Science & Evolution
Posted 1/30/14 at 8:50 PM | Mike Keas |
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
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
‘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 |
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.
Here are the stories that I did not report here at CP: FULL POST
Posted 1/2/14 at 7:13 PM | Suzanne Fisher |
"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.
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
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
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?'
'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.'
'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.
Posted 12/23/13 at 7:47 AM | selwyn perry
PHILOSOPHER FROG ON SCIENCE FICTION
‘Hello Toad, what have you got there?’
‘This is my science book, Frog. I’m learning science.’
‘Science? What kind of science are you learning frog?’
‘I am learning that everything is what it is by change and alteration, Frog.’
‘Change and alteration, Toady?’
‘Yes, it’s called evolution.’
‘Evolution isn’t science, Toady. It’s science fiction.’
‘Oh no Frog! This is a science book.’
‘Well, it says science on the cover. The publisher must have forgotten to add fiction.’
‘But frog, isn’t it true that everything is what it is by change and alteration?’
‘Toady, let me explain what a thing is.’
‘I’m listening, Frog.’
‘A thing is what it is, so if a thing is what it is, it can’t be something else can it?’
‘No it cannot.’
‘If everything is what it is by change and alteration, then what it is is not what it was, nor what it will be. Isn’t that true?’
‘Oh dear, what do you mean, dear friend?’
‘Well, look at it this way. If a thing evolves, changes and alters from what it was and becomes something else, it can never by anything. It can’t be what it is.’
‘But Frog if a thing isn’t what it is, what is it?’
‘It is only what it isn’t, Toady. God made everything to be what it is, not by change and alteration but by intelligent design and properties.’
‘What are properties, Frog?’
‘A property is what you own, Toady. It is yours, so properties are those things that belong to you, Toad and not to moles or hamsters. They are what you are made of.’
‘I see it all clearly now. Everything is what it is by design.’
‘Right Toady, so you must buy a science book that is not science fiction.’
‘I will, Frog, I will.’
‘Don’t forget, Toady, if a thing is bad it can’t be good. A man can’t be an elephant or an elephant a mouse. God made everything good and a good thing isn’t good by change and alteration because a good thing is what it is, good.’
‘Thanks Frog, I will remember that everything is what it is, not by change and alteration.’
‘Good, Toady, see you.’
Posted 12/21/13 at 9:12 AM | Mike Keas |
"Charles Darwin, the scientific method, Danny DeVito, and Cher all manage to find a place in this mind-boggling and entertaining conversation between Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer." That's how the "Socrates in the City" (SITC) folks described this must-watch video that they just posted. Watch it here. SITC host Eric Metaxas resides in NYC, where the SITC studio is also located.
David Klinghoffer also notes the following about this video.
As always, Metaxas is hilarious. I've said before he makes me think of Woody Allen if the latter were a better-looking and better-dressed Evangelical Christian. In the introduction, Eric makes a fuss that Tom Wolfe -- yes, that Tom Wolfe -- came out to hear Steve Meyer talk about Darwin's Doubt. FULL POST
Posted 12/19/13 at 3:36 PM | CP Blogs
Scientists announce breakthrough. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory press release is entitled "Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab."
Scientist Douglas Elliot says, "In a sense, we are duplicating the process in the Earth that converted algae into oil over the course of millions of years. We're just doing it much, much faster." The process involves heating up the algae mixture to 662 degrees Fahrenheit while it is exposed to 3,000 pound per square inch of pressure.
Young earth creationists will disagree with the "million-year" claim while advancing the idea that a similar process is responsible for the earth's "fossil fuels."