Watch for the Recycle logo to find gems from the back issues!
Dec 31, 2010 The sun is rising on 2011, but we need to clear the deck from 2010.
Here are ten 2010 headlines to acknowledge as the ball drops in Times Square, to avoid dropping the ball completely
before moving on to 2011.
Its the time of year for historians and prognosticators.
Scientist looked back at 2010, while
listed its Science Breakthroughs that 2011 May Bring.
Stories like these portend a busy year ahead for Creation-Evolution Headlines.
- Cells: Many cancer cells have an eat me tag, said
- Early Man: Rodents Were Diverse and Abundant in Prehistoric Africa When Our Human Ancestors Evolved,
said Science Daily. Is that why they left?
(But see 12/29/2010, where Adam was already in Israel.)
- Health: Hire a plant as your therapist, suggests work on indoor plant intervention
reported by Science Daily.
- Fossils: How did the Komodo Dragons ancestor get from Africa to Indonesia?
Do some baloney detecting work on Science
Dailys tale about how the reptiles ability to swim may be key to figuring out how more than 30 million years later its
ancestors turned up on the other side of the world.
- Evolution: The arms race is on between maize and smut, says
- Bird evolution: Figure out who has the bird brain in
Sciences story, Fossilized Bird Brains May Yield Secret of First Flights.
- Cosmology: If a star is born and dies into a black hole, is the black hole born?
Untangle the claims on PhysOrg.
- Philosophy of science: Diviners are finding climate change messages in the strangest places:
like in broken glass (PhysOrg),
Geographic) and the taste of tea in India (PhysOrg).
- Ethics: Scientists Peer Into the Future of [Embryonic] Stem Cell Biology, said
Science Daily. Search on
the words ethics and cure.
- Intelligent Design: Evolution News and Views, the blog of the Discovery Institute, reported
four recent papers indicating that Intelligent Design is making waves in scientific journals:
all peer-reviewed scientific papers arguing for design over Darwin.
Were going into 2011 strong with ten years of reporting behind us on a wide variety
of subjects. Resolve to tell your friends about Creation-Evolution Headlines.
The easy-to-remember address is crev.info type that in your browser and
read, learn, influence. Happy News Year!
For the celebration of the 2000th comet discovery by the SOHO spacecraft (see
its worth revisiting the Five Woes of Comet Evolution from the
12/27/2007 entry. It appears that
the comet-y comedy has not yet reached comity.
Next headline on:
Darwin and Evolution
Plants Outsmart Darwin
Dec 30, 2010 There are wonders in plants that continue to be uncovered with the tools
of science. Two recent papers in PNAS lend support to the feeling that plants
are smarter than assumed.
Neither paper explained how these systems might have evolved. The paper on ERAD degradation of misfolded proteins
only mentioned that the genes are conserved, and speculated in passing about the functional differences of the ERAD
genes in plants vs humans. Another PNAS paper by Harvard biologists, however, did speculate about
misfolded proteins as a source of evolutionary innovation.3 Studying how yeast cells
handle misfolded proteins, they recognized that there is a fitness cost involved, as if an oarsman suddenly disabled
on a rowing team makes the others have to work harder. What does this have to do with evolution? Not much,
apparently, and maybe less: it appears to constrain evolution, not advance it:
- Trash collection: Humans usually only employ one trash collection service, but
plants have two. Four Chinese investigators found redundant pathways in plant cells for
removing misfolded proteins. Writing in PNAS,1 they
characterized endoplasmic reticulum associated degradation (ERAD), an integral part of the
ER quality-control system that removes toxic misfolded proteins via ubiquitin/proteasome-mediated
degradation (see 11/24/2010). They found two
genes that function redundantly to ensure this essential process does not fail.
The genes are conserved (unevolved) in yeast, plants, and humans.
- Portable generators: Humans know it is handy to have a power source, like a battery, when youre
away from the power grid. Plants know that, too. German scientists found that plants use potassium
as a local energy source in their vessels. Heres what their abstract said in PNAS
about how plants exploit the multi-functional potassium ion.2
The essential mineral nutrient potassium (K+) is the most important inorganic cation for plants and is
recognized as a limiting factor for crop yield and quality. Nonetheless, it is only partially understood how
K+ contributes to plant productivity. K+ is used as a major active solute to maintain turgor and to
drive irreversible and reversible changes in cell volume. K+ also plays an important role in numerous
metabolic processes, for example, by serving as an essential cofactor of enzymes. Here, we provide
evidence for an additional, previously unrecognized role of K+ in plant growth. By combining
diverse experimental approaches with computational cell simulation, we show that K+ circulating in the phloem
serves as a decentralized energy storage that can be used to overcome local energy limitations.
They called this the potassium battery. They described how the model plant Arabidopsis
taps this potassium battery, which then efficiently assists the plasma membrane
H+-ATPase in energizing the transmembrane phloem (re)loading processes.
These results underscore the distinct and evolutionarily relevant molecular threat of protein misfolding, independent of
protein function. Assuming that most misfolded proteins impose similar costs, yeast cells express almost
all proteins at steady-state levels sufficient to expose their encoding genes to selection against misfolding, lending
credibility to the recent suggestion that such selection imposes a global constraint on molecular evolution.
Selection against misfolding is a form of stabilizing selection a running in place process that
tries to maintain the status quo, not the kind of evolution Darwin envisioned. If most mutations lead to
toxic misfolded proteins, plants need to be smart enough to get rid of them quickly and systematically, not tinker with them
in random searches for new functions.
One can look in vain in this paper for any suggestions supporting old
Darwinian ideas of progress, tinkering or innovation. Quite the contrary: Our study illustrates the value in isolating and quantifying the
consequences of protein misfolding to understand their relative
contributions to molecular evolution and cell biology, they said in conclusion. The results
support hypotheses that assume that misfolded proteins
impose a selective cost independent of protein function and
a model of protein quality control in which a small interacting set
of proteins responds specifically to misfolded proteins in the
eukaryotic cytosol. In the set of hypotheses that assume that
misfolded proteins impose a selective cost, is there any reason to exclude
1. Su, Liu, Xia, Hong, and Li, Conserved endoplasmic reticulum-associated degradation system to eliminate
mutated receptor-like kinases in Arabidopsis,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print December 27, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pas.1013251108.
2. Gajdanowicz et al, Potassium (K+) gradients serve as a mobile energy source in plant vascular tissues,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print December 27, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1009777108.
3. Geiler-Samerotte et al, Misfolded proteins impose a dosage-dependent fitness cost and trigger a
cytosolic unfolded protein response in yeast,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print December 27, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1017570108.
These papers have intelligent design shouting and Darwin whimpering.
Respect your garden by acknowledging the design so clearly evident, and honoring the Designer. Dont insult your plants
by thinking they got where they are by unguided, directionless, chance processes of evolution. It would be
like insulting professionals for a job well done by shrugging your shoulders and saying, Stuff happens.
Next headline on:
Darwin and Evolution
Dec 29, 2010 Evidence of modern humans older than any ever discovered has been found in Israel
thus the teasing headline. The skeletons evolutionary discoverers would certainly discount
any Biblical tie-in. Not that Adam was an Israelite, but like some later Biblical prophet, the find seems
to be pronouncing doom on modern idolaters from the grave or, the cave. The alleged date of 400,000 years
for the fossils and artifacts twice the earlier evolutionary estimate for the oldest modern human
is early enough to topple a Darwin statue face down.
The fossils found in Qesem Cave in central Israel consisted of modern-looking human teeth
and evidences of modern self-awareness and control over nature.
Israeli archaeologists have discovered human remains dating from 400,000 years ago, challenging
conventional wisdom that Homo sapiens originated in Africa, the leader of excavations in
Israel said on Tuesday. That out-of-Africa theory has been more than conventional wisdom.
It has been downright dogma to paleoanthropologists. Putting modern humans two to four times farther
back than previously thought, and in Israel instead of the Olduvai Gorge or Sterkfontein Cave
is upsetting, to say the least.
Science Daily, calling the
discovery unprecedented, agrees that the discoveries made in the Qesem Cave may overturn
the theory that modern humans originated on the continent of Africa. It remains to be seen
what the paleoanthropologists who have devoted lifetimes to African fossils will have to say in response,
except that Live
Science headlined, Fish Swam the Sahara, Bolstering Out of Africa Theory
If you have never envisioned sand fish before, be advised that these were ordinary water-swimming fish
who did just fine, because the sand order hadnt been delivered yet. As for how fish swimming across this region
bolsters the Out of Africa theory, Charles Q. Choi corrected initial visions of fishermen chasing fish north:
Now it turns out the Sahara might not have been quite as impassable [sic] as once thought
not only for humanity, but for fish as well. The fish could have been following the humans
lead, in other words, especially if our ancestors had developed the crawl stroke. (See
PNAS abstract of the
paper on which this idea is based.)
Pushing his own credibility, though, Tel Aviv University Professor Avi Gopher
dug up this gem from his evolutionary timeline: Our cave was used for a period of about 250,000 years
from about 400,000 years ago to about 200,000 years ago. To accept this claim means
that anatomically and mentally modern humans sat in this cave for 250,000 years, 20 times longer than
generous estimates of recorded history, never thinking it might be nice to invent writing and spaceships
or visit California. Somehow, spin doctor Gopher thinks that his bombshell announcement can
enhance our understanding of the evolution of mankind, the article said. How will
his colleagues massage this data:
Prof. Gopher and Dr. Barkai noted that the findings related to the culture of those who dwelled in the Qesem Cave
including the systematic production of flint blades; the regular use of fire; evidence of hunting, cutting and sharing
of animal meat; mining raw materials to produce flint tools from subsurface sources reinforce the
hypothesis that this was, in fact, innovative and pioneering behavior that may correspond with the
appearance of modern humans.
Meanwhile, more and more anthropologists are joining in the effort to tear down the old
Neanderthal myth. Neanderthals ate their veggies,
proving that Neanderthal mums had not only learned to gather and cook plant material (not just
Mammoth beef), but mastered the phrase, No dessert till you finish your broccoli
early on, to say nothing of the fact that they might have learned this from their predecessors
modern humans. Maybe they met outside the garden of eatin and shared recipes.
(See PNAS abstract
for the paper on which this idea is based.)
Clive Finlayson, anthropologist and director at the Gibraltar Museum, wrote for the
BBC News that this means
all has changed: Theories of human ancestry get an overhaul. Bouncing off the veggie tale,
he said, So the Neanderthals werent stupid apes but humans, and they interbred with our own ancestors.
Finlayson was also bouncing off another shocking
story that claimed another branch of early people were in Siberia while Neanderthals were in Europe.
Called Denisovans because of the cave that yielded finger bones, DNA and tools, these people
supposedly lived prior to 50,000 years ago.
gave prominence to a shocking adverb in this sentence by putting it first: Bizarrely, the DNA from these
extinct Siberians seems unusually similar to that of Pacific Islanders from tropical Melanesia.
Since everyone since Gauguin knows that Europeans are interfertile with Tahitians, this can only mean one
thing: evolutionary spin doctors will have to work overtime: there are already hints that suggest that the status quo
will prevail and we will find reasons for making these people a little bit less clever than our direct ancestors,
Finlayson jibbed. Then he jabbed, The irony is that the scientific community is going to have to come round to the acceptance
that the Denisovans and the Neanderthals also belonged to the species which we call Homo sapiens.
So if our Neanderthal brethren were to join a paleoanthropology conference, who would be calling whom stupid?
Whats the lesson in this latest series of bombshell discoveries? Well, for one thing,
duh: So those who claimed that Neanderthals only ate meat, an almost physiological impossibility, have to rethink their argument.
Thats assuming that their thinking was an argument to begin with. More pointedly, Finlayson added,
bolstering his own particular view about Neanderthal extinction due to environmental perturbation (09/23/2008),
This is a lesson for us [paleoanthropologists] all to learn. But in spite of the evidence there are those who will resist.
A hallmark, for the archaeologists, of modern humanity has been the Upper Palaeolithic technology.
That technological boundary, when the inner lights of the cranium allegedly turned on in the first Man the wise,
essentially marks (in their view) a transition from evolving by Darwinian means to mastering intelligent design.
Maybe it was a mutation that led to the appearance of our kind of biological organism.
Whatever it means, it probably coincided with the evolution of humor. Finlayson couldnt resist sticking
this jib in the ribs of his fellow anthropology storytellers (in this case, the Denisovan discovery crew), who
put forth a hypothesis that the tools they found in the cave had to have been made by later real humans:
In other words the Denisovans lived prior to 50,000 years ago and the tools were made between 30,000 and 23,000
years ago by invisible humans. Enough to make the cave cookout fire crackle a little louder.
In recent years the boundary between this technology and its makers has become increasingly diffuse
and I would argue that technology can no longer be used as proxy for human taxa.
Postscript. Speaking of Melanesia and the Pacific islands, a recent paper in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (see abstract)
by Wilmshurst, Hunt, Lipo and Anderson presented a new high precision chronology using radiocarbon dating that indicates
recent and rapid initial human colonization of East Polynesia, centuries more recent than previously
believed. They said,
Our empirically based and dramatically shortened chronology for the colonization of East Polynesia
resolves longstanding paradoxes and offers a robust explanation for the remarkable uniformity of East Polynesian
culture, human biology, and language. These islands were not settled by humans till beginning 1025 A.D.
remarkable if modern humans had been on earth for 400,000 years, considering that the DNA of the Denisovans resembles
that of Melanesians. Models of human colonization, ecological change
and historical linguistics for the region, they said, now require substantial revision.
Such revisions might also be in order for theories about human migration in general, considering how quickly humans spread
throughout Polynesia once the migrations began.
If you thought any more major revisions to the evolutionary story of early man would only make the rubble bounce,
you were right.
On the origin of insects: its a subject sure to bug a Darwinist (12/27/2006),
but the DPF has the fogma spray to mask the problem, if not eliminate it. See the commentary to see what the
DPF stands for.
Finlayson should be sticking his jib in his own ribs. He is still an evolutionist in spite
of this devastating series of falsifications to the evolutionary tale. Its not just his colleagues who
are guilty of manufacturing invisible evidence whenever needed to prop up a myth. Notice how he accused
scientists of sometimes ensuring the status quo prevails against attacks by the evidence, or coming up with reasons
for portraying certain groups of people as less clever than we are a kind of historical racism based on
social Darwinist ideology. People fall for this because of the clever ways evolutionists manipulate
words and thoughts to lend an aura of science to their tall tale telling. Its like falling
for the seductive missing link game without realizing that whats missing is the chain.
This latest episode in the parade of paleoanthropology ignorance is brought to you by Creation-Evolution Headlines,
to show that evolutionary storytelling is not only misguided and depraved, its funny. This is the 610th
entry in the Dumb Ideas category, meaning that if you peruse back through them all, you can have a wickedly
good time grinning at Man the wise trying to figure out where he came from without help from the history book.
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Darwin and Evolution
Dec 24, 2010 Christmas is upon us, and then the new year. Many interesting news stories
have come prancing from the roof with too little time to unwrap them. We leave them hanging
on the mantle, with our astute readers able to pick the fresh oranges from the fruitcakes, the
hot picks from the lumps of coal.
For a merry Christmas memory, look at this: PhysOrg
posted the original broadcast of Apollo 8s Christmas message from the moon. Its worth hearing again.
- Morality: Youd never guess that couples that wait for sex till after marriage have more benefits later.
PhysOrg seemed surprised.
- Morality: People lie to manage communications, PhysOrg
claims, but then can you trust their reporters?
- Anthropology: A chilling site of child sacrifice has been found at an archaeological site in Peru, reported
- Anthropology: Claiming that Shopping Differences Between Sexes Show Evolution at Work seems overboard,
even for a Science Daily holiday prank, which
the editors apparently took seriously.
- Mammals: National
Geographic got all excited about chimpanzees playing with sticks as if they were dolls. OK, so?
- Origin of Life: National
Geographic also got excited about life ingredients in a superhot meteorite. Like what, charcoal?
- Evolution: by heat shock? You figure out what Science Daily is saying.
- Biomimetics: A prototype solar device has been unveiled which mimics plant life, said BBC News.
- Biomimetics: Make like a trilobite eye and get the thinnest camera ever,
- Solar System: The reality of Rhea is coming to light from Cassinis latest flyby, reported JPL,
and its got the blues and a surprising oxygen and carbon dioxide atmosphere, reported Science.
- Solar System: Speaking of Cassini, dramatic new images of the geysers of Enceladus were also posted by JPL from its 13th flyby on Dec. 20. If you look quickly, the Cassini website
is temporarily decorated for Christmas.
- Solar System: Before leaving the Saturn system, Space.com said Titans
southern lake is very shallow and virtually flat, holding far less liquid than hoped. And the best hope for an ice volcano was
reported by BBC News.
In its coverage, National
Geographic couldnt resist teasing with the L-word.
- Atmospheric Science: If biting winters are caused by global warming, as PhysOrg
claims, when does the warming arrive?
- Mind and Brain: Placebos work, even when you know they are fake. That was a surprise reported by
- Sociology: PhysOrg is all worried about
how the Muslims are coping with the aftermath of 9/11. How about the rest of us?
- Geology: Israeli scientists are digging cores in the south end of the Dead Sea looking for evidence of earthquakes and climate change,
reported Science Daily.
- Health: For those needing tissue reconstruction, theres a good source of stem cells: fat. See
- Health: Many cancer cells carry an eat me signal, said PhysOrg.
- Physiology: There appears to be an optimum temperature for keeping fungi away and yet not running so hot as to have to eat constantly.
That temperature is sound familiar? 98.6°F. Read about it on Science Daily.
- Early man: Science Daily
summarized a paper from Science that alleges a previously unknown human relative that interbred with us,
but arent they making a big deal out of a finger bone?
These are just a few of the recent stories that could have earned in-depth reporting
and analysis. Come back when the calendar turns the page into 2011. The need for critical thinking
about science news has never been greater. In the meantime, may the message of Christmas send
light into a dark, lost world.
Notable Notes and Quotable Quotes
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Expert on Evolution of Morality Accused of Mischief: In August, Harvard University found that Marc Hauser,
a leader in the field of animal and human cognition, had committed eight counts of scientific misconduct.
Hauser studies the evolutionary origin of characteristics such as morality, language and mathematical ability, and
his work has been profiled in many news outlets, such as The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Nature News 12/22/2010. See also
02/08/2010, 07/03/2007 entries here.
Brain Synapse Machinery Is Finely Tuned
Dec 23, 2010 The New
York Times published a brief article on brain facts that is astonishing, when you think about all that
goes on in thinking. Nicholas Wade reported on a new inventory of
the proteins involved in the synapses, the key junctions between neurons.
The research team, led by Seth Grant of the Sanger Institute near Cambridge, England, compiled the
first exact inventory of all the protein components of the synaptic information-processing machinery.
No fewer than 1,461 proteins are involved in this biological machinery, they report in the current issue
of Nature Neuroscience....
Lest one think there is a lot of leeway in the system for evolution, the article went on to describe what mutations do.
Single mutations in 169 genes, the Sanger team found, cause 269 different human diseases. The tolerances of these
machines seem to be very fine because almost any mutation in the underlying genes leads to a misshapen protein and,
consequently, to disease, the article said. Science
Daily reported that a single gene deletion leads to the most common form of adult brain cancer.
Each neuron in the human brain makes an average 1,000 or so connections with other neurons.
There are 100 billion neurons, so the brain probably contains 100 trillion synapses, its most critical
At the side of a synapse that belongs to the transmitting neuron, an electrical signal arrives and
releases packets of chemicals. The chemicals diffuse quickly across the minute gap between the neurons and
dock with receptors on the surface of the receiving neuron.
These receptors feed the signals they receive to a delicate complex of protein-based machines that
process and store the information.
The 1,461 genes that specify these synaptic proteins constitute more than 7 percent of the human genomes
20,000 protein-coding genes, an indication of the synapses complexity and importance.
Dr. Grant believes that the proteins are probably linked together to form several biological machines that
process the information and change the physical properties of the neuron as a way of laying down a memory.
See also the 11/19/2010 entry on brain-boggling facts.
Are you thinking that Darwin doesnt have a prayer explaining this? Look: machines made of other machines,
information processing, fantastic complexity, very fine tolerance. If you are thinking rightly, you will
be thanking the Maker of your designed brain.
How apemen learned to give Christmas presents: 12/25/2005.
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Mind and Brain
Genetics and DNA
Soft Tissue Fossil Treasure Trove Found in China
Dec 22, 2010 Live
Science announced a major new fossil find in China with some 20,000 fossils. It was found in a 50-foot
thick layer of limestone
The fossils are exceptionally well-preserved, with more than half of them completely intact, including soft tissues.
Apparently they were protected across the ages by mats of microbes that rapidly sealed their bodies off from decay after death....
Other major fossils found include marine reptiles and dolphin-bodied ichthyosaurs (see photo accompanying
the article with amazing detail evident). Reporter Charles Q. Choi did not elaborate on whether the
soft tissues included original material or, more likely, impressions of anatomical parts in rock.
The site, named the Luoping Site, is in southwest China.
Ninety percent of the fossils are bug-like creatures, such as crustaceans, millipedes and horseshoe crabs. Fish make up 4 percent,
including the living fossil known as the coelacanth, which is still alive today nearly 250 million years later.
Snails, bivalves (creatures including clams and oysters), squid-like belemnoids, nautilus-like ammonoids and other mollusks make up about
2 percent of the fossils.
Once again, a fossil graveyard is found, indicating rapid burial and exquisite preservation. What they
didnt mention about coelacanth is that it is a classic living fossil
that was thought to have gone extinct at the end of the Cretaceous (65 million years ago),
only to be found in 1938 swimming comfortably off the coast of South Africa. And thats not
the only case of so-called Lazarus taxa, rising from the dead. Who can really
believe that (1) coelacanths never left another fossil for 65 million years, and (2) the soft
tissues in these fossils were never disturbed for 250 million years?
Divining Dino Dining
Evolutionists keep the fogma machines (05/14/2007)
running to distract the real message of the bones.
They bring in imaginary dinosaur feathers, slowly migrating continents, mass extinctions and hundreds
of millions of years. If we had not been
so brainwashed into accepting this weird stretched-out chronology founded by Sir Lyell Lot and
his cronies, we would laugh at such notions. Look past the Darwin promissory notes
(06/26/2010, 02/24/2010) and
reckless drafts on the bank of time (07/02/2007), and let
the collateral earn its own interest.
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Dinosaurs and Extinct Reptiles
Dec 21, 2010 Some of those big, fierce-looking dinosaurscousins to T. rexcould
have been vegetarians. Thats a paradigm-shaking announcement being made by
and Live Science:
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Not So Carnivorous After All. The revision is based on information
from the Field Museum of Chicago.
A similar article on
laments that one of Australias prized meat-eaters is being forced to take a walk its
apparently a vegan, too. Rather than abandon the evolutionary story, the authors are revising parts of it.
Lindsay Zanno put it this way: Most theropods are clearly adapted to a predatory lifestyle, but
somewhere on the line to birds, predatory dinosaurs went soft. But later, she admitted,
Its [sic] time to start seeing these animals in a new evolutionary context.
No other possible context was mentioned.
Various evolutionary subplots went on from there;
the evolution of toothless beaks, etc. e.g., Besides losing teeth and evolving beaks,
the researchers found that as several lineages of coelurosaur turned to plant eating, they also
evolved longer necks, which may have helped the animals to expand their browsing range.
The ability to eat plant materials may have played a pivotal role in allowing coelurosaurian
dinosaurs to achieve such remarkable species diversity, Zanno claimed, but more study is needed
to understand what role dietary shifts may play in evolutionary processes.
Another dinosaur diviner, Patrick O'Conner [Ohio University College], was
interviewed by Live Science:
Paleontologist Investigates Ancestors of Crocs and Birds.
O'Conner divulged a lot about his taste in music and movies, and his travels and sources of inspiration, but little about
the evidence that dinosaurs evolved from an ancestor. When asked what are the most important characteristics for a researcher,
he said, A considerable amount of creativity combined with healthy dose of passion.
An effective researcher is always thinking on his or her toes, whether it is at the lab bench or in the field setting,
and it goes without saying that researchers must absolutely love whatever it is they are investigating!
Those are undoubtedly prime qualities for a traveling, movie-watching musician.
You, too, can have a satisfying career making up stories, looking at
divining bones, and watching movies and playing music. Not only that, everyone will like you
and treat everything you say like an oracle from the gods. Whenever necessary, you can change the story
a little to keep your adoring followers (the science reporters) on the edge of their seats with each new twist of
the plot. Why have everybody hate you? Dont associate with those despised ID people who
insist on evidence. Thats no fun. Follow the crowd through the gate that is wide and the way that is broad.
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Darwin and Evolution
Philosophy of Science
Snowflakes! Perfect for the winter solstice, a visit to SnowCrystals.com
takes you to the website of Caltech physicist Kenneth Libbrecht, who has taken some of the most aesthetically beautiful photos of
snowflakes ever. He also provides a wealth of science behind snowflake formation and shares his photography secrets even provides
science projects that can be done at home. But just browsing his galleries of snowflake photos is well worth a few minutes of eye candy
Evolution As Assumption
Dec 20, 2010 Reasoning requires premises: axioms or truths taken for granted. Notice
the premise of reasoning stated in a recent article on
Because all living organisms inherit their genomes from ancestral genomes,
computational biologists at MIT reasoned that they could use modern-day genomes to reconstruct
the evolution of ancient microbes. They used an evolutionary assumption to reason
to an evolutionary result. Isnt this circular?
The article was about trying to put together a picture of life before the
Cambrian Explosion. Their reasoning included the ways that genes evolve:
new gene families can be born and inherited; genes can be swapped or horizontally
transferred between organisms; genes can be duplicated in the same genome; and genes can
be lost. Only the first in that quartet, though, can sing of innovation.
The other factors can only process or lose existing information. How, though,
are new gene families born? Its so improbable for a single gene
to be born by chance (online book), let alone a whole family of genes,
that the notion of chance giving birth to a gene is essentially falsified. Evolutionists
cannot merely assume evolution to think that evolution can solve this problem.
More circularity is evident when they assumed an evolutionary timeline
to determine when genes came into existence:
The scientists traced thousands of genes from 100 modern genomes back to those genes first appearance on Earth
to create a genomic fossil telling not only when genes came into being but also which ancient microbes
possessed those genes. The work suggests that the collective genome of all life underwent an expansion
between 3.3 and 2.8 billion years ago, during which time 27 percent of all presently existing gene families came into being.
The article used other phrases to describe complex things coming into being, such as
the birth of modern electron transport, and, we can speculate that having access to
a much larger energy budget enabled the biosphere to host larger and more complex microbial ecosystems.
After assuming evolution to trace evolution, they ended by saying they had proved evolution.
Eric Alm (MIT, Harvard) named the sudden discovery of modern electron transport the Archaen Expansion.
What is really remarkable about these findings is that they prove that the histories of very
ancient events are recorded in the shared DNA of living organisms, he said. And now that we are
beginning to understand how to decode that history, I have hope that we can reconstruct some of the
earliest events in the evolution of life in great detail.
What is remarkable is that intelligent people with PhDs can commit such logical sins with impunity.
You cant assume evolution, then use the assumption of evolution to trace evolution and prove evolution. Evolution
is the issue at issue! The Cambrian Explosion has falsified evolution. Dr. Alm cannot turn around and use
the assumption of evolution to try to un-falsify it. Whats even worse, he completely ignored
the criticisms, and invoked chance miracles to fill in the evidential gaps.
How come workouts make you stronger, but send your pickup truck to the repair shop? Read how space
physiologists think about that question in the 12/20/2004 entry.
When will evolutionists realize
that they cannot invoke miracle words like genes coming into being and arising and
gaining access to a larger energy budget and becoming enabled to evolve larger and more
complex systems? This is what the charlatans do that skeptic James Randi debunks. They claim that
miracle water can be produced with mental electricity, but it only works if you truly believe in it.
Evolutionary explanations are like a Mobius strip circular, with a twist.
There was no independent test of evolutionary theory anywhere in this futile exercise of
self-fulfilling prophecy. Evolution was invoked as a divining rod, as if the spirit of a white-bearded wizard told Eric that with
this magical device, he could achieve enlightenment. Whatever enlightenment he gained was the reflection
of flashes of imagination inside his own willfully blind mind.
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Darwin and Evolution
Philosophy of Science
Secular Evolutionists Are a Small Minority
Dec 19, 2010 A new Gallup poll shows that only 16% of Americans subscribe to the view that
Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but
God had no part in the process.
About 40% believe in Biblical creationism (recent creation within 10,000 years); that percentage
climbs to 60% among churchgoers. Another 38% believe God guided the process of evolution.
These results were summarized by Live
Science, republished on MSNBC.
site shows the questions that were asked and how the results have varied over the years.
The Biblical creationist and secular evolutionist numbers have changed since similar polls starting in 1982,
while those in the middle ground have varied, but remain right where they were in 1982 (38%). The number espousing secular
evolution has climbed 9%, and the number of Biblical creationists dropped about 7%, but has wobbled between
47% and 40% over the last 12 years, and is only 4% lower than its 1982 value. Secular evolution remained
fairly low for 17 years since 1982 (9-11%), but has seen a slow, steady climb since 1999, from 9 to 16%.
Biblical recent creationism was highest among Republicans (52%) compared to Democrats and independents (34%).
Secular evolution was lowest among Republicans (8%) and highest among Democrats (20%) and independents (21%).
Gallup officials wrote that its not surprising some 80 percent of Americans hold a view of human origins
that involves God, the article ended, since most Americans believe in God and about 85 percent identify
with a religion.
Jeanne Brynner in her Live
Science article claimed that The findings also stand in stark contrast to another announcement Friday, this one by
John Holdren, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy about scientific integrity.
however, said nothing about evolution or human origins. One of its opening tenets said,
Scientific progress depends upon honest investigation, open discussion, refined understanding, and a
firm commitment to evidence, principles rarely encountered in evolutionist handling of issues involving
creation and intelligent design.
In addition, the Holdren announcement called for openness and transparency with the media
and the American people, and was very clear about transparency over scientific uncertainties in particular:
Agencies should communicate scientific and technical findings by including a clear explication of
assumptions; accurate contextualization of uncertainties; and a description of the probabilities associated
with both optimistic and pessimistic projections, including best-case and worst-case scenarios where appropriate.
The document further called for scientists working for the executive branch of the Government to be selected based on merit,
free of political influence, with protection for whistleblowers in a culture that fosters free flow of scientific and
technological information.... If these principles were applied in an unbiased way with regards to the
question of origins, Republicans and intelligent design proponents would not be such outsiders in todays lopsided
scientific community, where policy makers, journalists and leaders of scientific societies are overwhelmingly pro-evolution
members of the Democratic party (see 12/05/2010).
If Brynner and Holdren really believed in integrity, they would have to become creationists, because integrity that
evolves is not integrity what counts for integrity today could morph into dishonesty tomorrow if it
produces more offspring. Must be consistent. (Actually, evolutionists feel no need to be
consistent, either, except when appearing to be consistent or honest aids their cause. Thats why you
have to watch these guys.) As could be expected, Brynner regurgitated Live Sciences standard
creation-mocking links at the bottom of her article. While Biblical creationists can be encouraged at their
strong showing in spite decades of merciless, one-sided indoctrination, there is cause for alarm at the slow rise of
secularism with its roots in Darwinism. The Battle for the Beginning still rages
Mummified Trees Found in Arctic
The middle group, whom we could call compromisers, actually includes quite a few Bible-believing
creationists, too including proponents of the day-age theory, gap theory, progressive creation,
and other schemes that subscribe to the rest of the Bible after Genesis 11, including the fundamental
doctrines of the deity of Christ, Gods sovereignty to work miracles, and Christs second coming
and hold to a literal creation of Adam and Eve.
Members of these subgroups are just uncomfortable with trying to put Genesis 1-11 in 10,000 years or less.
category also includes theistic evolutionists, who accept gradual natural selection after a fashion, but believe either
that all the variations were front-loaded to produce humans, or that God superintended the variations to
work out His plan for the arrival of humans. Many of these also are Christians with sincere faith,
misguided and inconsistent as we would think them to be. And even the secular evolution
group could include some proponents of intelligent design, though not ones ready to concede the designer
is God (notice the way the Gallup question was worded: but God guided the process).
commented on the ambiguities of the categories.
One should beware of the assumptions in the word religious. The impression
is given of a dichotomy between those with religiosity (whatever
that big tent zoo includes) and the secular purists, devoted only to evidence and reason.
Dont be fooled. Thats a category error. The secular evolutionists are just as religious as anyone in the
species Homo religiosens, even if they dont hold hymnals in a church.
They are just as religious as other pantheists, like the animists who envisioned spirits in the trees
and animals, only our modern academic pantheists are better at math and more sophisticated in their ignorance. Its impossible to
be truly secular, because either one steals from the smorgasbord of Christian assumptions (02/09/2009)
about the nature of reality and the preconditions for intelligibility (03/18/2009),
or ends up ascribing creative powers to material stuff and imbuing it with all the attributes of God
No, the faithful in the Church of Darwin can best
be described as pantheists and polytheists, meditating on their own scriptures (The Origin of Species, The
Descent of Man), chanting their mantras Ummmm, Stufffff Happpppennnnzzz (09/22/2009),
singing their favorite hymns (Its a Long Way from Amphioxus [10/06/2005]
and others), encouraging one another (Onward EugenieScott Soldiers),
and bowing at the shrines of their idols in the Evolutionary Pantheon
Emperor Charlie (the Bearded Buddha), Sir Lyell Lot, and Tinker Bell those all-wise spirits empowered
(given enough time) to call out the life-potential in stuff and make life emerge from particles.
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Darwin and Evolution
Bible and Theology
Politics and Ethics
Dec 18, 2010 Like Narnian children finding a zoo of lifeless stone statues in the White Witchs wintry realm,
scientists have come across frozen trees, leaves and seed pods deep in the Canadian arctic.
The dry, frigid site is now surrounded by glaciers and is completely treeless, said
Geographic News. What deep magic left this mummified forest exquisitely preserved?
The scientific wizards say it was a landslide, up to 10 million years ago.
Other frozen forests have been known (03/22/2002), but this one on Ellesmere Island is the farthest
north found so far. Science Daily
said the find is the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Researchers at Ohio State
also suspect that many more mummified forests could emerge across North America as Arctic ice continues to melt,
Science Daily said. As the wood is exposed and begins to rot, it could release significant amounts of
methane and carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and actually boost global warming.
reporter was fascinated by whatever Clues to Future Warming Impact might be gained, perhaps more
astonishing is how wood that could rot today remained frozen for 2-8 million years the age range claimed
in the article. For him to worry about global warming, he must be talking about a lot of wood:
Walking through the area, theyre everywhere, said Joel Barker, an environmental scientist at Ohio State University
and leader of study of the mummified forest. Youd have trouble not tripping over them.
The article described the forest as similar to those covering a wide area: The mummified forest seems to resemble
modern forests growing hundreds of miles to the south, suggesting the forest must have grown during a time when the Arctic was much warmer.
Geographic story led off with a photo of a cross-section of a log that looks like it would burn in a fireplace.
The mummified trees were likely preserved so long because they were buried quickly by landslides and thus
protected from air and water, which hastens decomposition. But can it protect them for millions of years?
How many landslides must be invoked to cover enough rotting mummified trees to
raise concerns about greenhouse gases? Even so, no living material lasts forever
in its original state, unless replaced by minerals, as in petrification and fossilization. This is real wood.
When we started pulling leaves out of the soil, that was surreal, to know that its millions of years old
and that you can hold it in your hand, one of the researchers announced to the American Geophysical Union last week.
A colleague familiar with fossil forests called this find extraordinary, speaking of
Finding wood that is millions of years old in such good conditionalmost as if you just
picked it up from the forest floor....
The millions of years exist only in their imagination. So tenacious are these moyboys* in their faith,
they cannot see the trees for the forest, or the forest for the trees, because the fogma** is so thick.
These trees are not that old. Neither are the dinosaur bones with blood vessels intact
(04/09/2009). Why do they tell such tales?
Loopy Cosmology Goes Abstract
They must keep the tale going, because
they live in a fantasyland, the world of Blarneya, where it is always winter and never Christmas.
They like it that way, because they serve the White Beard, who rules Blarneya with an iron fist.
The Chronicles of Blarneya stretch backward and forward billions of years, they teach the children,
turning their minds to stone. They fear global warming because it will portend the day the lyin
will be revealed.
*See definition in the 03/31/2007 commentary.
**See definition in the 05/14/2007 commentary.
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Dec 17, 2010 A physicist from Warsaw standing by a Picasso painting finds convergence with
his thinking about the origin of the universe. The caption on
Science Daily reads,
The lines in the painting are fairly similar to graphs showing the evolution of quantum states of
the gravitational field in loop quantum gravity. The cosmologist is Prof. Jerzy Lewandowski,
and the painting is Picassos The Kitchen. What kind of cosmological stew has
Lewandowski cooked up?
The article is just one in a recent trend to reach outside reality in order to try to
What was the Big Bang and what happened before it? Scientists from the Faculty of Physics,
University of Warsaw have attempted to answer the question. Within the framework of
loop quantum gravity they have put forward a new theoretical model, which might prove useful
for validating hypotheses about events prior to the Big Bang. This achievement
is one of the few models describing the full Einsteins theory and not merely its greatly simplified version.
Some red flags pop up immediately in this paragraph. The Big Bang was supposed to represent the beginning
of spacetime itself. By definition, nothing happened before it. And if a theoretical
model...might prove useful for validating hypotheses, at what point does this become a scientific activity?
The article goes on to boast about how Lewandowski and others are trying to unify relativity with
quantum gravity, a long-standing wish by cosmologists who have not been able to figure out how these
mutually exclusive theories, both validated by experiment, can be simultaneously true.
To get there, Lewandowski had to invoke a theoretical fabric of quantum threads so small 1066
would fit in a square centimeter. Obviously such entities will not be amenable to observation any time soon.
Lewandowski explained that he still keeps the flow of time beginning at the Big Bang:
It is worthy of note that time is nonexistent at the beginning of the model, he said.
Nothing happens. Action and dynamics appear as the interrelation between the fields when we begin to
pose questions about how one object relates to another. This, however, begs the question of how the
fields emerged, and whether relationships can hold outside of time. While he is figuring this out, he
admitted there is still a long way to go. We are curious ourselves to find out what will happen, he said.
Lewandowski is not the only one claiming to have insight into hidden things.
PhysOrg proudly reported,
Scientists find first evidence that many universes exist. One Big Bang is seeming so 1999.
Perhaps this was the beginning of everything, but lately a few scientists have been wondering if something
could have come before that, setting up the initial conditions for the birth of our universe.
Dont think for a minute that they are admitting the possibility of God. They are looking at
circular patterns in the cosmic microwave background (CMB) and calling them bruises in our
universe from bumps by other universes. Again, though, The researchers emphasize that more work is
needed to confirm this claim, the article admitted. Readers might recall that Roger Penrose last
month offered a proposal to detect a multiverse (see 11/28/2010 and
PhysOrg; see also
Multiverse Explanations Are Fashionable, If Not Justifiable, 02/22/2010).
Whatever happened before, if such a concept has any meaning, what happened
after is surprising. Space.com
continued another theme prominent within the last decade: the grand finale came first.
Whopping Celestial Baby Boom Revealed in Early Universe trumpeted the headline.
Observations by the Herschel Space Telescope show an astonishing scale and rate of star formation
in the early universe (cf. 01/08/2002,
but balance with
The new glimpse of such a productive early universe seen as it looked 3 billion years after the Big Bang
may change the way scientists think about star formation.
Maybe they should think outside the materialistic box. One of the leading astronomers of
the 20th century died last week Dr. Allan Sandage. He became a theist and a Christian late in life.
Nature claimed in its
obituary, In mid-career, Allan became deeply concerned about the meaning of life. He studied the Bible and
spoke in public about science and religion as two separate closets in the same house.
In the end he highly valued Christian philosophy, but did not find faith. This claim by Gustav A.
Tammann is contradicted by Sandages own words, found in an article at
Leadership University, where he said,
If the world must simply be understood by a materialistic reductionalist nihilism, it would make no sense at all.
For this, Romans 1:19-21 seems profound.
And the deeper any scientist pushes his work, the more profound it does indeed become.
In addition, an obituary in The
Telegraph UK quotes him saying in 1983, I could not live a life full of cynicism.
I chose to believe, and a peace of mind came over me.
The equations, models and schemes of a blind man can be all self-consistent in his own imagination, without
having any connection to reality (07/29/2010,
06/17/2010). Materialistic reductionalist nihilism is a trap
that leads to a dead end (10/05/2010). It cannot satisfy.
It leads to a comedy of absurdities (03/19/2010).
Embrace the only world view that is not only consistent but connects with reality. Start with that profound passage Sandage recommended
and continue reading from there.
Amazing cell wonders worth thinking about again: how life runs on waterwheels (12/22/2003),
and 14 factors providing quality control for protein folding (12/20/2003).
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Stars and Astronomy
Philosophy of Science
Bible and Theology
Plant Wonders Are in the Details
Dec 16, 2010 When you step on a weed growing out of a crack in the sidewalk, do you have any idea
what kind of amazing machinery you stepped on? Maybe a closer look will help.
Speaking of plant evolution, another article on PhysOrg
summarized another paper in PNAS3 that tried to trace flowering plants to a common ancestor
that had cones. That paper opened with, The origin and rapid diversification of the angiosperms
(Darwins Abominable Mystery) has engaged generations of researchers, adding in the Introduction,
The evolutionary origin of flowering plants, or angiosperms, remains one of the greatest unsolved biological mysteries.
- Communications and switching systems: When a seed sprouts, it needs to first grow
upward in the dark while trying to protect itself. Then when it reaches the air and light, it
needs to spread out leaves and collect sunlight.
Science Daily talked about
work at Carnegie Institute on
the chemical signals taking place at these critical junctures, saying that Many components are
involved in this developmental switch.... One of them, a hormone called brassinosteroid,
works antagonistically to sunlight in the soil-to-air transition, but only in the presence of another
regulator called GATA2. The Carnegie teams new research identifies a protein called GATA2
as a missing link in this communications system, the article said, not using missing link
in an evolutionary sense, but in a signal-transduction sense. This protein tells developing seedlings
which type of growth to pursue by switching certain genes on and off.
....It also serves as a communications junction between internal plant systems that are turned on by light and
those that are turned on by brassinosteroids.
- Wallbuilders: Cell walls keep seedlings and large trees standing upright with a molecule
called lignin a complex molecule that requires multiple steps, like a recipe, to make
(10/26/2001, 05/30/2008, bullet 2).
But lignin cannot be assembled in the kitchen of the cytoplasm. It has to be assembled in the
cell wall. That means that the ingredients, called precursors, which are manufactured inside the
cell, have to migrate outward through the cell membrane to the construction site. Some of them are
temporarily stored in vacuoles (organelles that store substances), requiring additional transport
through vacuolar membranes.
It wasnt clear if the precursors just float to their destinations by diffusion.
Scientists at Brookhaven National Labs found out that, instead, energy-driven molecular machines called transporters ferry the
precursors to the construction sites. PhysOrg
reported on a paper in PNAS1 that described how these transporters actively take
the materials where they belong, spending ATP energy like fuel. The range of assays revealed that pure
monolignols move across the cellular membrane while monolignol glucosides move preferentially into vacuoles,
the article said. But most importantly, very little of either precursor would move across either type
of membrane without the addition of ATP, the molecular currency for energy in cells.
The paper described how the transporters are very selective in their actions: In the presence of ATP, the
inverted plasma membrane vesicles preferentially take up monolignol aglycones, whereas the vacuolar vesicles
are more specific for glucoconjugates, suggesting that the different ATP-binding cassette-like transporters
recognize different chemical forms in conveying them to distinct sites....
- Upward mobility: Did you ever think about what is required to pump sap from the roots to the tops
of trees? Scientists at the University of Madrid are some of many who have. Students probably remember
the terms xylem and phloem; the former transporting water, the latter, nutrients.
Science Daily described
The objective: to discover the keys to the movement of sap in order to apply these advances to new
hydraulic systems or to suction pumps.
The main conclusion of this study is that the sap in the trunks of trees is in a pressurized
situation, the article said. It demonstrates, then, that when the pressure is positive in the conduits
of the xylem as well as in those of the floem [sic], the model expands in the radial direction. However, when the
pressure is negative in the xylem and positive in the floem [sic], which is what is believed to occur during the day, the
model contracts in the radial direction. What can they learn from this information? Better ways
to extract water or pump it against gravity, for a couple of things. One of the professors remarked,
Currently the expert points out there is no water suction pump capable of raising water more
than ten meters at normal atmospheric pressure, but a sequoia tree can raise water to a height of 100 meters,
which I think means that anything we can learn from plants is going to be of great interest to people working in this field.
Scientists at Princeton are also hot on this trail. Publishing in PNAS,2
they first said, Plant vascular networks are central to botanical form, function, and diversity.
Then they described how transporting material requires tradeoffs between hydraulic safety and efficiency. They developed
a model that made predictions for sap flow, the taper of the radii of xylem conduits from trunk to terminal twig,
and how the frequency of xylem conduits varies with conduit radius, and compared their model with various trees
like, oak, maple and pine. Somehow these trees know how to taper the radius of their vessels from
bottom to top for maximum efficiency.
The authors spoke of evolutionary drivers in their paper, but really
were talking about design requirements i.e., (i) space-filling geometries to
maximize carbon uptake by leaves and sap flow through conduits;
(ii) increasing hydraulic conductance and resource supply to
leaves; (iii) protection against embolism and associated decreases
in vascular conductance; (iv) enforcement of biomechanical constraints
uniformly across a plant; and (v) independence of terminal
twig size, flow rate, and internal architecture with plant size. Nowhere did they describe a plausible
sequence of mutations that might produce the necessary structures; they merely assumed that
selection would somehow fulfill the requirements.
So did they solve the mystery? If the summary on PhysOrg
is any indication, they only assumed evolution by couching it in terms of emergence: New research published this week in the
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences provides new insights into their genetic origin, an evolutionary innovation
that quickly gave rise to many diverse flowering plants more than 130 million years ago.
The co-leader of the team
used similar circumlocutions: Water lilies and avocado flowers are essentially genetic fossils still carrying
genetic instructions that would have allowed the transformation of gymnosperm cones into flowers, said Doug Soltis.
We show how the first flowering plants evolved from pre-existing genetic programs found in gymnosperm cones
and then developed into the diversity of flowering plants we see today, Soltis continued, hiding the actual
evolutionary process in passive voice verbs. A genetic program in the gymnosperm cone was modified to make the first flower.
His explanation also begs the question of how the cone-bearing plant produced the genetic program for flowers in the first place
and why it was not used for that purpose during the prior millions of years in the evolutionary timeline. In the end, the article filed
the answer away in the Stuff Happens folder: Somehow a genetic change took place allowing a male cone to
produce female organs as welland, perhaps more importantly, allowed it to produce showy petal-like organs
that enticed new interactions with pollination agents such as bees. But does allowing something provide
necessary and sufficient conditions for its accomplishment? If that were true, building permits would by themselves
1. Miao and Liu, ATP-binding cassette-like transporters are involved in the transport of lignin precursors across plasma and vacuolar membranes,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print December 13, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1007747108 PNAS December 13, 2010.
2. Savage et al, Hydraulic trade-offs and space filling enable better predictions of vascular structure and function in plants,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print December 13, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1012194108.
3. Chanderbali et al, Conservation and canalization of gene expression during angiosperm
diversification accompany the origin and evolution of the flower,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print December 13, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1013395108.
A new law of nature, the DAM law, is hereby described. Any article or paper on the evolution of flowering plants will be
accompanied by the phrase, Darwins Abominable Mystery (DAM). This is a time-invariant law describing
the predicament of not only Darwin, but his disciples down to the present. For evidence, see entries over the last decade like
12/04/2009 bullet 4,
Evolutionists Endorse Sin
Darwinists are MAD about the DAM law,
too; showing the law is commutative: the Mysterys Abominable Darwin. Notice that the DAM Law does not assert that the
plants themselves are abominable. No; they are wonderful.
They are incredibly well designed. The mystery of their origins is only abominable
when the premise, Darwinism, is the seed plot of abomination, watered by the toxic rhetoric of things arising and
developing apart from design. In such explanatory gardens, nothing grows no mystery there.
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Darwin and Evolution
Dec 15, 2010 Crime pays in Darwinism, apparently. Some biologists find
good in what most of us find evil. After all, in Darwinism, evil is only an illusion.
When evolution is left out of the research, sometimes the findings coincide with traditional values.
Science Daily reported
on an economist who found a shocking thing: money doesnt buy happiness.
Across a worldwide sample of 37 countries, rich and poor, ex-Communist and capitalist, Richard Easterlin and
his co-authors shows strikingly consistent results: over the long term, a sense of well-being within a country
does not go up with income. But did we need science to tell us that?
- Corruption: Victims of corruption may have a different outlook on what
Science Daily told its readers:
Francisco Úbeda, an evolutionary biology professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and
Edgar Duéñez of Harvard University found that power and corruption may play a role in maintaining overall societal cooperation.
A report of their research is published in the journal Evolution.
- Gossip: In evolution, gossip is no longer a sin. In the wake of WikiLeaks,
asked, Is Gossip Good? The answer is found in Darwinian theory:
Some researchers have argued that the tendency toward jawing about our neighbors is rooted in our
evolutionary past. In his book Grooming, Gossip, and the Evolution of Language, (Harvard University Press, 1998),
Oxford anthropologist Robin Dunbar argues that gossip and language evolved as primate groups got too large to
bond by grooming. In other words, instead of picking lice off each other, humans buy US Weekly.
Darwinism is not just superfluous; it is downright evil. By turning good and evil into amoral illusions,
and by making people pawns of a mythical evolutionary past, evolutionists open the door to a flood of vices.
Some of Darwins contemporaries understood the danger his theory posed. Adam Sedgwick, his geology
Design Science Scores
There is a moral or metaphysical part of nature as well as a physical. A man who denies this is deep in the mire of folly.
Tis the crown and glory of organic science that it does through final cause, link material and moral; and yet does not allow us
to mingle them in our first conception of laws, and our classification of such laws, whether we consider one side of nature or the other.
You have ignored this link; and, if I do not mistake your meaning, you have done your best in one or two pregnant cases to break it.
Were it possible (which, thank God, it is not) to break it, humanity, in my mind, would suffer a damage that might brutalize it, and sink
the human race into a lower grade of degradation than any into which it has fallen since its written records tell us of its history.
Two world wars and a host of secular totalitarian dictatorships in the 20th century are the result.
See What Hath Darwin Wrought?
as described in the 09/27/2010. After all the social wreckage they
have caused, Darwinists remain unrepentant, as the above articles show, still committed to preaching amoral
ideas from the mire of folly.
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Politics and Ethics
Darwin and Evolution
Dec 15, 2010 A team of scientists at Leeds University (UK) led by well-known design
scientist Andy McIntosh has won an award for innovative design inspired by nature.
The teams work has received the outstanding contribution to innovation and technology
title at the Times Higher Education awards in London, reported the
By studying and imitating the Bombardier Beetle (a long-standing creationist icon),
McIntosh and team built an environmentally-friendly sprayer that uses heating and flash
evaporation to propel a variety of liquids up to 4m (13ft). The team worked
on this project for five years from concept to prototype. The device may lead to improvements
in the automotive and health industries.... it could inspire new types of nebulisers, needle-free injections,
fire extinguishers and powerful fuel injection systems.
To what does McIntosh owe his award-winning success?
Nobody had studied the beetle from a physics and engineering perspective as we did, and we
didnt appreciate how much we would learn from it.
Compare this story with the one above it. You shall know them by their fruits.
Eight years ago, an astrobiologist came up with a surprisingly ID-friendly definition of life.
To find out what it was, follow the instructions: click this 12/30/2002 link.
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Plenty of Time for Evolution?
Dec 14, 2010 A mathematician and a biologist have calculated that theres plenty
of time for evolution. Why? Evolution has a spy: natural selection. Darwins
spy vastly decreases the amount of time that doubters have argued it would take
to create a complex organism like a butterfly. Will their argument fly?
The short paper by Herbert Wilf and Warren Ewens was published in PNAS with the simple title,
Theres Plenty of Time for Evolution.1 The gist of their argument
is that evolution, contrary to the ideas of critics who envision everything having to evolve sequentially, works like a parallel processor:
Evolution is an in parallel process, with beneficial mutations at one gene locus being retained
after they become fixed in a population while beneficial mutations at other loci become fixed, they said.
In fact this statement is essentially the principle of natural selection. They used some
equations to show that their model drastically reduces the time required for the evolution of complex systems,2
without referring to any biological cases in particular. Their model, however, assumes that every beneficial
mutation will become fixed during the random mutational search.
accepted their claims uncritically, even saying in the headline, New mathematics research proves
theres plenty of time for evolution, and that the idea that evolution would require too much time
to be true is proved false. Proof is a strong word. For support, PhysOrg quoted
Wilf comparing evolution to a hacker. If a hacker tries to guess a complex password, it would take a very
long time to do a random search. But if a spy tells the hacker every time a correct character is found,
the time plummets dramatically. The article tries to clinch the argument:
But what does hacking have to do with the evolution of species?
So far we seem to have nothing but a restatement of Darwins thesis, or worse, that a butterfly evolves
because it evolves. It also sounds reminiscent of Richard Dawkins computer algorithm that converges
on Methinks it is like a weasel, given that each correct letter mutated in a random string sticks
when it is correct. But who verifies the correctness of each letter? Who is the spy assisting the hacker?
Simple, Wilf said. In the case of evolution, the hacker is evolution itself.
The password is the string of codons that describes, for example, a butterfly. And the spy
is natural selection.
Buried in the model is the assumption that each mutation has survival value. Wilf explained
in the PhysOrg article:
If, when we guess the full string of letters [for a new species], one of the letters is correct
for instance, one that describes correctly the eyes of a butterfly then that letter has survival value, he said.
But before Wilf and Ewens can write Q.E.D., a number of questions arise. Who is watching, and who watches the
watchers? Darwin was trying to rid biology of guiding intelligences that could steer any process toward a goal
by design. The main problem with Dawkins analogy was that a target sequence had been preselected by an
intelligent agent, and some invisible watcher was verifying the correct
letters (in his computer, the algorithm comparing the string with the target sequence). Evolution has no
target sequence; nothing in evolution moves toward the arrival of the butterfly. Evolution has no comparison algorithm.
Survival cannot be the algorithm; theres nothing inherent in survival requiring a complex organ to emerge. Fitness
cannot be the algorithm; there is no independent measure of fitness in evolutionary theory outside of survival, which reduces
survival of the fittest to a tautology the fitness of the fittest, the survival of the survivors (see
Fitness for dummies, 10/29/2002). Additionally, measures of fitness
are often based on bad statistics (03/30/2009,
It will not be discarded as future mutations take place because the intermediate creatures are seeing very well,
and they will live and reproduce. So although it seems at first glance that the process of random mutations will take
a very long time to produce a higher organism, thanks to the spying of natural selection, the process can go very rapidly.
In the paper, these ideas are precisely quantified, according to this model, and the extent of the speedup
is found. It is enormous, and shows that there is indeed plenty of time for evolution.
In addition, no single mutation entails any foresight to a distant result. Wilf and Ewens envisioned beneficial mutations,
even if as rare as one in 10,000, having independent, additive benefits to an organism. This ignores cases where no benefit is conferred till multiple
genetic modifications are in place (irreducible complexity), and also fails to account for the damaging effects of pleiotropy benefits in
one gene causing disasters in another (e.g., 06/30/2009) and
epigenetics (07/27/2009, 01/27/2009).
Another challenge is posed by indirect genetic effects that produce
slippage on the treadmill when fitter offspring facing fitter brethren and enemies (see 03/17/2003).
Arguments from analogy are also fraught with pitfalls (cf. 05/04/2010).
Genomes are infinitely more complex than passwords (04/05/2010),
containing codes upon codes (04/18/2010,
05/06/2010), and may be fractal in
their overall architecture (10/13/2009).
Even a single cell has staggering complexity
Wilf and Ewens paper only included two references and did not answer the criticisms of earlier
efforts to overcome the time problem. See also the
1. Herbert S. Wilf and Warren J. Ewens, There’s plenty of time for evolution,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print December 13, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1016207107.
2. For an unknown word of L letters, drawing from an alphabet of K letters, the sequential model
would require KL trials to guess the word. They argue that parallel processing
reduces the trials to approximately KlogL.
This paper might have attracted attention in 1860, when Darwins
X-Men were on a roll (03/04/2004), but not after a century and a half of thought about natural selection and
multiple revolutions in genetics. These guys seem oblivious to all the counterarguments made
against similar notions in the past. Where have they been? What is most instructive is
that such an easily-refuted idea was published by the prestigious National Academy of Sciences,
and was offered as proof of Charlie Daddys story by the popular press.
If this is the best they can offer after so much time, spilled ink and spilled blood, take heart.
Darwins totalitarian regime is nearing intellectual collapse.
Strange Beasts Walked the Earth
Next headline on:
Darwin and Evolution
Genetics and DNA
Dec 13, 2010 Narnia is a fantasy world of talking beasts and chimeric monsters, as seen in the release
of Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third movie in the series, great for an adventurous
escape to a different world (see Narnia.com).
While fauns and minotaurs may be mythical, some of the extinct beasts found as fossils in Earth
strata seem more suited to that world than ours.
The crocodile articles claimed that a diverse group of prehistoric reptiles gave rise to a diverse
group of later reptiles: e.g., contrary to popular belief, scientists now suggest that the basic body
structure of crocodiles, alligators and ghariels evolved from a diverse group of prehistoric reptiles with
different body shapes.
Both articles claim the finds disprove that crocodiles are living fossils.
The BBC article emphasized the point in its headline: Crocs dispel living fossil myth. The phrase living fossil,
however, usually describes fossils of plants and animals that look very similar to living species
with long time gaps between their disappearance in the fossil record and the present (e.g., the tuatara,
Wollemi pine and coelacanth), not of fossils that have a long history in the record without significant
change. Either way, it is not clear that evolution was found; just diversity, since each creature
was well equipped with teeth, vision, locomotion, digestion, and the basic body plan characteristic of
- Fin dragon: The fin-backed reptilian Dimetrodon is not new, but the most complete
skeleton of one was found in a sinkhole in north Texas, reported
Science. The site has more bones of this species than any other location in the world.
- Horse dragon: A shield-toothed horse-dragon may sound like a mythical creature,
but the newly described dinosaur once roamed the U.S. West, a new study says. That was the
opening line of an article on National
Geographic News about Hippodraco, a scientific name that translates to horse dragon.
Then theres Iguanacolossus (colossal iguana) found nearby: a member of the iguanodon family
with members found worldwide.
Hippodraco is shaking up the family tree of this group of dinosaurs, for reasons
explained in the article. Scientists claim its skull bones are more primitive than members of the group found
in Europe, but Even so, any visible differences between living iguanodont species would have been subtle....
regardless of their locations, the creatures all looked pretty much the same, the article admitted.
- Koreaceratops: Every kids favorite dinosaur, triceratops, had cousins in
Science reported on a mini triceratops that is the first horned dinosaur found in South Korea.
The animal would have been about 6 feet long, weighing 100 pounds, the discoverers estimate.
- Crocodile cat. After awhile, crocodiles looked different than their ancestors, reported
and the BBC News.
This is based on odd shaped fossils found in Madagascar and elsewhere, one looking squat like a cat.
Recently discovered ancient ancestors include small cat-like specimens, giant supercrocs
and a pug-nosed vegetarian species, the BBC said, although how they decided it was vegetarian was
not due to direct evidence, but inference about the overall body shape a risky business if
comparing human vegetarians to meat-eaters by body shape alone is any guide.
Scientists do not watch creatures evolving. They look at present-day bones, and make inferences
according to a paradigm they feel comfortable working in. But feeling comfortable is no guide to
the truth. Think of how many different ways a group of disinterested people could arrange furniture into evolutionary
relationships, if they were given starting assumptions about which ones evolved first and had an elaborate
tree showing the ancestry of branching relationships and common ancestors, and a time scale allowing
millions of years. In fact, parents or teachers should try that as an experiment to show how much
assumption plays a role in scientific explanation.
Darwin was wrong about geology. Too. 12/02/2009.
The outward shape (morphology) of an animal is the least informative part of
the evolutionary tale. Getting all that structure and function in the first
place is the challenge. Each creature was exquisitely suited to its habitat and equipped
with amazing structures that provided all the functions of life. Dimetrodon, for instance,
had a mouth full of razor-sharp teeth. Do you realize how many design specifications are required to
get teeth to develop, grow, and work in the real world, so that an animal can eat? Moreover,
the teeth, jaw, brain, and senses all have to work together for capturing food, and then the mouth
has to pass the material on to elaborate digestive systems to make use of it
In piecing together their
tale, evolutionary paleontologists cannot escape paradigm bias in taxonomy, dating, and relationships (e.g.,
05/19/2010, bullet 5; 03/05/2010;
Many dinosaur fossils thought to represent different species have recently been shown to be the same species in different
life stages (09/17/2008, 07/14/2010).
When trying to understand relationships of extinct animals, the situation is even
more fraught with potential for misinterpretation.
If they were asking the right questions, like where did all this complexity come from, they would not
focus so much on connect-the-dot games, but would come face to face with the question of design.
Next headline on:
Dinosaurs and Extinct Reptiles
Darwin and Evolution
Dec 12, 2010 Heres a list of quick headlines with minimal comment for mental snacking.
Then it will be time to clear the kitchen for another week of more deep-fried reporting.
Scientists investigate just about everything. They should mind their own business.
Question is, is their business everything?
- Magician fools scientists: Skeptic/magician James Randi tricked a group of scientists, then warned them to doubt their own
infallibility (except when it comes to atheism); see Live Science.
- Louisiana bows to Darwin: Despite misleading headline, school board blocked challenges to evolution
(see Fox News).
- Lucky strike: New theory for earths mineral wealth: meteor bombs from outer space brought it
Geographic). How else could it have gotten here?
- Evolution of the scientific method: Chart on The
Scientist makes development of scientific method look progressive, ignores many pitfalls along the way and conflicts still with us.
- Cell wonders: Details of microbes extraordinary maintenance and repair system revealed
- Ratatouille: With human brain cells implanted, will rats cook better?
- Leftist slant: Headline on legal efforts to restrict late-term abortions focuses on
abortion rights foes and those who want to outlaw abortion
- Say what? Our brains are wired so we can better hear ourselves speak
- Death and taxes: Its state government tax dollars, not private investment capital, that is
funding most embryonic stem cell research (PhysOrg).
- Whale of a mouthful: Foraging strategies of blue whales are super efficient
- Ant social justice: Leaf-cutter ants take care of their elderly and disabled via job swapping
- Evolve or perish: Powdery mildew is at an evolutionary dead end, claimed
- The eyes have it: U of Nebraska researchers say you can tell liberals by their eye movements, because they dont see
eye to eye with conservatives (Science
Daily). Cause, effect, or shifty-eyed science?
- Climate exit gate: Ice-Age Reptile Extinctions Provide a Glimpse of Likely Responses to Human-Caused Climate Change,
reported Science Daily. Whose fault was that?
- Brain glue: Molecule helps stitch brain cells together and affects how we learn
- Hairy riddle: What do you call a fly that cant fly? A walk? asked
Scientist about a weird hairy fly (er, walk) found in Kenya.
- Theory breakdown: Four exoplanets dance in a way that defies theories of planet formation,
reported Live Science.
Story on New
Scientist includes video animation.
- Nice birdie: New
Scientist and the BBC News
claimed giant storks had hobbits for breakfast. Either that, or a successful hunt could feed a family of five
for a month. Or the figure is exaggerated. (So much for the island dwarfism hypothesis.)
- Something from nothing: Science
Daily said it is theoretically possible to get matter and antimatter from nothing. But if it is really
nothing, thats something. Until they do, its nothing.
- Evolution of multitasking: Early man invented the list of things to do all at once,
according to Science Daily.
Not clear who Monica Smith of UCLA interviewed or observed to find this out.
Get your Baloney Detector on and read, laugh, frown, gasp, groan, weep, or cheer
commensurate with the subject and its interpretation. Otherwise you might just cheer for everything,
including the evil, or succumb to the verbal manipulation of scientists and reporters.
The more you practice discernment, the less you will need to rely on our commentaries, which you
shouldnt be doing anyway.
Best Qualified Candidate Expelled Over Views on Evolution, Design
Next headline on:
Philosophy of Science
Dec 11, 2010 For daring to question evolution, an astronomer who was the best qualified
candidate to become director of a new observatory lost out.
No one denies that astronomer Martin Gaskell was the leading candidate for the founding director
of a new observatory at the University of Kentucky in 2007 until his writings on evolution came to light,
a report on Courier-Journal
reported. Martin Gaskell is suing the University, claiming that his views on evolution, religion and
intelligent design cost him the position.
UK, in a legal brief, acknowledged that concerns over Gaskells views on evolution played
a role in the decision to chose another candidate, the article said. The strategy seems now to paint
him in a bad light: But it argued that this was a valid scientific concern, and that there were other factors,
including a poor review from a previous supervisor and UK faculty views that he was a poor listener.
Gaskells lawsuit, however, claims that UK officials repeatedly referred to his religion
in their discussions and e-mails as the real reason. One astronomy professor, for instance,
feared embarrassing headlines about Kentuckys flagship university hiring a creationist
in a state already home to the controversial Creation Museum. Three biology professors and a
geology professor also hammered that theme, that hiring Gaskell would be a disaster and an
embarrassment to the university, even though Gaskell disagrees with the young-earth position of the Creation
Museum. Some of his views, which resemble those of old-earth astronomer Hugh Ross, are published on his
Gaskells academic opponents worried about his denial of evolution, and his support for intelligent
design. UK biologists said in their e-mails that evidence for evolution was so overwhelming that
Gaskell had no scientific basis to raise questions about it. They also pointed to the Dover
case to argue that intelligent design is not science, though that regional ruling did not apply to the state of Kentucky.
Since concern over his views on evolution and intelligent
design appears to constitute the bulk of their objections over his hiring, their concerns about Gaskells
social skills appears to be a distraction, a red herring expressed after the lawsuit was filed.
According to the article, a federal judge says Gaskell has a right to a jury trial over his allegation that he
lost the job because he is a Christian and potentially evangelical. The case is being
represented by the American Center for Law and Justice.
Gaskells academic page is posted on the University of Texas
website. He is also a classical composer in
his spare time, when not doing astrophysics.
The pattern is the same everywhere. If you have watched Ben Steins documentary Expelled,
youve seen how the Darwin funDOmentalists (Darwin-Only) refuse to debate the evidence, but instead retreat to
character assassination, association,
glittering generalities, fear-mongering,
and sidestepping and subversion to
keep out anyone who dares to defy the Darwin Party Line.
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Its going on in the case of the American
Freedom Alliance right now, where the California Museum of Science broke a contract rather than allow two
pro-I.D. groups access to the facilities, lest it tarnish their pure-Darwin image.
News broke the story about how internal emails showed that despite their public statements, the
real issue was preventing intelligent design from getting any publicity by the museum.
In this story, Gaskell lost a prestigious job even thought he was the
best qualified, because of worry that he could be potentially evangelical an
unlawful prior restraint on free speech. Would the opposite situation have concerned his
colleagues, if a staunch atheist were to be judged potentially evangelical about his theological position?
(Of course not; such a candidate would probably be honored by academia and the media.)
Even the potential exposure was enough to expel this man, without any evidence
he had actually tried to influence anyone at the university or observatory about his views. This can only mean one thing:
the Darwin Party, whose hardcore stance on secular evolution represents a small fraction of American opinion,
is running scared. The DODOs cannot afford to give a platform to anyone who might potentially expose
to the public the existence of alternative views other than 100% materialism.
They will destroy careers to keep ideological purity in their ranks.
This tactic cannot work forever,
because it is self-refuting; it violates academias own ostensible commitment to the Enlightenment ideals
of reason and tolerance (and, ironically, it also fights Darwinian fitness itself by imposing goal-directed
behavior against whatever unguided mutation supposedly led to the accidental emergence of religion/creationism
in early mans rise from the apes, that was somehow preserved by natural selection; see
If Darwinists beliefs are so fragile that they worry exposure to alternative
viewpoints is intolerable, then their beliefs are not worth believing. And if they think that
the public must be protected from such exposure, they disparage the intelligence of their fellow
Homo sapiens. No scientist should fear openness about the evidence. Bring it on.
Next headline on:
Darwin and Evolution
Philosophy of Science
Bible and Theology
Dec 10, 2010 Scientists want to copy animal skills. The new science of biomimetics
is on a roll (11/30/2010), looking to living things for design inspiration.
Here are a few of the latest organisms giving inventors and engineers goose bumps.
Very few of these articles mentioned evolution. Of those that did, evolution was a side dish, not the entree.
In the raven feather article (bullet 1 above), for instance, the suggestion was made that the peculiar feather structure
may represent an evolutionarily intermediate step between matte and iridescent colors,
and in the starfish story (bullet 14), Clive Page at Kings College London injected purpose and design
into a Darwinian answer by saying, The starfish is effectively providing us with something that is giving is different leads:
it has had billions of years in evolution to come up with molecules that do specific things.
- Bird gloss: Ravens have what scientists at the University of Akron in Ohio
want: glossy materials. Nevermore shall ravens be despised members of the bird order; according to
their feathers have thin layers that cause light interference, producing a sheen that
glistens even though the surface is rough. That could be useful to inventors needing a
glossy look for materials that cannot be polished.
- Honeybee aerobatics: By imitating the optical flow of honeybee eyes, researchers
at the University of Queensland are inventing plane navigation systems that can perform complex
- Fly navigation: With help from the Air Force, Caltech scientists, similarly, are studying fly vision to learn
better flight attitude control. It would be enough to improve flight stabilization and navigation from our
tiny winged neighbors; However, with a tiny brain they are able to perform a variety of tasks such as
finding food and mates despite changing light levels, wind gusts, wing damage, and so on.
- Bird-o-soar: Soaring is better than flapping, reported
PhysOrg. Researchers at
Hebrew University of Jerusalem are equipping birds with transmitters to learn more about their
flight efficiency. They are finding that small birds benefit from gliding as much as large birds.
- Bacterial biofuel: A subset of biomimetics is employing organisms directly.
Science Daily said that
scientists at Concordia University are trying to engineer Lactobacillus lactis, the organism
that helps make cheese from milk, into a workhorse to transform plant material into biofuels or
- Bacterial sensors: Scientists at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution are recruiting
bacteria to test water quality. According to Science
Daily, their revolutionary Swimming Behavioral Spectrophotometer (SBS) ... employs one-celled protozoa
to detect toxins in water sources. The contraption, which monitors the swimming ability of the germs
as indicators of water quality, could some day monitor all the drinking water in the world, with instantaneous
feedback and continuous response. The Department of Defense is very interested.
- Butterfly medic: Butterfly-Inspired Patch May Alert Soldiers to Brain Injury
reads a headline on Live
Science, describing how A color-changing patch modeled after the iridescent wings of butterflies could
give soldiers a heads-up on the severity of injuries sustained on the battlefield, thanks to work
at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Silk drop control: Remember how spider webs collect dew by causing water droplets to bead up due to the nature
of the proteins in the silk? (see 02/04/2010).
Nature reported that
Chinese scientists are trying to imitate this trick with synthetic silks.
- Earthworm biohazard sensors: Why build electronic sensors to detect hazmat (hazardous
materials), when earthworms can be hired to do it? Science
Daily reported that researchers in Venezuela and Argentina are studying the
viability of using earthworms to process hazardous material containing high concentrations of heavy metal
for the bioremediation of old industrial sites, landfill and other potentially hazardous areas.
This offers an alternative to complex and costly industrial cleanup methods, the team suggests.
- Neuron computers: Live
Science reported how researchers at Boston University are bringing the world closer to silicon-free computers
that use memristors, which behave like neurons in many ways, toward new digital brains.
- Bacterial computers: Imagine being able to program bacteria to act as logic circuits for
organic computers. Thats what researchers at the University of California at San Francisco
are counting on, according to Science Daily.
- Ant computers: How do ants solve puzzles so well? They can always find the shortest route
to a target, even when a barrier is put in the way. Scientists at the University of Sydney are curious,
so they have built mazes to learn how the humble ant is capable of solving difficult mathematical problems.
The headline reads, Next generation of algorithms inspired by problem-solving ants.
Supercomputer programmers who humble themselves like the ant might learn how to adapt to changing conditions
and barriers, both by exploratory behavior and signals left in the path, such as the pheromone molecules
that help ants remember previous trials without backtracking. One team member commented,
Even simple mass-recruiting ants have much more complex and labile problem solving skills than we ever thought.
- Viral batteries: Viruses have a bad rep--and rightly so, began an article
but researchers at the University of Maryland are turning the tables, harnessing and exploiting the self-renewing
and self-assemblingproperties of viruses for a higher purpose: to build a new generation of small, powerful
and highly efficient batteries and fuel cells.
- Starfish medical breakthrough: Watch a video at
BBC News to learn how asthma, hay fever and arthritis
may get new effective treatments, thanks to starfish. Imitating the slimy goo on starfish surfaces could help
reduce inflammation on blood vessels, researchers at Kings College London said. The starfish have
effectively done a lot of the hard work for us.
This is just one example of promises from sea creatures. The article said that scientists
envision an underwater pharmacy of useful medical products coming from organisms as diverse as
sea cucumbers and seaweed. Some of the most widespread, widely used medicines come from nature,
said David Hughes, an ecologist from the Scottish Association for Marine Science.
Penicillin is a mould that grows on bread, aspirin comes from willow trees, so its not too surprising
turning to nature to find useful drugs. But weve only very recently begun to look to the sea for a useful
source of medicines. The huge diversity of life in the oceans that cover nearly 3/4 of the earths surface
promises a vast research area for years to come.
- Bones and cones: From the spiral cones of molluscs to the bones and teeth of vertebrates,
biominerals form a variety of lightweight yet tough materials.
Science Daily discussed how
researchers at the Ohio Supercomputer Center are studying natures ability to form complex structures,
such as bones, teeth and mollusk shells, from peptides. This could lead to breakthroughs in
bone replacement, sensing systems, efficient energy generation and treatment of diseases.
Go biomimetics! The biomimicry revolution is making science fun again. Reporters and scientists
who are tired of Darwin, this is a way for you to get out of the kingdom of the DODOs (Darwin only, Darwin only)
without jeopardizing your career. Just study the living subject and apply it to real world problems.
Storytelling about billions of years in evolution is superfluous and will not be missed.
Darwin Stars at the Galaxy, by Universal Pictures. No, its not a Hollywood release, its
Darwinism applied to cosmology. See 12/07/2006 for
Parents and teachers: consider inspiring your precocious students next science project with biomimetics.
It could be a first-prize winner and open up a young persons mind to an exciting, productive career that
could improve human life and health without harming the environment.
Next headline on:
SETI Ignorance Gets Stronger
Dec 09, 2010 Science is not about blind faith begins a video posted on
MSNBC about SETI.
Part of an article by AP reporter Seth Borenstein, Evidence for E.T. is mounting daily, but not proven,
the video explains Frank Drakes famous equation that tries to quantify the probability for extraterrestrial
11/24/2008). Though Drake confidently asserts the probability that 50,000 advanced communicating civilizations
exist in the Milky Way, Borensteins subtitle asserts, So far, first signs of life elsewhere are more likely
to be closer to slime mold.
Confidence exudes like a strong perfume from both the video and the article.
Lately, a handful of new discoveries make it seem more likely that we are not alone that there is life
somewhere else in the universe, Borenstein began, diving immediately into Wolf-Simons claim that
some microbes can imbibe arsenic as a substitute for phosphate in their proteins and DNA
(12/02/2010). Then Carl Pilcher, director of NASAs Astrobiology Institute,
was given the microphone to say, The evidence is just getting stronger and stronger that
Theres got to be life out there. After a brief caveat that Since much of this research is new,
scientists are still debating how solid the conclusions are, Borenstein reassures the reader that
even if something simple, like slime mold, is detected first, It can evolve from there.
Borensteins confidence is based on the premise that the search for E.T. is based
on Some science, some pure guesswork. Since every non-scientist has access to guesswork, to what
science does he refer? Admitting that the Drake Equation includes guesswork factors,
such as the likelihood of the evolution of intelligence and how long civilizations last,
Borenstein strips it down to two factors: How many places out there can support life?
And how hard is it for life to take root? Bolstered by Wolf-Simons arsenic microbes, he beamed,
That means the probability for alien life is higher than ever before, agree 10 scientists interviewed by
The Associated Press. He said additionally, nothing topped last weeks news of a lake bacterium that
scientists could train to thrive on arsenic instead of phosphorous.
Perhaps Borenstein celebrated too soon. Live
Science said, Many skeptical scientists not involved with the study have raised questions about its methods and findings.
Later, Karl Tate on Live Science
included the arsenic claim as #10 in his list of top ten Kerfuffles The debate over arsenic-based life
is just the latest example of science -- blown out of proportion or just plain misunderstood -- exploding across the news media.
(Others included Martian bacteria and overhyped human ancestors). And
Nature News said that the announcement
got a toxic response from other scientists, who called it premature at best and complained about the
way it was publicized. Steve Benner, an origin of life researcher, used the analogy of a steel chain with a tinfoil link
to illustrate that the arsenate ion said to replace phosphate in the bacteriums DNA forms bonds that are orders of magnitude less stable.
Not only that, the NASA Astrobiology team failed to show that the microbes actually incorporated arsenic into their molecules.
Some scientists were upset that NASAs teaser to the press had them thinking life had been discovered beyond Earth;
indeed, even Fox News reporters
were expecting an announcement that life had been discovered on Titan.
Did Borenstein have any other science, less dubious, to amass in favor of his contention that the
evidence for E.T. is getting stronger and stronger? Indeed he did. Calling on SETI Institute senior
astronomer Seth Shostak, who ticks off the astronomical findings about planet abundance and Earthbound discoveries
about lifes hardiness, he agrees that these points have gone in the direction of encouraging life out
there and they didnt have to, so much so, that denying the existence of extraterrestrial life,
Shostak alleged, is tantamount to believing in miracles (i.e., that life only exists on earth). Time out for
a brief reality check:
Astronomers, however, do believe in proof. They dont have proof of life yet. Theres no green alien or
even a bacterium that scientists can point to and say its alive and alien. Even that arsenic-munching microbe
discovered in Mono Lake in California isnt truly alien. It was manipulated in the lab.
With that brief time out over, Chris McKay assured readers that, There are real things we can point to and show that
being optimistic about life elsewhere is not silly. He called on the red dwarfs to sing in agreement
red dwarf stars may not be the anti-life districts once thought; That didnt just open up billions of new worlds, but many,
many times that, Borenstein chimed. The giants chimed in, too: scientists now believe that as many as half the stars
in our galaxy have planets that are two to 10 times the size of Earth — super Earths which might sustain life.
With a recent estimate that the universe may contain six times as many stars as thought, the chorus just keeps getting louder.
Of course, 300 sextillion lifeless locations would still be lifeless. The other half of the equation is: How likely is life?
Borenstein continued, calling briefly on Donald Brownlee to debunk the notion that intelligent life is common, but agreeing that
microbial life could be. By making life more likely in extreme places, it increases the number of planets that are potential homes for life,
astrobiologists agree even though all those extreme places studied are right here on Earth. But does a potential habitat
rise to the level of scientific evidence? Never mind; potential is enough: Mars, Europa, Titan, Enceladus places
where no life has been found put dollars on the bet that aliens inhabit the universe, so much so that Shostak puts his money behind his optimism,
Borenstein ended. Apparently Shostak bets a cup of coffee at his lectures that scientists will find proof of alien life by 2026.
The odds, he figures, have never been more in his favor.
Got odds? We do. Read our online book, especially chapters 6-7.
How convenient to bet a cup of coffee when he wont have to pay up for 16 years, by which time he may well need embalming fluid instead,
if theres a difference.
Lets unpack this reasoning about odds in this SETI coffee klatch. The odds, he figures,
have never been more in his favor. What are the odds when your sample size is one? You have one example,
and you want to extrapolate the odds to 100 billion planets in the galaxy.
This is like winning the worlds biggest lottery on your first draw the only time you play, and thinking the odds
are great of winning many more times because there are a lot of convenience stores where you can play the game.
But even that is overly gracious to this gratuitous line of thinking that depends on fortuitous causes (11/14/2010).
Statisticians like to think about urns with colored marbles, so lets say you are walking on your terrace, and
discover an iPhone, not yet aware of its purpose or function; also on the terrace you find an urn with marbles in it, but you
know nothing about what kind of marbles are inside. You reach in and pull out an orange marble, then a red one, a pink one,
another orange one, and a white one (these represent Venus, Mars, Europa, Titan, and Enceladus), along with a lot of black marbles.
Because your iPhone contains some of the same colors that are in the marbles, you concoct
a theory that iPhones evolve out of marbles. Then you look off into the distance and see many more urns you think must have
marbles, too billions of them. You get all excited, thinking that the odds of finding more iPhones must be astronomical.
In your ecstasy, you produce an equation you call the
Flake Equation, and calculate your odds: N is the number of iPhones that must exist in all the urns. R(u) is the rate of formation of urns,
f(m) is the fraction of those urns with marbles, n(i) is the number of urns large enough to contain iPhones,
f(c) is the number of urns where circuits begin evolving from the marble material; f(i) is the number of
marbles that evolve into iPhones (after all, once the process starts, It can evolve from there),
f(c) is the number of iPhones capable of calling you up, and L is the lifetime of the average iPhone battery.
According to your calculations there could be 50,000 iPhones out there even though the only one you have ever seen is in your hand.
So great is your faith, you organize a Search for Extra-Terracetrial iPhones, and try to find rich suckers to fund it, assuring them
that it is not silly to be optimistic. (A quote from David Berlinski comes to mind: Wearing pink tasseled slippers and conical hats covered in polka dots,
Darwinian biologists are persuaded that a plot is afoot to make them look silly.)
Even if there is an iPhone out there that calls you up some day, it would not support your theory that the device
evolved out of the marbles, even if it calls itself a Droid Evo. It would validate the view that both devices were intelligently designed.
But in our day, such reasoning is disallowed a priori, because its not science.
Thus, science has devolved into absurdity, where sophisticated ignorance is glorified, because intelligent causes
have been excluded from the very definition of science. The cult of Darwin has given birth to the cult of SETI
(11/13/2010), where marbles evolve into iPhones, and molecules evolve into minds.
Next headline on:
Origin of Life
Darwin and Evolution
Philosophy of Science
The ancient Greek eclipse-predicting computer, the Antikythera Device, has been brought to life in
Lego blocks. Go to Live
Science for two fun video clips revealing the intelligent design that went into the original device and its modern copy.
Are You Too Clean?
Dec 08, 2010 You shower, you put on clean clothes, you wash your hands with antibacterial soap,
you keep the house spic and span, you work in a clean office and you set yourself up for disease
and depression. Thats what some scientists are proposing with the hygiene hypothesis.
By depriving yourself of access to your bacterial helpers, youre living unnaturally.
Dr. Charles Raison of Emory University explained the Hygiene Hypothesis in a short video interview
on PhysOrg. Earlier studies had
implicated allergies and other problems with over-cleanliness, but now he is conducting experiments with the
hunch that genetic dispositions to depression are also linked to deprivation of ancient relationships with
microorganisms in soil, food and the gut that our ancestors had that helped keep inflammation at bay.
Daily reported on studies at Michigan University that suggested antibacterial soaps can make you sick.
Triclosan and BPA could play a role in changing the micro-organisms to which we are exposed in such a
way that our immune system development in childhood is affected. One of the researchers remarked,
It is possible that a person can be too clean for their own good.
In another article on PhysOrg,
Professor Mark Viney at the University of Bristol has conducted experiments with mice to show that the
immune system is boosted by life in the wild. And if you can handle the yuck factor of a story
on Science Daily, New York University
researchers are studying a new treatment for inflammatory bowel disease: worm therapy.
These articles suggest that we need to reduce our hesitancy to the elements and ecology of the out-of-doors
a little, and while not rolling in the mud with pigs, understand that we have a living environment that can do us good.
For more on the hygiene hypothesis, see 01/13/2010 bullet 3,
On a different but somewhat related subject, why are African nations so far behind in food
production? Dont they have more exposure to the outdoors and their fellow creatures?
Some westerners can only think of malaria, ebola, guinea worms, lion attacks, starvation and other horrific
trials the inhabitants of the African continent face in their struggle to survive. But the
BBC News reviewed a new book called
The New Harvest, by Harvard University professor Calestous Juma, that points the blame on something
else: the lack of political will. There would be no need for those endless appeals to feed the
starving children; Africa could feed itself in a generation, Juma says, and even export food to other
countries. With modern equipment, better roads, crop improvements and other factors, African
agriculture could grow like it has in the west, rather than fall, like it has 10% since 1960.
What is needed above all else was the political will at the highest level.
Political will is a euphemism for getting rid of tyrannical, selfish dictators.
Africa has tremendous natural resources, but is held in its grip of poverty by lack of benevolent leadership
based on Judeo-Christian principles. Get rid of the Mugabe types and the continent could prosper
every bit as much as other countries.
News from Saturn
Do you get outdoors enough? Take more walks outside. Enjoy the trees,
plants, animals more they are your fellow creatures. Evolutionists explain that we
evolved with them, and thats why we need them; but creationists can better explain that
God gave us the ecology we need to be healthy. While it has run amok since the original
creation due to judgment on sin, the creation still exhibits Gods sustenance and providence
(e.g., Psalm 104).
There are still roles for our bacterial travelers, both inside and outside, to give us healthy
balance, buffer against stress, and keep our immune systems well trained in the recognition of
good and bad agents. We could not even digest our food without their help.
Think of how many
people for millennia worked closely with the earth, camped out of doors, and got more exercise.
We neglect those things at risk of loss of not only good health but good attitudes.
Looking at our world as a purposeful creation enhances the experience of connection with nature.
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Politics and Ethics
Dec 07, 2010 Amazing discoveries continue to pour in from Cassini, now within its
second extended mission since arriving at Saturn in 2004. The spacecraft is back to
nominal operations after a 3-week safing event caused by a single-bit error in the onboard
The recovery came just in time for another major flyby of Enceladus.
One of the coolest educational tools ever produced by JPL, Eyes on the Solar System was
recently released by NASA. Take the Getting
Started tutorials first; then, you can command your own tour of the solar system from any angle, and watch the planets and
moons in motion at any speed. Current spacecraft are included, too; you can ride along with Cassini, EPOXI, MESSENGER, Rosetta,
DAWN, Stardust, all the Earth orbiters, and even Voyagers 1 and 2, and see the action from their vantage points. The looks
of the planets and moons and the orbits of spacecraft are all informed by actual photographs of the objects and orbital tour
plans, allowing you to watch both past and future encounters. Eyes is the brainchild of JPL animator
Kevin Hussey, a pioneer of scientific visualization, and his team, who also produced a similarly dazzling tool
Eyes on the Earth 3D. Watch the Demonstration video
to see all the things one can learn about our home planet.
- Enceladus eruptions: The geysers of Enceladus continue to erupt out the
south pole. The parallel cracks, dubbed tiger stripes, from which the
eruptions occur, are longer and more complex than originally thought. This comes
from new data taken November 30 during the 12th flyby at 45,000 altitude at closest approach
the last good look at the south pole in sunlight. This was E12: the twelfth targeted
encounter with Enceladus.
JPL and the Cassini
released images of the bright jets shooting gas and dust outward at supersonic speeds.
Particles reaching escape velocity create the E-ring around Saturn; others fall back onto the moon
and brighten its surface.
Science reminded its readers that the heat energy per unit area coming out of this small icy moon,
once thought to be cold and geologically dead, is five times that in Yellowstone.
Thats heat, of course, not temperature, since the Composite Infrared Spectrometer (CIRS)
measured highest temperatures of 190 Kelvin (-120° F), cold enough to be intolerable to
humans. Live Science remarked, While that sounds cold, it is actually quite warm for this
icy moon around Saturn. Temperatures at other regions of Enceladus are typically
around 80 Kelvin (-315° F) and as low as 33 K (-400° F) at the north pole.
Yellowstone obviously has scalding hot temperatures localized to its geysers and hot springs, but overall,
Enceladus geysers emit more heat energy per unit area an astonishing discovery for a small
icy moon separated from significant external heat sources.
Earlier flybys had measured temperatures of 170K.
Scientists are trying to understand if the new high of 190K represents
increased activity along the fissure observed in the greatest detail, named Damascus Sulcus. More likely, it results from the
higher resolution possible on this flyby by the CIRS instrument, allowing it to focus in on the
inner regions of the channel. The observations also revealed forks at the end of two cracks where
heat emission continues past the main channel, and an isolated warm spot not associated with a tiger stripe
(see JPL story
and image). Space.com,
all reported the story.
- Hyperion pox: The geometry of the Enceladus flyby allowed Cassini to make another
non-targeted flyby of Hyperion from about 72,000km. Since the pock-marked potato-shaped moon
has a chaotic rotation, engineers cannot predict what side will face the camera. The best image
was posted by JPL
and SpaceRef; on
colorized 61 of the images and made them into a video
- Saturn hex: Atmospheric scientists have modeled in the lab how the mysterious hexagon at Saturns north pole
might remain stable as a standing wave; see abstract on Icarus.1 The shape was
first observed 30 years ago by the Voyagers and continues unabated to this day. Why the jet stream takes
the characteristic six-sided shape and how it is stably maintained across multiple Saturnian seasons are yet to be explained,
they said. They came up with a model and simulation that partly fits the observations; However, our results
also show that a vortex street model of the Hexagon cannot reproduce the observed propagation speed unless the zonal jets
speed is modified beyond the uncertainties in the observed zonal wind speed, which suggests that a vortex street model of the
Hexagon and the observed zonal wind profile may not be mutually compatible. It remains a work in progress.
- Rhea gas: Last month Cassini scientists were surprised to find a tenuous atmosphere
at Rhea composed of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Though 5 trillion times less dense than Earths
atmosphere, it is 100 times more dense than the exospheres of Mercury and Earths moon,
according to Science Daily.
Scientists believe the oxygen comes from bombardment of the surface by Saturns magnetic field,
causing decomposition of surface ice; The source of the carbon dioxide is less certain.
The new results suggest that active, complex chemistry involving oxygen may be quite common throughout
the solar system and even our universe, said lead author Ben Teolis of Southwest Research Institute;
but its not quite clear how he connected the dots with his next statement: Such chemistry could
be a prerequisite for life. Rhea is not exactly a lively place, as he well knows:
All evidence from Cassini indicates that Rhea is too cold and devoid of the liquid water necessary
for life as we know it. Life as we dont know it is purely imaginary at this point.
- Dione donut: The Cassini
site released a photo of Dione from its Oct. 17 non-targeted flyby, showing off the donut-shaped
crater Erelus with a central peak 75 miles across. Cassini keeps a public diary of its activities on the
Significant Events page.
1. Morales-Juberias, Sayanagi, Dowling and Ingersoll, Emergence of Polar-Jet Polygons from Jet Instabilities in a Saturn Model,
Icarus, article in press.
Warning: Eyes on the Solar System and
Eyes on the Earth 3D can be addicting!
Get your kids off the blood-and-gun video games and introduce them to these real-world visualization tools. Reality can be so
much more interesting than fiction. These websites have the potential to inspire the next generation of space navigators,
planetary scientists and aeronautical engineers, and are fascinating interactive adventures for everyone.
Does Big Science know what science is? Good question. Look for answers in the
None of the Enceladus articles talked about how this little moon could be putting out so much
energy for 4.5 billion years. Thats because they dont have a clue. The geysers remain exciting,
but not as wildly improbable, without the Law of the Misdeeds and Perversions, which cannot be altered, known
as the A.S.S. (age of the solar system).
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News on the Mind
Dec 06, 2010 Here are a dozen recent stories dealing with brains, the mind, perception, motivation
and other aspects of psychology and neuroscience.
- Nature and nurture: PhysOrg
claims that scientists at SMU have resolved the nature vs nurture debate with a hybrid approach. Whether it satisfies
critics remains to be seen. Perhaps they are still thinking inside the box by overlooking factors outside those two.
- Profit motive: A Caltech neuroscientist wrote in PNAS that removing financial incentives
demotivates the brain.1 He commented on a paper by Murayama et al. that indicates
that extrinsic incentives (e.g., pay) can undermine intrinsic incentives (e.g., fun). He cautioned,
Increased incentives should be applied carefully, because removing them might damage or destroy a preexisting intrinsic
- Aspire to be Neanderthal: My, how anthropology has changed its view of Neanderthal Man.
They were technologically savvy, creative and cultured, began an article on
So maybe its time we accepted that Neanderthals were people just like us.
- Believing is seeing: Science
Daily reported on work by the Wellcome Trust that indicates our perception of the world is a function of the size
of our visual cortex. Since the size of that part of the brain can differ by a factor of three from one individual
to the next, we may each see the world differently to some extent. An optical illusion accompanies the article.
Optical illusions mystify and inspire our imagination, but in truth they show us that how we see the world is not
necessarily physically accurate, but rather depends a lot on our brains.
- False witness: Americans exaggerate about church attendance, an article on
A U of Michigan researcher said, In the U.S., and to a lesser extent in Canada, the gap between what we say and
what we do is substantial, and has been so for the last several decades. Some people may claim
church attendance more as a statement of identity and self-concept than behavior.
- Walk for life: Taking walks may stave off Alzheimers disease and cognitive decline,
radiologists said in Science Daily.
- Color me blue: Matt Crump, a cognitive psychologist at Vanderbilt, was interviewed by
Live Science. He talked
about his work on learning, attention, memory, and learning to play the blues.
- Easy cheating: Science Daily
talked about game experiments by U of Toronto psychologists that made it easy to cheat, and headlined,
Why Do People Behave Badly? Maybe Its Just Too Easy.
The article made no mention of conscience.
- Rapid aural convergence coding: Coding is a word becoming more frequent in papers about
sense perception. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin analyzed how rapidly listeners
can correlate acoustic inputs. The abstract in PNAS stated,2
Natural sounds are complex, typically changing along multiple acoustic dimensions that covary in accord with physical laws governing sound-producing sources. We report that, after passive exposure to novel complex sounds, highly correlated features initially collapse onto a single perceptual dimension, capturing covariance at the expense of unitary stimulus dimensions. Discriminability of sounds respecting the correlation is maintained, but is temporarily lost for sounds orthogonal or oblique to experienced covariation. Following extended experience, perception of variance not captured by the correlation is restored, but weighted only in proportion to total experienced covariance.... Predictions from the principal components analysis model also match evolving listener performance in two discrimination tasks absent passive listening. These demonstrations of adaptation to correlated attributes provide direct behavioral evidence for efficient coding.
- Hunting for nature: Why do hunters hunt? At least in Wisconsin, connecting to nature is one
top motivation, reported PhysOrg.
- The speaking brain: Language cannot be isolated to just one region of the brain. Researchers found
rich connections throughout the brain that have not traditionally been associated with language, but are now found to tie together
key areas important for understanding language, said
Science Daily about work by the Society for Neuroscience.
The results revealed a far more extensive network for language functions than current models would predict.
- Spider eyes: Theyre not just for magical potions any more. Elizabeth Jakob at the University of
Massachusetts is tracking the eye movements of spiders to learn about how their brains process sensory information.
According to Science Daily, she shows videos to jumping
spiders and monitors their eye movements. Its like having a window into a spiders brain, she said.
Densely packed with photoreceptors, the retina gives the spider high-resolution vision rivaling that of primates,
the article said only jumping spiders have eight eyes, each equipped with muscles that allow them to focus on
objects like aiming a flashlight beam. Their vision is very effective, too: they need to quickly sift all sorts of visual
information and decide whether they are seeing a threat, a potential mate or a delicious treat, the article continued;
This sorting through incoming stimuli is the same problem other animals face, including humans. They
do all this with a brain that could fit on the head of a pin.
1. Colin F. Camerer, Removing financial incentives demotivates the brain,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print November 29, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1016108107.
2. Stilp, Rogers and Kluender, Rapid efficient coding of correlated complex acoustic properties,
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,
published online before print November 22, 2010, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1009020107.
We can use our brains to study the brain, just as we can study the eye using the eye, or think about thinking.
But to think about where thinking came from, we need to think outside the materialistic box. Then, the
brain, the eye, and the senses make sense, and are seen for the designed wonders they are.
Lean to the Left: Science Reporters Oblivious to Conservatism
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Mind and Brain
Dec 05, 2010 Take any issue, and there will often be a liberal view and a conservative view. Why is it,
then, that science reporting is almost always liberal? Its not just that left-leaning slants on
science issues predominate; the reporters and institutions often seem utterly oblivious to the idea that other positions,
like conservative views, even exist. Even when they are acknowledged, they are almost routinely disparaged.
Some recent examples illustrate the lopsided coverage.
News sources like PhysOrg, Live Science, and Science Daily often simply republish the press releases of academic institutions, which are known to be
predominantly leftist (12/02/2004). But they do have teams of reporters who could, if they chose to,
evaluate both sides of an issue fairly, critique the claims made, and present conservative counter-arguments. As these examples show,
they almost never do (see Institutional Science as a Leftist Cabal, 10/14/2010).
- WikiLeaks: Most conservatives feel that WikiLeaks poses a real threat to national security, and that
the perpetrator, Julian Assange, should be prosecuted. Yet PhysOrg
cast the story that as a freedom of speech issue the leftist view. WikiLeaks fights to stay online amid attacks
was the headline of a story that gave prominent quotes to Assange claiming history is on his side, that he is just trying to make
the world a better place. Does this article even belong on a science-reporting website?
PhysOrg did post another A.P. story that
at least quoted some conservatives, but it tended to air only the most inflammatory statements, like those of a Canadian
advisor who said, I think Assange should be assassinated, actually.
cast the story as a matter of old fashioned innocent gossip, no different than Facebook. Ignoring entirely the issue that
WikiLeaks plays into the hands of terrorists, the reporter even called on an evolutionist to tell us its just part of our ape ancestry:
Oxford anthropologist Robin Dunbar argues that gossip and language evolved as primate groups got too large to bond by grooming.
- Rich vs poor: Conservatives do not have a problem with wealth per se, provided the money has been earned honestly.
The rich, after all, pay the bulk of taxes, provide jobs, and are often benefactors. Leftists are for redistribution of wealth.
PhysOrg reported that the rich in Canada are getting richer.
While the trend may be a matter of statistical analysis, the subtext of the article was that this is bad; letting rich keep their
money involves an inequality gap.
- Minimum wage: Conservatives argue that minimum wage laws hurt the people they are designed to help,
by forcing businesses to close their doors to entry-level job applicants.
took the leftist position that Minimum wage hikes dont eliminate jobs. Either
political party could certainly amass its own statistics and expertise to make its case, but the article did not even acknowledge that a
conservative view exists. It portrayed the liberal position as a scientific finding, leading to some heated
comments by readers.
- DREAM Act: Conservatives find the DREAM Act, now being debated in Congress, as an abomination, not only
because it rewards people who broke the law, but will stimulate even more illegal immigration, and actually gives them something that U.S.
citizens cannot have: lower rates on college tuition. Yet again,
PhysOrg gave the
leftist arguments only, arguing on quasi-scientific grounds that the act would benefit the economy.
- Funding scrutiny: Conservatives agree that taxpayers should be protected from careless funding of frivolous
projects, scientific or otherwise especially in a time of economic crisis when the national debt is at a
historic high many fear is unsustainable. When Live
Science reported about Republican majority leader Eric Cantors reasonable request for scrutiny of NSF grants,
however, the reporting staff focused on explaining why one apparently wasteful project (a $3/4 million grant to study
soccer players) was not really wasteful, but had spinoffs that might help society more broadly. Cantor was only asking
for self-scrutiny at this point, but the undertone of the article is that Republicans pose a threat to science and
must be monitored carefully. Did that same moral imperative apply when liberals were driving the country to the
brink of economic collapse with irresponsible spending?
- Climate: Many conservatives are fearful, if not outraged, by U.N. proposals at international climate talks
(currently at Cancun) that they feel can destroy economies, send society back to third world status, and hurt most of all
the poor who need economic opportunity the most. Many of them also feel global warming is based on dubious science
and provides a cover for socialist plans to redistribute wealth. When PhysOrg
went to report on the talks, however, it focused on a specific case of dubious science: Cancuns eroding white sand beaches
are providing a note of urgency to the climate talks being held just south of this seaside resort famed for its postcard-perfect vistas,
implying that political action on global warming (now euphemised as climate change) must
be taken now the lefts view. But needless to say, it would be very difficult to prove that the beaches of Cancun
are eroding because of man-made global warming, especially when the UK is currently suffering under a Narnia-like winter
as seen in images from the TERRA satellite.
- Food bill: Many conservatives were outraged at the lame duck Congress passing a food bill that gives
enormous new powers to the Environmental Protection Agency, an unelected body possessing already near-dictatorial powers
over business. Yet PhysOrg presented
the bill to boost food safety as a wonderful, progressive thing all good, except for some compromises
that had to be made to placate doubters who worried about the impacts on farmers and businesses in their home states.
Live Science went
even further in its advocacy, calling the bill a significant achievement, announcing with its headline,
Senate Finally Passes Food Safety Bill. Totally ignored were any conservative arguments that private enterprise
and a free market possess inherent powers of self-regulation without having to further erode the liberties of taxpayers.
Whether the conservatives or liberals are right is not the issue here. The point is that the media, once again, rather
than debating the bill with any pretense of balance, acted in advocacy of one political position on a science website.
- Ending racism: Without doubt, concerns of racism loom large on liberal agendas, whereas many conservatives
feel that government victimization by race actually does more harm than good. In a nearly shameless reference to Obamas political
slogan, PhysOrg gave good press to academics at Georgia
State and the Association for Psychological Science with the headline, Motivation to end racism relies on yes we can approach.
The merits of their arguments are, again, beside the point; certainly, empowering the disadvantaged in any culture with
positive motivation is worthwhile, regardless of their race, and no respectable conservative has anything but contempt for
racism. But it is almost inconceivable that academics and science reporters would,
for a minute, give positive press to the views of prominent black conservatives on the issue of how to deal with racism.
The list would include such luminaries as Thomas Sowell,
Clarence Thomas, J. C. Watts, Condi Rice, Walter Williams, Alan Keyes, Michael Steele, Bill Cosby, Ward Connerly, even Martin Luther Kings
daughter, Dr. Alveda C. King, and others, whose views, though nuanced, informed,
and varied, are routinely excluded from science articles.
- Health care: Conservatives were outraged last year when a nationalized health care bill, in spite of a
blockade by every Republican in congress, overcame near-certain defeat through political
shenanigans, backroom deals, broken promises and outright lies, finally getting pushed over the goal line against the wishes
of a majority of Americans, like a foul play of a
cheating football team getting awarded a touchdown by a corrupt referee.
Conservatives before and since that date have stood vociferously for
private control of health care. As could be expected, though, once again,
gave favorable press to a Canadian Medical Association press release that promoted expanded use of publicly funded health care.
Only arguments in support of public funding were stated; nothing of the conservative arguments against it were even noted
in this science article.
- Right to life: Conservatives are more often than not the lone stalwarts for the right to life, opposing abortion,
infanticide, euthanasia, human cloning and experimentation, and embryonic stem cell research. This is an odd situation, since liberals
traditionally portray themselves as voices for the disadvantaged and helpless and what humans are more helpless, and need a voice
more, than those in the womb, infants, and the elderly? Yet Science
Daily spoke about a new Reliable Culture of Human Embryonic Stem Cells positively in terms only of their potential (not
actual) provision for medical breakthroughs, ignoring the deep ethical concerns of many about the use of human embryos for research
or treatment, whether or not the treatments ever fulfill a decade of unkept promises (11/18/2010,
09/26/2010, 09/03/2010, 01/18/2010).
Update: Slate Magazine acknowledged that scientists who are
Democrats vastly outnumber Republican scientists. Thats a problem, Daniel Sarewitz explained; A democratic society
needs Republican scientists, he said, for reasons such as to cultivate more informed, creative, and challenging debates about the
policy implications of scientific knowledge and to keep difficult problems like climate change from getting prematurely straitjacketed by ideology.
See one Evolution News and Views take on this,
where David Klinghoffer says, Slate sees the light.
Readers are challenged to submit exceptions to the rule to our Feedback line.
Show us a science article from a mainstream academic
source that advocates a conservative position on any of the issues in the list above. We predict readers will have
trouble finding even examples that give a balanced treatment of both sides. Unless the response is overwhelming,
any exceptions found will prove the rule. It has been our experience at Creation-Evolution Headlines that
science reporting presents a perennial onslaught against conservative values.
Science wasnt supposed to be like this. It was supposed to restrict itself to natural
phenomena, to controlled experiments on observable, repeatable processes governed by natural laws, seeking to follow
the evidence and be most critical of its own claims. How did science journalism ever get so deeply embedded in politics,
ethics, economics, and global advocacy? The scientific data do not entail leftist politics; often, leftist
political positions are maintained in spite of the data (02/27/2010).
Think about the now-discredited work by Margaret Mead,
Sigmund Freud, and Alfred Kinsey, whose left-supporting science claims were made on the basis of flawed data samples
and agenda-driven methods (many more shameful examples exposed in Ann Coulters book Godless: The Church of Liberalism,
The ideological left has co-opted science for its political agenda, which now threatens to become a global
agenda. Science does not even belong in many
of these fields (08/25/2010, 05/13/2010).
While many individual scientists are honorable citizens, focused on their narrow fields, seeking
understanding about this or that molecule or organism or star, the scientific societies
(06/25/2010) who presume to speak for them,
and the majority of mainstream science journalists who convey the mystique of science to the general
public, have stolen sciences presumed authority to promote a secularist, leftist, materialistic, evolutionary world view,
to the point where many in the public are oblivious to the ideology, so thick is the fogma in which it is enveloped.
(For definition of fogma, see the 05/14/2007 commentary.)
Exercise: You can have a voice! Many science sites allow comments. If time permits, become
a regular commentator on left-leaning science sites, and provide some balance to the reporting. Be sure to be
well-informed, winsome, and persuasive. Often readers are attracted to the comments and reporters may
learn to fear the adverse publicity of one-sided reporting. Rule #1: Don't be a blowhard, or you will be blown off
as a crank. Let the blowhards be on the other side, exposing the weaknesses of their arguments and
resist the temptation to get dragged into the mud with them. Command the respect of your readers, and you
can make a difference. This is the age of instant interactive media. Lets raise an army of skilled
responders to biased science reporters. They dont have to get away with it like they did in the
newspaper/magazine/radio era. Play fair, but let them know, its a new ball game now.Next headline on:
Politics and Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Eye-catching animations of ATP Synthase, the rotary energy machine in all cells, follow a good description
of the machine by Brian Thomas at CMI.
Cells Manage Stress and Death
Dec 04, 2010 Like soldiers in a foreign land, cells sometimes find themselves in unexpected
situations. Key equipment breaks down, or the environment puts stress on their resources.
Without the ability to adapt, they could perish and in worst-case scenarios they must,
like a squadron under ambush with no way out. In such cases, like spies carrying cyanide vials,
cells commit orderly suicide for the good of the organism. Two papers in Science
describe how cells do it.
DNA damage is like an emergency in the field. Fortunately, cells have elaborate
procedures for dealing with it, like a flowchart, where remaining resources adapt and fix the damage.
Israeli scientists Friedman and Schuldiner,1 summarizing a paper in the same issue
of Science,2 described the DNA Damage Road Map.
Bandyopadhyay et al had discovered widespread changes in genetic interaction among yeast kinases,
phosphatases, and transcription factors as the cell responds to DNA damage. The technique they used
was like turning still pictures into a movie: Differential interactions uncover many gene functions that go
undetected in static conditions. Notably, The data also reveal that protein complexes are
generally stable in response to perturbation, but the functional relations between these complexes
are substantially reorganized.
Friedman and Schuldiner described how the team had put
yeast cells under stress by adding methyl methanesulfonate, a DNA-damaging agent, and watched how they behaved
differently from those in a stable environment. The genetic networks reorganized themselves to handle the situation;
A birds-eye view of the dE-MAP reveals that protein complexes tended to remain stable across the two conditions,
they said. The relationships between these complexes, however, were reprogrammed to assist the cell
in dealing with stress. For instance, a transcription factor affected cell cycle checkpoints
(which ensure the fidelity of cell division). Being able to see networks respond in sequence
represents a new frontier in biochemistry, they said. Whats more, There are hundreds of such stories in the data.
Sometimes, when the stress is too great, death is the only option. Every day in your body,
millions of cells die due to stress, injury, infection, or the natural cell turnover process that is essential
to optimal tissue functioning. Thats what Seamus J. Martin said in another Perspective piece in
Science,3 describing how Ren et al, in the same issue,4
helped to resolve how cells execute the orderly process of cell suicide, called apoptosis.
A cell must commit suicide at the appropriate time, otherwise malfunctioning or damaged cells could accumulate and lead
to tumor development and other pathological conditions, Martin said. Thus, sensors are needed to
monitor the integrity of cellular functions and relay this information to the cell death machinery.
What Ren et al found is a battery of sensors that detect cellular stress or damage through
transcriptional or posttranslational mechanisms, Martin said. He described what happens when the suicide alarm sounds:
Upon activation, Bh3-only proteins provoke permeabilization of the mitochondrial outer membrane, allowing release of
cytochrome c to the cytosol. This efflux triggers assembly of the apoptosome, a structure that sets in motion a
proteolytic cascade that coordinates cell death through destruction of hundreds of proteins (see the figure).
Because of their ability to unlock this cellular poison cabinet, Bh3-only proteins have come under intensive scrutiny.
How do these proteins provoke cytochrome c efflux?
In other words, the sensors open the gates to prisoners who call the cellular council to
assemble a death machine, which holds the keys to a poison cabinet. During the process, a debate between pro-survival
agents and death agents act like guards at the mitochondrial membrane checking one anothers credentials.
Thus, Bh3-only proteins and prosurvival Bcl-2 proteins represent opposing forces in the struggle to control the channel,
the outcome of which dictates whether a cell will live or die. A checking of codes in a nuclear weapons
activation process comes to mind. Because of the deadly consequences of mitochondrial outer membrane permeabilization,
this major checkpoint on the road to cell death is heavily policed, Martin said. When death
is the only option remaining, it occurs in an orderly, systematic manner that leaves the rest of the organism at less risk.
Bax and Bak, proteins that either reside in or insert into mitochondrial membranes, constitute the pore or
channel that permeabilizes mitochondria. Loss of Bax and Bak renders cells resistant to permeabilization
(and subsequent apoptosis) caused by Bh3-only proteins. Upon activation, Bh3-only proteins promote oligomerization
of Bax and Bak within the mitochondrial outer membrane. Thus, opening of the resultant channel effectively constitutes
the decision to commit cellular suicide.
For more on apoptosis (programmed cell death), see
1. Nir Friedman and Maya Schuldiner, Genetics: The DNA Damage Road Map,
3 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6009 pp. 1327-1328, DOI: 10.1126/science.1199862.
2. Bandyopadhyay et al, Rewiring of Genetic Networks in Response to DNA Damage,
3 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6009 pp. 1385-1389, DOI: 10.1126/science.1195618.
3. Seamus J. Martin, Cell Biology: Opening the Cellular Poison Cabinet,
3 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6009 pp. 1330-1331, DOI: 10.1126/science.1199461.
4. Ren et al, BID, BIM, and PUMA Are Essential for Activation of the BAX- and BAK-Dependent Cell Death Program,
3 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6009 pp. 1390-1393, DOI: 10.1126/science.1190217.
Did you have any idea of the drama occurring inside your body millions of times a day?
Your cells are constantly struggling against real foes: genetic mistakes, toxins, environmental stress, injury, infection, and
overcrowding. Fortunately, there are elaborate policies and procedures, with police and programs, knowing how
to handle each situation. None of these papers said anything about evolution. No wonder; this all sounds
so much like intelligent design, it brings to mind images of cellular governments with documented foreign policy and
homeland security systems. And the first paper was talking about yeast cells!
Introducing the Stretch & Squish Theory of Evolution: see the 12/14/2004 entry.
How on earth can anyone continue holding on to a doctrine like Darwinism that was concocted by a
guru (02/15/2004 commentary) who knew nothing of what was happening in the little globs of protoplasm mischaracterized by the scientists of
his day? Martin talked about information being conveyed by these cellular agents, leading to decisions.
The other papers talked about whole networks of information adapting to change by adjusting their interactions
including assessing the extent of damage, accelerating or repressing gene translation, and striving to
maintain stability in response to stress. Only two things on earth we know of do that kind of thing: human minds,
and robotic systems programmed by human minds. But human minds did not program the cell. What does that imply?
Think, now, those of you who consider yourselves heirs of the Age of Reason.
Next headline on:
Science Done by Humans Is Mushy
Dec 03, 2010 Discoveries in science must be mediated by flawed agents: human beings.
Though the most hardened scientific realists maintain strong beliefs in external reality,
the perceived reality is mediated by senses, then interpreted by minds that are not omniscient.
Those are some of the reasons that science keeps changing, as illustrated by some recent examples:
When blogger Richard Thaler at The Edge
invited fellow scientists to respond to his latest edgy question, The flat earth and geocentric world are
examples of wrong scientific beliefs that were held for long periods. Can you name your favorite example
and for extra credit why it was believed to be true? he got quite a reaction. According
Science, he got some fascinating responses. 65 notable names in science responded with their
- Endangered what? Scientists can have profound economic impacts on people when
they help government agencies decide that certain species are endangered and need protection.
told about species of coral that might be designated for protection. Then it asked,
But are all the species on this list really species? It turns out
that classifying corals, and deciding which kinds interbreed, is not always so clear.
Surprisingly, researchers found that colony shape, color, and growth form can vary wildly, and
may be misleading as to their species identity.
- Nova novelty: Some novae (exploding stars) can be witnessed by the naked eye.
Astronomers thought they had them pretty well figured out, but now a new instrument on a satellite
is revealing flickers, pauses and flares not predicted by theory, reported
PhysOrg. One phenomenon called a
pre-maximum halt was confirmed by the new observations. The reality of this halt as found
in all three of the fast-declining novae observed is a challenge to detailed models of the nova outburst,
an astronomer said.
- Perfuming the myth: For over a half century, weve been told that, like insects,
humans give off faint odors called pheromones that induce responses like sexual attraction. Problem is,
its a myth, says Richard Doty (Penn State School of Medicine).
PhysOrg told about
his research that culminated in a book, The Great Pheromone Myth. Mammals dont have
them, he claims which has reignited the debate over the science of these supposed smells.
But thats not the only problem: Even the definition of the word is controversial.
- Climate science clashes with politics: Reporters have descended upon Cancun, Mexico, at
the intersection of cloudy science and nationalism. Live
Science said that the climate talks hit snags early on. The tenor of the talks seems far less
confident about the science than before the Climategate scandal hit last year.
Nature News agreed that it is
a climate of confusion. This may be one of the best examples in recent times of a clash between
scientists and politicians over how much confidence can be put in human-mediated conclusions about external reality,
when the economic stakes are potentially crippling either way whether the scientific consensus is
right and nothing is done, or the consensus is wrong and too much is done. The world awaits the
outcome of decisions by fallible people.
Our headline reads, Science done by humans is mushy. Who else is
going to do science? What does that imply?
Isnt it pretentious that several of the evolutionists in the responses
picked on creation and intelligent design as examples of debunked science? What they should have done
is recognize that their own faith in evolution could be tomorrows debris in the dustbin. Thaler,
co-author of leftist utopian Cass Sunsteins book Nudge, which tries to program human beings
according to leftist ideology, is even more pretentious, presuming that he, a mere mortal, has the insight
and understanding to look down on members of his own species as sheep that can be manipulated.
There is no more scary prospect to a civilization than an oligarchy of the self-appointed wise.
For the survival of humanity, teach humility to your local scientist!
NASA Finds Life on Earth; or,
See also last months related entry on
11/02/2010, People Doing Science,
Next headline on:
Politics and Ethics
Philosophy of Science
Arsenic and Old Lake
Dec 02, 2010 A NASA teaser
about an announcement coming Dec 2 that will will impact the search for evidence of extraterrestrial life
had watchers on edge. PhysOrg
said, Speculation that life has been discovered beyond Earth exploded on the Internet after NASA
announced plans for a briefing involving scientists who study unusual life forms. It wasnt to be.
The scientists announced the discovery of microbes in Mono Lake, California.
Felisa Wolf-Simon and team announced in Science Express1 that they had coaxed a microbe in the
salty lake to take up arsenic instead of phosphate, an interesting result that, while not as sexy as extraterrestrial life, was
still phenomenal according to
Space.com. Henry Bortman at
said the find is potentially opening up a new pathway for life on Earth and other planets.
Science Daily tried to keep the hype going
by stating that it has changed the fundamental knowledge about what comprises all known life on Earth.
Some articles buried the experimental side of the story by pretending the scientists discovered microbes
using arsenic: i.e., Arsenic may be deadly to us, but now a microbe that can live and grow entirely off the poison has been discovered
Olivier Dessibourg used imagination to say on
Scientist, We could be witnessing the first signs of a shadow biosphere a parallel form of
life on Earth with a different biochemistry to all others, but reporter David Shiga, also
on New Scientist,
called it The ET discovery that wasnt.
Now that we know what it wasnt, what was it? Elisabeth Pennisi explained in Science,2
Meet GFAJ-1, a bacterial strain that researchers say can replace the phosphorus in its key biomolecules, including DNA, with the
legendary poison arsenic. Arsenic and phosphorus are very similar in chemical properties; phosphate, however, is
more stable than arsenate and is used by living systems. Arsenics similarity to phosphorus is a main reason why
it is toxic to life; it gets incorporated into proteins and DNA as a substitute, but causes breakdowns in metabolic
The original paper in Science1
described how Wolf-Simon and her team isolated a microbe from Mono Lake waters and gradually reduced the phosphate available,
while feeding the culture arsenate. After numerous rounds, some microbes continue to survive. The team checked
thoroughly that the arsenate ions were being used in the cells DNA and proteins. Perhaps because the microbes
are short-lived, some were able to avoid death. The authors acknowledged, however, that it grew
considerably better when provided with P [phosphorus]. They were also unsure how it survived:
As for P. How arsenic insinuates itself into the structure of biomolecules is unclear, and the mechanisms by which
such molecules operate are unknown. The paper did not even say anything about astrobiology,
the origin of life, or even evolution after the initial teaser in the abstract.
So despite the build-up of anticipation, these astrobiologists only had an experiment in artificial
selection to announce. An extant life-form on our own planet could learn how to tolerate a toxin with a lot
of loving care. Its not even news; Wolf-Simon has been studying this for a long time (see
and the paper was submitted September 1. Whether her poison-tolerant microbe could survive in the wild was also highly doubtful.
Update 12/04/2010: What does the microbes acronym GFAJ-1 stand for?
Live Science revealed it:
it stands for Give Felise a Job.
1. Wolf-Simon et al, A Bacterium That Can Grow by Using Arsenic Instead of Phosphorus,
www.sciencexpress.org / 2 December 2010 / Page 1 / 10.1126/science.1197258.
2. Elisabeth Pennisi, Biochemistry: What Poison? Bacterium Uses Arsenic to Build DNA and Other Molecules,
3 December 2010: Vol. 330 no. 6009 p. 1302, DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6009.1302.
It didnt help Astrobiologys cause to call Wolf-Simon.
Calling Wolf-Simon too often can make the public distrust scientism.
This is not astrobiology; its intelligent design. Artificial selection is intelligent design.
It may be a nefarious kind of I.D. like giving poison to prisoners and seeing which ones die last.
It doesnt prove that the survivors will go out and live on the poison in the real world.
While interesting that arsenic got incorporated into the actual biomolecules of the microbes, the
authors admitted up front:
Speleology Without Evolution
Arsenic (As) is a chemical analog of phosphorus (P), which lies directly below P on the periodic table.
Arsenic possesses a similar atomic radius, as well as near identical electronegativity to P. The most
common form of P in biology is phosphate (PO4 3-), which
behaves similarly to arsenate (AsO43-) over the range of
biologically relevant pH and redox gradients.
This means that arsenic can be a stand-in for phosphorus almost:
The physico-chemical similarity
between AsO43- and PO4 3-
contributes to the biological toxicity of AsO43- because metabolic pathways intended for
PO4 3- cannot distinguish between the two molecules and
arsenate may be incorporated into some early steps in the
pathways [(6) and refs therein]. However, it is thought that
downstream metabolic processes are generally not compatible
with As-incorporating molecules because of differences in the
reactivities of P- and As-compounds. These downstream
biochemical pathways may require the more chemically
stable P-based metabolites; the lifetimes of more easily
hydrolyzed As-bearing analogs are thought to be too short.
In you or me, the consequences would surely be fatal; but in microbes, whose lifetimes are short
anyway, it is not all that surprising that some could survive. So this was a worthwhile and
interesting experiment to find that they could, but it really has little to do with astrobiology
If arsenic were such a good substitute, some cells would surely use it.
Since it isnt, the experiment should have provided a lesson on the narrow tolerances of life,
not what the reporters are imagining: that Deadly arsenic breathes life into organisms
(PhysOrg) or that
Life as we know it could be much more flexible than we generally assume or can imagine
as Felisa Wolf-Simon told New
Scientist. Lets not cry wolf or play Simple Simon with the media, OK?
Rob Sheldon on Uncommon Descent
and Casey Luskin on Evolution News
had additional comments on the story, claiming it is really bad news for Darwinists. Sheldon continued his take
on The Procrustean with additional atomic
details about the differences between phosphorus and arsenic.
Next headline on:
Origin of Life
Darwin and Evolution
Dec 01, 2010 Steven Taylor, a macro-invertebrate biologist with the Illinois Natural History Survey
at the University of Illinois, has spent more than two decades plumbing the mysteries of cave life,
an article said on PhysOrg,
based on a press release from the University of Illinois. The article describes his adventures in
tight, dark spots in numerous caves, studying the bizarre creatures of the dark that live in these ecological
islands cut off from the outside world. The article did not mention evolution once.
See? Good science can be done without Darwin. Whether Taylor believes in evolution or not
is beside the point; the guy was observing, cataloging, and studying
the effects of the above-ground environment on the creatures below ground. He was adding to our
knowledge and understanding. Evolution had nothing to do with it (see quote, top right of this page).
Park & ride inside of you? Really? Really: see 12/04/2003.
Caves are fascinating environments that can provide interesting insight into ecology
and natural variation and genetic drift (e.g., loss of vision in cave fish; see
04/09/2010, 01/08/2008), without any requirement to
believe cave creatures are evolving upward in complexity. In fact, there are good reasons to doubt
Darwin when studying caves (e.g., 10/18/2004,
For a creationist view of cave formation and cave ecology, be sure to get
The Cave Book by Dr. Emil Silvestru, a geologist who has spent much of his life studying caves
(see Resource of the Week for 03/13/2010).
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I want to express my appreciation for what you are doing. I came across
your website almost a year ago.... your blog [sic; news service] is one that I regularly
read. When it comes to beneficial anti-evolutionist material, your blog
has been the most helpful for me.
(a Bible scholar and professor in Michigan)
I enjoyed reading your site. I completely disagree with you on just
about every point, but you do an excellent job of organizing information.
(a software engineer in Virginia. His criticisms led to an engaging dialogue.
He left off at one point, saying, You have given me much to think about.)
I have learned so much since discovering your site about 3 years ago.
I am a homeschooling mother of five and my children and I are just in wonder over
some the discoveries in science that have been explored on creation-evolution headlines.
The baloney detector will become a part of my curriculum during the next school year.
EVERYONE I know needs to be well versed on the types of deceptive practices used by
those opposed to truth, whether it be in science, politics, or whatever the subject.
(a homeschooling mom in Mississippi)
Just wanted to say how much I love your website. You present the truth
in a very direct, comprehensive manner, while peeling away the layers of propaganda
disguised as 'evidence' for the theory of evolution.
(a health care worker in Canada)
Ive been reading you daily for about a year now. Im extremely
impressed with how many sources you keep tabs on and I rely on you to keep my finger
on the pulse of the controversy now.
(a web application programmer in Maryland)
I would like to express my appreciation for your work exposing the Darwinist
assumptions and speculation masquerading as science.... When I discovered your site
through a link... I knew that I had struck gold! ....Your site has helped me to
understand how the Darwinists use propaganda techniques to confuse the public.
I never would have had so much insight otherwise... I check your site almost daily to
keep informed of new developments.
(a lumber mill employee in Florida)
I have been reading your website for about the past year or so.
You are [an] excellent resource. Your information and analysis is spot on, up to
date and accurate. Keep up the good work.
(an accountant in Illinois)
This website redefines debunking. Thanks for wading through the obfuscation
that passes for evolution science to expose the sartorial deficiencies of
Emperor Charles and his minions. Simply the best site of its kind, an
amazing resource. Keep up the great work!
(an engineer in Michigan)
I have been a fan of your daily news items for about two years, when a friend pointed
me to it. I now visit every day (or almost every day)... A quick kudo: You are
amazing, incredible, thorough, indispensable, and I could list another ten
superlatives. Again, I just dont know how you manage to comb so widely, in so many
technical journals, to come up with all this great news from science info.
(a PhD professor of scientific rhetoric in Florida and author of two books, who added that he was
awe-struck by this site)
Although we are often in disagreement, I have the greatest respect and admiration for your writing.
(an octogenarian agnostic in Palm Springs)
your website is absolutely superb and unique. No other site out
there provides an informed & insightful running critique of the current
goings-on in the scientific establishment. Thanks for keeping us informed.
(a mechanical designer in Indiana)
I have been a fan of your site for some time now. I enjoy reading the No Spin of what
is being discussed.... keep up the good work, the world needs to be shown just how little the scientist
[sic] do know in regards to origins.
(a network engineer in South Carolina)
I am a young man and it is encouraging to find a scientific journal
on the side of creationism and intelligent design....
Thank you for your very encouraging website.
(a web designer and author in Maryland)
GREAT site. Your ability to expose the clothesless emperor in clear language is indispensable to
us non-science types who have a hard time seeing through the jargon and the hype. Your tireless efforts
result in encouragement and are a great service to the faith community. Please keep it up!
(a medical writer in Connecticut)
I really love your site and check it everyday. I also recommend it to everyone I can, because there is
no better website for current information about ID.
(a product designer in Utah)
Your site is a fantastic resource. By far, it is the most current, relevant and most frequently
updated site keeping track of science news from a creationist perspective. One by one, articles
challenging currently-held aspects of evolution do not amount to much. But when browsing the archives,
its apparent youve caught bucketfulls of science articles and news items that devastate
evolution. The links and references are wonderful tools for storming the gates of evolutionary paradise
and ripping down their strongholds. The commentary is the icing on the cake. Thanks for all your
hard work, and by all means, keep it up!
(a business student in Kentucky)
Thanks for your awesome work; it stimulates my mind and encourages my faith.
(a family physician in Texas)
I wanted to personally thank you for your outstanding website. I am intensely interested in any
science news having to do with creation, especially regarding astronomy. Thanks again for your GREAT
(an amateur astronomer in San Diego)
What an absolutely brilliant website you have. Its hard to express how uplifting it is for me
to stumble across something of such high quality.
(a pharmacologist in Michigan)
I want to make a brief commendation in passing of the outstanding job you did in rebutting the
thinking on the article: Evolution of Electrical Engineering
... What a rebuttal to end all rebuttals, unanswerable,
inspiring, and so noteworthy that was. Thanks for the effort and research you put into it.
I wish this answer could be posted in every church, synagogue, secondary school, and college/university...,
and needless to say scientific laboratories.
(a reader in Florida)
You provide a great service with your thorough coverage of news stories relating
to the creation-evolution controversy.
(an elder of a Christian church in Salt Lake City)
I really enjoy your website and have made it my home page so I can check on your latest articles.
I am amazed at the diversity of topics you address. I tell everyone I can about your site and encourage them to
check it frequently.
(a business owner in Salt Lake City)
Ive been a regular reader of CEH for about nine month now, and I look forward to each new posting.... I enjoy the information CEH gleans from current events in science and hope you keep the service going.
(a mechanical engineer in Utah)
It took six years of constant study of evolution to overcome the indoctrination found in public schools of my youth. I now rely on your site; it helps me to see the work of God where I could not see it before and to find miracles where there was only mystery. Your site is a daily devotional that I go to once a day and recommend to everyone. I am still susceptible to the wiles of fake science and I need the fellowship of your site; such information is rarely found in a church.
Now my eyes see the stars God made and the life He designed and I feel the rumblings of joy as promised. When I feel down or worried my solution is to praise God the Creator Of All That Is, and my concerns drain away while peace and joy fill the void. This is something I could not do when I did not know (know: a clear and accurate perception of truth) God as Creator. I could go on and on about the difference knowing our Creator has made, but I believe you understand.
I tell everyone that gives me an opening about your site. God is working through you. Please dont stop telling us how to see the lies or leading us in celebrating the truth. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
(a renowned artist in Wyoming)
I discovered your site a few months ago and it has become essential reading via RSS to
(a cartographer and GIS analyst in New Zealand)
I love your site, and frequently visit to read both explanations of news reports,
and your humor about Bonny Saint Charlie.
(a nuclear safety engineer in Washington)
Your site is wonderful.
(a senior staff scientist, retired, from Arizona)
Ive told many people about your site. Its a tremendous service to
science news junkies not to mention students of both Christianity and
(a meteorology research scientist in Alabama)
...let me thank you for your Creation-Evolution Headlines. Ive been an avid reader of it since I first discovered your website about five years ago. May I also express my admiration for the speed with which your articles appearoften within 24 hours of a particular news announcement or journal article being published.
(a plant physiologist and prominent creation writer in Australia)
How do you guys do it--reviewing so much relevant material every day and writing incisive,
(a retired high school biology teacher in New Jersey)
Your site is one of the best out there! I really love reading your articles on creation evolution
headlines and visit this section almost daily.
(a webmaster in the Netherlands)
Keep it up! Ive been hitting your site daily (or more...).
I sure hope you get a mountain of encouraging email, you deserve it.
(a small business owner in Oregon)
Great work! May your tribe increase!!!
(a former Marxist, now ID speaker in Brazil)
You are the best. Thank you....
The work you do is very important.
Please dont ever give up. God bless the whole team.
(an engineer and computer consultant in Virginia)
I really appreciate your work in this topic, so you should never stop doing what you do,
cause you have a lot of readers out there, even in small countries in Europe, like Slovenia
is... I use crev.info for all my signatures on Internet forums etc., it really is fantastic site,
the best site! You see, we(your pleased readers) exist all over the world, so you must be
doing great work! Well i hope you have understand my bad english.
(a biology student in Slovenia)
Thanks for your time, effort, expertise, and humor. As a public school biology teacher I
peruse your site constantly for new information that will challenge evolutionary belief and share much
of what I learn with my students. Your site is pounding a huge dent in evolutions supposed
solid exterior. Keep it up.
(a biology teacher in the eastern USA)
Several years ago, I became aware of your Creation-Evolution Headlines web site.
For several years now, it has been one of my favorite internet sites. I many times check your
website first, before going on to check the secular news and other creation web sites.
I continue to be impressed with your writing and research skills, your humor,
and your technical and scientific knowledge and understanding. Your ability to cut through
the inconsequentials and zero in on the principle issues is one of the characteristics that
is a valuable asset....
I commend you for the completeness and thoroughness with which you provide
coverage of the issues. You obviously spend a great deal of time on this work.
It is apparent in ever so many ways.
Also, your background topics of logic and propaganda techniques have been useful
as classroom aides, helping others to learn to use their baloney detectors.
Through the years, I have directed many to your site. For their sake and mine,
I hope you will be able to continue providing this very important, very much needed, educational,
humorous, thought provoking work.
(an engineer in Missouri)
I am so glad I found your site. I love reading short blurbs about recent discoveries, etc,
and your commentary often highlights that the discovery can be interpreted in two differing ways,
and usually with the pro-God/Design viewpoint making more sense. Its such a refreshing difference
from the usual media spin. Often youll have a story up along with comment before the masses
even know about the story yet.
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You are indeed the Rush Limbaugh Truth Detector of science falsely so-called.
Keep up the excellent work.
(a safety director in Michigan)
I know of no better way to stay
informed with current scientific research than to read your site everyday, which in turn has helped me understand
many of the concepts not in my area (particle physics) and which I hear about in school or in the media.
Also, I just love the commentaries and the baloney detecting!!
(a grad student in particle physics)
I thank you for your ministry. May God bless you! You are doing great job effectively
exposing pagan lie of evolution. Among all known to me creation ministries [well-known organizations listed]
Creationsafaris stands unique thanks to qualitative survey and analysis of scientific publications and news.
I became permanent reader ever since discovered your site half a year ago. Moreover your ministry is
effective tool for intensive and deep education for cristians.
(a webmaster in Ukraine, seeking permission to translate CEH articles into Russian to reach
countries across the former Soviet Union)
The scholarship of the editors is unquestionable. The objectivity of the editors is
admirable in face of all the unfounded claims of evolutionists and Darwinists. The amount
of new data available each day on the site is phenomenal (I cant wait to see the next new
article each time I log on). Most importantly, the TRUTH is always and forever the primary
goal of the people who run this website. Thank you so very much for 6 years of consistent
dedication to the TRUTH.
(11 months earlier): I just completed reading each entry from each month. I found your site about
6 months ago and as soon as I understood the format, I just started at the very first entry
and started reading.... Your work has blessed my education and determination to bold in
showing the unscientific nature of evolution in general and Darwinism in particular.
(a medical doctor in Oklahoma)
Thanks for the showing courage in marching against a popular unproven unscientific belief system.
I dont think I missed 1 article in the past couple of years.
(a manufacturing engineer in Australia)
I do not know and cannot imagine how much time you must spend to read, research and
compile your analysis of current findings in almost every area of science. But I do know
I thank you for it.
(a practice administrator in Maryland)
Since finding your insightful comments some 18 or more months ago, Ive
visited your site daily.... You
so very adeptly and adroitly undress the emperor daily; so much so one
wonders if he might not soon catch cold and fall ill off his throne! ....
To you I wish much continued success and many more years of fun and
frolicking undoing the damage taxpayers are forced to fund through
unending story spinning by ideologically biased scientists.
(an investment advisor in Missouri)
I really like your articles. You do a fabulous job of cutting through
the double-talk and exposing the real issues. Thank you for your hard
work and diligence.
(an engineer in Texas)
I love your site. Found it about maybe
two years ago and I read it every day. I love the closing comments in
green. You have a real knack for exposing the toothless claims of the
evolutionists. Your comments are very helpful for many us who dont know
enough to respond to their claims. Thanks for your good work and keep it
(a missionary in Japan)
I just thought Id write and
tell you how much I appreciate your headline list and commentary. Its
inspired a lot of thought and consideration. I check your listings every day!
(a computer programmer in Tulsa)
Just wanted to thank you for your creation/evolution news ... an outstanding educational
(director of a consulting company in Australia)
Your insights ... been some of the most helpful not surprising considering the caliber of
your most-excellent website! Im serious, ..., your website has to be the
best creation website out there....
(a biologist and science writer in southern California)
I first learned of your web site on March 29.... Your site has far exceeded my expectations and is
consulted daily for the latest. I join with other readers in praising your time and energy spent to educate,
illuminate, expose errors.... The links are a great help in understanding the news items.
The archival structure is marvelous.... Your site brings back dignity to Science conducted as it
should be. Best regards for your continuing work and influence. Lives are being changed and
sustained every day.
(a manufacturing quality engineer in Mississippi)
I wrote you over three years ago letting you know how much I enjoyed your Creation-Evolution headlines,
as well as your Creation Safaris site. I stated then that I read your headlines and commentary every day,
and that is still true! My interest in many sites has come and gone over the years, but your site is
still at the top of my list! I am so thankful that you take the time to read and analyze some of the
scientific journals out there; which I dont have the time to read myself. Your commentary is very,
very much appreciated.
(a hike leader and nature-lover in Ontario, Canada)
...just wanted to say how much I admire your site and your writing.
Youre very insightful and have quite a broad range of knowledge.
Anyway, just wanted to say that I am a big fan!
(a PhD biochemist at a major university)
I love your site and syndicate your content on my church website....
The stories you highlight show the irrelevancy
of evolutionary theory and that evolutionists have perpetual foot and
mouth disease; doing a great job of discrediting themselves. Keep up
the good work.
(a database administrator and CEH junkie in California)
I cant tell you how much I enjoy your article reviews on your
websiteits a HUGE asset!
(a lawyer in Washington)
Really, really, really a fantastic site. Your wit makes a razor appear dull!...
A million thanks for your site.
(a small business owner in Oregon and father of children who love your site too.)
Thank God for ... Creation
Evolution Headlines. This site is right at the cutting edge in the debate
over bio-origins and is crucial in working to undermine the
deceived mindset of naturalism. The arguments presented are unassailable
(all articles having first been thoroughly baloney detected) and the
narrative always lands just on the right side of the laymans comprehension
limits... Very highly recommended to all, especially, of course, to those who
have never thought to question the fact of evolution.
(a business owner in Somerset, UK)
I continue to note the difference between the dismal derogations of the
darwinite devotees, opposed to the openness and humor of rigorous, follow-the-evidence
scientists on the Truth side. Keep up the great work.
(a math/science teacher with M.A. in anthropology)
Your material is clearly among the best I have ever read on evolution problems!
I hope a book is in the works!
(a biology prof in Ohio)
I have enjoyed reading the sardonic apologetics on the Creation/Evolution Headlines section
of your web site. Keep up the good work!
(an IT business owner in California)
Your commentaries ... are always delightful.
(president of a Canadian creation group)
Im pleased to see... your amazing work on the Headlines.
(secretary of a creation society in the UK)
We appreciate all you do at crev.info.
(a publisher of creation and ID materials)
I was grateful for creationsafaris.com for help with baloney detecting. I had read about
the fish-o-pod and wanted to see what you thought. Your comments were helpful and encouraged me
that my own baloney detecting skill are improving. I also enjoyed reading your reaction
to the article on evolution teachers doing battle with students.... I will ask my girls to read your
comments on the proper way to question their teachers.
(a home-schooling mom)
I just want to express how dissapointed [sic] I am in your website. Instead of being objective, the
website is entirely one sided, favoring creationism over evolution, as if the two are contradictory....
Did man and simien [sic] evovlve [sic] at random from a common ancestor? Or did God guide this evolution?
I dont know. But all things, including the laws of nature, originate from God....
To deny evolution is to deny Gods creation. To embrace evolution is to not only embrace his creation,
but to better appreciate it.
(a student in Saginaw, Michigan)
I immensely enjoy reading the Creation-Evolution Headlines. The way you use words
exposes the bankruptcy of the evolutionary worldview.
(a student at Northern Michigan U)
...standing O for crev.info.
(a database programmer in California)
Just wanted to say that I am thrilled to have found your website! Although I
regularly visit numerous creation/evolution sites, Ive found that many of them do
not stay current with relative information. I love the almost daily updates to
your headlines section. Ive since made it my browser home page, and have
recommended it to several of my friends. Absolutely great site!
(a network engineer in Florida)
After I heard about Creation-Evolution Headlines,
it soon became my favorite Evolution resource site on the web. I visit several times a
day cause I cant wait for the next update. Thats pathetic, I know ...
but not nearly as pathetic as Evolution, something you make completely obvious with your snappy,
intelligent commentary on scientific current events. It should be a textbook for science
classrooms around the country. You rock!
(an editor in Tennessee)
One of the highlights of my day is checking your latest CreationSafaris creation-evolution news listing!
Thanks so much for your great work -- and your wonderful humor.
(a pastor in Virginia)
Thanks!!! Your material is absolutely awesome. Ill be using it in our Adult Sunday School class.
(a pastor in Wisconsin)
Love your site & read it daily.
(a family physician in Texas)
I set it [crev.info] up as my homepage. That way I am less likely to miss some really interesting events....
I really appreciate what you are doing with Creation-Evolution Headlines. I
tell everybody I think might be interested, to check it out.
(a systems analyst in Tennessee)
I would like to thank you for your service from which I stand to benefit a lot.
(a Swiss astrophysicist)
I enjoy very much reading your materials.
(a law professor in Portugal)
Thanks for your time and thanks for all the work on the site.
It has been a valuable resource for me.
(a medical student in Kansas)
Creation-Evolution Headlines is a terrific resource. The articles are
always current and the commentary is right on the mark.
(a molecular biologist in Illinois)
Creation-Evolution Headlines is my favorite
anti-evolution website. With almost giddy anticipation, I check
it several times a week for the latest postings. May God bless you and
empower you to keep up this FANTASTIC work!
(a financial analyst in New York)
I read your pages on a daily basis and I would like to let you know
that your hard work has been a great help in increasing my knowledge
and growing in my faith. Besides the huge variety of scientific
disciplines covered, I also enormously enjoy your great sense of humor
and your creativity in wording your thoughts, which make reading your
website even more enjoyable.
(a software developer in Illinois)
THANK YOU for all the work you do to make this wonderful resource! After
being regular readers for a long time, this year weve incorporated your
site into our home education for our four teenagers. The Baloney Detector
is part of their Logic and Reasoning Skills course, and the Daily Headlines
and Scientists of the Month features are a big part of our curriculum for an
elective called Science Discovery Past and Present. What a wonderful
goldmine for equipping future leaders and researchers with the tools of
(a home school teacher in California)
What can I say I LOVE YOU!
I READ YOU ALMOST EVERY DAY I copy and send out to various folks.
I love your sense of humor, including your politics and of course your faith.
I appreciate and use your knowledge What can I say THANK YOU
THANK YOU THANK YOU SO MUCH.
(a biology major, former evolutionist, now father of college students)
I came across your site while browsing through creation & science links. I love the work you do!
(an attorney in Florida)
Love your commentary and up to date reporting. Best site for evolution/design info.
(a graphic designer in Oregon)
I am an ardent reader of your site. I applaud your efforts and pass on
your website to all I talk to. I have recently given your web site info
to all my grandchildren to have them present it to their science
teachers.... Your Supporter and fan..God bless you all...
(a health services manager in Florida)
Why your readership keeps doubling: I came across your website at a time when I was just getting to know what creation science is all about. A friend of mine was telling me about what he had been finding out. I was highly skeptical and sought to read as many pro/con articles as I could find and vowed to be open-minded toward his seemingly crazy claims. At first I had no idea of the magnitude of research and information thats been going on. Now, Im simply overwhelmed by the sophistication and availability of scientific research and information on what I now know to be the truth about creation.
Your website was one of dozens that I found in my search. Now, there are only a handful of sites I check every day. Yours is at the top of my list... I find your news page to be the most insightful and well-written of the creation news blogs out there. The quick wit, baloney detector, in-depth scientific knowledge you bring to the table and the superb writing style on your site has kept me interested in the day-to-day happenings of what is clearly a growing movement. Your site ... has given me a place to point them toward to find out more and realize that theyve been missing a huge volume of information when it comes to the creation-evolution issue.
Another thing I really like about this site is the links to articles in science journals and news references. That helps me get a better picture of what youre talking about.... Keep it up and I promise to send as many people as will listen to this website and others.
(an Air Force Academy graduate stationed in New Mexico)
Like your site especially the style of your comments.... Keep up the good work.
(a retired engineer and amateur astronomer in Maryland)
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|Guide to Evolution
Featured Creation Scientist for December
Matthew Fontaine Maury
1806 - 1873
Matthew Maury, the Pathfinder of the Seas, was an influential 19th century
oceanographer and geographer who made many important contributions that helped
navigators chart wind and ocean currents. It is said that he was inspired to
discover ocean currents from Psalm 8:8, which mentions the paths of the seas.
This month were going to leverage the efforts of other biographers.
There are some easily accessible treatments of Maurys life story you can find
at Apologetics Press,
Answers in Genesis
and ICR. Take a moment to learn
how Scripture inspired science in a period when others were turning toward the fad
For those who doubt the Biblical tie-in, check the website of
Rudd who did some detailed background investigation.
If you are enjoying this series, you can
learn more about great Christians in science by reading
our online book-in-progress:
The Worlds Greatest
Creation Scientists from Y1K to Y2K.
Copies are also
available from our online store.
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).
I really enjoy your website, the first I visit every day. I have a
quote by Mark Twain which seems to me to describe the Darwinian philosophy of
science perfectly. There is something fascinating about science.
One gets such wholesale returns of conjecture out of such a trifling investment
of fact. Working as I do in the Environmental field (I am a geologist
doing groundwater contamination project management for a state agency) I see that
kind of science a lot. Keep up the good work!!
(a hydrogeologist in Alabama)
I visit your website regularly and I commend you on your work. I
applaud your effort to pull actual science from the mass of propaganda for Evolution
you report on (at least on those rare occasions when there actually is any science
in the propaganda). I also must say that I'm amazed at your capacity to
continually plow through the propaganda day after day and provide cutting and
amusing commentary.... I can only hope that youthful surfers will stop by
your website for a fair and interesting critique of the dogma they have to
imbibe in school.
(a technical writer living in Jerusalem)
I have enjoyed your site for several years now. Thanks for all the
hard work you obviously put into this. I appreciate your insights, especially
the biological oriented ones in which I'm far behind the nomenclature curve.
It would be impossible for me to understand what's going on without some
interpretation. Thanks again.
(a manufacturing engineer in Vermont)
Love your site and your enormous amount of intellectualism and candor
regarding the evolution debate. Yours is one site I look forward to on
a daily basis. Thank you for being a voice for the rest of us.
(a graphic designer in Wisconsin)
For sound, thoughtful commentary on creation-evolution hot topics go to
(Access Research Network
Your website is simply the best (and Id dare say one of the most important) web sites on the entire WWW.
(an IT specialist at an Alabama university)
Ive been reading the articles on this website for over a year, and
Im guilty of not showing any appreciation. You provide a great service.
Its one of the most informative and up-to-date resources on creation available
anywhere. Thank you so much. Please keep up the great work.
(a senior research scientist in Georgia)
Just a note to thank you for your site. I am a regular visitor and I use your site
to rebut evolutionary "just so" stories often seen in our local media.
I know what you do is a lot of work but you make a difference and are appreciated.
(a veterinarian in Minnesota)
This is one of the best sites I have ever visited. Thanks.
I have passed it on to several others... I am a retired grandmother.
I have been studying the creation/evolution question for about 50 yrs....
Thanks for the info and enjoyable site.
(a retiree in Florida)
It is refreshing to know that there are valuable resources such as Creation-Evolution
Headlines that can keep us updated on the latest scientific news that affect our view of
the world, and more importantly to help us decipher through the rhetoric so carelessly
disseminated by evolutionary scientists. I find it Intellectually Satisfying
to know that I dont have to park my brain at the door to be a believer
or at the very least, to not believe in Macroevolution.
(a loan specialist in California)
I have greatly benefitted from your efforts. I very much look forward
to your latest posts.
(an attorney in California)
I must say your website provides an invaluable arsenal in this war for souls
that is being fought. Your commentaries move me to laughter or sadness.
I have been viewing your information for about 6 months and find it one of the best
on the web. It is certainly effective against the nonsense published on
Talkorigins.org. It great to see work that glorifies God and His creation.
(a commercial manager in Australia)
Visiting daily your site and really do love it.
(a retiree from Finland who studied math and computer science)
I am agnostic but I can never deny that organic life (except human) is doing a wonderful
job at functioning at optimum capacity. Thank you for this ... site!
(an evolutionary theorist from Australia)
During the year I have looked at your site, I have gone through your archives and
found them to be very helpful and informative. I am so impressed that I forward link
to members of my congregation who I believe are interested in a higher level discussion
of creationist issues than they will find at [a leading origins website].
(a minister in Virginia)
I attended a public school in KS where evolution was taught. I have
rejected evolution but have not always known the answers to some of the
questions.... A friend told me about your site
and I like it, I have it on my favorites, and I check it every day.
(an auto technician in Missouri)
Thanks for a great site! It has brilliant insights into the world of
science and of the evolutionary dogma. One of the best sites I know of on
(a programmer in Iceland)
The site you run creation-evolution headlines is
extremely useful to me. I get so tired of what passes
for science Darwinism in particular and I find your
site a refreshing antidote to the usual junk.... it is clear that your thinking and logic
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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