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  • The Grand Design ~ Hawking on Gravity and Creation, and William Lane Craig on More.

    09/05/2010 8:38:05 PM PDT · by SeanG200 · 31 replies
    Religio-Political Talk ^ | 9-5-2010 | Papa Giorgio
    Stephen Hawking is quoted as saying the following: "Because there is a law such as gravity, the Universe can and will create itself from nothing" [....] "…he is already postulating the existence of gravity and the laws that will lead to the creation and evolution of the universe. Shouldn’t we ask about the origin of gravity and all features of the universe? Many of us scientists and thinkers doubt that full explanations of everything can be complete and self-contained, with no need for a metaphysical principle like God." While I have not read the book, nor plan to, it seems...
  • Stephen Hawking vs. God

    09/04/2010 7:57:38 AM PDT · by mattstat · 38 replies
    Everybody knows the following story: At one time, long ago, most or all people believed that when a tree branch fell and caused damage that a god or other spiritual entity caused the branch to fall. This belief was animate, in the sense that the god himself was pictured as pulling the branch or otherwise knocking it off the tree. Reasons for the god’s behavior were ascribed, usually to sin, and perhaps a ceremony of propitiation was performed to forestall future baleful consequence. But over anything else, it was the fact of the branch falling that was used as evidence...
  • Stephen Hawking Picks Physics Over God for Big Bang

    Physics was the reason for the Big Bang, not God, according to scientist Stephen Hawking. "Because there is a law such as gravity, the universe can and will create itself from nothing," the professor said in his new book, in a challenge to traditional religious beliefs. "It is not necessary to invoke God to light the blue touch paper and set the universe going," he wrote in his book "The Grand Design," extracts of which are printed in London newspaper The Times. The book, co-written by American physicist Leonard Mlodinow and published next week, sets out to contest Sir Isaac...
  • God did not create the universe, says Hawking

    09/02/2010 2:40:29 PM PDT · by WhatNot · 193 replies
    Reuters ^ | Thu Sep 2, | Michael Holden
    LONDON (Reuters) – God did not create the universe and the "Big Bang" was an inevitable consequence of the laws of physics, the eminent British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking argues in a new book. In "The Grand Design," co-authored with U.S. physicist Leonard Mlodinow, Hawking says a new series of theories made a creator of the universe redundant, according to the Times newspaper which published extracts on Thursday.
  • Ye cannae change the laws of physics (or can you?)

    09/02/2010 7:16:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 39 replies · 1+ views
    The Economist ^ | September 2, 2010 | The Economist
    RICHARD FEYNMAN, Nobel laureate and physicist extraordinaire, called it a “magic number” and its value “one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics”. The number he was referring to, which goes by the symbol alpha and the rather more long-winded name of the fine-structure constant, is magic indeed. If it were a mere 4% bigger or smaller than it is, stars would not be able to sustain the nuclear reactions that synthesise carbon and oxygen atoms. One consequence would be that squishy, carbon-based life would not exist. Why alpha takes on the precise value it does, so delicately fine-tuned for...
  • Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous?

    09/01/2010 7:58:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    NPR ^ | 08/31/2010 | Alix Spiegel
    Jesse Bering's mother died of cancer on a Sunday, in her own bed, at 9 o'clock at night. Bering and his siblings closed her door and went downstairs, hoping they might somehow get some sleep. It was a long, hard night, but around 7 a.m., something happened: The wind chimes outside his mother's window started to chime. Bering remembers waking to the tinkle of these bells, a small but distinct sound in an otherwise silent house. And he remembers thinking that those bells carried a very specific message. "It seemed to me ... that she was somehow telling us that...
  • UFOs – The Coming Great Deception!

    08/16/2010 6:58:12 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 42 replies ^ | July 30, 2010 | l a marzulli
    There is so much that is going on in the world it’s hard to pick just one topic to BLOG on... However, since we have been discussing UFOs all week, I decided, why stop now? Here’s a link to a story that was posted in UFO Digest. I would encourage you to read it as this is what we are faced with; the ever-growing acceptance of ET as our creators. Here’s a sample from the article: The ET harvest has been going on for the whole time that humankind has been on earth. This is part of the process for...
  • The First Church of Robotics

    08/09/2010 6:24:49 PM PDT · by B-Chan · 10 replies
    The New York Times ^ | August 9, 2010 | Jaron Lanier
    THE news of the day often includes an item about some development in artificial intelligence: a machine that smiles, a program that can predict human tastes in mates or music, a robot that teaches foreign languages to children. This constant stream of stories suggests that machines are becoming smart and autonomous, a new form of life, and that we should think of them as fellow creatures instead of as tools. But such conclusions aren’t just changing how we think about computers — they are reshaping the basic assumptions of our lives in misguided and ultimately damaging ways. [...] Some would...
  • Christianity: A Religion of Science?

    08/05/2010 7:27:13 PM PDT · by AustralianConservative · 15 replies
    David Horowitz's NewsReal ^ | 5 August, 2010 | Ben-Peter Terpstra
    Just read The World Turned Upside: The Global Battle Over God, Truth, And Power by the British agnostic, Melanie Phillips. Inside you’ll discover a collection of wonderful quotes, from David Horowitz to Peter Staudenmaier, and other words of encouragement, for the friends of free speech. Most courageously though, Phillips supports the position that Christianity and science are more than friends. As Anselm of Canterbury and Thomas Aquinas believed, God’s universe was supremely rational (p.327): This is why many scientists from the earliest times onwards have been Christians and Jews. It is why Francis Bacon said that God had provided us...
  • Origins, Evolution, and Distribution of Life in the Cosmos: Panspermia, Genetics, Microbes, ...

    08/01/2010 2:46:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 24 replies · 9+ views
    Journal of Cosmology ^ | May 2010 | Rhawn Joseph and Rudolf Schild
    Life originated in a nebular cloud, over 10 billion years ago, but may have had multiple origins in multiple locations, including in galaxies older than the Milky Way. Multiple origins could account for the different domains of life: archae, bacteria, eukaryotes. The first steps toward life may have been achieved when self-replicating nano-particles initially comprised of a mixture of carbon, calcium, oxygen, hydrogen, phosphorus, sugars, and other elements and gasses were combined and radiated, forming a nucleus around which a lipid-like permeable membrane was established, and within which DNA-bases were laddered together with phosphates and sugars; a process which may...
  • The Gospel Of Scientific Materialism

    07/17/2010 11:20:23 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 4 replies
    First Things ^ | R.R. Reno
    The scientific popularizers—Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Steven Pinker, and others—don’t go in for nuance, as David Hart has pointed out again and again in our pages. They cheerfully champion the most reductive sort of materialism, including the idea that free will does not exist because our minds are just neural networks that function according to physical laws. Why are they so enthusiastic about this idea that our minds are just neural networks? It’s not at first sight a very attractive belief. After all, free will provides a sense of self-possession, and it’s the source of the drama in life. We...
  • Toward a New Religion: A Humanist Cult of the Secular [OPEN]

    05/11/2010 11:44:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies · 181+ views
    La Salette Journey ^ | 5/11/2010 | Paul Melanson
    "Christ becomes the flame of human efforts, he reveals himself as the form of faith which is most appropriate for modern needs - a religion for progress, the religion even for progress on earth; I dare say: the religion of evolution." - Pere Teilhard de Chardin We are witnessing the gradual emergence of a new humanitarian religion which proposes man, instead of God, as the object of worship. This "religion for progress," as Teilhard de Chardin referred to it, is anti-supernatural. Robert Hugh Benson describes it in his classic "The Lord of the World" thusly: " becoming the an actual...
  • Science vs. Religion: What do scientists say?

    05/02/2010 7:11:27 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 7 replies · 499+ views
    beliefnet ^ | April 30, 2010 | Rod Dreher
    I dropped by a colleague's office today carrying a copy of a new Oxford University Press book, "Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really Think," by Elaine Howard Ecklund. "Have you seen this?" I asked her. "It's really great." "You know," she said. "We funded her research." Sure enough, Ecklund, a Rice University sociologist, credits the Templeton Foundation with primary support for her data collection. I tell you this up front so you won't think I'm praising this book as some sort of professional obligation. It's truly an enlightening book, one that promises to change for the better the way we...
  • Can a good conservative be an atheist ? (vanity for intresting discussion: wife)

    04/29/2010 8:58:35 PM PDT · by se_ohio_young_conservative · 187 replies · 2,280+ views
    Let me say first of all that I am a Christian with a strong faith in God. I grew up going to church with my grandpa. I accepted Jesus Christ into my life at a young age. My wife was raised in a strict christian home. But I think that worked against her in some ways. I think certain people in her family turned her off on religion at points along the way. She is now an atheist. She is a great mom to our 16 month old twins. She is an awesome wife. I love her so much and...
  • Another Look at Environmentalism as a Religion

    04/22/2010 6:27:52 PM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 3 replies · 200+ views
    The Silent Majority ^ | 04-22-10 | J. D. Longstreet
    “It is no accident that April 22, Earth Day, is also the birth date of Vladimir Lenin, an acolyte of Karl Marx, the lunatic who invented communism as an alternative to capitalism. Earth Day is naked communism.” The above quote is by Alan Caruba from his article entitled: ‘The Naked Communism of Earth Day.” We urge you to click over to Alan’s site and read this very fine article. You will find it HERE. Freedom to worship as you please is one of the hallmarks of, and rights guaranteed to, the citizens of the United States. The Pilgrims came to...
  • The Beauty of Being a Scientist and a Christian

    04/22/2010 9:12:04 PM PDT · by thisisthetime · 9 replies · 387+ views
    The Woodward Report ^ | April 22, 2010 | Karl Giberson, Ph.D
    On one of my favorite episodes of The Simpsons, "Lisa the Skeptic," a plot involving a supposed "angel" pits scientists against naďve religious townfolk. The episode ends with a trial at which the judge puts a "restraining order" on religion, keeping it "500 yards away from science." Many people say that science and religion need to be even further apart. I disagree, however. And there are many scientists who agree with I am a Christian. I believe that God is the ultimate reality and that the world, including me, was created by God. But this is not just an idle...
  • JPL worker sues over intelligent design demotion

    04/19/2010 10:00:12 AM PDT · by Kartographer · 8 replies · 519+ views
    AP/YahooNews ^ | 4/19/10
    Christian who promotes the concept that an intelligent being created the universe.
  • Getting to Darwin: Obstacles to Accepting Evolution by Natural Selection (How to convince students)

    04/15/2010 8:24:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 582+ views
    Journal of Science and Education (via SpringerLink) ^ | August 2009 | Paul Thagard and Scott Findlay
    Paul Thagard1 and Scott Findlay1 Philosophy Department, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, N2L 3G1, Canada Published online: 20 August 2009 Abstract Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection is central to modern biology, but is resisted by many people. This paper discusses the major psychological obstacles to accepting Darwin’s theory. Cognitive obstacles to adopting evolution by natural selection include conceptual difficulties, methodological issues, and coherence problems that derive from the intuitiveness of alternative theories. The main emotional obstacles to accepting evolution are its apparent conflict with valued beliefs about God, souls, and morality. We draw on the philosophy of science...
  • What happened to evolution at the NSB? (belief in evolution no longer a metric in science literacy?)

    04/12/2010 8:35:39 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 190 replies · 1,745+ views
    A section describing survey results about the American public's beliefs about evolution and the Big Bang was removed from the 2010 edition of Science and Engineering Indicators. According to a post on the AAAS's Science Insider blog (April 8, 2010) and a subsequent report in Science (April 9, 2010; subscription required), although survey results about evolution and the Big Bang have regularly appeared in the National Science Board's Science and Engineering Indicators, its biennial compilation of global data about science, engineering, and technology, they were absent from the 2010 edition. NCSE's Joshua Rosenau decried the decision, saying, "Discussing American science...
  • Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI

    04/10/2010 11:49:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 656 replies · 8,816+ views
    London Times ^ | April 10th 2010 | Marc Horne
    April 11, 2010 Richard Dawkins: I Will Arrest Pope Benedict XVI Marc Horne Atheist campaigner Richard Dawkins RICHARD DAWKINS, the atheist campaigner, is planning a legal ambush to have the Pope arrested during his state visit to Britain “for crimes against humanity”. Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the atheist author, have asked human rights lawyers to produce a case for charging Pope Benedict XVI over his alleged cover-up of sexual abuse in the Catholic church. The pair believe they can exploit the same legal principle used to arrest Augusto Pinochet, the late Chilean dictator, when he visited Britain in 1998. The...
  • Fresh Tissues from Solid Rock

    04/09/2010 11:35:22 AM PDT · by lasereye · 51 replies · 731+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | 02/01/2010 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Fresh tissues continue to be found in supposedly millions-of-years-old fossils. These un-replaced, un-mineralized, still-soft tissues come from animals or plants that were preserved by some catastrophic event.1 Each specimen looks young, and a direct inference is that its host rock must also be dated as thousands, not millions, of years old. And the fresher the meat, the more ridiculous are the evolution-inspired claims of great antiquity for the rock in which it was discovered. These tissue finds are typically accompanied, in either the technical literature or science news, by the phrase "remarkable preservation." If one is to believe in the...
  • Is Science Just Another Religion? Part 1

    04/08/2010 5:51:47 PM PDT · by kathsua · 13 replies · 419+ views
    Town Hall ^ | 04/08/10 | reasonmclucus
    A common theme in science fiction involves a highly advanced society in which people no longer understand the basis of science and technology. In such societies science is often just a series of beliefs that are to be accepted without question like in a religion. The Startrek episode "Spock's Brain" dealt with a society in which the people had little understanding of anything, even though the women lived in a climate controlled environment underground with sophisticated technology that required Mr. Spock's brain to operate. Installing Spock's brain had required one of the women to put on a machine that temporarily...
  • The Peculiar Faith of the Mathematician or Scientist

    04/03/2010 9:16:08 PM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 4 replies · 309+ views
    I’m delighted to see that Freddie deBoer and Led-the-commenter have delivered excellent pushback on a weak point of my previous post. Their point in brief is that the mere fact that our contingent minds have had remarkable success in explaining the universe so far is no guarantee that they will continue to experience such success. Moreover, it is possible that there are deep fundamental questions that we will never even be able to posit, much less solve. On these two points, I concede entirely. Both of them are correct! They are not, however, as disastrous for my argument that epistemic...
  • Scientism Isn’t Science

    03/14/2010 7:47:53 AM PDT · by Pride_of_the_Bluegrass · 7 replies · 246+ views
    There has been an attempt ongoing for some time to harness the respectability of science and conflate it with an increasingly popular philosophy known as scientism. But scientism and science are different things. The latter is a powerful method of obtaining and applying material facts and information. The latter creates a subjective world view using the pretense that science has the capacity to tell us objectively right from wrong, the ethical from the unethical, best from worst, etc..
  • Progressive Liberalism's Obscene Obsession with Sex: Its' Sinister Purposes

    03/01/2010 6:11:17 AM PST · by spirited irish · 72 replies · 1,536+ views
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 28, 2010 | Linda Kimball
    In an article titled, “Survey Asks Students When They Lost Virginity,” writer Bob Unruh reported, “A team of lawyers who advocate for parental rights is working with parents whose children attend Ventura High School in Southern California to raise a formal objection after teachers had students fill out a survey on sex with questions such as “Are you sexually active” and “If not, why not?” ( ) Many prophetic voices have tried to warn Americans that they and their society are quickly falling into the abyss of human and satanic decadence, madness, mayhem, and murder that engulfed Russia after...
  • Evolutionism: The Dying West's Science of Magic and Madness

    02/16/2010 5:17:31 AM PST · by spirited irish · 52 replies · 934+ views
    Renew America ^ | Feb. 15, 2010 | Linda Kimball
    The Foundation If we and our always in the fear of God and shall respect His Commandments...we may have the highest hopes of the future fortunes of our country.... But if we...neglect religious instruction and authority; violate the rules of eternal justice, trifle with the injunctions of morality, and recklessly destroy the constitution which holds us together, no man can tell how sudden a catastrophe may overwhelm us and bury all our glory in profound obscurity." Daniel Webster, Address to the New York Historical Society, 1852, Heedless to the warnings of wise men like Daniel Webster, since the...
  • Hottest temperature ever heads science to Big Bang

    02/15/2010 8:07:54 PM PST · by GL of Sector 2814 · 32 replies · 682+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Feb 15 2010 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Scientists have created the hottest temperature ever in the lab -- 4 trillion degrees Celsius -- hot enough to break matter down into the kind of soup that existed microseconds after the birth of the universe. They used a giant atom smasher at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York to knock gold ions together to make the ultra-hot explosions -- which lasted only for milliseconds. But that is enough to give physicists fodder for years of study that they hope will help them understand why and how the universe formed. "That temperature...
  • Meteorite Crammed with 'Millions' of Organic Compounds..

    02/15/2010 8:30:53 PM PST · by TaraP · 35 replies · 955+ views
    Discovery News ^ | Feb 15th, 2010
    A meteorite that hit the town of Murchison, Australia, hasn't quit giving up its secrets. The Murchison meteorite is one of the most studied space rocks because many pieces were recovered after it was seen breaking up as it fell through the atmosphere in 1969. Approximately 100 kg of the carbonaceous chondrite was recovered. Carbonaceous chondrites are extremely important to scientists as they were formed from material that existed in the solar system's planet-forming disk of gas and dust. They are, quite literally, time capsules holding onto a 4 billion year old record of the birth of our solar system....
  • The End of Intelligent Design?

    02/09/2010 3:15:53 PM PST · by cornelis · 94 replies · 1,358+ views
    First Things ^ | February 9, 2010 | Stephen Barr
    It is time to take stock: What has the intelligent design movement achieved? As science, nothing. The goal of science is to increase our understanding of the natural world, and there is not a single phenomenon that we understand better today or are likely to understand better in the future through the efforts of ID theorists. If we are to look for ID achievements, then, it must be in the realm of natural theology. And there, I think, the movement must be judged not only a failure, but a debacle. Very few religious skeptics have been made more open to...
  • How I Made Money from Cold Fusion

    01/23/2010 12:28:49 PM PST · by Kevmo · 38 replies · 1,013+ views
    Exclusive Article for Free Republic | 1/23/10 | Kevmo
    Freeper gets a fascinating contract listed on Intrade, bets that the experiment will be replicated, and cashes in. In 2008, Dr. Yoshiaki Arata performed a fascinating experiment with Deuterium Gas loaded onto a Palladium matrix, and without any input power, showed that there was some excess heat. Generating excess heat in cold fusion cell wasn't a new development -- scientists had been replicating the Pons-Fleischman effect for 2 decades. What was a new development was how easily replicable this particular experiment was. It seemed to me that this would be the easiest way to replicate anomalous heat production, removing the...
  • The politicizing of science

    12/25/2009 6:34:53 PM PST · by ricks_place · 7 replies · 653+ views
    San Gabriel Valley Tribune ^ | 12/25/2009 | Thomas Sowell
    SCIENCE is one of the great achievements of the human mind and the biggest reason why we live not only longer but more vigorously in our old age, in addition to all the ways in which it provides us with things that make life easier and more enjoyable. Like anything valuable, science has been seized upon by politicians and ideologues, and used to forward their own agendas. This started long ago, as far back as the 18th century, when the Marquis de Condorcet coined the term "social science" to describe various theories he favored. In the 19th century, Karl Marx...
  • Religion of Science

    12/23/2009 10:24:54 PM PST · by aaronopine · 3 replies · 287+ views
    Aaron Opine Blog ^ | 12/23/09 | Aaron
    Emails from a number of high profile climate scientists (e.g. Phil Jones at University of East Anglia) were leaked to the world revealing intentional efforts to manipulate climate data and report results inaccurately for the sake of globalism. Any self-respecting individual who has been told with a straight face that science is and objective methodology for obtaining knowledge should now be questioning how it is possible that something so profoundly objective could produce "Climate Gate." The answer is quite simple: it's the Religion of Science.
  • Evidence for Trustworthiness of the BIBLE: Archaeological Discoveries

    12/13/2009 2:41:34 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies · 2,126+ views ^ | unknown | Charlie H. Campbell
    For the past 150 years archaeologists have been verifying the exact truthfulness of the Bible's detailed records of various events, customs, persons, cities, nations, and geographical locations. Dr. Nelson Glueck probably the greatest modern authority on Israeli archeology, has said, “No archeological discovery has ever controverted [overturned] a Biblical reference. Scores of archeological findings have been made which confirm in clear outline or in exact detail historical statements in the Bible. And, by the same token, proper evaluation of Biblical descriptions has often led to amazing discoveries.” In every instance where the Bible can be, or has been checked out...
  • SCIENCE and SCRIPTURE. Is the Bible Reliable?

    12/11/2009 2:38:04 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies · 1,322+ views
    Bible Bulletin Board ^ | unknown | John Macarthur
    Introduction The famous evolutionist Julian Huxley once said, "Any view of God as a personal being is becoming frankly untenable. The difficulty of understanding the functions of a personal ruler in a universe which the march of knowledge is showing us ever more clearly as self-ordered and self-ordering in every minutest detail is becoming more and more apparent" (Essays of a Biologist [New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1923], p. 217). His sentiments were echoed by the British philosopher Bertrand Russell: "That Man is the product of causes which had no prevision of the end they were achieving; that his origin,...
  • New evidence for early life on Mars: NASA

    11/30/2009 6:10:56 PM PST · by KevinDavis · 18 replies · 813+ views
    CBC News ^ | 11/30/09
    A new NASA study of a Martian meteorite that made headlines 13 years ago strengthens the original claim that the rock contains evidence of life on ancient Mars. Researchers at the Johnson Space Center used advanced electron microscopes that weren't available in 1996 to re-examine the magnetite crystals on the meteorite. The meteorite, called ALH84001, was blasted from the surface of Mars 16 million years ago, scientists say, and is thought to have landed on Earth 13,000 years ago. An American scientist found it in Antarctica in 1984.
  • Evidence of Life on Mars Lurks Beneath Surface of Meteorite, Nasa Experts Claim

    November 27, 2009 Evidence of Life on Mars Lurks Beneath Surface of Meteorite, Nasa Experts Claim Nasa scientists have produced the most compelling evidence yet that bacterial life exists on Mars. It showed that microscopic worm-like structures found in a Martian meteorite that hit the Earth 13,000 years ago are almost certainly fossilised bacteria. The so-called bio-morphs are embedded beneath the surface layers of the rock, suggesting that they were already present when the meteorite arrived, rather than being the result of subsequent contamination by Earthly bacteria. “This is very strong evidence of life on Mars,” said David Mackay, a...
  • Darwinism and the adoption of Chinese Marxism

    11/23/2009 9:37:11 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 41 replies · 3,082+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 20, 2009 | David Tyler
    Darwinism and the adoption of Chinese Marxism According to James Pusey, writing in Nature, "Charles Darwin's banner was first unfurled in China during the Reform Movement of 1895-98, in response to China's defeat in the Sino-Japanese War." There were two groups seeking change: the reformers, who were loyal to the Manchu Qing Dynasty, and the revolutionaries, who wanted a clean break with the past. --snip-- The reformers and the revolutionaries debated vigorously "with both sides wildly waving Darwin's banner" The leaders of these movements imbibed the message of scientific racism coming from America and Europe and presented themselves as 'fit'...
  • Amber-Trapped Spider Web Too Old for Evolution

    11/20/2009 8:37:04 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 56 replies · 2,508+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 20, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Amateur fossil hunters Jamie and Jonathan Hiscocks were looking for dinosaur remains in East Sussex, UK, when they instead found tiny spider webs trapped inside a piece of ancient amber. Oxford University paleobiologist Martin Brasier inspected the amber, which was assigned an age of over 100 million years. He concluded that spiders back then were able to spin webs just like today’s garden spiders.The amber-encased webbing formed concentric circles like those that contemporary orb-weaver spiders manufacture. Also evident were “little sticky droplets along the web threads to trap prey,” Brasier told the Daily Mail. He added, “You can match the...
  • All Hail The Prophets Of Science: LHC And Our Thinking

    09/23/2008 4:42:13 PM PDT · by Soliton · 7 replies · 388+ views
    As a practising priest, there was great scope for mediation when Reiss took on such a key role in such a renowned scientific institution, but sadly science and religion really do not good bedfellows make. Yet if the CERN experiment succeeds in its quest to re-create the conditions just after the Big Bang, maybe a way can be found to understand the role of a creator in the building blocks of science. Some scientists believe in the concept of a creator at work behind the Big Bang and that among the possible revelations about ‘dark matter’, anti-matter and space-time dimensions...
  • Let's restore civility to the debate on evolution and intelligent design

    11/14/2009 8:48:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies · 1,597+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 11/13/2009 | Casey Luskin
    In his new book, “The Greatest Show on Earth,” biologist Richard Dawkins brands those who doubt Charles Darwin’s ideas on evolution as “history deniers,” even stooping to compare them to “Holocaust deniers.” In today’s highly charged political climate, scientific debates over controversial subjects such as climate change and evolution increasingly substitute such overblown rhetoric for careful analysis. We commonly see one side depicting the other as not only wrong, but as unreasonable, irrational, or immoral. As a result, two terms are presently in vogue to describe those who question scientific ideas: “Skeptic” and “Denier.” In practice, the terms have virtually...
  • The 10 weirdest physics facts, from relativity to quantum physics

    11/12/2009 7:51:26 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 63 replies · 2,263+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 11/12/09 | Tom Chivers
    People who think science is dull are wrong. Here are 10 reasons why.Physics is weird. There is no denying that. Particles that don’t exist except as probabilities; time that changes according to how fast you’re moving; cats that are both alive and dead until you open a box. We’ve put together a collection of 10 of the strangest facts we can find, with the kind help of cosmologist and writer Marcus Chown, author of We Need To Talk About Kelvin, and an assortment of Twitter users. The humanities-graduate writer of this piece would like to stress that this is...
  • 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....
  • British Judge Rules Global Warming Belief is Like a Religion That Can be Discriminated Against

    11/03/2009 2:35:32 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 5 replies · 627+ views
    UK Telegraph/The Lid ^ | 11/3/09 | The Lid
    Regular readers of these pages know my little "pet name" for the leadership of the global warming hoaxers is "The Holy Church of Global Warming Moonbats" There is a Judge in the UK who believes just as I do, except he is serious. In a landmark ruling, Mr Justice Michael Burton said that "a belief in man-made climate change ... is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations".
  • Rethinking relativity: Is time out of joint?

    11/02/2009 9:29:43 PM PST · by Kevmo · 58 replies · 2,519+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 21 October 2009 | Rachel Courtland
    Rethinking relativity: Is time out of joint? EVER since Arthur Eddington travelled to the island of Príncipe off Africa to measure starlight bending around the sun during a 1919 eclipse, evidence for Einstein’s theory of general relativity has only become stronger. Could it now be that starlight from distant galaxies is illuminating cracks in the theory’s foundation? .... Yet it is still not clear how well general relativity holds up over cosmic scales, at distances much larger than the span of single galaxies. Now the first, tentative hint of a deviation from general relativity has been found. While the evidence...
  • Gamma-ray burst restricts ways to beat Einstein's relativity

    10/29/2009 6:58:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 963+ views
    Symmetry ^ | Thursday, October 29, 2009 | David Harris
    When the Fermi team did the calculations, using the most conservative estimates for how astrophysics plays into this, they determined that the mass scale must be at least 1.2 times the Planck mass, and by using reasonable but less conservative assumptions, they derived lower limits on the mass scale of up to 100 times the Planck mass. One way to interpret this is to say that there is no variation of the speed of light coming from any quantum gravity effects at less than 1.2 times the Planck mass. And given that some quantum gravity frameworks predict that effects should...
  • Non-Gravitational Fifth Force? Research Could Change Most Widely Held Scientific Theories...

    10/28/2009 1:26:53 AM PDT · by bogusname · 25 replies · 1,122+ views
    BCN ^ | Oct 28, 2009 | Teresa Neumann
    He [Jesus] is before all things, and in Him all things hold together." -Col. 1:17 REPORTER'S NOTE: Though I'm taking a stab in the dark (excuse the pun) with interpreting this article, one thing is certain: these scientists seem to ascribe cognizant, rational attributes to an invisible "force" that is "ruling over" dark matter in the universe. I'll let you read the article and come to your own conclusions! -Teresa Neumann, BCN. Science Daily reports that an international team of astronomers have found an unexpected link between mysterious 'dark matter' and the visible stars and gas in galaxies that could...
  • Experimental Data Force Researchers to Admit There’s “No Such Thing As Junk RNA”

    10/26/2009 7:57:10 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 21 replies · 963+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | October 23, 2009 | Casey Luskin
    Experimental Data Force Researchers to Admit There’s “No Such Thing As Junk RNA” Originally, proponents of neo-Darwinian evolution lauded “junk” DNA as functionless genetic garbage that showed life is the result of blind and random mutational events. Then “junk” DNA was disproved by the discovery that the vast majority of DNA is being transcribed into RNA. Did the failure of this Darwinian assumption cause evolutionists to terminate their love affair with biological “junk”? Of course not. They just shifted their argument back, claiming that the cell is full of “junk RNA”—DNA that is being transcribed into RNA but still does...
  • A Classic Polystrate Fossil (defies evo-assumption that the "present is key to the past")

    10/22/2009 7:38:11 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 120 replies · 2,502+ views
    ACTS&FACTS ^ | October 2009 | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    Years ago, National Geographic published a remarkable photograph of a polystrate fossil, a fossilized tree that extended stratigraphically upward through several layers of rock in Tennessee. Its roots were in a coal seam, and the overlying deposits included bedded shale and thin carbon-rich layers. An advocate of any form of uniformitarianism would believe that it took many, many years to deposit this sequence of layers (much longer than it takes for a tree to grow and eventually die and decay), yet one vertical fossil extends through them all. This one fossilized tree offered a direct contradiction to the evolutionary mantra...
  • The Courage to Question—-A Passion for Answers (how committed evo became a biblical creationist)

    10/21/2009 9:34:57 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 9 replies · 784+ views
    What started out as a simple challenge by a college friend, “Bet you can’t prove evolution,” turned into a 30-year journey for Dr. Carl Werner. Like most of the other biology and medical school students, Carl was educated in and committed to an evolutionary belief system. But when his friend challenged those beliefs, his quest for answers began...
  • Intelligent Design vs. Alien Intervention

    10/21/2009 11:11:18 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 48 replies · 1,223+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | October 2, 2009 | Gordon J. Glover
    On the surface, Intelligent Design seems to be a perfectly reasonable approach to studying complexity. In our everyday experience, there is certainly nothing controversial about attributing the purposeful arrangement of components to an intelligent agent. When observing a monument of neatly stacked stones on a remote beach, who among us would not immediately conclude that an intelligent being had purposefully arranged it? And what rational person, upon seeing an ancient megalith like Stonehenge, would erroneously conclude that the structure spontaneously organized itself slowly over time? So what's the big deal with drawing these same inferences when studying biological complexity? How...