probably done for a couple
of years. I enjoy it for the interesting content, the logical arguments, what I can
learn about biology/science, and your pointed commentary.
(a production designer in Kentucky)
I look up CREV headlines every day. It is a wonderful
source of information and encouragement to me.... Your gift of
discerning the fallacies in evolutionists interpretation of
scientific evidence is very helpful and educational for me.
Please keep it up. Your website is the best I know of.
(a Presbyterian minister in New South Wales, Australia)
Ive written to you before, but just wanted to say again
how much I appreciate your site and all the work you put into it.
I check it almost every day and often share the contents
(and web address) with lists on which I participate.
I dont know how you do all that you do, but I am grateful
for your energy and knowledge.
(a prominent creationist author)
I am new to your site, but I love it! Thanks for updating
it with such cool information.
(a home schooler)
I love your site.... Visit every day hoping for another of your
brilliant demolitions of the foolish just-so stories of those
who think themselves wise.
(a reader from Southern California)
I visit your site daily for the latest news from science journals and other media,
and enjoy your commentary immensely. I consider your web site to be the
most valuable, timely and relevant creation-oriented site on the internet.
(a reader from Ontario, Canada)
Keep up the good work! I thoroughly enjoy your site.
(a reader in Texas)
Thanks for keeping this fantastic web site going. It is very
informative and up-to-date with current news including incisive
(a reader in North Carolina)
Great site! For all the Baloney Detector is impressive and a
great tool in debunking wishful thinking theories.
(a reader in the Netherlands)
Just wanted to let you know, your work is having quite an impact.
For example, major postings on your site are being circulated among the
Intelligent Design members....
(a PhD organic chemist)
opening a can of worms ... I love to click all the related links and
read your comments and the links to other websites, but this usually makes me late
for something else. But its ALWAYS well worth it!!
(a leader of a creation group)
I am a regular visitor to your website ... I am impressed
by the range of scientific disciplines your articles address.
I appreciate your insightful dissection of the often unwarranted conclusions
evolutionists infer from the data... Being a medical
doctor, I particularly relish the technical detail you frequently include in
the discussion living systems and processes. Your website continually
reinforces my conviction that if an unbiased observer seeks a reason for the
existence of life then Intelligent Design will be the unavoidable
(a medical doctor)
A church member asked me what I thought was the best creation web site.
I told him CreationSafaris.com.
(a PhD geologist)
I love your site... I check it every day for interesting
information. It was hard at first to believe in Genesis fully, but
now I feel more confident about the mistakes of humankind and that all
their reasoning amounts to nothing in light of a living God.
(a college grad)
Thank you so much for the interesting science links and comments
on your creation evolution headlines page ... it is very
(a reader from Scottsdale, AZ)
visit your site almost every day, and really enjoy it. Great job!!!
(I also recommend it to many, many students.)
(an educational consultant)
I like what I seevery
much. I really appreciate a decent, calm and scholarly approach to the
whole issue... Thanks ... for this fabulous
It is refreshing to read your comments. You have a knack to get to the heart of
(a reader in the Air Force).
Love your website. It has well thought out structure and will help many
through these complex issues. I especially love the
I believe this is one of the best sites on the Internet.
I really like your side-bar of truisms.
Yogi [Berra] is absolutely correct. If I were a man of wealth, I would
support you financially.
(a registered nurse in Alabama, who found
us on TruthCast.com.)
WOW. Unbelievable.... My question is, do you sleep? ... Im utterly
impressed by your page which represents untold amounts of time and energy
as well as your faith.
(a mountain man in Alaska).
Just wanted to say that I recently ran across your web site featuring science
headlines and your commentary and find it to be A++++, superb, a 10, a homerun
I run out of superlatives to describe it! ... You can be sure I will
visit your site often daily when possible to gain the latest information
to use in my speaking engagements. Ill also do my part to help publicize
your site among college students. Keep up the good work. Your
material is appreciated and used.
(a college campus minister)
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