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  • 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'...
  • A Global Catastrophic Event Wiped Out Ancient Forests

    11/22/2009 8:10:55 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 129 replies · 2,942+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Fungi are single or multi-celled organisms that break down organic materials, such as rotting wood, in order to absorb their nutrients. Neither plant nor animal, they range from mushrooms to single-celled yeast. Scientists were investigating organic chemicals trapped in an Italian sedimentary rock formation when they found evidence that an extinct fungus feasted on dead wood during a time when the worldís forests had been catastrophically eradicated.[1] What could have caused such a universal effect on forests, and why does organic material remain in rocks that are supposedly 251.4 million years old?...
  • ScienceDaily: ďSlowing Evolution to Stop Drug ResistanceĒ

    11/21/2009 3:32:25 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 795+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    ScienceDaily: ďSlowing Evolution to Stop Drug ResistanceĒ --snip-- For years, evolutionists have pointed to antibiotic resistance as proof of evolution in action. The argument often amounts to this (in simplified form): the fact that certain organisms grow resistant to certain antibiotics is evidence for the evolutionary idea that all animals must have descended from a single ancestor. Collapsing the argument does make it seem a bit silly, but thatís our point. We certainly donít want to belittle the very real threat of dangerous organisms becoming immune to the best drugs we now have (though the vast majority of microbes are...
  • Wired: ďBirth of New Species Witnessed by ScientistsĒ

    11/21/2009 9:59:49 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 99 replies · 3,140+ views
    AiG ^ | November 21, 2009
    Scientists have watched as a new species is ďbornĒóor is that ďevolvedĒ?óon one of the Galapagos Islands, home of Darwinís famous finches...
  • 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‚Äôs garden spiders.The amber-encased webbing formed concentric circles like those that contemporary orb-weaver spiders manufacture. Also evident were ‚Äúlittle sticky droplets along the web threads to trap prey,‚ÄĚ Brasier told the Daily Mail. He added, ‚ÄúYou can match the...
  • "Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone" (another Evo abandons the HMS Beagle)

    11/20/2009 8:17:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 948+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 18, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone --snip-- "The discovery of pervasive HGT and the overall dynamics of the genetic universe destroys not only the tree of life as we knew it but also another central tenet of the modern synthesis inherited from Darwin, namely gradualism. In a world dominated by HGT, gene duplication, gene loss and such momentous events as endosymbiosis, the idea of evolution being driven primarily by infinitesimal heritable changes in the Darwinian tradition has become untenable." ...
  • Rapid Rifting in Ethiopia Challenges Evolutionary Model

    11/18/2009 9:13:37 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 103 replies · 2,008+ views
    ICR News ^ | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Volcanic activity in 2005 accompanied the formation of a deep, wide rift in Ethiopia on part of the 4,000-mile-long north-to-south trending Great Rift Valley fault. Studies show that the injection of mantle material that ďunzippedĒ the earth along the fault operated the same way as similar material does in less-accessible undersea rifts. Scientists knew that rifts were formed in this manner, but the suddenness of this oneís formation astonished them...
  • Multiverse theoryóunknown science or illogical raison díÍtre? (multiverse invented to replace God?)

    11/18/2009 5:58:48 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 172 replies · 3,279+ views
    CMI ^ | Gary Bates
    New Scientist magazine is generally regarded by the secular community as one of the top-ranked science magazines in the world. However, a published opinion by a regular columnist demonstrated how ďunscientificĒ and anti-God some of their articles have becomeósomething we have documented before (see Refutation of New Scientistís Evolution: 24 myths and misconceptions). Amanda Gefter wrote an article discussing multiverse theory, or the idea that our universe may be only one of many that currently exist. Such speculations attempt to explain away the appearance of design in the universe, because of, as we shall see, the spiritual implications. In an...
  • Creationists are Ďliarsí?

    11/19/2009 3:13:17 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 327 replies · 3,502+ views
    CMI ^ | Tas Walker, Ph.D.
    Creationists are ¬Ďliars' (?): Geologist Donald Prothero doesn¬ít like the fact that we don¬ít agree with his ideas on evolution. I love the attitude some evolutionists have toward professional, scientific debate. Because creationist scientists do not agree with their biased, subjective and unsubstantiated ideas they spit the dummy and call us liars. The latest tirade from geologist Donald Prothero is in an opinion piece in NewScientist entitled ‚ÄėEvolution: What missing link?‚Äô1 I like that title. His article was picked up by the Telegraph newspaper in the UK which reported, ‚ÄėCreationists ‚Äúpeddle lies about the fossil record‚ÄĚ.‚Äô2 Lies? Are creationists really...
  • Rapid Rifting Presages Future Events

    11/19/2009 8:22:01 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 1,847+ views
    ICR News ^ | November 19, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    The Great Rift Valley extends some 4,000 miles southward from Syria north of Israel, through the Gulf of Aqaba, through Ethiopia, and all the way to Mozambique in southeast Africa. It harbors a giant fault, which has been under investigation as a model for sea floor spreading. A recent geologic event rent a gaping crack through the desert of Ethiopia, causing safety concerns for locals. These crustal plate motions may foreshadow rifting events further north in the Great Rift Valley...
  • Darwinizing Everything

    11/17/2009 6:55:46 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 91 replies · 2,163+ views
    CEH ^ | November 16, 2009
    Darwinizing Everything --snip-- The Darwinians, who took over biology in the 19th century, are still busily engaged in mythmaking, comforting the feebleminded who accept their explanations as wisdom, denouncing the heretics who call their bluff. They wear S on their chests: Science, the equivalent of Superman in intellectual circles. They are phonies. Bring out the kryptonite of critical analysis. It scares them to death, even though they never had special powers to begin with...
  • Astronomers Detect First Split-Second of the Universe (WMAP & CMB)

    03/16/2006 6:35:03 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 74 replies · 1,721+ views on yahoo ^ | 3/16/06 | Ker Than
    Scientists announced today new evidence supporting the theory that the infant universe expanded from subatomic to astronomical size in a fraction of a second after its birth. The finding is based on new results from NASA's Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) satellite, launched in 2001 to measure the temperature of radiant heat left over from the Big Bang, which is the theoretical beginning to the universe. This radiation is known as the Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB), and it is the oldest light in the universe. Using WMAP data, researchers announced in 2003 that they had pieced together a very detailed...
  • Discovering a more precise age of the universe

    06/13/2009 12:04:51 PM PDT · by OldNavyVet · 37 replies · 1,069+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 13, 2009 | John Johnson Jr.
    Wendy Freedman, director of the Carnegie Observatories in Pasadena, and two colleagues were named this month as recipients of the $500,000 Gruber Prize, one of the world's top awards in the field of cosmology. The Freedman team's work helped scientists to arrive at the currently accepted age of the universe: 13.7 billion years.
  • Donít Call it ďDarwinismĒ [religiously defended as "science" by Godless Darwinists]

    01/28/2009 11:36:17 AM PST · by Coyoteman · 1,328 replies · 27,376+ views
    springerlink ^ | 16 January 2009 | Eugenie C. Scott and Glenn Branch
    We will see and hear the term ďDarwinismĒ a lot during 2009, a year during which scientists, teachers, and others who delight in the accomplishments of modern biology will commemorate the 200th anniversary of Darwinís birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. But what does ďDarwinismĒ mean? And how is it used? At best, the phrase is ambiguous and misleading about science. At worst, its use echoes a creationist strategy to demonize evolution. snip... In summary, then, ďDarwinismĒ is an ambiguous term that impairs communication even about Darwinís own ideas. It fails to...
  • The Origins of the Universe: A Crash Course

    09/12/2008 10:07:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies · 814+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 12, 2008 | BRIAN GREENE
    THREE hundred feet below the outskirts of Geneva lies part of a 17-mile-long tubular track, circling its way across the French border and back again, whose interior is so pristine and whose nearly 10,000 surrounding magnets so frigid, that itís one of the emptiest and coldest regions of space in the solar system. The track is part of the Large Hadron Collider, a technological marvel built by physicists and engineers, and described alternatively as heralding the next revolution in our understanding of the universe or, less felicitously, as a doomsday machine that may destroy the planet. After more than a...
  • On the Origin of Life on Earth

    01/16/2009 12:31:14 PM PST · by js1138 · 51 replies · 2,819+ views
    Science ^ | January 8, 2009 | Carl Zimmer
    An Amazon of words flowed from Charles Darwin's pen. His books covered the gamut from barnacles to orchids, from geology to domestication. At the same time, he filled notebooks with his ruminations and scribbled thousands of letters packed with observations and speculations on nature. Yet Darwin dedicated only a few words of his great verbal flood to one of the biggest questions in all of biology: how life began.
  • Math theories may hold clues to origin, future of life in universe

    06/09/2009 10:01:50 AM PDT · by ckilmer · 34 replies · 1,081+ views
    physorg ^ | June 9th, 2009
    Math theories may hold clues to origin, future of life in universe June 9th, 2009 How did we get here and where are we headed? These are some of life's biggest questions. To get the answers, one Kansas State University professor is doing the math. Louis Crane, K-State professor of mathematics, is studying new theories about why the universe is the way it is. He has a grant from the Foundational Questions Institute to study new approaches to the quantum theory of gravity, his primary research area as both a mathematician and a physicist. Crane hopes to uncover implications of...
  • Papal preacher says intelligent design is truth of faith, not science (Catholic Caucus)

    03/16/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 13 replies · 826+ views
    cns ^ | 03.13.09 | cindy wooden
    Affirming the reality of an intelligent design for the creation and development of the universe is not a scientific theory, but a statement of faith, said the preacher of the papal household. Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, offering a Lenten meditation to Pope Benedict XVI and top Vatican officials March 13, said the controversy that has arisen between scientists supporting evolution and religious believers promoting creationism or intelligent design is due mainly to a confusion between scientific theory and the truths of faith. The intelligent-design theory asserts that the development and evolution of life is such a hugely complex process that...
  • Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab

    06/10/2008 12:07:34 PM PDT · by mnehring · 161 replies · 372+ views
    A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers' eyes. It's the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait. And because the species in question is a bacterium, scientists have been able to replay history to show how this evolutionary novelty grew from the accumulation of unpredictable, chance events.
  • Lowly females pick mediocre mates

    10/10/2009 11:50:11 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 49 replies · 3,478+ views
    news ^ | 8 October 2009 | Victoria Gill
    Low-quality females prefer low-quality males, at least in the avian world. This is according to research published in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B, testing female zebra finches' taste in males. As adults, the low-quality females showed a preference for the songs of males of the same quality, and for the male birds themselves. Evolutionary biologists previously thought that females would always opt for the best male available. The study was led by Marie-Jeanne Holveck from the Centre of Functional and Evolutionary Ecology in Montpellier, France. She explained that low- and high-quality birds differ in almost every important characteristic, including...
  • New Creatures in an Age of Extinctions

    07/26/2009 2:54:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 723+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 26, 2009 | NATALIE ANGIER
    In the inner precincts of the Smithsonian Institutionís National Museum of Natural History, along a corridor that could easily accommodate a string of bowling alleys, Kristofer M. Helgen, curator of mammals, pulled open one of the thousands of metal cabinets stacked against the walls and gestured grandly at the contents. Inside was a tray of a dozen dried rodents, chestnut-furred and with tails neatly extended, like campfire wieners on sticks. He opened other drawers, revealing small, fox-faced bats, and a pair of giant bats with fierce, bicuspid canines, and a weasel-sized mammal with a pendulous snout, and a bat whose...
  • "Missing Link" Primate Likely To Stir Debate

    05/20/2009 6:42:42 AM PDT · by steve-b · 25 replies · 933+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 5/19/09
    A discovery of a 47 million-year-old fossil primate that is said to be a human ancestor was announced and unveiled Tuesday at a press conference in New York City. Known as "Ida," the nearly complete transitional fossil is 20 times older than most fossils that provide evidence for human evolution....
  • Fossil Backs Theory Linking Dinosaurs To Birds

    05/06/2009 10:52:37 AM PDT · by steve-b · 33 replies · 1,200+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 5/4/09 | David Perlman
    Deep inside the single leg bone of an 80-million-year-old duck-billed dinosaur, scientists have found a hoard of proteins and blood cells providing the first clear biochemical evidence that dinosaurs are indeed the ancestors of modern birds - linked by evolution. Until now those links had been based mainly on physical evidence - on feathers from dinosaur fossils, on their fossil eggs, on their fossilized birdlike nestlings and on the close resemblance of dinosaurs and birds like the famed "flying dinosaur" called archaeopteryx. Now the same team of scientists, which found similar biological material in a 68-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex two years...
  • Darwin Still Making Waves 200 Years Later

    02/12/2009 6:49:28 AM PST · by steve-b · 2 replies · 331+ views
    CNN ^ | 2/12/09 | Azadeh Ansari
    Before there was an extensive fossil record, DNA sequencing or even a basic understanding of genetics, there was Charles Darwin. Today, the world commemorates the 200th birthday of a man who single-handedly revolutionized biology with an explosive theory that challenged the core of our existence.... Darwin devoted much of his adult life to questioning the unquestionable. Born February 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England, he earned a degree in theology from Cambridge University and was known for his obsession with collecting things, especially beetles. His outlook on life changed after he embarked in 1831 on a five-year voyage around the world...
  • Culture Shock May Explain Similarity Between Humans

    01/10/2009 2:19:53 AM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 1,451+ views
    ScienceNOW Daily News ^ | 8 January 2009 | Ann Gibbons
    Although humans come in many shapes and sizes, from the compact Inuit of the Arctic to the willowy Masai warriors of Africa, any two people are a lot more alike genetically than any pair of chimpanzees or gorillas. The reason may be our advanced culture, according to a new study. Our ancestors' different tools, eating habits, and even body decorations limited their mate choices to individuals of a similar culture, the work suggests, reducing the spread of new mutations across many groups. Because only a few of these ancient groups survived, humans are much less genetically diverse than other primates,...
  • A simple fusion to jump-start evolution

    12/23/2008 5:00:16 AM PST · by CE2949BB · 21 replies · 655+ views
    EurekAlert! ^ | 18-Dec-2008
    With the aid of a straightforward experiment, researchers have provided some clues to one of biology's most complex questions: how ancient organic molecules came together to form the basis of life.
  • Earliest evidence of humans thriving on the savannah [carniverous 2 million yrs ago]

    10/23/2009 8:58:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies · 917+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | Shanta Barley
    Humans were living and thriving on open grassland in Africa as early as 2 million years ago, making stone tools and using them to butcher zebra and other animals... All of the other earlier hominins that have been found in the geological record -- such as Ardipithecus ramidus and Australopithecus afarensis -- known as Ardi and Lucy, respectively -- lived either in dense forest or in a mosaic of woodland, shrub and grasses, says Plummer... Plummer's team first started excavating Kanjera South in the 1990s, in search of primitive toolkits consisting of hammer stones, stone cores that were struck to...
  • Malawi could be the cradle of humankind

    10/23/2009 10:27:38 AM PDT · by decimon · 17 replies · 648+ views
    Reuters ^ | Oct 23, 2009 | Mabvuto Banda
    KARONGA, Malawi (Reuters) Ė The latest discovery of pre-historic tools and remains of hominids in Malawi's remote northern district of Karonga provides further proof that the area could be the cradle of humankind, a leading German researcher said. Professor Friedemann Schrenk of the Goethe University in Frankfurt told Reuters that two students working on the excavation site last month had discovered prehistoric tools and a tooth of an hominid.
  • Ethiopia 27 million years ago had higher rainfall, warmer soil

    10/22/2009 3:06:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 27 replies · 845+ views
    Southern Methodist University ^ | October 22, 2009 | Unknown
    Thirty million years ago, before Ethiopia's mountainous highlands split and the Great Rift Valley formed, the tropical zone had warmer soil temperatures, higher rainfall and different atmospheric circulation patterns than it does today, according to new research of fossil soils found in the central African nation. Neil J. Tabor, associate professor of Earth Sciences at SMU and an expert in sedimentology and isotope geochemistry, calculated past climate using oxygen and hydrogen isotopes in minerals from fossil soils discovered in the highlands of northwest Ethiopia. The highlands represent the bulk of the mountains on the African continent. Tabor's research supplies a...
  • Oldest known pottery found in China: 18,000 years old

    06/06/2009 2:05:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,683+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Chinese and Israeli archaeologists have discovered the oldest known pottery, remains of an 18,000-year-old cone-shaped vase excavated from a cave in southern China. The shards are about 1,000 years older than the previous record-holder, found in Japan. After flint tools, pottery is one of the oldest human-made materials, and tracing its development provides insight into the evolution of culture. The shards were discovered four years ago in Yuchanyan Cave in the Yangzi River basin by a team led by Elisabetto Boaretto of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. The cave shows signs of human occupation from about 21,000...
  • Researcher speaks up on pressure to conform

    11/17/2009 8:03:18 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 11 replies · 841+ views
    CMI ^ | November 17, 2009 | Carl Wieland
    According to Thomas Bouchard, a US psychologist famous for his research on twins raised apart,[1] even scientists with good reason to believe that the majority are wrong can be silenced. The reason is...
  • A Darwinist Religious Experience Described

    04/13/2009 8:35:28 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 8 replies · 755+ views
    CEH ^ | April 11, 2009
    A Darwinist Religious Experience Described April 11, 2009 ó As millions of Jews just completed Passover, and as millions of Christians gather to celebrate Easter, a Darwinist reporter was experiencing ďexistential vertigoĒ Ė a sweeping sense of dizziness as her imagination zoomed in and out of the implications of her faith. It may be the closest thing that a secular materialist can call a religious experience. And religious experience is an accurate description: it was the outworking of an all-encompassing world view, with ultimate causes, ultimate destinies, moral imperatives, and heavy doses of faith. Amanda Gefter (see her previous attack...
  • New footprints from Ileret, Kenya, supposed to be from human evolutionary ancestor

    03/12/2009 7:34:12 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 54 replies · 1,090+ views
    CMI ^ | March 12, 2009 | Michael J. Oard
    New footprints from Ileret, Kenya, supposed to be from human evolutionary ancestor And all based on the angle of the big toe! by Michael J. Oard 12 March 2009 A new discovery has just been made of ďhomininĒ footprints at Ileret, Kenya, and dated at 1.51 to 1.53 million years ago.1,2 They were found along with footprints of animals on two different levels of strata, separated vertically by 5 metres, in what are described as fine-grained, normally graded silt and sand units deposited as overbank flood deposits. The dates were based on a tenuous interpretation of three volcanic layers within...
  • Plant Evolution: Whereís the Root? ("Lack of data...shielded behind hope")

    04/18/2009 1:43:54 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 20 replies · 961+ views
    CEH ^ | April 16, 2009
    Plant Evolution: Whereís the Root? April 16, 2009 ó To Darwin, the origin of flowering plants was an ďabominable mystery.Ē Recently, some entries on Science magazineís blog Origins have claimed the mystery has been solved, at least partially, and a full solution is near at hand. Here is a great test case for evolution. Angiosperms comprise a huge, diverse population of organisms. There should be an ample fossil record, and many genes to decipher. Letís see if the optimistic claims are rooted in evidence...
  • Did Ribonucleoproteins Spark Life?

    06/15/2009 11:43:12 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,040+ views
    ICR ^ | June 15, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Despite ďdecades of persistent failure to create life by the Ďspark in the soupí method,Ē[1] evolutionary biochemists are still trying to find an exclusively naturalistic explanation for how the first cell developed. Many possible chemical precursors to life have been systematically ruled out by rigorous experiments. What they have found is that the molecules necessary for life are found exclusively within cells that are already living. One explanation proposed by evolutionists...
  • Biological Big Bang: Another Explosion at the Dawn of Life (things couldn't be worse for Darwin!)

    07/31/2009 2:08:23 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 64 replies · 2,648+ views
    CEH ^ | July 23, 2009
    Biological Big Bang: Another Explosion at the Dawn of Life July 23, 2009 ó Eugene Koonin and two friends from the NIH went tree-hunting. They examined almost 7,000 genomes of prokaryotes. They found trees all right Ė a whole forest of them. They even found 102 NUTs (nearly universal trees) in the forest. Unfortunately, itís not what they wanted to find: a single universal tree of life that Darwinís theory requires. They had to seriously consider the question: was there a biological big bang? Publishing in an open-access article in the Journal of Biology,[1] they began with the founding fatherís...
  • Preadaptation: A Blow to Irreducible Complexity?

    11/16/2009 6:19:30 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 182 replies · 2,990+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | November 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Molecular biologist Michael Behe described a system made of several interacting parts, whereby the removal of one part would disrupt the functioning of the whole, as irreducibly complex. Both creation scientists and intelligent design proponents highlight examples of irreducible complexity in their studies. The very structure of these systems--with their interdependent parts working all together or not at all--demands design, not chance. Nevertheless, a team of evolutionary molecular biologists think they may have refuted irreducible complexity. They recently studied the parts of a particular cellular machine involved in protein transport, claiming that it was actually reducible to its component parts...
  • Evidence for the design of life: part 1ó Genetic redundancy

    11/15/2009 6:52:24 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 65 replies · 1,836+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Peter Borger, Ph.D.
    Knockout strategies have demonstrated that the function of many genes cannot be studied by disrupting them in model organisms because the inactivation of these genes does not lead to a phenotypic effect. For living systems, this peculiar phenomenon of genetic redundancy seems to be the rule rather than the exception. Genetic redundancy is now defined as the situation in which the disruption of a gene is selectively neutral. Biology shows us that 1) two or more genes in an organism can often substitute for each other, 2) some genes are just there in a silent state. Inactivation of such redundant...
  • Following the Evidence vs. Framing Science: Stephen Meyer and Chris Mooney, Monday on Medved

    11/16/2009 8:28:15 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 16 replies · 568+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | November 13, 2009 | Robert Crowther
    Following the Evidence vs. Framing Science: Stephen Meyer and Chris Mooney, Monday on Medved Monday, Nov. 16th, Stephen Meyer and Chris Mooney will be on The Michael Medved Show (second hour, 1pm PT/4pm ET). Mooney is a diehard Darwin defender that various Fellows here at the CSC have debated in the past, and he's someone we've reported about over the years. His view of science is elitist and arrogant, and he has recommended such things as suppressing dissenting views from the media, to spinning science in such a way as to manipulate public opinion. He considers anyone who disagrees with...
  • Beautiful Cheerleader Develops Dystonia After Receiving Swine Flu (H1N1) Vaccine

    11/14/2009 2:27:23 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 5,334+ views
    Inside Edition ^ | 10/16/2009
    The FDA's website lists the Swine Flu H1n1 vaccines ingredients which include mercury, squalene and formaldehyde. Research the ingredients for yourself. Click here to find out what scientists have discovered about damaging effects of mercury on the brain: Although Dystonia is a less prevalant disorder, autism rates in America's children have skyrocketed. 1 in 150 children in America are diagnosed with autism. Mercury has been proven to cause nonsocial and uncontrollable behavior in primates. Scientific studies has proven mercury poisoning causes neurological damage... Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder in which sustained muscle contractions cause twisting and repetitive movements...
  • Towards a More Reasonable Approach to Free Will in Criminal Law (bone chilling conclusion!)

    11/16/2009 8:46:10 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies · 1,660+ views
    Abstract: This paper questions criminal law's strong presumption of free will. Part I assesses the ways in which environment, nurture, and society influence human action. Part II briefly surveys studies from the fields of genetics and neuroscience which call into question strong assumptions of free will and suggest explanations for propensities toward criminal activity. Part III discusses other "causes" of criminal activity including addiction, economic deprivation, gender, and culture. In light of Parts I through III, Part IV assesses criminal responsibility and the legitimacy of punishment. Part V considers the the possibility of determining propensity from criminal activity based on...
  • Insect Wing Photocopied for Good

    11/16/2009 9:05:06 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 39 replies · 1,922+ views
    CEH ^ | November 15, 2009
    Nov 15, 2009 ó Biomimetics is the new science of imitating nature Ė but why not save a step, and just copy the design directly?† Thatís what Aussie and British researchers did.† They wanted a self-cleaning surface that could repel moisture and dust, so they made a template of an insect wing.† And why not?† ďInsects are incredible nanotechnologists,Ē reported Science Daily.† Their wings are self-cleaning, frictionless and super-water-repellant. Insect wings have these properties due to their properties at the scale of billionths of a meter.† ďFor instance, some wings are superhydrophobic, due to a clever combination of natural chemistry...
  • The Ice Age: Causes and Consequences

    11/14/2009 9:01:24 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 18 replies · 1,131+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | John D. Morris, Ph.D.
    The Ice Age has been a longstanding problem for uniformitarian thinking, with many unsolved mysteries. No mere tweaking of today's climate conditions would cause such a catastrophe. A creationist model based on the revealed events of Scripture, however, offers a possible answer...
  • Sir Ambrose Fleming: Father of Modern Electronics (and Creationist!)

    11/09/2009 5:50:41 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 18 replies · 1,081+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | November 2009 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    Sir Ambrose Fleming: Father of Modern Electronics --snip-- Sir John Ambrose Fleming was a leader in the electronics revolution that changed the world. As a professor at a major university, he carefully researched the evidence for Darwinism, concluding that the theory is not supported by science. He also influenced hundreds of students to evaluate the evidence in science for Darwinism. An outstanding scientist and creationist, he played a significant role in the development and maturation of the early creation movement. As Travers and Muhr wrote, he "had an unusually long and active life," and his life changed the world as...
  • Bottom-Up Science (miracles pop up everywhere in evolution fairytale)

    11/13/2009 8:11:34 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 78 replies · 2,622+ views
    ACTS & FACTS ^ | November 2009 | David F. Coppedge
    Evolutionary philosophy is a bottom-up storytelling project: particles, planets, people. Naturalists (those who say nature is all there is) believe they can invent explanations that are free of miracles, but in practice, miracles pop up everywhere in their stories. This was satirized by Sidney Harris years ago in a cartoon that showed a grad student filling a blackboard with equations. His adviser called attention to one step that needed some elaboration: It said, "Then a miracle happens." Examples of miracles in evolutionary philosophy include the sudden appearance of the universe without cause or explanation, the origin of life, the origin...
  • Where Chairman Mao and Teenage Nihilists Got Their Motivation

    11/12/2009 6:05:38 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 37 replies · 1,714+ views
    CEH ^ | November 12, 2009
    Nov 12, 2009 ó What propelled Mao Zhedong to become the biggest mass murderer in world history?† Let a professor of Chinese history answer the question.† James Pusey (Bucknell U), writing in Nature this week for a series on ďGlobal Darwin,Ē1 was explaining the vacuum left by the collapse of the reform movement in the early 20th century.† A ďgroup of intellectualsĒ found Marxism attractive.† It was the fittest ideology: Many tried to fill it: Sun, Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kaishek) and, finally, the small group of intellectuals who, in indignation at the betrayal at Versailles, found in Marxism what seemed...
  • Natural selection cannot explain the origin of life (Darwin's epic failure re: comprehensive ToE)

    11/12/2009 8:53:24 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 222 replies · 3,116+ views
    CMI ^ | November 12, 2009 | David Catchpoole, Jonathan Sarfati and Don Batten
    While Charles Darwinís On the Origin of Species has been described as ďa grand narrativeóa story of origins that would change the worldĒ,1 ironically his book very pointedly avoided the question of the origin of life itself. This ought not be surprising. Darwinís theory of the origin of species ďby means of natural selectionĒ2 presupposes self-reproduction, so canít explain the origin of self-reproduction. Unfortunately, many proponents of evolution seem unaware of that. They donít acknowledge that natural selection requires pre-existing life. As leading 20th century evolutionist Theodosius Dobzhansky lamented: ...
  • Darwin Marketed to Kids (totalitarian evos on the march, use power of state to stamp out opposition)

    11/11/2009 7:52:41 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 47 replies · 1,380+ views
    CEH ^ | November 10, 2009
    Nov 10, 2009 ó Thereís a move on to get Darwinís ideas taught to tots. Britain is giving a ďbirthday present to Darwin,Ē wrote Andrew Copson for The Guardian, in the form of national curriculum for primary schools that will mention evolution for the first time Ė and prohibit teaching of creationism or intelligent design in science lessons. The addition of evolution to elementary school curriculum was in response to a letter promoted by the British Humanist Association and signed by ďscientists and experts.Ē Copson was obviously delighted with what he perceived as a long-overdue smackdown against intelligent design Ė...
  • Theist, Agnostic, Atheist: Will the Real Charles Darwin Please Stand Up?

    11/11/2009 2:02:08 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 57 replies · 1,108+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | November 11, 2009 | Flannery
    When history imitates game show . . . Those old enough to remember TV in the late 1950s through the 60s will recall a delightful game show, ‚ÄúTo Tell the Truth.‚ÄĚ As a kid I fondly recall trying to figure out along with the celebrity panelists which of the three contestants was the ‚Äúreal‚ÄĚ person to be identified. It was a challenging game; the three contestants would all introduce themselves as ‚ÄúI am Mr./Miss /Mrs. [the generic Ms. hadn't come along yet] X‚ÄĚ and, after the announcer read a brief description of the featured guest, the panelists would begin...
  • Darwinist thinking on the origin of religion (the Temple of Darwin wants to explain your religion)

    11/10/2009 2:53:21 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 14 replies · 660+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 9, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    This topic forces us to assess the relationship between science and spirituality: is the invisible spiritual realm generated from the material or should it be considered as having a separate existence? Is religion a phenomenon that can ultimately be explained by science in naturalistic ways, or does religion represent a dimension of reality that cannot be directly probed by the methodologies of science? In an essay in Science, Elizabeth Culotta writes: ...