Monthly Archives: February 2014
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Just For Fun|
You just get done breaking the ice, and you look up and … whaaa?
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under extinction, Intelligent Design, News|
Curiously, Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton called consensus science an extremely pernicious development. And aspiring mammoth cloner George Church praised Steve Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt.
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, News|
but it turns out, most Democrats could not correctly answer both that the Earth goes around the Sun and that this takes a year. The two divergences are treated as if they are exactly the same, of course, and guess which gets the more publicity?
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under Genetics, Human evolution, Intelligent Design, News|
Is the point of Mooney’s claims to constantly diminish the claimed figure but never quite get there? All he is really diminishing is the apparent value of the genome as a source of information about life forms. If he never quite gets to 100%, he still has a story.
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, News, Peer review|
Despite the fact that information not matter underlies the universe, thinking appears just too old-fashioned now. 😉
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under Cambrian explosion, Informatics, Intelligent Design, News|
A friend writes to say that, listening to the Steve Meyer vs. Charles Marshall radio debate, he sensed that the message regarding the centrality of “information” to the history of life is starting get across.
|February 28, 2014||Posted by News under Evolution, News|
The theory goes from worm to man to nature without a pit stop.
|February 27, 2014||Posted by vjtorley under Intelligent Design|
Did Charles Darwin ever invoke his own theory in order to justify the extermination of one race by another? If the term “extermination” refers to systematic genocide, the answer is an emphatic “No”; but if “extermination” is defined more broadly to include the displacement and consequent extinction of one race by another, more technologically advanced […]
|February 27, 2014||Posted by News under Exoplanets, Intelligent Design, News|
How about: Winning tickets almost as rare as orthodontics for hens.
|February 27, 2014||Posted by News under Human evolution, Intelligent Design, News|
Just think, these folk are the heirs of the Enlightenment.
|February 27, 2014||Posted by News under Extraterrestrial life, Intelligent Design, Just For Fun, News|
How about a rock that does not have an aging process and has negligible metabolism, but does have a brain composed of non-living elements? … To avoid needless novelization, let’s assume that it is of low, not high intelligence, something like that of a turtle.
|February 27, 2014||Posted by News under Exoplanets, News|
The basic problem seems to be that a planet, even in the habitable zone, can mostly be a gasball with a thick, very high pressure atmosphere that would inhibit life as we know it.
|February 27, 2014||Posted by News under Darwinism, Epigenetics, Intelligent Design, News|
To the Darwinist, it looks like selfish genes (but then everything does). The rest of us would not put that much faith in the gene alone as the unit of inheritance. Separated from the rest of the story, it is probably usually meaningless.
|February 27, 2014||Posted by Cornelius Hunter under Intelligent Design|
Evolutionists like to say that there are mountains of evidence for evolution, but what is the best evidence? What would make a creationist think twice? Twenty five seconds into this video evolutionist Richard Dawkins answers this question. His killer evidence is the congruence between the genes of different plants and animals. Compare the genes across […]
|February 26, 2014||Posted by Barry Arrington under Intelligent Design|
Dear Nick, We’ve had this exchange: Barry Arrington: “If you came across a table on which was set 500 coins (no tossing involved) and all 500 coins displayed the ‘heads’ side of the coin, would you reject ‘chance’ as a hypothesis to explain this particular configuration of coins on a table?” Mark Frank: “. . […]
|February 26, 2014||Posted by News under Cosmology, Intelligent Design, News|
… because a past infinity is impossible?
Prominent science writer insists Darwinian evolution is ongoing, wants to revive “conversation” about race
|February 26, 2014||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intelligent Design, News|
Not clear why Wade thinks a conversation on the importance of race is “overdue.” Did someone blink and miss a couple of hundred?
|February 26, 2014||Posted by vjtorley under Intelligent Design|
Over at Raw Story, feminist blogger Amanda Marcotte has written an interesting post, New Darwin Documentary Shows Creationists Aren’t Dumb. They’re Fearful, about a new HBO documentary, Questioning Darwin, which features interviews with creationists. Marcotte comments: I agree with the New York Times reviewer that the creationists are presented non-judgementally, but as these clips amassed […]
|February 26, 2014||Posted by scordova under Creationism, News|
embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Crowe Tweets Pope Francis and invites him to watch [creationist] movie Now “Noah” star Russell Crowe is trying to reach a higher power, beseeching Pope Francis on Twitter to watch his upcoming biblical adventure, which is based on the Noah’s Ark story from the Book of Genesis. Addressing the pontiff […]
|February 26, 2014||Posted by scordova under Creationism, Intelligent Design, Philosophy, Religion|
It would be an interesting debate as to whether legal decisions by juries are considered science. Does anybody really care whether a jury verdict is called science or non-science? Was the verdict against Jodi Arias for killing Travis Alexander science? Or how about the conviction of Bernie Madoff, is that science? Isn’t it more important […]
MACK: These experiences often occur in literal consciousness. Not in a hypnogogic or dreamlike state. The person may be in their bedroom quite wide awake. The beings show up. And there they are and the experience begins. That they’re not occurring in any dreamlike state. Now sometimes they do occur when a person is dozing off or in a hypnogogic state. But very frequently not.
Also, any theory that is going to look upon this as a purely endogenous phenomenon, by which I mean generated purely from the psyche of the person themselves. Which is a kind of arrogance too, really. Because it means that we just can’t accept the notion there could be another intelligence at work here. Which is a much more economical explanation. But if we must find a theory within ourselves, then we should keep in mind that any theory that’s going to even begin to address this, has to take into account five factors:
Number one, the extreme consistency of the stories from person after person. Which you would not get simply by stimulating the temporal lobes. You would get very variable idiosyncratic responses that would differ a great deal from person to person.
Number two, you would have to deal with the fact that there is no ordinary experiential basis for this. In other words, there’s nothing in their life experience that could have given rise to this, other than what they say. In other words, there’s no mental condition that could explain it.
Third, you have to account for the physical aspects: the cuts and the other lesions on their bodies, which do not follow any psychodynamic distribution, like the stigmata associated with the identification with the agony of Christ.
Fourth, the tight association with UFOs, which are often observed in the community, by the media, independent of the person having the abduction experience, who may not have seen the UFO at all, but reads or sees on the television the next day that a UFO passed near where they were when they had an abduction experience.
And finally, the phenomenon occurs in children as young as two, two and a half, three years old. And any theory that simply attributes this to the activity of the brain, does not take into account at least three of those five fundamental dimensions…
NOVA: Aren’t you really at risk of losing quite a bit, personally and professionally, because of …criticism?
MACK: I think that, in some ways, I’ve gained more than I’ve lost in terms of inviting people into this mystery, having a dialogue with all kinds of very wonderful, open, intelligent, brilliant people from many different fields. It’s been quite exciting. I mean I’ve been attacked, but the attacks have not been really nearly as serious to me as the openness that I’ve found among many people throughout the culture and internationally, who are saying: Yeah, I always suspected something like this was going on, and I’m glad you were willing to come forward and report about it.
……It’s often said that I’m a believer and sort of have gone and lost my objectivity. I really object to that. Because this is not about believing anything. I didn’t believe anything when I started, I don’t really believe anything now. I’m come to where I’ve come to clinically. In other words, I worked with people over hundred and hundreds of hours and have done as careful a job as I could to listen, to sift out, to consider alternative explanations. And none have come forward. No one has found an alternative explanation in a single abduction case.
NOVA: Many say that this is just really a function of cultural images.
MACK: …I have been looking at this phenomenon as it manifests in indigenous people, in Native Americans—the Cherokee, the Hopi, who know these beings as the star people. We’ve looked at this in South Africa, particularly in interviewing in depth a leading South African sangoma, or medicine man, who calls these beings “mandingdas”.
We’ve investigated it in Brazil with a farmer in—outside Belo Horizante who had identical abduction experiences to what have been reported in this country. I’m getting recent—I received a letter about abduction experiences from a person in Malaysia today. In other words, this is—as far as we can tell—a worldwide phenomenon. This is not restricted, as some people have thought, to Western or particularly American culture.
….I found that the higher or the greater the stake that a person has in this society, in their position or their job, the more reluctant they are to admit that they’ve had abduction experiences……When abductees went on television with me during the spring of 1994, during my book tours, and wanted to communicate and educate about it, a number of them received threats to their jobs. Some of them lost them….we have one man in management consultation, lost an important contract. A woman that worked for the federal government, who was an abductee, was threatened with loss of her job. In other words, this is not something that is regarded as acceptable.
I’ve interviewed airline pilots who have had sighting—close up sightings of UFOs. They will not report it, because they will be removed from their work. Even if they’ve had abduction experience, they will not talk about it. And 25 to 30 percent of airline pilots, according to a survey that one of the people I’ve talked with did, have had close up sightings, but will not discuss it.
This simply is not something that is accepted as OK to talk about or—And that may be changing. I recently saw a Harvard Divinity School student, and I asked him these questions. I said: Do you talk about this among your fellow students? And he said: ‘Oh, yes.’ And it turned out several of them had also had abduction experiences. And even the ones that had not, were fascinated, interested, didn’t ridicule ’em. So maybe the climate is changing.
3. See: Boldly Going Where No Man has gone before to see the creationist viewpoint on sinister spiritual intelligence and how to be protected from such agencies.
4. It’s apparent to me now that many UD readers are closet sympathizers of the notion of spiritual forces since some of them have had personal encounters. Yes indeed, we don’t like to talk about these matters, but the issues are quite real to some.
5. The capriciousness of intelligent agency finally explains why ID by non-material intelligent agents seems so elusive to laboratory controlled conditions, but yet we have credible circumstantial evidence that such an intelligence agency exists. Unfortunately, some of the most believable evidence isn’t the most pleasant to read about.
I accept that there are beautiful accounts of good miracles in the present day, but it is hard to sort the real from the fabricated. My favorite story, which I find credible, is Astronaut Charles Duke who prayed for a blind girl and the girl had her sight restored within minutes.
There are probably many accounts like this, but because they escape lab conditions, some skeptics will refuse to believe. It may be that the capricious Intelligence that brings good miracles of healings is wanting to conceal His existence except to those who are willing to see but hide Himself from those who are willfully blind:
It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, and the glory of kings to search out a matter.
Searching out the hidden matter of ID is a glorious enterprise indeed.
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.”