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  • New Finch Species Shows Conservation, Not Macroevolution

    12/09/2009 6:13:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 665+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 9, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    “Darwin’s finches” are a variety of small black birds that were observed and collected by British naturalist Charles Darwin during his famous voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle in the early 1800s. Years later, Darwin argued that subtle variations in their beak sizes supported his concept that all organisms share a common ancestor (a theory known as macroevolution). The finches, whose technical name is Geospiza, have since become classic evolutionary icons...
  • The Evolution Of The Flat-Earthers

    12/09/2009 12:06:32 PM PST · by steve-b · 46 replies · 1,491+ views
    Idaho Mountain Express ^ | 12/9/09 | Dick Dorworth
    "As long as people believe in absurdities, they will continue to commit atrocities." --Voltaire "Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true." --Demosthenes A long, long, long time ago, many people believed the Earth was flat, but for more than the last 2,000 years few educated people have subscribed to this delusion. The story (included in some textbooks used in American schools) that Christopher Columbus' 1492 voyage was the first proof that the Earth is round and not flat is deceitful historical revisionism, nothing more. For (literally) thousands of years, people...
  • Michelle Obama racism row—what’s it based on?

    12/08/2009 5:54:56 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 67 replies · 2,622+ views
    CMI ^ | December 8, 2009 | David Catchpoole, Ph.D.
    This recent BBC News header[1] was typical of the news headlines worldwide on the story: Michelle Obama racist image sparks Google apology Apparently, the image referred to was a photograph of Mrs Obama that had been manipulated to give her the facial features of a monkey. I say “apparently”, because the mock-up photo no longer appears as the #1 ranking on Google’s list of image search results for “Michelle Obama”.[2] It is very clear however from the news reports of the “race row”[3] that in the last days that the picture was Google-accessible, it stirred many people. Such was the...
  • Illustrations of Ancient Humans Skew Facts - BTMS Gets it Wrong Again

    12/07/2009 2:23:10 AM PST · by Natural Law · 37 replies · 1,724+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Dec. 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas
    Museums and textbooks often use artistic renderings to estimate what a fossilized animal or plant may have looked like when it was alive. These images by “paleoartists” put flesh and faces on skeletal structures, and they can influence public perception of early human history more than the actual science—particularly in regards to human evolution.
  • Darwinizing Everything

    11/17/2009 6:55:46 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 91 replies · 2,163+ views
    CEH ^ | November 16, 2009
    Darwinizing Everything --snip-- The Darwinians, who took over biology in the 19th century, are still busily engaged in mythmaking, comforting the feebleminded who accept their explanations as wisdom, denouncing the heretics who call their bluff. They wear S on their chests: Science, the equivalent of Superman in intellectual circles. They are phonies. Bring out the kryptonite of critical analysis. It scares them to death, even though they never had special powers to begin with...
  • Researcher speaks up on pressure to conform

    11/17/2009 8:03:18 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 11 replies · 841+ views
    CMI ^ | November 17, 2009 | Carl Wieland
    According to Thomas Bouchard, a US psychologist famous for his research on twins raised apart,[1] even scientists with good reason to believe that the majority are wrong can be silenced. The reason is...
  • Preadaptation: A Blow to Irreducible Complexity?

    11/16/2009 6:19:30 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 182 replies · 2,990+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | November 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Molecular biologist Michael Behe described a system made of several interacting parts, whereby the removal of one part would disrupt the functioning of the whole, as irreducibly complex. Both creation scientists and intelligent design proponents highlight examples of irreducible complexity in their studies. The very structure of these systems--with their interdependent parts working all together or not at all--demands design, not chance. Nevertheless, a team of evolutionary molecular biologists think they may have refuted irreducible complexity. They recently studied the parts of a particular cellular machine involved in protein transport, claiming that it was actually reducible to its component parts...
  • Evidence for the design of life: part 1— Genetic redundancy

    11/15/2009 6:52:24 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 65 replies · 1,836+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Peter Borger, Ph.D.
    Knockout strategies have demonstrated that the function of many genes cannot be studied by disrupting them in model organisms because the inactivation of these genes does not lead to a phenotypic effect. For living systems, this peculiar phenomenon of genetic redundancy seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Genetic redundancy is now defined as the situation in which the disruption of a gene is selectively neutral. Biology shows us that 1) two or more genes in an organism can often substitute for each other, 2) some genes are just there in a silent state. Inactivation of such redundant...
  • Bottom-Up Science (miracles pop up everywhere in evolution fairytale)

    11/13/2009 8:11:34 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies · 2,622+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | November 2009 | David F. Coppedge
    Evolutionary philosophy is a bottom-up storytelling project: particles, planets, people. Naturalists (those who say nature is all there is) believe they can invent explanations that are free of miracles, but in practice, miracles pop up everywhere in their stories. This was satirized by Sidney Harris years ago in a cartoon that showed a grad student filling a blackboard with equations. His adviser called attention to one step that needed some elaboration: It said, "Then a miracle happens." Examples of miracles in evolutionary philosophy include the sudden appearance of the universe without cause or explanation, the origin of life, the origin...
  • Where Chairman Mao and Teenage Nihilists Got Their Motivation

    11/12/2009 6:05:38 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 37 replies · 1,714+ views
    CEH ^ | November 12, 2009
    Nov 12, 2009 — What propelled Mao Zhedong to become the biggest mass murderer in world history?  Let a professor of Chinese history answer the question.  James Pusey (Bucknell U), writing in Nature this week for a series on “Global Darwin,”1 was explaining the vacuum left by the collapse of the reform movement in the early 20th century.  A “group of intellectuals” found Marxism attractive.  It was the fittest ideology: Many tried to fill it: Sun, Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kaishek) and, finally, the small group of intellectuals who, in indignation at the betrayal at Versailles, found in Marxism what seemed...
  • Natural selection cannot explain the origin of life (Darwin's epic failure re: comprehensive ToE)

    11/12/2009 8:53:24 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 222 replies · 3,116+ views
    CMI ^ | November 12, 2009 | David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati and Don Batten
    While Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species has been described as “a grand narrative—a story of origins that would change the world”,1 ironically his book very pointedly avoided the question of the origin of life itself. This ought not be surprising. Darwin’s theory of the origin of species “by means of natural selection”2 presupposes self-reproduction, so can’t explain the origin of self-reproduction. Unfortunately, many proponents of evolution seem unaware of that. They don’t acknowledge that natural selection requires pre-existing life. As leading 20th century evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky lamented: ...
  • Darwin Marketed to Kids (totalitarian evos on the march, use power of state to stamp out opposition)

    11/11/2009 7:52:41 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies · 1,380+ views
    CEH ^ | November 10, 2009
    Nov 10, 2009 — There’s a move on to get Darwin’s ideas taught to tots. Britain is giving a “birthday present to Darwin,” wrote Andrew Copson for The Guardian, in the form of national curriculum for primary schools that will mention evolution for the first time – and prohibit teaching of creationism or intelligent design in science lessons. The addition of evolution to elementary school curriculum was in response to a letter promoted by the British Humanist Association and signed by “scientists and experts.” Copson was obviously delighted with what he perceived as a long-overdue smackdown against intelligent design –...
  • Theist, Agnostic, Atheist: Will the Real Charles Darwin Please Stand Up?

    11/11/2009 2:02:08 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 57 replies · 1,108+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | November 11, 2009 | Flannery
    When history imitates game show . . . Those old enough to remember TV in the late 1950s through the 60s will recall a delightful game show, “To Tell the Truth.” As a kid I fondly recall trying to figure out along with the celebrity panelists which of the three contestants was the “real” person to be identified. It was a challenging game; the three contestants would all introduce themselves as “I am Mr./Miss /Mrs. [the generic Ms. hadn't come along yet] X” and, after the announcer read a brief description of the featured guest, the panelists would begin...
  • Best ever find of soft tissue (muscle and blood) in a fossil (evos claim it is 18 mya!!!)

    11/11/2009 9:29:38 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 252 replies · 3,446+ views
    CMI ^ | November 11, 2009 | Carl Wieland
    A salamander allegedly “18 million years old” is the latest fossil to produce astonishingly well preserved soft tissue. This time, it’s muscle tissue, and it is supposedly the most pristine example yet. Background—the “dinosaur connection”...
  • Ancient penguin DNA raises doubts about accuracy of genetic dating techniques

    11/10/2009 10:54:53 AM PST · by decimon · 155 replies · 2,464+ views
    Oregon State University ^ | Nov 10, 2009 | Unknown
    CORVALLIS, Ore. - Penguins that died 44,000 years ago in Antarctica have provided extraordinary frozen DNA samples that challenge the accuracy of traditional genetic aging measurements, and suggest those approaches have been routinely underestimating the age of many specimens by 200 to 600 percent. In other words, a biological specimen determined by traditional DNA testing to be 100,000 years old may actually be 200,000 to 600,000 years old, researchers suggest in a new report in Trends in Genetics, a professional journal. The findings raise doubts about the accuracy of many evolutionary rates based on conventional types of genetic analysis. “Some...
  • Darwinist thinking on the origin of religion (the Temple of Darwin wants to explain your religion)

    11/10/2009 2:53:21 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 14 replies · 660+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 9, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    This topic forces us to assess the relationship between science and spirituality: is the invisible spiritual realm generated from the material or should it be considered as having a separate existence? Is religion a phenomenon that can ultimately be explained by science in naturalistic ways, or does religion represent a dimension of reality that cannot be directly probed by the methodologies of science? In an essay in Science, Elizabeth Culotta writes: ...
  • PICTURE GORGE SHOUTS SUDDEN CATACLYSM: But believing is seeing

    11/10/2009 8:45:14 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 98 replies · 3,433+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | Steve Wolfe
    Probably you have heard the expression, ‘Seeing is believing’, but is that always true? In fact, quite often it’s the other way around: ‘Believing is seeing’. This is true of geology, for example. Geological evidence does not speak for itself, and so it must always be interpreted. And how we interpret that evidence is always influenced by our beliefs. A good example of this is found on a roadside interpretive sign near the Sheep Rock Unit of the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument in central Oregon. This is where the John Day River flows through a water gap[1] called...
  • Minimal Complexity Relegates Life Origin Models To Fanciful Speculation

    11/10/2009 8:11:47 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,237+ views
    UncommonDescent ^ | November 10, 2009 | Robert Deyes
    Former Nature editor Philip Ball once commented that ‘there is no assembly plant so delicate, versatile and adaptive as the cell” (1). Emeritus Professor Theodore Brown chose to wax metaphorical by likening the cell to a fully-fledged factory, with its own complex functional relationships and interactions akin to what we observe in our own manufacturing facilities (2). In recent years the seemingly intractable problem of explaining how the first cell came into existence through chance events, otherwise known as the ‘Chance Hypothesis’, has become more acute than ever as scientists have begun to realize that a minimum suite of functional...
  • Soft Muscle Tissue Found in Fossil Salamander (evos claim it is 18 million years old!)

    11/09/2009 9:44:55 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 173 replies · 2,417+ views
    CEH ^ | November 6, 2009
    Nov 6, 2009 — More soft tissue has been found in a fossil – this time in a salamander said to be 18 million years old.  The article on PhysOrg called it “the highest quality soft tissue preservation ever documented in the fossil record.” Unlike the previous discoveries of fossil tissue inside bone or amber, the recognizable sinewy muscle tissue was found tucked inside the body of the animal.  “The scientists claim that their discovery is unequivocal evidence that high-fidelity organic preservation of extremely decay prone soft tissues is more common in the fossil record - the only physical record...
  • The story behind Darwin's warm little pond

    11/07/2009 6:08:03 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 99 replies · 1,941+ views
    ARN ^ | November 6, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    Sooner or later, students of abiogenesis will encounter Darwin's 1871 letter to Joseph Hooker with his speculations on the spontaneous generation of life. He was returning some pamphlets which triggered the reaction: "I am always delighted to see a word in favour of Pangenesis, which some day, I believe, will have a resurrection." The next paragraph has his "big if" dream: ...
  • Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress

    11/06/2009 9:39:16 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 70 replies · 2,422+ views
    Why Evolutionary-Based Science Is A Menace To Scientific Research, Discovery, and Progress Evolutionary-based research always begins with the inaccurate and unscientific presupposition that the Theory of Evolution, i.e. the Big Bang, the spontaneous generation of life, and common descent, is true. Due to this systemic problem, scientific discovery and progress is severely hampered, not to mention the hundreds of millions of research dollars that are squandered every year. In a time in which almost ANY alternative thought is given a platform, the evolution industry is silencing dissenting scientific evidence, even when it’s from fellow evolutionists! See the growing list of...
  • Soft Tissue Fossilization (Evidence of Sudden, Extensive Destruction of Life as Per Genesis)

    11/06/2009 8:34:54 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 29 replies · 1,206+ views
    AiG ^ | November 4, 2009 | Vera Everett
    Fossilization occurs rapidly when the conditions are right. The conditions necessary for lithification of soft tissue give clues to unlock the history of a fossil deposit. Experiments show that microbes are involved in the mineralization of soft tissue. By decaying flesh they affect the acidity of the environment and release ions necessary for its mineralization. Fossilization in apatite seems to require associated death and decay. In the Jurassic Oxford Clay Formation in England, apatite preserved the soft tissue of many squid-like animals, probably after a mass mortality event occurred in a zone of already high phosphate levels from decaying carcasses....
  • Caterpillar Controversy Discloses Deep Evolutionary Disagreement

    11/05/2009 6:15:26 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 165 replies · 2,132+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 5, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    In August 2009, retired University of Liverpool marine biologist Donald Williamson officially challenged the standard Darwinian interpretation of caterpillar origins. His paper was fast-tracked to publication by a “high-placed advocate,”[1] but shortly afterward his ideas were rebutted in the very same journal. While this back-and-forth exchange has sparked intense criticism over the submission and review processes that were used, the situation also reveals core problems with broad-scale evolution...
  • So. Calif. to Hear How Darwin Was Wrong

    11/03/2009 11:45:42 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 108 replies · 2,040+ views
    ChristianNewsWire ^ | November 3, 2009
    SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 3 /Christian Newswire/ -- While many people continue to believe in Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, a group of scientists will present overwhelming scientific evidence against Darwin's speculations. "If Charles Darwin knew 150 years ago what we know today, he likely would not have published Origin of the Species," said John Baumgardner, Ph.D., whose organization, Logos Research Associates, will lead the two-day "Darwin Was Wrong" conference Nov. 13-14 at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. "We can perhaps excuse Darwin, given his ignorance about the true complexity of living organisms and about genetics," said Dr. Baumgardner, a geophysicist...
  • Did Humans Evolve from 'Ardi'? (or does Ardi represent the latest in evolutionary storytelling?)

    11/03/2009 9:26:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,450+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | November 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Ardipithecus ramidus is an extinct primate whose fossilized remains were first found along the Awash River in Ethiopia about fifteen years ago. Many fragments were collected, including shattered bones from a four-foot-tall female nicknamed "Ardi." She was chosen to represent her kind, apparently because of the comparative completeness of her remains. Now Ardi's discoverers believe they have collected enough data to reconstruct her history--but what does their data actually reveal? ...
  • The Nature of Darwin and the Darwin of Nature (Muzzies adopt Darwinism to combat Christianity!)

    11/03/2009 8:28:54 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 60 replies · 1,783+ views
    CEH ^ | October 29, 2009
    Oct 29, 2009 — “Even the most ardent fan of Charles Darwin might be feeling weary as his anniversary year draws to a close,” remarked Clive Wynn in another issue of Nature celebrating his bicentennial. --snip-- The Editors are not done celebrating, though. They just began a 4-part essay series on how Darwin’s ideas were received around the world...
  • Church of England apologises to Darwin (bows to Temple of Darwin)

    11/02/2009 10:47:44 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 604+ views
    CMI ^ | October 28, 2009 | Jonathan Safarti, Ph.D.
    This weekend’s feedback is in response to a number of queries about the Church of England (Anglicans) officially apologizing to Darwin. However, they don’t speak for all attenders of this church, since many of them are still faithful to Scripture and are appalled by their ‘leaders’. There are numerous mistakes in the article by the official CoE representative, a Rev. Dr Malcolm Brown, on the official CoE website, and Jonathan Sarfati replies point-by-point...
  • Free Speech Prevails as Stephen Meyer Speaks on Intelligent Design to Huge Crowd (in CO)

    11/02/2009 8:38:34 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,826+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 31, 2009 | John West, Ph.D.
    Castle Rock, Colorado—Despite the first major snowstorm of the season, and unrelenting efforts by malicious Darwinists to prevent people from registering, a huge crowd of around 1,000 people showed up Friday night to hear Dr. Stephen Meyer present the DNA evidence for intelligent design based on his new book Signature in the Cell. Meyer, Michael Behe, David Berlinski, and myself are in Colorado to speak at the Legacy of Darwin ID Conference sponsored by Shepherd Project Ministries. On Saturday, Michael Behe will present the evidence against modern Darwinism from his books Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution;...
  • No Evolution in 58 Million Years

    10/31/2009 4:39:54 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 87 replies · 2,996+ views
    CEH ^ | October 30, 2009
    Oct 30, 2009 — “Plant fossils give first real picture of earliest Neotropical rainforests,” announced a press release from University of Florida.  The fossils from Colombia show that “many of the dominant plant families existing in today’s Neotropical rainforests – including legumes, palms, avocado and banana – have maintained their ecological dominance despite major changes in South America’s climate and geological structure.” The team found 2,000 megafossil specimens from the Paleocene, said to be 58 million years old.  This is only 5 to 8 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs according to conventional dating.  “The new study provides...
  • Brain Secretions and Gravity (DARWIN HIMSELF EXEMPLIFIES THE MADNESS THAT IS DARWINISM)

    10/30/2009 11:01:32 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 84 replies · 1,959+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | October 29, 2009 | Gil Dodgen
    Why is thought, being a secretion of the brain, more wonderful than gravity, a property of matter? It is our arrogance, it is our admiration of ourselves… — Charles Darwin, age 29, in his notebook This is an incredible comment. It is difficult to understand how anyone with a brain could not observe that thought produces such things as symphonies, literature and mathematics, while gravity just makes things fall down and holds planets in their orbits. Furthermore, thought does not secrete like insulin from a pancreas, it is willed (at least that’s what I do, and I assume others do...
  • Cambrian Explosion Solved: Elementary, My Dear Darwin

    10/30/2009 8:26:04 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 31 replies · 1,476+ views
    CEH ^ | October 28, 2009
    Oct 28, 2009 — Two articles announced solutions to the evidential problem that most troubled Darwin – the sudden appearance of complex animals at the base of the Cambrian fossil record.  Both of them involve chemical elements.  The only difference is which element. Science Daily announced a “Novel Evolutionary Theory For The Explosion Of Life.”  The article acknowledged that “The Cambrian Explosion is widely regarded as one of the most relevant episodes in the history of life on Earth, when the vast majority of animal phyla first appear in the fossil record.”  The article also acknowledged it to be a...
  • Can Life Exist on Other Planets?

    10/29/2009 8:08:40 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 43 replies · 1,988+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | October 2009 | Danny Faulkner, Ph.D.
    Many people make a distinction between the origin of life and the evolution of life. In this view, biological evolution refers to the gradual development of the diversity of living things from a common ancestor, while the ultimate origin of life is a separate question. This is a legitimate point, but evolution is about much more than just biology. The evolutionary worldview is that all of physical existence, both living and non-living, arose through purely natural processes. With this broad definition of evolution, abiogenesis--the spontaneous appearance of life from non-living matter--is a necessity. If life did arise on earth by...
  • Scientific Conference Refuting Evolution Theory to be held in Rome, Italy

    10/29/2009 8:51:03 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 57 replies · 1,988+ views
    Remnant ^ | October 20, 2009
    Remnant Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - OCTOBER 20, 2009CONTACT: H. M. OWEN (U.S.), noevolutioninfo@gmail.com or PETER WILDERS (Europe), wilderspeter@gmail.com The Scientific Impossibility of Evolution November 9, 2009 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. St. Pius V University (Rome) In Response to Pope Benedict XVI’s Call for Both Sides to be Heard The 150th anniversary of Darwin’s "Origin of the Species" in November 2009 will be the occasion for a unique conference at Pope Pius V University in Rome presenting a scientific refutation of evolution theory. According to Russian sedimentologist Alexander Lalamov...
  • The More They Know Darwin, The Less They Want Darwin-Only Indoctrination

    10/28/2009 7:34:50 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 303 replies · 3,866+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 27, 2009 | Anika Smith
    The More They Know Darwin, The Less They Want Darwin-Only Indoctrination According to an international poll released by the British Council, the majority of Americans — 60% — support teaching alternatives to evolution in the science classroom. The percentage is the same for Britons, despite the fact that both countries have been inundated with pro-Darwin media coverage in this super-mega Darwin Year. Of course, the British media reporting this are chagrined. Britain is the birthplace of Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution, and the official-sounding British Council, the UK group behind the “Darwin Now” campaign that commissioned the Ipsos...
  • New Fossil Cache Shows Plants Haven't Changed

    10/28/2009 9:18:17 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 23 replies · 1,078+ views
    ICR News ^ | October 28, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    New Fossil Cache Shows Plants Haven't Changed A coal mine in the Cerrejón Formation of Columbia has yielded a gold mine of fossils. This particular cache preserved a time in earth history when the tropical climate was quite different from today’s. Evidence indicates that it was warmer and wetter. But despite the different climate, the fossilized tropical plants were the same as today’s, albeit less diverse.The fossils reveal that ancient rainforests “were composed of the same plant families that now thrive in rainforests.” Even more remarkable, supposedly ancient fossil leaves—some of them very well preserved—were identifiable “down to the genus...
  • Darwinopterus v Dawkins (admits evolution "nowhere explicitly set out" in any of his prev. books!)

    10/27/2009 7:33:36 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 24 replies · 1,023+ views
    CMI ^ | October 27, 2009 | Jonathan Safarti, Ph.D.
    Prominent antitheist and self-styled “atheist” Richard Dawkins has written a new book, The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. Ironically, he admits about all his previous pro-evolution books: “Looking back on these books, I realized that the evidence for evolution is nowhere explicitly set out, and that it seemed like a good gap to close.”. Naturally, CMI is preparing a book to answer Dawkins’ latest. In a chapter about alleged bad design, Dawkins had a section about the loss of wings and evolution of features like halteres, the little drumstick-like stabilizers behind the one pair of wings on...
  • A "Brite" Who is Actually a "Know Nothing" (Dawkins: Catholic Church "greatest force for evil")

    10/27/2009 6:46:41 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 172 replies · 3,070+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | October 27, 2009 | Bruce Chapman
    In America we are a century and a half away from the "Know-Nothing Party", a secret political society that fulminated against the Catholic Church and Irish immigrants. (Asked about its composition, members would say, "I know nothing;" hence, the moniker.) Formed in public as The American Party, the party's hateful, nativist politics took a long time to expunge from our shores. But we now have an Englishman, Richard Dawkins--one of society's "Brites" according to his fellow-Darwinist, Daniel Dennett--in a screed against the Catholic Church that proclaims the same frothing bigotry exemplified by the Know-Nothings. This and Dawkins' various other attacks...
  • Squid Fossils, Ancient DNA, and a Young Earth

    10/27/2009 10:09:22 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,613+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | October 2009 | Frank Sherwin, M.A.
    The field of biology has provided much support for a recent creation, and physical evidence of very young-looking biological materials from supposedly ancient fossils continues to accrue from around the world, and from various depths under the earth. In August of this year, paleontologists in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England, made a discovery that astounded the evolutionary community...
  • The Demise of Another Evolutionary Link: Archaeopteryx Falls From Its Perch

    10/27/2009 8:11:33 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 233 replies · 3,152+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 26, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    The Demise of Another Evolutionary Link: Archaeopteryx Falls From Its Perch A few days ago we saw Ida fall from her overhyped status as an ancestor of humans. Now some scientists are claiming that Archaeopteryx should lose its status as an ancestor of modern birds. Calling Archaeopteryx an “icon of evolution,” the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) borrows a term from Jonathan Wells while reporting that “[t]he feathered creature called archaeopteryx, easily the world's most famous fossil remains, had been considered the first bird since Charles Darwin's day. When researchers put its celebrity bones under the microscope recently, though, they discovered...
  • Experimental Data Force Researchers to Admit There’s “No Such Thing As Junk RNA”

    10/26/2009 7:57:10 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies · 963+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 23, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Experimental Data Force Researchers to Admit There’s “No Such Thing As Junk RNA” Originally, proponents of neo-Darwinian evolution lauded “junk” DNA as functionless genetic garbage that showed life is the result of blind and random mutational events. Then “junk” DNA was disproved by the discovery that the vast majority of DNA is being transcribed into RNA. Did the failure of this Darwinian assumption cause evolutionists to terminate their love affair with biological “junk”? Of course not. They just shifted their argument back, claiming that the cell is full of “junk RNA”—DNA that is being transcribed into RNA but still does...
  • How the Octopus Built Its Own Brain for Better Fishing

    10/26/2009 11:28:41 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 24 replies · 973+ views
    CEH ^ | October 25, 2009
    How the Octopus Built Its Own Brain for Better Fishing --snip-- All we have to do is hand the microphone to some Darwinists and they will proceed to wrap the cord around their necks and hang themselves from the rafters. If you have a better example of Darwinist stupidity in the news, send it in....
  • Genetic 'Crossing-over' Is No Help to Evolution

    10/26/2009 8:56:51 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 44 replies · 1,397+ views
    ICR News ^ | October 26, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Shuffling genetic information has long been framed as a biological mechanism that can generate variety as well as fuel evolution. However, new details of a common cellular genetic shuffling process called “crossing over” reveal a tightly controlled system that operates under strict parameters and requires highly specified cellular machinery. It is as if each generation was programmed to have variation, and that variation had strict limitations—limitations that would preclude Darwinian evolution...
  • The Evolution of “Ida”: Darwinius masillae Fossil Downgraded From Ancestor to Pet

    10/26/2009 8:37:19 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 7 replies · 539+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 24, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    A few months ago, “Ida” was sitting on top of the world. She’d been lauded as the “eighth wonder of the world” whose “impact on the world of palaeontology” would be like “an asteroid falling down to Earth.” Falling, indeed. On October 21, Nature published an article announcing that “[a] 37-million-year-old fossil primate from Egypt, described today in Nature, moves a controversial German fossil known as Ida out of the human lineage.” Wired also published a story, noting that, “[f]ar from spawning the ancestors of humans, the 47 million-year-old Darwinius seems merely to have gone extinct, leaving no descendants,” further..."...
  • Darwin’s Defenders Deny Life’s Evident Design

    10/25/2009 10:42:54 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,225+ views
    Church Report ^ | October 23, 2009 | Stephen Myer, Ph.D.
    Following on the heels of his last bestseller, The God Delusion, Darwinian biologist and atheist Richard Dawkins has scored another publishing triumph. The No. 5 bestseller in the country, according to the New York Times, is Dawkins’s The Great Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution. You might think his success would give him the courage to face critics of his ideas in open debate. But you would be wrong. As one of the architects of the theory of intelligent design, I have formally challenged Dawkins to debate our contrasting views of evolution before the public, but his representatives have...
  • Asian Darwinist Profs Call Creationists Barbarians

    10/24/2009 4:02:17 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 250 replies · 3,381+ views
    CEH ^ | October 22, 2009
    Oct 22, 2009 — “We have kept the creationist barbarians from the gate,” announced a professor at Hong Kong University triumphantly. A news article in Science this week described tensions in the city over the teaching of evolution. The Darwinists won a vote over a change in wording in the science curriculum that would have “opened the door to teaching creationism and intelligent design in secondary schools.” The door must be shut tight, apparently. Even the possibility of this happening created a furore. Reporter Richard Stone said, “As a year of honoring Charles Darwin and his theory of evolution draws...
  • News to Note, October 24, 2009 (another would-be "Icon of Evolution" bites the dust)

    10/24/2009 8:09:04 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 35 replies · 1,218+ views
    AiG ^ | October24, 2009
    (For all these stories and more, click on the excerpt link below) 1. BBC News: “Primate Fossil ‘Not an Ancestor’” Remember “Ida,” the missing link that wasn’t? In a Nature letter, scientists attack the lofty claims that surrounded the announcement of the fossil primate. 2. Did the Baby Mammoth, Lyuba, Suffocate in a Dust Storm? In a special guest news analysis, creationist (and mammoth expert) Michael Oard considers the well-preserved mammoth “Lyuba” (whom we first discussed in A Mammoth Discovery). The occasion? Lyuba’s worldwide debut. 3. National Geographic News: “Chimps Display Humanlike Good Will” Chimps, especially mothers and their offspring,...
  • The problem with naturalism, the problem with empiricism

    10/23/2009 8:51:50 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 108 replies · 1,238+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Lael Weinberger
    For all of history, the fundamental issue in the creation-evolution conflict has been philosophical presuppositions, not empirical evidence or ‘brute facts’. Creationists have been pointing this out for many years, with varying degrees of effectiveness. To their credit, the modern Intelligent Design movement has recognized this same point, and for almost twenty years now, has explicitly made philosophical argumentation central in the debate over Darwinism. Phillip Johnson played an important role in bringing the philosophy of naturalism out into the open and onto the dissecting table with his best-selling Darwin on Trial, the book usually credited with launching the modern...
  • A Classic Polystrate Fossil (defies evo-assumption that the "present is key to the past")

    10/22/2009 7:38:11 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 120 replies · 2,502+ views
    ACTS&FACTS ^ | October 2009 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Years ago, National Geographic published a remarkable photograph of a polystrate fossil, a fossilized tree that extended stratigraphically upward through several layers of rock in Tennessee. Its roots were in a coal seam, and the overlying deposits included bedded shale and thin carbon-rich layers. An advocate of any form of uniformitarianism would believe that it took many, many years to deposit this sequence of layers (much longer than it takes for a tree to grow and eventually die and decay), yet one vertical fossil extends through them all. This one fossilized tree offered a direct contradiction to the evolutionary mantra...
  • Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? (Temple of Darwin at it again...LOL!!!)

    10/22/2009 2:44:51 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 81 replies · 2,422+ views
    New Scientist ^ | October 19, 2009 | Nick Lane
    Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? --snip-- The picture painted by Russell and Martin is striking indeed. The last common ancestor of all life was not a free-living cell at all, but a porous rock riddled with bubbly iron-sulphur membranes that catalysed primordial biochemical reactions...
  • 'Missing Link' Primate Fossil Debunked

    10/21/2009 9:36:09 PM PDT · by bogusname · 39 replies · 1,762+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Oct. 21, 2009 | Malcolm Ritter
    Remember Ida, the fossil discovery announced last May with its own book and TV documentary? A publicity blitz called it "the link" that would reveal the earliest evolutionary roots of monkeys, apes and humans. Experts protested that Ida wasn't even a close relative. And now a new analysis supports their reaction...