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  • 'Faster-ticking clock' indicates early solar system may have evolved faster than we think

    05/03/2012 3:05:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | 05/01/2012
    Our solar system is four and a half billion years old, but its formation may have occurred over a shorter period of time than we previously thought, says an international team of researchers from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and universities and laboratories in the US and Japan. Establishing chronologies of past events or determining ages of objects require having clocks that tick at different paces, according to how far back one looks. Nuclear clocks, used for dating, are based on the rate of decay of an atomic nucleus expressed by a half-life, the time it takes for half of...
  • Mathematics of Eternity Prove The Universe Must Have Had A Beginning

    04/26/2012 3:13:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Cosmologists use the mathematical properties of eternity to show that although universe may last forever, it must have had a beginning kfc 04/24/2012 38 Comments The Big Bang has become part of popular culture since the phrase was coined by the maverick physicist Fred Hoyle in the 1940s. That's hardly surprising for an event that represents the ultimate birth of everything.However, Hoyle much preferred a different model of the cosmos: a steady state universe with no beginning or end, that stretches infinitely into the past and the future. That idea never really took off.In recent years, however, cosmologists have begun...
  • Doubting Darwin: panic in the suites of evolution

    04/25/2012 6:54:15 PM PDT · by Caleb1411 · 154 replies
    WORLD ^ | 5/5/12 | MARVIN OLASKY
    The sky is falling! Many interest groups and journalists raced to tell that to the public when a modest but important bill became law in Tennessee early in April. The law instructs teachers and administrators to "create an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that encourages students to explore scientific questions, learn about scientific evidence, develop critical thinking skills, and respond appropriately and respectfully to differences of opinion about controversial issues." What's not to like? The law, similar to one in Louisiana, also protects teachers who help students (I'm quoting from the official legislative summary) "understand, analyze, critique, and...
  • Are We Sliding Backward on Teaching Evolution?

    04/24/2012 4:21:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    TIME ^ | 04/24/2012 | Adam Cohen
    Tennessee was the center of the national debate when it prosecuted John Thomas Scopes for the crime of teaching evolution. Now, 87 years after the Scopes “monkey trial,” Tennessee is once again a battleground over the origins of man. This month, it enacted a controversial new law — dubbed the “monkey bill” — giving schoolteachers broad new rights to question the validity of evolution and to teach students creationism. The Tennessee legislature has been on a determined campaign to impose an ideological agenda on the state’s schools. Last week, the house education committee passed the so-called “Don’t say gay” bill,...
  • Researchers make alternatives to DNA and RNA

    04/21/2012 10:34:28 AM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 6 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 21 April 2012 | Eryn Brown
    DNA and RNA molecules are the basis for all life on Earth, but they don't necessarily have to be the basis for all life everywhere, scientists have shown.
  • Scientific Fraud and Evolution

    04/20/2012 12:02:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 10 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 20, 2012 | JP
    The scientific community is atwitter about recent reports documenting the sharp rise in retractions of articles published in scientific journals. To wit, The New York Times published a chart this week showing that such retractions have increased from a mere three instances in 2000 to a whopping 180 in 2009. The chart indicated that 235 of the articles retracted over that ten-year span were attributable to “scientific mistake.” Another 196 were attributable to “fraud or fabrication.” And the remaining 311 to “other.” That brings to mind what arguably is history’s most glaring example of scientific mistake, fraud and fabrication all...
  • Christian Teacher in Ohio Battles Tyrannical Evolution Pushers

    04/17/2012 4:27:49 AM PDT · by scottfactor · 228 replies
    scottfactor.com ^ | 04/17/12 | Gina Miller
    Members of the anti-Christian, communist Left are obsessed with banishing the presence of Christian expression from all areas of the public square. They are probably the most fervent in this crusade in the government-run public school classrooms, where teachers are persecuted for displaying even a hint of Christianity. I have written before about a California teacher, Brad Johnson, who is fighting back against a tyrannical school district that ordered him to remove patriotic banners from his classroom walls—banners that simply included the name of God in their sayings. These banners had long been hanging in his classroom, but the God-hating...
  • Do you HATE Evolution? Black Student Throws a Fit in Florida Evolution Class

    03/22/2012 7:44:32 AM PDT · by Moseley · 321 replies · 5+ views
    Cure Socialism ^ | March 22, 2012 | Jonathon Moseley
    Here is evolution for you: http://upressonline.com/2012/03/fau-student-threatens-to-kill-professor-and-classmates/ This is very sad. And it seems crazy at first. BUT THINK ABOUT IT. It is obvious to me what is going on here. Yes, I am guessing / reading between the lines. But I think it is very clear. The class was being taught about EVOLUTION: A fellow classmate, Rachel Bustamante, was sitting behind Carr prior to her outburst and noticed she had been avoiding looking at the professor until 11:35 a.m. — that’s when she snapped. The classmate reported that Kajiura was discussing attraction between peacocks when Carr raised her hand to...
  • Vanity: Genesis As Science, Chapter 1

    03/18/2012 6:38:49 PM PDT · by EnglishCon · 146 replies
    03/18/2012 | EnglishCon
    A few people asked me to write this, after a couple of comments I made on another thread. The first few chapters of Genesis are, with minimal mental gymnastics, a clear and accurate statement of science, as we understand it today. I am not talking from any particular creed here. Though a Catholic, (and without any authority!), I am from a background of a devout Protestant and much less devout Jewish culture who is, like many people, simply looking for answers. My training was as a Biochemist, at a time when we were first starting to map the genome. So,...
  • Meet Earth's earliest animal with a skeleton

    03/09/2012 5:19:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 9 replies
    MSNBC ^ | March 9, 2012 | Charles Choi
    The oldest animal with a skeleton has been discovered, a creature shaped like a thimble that lived on the seafloor more than a half-billion years ago, researchers say. These findings shed light on the evolution of early life on Earth, and could also help scientists recognize life elsewhere in the universe.
  • Humans and Gorillas Closer Than Thought, Genome Sequence Says

    03/07/2012 1:49:57 PM PST · by Pharmboy · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Bloomberg News via SFGate ^ | 3-7-12 | Elizabeth Lopatto
    <p>March 7 (Bloomberg) -- Gorillas have been portrayed as militaristic bullies in the Planet of the Apes movies and as "highly social gentle giants" by researcher Dian Fossey.</p> <p>Now scientists say they're closer genetically to humans than they once thought.</p>
  • Trial Begins in NASA Intelligent Design Discrimination Case

    03/06/2012 9:31:52 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/06/2012 | Jonathan Moormann
    A lawsuit between Jet Propulsion Labs and a NASA mission specialist who claims he was demoted for his beliefs begins Wednesday, the latest in a series of court cases featuring intelligent design proponents suing former employers. David Coppedge was employed at the JPL for 14 years and served as an information technology specialist on the Cassini mission to Saturn before being demoted. He first took his case to court in the summer of 2010 and was later fired in Jan. 2011. In the complaint, Coppedge alleges that he was demoted and disciplined for discussing intelligent design with co-workers and distributing...
  • Inglorious beginnings: Experts trace humanity's origins to ancient worm

    03/05/2012 1:34:49 PM PST · by saganite · 14 replies
    Calgary Herald ^ | 6 March 2012 | Staff
    It seems an inglorious beginning, but some scientists are now convinced humanity's origins can be traced to an ancient, flat, fishlike worm. A team of researchers subjected the 505-million-year-old Burgess shale fossils of Pikaia gracilens to the latest technology and found evidence that could settle a decades-long debate about the primitive species. Notably, that they had the seeds of a spine. "We can see and discern the positive location of the notochord and the nerve chord. This was not obvious at all, you needed these techniques to see it," said Jean-Bernard Caron, the curator of invertebrate paleontology at the Royal...
  • String Theory Skeptics and Multiverse Mania

    02/23/2012 7:32:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 77 replies
    Not Even Wrong ^ | 02/21/2012 | Peter Woit
    My endless rants here about the hot field of multiverse studies are mainly motivated by concern about the effect this is having on particle theory. Multiverse scenarios all too often function as an excuse for not admitting that string theory/extra-dimensional ideas about unification have failed. Such an admission would encourage people to move on to more promising ideas, but instead hep-th is stuck in an endless doldrums with the high profile public face of the subject dominated by excited claims about what a wonderful discovery this region is.Independently of the string theory problem, I’m personally a skeptic that multiverse...
  • Why Do Dinosaur Skeletons Look So Weird? (a carcass in a watery grave)

    02/23/2012 12:57:19 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 02/16/2012
    ScienceDaily (Feb. 16, 2012) — Many fossilized dinosaurs have been found in a twisted posture. Scientists have long interpreted this as a sign of death spasms. Two researchers from Basel and Mainz now come to the conclusion that this bizarre deformations occurred only during the decomposition of dead dinosaurs. A syndrome like that as a petrified expression of death throes was discussed for the first time about 100 years ago for some vertebrate fossils, but the acceptance of this interpretation declined during the following decades. In 2007, this "opisthotonus hypothesis" was newly posted by a veterinarian and a palaeontologist....
  • The Politically Correct Curriculum of Public Schools

    02/09/2012 6:11:54 AM PST · by setourchildrenfree · 4 replies
    The philosophies embedded in public school curricula today encompass a very humanistic point of view where government is the center of the universe, and the nurturing and indoctrination of its children its most important function. The only morality comes not from God, but from the sacred collectivist view of conformity to group values.
  • Indiana Senate Passes Academic Freedom Bill Targeted at Evolution’s Stranglehold

    02/02/2012 8:47:24 PM PST · by sreastman · 17 replies · 1+ views
    FaithIssues.com ^ | 2/2/2012 | Steve Eastman
    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence Thanks to Senator Dennis Kruse, Indiana educators may soon have the same freedom to express their beliefs about the origin of man as Thomas Jefferson did when he wrote the Declaration of Independence. This week the state Senate passed SB-89, which states, “The governing body of a school corporation may offer instruction on various theories of the origin of life....
  • This Just In: Everything Came From Nothing and if You Don’t Agree You Know Nothing

    01/11/2012 8:47:11 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | 01/10/2012 | Cornelius Hunter
    Evolution professor Lawrence Krauss is now saying that the universe, and everything in it, came from nothing. Not only that, but there are probably billions and billions of universes that have spontaneously arisen. Occasionally a universe happens to have all the right properties for life to arise spontaneously within it, and that would be us. CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO Krauss, a theoretical physicist and head of The Origins Project at Arizona State University, is not the first evolutionist to defy the age-old wisdom that something does not come from nothing. World-famous physicist Stephen Hawking popularized the idea...
  • Genome Study Points to Adaptation in Early African-Americans

    01/08/2012 2:22:04 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies · 2+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 2, 2012 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Researchers scanning the genomes of African-Americans say they see evidence of natural selection as their ancestors adapted to the harsh conditions of their new environment in America. The scientists, led by Li Jin of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Shanghai, report in the journal Genome Research that certain disease-causing variant genes became more common in African-Americans after their ancestors reached American shores — perhaps because they conferred greater, offsetting benefits. Other gene variants have become less common, the researchers say, like the gene for sickle cell hemoglobin, which in its more common single-dose form protects against malaria. The Shanghai...
  • Hubble Ultra Deep Field 3D

    This video tells us that are things in space that existed 47 Billion Years ago.
  • African Lungfish Has Scientists Rethinking 100's Of Millions Of Years Of Evolutionary History

    12/14/2011 10:13:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 12/14/2011 | Dina Spector
    A fish that uses its fins to walk across the floor is causing scientists to rethink the evolution of walking on land, according to a new study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers at the University of Chicago observed an African lungfish using its pelvic fins "as hind legs to propel itself along the bottom of the tank," reports Victoria Gill and Jason Palmer at BBC News. This could mean that our ability to walk developed underwater—before creatures grew toes or limbs necessary to move on land—essentially rewriting hundreds of millions of years of...
  • New planet discovered to be first in habitable zone

    12/06/2011 6:40:24 AM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Dec 6, 2011 | By SETH BORENSTEIN,
    New planet discovery excites scientists: the discovery of a new planet 600 light years away with roughly the right temperature for plant and animal habitation is causing a buzz in the science community. Though much larger than Earth, scientists haven't ruled out the possibility of life being discovered. A newly discovered planet is eerily similar to Earth and is sitting outside Earth's solar system in what seems to be the ideal place for life, except for one hitch. It is a bit too big. The planet is smack in the middle of what astronomers call the Goldilocks zone, that hard...
  • F. A. Hayek on Social Evolution and the Origins of Tradition

    12/02/2011 12:08:47 PM PST · by Nachum · 8 replies
    YouTube ^ | 12/2/11 | LibertarianismDotOrg
    In this exclusive video, Nobel-laureate F. A. Hayek discusses the evolution of morality and social norms, arguing that they result from unplanned, emergent processes. He contrasts this conclusion with other philosophical accounts of law and morality.
  • Even Richard Dawkins is Right Sometimes (Is the Biblical story of Adam and Eve a myth?)

    11/29/2011 12:32:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 417 replies
    Religious Dispatches ^ | 11/28/2011 | Paul Wallace
    For the last several months there has been a flurry of discussion—mostly online, of course—about the impossibility of a literal Adam & Eve (see, e.g., here and here and here). This ruling-out has been accomplished recently by the Human Genome Project, which indicates that anatomically modern humans emerged from primate ancestors about 100,000 years ago, from a population of something like 10,000. In short, science has confirmed what many of us already knew: there was not a literal first couple. So what else can we learn from this story? Plenty, it turns out. Peter Enns, a biblical scholar who blogs...
  • Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution... because it 'clashes with the Koran'

    11/27/2011 5:33:50 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/27/2010
    Muslim students, including trainee doctors on one of Britain's leading medical courses, are walking out of lectures on evolution claiming it conflicts with creationist ideas established in the Koran. Professors at University College London have expressed concern over the increasing number of biology students boycotting lectures on Darwinist theory, which form an important part of the syllabus, citing their religion. Similar to the beliefs expressed by fundamentalist Christians, Muslim opponents to Darwinism maintain that Allah created the world, mankind and all known species in a single act. Steve Jones emeritus professor of human genetics at university college London has questioned...
  • Muslim Medical Students Boycotting Science Classes on evolution because it clashes with the Koran

    11/27/2011 9:39:54 AM PST · by mnehring · 26 replies
    I am surprised the headline wasn't 'Darwin hate speech incites Muslim extremism. The idea that they reject that which conflicts with their belief system is consistent with everything we have suffered in this war on the West. They rewrote the history on Israel and the Middle East (not to mention taking credit for "scientific inventions" invented by others)  and the left swallowed it whole - let's see where this goes.Muslim medical students boycotting lectures on evolution... because it 'clashes with the Koran' By Daily Mail Reporter (hat tip Phillipa)   Conflict: An increasing number of Muslim biology students are boycotting...
  • What Happened to the Dinosaurs...

    11/01/2011 10:19:06 PM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | November 2, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
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  • Perfect fossil could be most complete dinosaur ever

    10/16/2011 7:07:25 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 68 replies
    New Scientists ^ | 13 October 2011 | Jeff Hecht
    Dinosaur fossils don't come much more impressive than this. With 98 per cent of its skeleton preserved, this young predatory theropod from southern Germany may be the most complete dinosaur ever found. Oliver Rauhut, curator of the Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology in Munich, announced the find yesterday. Although Chinese bird and dinosaur fossils are famed for delicate details such as their feathers, they don't match this 72-centimetre-long theropod in terms of clarity and completeness of preservation. The young dinosaur has been dated at 135 million years old, putting it in the early Cretaceous, but it has yet...
  • Human Beings Continue to Evolve: Study

    10/05/2011 4:18:19 AM PDT · by 1010RD · 115 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | Oct. 5, 2011 | IB Times Staff reporter
    Even in relatively modern societies, humans are still changing and evolving in response to their environment, new research indicates. The study was published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The researchers found a genetic push toward younger age at first reproduction and larger families while studying an island population in Quebec. The study used data from 30 families who settled on île aux Coudres, located in the St. Lawrence River outside of Quebec City, between 1720 and 1773. The researchers analyzed the data from women who married between 1799 and 1940, comparing their family relationships,...
  • Poll finds evangelicals stand apart on evolution, climate change

    10/03/2011 11:52:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Religion News Service ^ | 09/22/2011 | Lauren Markoe
    WASHINGTON (RNS) White evangelicals and Tea Party members are less likely to believe in evolution and climate change than most Americans, a finding that could pose a particular problem for Republican presidential hopefuls. A new poll released Thursday (Sept. 22) also showed that a majority of Americans (57 percent) believes in evolution, and an even larger majority (69 percent) believes in climate change—though many still disagree that the phenomenon is based on human activity. But most Americans do not insist that their presidential candidates share their views on these issues, nor do they believe scientists have come to a consensus...
  • Why LIBERALS don't believe in Science - or Journalism

    09/22/2011 10:46:19 PM PDT · by publius321 · 27 replies
    The purpose of this column is not to endorse a political contender for the Republican presidential race but rather to point out the strategy of the leftist media to undermine any candidate who shows the potential of being the alternative choice to their false prophet in the White House. The nation was recently treated to yet another child being exploited by a parent offering her son as a sacrifice of dignity on behalf of Barack 0bama. It came not in the usual third world dictator tactic of forcing the clueless child to sing praise to the tyrant but this time...
  • Famed fossil isn't a bird after all, analysis says (Archaeopteryx)

    07/27/2011 1:55:41 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 81 replies
    http://www.physorg.com ^ | July 27, 2011 | By MALCOLM RITTER
    One of the world's most famous fossil creatures, widely considered the earliest known bird, is getting a rude present on the 150th birthday of its discovery: A new analysis suggests it isn't a bird at all. Chinese scientists are proposing a change to the evolutionary family tree that boots Archaeopteryx off the "bird" branch and onto a closely related branch of birdlike dinosaurs. Archaeopteryx (ahr-kee-AHP'-teh-rihx) was a crow-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago. It had wings and feathers, but also quite un-birdlike traits like teeth and a bony tail. Discovered in 1861 in Germany, two years after...
  • The Question of Origins and the 2012 Presidential Election

    09/17/2011 7:52:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Classical Conversations ^ | 09/17/2011 | Jonathan Bartlett
    In the last few months, in the run-up to the Republican primary, the press (and others) have made quite a bit of noise about the beliefs of the candidates on the issue of evolution. The goal of this post is to elucidate why the question of origins is important within politics at all. Even more so, my hope is that this will help parents understand and teach the practical consequences of our beliefs within everyday life. It may seem to some people that the position of a political candidate on an issue like evolution is like asking them what their...
  • Evolution Needs to Evolve

    09/16/2011 1:37:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 105 replies
    American Specator ^ | 09/16/2011 | By Hal G.P. Colebatch
    Professor of Atheism Richard Dawkins grows increasingly shrill. His outbursts include the following, not very recent, but typical: __________________________________ It is absolutely safe to say that if you meet somebody who claims not to believe in evolution, that person is ignorant, stupid or insane (or wicked, but I'd rather not consider that). __________________________________ You can, of course, make any point you like providing you don't care about first premises. One thing which evidently fails to enter Professor Dawkins' mental universe is the idea -- accepted by many scientists -- that the theory of evolution is broadly correct, but as an...
  • Humans Shaped Stone Axes 1.8 Million Years Ago: Advanced Tool-Making Methods Pushed Back in Time

    09/10/2011 8:30:28 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 09/01/2011
    A new study suggests that Homo erectus, a precursor to modern humans, was using advanced toolmaking methods in East Africa 1.8 million years ago, at least 300,000 years earlier than previously thought. The study, recently published in Nature, raises new questions about where these tall and slender early humans originated and how they developed sophisticated tool-making technology. Homo erectus appeared about 2 million years ago, and ranged across Asia and Africa before hitting a possible evolutionary dead-end, about 70,000 years ago. Some researchers think Homo erectus evolved in East Africa, where many of the oldest fossils have been found, but...
  • Hand in hand with the missing link across two million years..

    09/09/2011 9:11:28 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 53 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 09.09.11
    Their deaths two million years ago have breathed new life into our understanding of the way human beings evolved. Two primitive ape-like creatures, believed to be a mother and her young son, plunged through the roof of a cave and suffered a slow death from starvation. Now scientists believe their fossilised skeletons show they could be our direct ancestors, the long-sought ‘missing link’ between apes and humans.
  • Does questioning evolution make you anti-science?

    09/05/2011 5:17:21 PM PDT · by SJackson · 156 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 09/05/2011 | SHMULEY BOTEACH
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry said that evolution was “just a theory” and that it had “some gaps in it.” Paul Krugman thinks that Republicans are dumb, knuckle-dragging Neanderthals. In the not-too-distant future he sees a Republican half-wit delivering his acceptance speech as presidential nominee at the convention in grunts, beating his chest, and bopping his wife over the head with the a club as he drags her on to the stage by her hair. Writing in The New York Times, Krugman says, “One of these years the world’s greatest nation will find itself ruled by a party that is...
  • Creationism Wins Votes - For Both Parties

    08/30/2011 2:35:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | 08/30/2011 | Hank Campbell
    'Creationism' is a confusing term.  In science, militant atheists will intentionally call all religious people 'creationists' and then complain creationists are anti-science, even about the religious people who are not anti-science at all.   'Young Earth' creationists think we were created in whole form 6,000 or so years ago and believe paleontology and biology are some test of faith but commingling the terms is intellectually dishonest.   Politics makes even otherwise smart scientists do bad things. It's the same scam progressive militants pulled regarding 'stem cell research'.   No Republican had objected to 40 years of 'stem cell research' but...
  • The Missing Link Wore Underpants

    08/27/2011 12:21:39 PM PDT · by TR Clancy · 8 replies
    Dearborn Underground ^ | 8/27/2011 | TR Clancy
    By the U-Bomber’s concept of justice, one he shares with millions of jihadists around the world, an aggressive act is a permissible “defensive” act when waged against anyone defaming Muhammad. So fundamental a truth is this in the U-Bomber’s mind that he sees no need to include in his motion any details, real or invented, of any wrongdoing or provcative behavior on the part of the officers that could explain his outbrust of violence. He never says the officers flushed his Koran, or called him an Islamophobic name, or tried to read to him from the polytheist Bible. What he...
  • Christian Professor Claims Genetics Disproves Historical Adam

    08/27/2011 10:07:19 AM PDT · by fishtank · 142 replies · 1+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 8-26-11 | Brian Thomas
    National Public Radio recently interviewed Trinity Western University biologist Dennis Venema, who stated his belief that humans did not descend from Adam and Eve.1 Venema, an evangelical evolutionist, claimed that genetics studies show "there is no way we can be traced back to a single couple."2 Do the data really contradict the biblical account of human history? "Given the genetic variation of people today, [Venema] says scientists can't get that [starting] population size below 10,000 people at any time in our evolutionary history," NPR reported.2 But this claim fails for three reasons. First, it relies on the presumption of "evolutionary...
  • Attention Governor Perry: Evolution is a fact (Oh, Really?)

    08/23/2011 12:49:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The Washington Post's On Faith ^ | August 23, 2011 | Richard Dawkins, British Evolutionary Biologist/Author
    Q. Texas governor and GOP candidate Rick Perry, at a campaign event this week, told a boy that evolution is ”just a theory” with “gaps” and that in Texas they teach “both creationism and evolution.” Perry later added “God is how we got here.” According to a 2009 Gallup study , only 38 percent of Americans say they believe in evolution. If a majority of Americans are skeptical or unsure about evolution, should schools teach it as a mere “theory”? Why is evolution so threatening to religion? A. There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be...
  • US judges rule for teacher who called creationism ‘superstitious nonsense’

    08/22/2011 7:49:29 AM PDT · by Former Fetus · 25 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 8/22/2011 | Warren Richey
    A public high school teacher in California may not be sued for making hostile remarks about religion in his classroom, a federal appeals court ruled on Friday. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by a student charging that the teacher's hostile remarks about creationism and religious faith violated a First Amendment mandate that the government remain neutral in matters of religion. A three-judge panel of the Ninth US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously that the lawsuit against an advanced placement history teacher at Capistrano Valley High School in Mission Viejo must be thrown out of court because the...
  • Fossil microbes discovered in Australia could be Earth's oldest known life form

    08/22/2011 3:10:55 AM PDT · by Natufian · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 08/22/11 | Ian Sample
    The fossilised remains of microbes that lived beside the sea in the earliest chapter of life on Earth have been discovered in a slab of rock in Western Australia. Researchers found the tiny fossils in rock formations that date to 3.4bn years ago, making them strong candidates to be the oldest microbes found. Some clung to grains of sand that had gathered on one of the first known stretches of beach. The findings paint a vivid picture of life arising when the first landmasses began to emerge in fragmentary fashion from the oceans. At the time, volcanic eruptions spewed gas...
  • Jon Huntsman turns to Twitter to criticize Perry

    08/18/2011 8:30:30 PM PDT · by quantim · 49 replies
    AP/WorldMag ^ | Aug 18, 11:04 PM EDT | JOSH LOFTIN
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman on Thursday turned to Twitter to attack a rival, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, for his positions on evolution and climate change. "To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy," Huntsman tweeted.
  • Huntsman on Twitter: ‘Call me crazy,’ I believe in evolution, warming (quasi-Republican moonbat?)

    08/18/2011 8:28:07 PM PDT · by Libloather · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/18/11 | Justin Sink
    Huntsman on Twitter: ‘Call me crazy,’ I believe in evolution, warmingBy Justin Sink - 08/18/11 02:59 PM ET Republican presidential candidate and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman on Thursday took to Twitter to offer his support for the theory of evolution. Huntsman made the tweet shortly after Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) offered comments that cast doubt on evolution, and his comments could be seen as a criticism of Perry. “To be clear. I believe in evolution and trust scientists on global warming. Call me crazy,” Huntsman, also a former ambassador to China, tweeted. Perry also has raised questions about...
  • NH Mother Uses Child as a Prop to Question Rick Perry on Evolution

    08/18/2011 8:33:03 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 86 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 18, 2011 | Michael Falcone,Arlette Saenz - The Note
    Among the protestors at this morning's meet and greet in Portsmouth, N.H., a mother used her child as a prop to confront Rick Perry about his beliefs on evolution and science. The mother pushed her son towards Perry and insisted he ask the governor about the age of the earth. "How old do I think the earth is? You know what, I don't have any idea," Perry said. "I know it's pretty old so it goes back a long long way. I'm not sure anybody actually knows completely and absolutely how long, how old the earth is." While Perry was...
  • Rick Perry Answers the Dreaded "Evolution" Question (Mentions holes in the Theory of Evolution)

    08/09/2011 5:59:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies · 2+ views
    Evolution News ^ | 08/09/2011 | David Klinghoffer
    Governor Rick Perry on evolution, in an interview with the Associated Press: "There are clear indications from our people who have amazing intellectual capability that this didn't happen by accident and a creator put this in place. Now, what was his time frame and how did he create the earth that we know? I'm not going to tell you that I've got the answers to that. I believe that we were created by this all-powerful supreme being and how we got to today versus what we look like thousands of years ago, I think there's enough holes in the theory...
  • Testimonies of Scientists Who Believe the Bible

    08/09/2011 7:23:55 AM PDT · by Sopater · 34 replies
    Testimonies of Scientists Who Believe the Bible Aug/08/11 20:55 Filed in: Evolution | Evidences August 9, 2011 (Fundamental Baptist Information Service, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061, 866-295-4143, fbns@wayoflife.org; for instructions about subscribing and unsubscribing or changing addresses, see the information paragraph at the end of the article) -High Schools, colleges, and universities typically teach only one theory of origins, that being evolution, and the students are not presented with a creationist or even an Intelligent Design viewpoint. In fact, they are often given the idea that no true scientist today is a creationist. When the National Academy...
  • Stephen Hawking Explains Spontaneous Creation in Discovery Channel Series

    08/04/2011 2:02:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies · 2+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 08/04/2011 | Fionna Agomuoh |
    Stephen Hawking is squaring off with God, saying that God did not have a hand in creating the universe and that the "laws of science" can explain how the universe created itself from nothing. In the premiere episode of The Discovery Channel’s latest series "Curiosity," set for Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, Hawking takes on the question: "Is There a Creator?" Hawking, who has done extensive research on several contentious topics such as time travel, parallel universes and black holes, says that God was not necessary for the creation of the universe. He proposes that it is possible that the...
  • What's your opinion about teaching the theory of evolution in public schools? (Freep this poll!)

    07/30/2011 9:55:01 PM PDT · by Dominic01 · 97 replies
    KIII-TV ^ | 07/30/11
    What's your opinion about teaching the theory of evolution in public schools? Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far: Evolution should be taught in public schools. 39% Evolution should be taught along with creationism. 33% Creationism should be taught, not evolution. 24% I don't know.