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  • When "Junk DNA" Isn't Junk: Farewell to a Darwinist Standard Response

    04/29/2009 5:16:55 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 66 replies · 1,262+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 28, 2009 | Richard Sternberg, Ph.D.
    In the Darwinist repertoire, a standard response to evidence of design in the genome is to point to the existence of “junk DNA.” What is it doing there, if purposeful design really is detectable in the history of life’s development? Of course this assumes that the “junk” really is junk. That assumption has been cast increasingly into doubt. New research just out in the journal Nature Genetics finds evidence that genetic elements previously thought of as rubbish are anything but...
  • Are Secular Geologists Ready to Consider a Global Flood?

    04/30/2009 12:41:59 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 43 replies · 1,272+ views
    CEH ^ | April 30, 2009
    Are Secular Geologists Ready to Consider a Global Flood? April 30, 2009 — Everyone knows the Bible tells the story of a global flood in Noah’s day. Creation scientists argue that its effects would have left visible evidence today – including most of the sedimentary layers and most of the fossil record. Secular geologists have laughed off this story since the 18th century as nothing but myth, of course, but a paper in the Annual Review of Earth and Planetary Sciences suggests that some of them are re-evaluating the role of “megafloods” in earth history. Some megafloods might be considered...
  • Are Humans and Chimps Related?

    04/30/2009 9:14:13 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 373 replies · 4,437+ views
    AiG ^ | April 29, 2009 | Dr. Georgia Purdom
    Are Humans and Chimps Related? It is one of the most-asked questions we now receive at Answers in Genesis: If human and chimp DNA are so similar, does this show a common ancestor? When studying the human genome and its similarity to that of the chimp, scientists have concluded that 96–98% of our genome is similar. Much of the similarity lies in the regions of the DNA that result in proteins (the genes). It seems logical that if a protein performs a certain function in one organism, and that function is necessary in other organisms, then the same protein would...
  • The Long Precambrian Fuse Gets Longer (...and then BANG!...all major body plans in an instant)

    04/29/2009 8:27:54 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 85 replies · 1,994+ views
    CEH ^ | April 28, 2009
    The Long Precambrian Fuse Gets Longer April 28, 2009 — Why did complex multicellular life explode on the scene some 550 million years ago?  That’s mystery enough, but finding complex single-celled life a billion years earlier makes it worse.  A new paper evaluated claims of Cambrian-like fossils from India dated 1.6 billion years old in the evolutionary timeline.  It did not explain the Cambrian explosion, but it did require belief in a long, long fuse. Bengtson et al evaluated rocks in India where claims of early Cambrian fossils had been reported in recent years.  They reported in PNAS this week.1 ...
  • Creationism, science and peer review

    04/28/2009 6:25:43 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 201 replies · 2,258+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Andrew S. Kulikovsky
    Creationism, science and peer review Andrew S. Kulikovsky --snip-- Proponents of young-earth creationism are not the only scientists who have experienced this kind of discrimination. Scientists that reject the commonly asserted ‘consensus’ view of climate change (that the earth is abnormally warming as a result of human-caused carbon emissions) are routinely derided in the popular media as ‘pseudoscientists’, ‘heretics’, ‘on the payroll of the big multinationals’ or as having the moral credit of a holocaust denier. In fact, these modern ideological disagreements and debates mirror many scientific debates that have occurred throughout history.[3] What value, then, is peer review? How...
  • Materialist Poofery (the "emergent property" did it!)

    04/25/2009 7:33:14 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 48 replies · 833+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | April 25, 2009 | Barry Arrington
    25 April 2009 Materialist Poofery Barry Arrington From time to time we see materialists raising the “poof objection” against ID. The poof objection goes something like this: An ID theorist claims that a given organic system (the bacterial flagellum perhaps) is irreducibly complex or that it displays functional complex specified information. In a sneering and condescending tone the materialist dismisses the claim, saying something like “Your claim amounts to nothing more than ‘Poof! the designer did it.’” I have always thought the poof objection coming from a materialist is particularly ironic, because materialists have “poofery” built into their science at...
  • Jerry Coyne Recycles: Why Darwinism Is False, Part I and II

    04/24/2009 5:17:11 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 13 replies · 584+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 22, 2009 | Jonathan Wells, Ph.D.
    Jerry Coyne Recycles: Why Darwinism Is False, Part IOn Earth Day 2009, we are reminded of the ecological importance of recycling. As a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago, Jerry A. Coyne must be keen on recycling: He even recycles worn-out arguments for Darwinism. If "evolution" meant simply that existing species can undergo minor changes over time, or that many species alive today did not exist in the past, then evolution would undeniably be true. But "evolution" for Coyne means Darwinism — the theory that all living things are descendants of a common...
  • Missing Links Found: Walking Seal, Teen Tyrannosaur (more just-so stories from Temple of Darwin)

    04/24/2009 10:23:49 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 58 replies · 1,175+ views
    CEH ^ | April 23, 2009
    April 23, 2009 — Science news media are abuzz with reports that two missing links have been found. One is a fossil seal (pinniped) with four legs, the other a smaller presumed ancestor of the famous Tyrannosaurus rex. ...As usual, the original papers are full of uncomfortable little details that undermine their story. The damages are glossed over with highfalutin euphemisms, ad-hoc stories, and promises that it will all become clear someday in the future. This is how Darwinian science is done...
  • In Charles Darwin’s footsteps (new movie designed to bring creation message to secular audience)

    04/22/2009 9:28:26 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 153 replies · 1,677+ views
    CMI ^ | April 22, 2009 | Carl Wieland
    In Charles Darwin’s footsteps A new movie is intended to shake large numbers out of their evolution-based complacency and hostility toward the God of the Bible. by Carl Wieland 22 April 2009 (Link to movie trailer at the bottom of the article)
  • Dawkins and Design

    04/21/2009 8:03:40 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 20 replies · 512+ views
    Creation Magazine ^ | June 2009 | David Catchpoole
    Dawkins and Design by David Catchpoole Romans 1:20 states that everyone should be able to understand that there is a Creator from what has been made, “so that men are without excuse”. But in this “Year of Darwin”, there’s no shortage of outspoken Darwin adulators who unashamedly proclaim the world was not created. Surely the best known of these is Richard Dawkins. In his book The Blind Watchmaker, Dawkins wrote: “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose”, then proceeds to argue that they were not. Dawkins has vociferously continued...
  • Slouching Toward Columbine: Darwin's Tree of Death

    04/20/2009 8:26:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 120 replies · 3,374+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | April 20, 2009 | David Klinghoffer
    Slouching Toward Columbine: Darwin's Tree of Death April 20, 2009 David Klinghoffer I've long been fascinated by the image of the Tree of Death, parallel to the Tree of Life in the Garden of Eden and cryptically referred to in mystical texts explaining the Hebrew Bible: And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the Tree of Life also in the midst of the garden, and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 2:9). Come and behold: as soon as night falls, the...
  • Creation institute sues coordinating board

    04/21/2009 9:40:45 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 149 replies · 3,103+ views
    The Statesman ^ | April 21, 2009 | Ralph K.M. Haurwitz
    Creation institute sues coordinating board By Ralph K.M. Haurwitz April 21, 2009 The Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research Graduate School has sued the state’s higher education agency for denying permission to offer a master’s degree in science education. The Bible-oriented group contends in a lawsuit filed last week in federal court that the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board violated its civil rights. The suit, first reported by the Dallas Morning News, argues that the coordinating board discriminated against the institute because it doesn’t support evolution. Members of the coordinating board, who are gubernatorial appointees, voted 8-0 a year ago to...
  • In other words, phylogenetic reconstruction is sheer fantasy

    04/18/2009 3:50:07 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 902+ views
    UncommonDescent ^ | William Dembski
    In other words, phylogenetic reconstruction is sheer fantasy... William Dembski --snip-- The actual phylogenies here were experimentally known and yet standard evolutionary theory drew completely wrong conclusions. Oh, but it was a small population, small genomes, and intense selection pressure. Spare me...
  • News to Note: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint (SEE FIRST STORY!)

    04/18/2009 11:57:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 1,082+ views
    AiG ^ | April 18, 2009
    Read these stories and much more by clicking the excerpt link below: 1. Wall Street Journal: “Hong Kong Christens an Ark of Biblical Proportions” 2. ScienceNOW: “Our Ancestors Were No Swingers” 3. National Geographic News: “First Tool Users Were Sea Scorpions?” 4. LiveScience: “Three Subgroups of Neanderthals Identified” 5. BBC News: “Stem Cells ‘Can Treat Diabetes’” (adult stem cells, that is...) 6. New Scientist: “Praying to God Is Like Talking to a Friend” And much much more at...
  • Gene Construction Confirms Creation

    04/17/2009 7:59:08 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 144 replies · 1,752+ views
    ICR ^ | April 17, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Gene Construction Confirms Creation by Brian Thomas, M.S.* The fruit fly has been a leading model organism for genetics research the past hundred years. A new biotechnology-based study of this key organism has yielded more evidence for special creation...
  • Anti-creationists: do they fear an overthrow of Darwin in the U.S.?

    04/16/2009 8:59:36 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 257 replies · 2,602+ views
    CMI ^ | April 16, 2009 | Dr. Russell Humphreys
    Anti-creationists: do they fear an overthrow of Darwin in the U.S.? by Russ Humphreys Published: 16 April 2009 This year, as has been happening every year for several decades, various U.S. states are introducing legislation encouraging public-school students to examine scientific evidence against Darwinism. And again, anti-creationist lobby groups, such as the National Center for Science Education,[1] are pushing the panic button, claiming that such efforts aim to introduce Christianity into government-run schools. This year, however, the anti-creationists seem to be pushing the button harder, saying that such bills “are multiplying out of control”.[2] Perhaps that is because more states...
  • Speciation and the Animals on the Ark

    04/15/2009 8:21:59 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 25 replies · 870+ views
    ICR ^ | April 2009 | Daniel Criswell, Ph.D.
    Speciation and the Animals on the Ark by Daniel Criswell, Ph.D.* Many people who use biological data to support an old-earth position believe that the appearance of millions of animal species does not support a young earth interpretation of creation. Nor do they think that a recent global Flood would support the existence of a great number of animals today if Noah only took two of each kind on the Ark. However, the science of how speciation occurs, and the definition of a species versus the biblical kind, does explain how many variations of the same kind of animal can...
  • Darwin’s Sad Legacy (evolution invented to give death and suffering a positive explanation?)

    04/15/2009 10:52:09 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 344 replies · 4,199+ views
    AiG ^ | April 14, 2009 | Dr. Tommy Mitchell
    The common thread throughout Darwin’s life was his continual struggle with the issue of death and suffering. He was never able to reconcile the existence of death, disease, and struggle with the character of a loving God: I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of Caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice.[1] Darwin was unable to understand why a loving Creator God would allow the horrible things he witnessed in nature and everyday life. Animals fed on one...
  • Is Horizontal Gene Transfer a Force for Evolution?

    04/15/2009 6:32:10 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 690+ views
    CEH ^ | April 13, 2009
    Is Horizontal Gene Transfer a Force for Evolution? April 13, 2009 — Two more genomes were published last week: the information libraries of two tiny microbes.  They are members of Micromonas, green algae less than two microns across.  The original paper and summary both bragged about how the genetic information is helping shed light on evolution, but did the data really contain any light?  If so, the light was pointing downward. Worden et al published the genomes of RCC299 and CCMP1545, two isolates of the picophytoplankton clade Micromonas.1 John M. Archibald commented on the paper in Perspectives article in the same...
  • Who Is James Le Fanu? Part I: Darwin Doubter Signals Paradigm Shift in Evolution Debate

    04/15/2009 8:16:05 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 40 replies · 2,000+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | April 15, 2009 | David Klinghoffer
    Who Is James Le Fanu? Part I: Darwin Doubter Signals Paradigm Shift in Evolution Debate Though he’s fairly prominent character, I admit James Le Fanu was not till recently on my radar screen or that of anyone else around here that I know of. A British medical doctor who publishes in peer-reviewed medical journals like the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine and the British Medical Journal, a columnist for the London Telegraph, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Award for his book The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine (2001), Dr. Le Fanu turns out to be...