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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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: ...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...