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Posted 2/5/14 at 2:55 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices

Bill Nye and the Devolution of Man

Photo by Ed Schipul - Creative Commons
Bill Nye

By Wade Burleson

Last night I watched the Ken Ham and Bill Nye debate LIVE and was captivated on several fronts. First, the electronic medium of the debate was through Live - You Tube. You Tube is changing the game regarding broadcasting LIVE events, and pastors and churches need to be aware of the incredible technology available for FREE - as long as your church's You Tube account has 100 subscribers. Over 500,000 people from several nations watched the Creation vs. Evolution debate LIVE via You Tube. The sphere of our globe has genuinely flattened when it comes to communication, and it is to the advantage of anyone with a message worth sharing to understand and to use such a powerful medium.

Second, Al Mohler has done a very good job pin-pointing the problem with last night's debate. Nobody's mind was changed. The starting point for both men (and their supporters) was too far apart. It's like two runners who enter a race that is to be run in two separate stadiums. The start line, the race itself, and the finish line are so far from the other runner, that the spectators aren't exactly sure where to look. Ken Ham believes "in the beginning God created" and Bill Nye believes "by chance-the universe evolved from nothing."   Ken Ham is a six-day creationist and not all Christians (as Bill Nye pointed out) agree with his interpretation of a six-day duration of creation. But at least those Christians who do not hold to six-day creationism do hold to Intelligent Design. Bill Nye's "molecule to man" evolution is in another arena of thought altogether. I would enjoy a debate between two Christians who disagree over six-day Creationism more than I enjoyed last night's debate because at least those debaters would be sparring in the same stadium. FULL POST

Posted 2/4/14 at 12:44 PM | Brian Wallace

How to Overcome the STEM Talent Shortage

In America in can be a challenge to find quality graduates in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). For example, many software programmers obtain visas to work in the United States.

This infographic talks about the relevance of STEM talent.

Posted 2/1/14 at 7:46 PM | selwyn perry

Philosopher Frog on Space

‘Hello Frog!’
‘Hello Toady.’
‘I have a question that troubles me, Frog.’
‘What is it, Toady?’
‘I have been observing, Frog.’
‘What sort of things Toady?’
‘I don’t know.’
‘What is it you don’t know, Toady?
‘What it is. I can’t make up my mind what it is.’
‘Well, describe it to me, Toady.’
‘There is nothing to describe, Frog. It isn’t really a thing but a nothing.’
‘A nothing, Toady. You mean it doesn’t exist Toady?’
‘Yes, Frog, it doesn’t exist. It’s a nothing.’
‘How do you observe it if it doesn’t exist, Toady?’
‘ I observe it but it isn’t there.’
‘What isn’t there?
‘Space, Frog. Space.’
‘Do you observe space with your eyes, Toady?’
‘I can see it, Frog but it isn’t a thing but a nothing.’
‘No Toady, my friend, you don’t see it at all; you infer it.’
‘What does infer mean, Frog?’
‘It means you think space must be there because stars and planets are there in space.’
‘But what is space Frog if its a nothing?’
‘It’s not visible, that’s all, Toady. It’s there Toady but you can’t see it.’
‘But Frog, if it’s there what is it?’
‘As you said Toady, it’s not a thing; its bigger than a thing. It’s everywhere Toady and between everything and beyond everything.’
‘Oh, I see Frog! It’s not observable because it’s invisible.’
‘That’s right Toady, it is invisible but it is there. ’
‘How did it get there, Frog’
‘God put it there, Toady. When he made man he put the idea of space in their minds because only a mind can see space.’
‘Only the mind can see space, Frog?’
‘Yes Toady. The mind can know what is there even when it can’t be seen. It’s called extrasensory perception, Toady.’
‘Ext-ra-sen-sory what Frog?
‘Perception, Toady.’
‘What is that Frog? I have never heard of it at Toad School.
‘It means seeing without eyes, or feeling without touch, or hearing without ears, Toady.’
‘So space is extra-sen-sory then, Frog.’
‘Yes, Toady. Only the mind can see beyond things. Only the mind can imagine the unseen; and only the mind and soul can know God, because God created what is visible and invisible and gave us extrasensory perception to know both kinds of reality: what a thing is and what is not a thing.

Posted 1/30/14 at 8:50 PM | Mike Keas

The New War on Humans and February/April 2014 Events that Oppose this War

The new War on Humans website asks:

Are humans the enemy? Should pigs and plants be given constitutional rights? The War on Humans e-book and companion documentary explore how a new generation of activists are pushing a radical agenda whose ultimate victims may be the poorest and most vulnerable among us.

On Monday, February 3, watch the free premiere of The War on Humans, a provocative documentary from Discovery Institute that explores the growing disparagement of the value of human beings -- in the name of saving the planet. The premiere will be at Northwest University in Kirkland, WA. Register now. Or, watch the full documentary at YouTube when it premieres during the week of February 17, 2014. Find the documentary YouTube link at the War on Humans website when it is available. Watch the trailer now (scroll one screen down to find it there). FULL POST

Posted 1/27/14 at 4:32 AM | Jeffrey Goodman

Four Blood Moons

NASA
                      "A BLOOD MOON"

FOUR BLOOD MOONS

Due to John Hagee’s recent book, Four Blood Moons: Something is About to Change (Worthy Publishing, Oct. 2013) and Mark Blitz's Blood Moons: Decoding The Imminent Heavenly Signs there has recently been a surge of interest in “four blood moons” as a sign that relates to end times Bible prophecy. The premise for Hagee’s book is that key events in Jewish history have occurred around the time of Jewish holy days when lunar eclipse blood moons have also appeared. Pastor Hagee says that the four blood moons that are to appear and coincide with the Jewish holidays of Passover and Sukkot in 2014 and 2015 because of lunar eclipses may constitute a sign for important end time events.

Astronomers know that a blood moon can occur when a lunar eclipse makes the moon appear red as it passes behind the Earth’s shadow and the moon glows red. On the other hand, we must not forget that the moon can also appear red when it is low on the horizon at sunset or sunrise, or when there is a lot of dust in the atmosphere. NASA’s website, which records and calculates lunar eclipses, is the basis for Pastor Hagee’s assertion that four total lunar eclipses in a row during a period of two years (called a tetrad) will produce red moons in 2014-2015. In his book, Pastor John Hagee suggests that since some important Jewish historical events have occurred around the time of Blood Moon tetrads, the upcoming 2014-2015 tetrad could signal the coming fulfillment of Biblical prophecies that relate blood moons to the day of the Lord and the return of Jesus Christ. A number of end time aficionados also relate this tetrad to the rapture. FULL POST

Posted 1/9/14 at 5:20 AM | selwyn perry

Professor Frog on Observation

You are a canny Toad. What a shrewd question.

‘What is the matter Toad? You don’t look very happy.’
‘I can’t sleep Frog. I just can’t sleep. Do you know why I can’t sleep?
‘No, why can’t you sleep, Toady?’
‘Because you keep croaking, Frog. I sleep during the day but you keep croaking. Croak! Croak! Croak!’ How can I sleep, Frog?’
‘I am sorry for you Toad but you see I am a frog and that’s what I do. A horse neighs, a dog barks, a cock crows, a bee buzzes, birds sing, cats meehow, so you see Toad they are all known by what they do. A cat doesn’t sing, a horse doesn’t crow, a bee doesn’t sing, a dog doesn’t buzz. Everything is known by what it does. It’s designed to be what it is.’
‘Oh Frog, I see you are a philosopher frog. I never knew you were so clever. How do you know all these things?’
‘Why Toady, it’s nothing. I simply observe everything. Everything is known by what it does.’
‘Is that so? Are humans known by what they do?’
‘Of course, Toady. Didn’t you know that everything is known by what it does?’
'We were never taught that at Toad School, Frog. We were only taught the names of everything and everybody.’
‘That’s a pity Toady. If you only know their names you don’t know what they are. You see Toady God made everything and everybody to be like themselves, except humans, Toady.’ FULL POST

Posted 1/6/14 at 10:03 AM | Mike Keas

Top-Ten Evolution & Intelligent Design Stories of 2013

Evolution News & Views, a leading news source on evolution and intelligent design, lists all of its Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013 here, except story #1, which is posted here. This top-ten list should be familiar to my readers at CP, because I have reported on all of them when they were happening, except for a few which I shall mention below. I encourage you to read all of those stories unfamiliar to you as we reflect on the year 2013 with hindsight. To read all the top-ten stories, use the two links above.

  1. Responding to Charles Marshall's Review of Darwin's Doubt
  2. What George Church, Famed Harvard Geneticist, Says About Darwin's Doubt
  3. Darwin's Doubt Debuts at #7 on New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Bestseller List
  4. Ball State President Imposes Gag Order on Intelligent Design
  5. Introducing a New Intelligent Design Curriculum, Discovering Intelligent Design
  6. How "Freethought" Bullies Threatened College into Cancelling Intelligent Design Course
  7. New Scientific Volume Challenges Neo-Darwinism, Survives Censorship Attempt
  8. Lenski's Long-Term Evolution Experiment, 25 Years and Counting
  9. Science Nationalized: Unleashing the Next Generation Science Standards
  10. Michael Denton's Peer-Reviewed Paper on the Fitness of the Biosphere

Here are the stories that I did not report here at CP: FULL POST

Posted 1/2/14 at 7:13 PM | Suzanne Fisher

Plain Talk about the Amish: The 150 Rule

"No one is strong enough to bear his burdens alone." Amish proverb

People need people. Everyone needs a community. Isn't that what is behind the exploding success of social networks such as Facebook and Twitter? People seeking people. We have a longing to be needed and to belong to something bigger than ourselves. It's just the way God wired us.

But how big?

In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell wrote a chapter on the natural limits of human beings. He found people can only handle so much information at once. Even so many acquaintances at once. Once we pass a certain boundary, he wrote, we become overwhelmed.

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell cited the work of British anthropologist Robin Dunbar, who called that boundary our social channel capacity. Dunbar came up with an equation to determine that one hundred and fifty seems to represent the maximum number of individuals with whom we can have a genuinely social relationship. FULL POST

Posted 12/30/13 at 11:03 PM | Sylvie Simms

Is There Life In The Universe?

Astronomy has been very important to humans for thousands of years. Many ancient civilizations would look to the stars and planets to create star charts. These were then used for directions when navigating a ship or used to predict solar and lunar eclipses. Over the course of thousands of years, astronomers have learned a lot about the universe, sometimes even causing dissent in the scientific community as commonly accepted theories were challenged. The development of different tools has greatly contributed to some of these discoveries.

One of the greatest inventions for astronomers was the development of the telescope. The first actual telescope had a magnification capability of 3x, later developing to a stronger 30x magnification. With the use of these tools, astronomers have been able to study even more of the night sky, discovering new planets and celestial objects.

Modern scientific tools allow astronomers to study even further into the universe. One famous telescope, the Hubble Space Telescope, is located in space and has been revolving around the earth for over 20 years. This telescope allows astronomers to see past our solar system into distant galaxies. Astronomers have even been able to identify other planets that could possibly be inhabitable due to estimates on the planet’s size and location to the nearest sun. FULL POST

Posted 12/27/13 at 2:45 AM | selwyn perry

Professor Frog on the Moon in the Pond

THE MOON IN THE POND

'Frog, I want to ask you a question.'

'Hello, Toady. Is there something troubling you?'

'I am troubled Frog. Why do things appear and then disappear?'

'What sort of things, Toady?'

'The moon in my pond. I like to sit by the pond at night and look at the moon but the moon sometimes just disappears. I dont't know where it goes. The pond is very deep. Does the moon go to sleep at the bottom of the pond where I can't see it?

''No, no Toady. You can see it in the pond at night, but that is not where it is.'

'What did you say, Frog? I can see it in the pond but it isn't there. How can I see it if it isn't there?'

'I swim in my pond Toady and I swim right through the moon. If it was there how could I do that?'

'I don't know Frog. Is the moon a magic moon? Is it a moon ghost! Oh! Frog have I got a moon ghost in my pond!?'

'Don't take on so, Toady. Do you ever have dreams?'

'Yes, of course, I do.'

'Do you have your eyes closed when you dream?'

'Yes, my eyes are closed when I dream because I'm asleep, Frog.'

'Well, then, how can you see in your sleep? You have your eyes closed yet you can see in your dream. Isn't that so?'

'Why yes, Frog.'

'When you are asleep do you see with your eyes?'

'No.'

'What do you see with when you are dreaming?'

'I don't know Frog but I do see the sun and moon in my dreams.'

'So Toady, you see the sun and moon in your dreams but not with your eyes. Is that right?'

'Why yes. I am asleep so I don't see them with my eyes when I am asleep. But Frog, I do see them.'

'Yes, you do Toady and the reason is this: you see them in your mind.'

'In my mind?'

'Yes, Toady in your mind. You have sight in your mind. You asked me how can I see the moon if it isn't there didn't you?'

'Yes I did Frog.'

'Well, are dreams there.'

'What do you mean?'

'Are they really there when you wake up?'

'No, of course, not.'

'So when you wake up they disappear, don't they?'

'Yes Frog. When I wake up they disappear.'

'They are like the moon in the pond aren't they?'

'Dear me! Frog! How did you know that the moon isn't there when I see it?'

'Because it is like a dream. You see it in your mind. but the real moon, Stoaty, is in the sky. You see it in the water because you imagine it to be there.'

'But what is there, Frog?'

'Nothing but water, Toady.'

'It is hard to believe, Frog, for I do see the moon in the water.'

'Yes, you do see it but it isn't there. Do you know what an echo is Toady?'

'What is an echo, Frog?'

'An echo is a sound that you can hear after you hear it.'

'After I hear it. Oh Frog this is not possible. If I hear it, how can I hear it after I hear it?'

Because you do. If you do hear it then it must be a sound, right?'

'Why yes if I hear it it must be a sound.'

'So if you hear it after you hear it, is it not there?'

'Yes, I suppose it must be.'

'Is it the same sound?'

'If I hear it it must be.'

'Do you hear an echo in the same place or far away?'

'Why, I didn't think of that. I hear it far away.'

'So it isn't in the same place is it?'

'No it is the same sound but not in the same place.'

'So when you see the moon in the pond is it the same moon that you see in the sky?'

It looks exactly like the moon in the sky but it can't be in the sky because its in the pond.'

'So it's the same moon in a different place.'

'Yes. I think I see what you mean, Frog. Is the moon in the pond a reflection of the moon in the sky? The moon in the sky is really there but the moon in the pond is in my mind.'

'Yes, Toady you've got it.'

'Thank you Frog. I won't worry if it disappears again, Frog.'

Even penguins see themselves in a pond.'

'They do!'

'Yes Toady, they do. Don't worry Toady. God has made everything to be what it is. He made a tree to be a tree, a boy to be a boy and a girl to be a girl. He made the moon to be the moon.

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