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  • The Problem of Polygenism in Accepting the Theory of Evolution [Catholic Msgr. Charles Pope]

    10/19/2010 10:01:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    The Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the blog over the past few days we have discussed the Genesis account, evolutionary theory and how these can be reconciled with Catholic thought and teaching. At one level, the genre for the Genesis accounts must be taken into consideration wherein figurative language is sometimes used to confer the sacred truths that God alone created everything out of nothing. Further, that God oversaw every aspect of creation with intelligence, and purpose, and that he created everything out of nothing, each according to its kind. However the genre, or literary form, of Genesis  does not purport to be of nature of a...
  • Catholicism and evolution: Are they contradictory?

    05/09/2011 9:16:50 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 32 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | May 9, 2011 | Faye Flam
    On Easter, Pope Benedict XVI spoke out against both creationism and evolution, or so it looked anyway. About the biblical account of Genesis, he said, "It is not information about the external processes by which the cosmos and man himself came into being." So much for literal creationism. But then he seemed to take a swipe at science, proposing that mankind cannot be just another product of evolution. "It is not the case that in the expanding universe, at a late stage, in some tiny corner of the cosmos, there evolved randomly some species of living being capable of reasoning...
  • Genetic Adam and Eve Could Have Been Contemporaries, Scientists Say

    08/05/2013 8:55:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 86 replies
    The Christian Science Monitier ^ | 8/2/13 | Elizabeth Barber
    New research published in Science shows that our most recent common female and male ancestors could have been alive at the same time.Thousands of years ago, somewhere in Africa, lived a man who probably had no idea that he, among all the other men in his group, would go on to become humankinds most recent common male ancestor. Scientists would call him Adam. Now, a new paper published in the journal Science significantly narrows the time during which Adam could have lived about 120,000 to 156,000 years ago putting him in about the same time period...
  • A Lament at the Secular Worlds Rejection of Natural Law

    07/21/2012 1:08:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 19, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the great losses to Western Culture is the increasing refusal to accept that there is a Natural Law to which we may commonly refer. This is especially problematic in pluralistic and secularist societies like the post-Christian West where reference to the sacred text of Scripture is not considered authoritative by many.Hence, it has been the long practice of the Church, even before secularizing trends to base her witness to the truth not only on Scripture but also on Natural Law. The recourse to such a basis for discussion is now largely impossible for us, as most secularists have...
  • Falling Stars, Damnable Heresy, and the Spirit of Evolution

    09/20/2013 4:29:03 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 2,965 replies
    Renew America ^ | Sept. 19, 2013 | Linda Kimball
    Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son (1 John 2:22). And the fifth angel sounded the trumpet, and I saw a star fall from heaven upon the earth, and there was given to him the key of the bottomless pit." (Rev. 9:1) In his Concise Commentary Matthew Henry identifies falling stars as tepid, indecisive, weak or apostate clergy who, "Having ceased to be a minister of Christ, he who is represented by this star becomes the minister of the devil; and lets loose the...
  • Are We Alone in the Universe?

    11/20/2013 9:33:30 AM PST · by Dysart · 148 replies
    NYT ^ | 11-20-13 | Paul Davies
    THE recent announcement by a team of astronomers that there could be as many as 40 billion habitable planets in our galaxy has further fueled the speculation, popular even among many distinguished scientists, that the universe is teeming with life.The astronomer Geoffrey W. Marcy of the University of California, Berkeley, an experienced planet hunter and co-author of the study that generated the finding, said that it represents one great leap toward the possibility of life, including intelligent life, in the universe. But possibility is not the same as likelihood. If a planet is to be inhabited rather than merely habitable,...
  • Evolutionists Call New Plant Epigenetic Study 'Heresy' (article)

    10/04/2013 2:50:49 PM PDT · by fishtank · 11 replies
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Oct. 3, 2013 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D.
    Evolutionists Call New Plant Epigenetic Study 'Heresy' by Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D. * New research has uncovered a hidden layer of trait-determining epigenetic information that resides outside the DNA sequence in plants. This new discovery challenges the evolutionary paradigms of the scientific community and their long-standing views on how organisms adapt to changing environments at the molecular biological level of the cell. In fact, some are even calling this recent research "evolution heresy."1 For over the past 50 years, Darwinian evolutionists have attributed changes in an organism's traits to the specific DNA sequences that code for them. They never anticipated a...
  • Evolution to blame for murder of millions? (Book Review)

    10/03/2013 12:54:16 PM PDT · by kimtom · 178 replies
    http://www.wnd.com ^ | 10/3/2013 | Jim Fletcher
    A trip through a major Holocaust museum will tell you most of what you need to know about the mindset of the fiends who murdered millions in the middle of the last century. Poster-size images of death-camp inmates all staring blankly attest to the monstrous worldview of the prisoners tormentors. What, though, really explains the Nazi capacity for murder? How could regular people slaughter children? What possessed pun intended Hitlers willing executioners to butcher women and old men? I think Jerry Bergman has figured it out In a new book, Hitler and the Nazi Darwinian Worldview,...
  • The Age of the Universe

    08/05/2013 6:15:40 PM PDT · by wmfights · 158 replies
    GeraldSchroeder.com ^ | Gerald Schroeder
    We look back in time, and say the universe is 15 billion years old. But as every scientist knows, when we say the universe is 15 billion years old, there's another half of the sentence that we rarely bother to say. The other half of the sentence is: The universe is 15 billion years old as seen from the time-space coordinates of the earth. The key is that the Torah looks forward in time, from very different time-space coordinates, when the universe was small. Since then, the universe has expanded out. Space stretches, and that stretching of space totally changes...
  • Subhumanism: The West's New Philosophy

    07/23/2013 11:56:24 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | July 2013 | Jason Jones and John Zmirak
    Heres an ugly truth you can drop in the punchbowl at your next office party most Western men and women, including many who consider themselves conventionally religious, treat human beings as subhuman. They accept without reflection theories of human life that reduce us to brainy animals, or let us play at being gods. These theories render suffering meaningless and train us to live as cowards; they teach us to despise the weak but train us in habits of laziness and avoidance; they speak the language of progress while in fact encouraging the lowest of human instincts; they claim to...
  • Darwin Day resolution introduced in congress (By Congressman Rush Holt of NJ)

    01/30/2013 7:37:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    The Examiner ^ | 01/23/2013
    A resolution designating February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day, has been introduced into the United States House of Representatives.The proposed resolution would be a recognition of Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."The Darwin Day resolution was introduced by Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) on Jan. 22, 2013. Holt, one of the few members of Congress with a Ph.D. in a scientific field, is the sole sponsor of the bill. After its introduction, the resolution, H. Res. 41, was referred to the House Committee on Science, Space,...
  • Science points to God

    07/19/2012 5:48:29 PM PDT · by kathsua · 63 replies
    Hutchinson News ^ | 7/12/12 | DAVE DENLINGER
    I appreciated the comments of Leroy Stucky (Western Front, June 28) defending the biblical view of the beginning of mankind, the world and the universe, otherwise known as creationism. Creationism will always be a very difficult doctrine to accept, as long as people exclude the supernatural influence and presence of an almighty God who, in my opinion, started the whole process. I have never read an issue of The American Spectator magazine, but recently at the library I happened to pick up the May 2012 issue. The magazine, I found out, is very conservative, but not necessary Christian. However, included...
  • Life in the Balance And why Earth-like planets may be rare

    03/31/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 30, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The video below is a very creative representation of what the day and night sky on Earth would look like if the earth had rings like Saturn. It is well worth a view.But it puts me in the mind of pondering the delicate balance of life on this earth and, though the artwork in the video is beautiful, I suspect that the presence of rings would dramatically alter life on this earth, perhaps even annihilate it.By way of disclaimer, let me say I am not a geologist or astronomer. But a number of things concern me about the presence of...
  • Darwins Lost Fossils Found

    01/22/2012 6:11:21 PM PST · by null and void · 5 replies
    Scientific Computing ^ | 1/20/12 | unknown
    A treasure trove of fossils including plant specimens collected by Charles Darwin, has been rediscovered. The fossils, which have been lost for 165 years, were unearthed in an old cabinet at the British Geological Surveys vast fossil collection. They now have been registered and photographed and are available for viewing by the public through a new online museum exhibit at: http://www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/geologyOfBritain/archives/jdhooker/ Just one of the lost fossils collected by Charles Darwin Courtesy of BGSNERC Dr. Howard Falcon-Lang, a paleontologist at Royal Holloway, University of London, made the discovery. He recalled, While searching a cabinet for fossils from the Bristol Coalfield,...
  • Scientist and Amateur Philosopher Stephen Hawking Wanders as he Wonders in a New TV Series

    08/03/2011 3:40:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 3, 2011 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Looks like were all going to be “treated” to a new series on the Discovery Channel wherein British Physicist Stephen Hawking will ponder theological and philosophical questions. A rather strange thing for a scientist to do actually.I have no doubt that Stephen Hawking is a fine, even a brilliant scientist and theoretical physicist. But science has a limit, a limit rightly imposed on itself, which explores the physical world using empirical and evidential models that do not go beyond the physically observable world. Scientists, even theoretical physicists, do well who recognize their sphere, their field. And most scientists are quite...
  • Ancient Creatures had Powerful Eyes


    07/18/2011 12:26:47 PM PDT · by null and void · 11 replies
    Scientists have discovered that some ancient, primitive animals had excellent vision. Evidence comes from Kangaroo Island fossils that are over 500 million years old and look like squashed eyes from a recently swatted fly. Our Nature paper reports extremely well-preserved fossil eyes from Early Cambrian (approximately 515 million years old) rocks from Emu Bay on Kangaroo Island, says UniSA palaeontologist Jim Jago, who was part of the research team. These are by far the most complicated eyes known from this period of earths history. Each eye is seven to nine millimeters across and comprises over 3000 tiny lenses. ...
  • Catholic Dogma and Teaching on Creation, [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    02/20/2011 2:58:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Catholic Dogma and Teaching on Creationand the 1909 Pontifical Biblical Commission on Genesis Catholic Dogma and Teaching on Creation and the Fall And he said: Let us make man to our image and likeness: and let him have dominion over the fishes of the sea, and the fowls of the air, and the beasts, and the whole earth, and every creeping creature that moveth upon the earth. And God created man to his own image: to the image of God he created him: male and female he created them....And the Lord God formed man of the slime of the earth:...
  • Third of Russians think sun spins round Earth?

    02/11/2011 8:43:16 PM PST · by george76 · 80 replies · 1+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 11, 2011 | Alissa de Carbonnel
    Does the sun revolve around the Earth? One in every three Russians thinks so, a spokeswoman for state pollster VsTIOM said on Friday. In a survey released this week, 32 percent of Russians believed the Earth was the center of the Solar system; 55 percent that all radioactivity is man-made; and 29 percent that the first humans lived when dinosaurs still roamed the Earth.
  • New evolutionary research disproves living missing link theories

    02/10/2011 4:52:11 PM PST · by decimon · 50 replies
    University of Montreal ^ | February 10, 2011 | Unknown
    Genetic research proves worm has evolved to be less sophisticated than its ancestorsEvolution is not a steady march towards ever more sophisticated beings and therefore the search for the living "missing links" is pointless, according to findings published by a team of researchers led by Dr. Herv Philippe of the Universit de Montral's Department of Biochemistry. "Aristotle was the first to classify organisms from the least to the most sophisticated. Darwin's theory of evolution continued this idea, with the concept of a hierarchy of evolution. This way of thinking has led researchers and skeptics alike to look for less...
  • Pope praises science, but insists God created world

    10/29/2010 4:34:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Belief ^ | October 29, 2010
    Stephen Hawking is wrong, Pope Benedict XVI said Thursday - God did create the universe.The pope didn't actually mention the world-famous scientist, who argues in a book published last month that the laws of physics show there is no need for a supreme being to have brought the world into existence.In fact, Benedict specifically praised - and blessed - science and scientists in an address to the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.But he also made clear that part of the role of science is to reveal God in the universe."Scientists do not create the world; they learn about it and...
  • The Perfect Free Republic Thread

    04/28/2010 8:55:21 PM PDT · by Patrick1 · 201 replies · 2,525+ views
    My Mind ^ | 4/28/10 | Patrick1
    Okay I have found the perfect Free Republic Thread! Top This! A Pit Bull bites the leg of a Mormon Missionary who is campaigning door to door for Duncan Hunter 2012 and tries to defend himself against the Pit Bull with a Sarah Palin for President yard sign and stumbles into the street where he is hit by a car with a Ron Paul 2000 bumper sticker. Then you would have the perfect Free Republic thread.
  • Gay men's evolutionary advantage: being 'super uncles'

    02/05/2010 5:28:20 AM PST · by Loyalist · 57 replies · 1,726+ views
    National Post ^ | February 5, 2010 | David Wylie
    It's a question which has troubled science since Darwin: if homosexuality is, at least in part, inherited, how are those genes being passed down to new generations? Canadian researchers say they have found the first evidence to back up the theory that gay men have the evolutionary advantage of being "super uncles", a way of enhancing the survival prospects of close relatives and -- indirectly, at least -- making it more likely their genes are passed on. Paul Vasey, associate professor in the University of Lethbridge's department of psychology, said his research found evidence that gay men may be more...
  • Four-legged Creatures Emerged Earlier than Thought

    01/09/2010 10:05:58 AM PST · by null and void · 28 replies · 518+ views
    Scientific Computing ^ | 1/9/10 | Raphael G. Satter
    The water-dwelling ancestors of modern-day mammals, reptiles and birds emerged onto land millions of years earlier than previously believed, researchers report. A set of fossilized footprints show that the first tetrapodsa term applied to any four-footed animal with a spinewere treading open ground 397 million years ago, well before scientists thought they existed. An expert unconnected with the research said the find would force experts to reconsider a critical period in evolution when sea-based vertebrates took their first steps toward becoming dinosaurs, mammals andeventuallyhuman beings. "It blows the whole story out of the water, so to speak," said Jenny...
  • Looks Can Be Deceiving: Lizards acquire same camouflaging adaptation in different ways

    01/04/2010 12:23:53 PM PST · by null and void · 14 replies · 423+ views
    Does it matter if nature solves the same problem multiple ways? A NSF-supported study of lizard populations in White Sands, NM, has helped researcher Erica Rosenblum of the University of Idaho begin to answer that question. Published December 28 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the article describes genetic differences between lizards found in habitats that contain white or dark soils. These stark differences in color are an ideal environment to study natural selection and gene flow. Lizard species that exhibit rapid adaptation to White Sands, NM. Courtesy of Erica Bree Rosenblum, University of Idaho In three...
  • 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, its muscle tissue, and it is supposedly the most pristine example yet. Backgroundthe dinosaur connection...
  • Paleontologists Target Montana Dinosaur Museum

    11/09/2009 9:18:40 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 56 replies · 1,732+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 9, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    The Glendive Dinosaur and Fossil Museum, which opened its doors earlier this year, boasts this countrys second-largest set of displayed dinosaur remains. The record is still held by the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman. Both are located in Montana near a rich cache of world-famous fossils. The Glendive Museum stands apart, however, in that it presents dinosaurs as having been drowned and their remains preserved in the massive worldwide flood described in the Bible. This view has prompted reactionary comments from mainstream scientists ...
  • Intelligent Design and Evolution

    10/31/2009 6:48:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 68 replies · 1,328+ views
    tna ^ | Selwyn Duke
    Believers in Intelligent Design have often been scorned as being opposed to science, but science itself is showing that it is the evolutionists who are opposed to rational inquiry.Though The New American has no official position on evolution, we have published a number of articles over the years pointing to flaws in the theory and arguing for academic freedom on the subject. We did this most recently in "Allow Intelligence" (May 12, 2008 issue), our very favorable review of Ben Stein's documentary Expelled. In the following article, Selwyn Duke suggests that it's possible to believe in both an evolution of...
  • CAN EVOLUTION PRODUCE AN EYE? Evolution vs. Creation

    10/29/2009 7:00:32 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 109 replies · 2,103+ views
    The Ignorant Fishermen Blog ^ | 1/1/94 | Dr. David N. Menton, Ph.D.
    The following is by Dr. David N. Menton, Ph.D. It is copyrighted 1994 by Missouri Association for Creation -- The human brain consists of approximately 12 billion cells, forming 120 trillion interconnections. The light sensitive retina of the eye (which is really part of the brain) contains over 10 million photoreceptor cells. These cells capture the light pattern formed by the lens and convert it into complex electrical signals, which are then sent to a special area of the brain where they are transformed into the sensation we call vision. In an article in "Byte" magazine (April 1985), John Stevens...
  • Dinosaur Soft Tissue Issue Is Here to Stay

    10/19/2009 1:40:13 PM PDT · by lasereye · 56 replies · 2,010+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Sep 1, 2009 | Brian Thomas
    In recent decades, soft, squishy tissues have been discovered inside fossilized dinosaur bones. They seem so fresh that it appears as though the bodies were buried only a few thousand years ago. Since many think of a fossil as having had the original bone material replaced by minerals, the presence of actual bone--let alone pliable blood vessels, red blood cells, and proteins inside the bone--is quite extraordinary. These finds also present a dilemma. Given the fact that organic materials like blood vessels and blood cells rot, and the rates at which certain proteins decay, how could these soft tissues have...
  • Why People Believe What They Do

    09/16/2009 3:29:20 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 142 replies · 3,199+ views
    Scientific American ^ | April 10, 2009 | Miller, Lombrozo
    Steve: You're doing really interesting work. You've decoupled sort of, "Is evolution true?", you know, "What are problems with evolution?", from people's interpretations of whether or not they accept evolution. Regardless of evolution itself, we're just talking about the psychological profiles of how you come to either accept or not accept evolution. Some of that work is yours and some of it you're very well familiar with from other people; so let's talk about some of the basics and some of the surprises about the people who accept and don't accept evolution and their reasons for it. Lombrozo: Sure. So...
  • Evolution: A Product of God's Design

    09/08/2009 7:51:21 PM PDT · by honestabe010 · 27 replies · 1,262+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | Brian Woodward
    For nearly two centuries the debate of how life was formed has raged. Did it occur through evolution or by creation? For many the debate is a theological one. Many Christians reject evolution holding that this theory is contrary to the Bible. Evolutionists often cite their theory as one refuting the existence of God. But can one believe in a creator while simultaneously accepting evolution?
  • Dembski Exam [IDer Dembski promotes Alinski!]

    08/10/2009 8:52:29 AM PDT · by antiRepublicrat · 12 replies · 628+ views
    RichardDawkins.net ^ | August 8, 2009 | Richard Dawkins
    Thanks to Baron Scarpia for alerting us to this website, which outlines the rigorous academic standards [Quote-miners, please note: this is sarcasm] which William Dembskis students have to achieve in his courses on Intelligent Design and Christian Apologetics at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: http://www.designinference.com/teaching/teaching.htm If you follow the links, you will see that it is full of gems: we wont spoil them for you by flagging them all up, but just to whet your appetite you will notice that, at both undergrad and masters level, there are courses for which 20% of the final marks come from having...
  • Breaking the Cease-Fire Between Science and Religion

    07/09/2009 6:45:37 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 50 replies · 1,448+ views
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | 7/8/'09 | David Klinghoffer
    What is portrayed as the debate between religion and science feels increasingly like watching the very bitter dissolution of a doomed marriage. The relationship started out all roses and kisses, proceeded to doubts and regrets, then fights and silences, a mutually agreed separation, and finally to curses and maledictions: I wish you were dead! In a recent Wall Street Journal opinion article, cosmologist Lawrence Krauss declared the inconsistency of belief in an activist god with modern science. Krausss essay was the latest eruption of a vituperative argument going on in the scientific community over accommodationism. Accommodationists hold that even atheists...
  • Indonesian elephant fossil opens window to past

    06/22/2009 6:36:37 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 3 replies · 380+ views
    AP via Breitbart ^ | June 22, 2009 | NINIEK KARMINI
    BANDUNG, Indonesia (AP) - Indonesian scientists are reconstructing the largest, most complete skeleton of a prehistoric giant elephant ever found in the tropics, a finding that may offer new clues into the largely mysterious origins of its modern Asian cousin. The prehistoric elephant is believed to have been submerged in quicksand shortly after dying on a riverbed in Java around 200,000 years ago. Its bonesalmost perfectly preservedwere discovered by chance in March. The animal stood four meters (13-feet) tall, was five meters (16-feet) long and weighed more than 10 tons. It was considerably larger than the great Asian mammals now...
  • Re-Analysis of the Marinov Light-Speed Anisotropy Experiment

    06/12/2009 11:25:41 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 27 replies · 1,653+ views
    Re-Analysis of the Marinov Light-Speed Anisotropy Experiment Reginald T. Cahill School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide 5001, Australia E-mail: Reg.Cahill@flinders.edu.au The anisotropy of the speed of light at 1 part in 10^3 has been detected by Michelson and Morley (1887), Miller (1925/26), Illingworth (1927), Joos (1930), Jaseja et al. (1964), Torr and Kolen (1984), DeWitte (1991) and Cahill (2006) using a variety of experimental techniques, from gas-mode Michelson interferometers (with the relativistic theory for these only determined in 2002) to one-way RF coaxial cable propagation timing. All agree on the speed, right ascension and declination of...
  • McLeroy opposed as board of ed leader (Texas Creationist)

    05/25/2009 8:06:06 PM PDT · by trumandogz · 6 replies · 444+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 5.25.09 | GARY SCHARRER
    AUSTIN Senate Democrats say they have more than enough votes to remove Don McLeroy as chairman of the State Board of Education Tuesday when McLeroys confirmation reaches the Senate floor.
  • Collins attempts to meld God and science [Ecumenical Thread]

    05/10/2009 3:38:17 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 27 replies · 699+ views
    The Scientist.com ^ | 5/23/2008 | Bob Grant--Associate Editor, The Scientist
    Francis Collins, former head of the National Human Genome Research Institute and seminal player in sequencing the human genome, has launched a foundation that seeks to reconcile Christian faith with science. The Washington-based foundation, BioLogos, is funded by the John Templeton Foundation and aims to promote "the search for truth in both the natural and spiritual realms, and seeks to harmonize these different perspectives," according to its website. The BioLogos website also lists several questions (eg. "How does the harshness of evolution align with the idea of a loving God?" and "Can scientific and scriptural truth be reconciled?" and "What...
  • 'Missing link' fossil seal walked

    04/22/2009 2:09:09 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 13 replies · 1,231+ views
    bbc ^ | 22 April 2009 | Richard Black
    It may look like a cross between a seal and an otter; but an Arctic fossil could, scientists say, hold the secret of seal evolution in its feet. A skeleton unearthed in northern Canada shows a creature with feet that were probably webbed, but were not flippers. Writing in the journal Nature, scientists suggest the 23 million-year-old proto-seal would have walked on land and swum in fresh water. It is the oldest seal ancestor found so far and has been named Pujilla darwini.
  • Gamma-Ray Burst Caused Mass Extinction?

    04/07/2009 10:17:42 AM PDT · by BGHater · 24 replies · 1,473+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 03 Apr 2009 | Anne Minard
    A brilliant burst of gamma rays may have caused a mass extinction event on Earth 440 million years agoand a similar celestial catastrophe could happen again, according to a new study. Most gamma-ray bursts are thought to be streams of high-energy radiation produced when the core of a very massive star collapses. Such a disaster may have been responsible for the mass die-off of 70 percent of the marine creatures that thrived during the Ordovician period (488 to 443 million years ago), suggests study leader Brian Thomas, an astrophysicist at Washburn University in Kansas. The simulation also shows that a...
  • Papal preacher says intelligent design is truth of faith, not science (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 826+ views
    cns ^ | 03.13.09 | cindy wooden
    Affirming the reality of an intelligent design for the creation and development of the universe is not a scientific theory, but a statement of faith, said the preacher of the papal household. Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, offering a Lenten meditation to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials March 13, said the controversy that has arisen between scientists supporting evolution and religious believers promoting creationism or intelligent design is due mainly to a confusion between scientific theory and the truths of faith. The intelligent-design theory asserts that the development and evolution of life is such a hugely complex process that...
  • Terrible lizards trapped by terrible Flood

    03/05/2009 6:57:01 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 127 replies · 3,465+ views
    Terrible lizards trapped by terrible Flood Tas Walker A trail of fossilized claw marks found in northern Spain reveals the desperation of animals struggling to escape drowning in the Genesis Flood. ... That the footprints were preserved at all indicates the dinosaurs were engulfed by abnormal conditions. Today footprints are quickly obliterated, especially on a beach or in a strong current. But in the sandstone in Spain even the delicate features of the scratches were preserved, which means that sediment covered the tracks (and the ripple marks) soon after the dinosaur struggled past...
  • Atheists strategize against book on God

    03/04/2009 9:02:16 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 952+ views
    WND ^ | March 4, 2009
    Atheists strategize against book on God Online plot reveals plan to give Christian writing low rating The Christian author whose book "You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence but You Can't Make Him Think" bumped atheist Richard Dawkins' "The God Delusion" on Amazon.com's best-seller list says he's uncovered a conspiracy to attack his work...
  • 7 Major "Missing Links" Since Darwin

    03/01/2009 5:30:40 AM PST · by Salman · 195 replies · 5,128+ views
    National Geographic ^ | March 2009 | Zina Deretsky, National Science Foundation
    For the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth (February 12, 2009), National Geographic News asked leading scientists for their picks of the most important fossils that show evolution in action ...
  • What I Teach My Children About Charles Darwin - On the Bicentennial of his Birth

    02/12/2009 10:12:42 PM PST · by XR7 · 22 replies · 1,008+ views
    VisionForum ^ | 2/12/09 | Doug Phillips
    In 2009, the eyes of the world will turn to commemorate the anniversaries of the births of the two most influential men of the last one thousand years — the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. No two men of the past millennium have done more to shape the thoughts of mankind or to affect the political and social destiny of nations than Calvin and Darwin — the former for the glory of God, and the latter for unimaginable evil. The following is a synopsis and excerpt...
  • Change Some May Not Want You To Believe In

    02/11/2009 11:44:11 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 607+ views
    American Thinker ^ | February 11, 2009 | James Baker
    Here is some interesting, and unexpected, polling data. According to the Discovery Institute’s website : A new Zogby poll on the eve of Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday shows a dramatic rise in the number of Americans who agree that when biology teachers teach the scientific evidence for Darwin’s theory of evolution, they also should teach the scientific evidence against it. Surprisingly, the poll also shows overwhelming support among self-identified Democrats and liberals for academic freedom to discuss the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution.   Over 78% of likely voters agree with teaching both the evidence for and against Darwin’s theory,...
  • Scientific McCarthyism

    02/11/2009 12:15:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 624+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | February 9, 2009 | Bryan Fischer
    The 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birthday on February 12 serves as a reminder that in his name scientific McCarthyism is alive and well in America's system of education. The same mentality that kept Galileo under house arrest for the last years of his life is today punishing science teachers who dare to raise scientific questions about Darwinian orthodoxy. Secular fundamentalists have so little confidence that the theory of evolution can stand up to rigorous scrutiny that they are gagging voices of dissent. For instance, one of the world's leading proponents of intelligent design is Dr. Scott Minnich, a biologist...
  • Darwin, Intelligent Design, and Freedom of Discovery on Evolutionists' Holy Day

    02/11/2009 8:07:30 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 88 replies · 601+ views
    U.S. News and World Report ^ | february 10, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Darwin, Intelligent Design, and Freedom of Discovery on Evolutionists' Holy Day By Casey Luskin Posted February 10, 2009 February 12 used to be universally recognized as the birthday of Abraham Lincolna day celebrating freedom. Needing a patron saint, Darwinists in recent years have converted February 12 into "Darwin Day." There's nothing wrong with celebrating Darwin's birthdayif that's what you really want to do. But in recent years the advocacy of evolution has become increasingly associated with attempts to subvert freedom. To reclaim February 12 for those who love freedom, Discovery Institute and others in the intelligent design (ID) movement are...
  • Ultraconserved sequences pose megaproblems for evolutionary theory

    02/05/2009 7:26:33 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 33 replies · 988+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Peter Borger and Royal Truman
    According to Darwinian theory, in the past we had a common ancestor with baboons, further back with bananas and still further with bacteria. This dogma has spread like a meme, which is a contagious idea that propagates in a similar way as a virus by infecting brains, according to inventor of the word, Richard Dawkins.1 In 2002, Roy Britten dispelled the first monkey meme that human and chimpanzee DNA sequences are 98.5% identical.2 He showed that when indelmutations were also taken into account, the difference suddenly became about 5%. The fact that chimpanzee genomes are about 10% larger than that...
  • Ancient Armored Whales

    01/27/2009 8:14:35 PM PST · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies · 579+ views
    http://www.scienceblogs.com ^ | 1-23-2009 | Brian Switek
    The skull of Basilosaurus, from the 1907 Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution. In 1900 the famous bone sharp Barnum Brown discovered the skeleton of a huge carnivorous dinosaur in Wyoming, and near its bones were a few fossilized bony plates. When H.F. Osborn described this creature as Dynamosaurus imperiosus he used this association to hypothesize that this predator was covered in armor, but as it turned out "Dynamosaurus" was really a representative of another new dinosaur Osborn named Tyrannosaurus rex. Osborn's famous tyrant showed no sign of being covered with armor, and the bony body covering turned out to...
  • Charles Darwin's tree of life is 'wrong and misleading', claim scientists

    01/22/2009 7:44:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 678+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Jan. 22, 2009
    Charles Darwin's tree of life, which shows how species are related, is " wrong" and "misleading", claim scientists. They believe the concept misleads us because his theory limits and even obscures the study of organisms and their ancestries. Evolution is far too complex to be explained by a few roots and branches, they claim. Many of their species swap genes back and forth, or engage in gene duplication, recombination, gene loss or gene transfers from multiple sources. Dr John Dupr, a philosopher of biology at Exeter University, said: "If there is a tree of life it's a small irregular structure...