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  • Christians Divided Over Earth's Age According to ChristiaNet Poll

    08/14/2007 8:44:03 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 55 replies · 1,069+ views
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 14, 2007 | Staff
    ChristiaNet.com, the world's largest Christian portal with twelve million monthly page loads, conducted a recent poll asking, "Is the Earth billions of years old?" Regardless the selection of "Yes", "No" or "Unsure", these Christian voters agreed that, "In the beginning God created..." "A point of confusion seems to be whether there is a gap of time between the beginning of universe and the creation of Adam", stated Bill Cooper, President of ChristiaNet. Out of 797 polled, 43% believed the Earth is less than billions of years old. The vast majority of this group felt the Earth is between 6,000 and...
  • Former NASA engineer touts creationism

    08/04/2007 8:55:32 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 128 replies · 1,528+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | August 4, 2007 | Rick Cousins
    Tom Henderson is not much of a watchmaker. He shakes a small glass jar containing a tiny metallic gear, a brass bezel, a scarred watch crystal and dozens of other nearly microscopic, shiny objects. But, no watch. He vigorously rattles the container again. Still, no watch. For Henderson, a retired NASA engineer and creationist speaker, that is the point. No watchmaker — no watch. He’s carried the somewhat-out-of favor message of special creation to nine foreign countries in the past several decades because he is convinced that how we believe the world came to be it is important. His is...
  • Society Of Vertebrate Paleontology Speaks Out On Creation Museum

    07/29/2007 2:13:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 132 replies · 2,436+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 30, 2007
    Professional paleontologists from around the world are concerned about the misrepresentation of science at the newly opened Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The Creation Museum has been marketed to the public as a “reasoned, logical defence” for young-earth creationism by Ken Ham, the President and CEO of Answers in Genesis, which runs the Creation Museum. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, a world-wide scientific and educational organization concerned with vertebrate paleontology, contends that the museum presents visitors with a view of earth history that has been scientifically disproven for over a century...
  • Fossil finds shake up dinosaur theories

    07/22/2007 8:19:41 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 264 replies · 6,396+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | July 19, 2007 | Betsy Mason
    Dinosaur fossils found in New Mexico are challenging the idea that when dinosaurs appeared on the scene some 235 million years ago, they quickly rose to dominate the landscape. Buried among the dinosaur bones, a team led by UC Berkeley paleontologists discovered the remnants of the dinosaurs' predecessors, dinosauromorphs, that lived 15-20 million years after the first dinosaur showed up. "It was very exciting because we knew this was a type of animal that no one thought you'd find anywhere at any time in North America," said paleontologist Randall Irmis, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and lead author of...
  • Big Chicken with Sharp Teeth

    07/21/2007 4:05:25 PM PDT · by rickdylan · 43 replies · 1,084+ views
    I looked for an existing FR thread on this one and didn't find one. There were a couple of threads from a year or so ago describing the original find but nothing on the more recent news. Researchers in 2005 broke a tyrannosaur bone in half to get it on a small helicopter which was all they had available and found soft tissue inside the bone including what looked like raw meet, blood vessels, and blood. More recently, collagen and proteins from this bone have been sequenced and turnout to be altogether similar to those of chickens. The tyrannosaur apparently...
  • Pro-Darwin Biology Professor...Supports Teaching Intelligent Design

    06/23/2007 12:21:46 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 1,634 replies · 13,008+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | June 22, 2007
    Pro-Darwin Biology Professor Laments Academia's "Intolerance" and Supports Teaching Intelligent Design Charles Darwin famously said, "A fair result can be obtained only by fully balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question." According to a recent article by J. Scott Turner, a pro-Darwin biology professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, modern Neo-Darwinists are failing to heed Darwin's advice. (We blogged about a similar article by Turner in The Chronicle of Higher Education in January, 2007.) Turner is up front with his skepticism of intelligent design (ID), which will hopefully allow...
  • Don't let Darwin make a monkey out of you

    07/17/2007 2:30:26 AM PDT · by balch3 · 115 replies · 2,306+ views
    Crossrhythms ^ | July 16, 2007 | Steve Maltz
    There are plenty of things in this life that we accept as true. Sometimes we grow out of them as we grow up, as in the case of Father Christmas, the tooth fairy and a decent postal service. As we become more aware of the world around us, then some previously accepted truths are discarded. Yet some are not and we go through life believing the same old stuff mainly because nothing else has come along to teach us otherwise. This is fine as long as there's some semblance of truth in what we're believing, but there are some things...
  • Science Museums Adapt in Struggle against Creationist Revisionism

    07/14/2007 10:33:34 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 632 replies · 6,055+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 12, 2007 | Elizabeth Landau
    Madonna and Bon Jovi are no match for Hawaiian flies when it comes to karaoke hits at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. In a popular exhibit activity, visitors attempt to mimic the unique courtship calls of different species of Hawaiian Drosophila, a group of 800 different flies that may have evolved from a single species. Fly karaoke is part of "Explore Evolution," a permanent exhibit currently at Nebraska and five other museums in the Midwest and Southwest...that explores evolutionary concepts in new ways. Such an activity is a far cry from the traditional way science museums have...
  • Teach the controversy ['lawsuit-proof' balanced approach to teaching evolution]

    07/13/2007 2:28:17 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 41 replies · 651+ views
    WORLD ^ | July 21, 2007 | Mark Bergin
    For 15 years Doug Cowan has taught the scientific evidence for and against Darwinism to biology students at Curtis High, a large public school several miles southwest of Tacoma, Wash. Over that time, the popular teacher and athletic coach has drawn periodic criticisms from community activists and local media. But he has faced no lawsuits and never worried over losing his job. Students in Cowan's classes praise his balanced presentation. And parents rarely, if ever, raise objections. "I haven't heard a thing," he told WORLD. "Parents think it's really neat that I'm allowing kids to weigh the evidence from both...
  • I hate green eggs but I love Ken Ham ! (Rebutting critics of the new Creation Museum)

    07/12/2007 7:11:29 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 10 replies · 959+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 07/12/2007 | John Lofton
    By John Lofton I do not like green eggs. But, I love Ken Ham, I do. I do not like green eggs here or there. But, I love Ken Ham anywhere! I do not like green eggs in a box, with a fox, In a house, with a mouse. Green eggs make me sick just to see 'em. But, I love Ken Ham and his (His) museum! I love Ken Ham – president of the Answers In Genesis ministry – because he's a Christian with a brain and he has the guts to defend the faith. I also love him...
  • 24 Observations on the Intelligent Design versus Macro Evolution debate

    07/07/2007 12:58:27 AM PDT · by MatthewTan · 54 replies · 1,153+ views
    patsullivan.com/blog ^ | June 28, 2007 | Pat Sullivan
    24 Observations on the Intelligent Design versus Macro Evolution debate I kicked off quite a firestorm with my recent post on Marketing Darwin. The blogger Orac picked it up, shredded it to pieces, which led to dozens of comments at my blog and his. Smelling fresh blood, Professor PZ Meyers takes me to task, and more comments ensue. Basically, I get trashed really badly. Thank goodness I am secure in my old age! :) I find it all interesting. Many of the commenters raise some really good points, and I agree with some of them. Many though seem to deliberately...
  • Evolution is preposterous

    07/07/2007 2:31:35 AM PDT · by balch3 · 365 replies · 6,653+ views
    The Irish Independent ^ | July 7, 2007 | CIARAN FARRELL,
    Mr Lundbergh is absolutely accurate in his critique of the false pseudo-scientific religion of Darwinism. The hysterical/irrational reaction of its adherents is similar in many ways to the reaction to Pope Benedict's brilliant Regensburg lecture. Such people do not like to have their certainties questioned. For anyone with an open mind, neither historical evidence nor scientific experimentation lend any credibility to this "theory". It remains just that, a preposterous theory, not a matter of fact. It's very much a case of ideology masquerading as science, a crutch for closed minds, an ideology for the deluded. There's nothing concrete or tangible...
  • Surprises in sea anemone genome (More Vindication for Intelligent Design/Creation Science)

    07/06/2007 11:20:54 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 189 replies · 3,537+ views
    The Scientist ^ | July 5, 2007 | Melissa Lee Phillips
    The study also found that these similarities were absent from fruit fly and nematode genomes, contradicting the widely held belief that organisms become more complex through evolution. The findings suggest that the ancestral animal genome was quite complex, and fly and worm genomes lost some of that intricacy as they evolved. It’s surprising to find such a “high level of genomic complexity in a supposedly primitive animal such as the sea anemone,” Koonin told The Scientist. It implies that the ancestral animal “was already extremely highly complex, at least in terms of its genomic organization and regulatory and signal transduction...
  • Evolution as a scientific principle has been seriously challenged

    07/04/2007 5:43:27 PM PDT · by balch3 · 107 replies · 2,439+ views
    Stabroke News ^ | July 4th, 2007 | Roger Williams
    Dear Editor, Reading Kowlessar Misir's letter captioned "Science and Religion are mutually exclusive: belief is a matter of faith!" (07.06.30) is a tortuous journey. Throughout the letter, one senses the difficulty in conceptualizing the big picture, and also a desperate search for meaning. An indication of Misir's dilemma is the fact that, in the tight space of a single page, he asked 21 questions rather than exercise diligence in rationalizing their answers. The reason for this, sadly, is found in the very last line of his effort as he quotes Miller on Darwin, denying the existence of a soul. Could...
  • Michael Behe Responds to Critics of his New Book "The Edge of Evolution"

    06/30/2007 10:08:27 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 862+ views
    Amazon.com ^ | June 27, 2007 | Michael Behe
    Major reviews of The Edge of Evolution have begun to appear. Because the conclusion of the book is so controversial, it’s no surprise that responses by some Darwinists so far have been pretty emotional and defensive...
  • Darwinism at AEI

    06/27/2007 11:55:52 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 248 replies · 2,882+ views
    Darwinism at AEI By: Tom Bethell American Spectator July 1, 2007 Early in May, the American Enterprise Institute held a debate about Darwinism, a faith embedded in many debates, whether scientific, religious or political. The recent irruption of atheism can be traced to the Darwinian creed, for the well publicized testimonials of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens all have recourse to Darwinism at various points. It purports to explain how we got here without any need for God or gods. Darwinism is best seen as 19th century philosophy—materialism—dressed up as science, and directed against a theological argument for...
  • An alternative theory on cancer (How Darwinism hinders the "War on Cancer")

    06/27/2007 10:57:15 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 124 replies · 2,763+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | June 27, 2007
    Thirty-six years into the war on cancer, scientists have not only failed to come up with a cure, but most of the newer drugs suffer from the same problems as those available in the pre-war days: serious toxicity, limited effectiveness and eventual resistance. This is no surprise to University of California, Berkeley, genetics researcher Peter Duesberg, professor of molecular and cell biology. According to his novel yet controversial "chromosomal" theory of cancer, which is receiving increased attention among cancer researchers, each cancer is unique, and there is no magic bullet. "The mutation theory of cancer says that a limited number...
  • Creationism makes a comeback in US

    06/25/2007 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Alien Syndrome · 237 replies · 3,413+ views
    abc news ^ | Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:24am AEST | Mark Simkin
    In the United States the old but bitter debate between evolution and creationism is heating up again. Three of the Republican presidential candidates do not believe in evolution and a high-tech creation museum recently opened in Kentucky. Much of the debate has been fuelled by a book claiming the Grand Canyon, one of America's most well-known landmarks, was carved by Noah's flood rather than erosion. Every national park has at least one gift shop - usually more - selling t-shirts, snow domes, mugs, postcards and books. At the Grand Canyon you will find books on the canyon's history, the canyon's...
  • Can America Survive Evolutionary Humanism?

    06/20/2007 5:24:39 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 578 replies · 5,083+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | June 19, 2007 | Linda Kimball
    In addition to original Darwinism, today there are two other versions of evolutionary theory: punctuated equilibrium and neo-Darwinism, a revamped version of the original Darwinism. No matter the variant though, evolution serves as the creation myth for the theological and philosophical worldview of Evolutionary Humanism (Naturalism). “Evolution is a religion,” declared evolutionary Humanist Michael Ruse. “This was true of evolution in the beginning and it is true still today…One of the most popular books of the era was ‘Religion Without Revelation,’ by Julian Huxley, grandson of Thomas Huxley…As always evolution was doing everything expected of religion and more.” (National Post,...
  • Jumping 'Junk' DNA May Fuel Mammalian Evolution ('Junk' DNA not junk at all...ID Vindicated Again)

    06/21/2007 5:55:18 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 61 replies · 1,318+ views
    Scientific American ^ | April 23, 2007 | JR Minkel
    Tiny, jumping bits of DNA are looking less like genomic junk and more like significant players in mammalian evolution, according to a new analysis...