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  • What Defines an Organism? Biologists Say 'Purpose.'

    12/10/2009 8:12:50 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 308 replies · 3,639+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 10, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    David Queller and Joan Strassmann, evolutionary biologists at Rice University, recently proposed a new way to describe what makes an organism a unified whole. They defined an organism as an entity made up of parts that cooperate well for an overall purpose, and do so with minimal conflict. But how do parts like these get together, and where does purposeful behavior come from?...
  • 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...
  • Can Evolution Explain Altruism in Our Children?

    12/08/2009 7:52:39 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 69 replies · 1,806+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 8, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    esearch has shown that humans like to help, even before they are old enough to have been taught how to do so. This innate characteristic distinguishes humans from their supposed closest evolutionary family member, the chimpanzee, which doesn’t demonstrate the same altruistic behavior. In studies on the subject, at only 18 months old, toddlers were observed to consistently aid unrelated adults in simple tasks such as opening a door or picking up a clothes pin. Researchers assumed then that altruism, or unselfish concern for the welfare of others, evolved early in humans. But does this conclusion necessarily follow from the...
  • 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...
  • Science Cannot Police Itself

    12/08/2009 8:26:34 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 67 replies · 1,673+ views
    Discovery News ^ | December 7, 2009 | Bruce Chapman
    In his new book, The Deniable Darwin (Discovery Institute Press, 2009), published just before the ClimateGate scandal broke, mathematician David Berlinski explained that scientists should not be trusted to check themselves--no more than anyone else on the planet, and maybe less so, since grant money is involved. Now he writes on his blog, "I Told You So." From The Deniable Darwin: My own view, repeated in virtually all of my essays, is that the sense of skepticism engendered by the sciences would be far more appropriately directed toward the sciences than toward anything else. It is not a view that...
  • “The Totalities of Copenhagen”

    12/08/2009 12:58:20 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 629+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | December 8, 2009 | William Dembski
    “The Totalities of Copenhagen” William Dembski Bret Stevens’ article today in the WSJ, “The Totalities of Copenhagen,” again shows the strong parallels between the global warming debate and the evolution debate, especially with the proclivity of AGW and evolution advocates to quash all dissent. Consider, from his piece, the following characteristics of the AGW advocates: ...
  • Why young-age creationism is good for science

    12/07/2009 7:30:12 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 170 replies · 3,384+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Brett W. Smith
    The current treatment of young-age creationists in the scientific community and society at large is unfair and unwise. Scientists and philosophers of science, including old-age creationists and naturalists, should respect youngage creationists as legitimate contributors to science. Young-age creationists offer to the current origins science establishment a competing rational viewpoint that will augment fruitful scientific investigation through increased accountability for scientists, introduction of original hypotheses and general epistemic improvement...
  • Commenter Nails the Central Issue in ClimateGate: the Rigging of Peer-Review

    12/07/2009 9:34:57 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 18 replies · 1,067+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | December 4, 2009 | Michael Egnor
    The pro-global warming blog Climate Change Denial is spinning like a top. Devastated by the revelation of pervasive fraud in climate science, the warmists are clearly dazed and grasping at any tactics that might salvage their ideological hijacking of science, now laid bare. In their latest post, "Swiftboating the Climate Scientists", they ignore the transparent scientific misconduct and fraud revealed in the highest eschalons of climate science, and accuse the skeptics of attacking climate science for base ideological motives. The term "swiftboating" alone is risible and actually revealing; warmists are nearly all leftists, still simmering over the implosion of the...
  • 2009 Daniel of the Year (World Magazine Selects Stephen C. Meyer, Proponent of Intelligent Design)

    12/07/2009 10:43:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 539+ views
    WORLD MAGAZINE ^ | 12/2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, fights to show that all lives have eternal value because they are the work of a Creator and not the product of chance. WORLD's 12th annual Daniel of the Year does not save lives abroad, as Britain's Caroline Cox and Sudan's Michael Yerko do. Nor does he regularly save lives of the unborn, as Florida's Wanda Cohn does through her pregnancy center work. No, Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, fights to show that those lives have eternal value because...
  • Raising the Banner for Creation Truth (according to the evos, these men and women aren't scientists)

    12/07/2009 8:33:19 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 234 replies · 3,999+ views
    ICR ^ | December 2009 | Various Authors
    Dr. Henry M. Morris founded the Institute for Creation Research in 1970 with a vision to uncover and present evidence for the accuracy and authority of the Bible. For almost 40 years, ICR has distinguished itself as the leader in creation science research and education, ably assisted by the many fine scientists whom God has led to work here. These men and women have dedicated their training and skills to raising the banner for the truth of our Creator God. We would like you to meet our current on-site scientists and hear their thoughts on the purpose, significance, and importance...
  • 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.
  • Evolutionary Explanations Assume Evolution Explains

    12/06/2009 7:20:24 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 155 replies · 3,050+ views
    CEH ^ | December 4, 2009
    Dec 4, 2009 — The facility with which some evolutionary biologists appeal to almost magical powers of evolution to explain anything and everything is revealed in some recent science articles. Whatever needs explaining is due to evolution – evidence or not. These four examples can be considered representative of the genre...
  • Global Warming Quandary Resolved

    12/06/2009 4:38:34 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 1,255+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | December 6, 2009 | Cornelius Hunter, Ph.D.
    New research out this week has resolved a long-standing, and important, quandary about the causes of global warming. While several models point to anthropogenic CO2 and other greenhouse gases as the leading cause of global warming, the warming trends do not quite match the history of anthropogenic CO2. In fact, shrinking glaciers and other undeniable evidences of warming trace back to about the mid seventeenth century. But this predates the significant rise in anthropogenic CO2 that came later in later centuries. Now environmental researchers have solved the puzzle...
  • Arguing with Idiots… Part Deaux (A full-frontal assault on the Temple of Darwin)

    12/04/2009 9:55:41 PM PST · by Gordon Greene · 337 replies · 4,308+ views
    Gordon Greene ^ | December 4, 2009 | Gordon Greene
    Arguing with Idiots… Part Deaux (A full-frontal assault on the Temple of Darwin) (Link to PDF). (I know I’ve done rants like this before, but you guys are worth it!) Dear worshippers of Darwin and lovers of self, My personal (condensed) declaration of faith: I believe in the God of the Bible. I believe in the Bible. I believe what it says. I believe, unashamedly that God is the Creator of the Universe and that He created it just as described in the Genesis account. I believe the only way to receive salvation is to believe and receive Jesus Christ...
  • News to Note, December 5, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    12/05/2009 10:29:38 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 695+ views
    AiG ^ | December 5, 2009
    Read the following mini-stories and much more by clicking the excerpt link below: 1. The Times: “Evidence of Life on Mars Lurks Beneath Surface of Meteorite, Nasa Experts Claim 2. PhysOrg: “‘Super-River’ Formed the English Channel” 3. Wired: “There’s No Such Thing as a ‘Simple’ Organism” 4. ScienceDaily: “Study Pits Man Versus Machine in Piecing Together 425-Million-Year-Old Jigsaw” 5. PhysOrg: “Bacterial Gut Symbionts Are Tightly Linked with the Evolution of Herbivory in Ants” 6. And Don’t Miss . . .
  • Taking Inspiration from Nature (see especially amazing BBC video link!)

    12/04/2009 2:09:23 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 70 replies · 2,303+ views
    CEH ^ | December 3, 2009
    Dec 3, 2009 — In the previous entry, Darwin inspired some geologists, even though he was wrong. Here are some news stories showing nature inspiring engineers with wonders right under their noses...
  • Scientists Back Off of Ardi Claims (Evos give climate-hoaxers a run for their money...LOL!)

    12/04/2009 8:07:39 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 665 replies · 7,523+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 4, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    In May 2009, a remarkably well-preserved extinct primate, nicknamed “Ida,” was hailed as one of the most important fossil finds ever. It had features that some interpreted as a link between two primate body forms. At the time, ICR News suggested that its evolutionary significance was far overblown, predicting that the scientific consensus would offer retractions. Those retractions came three months later, confirming that the fossil―called Darwinius―was really just an extinct lemur variety...
  • Natural selection and change, yes; Evolution, no

    12/03/2009 6:22:56 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 38 replies · 1,374+ views
    CMI ^ | December 2, 2009 | Russell Grigg
    Natural selection and change, yes; Evolution, no --snip-- Summary 1.This episode talks much about change and natural selection, but fails to give any evidence that these produce evolution, other than for the various professors who assert that it does. 2.Darwin’s theory promoted the idea that man is “a beast with animal lusts and no morality”, and this has been gleefully accepted by much of modern society. 3.We might well ask: Why would any sane professor adopt and propagate a theory for which there is such paltry scientific evidence, which is an expression of hatred of God, and which demotes man...
  • Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science

    12/03/2009 8:35:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 371 replies · 5,254+ views
    CMI ^ | December 1, 2009 | Dave Woetzel
    Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science --snip-- Today, the Darwinian scientific consensus persists within almost every large university and governmental institution. But around the middle of the 20th century an interesting new trend emerged and has since become increasingly established. Evolutionary theorists have been forced, step by step, to steadily retreat from the evidence in the field. Some of the evidences mentioned earlier in this article were demonstrated to be frauds and hoaxes. Other discoveries have been a blow to the straightforward expectations and predictions of evolutionists. Increasingly, they have been forced to tack ad hoc mechanisms onto Darwin’s...
  • Darwin Was Wrong About Geology

    12/02/2009 7:13:55 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 148 replies · 2,561+ views
    CEH ^ | December 2, 2009
    Dec 2, 2009 — Field geologists have revisited a site Darwin visited on the voyage of the Beagle, and found that he incorrectly interpreted what he found.  A large field of erratic boulders in Tierra del Fuego that have become known as “Darwin’s Boulders” were deposited by a completely different process than he thought.  The modern team, publishing in the Geological Society of America’s December issue of the GSA Today,1 noted that “Darwin’s thinking was profoundly influenced by Lyell’s obsession with large-scale, slow, vertical movements of the crust, especially as manifested in his theory of submergence and ice rafting to...