Science & Evolution

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Posted 2/26/14 at 9:39 AM | Tim Challies

The Dawn of the Designer Babies

The headline says it all: “The Dawn of the Designer Babies.” Scientists have developed a new technology meant to eliminate genetic abnormalities in newborns. They do this by combining the DNA of three people instead of only two. The procedure has been successfully tested in monkeys and now the FDA is considering whether the trial should expand to humans. At first the procedure would be available only to women who are likely to pass on debilitating genetic diseases to their children. After that? Well, we can only imagine.

The history of technology shows that we would far rather ask the “can we?” questions than the “should we?” questions. We are more interested in ability than morality. Lest we get cocky, we ought to admit that this is true in the small picture as much as the big picture, in the living room as much as the laboratory. Our relationship to technology is such that on some level we tacitly believe technology’s gifts to us must be good. We believe this when the new social network or the new cell phone comes along and we believe this when the new experimental procedure comes along. FULL POST

Posted 2/21/14 at 2:53 PM | Mark Ellis

Earliest Single-Cell Bacteria Contained Seven Complex Motors

Seven motor, 24 gear MO-1 bacterium

By Mark Ellis

Some believe human beings evolved from a single-celled creature, which gradually becoming more and more complex over a vast time span. But what if the oldest single-celled bacteria ever found contained intricate, synchronized motors more complex than a Boeing 747?

In November, 2012, two scientific groups from Osaka University in Japan and Aix-Marseille Université in France made a startling discovery.

They set out to uncover the power behind the tiny tails (flagella) that allowed the MO-1 marine bacterium to swim. Using electron cryotomography—an electron microscope and very cold temperatures — they found this “simple” creature’s tails are powered by seven motors, arranged in a hexagonal array, with all gears interacting with 24 smaller gears between them.

“This is the earliest bacteria ever found,” says Mark Rose, founder of Genesis Alive. “They found it in rock they claim is three billion years old,” he notes. “That means it’s the oldest, most complete single cell.” FULL POST

Posted 2/21/14 at 1:56 PM | Larry Dozier

The Student - The Professor & Scientific Thought

 The atheist Professor of Philosophy pauses before his class and asks one of his students to stand.

'You're a Christian, aren't you, son?' (Professor)

'Yes sir,' the student says. (Student)

'So you believe in God?' (Professor)

'Absolutely!’ (Student) FULL POST

Posted 2/21/14 at 1:28 PM | Michael Bresciani

The Twenty First Century – Enter at Your own Risk

After reading the reviews, publishing some on our website and finally taking the time to listen to every word and nuance of the debate between creationist Ken Ham and Bill Nye the science guy. The idea of rating one against the other to determine who won the debate melted away like snow in July. After hearing only one single answer from Bill Nye and Ken Ham’s follow-up reply the abject spiritual poverty of modern man became perfectly evident – it was blaring.

Nye offered one of the worst explanations of entropy, sometimes called the second law of thermodynamics, ever heard. It was as if he was espousing the idea that the law, which states that everything in the universe is decaying, could be overcome simply by the warm glow of the sun.

We almost expected someone, anyone, to stop the debate long enough to remind Nye that the sun is also subject to the second law, it too is slowly burning up and will someday be gone altogether. But Nye’s mesmerization with science magic could not be de-lustered. FULL POST

Posted 2/19/14 at 10:39 PM | Mike Keas

The War on Humans: Documentary Released February 18th

The War on Humans, an important documentary from Discovery Institute that explores the growing disparagement of the value of human beings, is now available for viewing. The ebook by the same title is also available for $1.99 (Kindle or Nook).

About the Ebook
The environmental movement has helped produce significant improvements in the world around us—from cleaner air to the preservation of natural wonders such as Yellowstone. But in recent years, environmental activists have arisen who regard humans as Public Enemy #1. In this provocative e-book, Wesley J. Smith exposes efforts by radical activists to reduce the human population by up to 90% and to grant legal rights to animals, plants, and Mother Earth. Smith argues that the ultimate victims of this misanthropic crusade will be the poorest and most vulnerable among us, and he urges us to defend both human dignity and the natural environment before it is too late. FULL POST

Posted 2/11/14 at 10:18 AM | Brian Wallace

Can you make yourself smarter?

If you could make yourself smarter, would you? This infographic contains tips and tricks to increase your memory and recall as well as your critical thinking skills. Physical exercise and coffee both make the list!

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Posted 2/10/14 at 9:23 PM | Michael Bresciani

Pat Robertson’s Slam on Ham – Calls for a Second Opinion

The secular world is no doubt titillated with Pat Robertson’s latest remarks that level a rebuke at creationist Ken Ham in a Christian Post article penned by Christian Post reporter Morgan Lee.

Robertson seems to think that Ham may be making a mockery of Christians by holding to the young earth idea that so many Christians believe.

“Let's be real, let's not make a joke of ourselves” Robertson said and added, “Anyone who is in the oil business knows he's drilling down 2 miles, 3 miles underground, you're coming into all these layers that were laid down by the dinosaurs," said Robertson. "And we have skeletons of dinosaurs that go back like 65 million years. And to say that it all came around 6 thousand years ago is nonsense.”

Robertson has overlooked the fact that new materials are also found at very great depths which puts a cog in the old earth theory as well. Robertson seems woefully unaware of the myriads of new evidence creation science has uncovered and may have spoken from whereof he knows not. FULL POST

Posted 2/8/14 at 9:35 AM | Olabode Ososami

Is the Earth 6000 years old?

Listening to the Ham-Nye creation debate , I fear that there are some questions that are not as helpful in that they add little value to solving today’s challenges …instead, they often contribute to muddling the issues. The Bible is a book inspired by the Holy Spirit and there is a large extent to which it cannot be fully unlocked except by that same Spirit. It is not clear if being the salt and light is achieved by winning arguments, nor are we told logical persuasion is God’s way of salvation. The Apostle Paul actual boosts of not gaining converts by clever arguments and disputing although he was well educated.

Both science and interpretations of scripture in the past have been proven to be erroneous …but this does not prove we should discard either. There is an important difference - in that scripture claims an unchangeable God to be its author while science searches for other means to validate its shifting claims. When the Bible says we know in part, it must mean that there are things for which we must still wait for revelation and others that we will never know until God chooses to reveal them. But this also applies to science albeit in a different way. Faith is therefore required for both science and spiritual matters and higher laws when discovered will claim to debunk lower ones … but no one can claim to have established the exact complete reality of matters – except by faith. FULL POST

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.

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