Science & Evolution
Posted 2/26/16 at 9:52 AM | Mike Keas
DEADLINE FOR SEMINARS: April 7. SEE BELOW.
Before I tell you about Discovery Institute's two intensive 9-day seminars, watch this new video about intelligent design. Ever thought of excessive beauty as a sign of genius in design? Watch it here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FothcJW-Quo&feature=youtu.be
This is the sort of thing you will learn at Discovery Institute's Summer Seminars.
The video asks:
Why do centipedes always have an odd number of body segments? How did that help the survive? Why do nearly all mammals, from mice to giraffes, have seven bones in their cervical vertebrae? All octopi have eight tentacles. Why not six, or ten? Jellyfish have a mesmerizing radial symmetry. Sand dollars and starfish both display a star-like pattern. Nature seems to have plenty of room to develop order and patterns that do no serve an immediate survival purpose. FULL POST
Posted 1/26/16 at 8:32 PM | Mike Keas
#3: Introducing The Information Enigma, Intelligent Design in a Nutshell
Intelligent design, or ID, may be the most misunderstood scientific idea ever. That's why we are delighted today to unveil an easily accessible 21-minute crystallization of ID's major argument in the form of a beautifully produced video from Discovery Institute, The Information Enigma. Read more.
#2: Hominid Hype Over a Species of Unclear Evolutionary Importance
The media is once again abuzz over the discovery of a new hominin fossil. The fossil is named Homo naledi, represented by hundreds of bones found in a cave near Johannesburg, South Africa. It has long been recognized that we are missing fossils documenting the supposed transition from the apelike genus Australopithecus to the humanlike Homo. Despite what you may be hearing in the media, Homo naledi does not solve this problem. Read more.
Posted 1/21/16 at 11:11 PM | selwyn perry
TO BE TRUE IS REAL
Whether we are aware of it or not, everything is either true and real or out of true and false. This is because things are what they are, or what they are not. This becomes clear when we discover that the world is not flat, the sun does rise and set, and the earth does not stand still. What was once clear is no longer so because for thousands of years philosophers and scientists believed what they saw with their eyes. The earth looked flat, the sun appeared to move from east to west and then disappear, and the earth did not seem to move. All common mistakes from thinking with our eyes.
What was true about these things was not visible. And the truth had first to be imagined before it could be believed and proved. To think with our eyes is to see things only as they appear to us and not as they are in themselves. How do we know then that a thing is 'out of true' and unreal'.
THE BLIND SPOT
The blind spot in what our ancestors saw was the earth. They did not see the earth moving or turning so they imagined the earth to be stationary. The earth they believed was the centre of the universe around which our sun and planets orbited. The knowledge that night and day was due to the earth revolving on its own axis in relation to the sun, was not observable to the ancient scientists.
The planets in the night sky were seen just as we see them today but whilst they were believed to orbit the earth like the sun, the astronomers knew that their appearance in the sky should have been different if the sun orbited the earth. Since their appearance was due to the sun's rays their position and appearance in space should have been different. FULL POST
Posted 1/21/16 at 6:02 PM | Karen Kramer
Maybe you saw the “hoax” article on Facebook about a pending earthquake and tsunami in the Pacific Northwest.
A quick response from the National Weather Service said there was nothing to worry about.
But for record, the last time the Juan De Fuca tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate had a super destructive meeting was January 26, 1700.
And also for the record, these super-destructive earthquakes happen with eerie 243-year regularity. So if there is some concern about a pending quake, the ominous anniversary reminds us that we’re overdue a “big one”.
These mega-earthquakes have been traced all the way back to AD 599. But now this amazingly beautiful real estate is home to millions—in cities like Seattle, Tacoma, Olympia, Portland, and Salem with hundreds of towns in between. FULL POST
Posted 1/12/16 at 8:42 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis and Michael Ashcraft
A handprint, a finger, a footprint and a hammer are part of a growing number of “impossible fossils” – so called because they upend the evolutionary timetable and puncture the theory of evolution.
A handprint in limestone from the Cretaceous Era – 110 million years ago – was found near Weatherford, Texas, in the 1970s. It is on display at the Creation Evidence Museum in Glen Rose, Texas.
Either human-like creatures were on earth much earlier than thought, or the dating methods are flawed and the earth is much younger than most scientists will admit.
A fossilized human finger also from the Cretaceous Era was found also in the 1970s in the Commanche Peak Limestone formation in Texas and is on display at the Creation Evidence Museum. The fact that flesh has been fossilized (normally only bones make it through millennia as fossils) could result from instant entombment in mud (from a huge flood, for example). FULL POST
Posted 10/30/15 at 6:25 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis and Anthony Gutierrez
The Shroud of Turin – revered by many as the burial cloth of Jesus — might be authentic after all, a new DNA study suggests.
After radiocarbon testing in the 1980s dated its origin between A.D. 1260 and A.D. 1360, many dispelled the legend surrounding the artifact.
Then some challenged the testing process because scientists had examined patches added to the shroud, not the original cloth. The patches were much newer than the original shroud.
In the most recent study, Gianni Barcaccia, a geneticist in the University of Padua in Italy, found human DNA of Middle East origin on the cloth.
“One of the most abundant human mitochondrial haplotypes among those discovered on the shroud, is still very rare in Western Europe,” Barcaccia told Live Science. “It is typical of the Druze community, an ethic group that has some origin in Egypt and that lives mainly in restricted areas between Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Israel, and Palestine.” FULL POST
Posted 10/15/15 at 7:18 PM | Shaila Touchton
For those who are in union with Christ, temptation and addictions are unable to touch us. Tobacco addiction is an addictive poison clearly harmful to our health and that itself makes a sin, hurts our testimony because it controls us which brings death and destruction. The Bible says, when it is finished, sin brings forth death. Proverbs 5:22 says the evil deeds of a wicked man ensnare him; the cords of his sin hold him fast. Jesus said that the Devil is a liar, thief, and murderer who only comes to kill, steal, and destroy. Scripture warns us that “If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” - 1Corinthians 3:17.
Another big problem is when Parents, families, relatives and friends who get addicted to tobacco are controlled by their evil desires by setting bad examples for their children to follow. There are some other parents who will hide their addiction from their family members and pretend to be Godly and follow the hypocritical carnal path of lying, while defending themselves and living still a spiritually defeated Christian life. Then there are some who sit with their children and enjoy tobacco together as a family instead of sitting together praying and enjoying quality time with family members. As parents we must teach our children not to be controlled by evil desires but to learn to resist and control them. James 4:7 says “Submit yourself therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you”. FULL POST
Posted 10/5/15 at 7:01 AM | Daisy Grace
The next iPhone that's about to be announced in the beginning of September will have more than one new thing to offer, and you might wonder where your focus should be when making your choice. This year around, the update should be about both better hardware and improvements on the side of functionality. Which is worth more your money? Keep reading for more insight.
First off, the upcoming iPhone is definitely one that will be more functional. When it comes to apps, you will be able to use multiple ones with much more ease than previously. The new iOS9 operating system allows you to view two apps at once and go back to the previous one more easily. Then, your iPhone should become more your partner of choice for many tasks. Previously, your phone could've been considered as a backup option to work or navigate and compare things, but the upcoming iPhone should change your perspective on that topic.
A camera worth the consideration
Is that worth more than a better camera? If you like to take pictures with the front camera, the upcoming iPhone will feature a better one than its predecessors. Rumors about the back camera being around 12 megapixels are circulating a bit and there will be some improvements on that end as well. The iPhone 6S/7 should then be a phone that's worth a lot as a gadget. So, the back camera will perform better as usual than the front one, which is expected to have about half the number of megapixels, as it's often the case with most models. Then, on the more hopeful side, the back camera could be even stronger than this first round of rumors with 21 megapixels being another number thrown around. Then, that would mean that despite the lack of a major makeover in many areas of the phone, this new version could simply allow you to kill it on your Facebook page with some great image quality. FULL POST
Posted 9/25/15 at 5:10 AM | Sylvie Simms
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Posted 9/15/15 at 7:53 PM | Mike Keas
In 2013 Stephen Meyer’s book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design became a national bestseller, provoking a debate that has engaged reputable opponents. Now a sequel book is available: Debating Darwin’s Doubt: A Scientific Controversy that Can No Longer Be Denied:
Leading scholars in the intelligent design community respond to critiques of Meyer’s book and show that the core challenge posed by Meyer remains unanswered: Where did the influx of information essential to the creation of new body plans come from? In addition to ten chapters by Stephen Meyer, Debating Darwin’s Doubt also includes contributions from biologists Richard Sternberg, Douglas Axe, and Ann Gauger; philosopher of biology Paul Nelson; mathematicians William Dembski and David Berlinski; and Center for Science and Culture research coordinator Casey Luskin. In forty-four chapters, these contributing authors explore topics such as orphan genes, cladistics, small shelly fossils, protein evolution, the length of the Cambrian explosion, the God-of-the-Gaps objection to intelligent design, and criticisms raised by proponents of theistic evolution. Anyone who wants to understand the cutting-edge of current scientific debates over modern Darwinian theory needs to read this book.