Skip to comments.Science Museums Adapt in Struggle against Creationist Revisionism
Posted on 07/14/2007 10:33:34 AM PDT by GodGunsGuts
Madonna and Bon Jovi are no match for Hawaiian flies when it comes to karaoke hits at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. In a popular exhibit activity, visitors attempt to mimic the unique courtship calls of different species of Hawaiian Drosophila, a group of 800 different flies that may have evolved from a single species.
Fly karaoke is part of "Explore Evolution," a permanent exhibit currently at Nebraska and five other museums in the Midwest and Southwest...that explores evolutionary concepts in new ways. Such an activity is a far cry from the traditional way science museums have presented evolution, which usually included charts called phylogenies depicting ancestral relationships or a static set of fossils arranged chronologically. "Explore Evolution'' has those, tooand then some, because museum curators came to realize that they needed better ways to counter growing attacks on their integrity.
Under pressure from these kinds of groups, the Kansas State Board of Education in 2005 approved a curriculum that allowed the public schools to include completely unfounded challenges to the theory of evolution.
In an effort to make their case to the public, creationists raised $26 million in private donations to build the 50,000-square-foot Creation Museum in Petersburg, Ky., which opened in late May. The institution presents the biblical history of the universe. Visitors learn that biblically, dinosaurs are best explained as creatures that roamed Earth with humans. In its first month of existence, the museum drew over 49,000 visitors, according to its Web site.
"Explore Evolution," funded by a $2.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation, is one of many recent efforts by science museums to counter such resistance to evolution...
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Get back to me when you can post in English.
I tend not to read your posts anyway, but when you post gibberish, especially long gibberish, I certainly don't read them.
The rules of spelling and grammar are there for a reason--to facilitate communication.
[[You have yet to specify what the discontinuity is]]
and you have yet to specify what it isn’t and why it shouldn’t be used and an objective scientific, opinion-free reason behind why it shouldn’t. When evo science can state that there is scientific evidence to prove that there are no disconnects between major classes, without having to resort to assumptions based, evidence-less beliefs about common descent, then we’ll ceede that there aren’t infact diconnects between major classes or KINDS if you like. In the meantime, You’ll give your opinion about Baraminology, which hopefully will be somewhat respectful, I’ll give mien about Phylogeny, which will include the same, and Coyoteman will will continue disparaging Baraminology based on nothign more than bias and evidnecel;ess opinion.
Brilliant comeback- learn that one i n gradeschool did ye?
btw you propbably won’t read this, but perhaps someone will whisper it in your ear if they happen to read it for ya- you’re link is dead- was looking forward to reading the bias and lack of evidence supporting hteir anti-God rants on DC
“Thats the/a difference between human and animal.. Animals can’t conceive of God.. Humans evolved to believe in God, IF they evolved at all.. They may have been MADE that way.. Which IS MY POINT.”
Humans are animals, by the way. But, OK, humans(unlike OTHER animals) are superstitious. Did “God” “make” humans that way? Or do humans invent “God” (and the Devil, and angels, and miracles etc.) as just another form of superstitious belief? I vote for the latter.
Groovey that whats you're supposed to do, vote or make a choice..
Let God decide whats Good or Evil -OR- Do it yourself and imitate/Ape a God.
Its all there, in Genesis Chapters 1-3..
The only comment I would make to this is that none of these religions created anything worth celebrating (although I think Viking long ships are cool). Christianity created the United States of America, which is, so far, the free-est, greatest country the universe has ever known.
I agree that a lot of what baraminology is saying is "preposterous".
You linked a series of someone’s personnel blogs that lack any coherent organization. They certainly contained no definitions of terms or scientific reasoning.
You didn’t even include the BSG’s site which concludes that there is no current, satisfactory definition of a baramin.
Do you have a working definition of a baramin or not?
If you can’t even define the term, how can you support any of your claims?
Indeed, Else, where did/does UNalienable rights come from?..
The whole purpose of government is to alienate rights..
and force them to become privileges..
BIG difference beteen rights and privileges..
Example: If something you OWN is taxed then the gov't is RENTING it to you.. and you are in denial about OWNING it..
Excellent point. Please note we do not use science to determine the truth of such cases. Rather a jury hears the evidence before trying to reach a conclusion. No tests for verification or falsification are performed afterwords. If we really could reliably perform such tests about past events we would.
Neither "intelligent design" nor "common descent" are scientific theories. They are conclusions about the past that can not be reliably tested for verification or falsification. I am dismayed at the constant bickering on both sides of this debate about which is "science" and which is not -- which seems to be continually blurred with the concept of what is actually true.
A conclusion that is grounded in science can be true, and it can be false. A conclusion that is not scientific can be true and it can be false. Even a mere legend can be true and it can be false. Which is obvious--but you wouldn't know it from reading these seemingly endless quarrels.
Science is the most effective way of finding truth in controlled circumstances. The really big questions of our existence and the ancient past are not so controlled. In this case it is better to look at all the evidence, our experiences, and best use our reason, intellect, wisdom and or insight to reach an untestable conclusion. Dressing such efforts up as science to give them more credibility is sophmoric and counter productive!
This is not to say that there isn't often some new evidence found by science that helps us shed some light on such matters, just as new evidence can shed light on a court case -- and might even result in a new verdict. But lets not kid ourselves concerning what is actually be tested in such experiments. A specific test might be more consistent with one world-view over another, but such world-views are "moving targets", and resist falsification by experiment. Rather the particulars within them will merely be adjusted to new evidence without changing the overall view.
[[You linked a series of someones personnel blogs that lack any coherent organization. They certainly contained no definitions of terms or scientific reasoning.]]
Not sure what wasn’t coherent about the explanations of how the different Baramins are determined through scientific evidences- but I guess if you can’t see the explanations that are plainly outlined, oh well- I both listed a site that explained the different baramins, as well as posting htem here.
[[Do you have a working definition of a baramin or not?]]
Absolutely- I’ve listed the defining scientific Criteria for determining Classifications- the only thing you can produce to claim that KINDS isn’t a valid terminology is a biased opinion based on the unproven, unsupported idea that everythign is related by common anscestry.
If you can prove that Baraminology can’t use a scientific classification of Major kinds using several different scientific criteria which support the term KINDS, then you have got an argument- if you can’t- then all you’ve got is a biased antagonistic opinion on the matter- and as such, this conversation is at a standstill. Almost every major KIND has been determined using many scientific criteria- so, again, if you have some proof that it isn’t valid (and I don’t want ot hear the tired out generalized “You can’t even decide on Kinds” which is a lie- as there are sonly some obscure species deep within the system which are problematic to BOTH sides classification systems) then present it- otherwise- as I mentioned- this ocnversation can’t proceed further.
You misrepresent what the BSG site is saying and are attemtping to make out htat the whoile system is flawed when it absultely is not. And I’m sorry, but quite frankly, I’m getting a little tired of having to repeatedly point those biased generalized statements out
[[If you cant even define the term, how can you support any of your claims?]]
Shall we go to the Phylogentic system and point out hte problems and point to the claims and then make the false claim that the whole system is flawed because soem scientists can’t even agree on some obscure points deep within the myriad of species which presents major problems with the system on a specific minor point?
You claim we ‘can’t even define the terms of Baramins’- that is a flat out misleading falsehood. you said ‘term’ but there are TERMS within Baraminology that use strict scientific critieria to determine KINDS- Many different Criteria which are widely accepted as being factual- so please- enough with the accusation that the whole system is flawed because some dissagree about some entirely obscure points deep within the system which are problems for Phylogony classification placvements as well. Disingeniously putting the onus of perfection on one system that you dissagree with while fully excusing the imperfectiosn of your own system is a dishonest argument for your points.
Again- If you can show Baraminology isn’t valid, that Kinds aren’t a valid terminology, that discontinuity doesn’t happen- fine- otherwise- as I said, I’m not intrerested in anyone’s biased antagonistic, unrealistic comments and requirements used as some hypocritical measuring stick with which to excuse their own problems while expeciting absulte perfection from another system they dissagree with. you make false accusations that carry insinuations that are blatantly miusleadingly untrue- You complain about the actual term Baramin whiuch as you correctly point out isn’t entirely agreed upon as to where it comes from or what the precise meanings are- (knowing full well that the general understanding fits just fine) but you absolutely neglect to point out that the many different classifications that I repeatedly listed are based on solid scientific criteria and show- very nicely that that each species KIND fits within the subcategories. The niggling argument about the differences in the Term is nothign but a hand waving dissmissal of the fact that it isn’t even relevent to the systems whole. The major point of Baraminology is scientifically sound as are manyt of the subpoints of the Phylogentic system. Arguing that it isn’t valid because there are soem minor dissagreements is I’m sorry to say lame.
[[which concludes that there is no current, satisfactory definition of a baramin.]]
Thati s falsely misleading- there are many satisfactory and accepted classifications within Baraminolgy- many of which are used by your own system.
Present hte science showing it isn’t valid or I’ll simply keep reposting htis post when you make the same falsely misleading accusations time and time again, and point out that you are disingeniously putting an unrealistic onus on soemthign you dissagree with while ignoring hte problems of the system you accept where many ALSO dissagree about MOOT points not relevent ot the system as a whole!!!
[[I agree that a lot of what baraminology is saying is “preposterous”.]]
Preposterous in light of what scientific reasoning? That you beleive everythign has common anscestry? If this is the only unsupported scientific basis for your assertion of it being preposterous, then it’s simply an opinion. you and others have noth said it and insinuated it many times now without backing uip, scientifically, why it is- we got the point- we know where you stand- on opinion. Let’s move on with some scientific reasons why instead of conjecturing without scientific facts.
[[Dressing such efforts up as science to give them more credibility is sophmoric and counter productive!]]
Agree with most of what you say- just one point about hte above quote- That I think is not true- There is science behind both Hypothesis, actually a lot of science- noone is dressing up either side- juts stating the facts about hte science involved which strengthen the valid systems used- The science within the systems stand on their own, and as such, we aren’t, as I said, dressing anythign up- there’s no need to in many cases.
[[but such world-views are “moving targets”, and resist falsification by experiment.]]
I have to dissagree- the system of Baraminology rests on major classes that can be either falsified or affirmed through scientific studies such as genetics. While it’s true that we can’t go back to creation and do experiential testing on past for htem ost part, we can observe the genetic and biological evidences and determine that the evidence and facts fit the different categories of Baramins- there is nothing sophmoric about investigating the science that determines the outcomes, nor is there anythign sophmoric abotu discussing the actual science regardless of the world view one holds. I’ve repeatedly asked for the counter arguments to contain scientific evidences showing that species can’t be classified as major kinds- or groups, and that, I think, is where htis discussion needs to move on to if anything productive is going to come from it. We’ve hit the speedbumps of opinion, now it’s time to move on.
The following are the basic facts, please correct me if I'm wrong:
1) "Barminology" claims to be a study of taxa which does not presume that all life has common descent, and tries to determine which life has common descent and which does not. It is a recently coined term and has yet to be in wide use.
2) For the most part critics condemn it for rejecting that all life must have a common descent, which they assert is obvious from existing evidence, and ascribe the rejection to a case of irrational projection from a religious belief.
Now, if I understand this correctly, I will grant that the typical critics are being purely irrational, and their arguments can easily be ripped apart.
However I would not call "Barminology" a scientific theory. Rather it is a frame work for looking at evidence that does not open itself up to a sufficiently direct verification or falsification by experiment. If new evidence finds that some species that it thought were separate ancestry actually have common ancestry, the only thing that would be falsified is the particular classifications.
Now to the extent that an experiment can actually show that particular divergent seeming species have common ancestry. I could consider it a frame work within which science could take place. But macro-evolution meets this same criteria. And frankly I have growing doubts about such experiments being sufficiently deterministic anyway, paticularly since recently looking into the supposed 98% similiarity between chimp and human DNA.
[[1) and tries to determine which life has common descent and which does not. It is a recently coined term and has yet to be in wide use.]]
I’m not sure they look for common descent but the rest is correct
[[2) For the most part critics condemn it for rejecting that all life must have a common descent, which they assert is obvious from existing evidence,]]
That is certainly what they assert- however, the statement ‘common descent is ‘obvious’ from existing evidence is both an unscientific falsehood, and an opinion based on A Priori belief which has no scientific evidence to difinitively back it up-
[[2) and ascribe the rejection to a case of irrational projection from a religious belief.]]
Thati s certainly what they ascribe thir rejection to due to a blatant bias- the science of Baraminology is just as valid precisely because it uses the exact same valid science as the phylogentic classification system, however, the conclusions of some of hte sub-classes within Baraminology lead to a different conclusion that those who study phylogeny come to- Apparently differing opinions about a scientific endeavor that differs from another that can’t be proven isn’t allowed- only the unprovable ‘science’ is allowed I guess- One side’s Opinion rules apparently
[[However I would not call “Barminology” a scientific theory.]]
Coorect-It is a scientific Hypothesis
[[If new evidence finds that some species that it thought were separate ancestry actually have common ancestry, the only thing that would be falsified is the particular classifications.]]
How does that differ from the ever changing classes in Phylogentics?
[[Rather it is a frame work for looking at evidence that does not open itself up to a sufficiently direct verification or falsification by experiment.]]
If science ever comes across irrefutable evidence that everythign has common anscestry- then Baraminology will be falsified. That hasn’t happened, nor is it likely to due ot the very nature of common anscestry being impossible biologically- but meh- ya never know.
[[I have growing doubts about such experiments being sufficiently deterministic anyway, paticularly since recently looking into the supposed 98% similiarity between chimp and human DNA.]]
As do many folks, and rightfully so- skepticism is quite good for the soul. I’m not clear to your last paragraph what you’re getting at- Are you saying that because of the supposed 98% ‘similarities’ between man and ape that you think phylogeny is more correct? If so, I’d encourage you to look into the supposed ‘98%’ similarities, and discover that the ‘similarities’ are actually lower than that, perhaps as low as 85%, and also look into the massive differences the remaining differences actually are- it’s no small numer of differences- numbering in the billions. As well, if you check it out, you’ll note that many of the ‘similarities’ that were listed were ‘just so’ semi-similarities and not actually close enough to count as simlarities. (I just read it a couple of days ago, and it really cleared up some confusion- but I’ll be danged if I can remember where now- I don’t even think I can remember the term I googled for either. oh well)
At any rate- both classifications rely VERY heavily on factual scientific endeavors and studies/findings, and both, quite frankly, rely on a hypothesis that can’t be falsified. BOTH systems rely on indications- and to state that one isn’t valid because it does rely on indication and different interpretations of somethign niehter side can test, just isn’t a valid argument.
Susceptibility to schoolyard level taunts is a lamentable weakness of mine. OK, I'll lay waste to the paper, but first, do you have any points of disagreement with the authors?
Hello Coyoteman. You didn’t think I’d forgotten you did you?
1) If you doubt that there was a global flood, please Google “fossil graveyard”. Animals don’t get buried alive in mud unless a flood is happening.
2) Ive never seen a lizard sprout wings, Ive never seen a cow grow a fin, etc. Those are some of the observable events that would make evolution an observable scientific fact measurable by the “scientific method” thus making evolution “science”. But it has not happened in recorded history, so I relegate evolution to the category of fable.
3) I’m not an expert in history. So I stand by the Bible as reliable history when I say your sources are wrong when they predate the Egyptians before the flood. Why? How could I dare make such a stand? Is it the blind faith of a religious zealot? Am I deluded completely because I am completely crazy with faith?
Not at all.
I believe the Bible because:
1) Like millions of Christians throughout history, I have experienced the love of God, personally. He has made it clear he knows my thougts and fears and prayers.
2) Like many Christians, I have seen angels with my own eyes while wide awake.
3) Unlike other alleged holy books, the Bible says what happens thousands of years before it happens.
Please see http://www.direct.ca/trinity/y3nf.html for the details. This telling what happens thousands of years before it happens, is the signature of God, that you may know that the Bible is not just any book.
Its not circular. If you dig into the links, you will notice for instance that the reason he says 606BC was the year that the Babylonians conquered Israel is:
1) The Babylonians kept a history of events
2) They also recorded lunar and solar eclipses
3) By taking the present position/velocity of the moon, we can calculate the date of these eclipses precisely
4) We interpolate from the dates of these eclipses to other dates, like say the conquest of Israel, which we thus know with certainty happened in 606BC
See you downthread, FRiend.
Or a volcano. As I recall the Mount St. Helens eruption created a major mud flow which buried a whole valley. And I believe volcanic ash (pyroclastic flow) has created not a few fossils as well.
But let's say that all the fossils you mention were created by floods. It would only support your contention if the floods all dated to the exact same time period. The global flood only happened once, so you have to choose when it happened. Most biblical scholars center on about 4350 years ago. But some folks link the flood to the "Cambrian explosion" some 500+ million years ago. You folks really have to get your stories straight! You can't have every convenient flood or fossil find be the one and only global flood!
In a similar vein I am amused by those who point out the flood stories of many world cultures as support for a global flood. Most cultures live in close proximity to bodies of water and floods are not a rare event. Just in recent days we have had flooding in Oklahoma. Remember New Orleans? Johnstown? And if these stories originated with the global flood, who was left to tell the stories?
2) Ive never seen a lizard sprout wings, Ive never seen a cow grow a fin, etc. Those are some of the observable events that would make evolution an observable scientific fact measurable by the scientific method thus making evolution science. But it has not happened in recorded history, so I relegate evolution to the category of fable.
The types of changes you are looking for are strawmen -- lies made up to be easily refuted in hope of fooling the gullible and ignorant. If such a change could be documented, it would run counter to the theory of evolution, which states that evolution is change in the genome of a population over time. Each generation is very slightly different from the previous. You are different from your parents, but you have not sprouted wings or fins.
If you were to place each of your male ancestors going back a million, or five million, years all in a row, you would see no significant differences between any adjacent ancestors, and probably no significant differences if you just looked at every tenth ancestor. But over that vast span of time, there would be significant differences between beginning and end. This is a truer picture of evolution than the wings/fins scenario.
There are living examples of this phenomenon. Google ring species:
Ring species provide unusual and valuable situations in which we can observe two species and the intermediate forms connecting them. In a ring species:
- A ring of populations encircles an area of unsuitable habitat.
- At one location in the ring of populations, two distinct forms coexist without interbreeding, and hence are different species.
- Around the rest of the ring, the traits of one of these species change gradually, through intermediate populations, into the traits of the second species.
A ring species, therefore, is a ring of populations in which there is only one place where two distinct species meet. Ernst Mayr called ring species "the perfect demonstration of speciation" because they show a range of intermediate forms between two species. They allow us to use variation in space to infer how changes occurred over time. This approach is especially powerful when we can reconstruct the biogeographical history of a ring species, as has been done in two cases. Source
3) Im not an expert in history. So I stand by the Bible as reliable history when I say your sources are wrong when they predate the Egyptians before the flood. Why? How could I dare make such a stand? Is it the blind faith of a religious zealot? Am I deluded completely because I am completely crazy with faith?
If you choose to believe the bible rather than other sources, no matter what the evidence, there is nothing left to discuss. I could point out the best archaeological data and it would make no difference because your mind has already been made up. As Heinlein noted:
Belief gets in the way of learning.
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love, 1973
With that, good night!
You completely sidestepped the substance of why I believe.
What you believe for reasons of faith I will not dispute.
If you look at my posts, I tend to discuss claims that can be addressed by science. The global flood at 4350 years ago is one such claim; the age of the earth at 6000 years is another.
If you believe that there was a global flood because the bible says so, I will not dispute that claim. But if you bring forth some evidence that you claim to be scientific in support of that belief, you may expect that I will address that evidence and its scientific merits.
No, I'm saying that it was a rhetorical exaggeration some evolution promoters used for debate -- and it had taken me in until recently. While I think there is plenty of good evidence for evolution, this was an example of something that was far overstated to the layman. I'm not sure that it was dishonest exactly, but it was less then totally honest.
Agreed. And since I subscribe to Karl Popper's method of demarcation between science and non-science I consider neither hypothesis to be a scientific one--precisely because there is no practical way to falsify either from experiment.
Can the claims of the Bible be addressed by history?
1) The Bible points to the birth date of Israel in 1948 from the words of Moses, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
2) The start year of the count is 606 BC. We know this because the Babylonians kept records of lunar and solar eclipses, and thus their histories can be calibrated to our modern calendar as “606 BC” (Please see the paragraph marked “Astronomical data in Babylonian texts” at http://www.direct.ca/trinity/exile.html
3) Just add up the number of days specified in the punishment, and you get “1948 AD”
Please see http://www.direct.ca/trinity/jerusalem.html for the details on the math.
So, to iterate my question to you in an expanded way, can we read Babylonian history, with their own records of lunar and solar eclipses, and correlate events in their history with the year we call 606 BC, and then take the words of Moses, Ezekiel, and Jeremiah, and then calculate the length of Israel’s punishment, and arrive at 1948 AD, and say that ...
1) man cannot say what happens thousands of years before it happens
2) we have just witnessed the Bible doing this, with calibration via eclipses from Babylonian history to our own calendar
3) the Bible is not the work of man, but the work of a being that transcends time
This is not a scientific proof. If you want scientific and philosophical arguments for the existence of God, please read “The Case for a Creator” by Lee Strobel. This is a proof that draws on our knowledge of non-biblical history, (the Babylonian texts), and tests the veracity of the word of God by taking it quite literally, and winding up with the precise year that Israel was born in 1948 AD. It definitely uses some math, and history though.
Furthermore Coyoteman ...
1) do you claim to possess all knowledge in the universe?
2) Could we be wildly generous and say that you possess 1% of all knowledge in the universe?
3) Could knowledge of the God of the Bible lie in that 99% of the universe you don’t know yet?
Anyone have a definition of a baramin?
CottShop doesn’t have one and neither do his links.
He would like to have a scientific discussion but since he has no description of what baraminology is, there’s nothing to talk about.
yep- nothiung to discuss- the problems wqith common descent don’t exist and Baraminology discussing KINDS isn’t vald- Why? Well. errrm because everyhtign has common descent- Brilliant!
Is this the same effect?
Journal article announces early prediction of the Pioneer Effect
Paul A. LaViolette, “The Pioneer maser signal anomaly: Possible confirmation of
spontaneous photon blueshifting.” Physics Essays 18(2) (2005/2007): 150-163. In print as of January 2007.
The article is available on line at arxiv.org:
Here’s the article. Since it’s on the web, I copied it because it’s likely to get pulled at some point.
Press Release (Science)
The Pioneer Effect Discovery and the Amazing Theory that Predicted it The Starburst Foundation
Starburstfound@aol.com, tel: 30-210-64-22-900 January 19, 2007 Journal article announces early prediction of the Pioneer Effect Paul A. LaViolette, “The Pioneer maser signal anomaly: Possible confirmation of spontaneous photon blueshifting.” Physics Essays 18(2) (2005/2007): 150-163. In print as of January 2007. Journal download: http://www.physicsessays.com
In 1978, while still a doctoral student at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon, Paul LaViolette made a prediction, which like Einstein’s prediction of the bending of starlight may one day be destined to shake the world. At that time, he was developing a unified field theory called subquantum kinetics. Unlike string theory, which has never made any testable predictions, LaViolette’s subquantum kinetics theory makes several, ten of which have thus far been confirmed.(1) One in particular challenges the most fundamental of physical laws, the law of energy conservation. Subquantum kinetics predicts that a photon’s energy should not remain constant but rather should change with time, that photons traveling through interstellar space or trapped within stars or planets should continually increase in energy, although at a very slow rate. For example, his theory predicts that a photon traveling through our solar system should increase its energy at a rate of somewhat greater than one part in 1018 per second.
While this rate of energy change is far too small to measure in the laboratory, if present it would be extremely significant for astrophysics. Essentially, it would require that astrophysicists scrap all their existing theories on stellar evolution and stellar energy production. Subquantum kinetics predicts that all celestial bodies, whether they be a planet or star should produce energy in their interior. Although the energy excess produced by any given photon each second would be incredibly small, when the cumulative effect of trillions upon trillions of photons inside a planet or star are added up, the amount of energy becomes quite sizable. LaViolette coined the term “genic energy” to refer to this spontaneously created energy. More about this may be found in his book Subquantum Kinetics and Genesis of the Cosmos.(2, 3)
Although the effect would be too small to be observed in the laboratory, the energy increase accumulated as an electromagnetic wave traveled vast distances through interstellar space should be visible as a slight increase in its frequency, a photon’s frequency being directly dependent on its energy. As a result, the photon should accumulate a detectable frequency blueshift.* LaViolette proposed an experiment in which a maser (microwave laser) signal would be sent out from a spacecraft located near Earth to another spacecraft located near Jupiter and then transponded back again. The entire round-trip path for the signal, which would measure about 10 astronomical units (about 1.5 billion kilometers), would be sufficient to produce a detectable blueshift. Maser signals are routinely used to communicate with spacecraft for purposes of navigation.
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California is responsible for monitoring and navigating all of NASA’s spacecraft. So in 1980 LaViolette called up a ___________________
* Subquantum kinetics predicts a different circumstance for intergalactic space progressive photon redshifting and energy loss, rather than photon blueshifting and energy gain. LaViolette has shown that this “tired-light effect” fits cosmological test data better than the expanding universe hypothesis. But in the immediate vicinity of galaxies and within our own solar system as well, photon blueshifting would be the rule.
scientist at JPL to inquire if they had detected any persistent blueshift in the data for maser signals that were routinely being transponded back from spacecraft. He told them the approximate amount that would be expected. The answer came back no, they had not noticed any blueshift. With further inquiry LaViolette learned that the maser signal equipment that JPL was using was stable enough to allow the expected frequency change to be detected. So he asked if the scientists there would be interested to participate in an experiment to construct a pair of spacecraft designed specifically to look for this blueshift effect. The response was that their group at JPL was mainly interested in monitoring the Doppler shift of existing signals to look for evidence of gravity waves and that presently they were concentrating their efforts entirely on getting funding for that project.
Hoping that some time in the future NASA might undertake a project to make this photon blueshift test, LaViolette wrote up a description of this interplanetary maser signal test in a paper he was writing on subquantum kinetics and which he submitted for publication that year. He included a numerical prediction which specified the magnitude of the frequency blueshift as a function of the maser signal’s round-trip flight time or flight distance. The paper was finally published in 1985 as a series of three papers appearing in a special issue of the International Journal of General Systems.(4)
In the following years, John Anderson, who was a member of the JPL group that was interested in gravity wave detection, began to notice that a blueshifting effect might be present in the Pioneer 10 maser signal data that was routinely monitored. Finally in 1992 he decided to initiate a formal study. In 1998, eighteen years after LaViolette’s phone conversation with JPL, he and his team publicly announced that they had found a persistent unexplained blueshift in the maser signal data being transponded back from the Pioneer spacecraft which at that time had journeyed well beyond the orbit of Pluto. This is exactly the effect that LaViolette had predicted and it was found almost exactly in the way that he had suggested. The only difference is that the outgoing maser signal in this case originated from a ground based radio telescope rather than from a spacecraft near the Earth. Also the remote spacecraft transponding the signal back had journeyed outward to a much greater distance, 67 astronomical units from Earth, rather than just 5 astronomical units. Consequently, there was a much greater round-trip distance over which photon blueshifting could take place, thereby allowing a much larger blueshift to accumulate and therefore be more evident.
Anderson and his team, however, chose to attribute the effect to a different cause. They may have been unaware of LaViolette’s published prediction and may have forgotten about his 1980 phone call to their JPL gravity wave group. They instead decided to attribute the frequency shift anomaly to some sort of unknown force that they assumed was pushing the spacecraft toward the Sun and slowing its outward journey as it left the solar system. They estimated this inward acceleration to be 8.7 ± 1.3 X 10-8 cm/s2, about one ten billionth of the Earth’s gravitational acceleration (10-10 g’s). This would have Doppler blueshifted the spacecraft’s return maser signal causing it to be less redshifted than expected, thereby creating an anomalous maser frequency increase of 2.9 ± 0.4 X 10-18 per second. This “unexplained” phenomenon came to be known variously as the “Pioneer effect” or as the “Pioneer anomaly.”
Initially, LaViolette had little information about the discovery. What little he knew came from reading a vague story about it in the New York Times. Suspecting that the JPL group may have detected his predicted blueshifting phenomenon, Dr. LaViolette immediately contacted Anderson. He told him about his theory’s prediction and the discussion he had with one of Anderson’s JPL colleagues back in 1980. Anderson sounded interested in LaViolette’s blueshifting prediction and planned to work out whether the predicted amount could account for the anomaly that his team had observed in the data. He asked Anderson for a preprint copy of his paper, but weeks went by and none arrived. He also had mailed Anderson a copy of his book, Subquantum Kinetics, marking the page where it described the spacecraft maser signal experiment that he had proposed back in 1980. The page also specified the approximate photon blueshifting rate that the theory predicted should be
observed. But he received no reply back from Anderson.
Anderson’s paper was published a week later in the journal Physical Review Letters.(5) Their data indicated the presence of a frequency blueshift that was about twice as large as LaViolette had predicted 18 years earlier, but that lay within two standard deviations of the error limits of that prediction. Hence within the limits of error their findings were a direct confirmation of the effect that LaViolette had sought. Since the JPL team reports that they first became aware of an anomalous frequency shift accumulating in the data beginning in the early 1990’s, their discovery of the effect decidedly post dates the publication of LaViolette’s prediction as well as his discussion with the JPL scientist over a decade earlier. But nowhere did their paper mention LaViolette’s prediction.
The JPL announcement triggered a flurry of interest from the physics community and received extensive media coverage. As each year passed the number of papers published on this phenomenon sky rocketed, so much so that many journals became flooded with papers proposing all kinds of unusual theories to account for the effect. The inundation was so great that some journals even had to initiate a policy not to consider any papers written on the subject. Apparently lost in this hubbub was the fact that the existence of this maser signal blueshifting effect had already been predicted many years earlier. In 2002 Anderson’s group published a second paper on the Pioneer Effect,(6) but again they made no mention of LaViolette or the subquantum kinetics prediction even though LaViolette had earlier made Anderson aware of it.
LaViolette had lost precious time to bring wider attention to his prediction. The vague newspaper article he had read in 1998 gave no details about the magnitude of the frequency shift effect. Not receiving any response back from the letter and book he had sent to Anderson and not receiving the requested journal paper preprint or reprint, LaViolette soon forgot the matter, being at the time entirely engrossed in his new job as a U.S. patent examiner. It was not until news media press releases were again circulating in 2002 about the findings of Anderson’s group and the imminent publication of an updated paper about the effect that LaViolette’s interest was again awakened. At the library he looked up the team’s 1998 publication, and after making a few simple calculations he realized that the Pioneer results they were reporting confirmed his prediction. He attempted again to contact Anderson to alert him to his theory’s prediction. But Anderson would not return any of his emails or phone calls. He managed to alert some of Anderson’s group members to his prediction, but was met with what might be interpreted as a general lack of interest.
In an effort to make the physics community aware about his theory’s prediction, LaViolette wrote up a paper about it and its confirmation by the Pioneer effect results. Between April 2002 and December 2004 he submitted it to eight journals, but none would publish it. In March of 2003, he had sent the paper to Professor Jean-Pierre Vigier, one of the editors of Physics Letters A. Vigier expressed great interest in the paper and said he was willing to pass it on to the editorial board for consideration. But before he was able to forward it, he met with an untimely accident, having fallen down the stairs of his home and thereafter lapsed into a coma. LaViolette was asked to resend his paper to one of the other editors who had taken over Vigier’s journal review work. But this other editor took no special interest in his blueshifting prediction, and not surprisingly, LaViolette’s paper was summarily rejected. Finally, at the end of 2003 he submitted his paper to the journal Physics Essays, and after going through a long an arduous review it was accepted, appearing in print in January 2007 after a one and a half year delay due to a backlog in the journal’s publication schedule.(7)
LaViolette points out that the anomalous force interpretation advanced by the JPL group is problematic since, if a mysterious force of this magnitude were present, it would also necessarily be pushing the planets towards the Sun and cause their orbital periods to acce- lerate. But, the planetary orbital periods are known to very high precision, and astronomical data shows that no such orbital acceleration effect is present, a point also acknowledged in Anderson’s paper. So on the one hand, we have the JPL scientists advancing their anoma- lous force theory in a somewhat tentative manner, acknowledging that it may be problematic
and reasoning after the fact on the basis of results that emerged from careful analysis of the maser data. On the other hand, we have Dr. LaViolette who made his prediction over a decade prior to the effect first becoming noticeable to the JPL group and 18 years prior to the publication of the JPL findings, but receiving no mention in their paper.
Most would agree that if a theory makes a prediction and that prediction is later verified, then there is good reason to consider that the theory may be correct and that it should be given serious consideration. Take for example Einstein’s general theory of relativity and his 1917 prediction that gravity should bend starlight. Five years later Sir Arthur Edington and his collaborators carried out an experiment to test Einstein’s theory. During a solar eclipse, they observed the Sun as it passed in front of a background star. As the star approached the Sun’s limb, its light trajectory was bent inward toward the Sun, just as Einstein predicted. Einstein instantly became a celebrity and his special and general theories of relativity thereafter became adopted by physicists all over the world.
For some reason the scientific system, that has worked in the past, failed miserably in the case of LaViolette’s blueshifting prediction. As to why the discoverers of the effect showed no interest in citing the prediction is puzzling. Was it their reluctance to part with one of the most sacrosanct laws of physics? Indeed if the subquantum kinetics genic energy blueshifting effect is acknowledged, this would undermine one of the most important principles of physics, the First Law of Thermodynamics. If LaViolette’s prediction were true, it would suggest that this law is routinely violated in nature, although by an extremely small amount. The implications of this would be more far reaching than the early discovery that celestial bodies are capable of bending starlight trajectories. But for some reason, the discoverers of the Pioneer effect were turning their heads the other way.
Although LaViolette’s prediction came out of a theory that was quite different from standard field theories, subquantum kinetics nonetheless has demonstrated a very good track record, having had 10 apriori predictions subsequently verified. Furthermore prior to the formulation of the maser signal experiment prediction, the genic energy prediction had already achieved success in accounting for planetary and stellar mass-luminosity data. An early test of the prediction was to determine whether planets such as Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune might be producing energy in their interiors. The answer was affirmative. Infrared telescope measurements made by various spacecraft showed that indeed they radiated substantial amounts of heat from their interiors. As a further test, LaViolette plotted the mass-luminosity coordinates for each of these planets along the mass-luminosity trend line for red dwarf stars. This relation, first discovered by Sir Arthur Eddington shows that red dwarf stars follow a logarithmic trend on a graph that plots a star’s luminosity against its mass, a stellar luminosity increasing approximately as the 2.75 power of stellar mass. No one had done this before perhaps because planets were assumed to be energetically dead masses in the process of cooling off and hence should not follow the trend line of active stellar bodies. To his surprise the mass-luminosity coordinates for the jovian planets lay along the lower main-sequence stellar mass-luminosity relation indicating that both planets and red dwarf stars were being powered by the same energy generation mechanism. This commonly shared energy source could not be fusion because the temperature and density in the interior of a planet is far too small to support thermonuclear fusion. Also the presumption that the body is cooling and releasing heat from an internal heat reservoir also fails because this energy source is insufficient to sustain the prodigious energy efflux emitted by red dwarf stars. Consequently, the conformance of the planets to the stellar M-L relation is unexplained by standard theories, leaving the genic energy concept to be the only viable explanation. In fact, the subquantum kinetics genic energy relation predicts the proper exponential rise of luminosity with mass. It was precisely by performing a model fit to this planetary-stellar M-L data that LaViolette was able to produce a numerical value for the rate of photon blueshifting in interplanetary space, a testable prediction, and thereby propose his spacecraft maser signal experiment.
Higher mass stars, those lying along the upper stellar main sequence, would be powered primarily by nuclear fusion. The existence of two mass-luminosity trend lines, and upper
and lower branch, then becomes understandable. Stars belonging to the upper branch would be those in which nuclear fusion was adding its contribution. This genic energy M-L prediction achieved an added success after confirmation of its prediction that brown dwarfs would also conform to the same lower mass-luminosity relation as a low mass extension of the red dwarf trend line. Professor Panagiotis Pappas a physicist at the Technical Education Institute in Piraeus, Greece has publicly stated that “LaViolette deserves two Nobel prizes for his M-L relation finding alone.”
It was not only journals that resisted publications of LaViolette’s prediction. The physics internet archive arxiv.org also blocked him from posting a preprint of his paper. Formerly administered by Los Alamos Laboratories, and presently under the oversight of Cornell University, it has now grown to be the central electronic preprint repository for the physics community. This has the advantage of speeding up the communication and exchange of ideas since the journal peer review process can take many months or sometimes years. In fact, numerous papers discussing the Pioneer effect were being posted to the archive’s general relativity/quantum cosmology section. Hoping to make an early announcement of his theory to his physics colleagues, LaViolette attempted to post his paper to the archive, but was repeatedly met with road blocks. Even though he had followed the archive’s posted instructions and obtained a sponsor for his paper, the archive administrators repeatedly withheld their approval. Although one sponsor is normally required, LaViolette had come up with several sponsors all willing to support the papers’ uploading to the archive.
One of these sponsors was Nobel Laureate Hans Bethe. Bethe had received the Nobel for his theory that stars are powered by nuclear fusion. LaViolette’s genic energy prediction, though, challenged that notion, suggesting that red dwarfs are instead powered by energy arising from photon blueshifting and that genic energy even makes a substantial 10 to 15 percent contribution to the Sun’s total energy output. Even though he had the most to lose to support the posting of LaViolette’s paper, he was nevertheless willing to back it. Referring to the blueshifting prediction, he said the he felt that LaViolette “may have something there” and that he “didn’t know of anyone else who had proposed something similar.” Bethe made several telephone calls to Dr. Ginsparg, the archive’s director to communicate his support of LaViolette’s admission to the archive, but Ginsparg refused to return his calls. LaViolette them presented them with a third sponsor who had posted papers to the archive on the Pioneer Effect. No response came back. After making repeated requests to allow his paper to be posted, the archive’s administrator finally stated that they wished no further communication with him and suggested instead that he seek publication in a refereed journal. Other physicists who proposed relatively speculative theories to account for the Pioneer Effect were able to post papers to the archive, but did not receive similar treatment.
In 2004 LaViolette filed a complaint with the National Science Foundation complaining about the archive’s discriminative practices. Several other dissident physicists who like LaViolette had been blocked from posting their work to the archive subsequently filed lawsuits against both Cornell University and NSF. In an effort to avoid sticky legal proceedings, NSF cut off funding to the arxiv.org program although it is rumored that NSF funds still flow to the program being laundered from other Cornell University research budgets.
Learning that others had suffered similar fate and obtaining some of their names, he contacted these physicists and together the group organized themselves into a resistance movement. They eventually launched a website www.archivefreedom.org which criticizes the repressive policies of the Cornell preprint archive and where victims can post stories of what they have gone through. Confronted with this pressure, and reprimanded by National Science Foundation officials, the archive administrators relented and finally allowed LaViolette’s paper to be posted. Although they corralled it into a separate physics category, segregating it from the section forum where papers discussing the Pioneer effect were usually posted.
The implications of LaViolette’s genic energy prediction may extend far outside the battle with the white tower physics establishment to embrace society as a whole. Routinely the U.S. Patent Office rejects patents on so called free-energy devices that claim to generate energy without burning any kind of fuel. To do this they cite violation of the First Law of Thermodynamics. Even though the inventor in many cases provides signed affidavits of witnesses claiming to have tested the device and affirming that it works just as claimed, usually the patent is rejected in deference to the sacred law of energy conservation. As a result, many inventions that attempt to provide us with an alternative to burning fossil fuels end up in society’s trash bin. By casting doubt on the absolute validity of this law, the genic energy prediction could help to thaw patent examiners’ prejudiced stance on these technologies. With global warming well upon us, it is time the physics community takes a fresh look at LaViolette’s prediction and does some deep soul searching. If physicists choose to continue to defend their First Law, perhaps we had better start building boats.
1) See list at: http://home.earthlink.net/~gravitics/LaViolette/Predict2.html. 2) Paul A. LaViolette, Subquantum Kinetics: A Systems Approach to Physics and Cosmology (Niskayuna, NY: Starlane Publications, 1994, 2003);
http://home.earthlink.net/~gravitics/LaVioletteBooks/Book-SQK.html. 3) Paul A. LaViolette, Genesis of the Cosmos: The Ancient Science of Continuous Creation (Rochester, VT: Bear & Co., 1995, 2003); http://www.curledup.com/gencosmo.htm. 4) Paul A. LaViolette, “An introduction to subquantum kinetics.” Parts I, II, and III. International Journal of General Systems 11 (1985):281-345. 5) John D. Anderson, et al., Physical Review Letters 81 (1998): 2858-2863; Eprint http://arXiv.org/abs/gr-qc/9808081. 6) John D. Anderson, et al., Physical Review D 65 (2002): No. 082004; Eprint: http://arXiv.org/abs/gr-qc/0104064. 7) Paul A. LaViolette, “The Pioneer maser signal anomaly: Possible confirmation of spontaneous photon blueshifting.” Physics Essays 18(2) (2005): 150-163. Eprint available at: http://arxiv.org/abs/physics/0603191.html. Journal download available at: http://www.physicsessays.com.
(Note: although this paper has a 2005 date, due to a backlog in the journal’s publication schedule, it did not appear in print until January 2007.) 6
Hello BB and AG:
I was hoping to get your feedback on this article. If it’s not a bunch of hocus pocus I might post it to its own thread.
The current Planetary Society magazine has an update on this.
They’ve finally been able to get all the telemetry data normalized. Now they can do a rigorous check of the data and determine if there’s some geometry of the spacecraft or systematic venting that’s causing the effect.
At one time there was a claim that the same effect was found when Cassini passed the earth on one of its flybys on the way to Saturn, but I think they backed off that.
Now we wait.
His speculations are reminiscent of similar unifying speculations by Lanza and a few others - who are, despite their other accomplishments, often shunned by the science community at large. I find that very sad because, in my view, every scientist needs an "outlet" even if his theory has been shunned by the "establishment."
In LaViolette's case, it is no doubt that he is part mystic and part scientist - and evidently he has not been convincing in separating the two for his peer reviewers.
Moreover, I could not accept the overall scientific framework without also closely examining, meditating - and especially praying about - his mystical framework of which that is but a part.
In for a penny, in for a pound - as they say.
It is to his credit though that he is self-consistent.
Thanks, Alamo Girl!
The article shows that there are 10 predictions that have been verified. Perhaps you can comment on those? My interest is in his cosmology and his explanation of electrogravitics. As far as I can tell, his theory is the only credible one which addresses the tinkerings of Thomas Townsend Brown.
Sadly Thomas Townsend Browns contributions have also been tainted by his extra-curricular interest in UFOs and proposing electrogravitics (anti-gravity) as an explanation.
Sigh... I would that mainstream science would not be so quick to dismiss individual scientists' speculations and theories on the basis of some perceived orthodoxy. Or if the scientist is not to mention anything outside of science, then the likes of Dawkins, Singer, Pinker and Lewontin should be muted as well.
Nevertheless Brown's work had merit and is today somewhat vindicated by developments in electrohydrodynamic thrusters.
As to the list of 10, Ill need to do research on each of them to come to a conclusion. The source is the same as the bio I linked above (earthlink) and does not include links for all verifications. So it'll take some time.
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