A Totally Modern View on Evolution

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A century ago evolution was a credible theory looking for proof. After tens of thousands of scientists have spent their lives looking for proof and found none, evolution is no longer even a credible theory. But tragically, in the meantime it has become dogma”                    Neal Mack MD

Dr. David Raup, who has been called “the world’s most brilliant paleontologist,” recently said this of the fossil record: “We are now about 120 years after Darwin and the knowledge of the fossil record has been greatly expanded. We now have a quarter of a million fossil species, but the situation hasn’t changed much. The record of evolution is still surprisingly jerky and, ironically, we have even fewer examples of evolutionary transition than we had in Darwin’s time.(1) (Bold type added)

Evolutionist L. Harrison Matthews wrote in the Introduction of the 1971 edition of The Origin of Species, by Charles Darwin: “Evolution is the backbone of biology and biology is thus in the peculiar position of being a science founded upon an unproved theory – is it then a science of a faith?“(2)

Duane Gish wrote in 1981 (still true today) “There were no human witnesses to the origin of the Universe, the origin of life or the origin of a single living thing. These were unique, unrepeatable events of the past that cannot be observed in nature or repeated in the laboratory. Thus neither creation nor evolution qualifies as a scientific theory and each is equally religious”.(3)

Francis Crick, codiscover of DNA, wrote, “An honest man, armed with all the knowledge available to us now, could only state that in some sense, the origin of life appears at the moment to be almost a miracle, so many are the conditions which would have had to have been satisfied to get it going.”(4)

Sir Fred Hoyle, the brilliant British astronomer, mathematician, and cosmologist, wrote, “Once we see, however, that the probability of life originating at random is so utterly miniscule as to make it absurd, it becomes sensible to think that the favorable properties of physics on which life depends are in every respect deliberate … . It is therefore almost inevitable that our own measure of intelligence must reflect … higher intelligences … even to the limit of God … such a theory is so obvious that one wonders why it is not widely accepted as being self-evident. The reasons are psychological rather than scientific.”(5)

Hoyle also wrote, “Life cannot have had a random beginning … The trouble is that there are about 2000 enzymes, and the chance of obtaining them all in a random trial is only one part in 10^40,000, an outrageously small probability that could not be faced even if the whole universe consisted of organic soup.”(6)

Dr Stephen Gould, Harvard Professor of Paleontology, wrote “The fossil record with its abrupt transitions offers no support for gradual change, and the principle of natural selection does not require it — selection can operate rapidly. Yet the unnecessary link that Darwin forged became a central tenet of the synthetic theory.”(7)

Perhaps we should just stop and let that sink in. A world famous Paleontologist admits that the fossil record (one of the strongest initial arguments for evolution) does NOT support evolution!  Instead he proposes yet another unscientific “rescue” for evolution, one he calls “discontinuous variation” or “macromutation”.

To explain this I will quote Richard Goldschmidt, who wrote in his book, The Material Basis of Evolution: “The major evolutionary advances must have taken place in single large steps…The many missing links in the paleontological record are sought for in vain because they have never existed: ‘the first bird hatched from a reptilian egg.’”

Hold on folks.  The science stops here, and the fiction takes over! Gould is now admitting that new species just appear fully formed in the Geological record (in the strata or layers of the earth, they just suddenly appear). So he proposes they must have appeared fully formed in “real time” millennia ago.  A dinosaur egg hatched a chicken or a dog? So much for evolution.  Now we have come full circle. Either you believe in Creation, or you believe in magic!

For another very readable discussion on this, please see the article in the Houston Chronicle from 2008 by Scot Wall.  http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/tomball/opinion/article/The-fossil-record-offers-no-support-for-gradual-9373494.php

Evolution will one day be shown to be the greatest hoax in the history of science.  ANM

 

(1) http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/tomball/opinion/article/The-fossil-record-offers-no-support-for-gradual-9373494.php

(2)L. Harrison Matthews, “Introduction to Origin of Species” (London: J.M. Dent), 1971 edition of The Origin of Species.

(3) Asimov, I., and Gish, D. T. October 1981. “The Genesis War: A Debate.” Science Digest, p. 82.

(4) Francis Crick, Life Itself: Its Origin and Nature

(5) Fred Hoyle, Evolution from Space

(6) Fred Hoyle, Evolution from Space

(7) http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/tomball/opinion/article/The-fossil-record-offers-no-support-for-gradual-9373494.php

“You are worthy, Jehovah our God, to receive the glory and the honor and the power, because you created all things.”Revelation 4:11.

BIG GOD / small god? Why Cosmology Matters!

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Our view of the world, the universe, ourselves, our relationships, and even our families changes drastically when science tells us there is no God. But is this what science really tells us? Or is this merely the opinion of secular atheists, promoting their version of the facts?

Secular atheists have a great deal to say about their little god.  He can’t be real. He doesn’t exist. He is hateful and misogynistic and on and on.  But one thing that seems odd is hearing atheists offer opinions on what god can and can’t do. If your god has to wait on evolution you might have a small god. If your god has to wait 12 billion years for light to come from another star, or requires scientific approval of the latest version of the Big Bang in order to create the universe, you have a small god. If you think you can understand god, you have a small god.  If you believe your opinion on matters of eternity are more coherent, pertinent, and relevant than god’s opinion, you have a small god.

But if you have even a glimpse of an understanding of what scripture means when God calls himself I AM, you might have a BIG GOD.  If you have meditated on what it might really mean to be omniscient, or omnipotent, or omnipresent, you might have a BIG GOD.  If the miracles in the New Testament don’t faze you, because life itself is unbelievably miraculous, you might have a BIG GOD. If the matter of where God was before time was, or before the Universe was doesn’t really bother you at all, because you understand HE CREATED TIME ITSELF, you might have a BIG GOD.

Christians and most atheists agree.  Our universe, and the earth, and life itself are astounding and miraculous events. But then the agreement stops.

Atheists say creation is impossible because it would have required something miraculous, something fantastic, something unbelievable, something outside the bounds of science.

Creationists say that the The Big Bang and Evolution are impossible because they would have required something miraculous, something fantastic, something unbelievable, something outside the bounds of science.

And BOTH are correct. In order for this magnificent world and our vast universe to be here, something miraculous and unbelievable indeed had to occur. In the debate over Evolution, the debate often just comes down to which impossible feat you choose to believe.

But here is the part you  probably don’t know. There is nothing scientific about the theories of origin proposed by EITHER side of the argument.  The difference is, creationists do not pretend to claim scientific credibility for their theories of origin.  Atheistic secular scientists do claim such scientific credibility, in spite of their dependence on mathematical mythology, and their huge problems with DNA damage, no intermediary fossils, a complete lack of transitional forms, polystrate fossils, flatness, the cosmological constant, entropy, inflation, lithium, dark matter, dark energy and the lack of any appreciable antimatter. (For explanations, please see my prior posts entitles Bang… and nothing, The Uniformitarians, and Nothing Can’t do Something.)

However, I would challenge you to read their arguments.  I would refer you to a particularly good debate, for instance on pros and cons of the Big bang as science on Debate.org.(1) It is just a dozen or so pages of reading and is quite understandable (See footnote #1).

Another excellent source of understanding the Big Bang Cosmology as (junk) science is found on Quora.com.(2) I believe you will also find this to be an unbiased and scientific interpretation of the data. I highly recommend it, but just be on the lookout for the many times scientists say “we don’t know”, or “we don’t understand” or “we cannot explain” or “for some reason”. If that doesn’t sound scientific, it’s because it isn’t. Those who propose the Big Bang will say “so far results support this model” while at the same time saying they have no idea why their figures are vastly off (by several orders of magnitude during the so-called inflationary period).

For those truly interested in Cosmology, the entirety of the argument and pretty much all of its sub-chapters can be summed up in just one statement… If you believe in the Big Bang, then many areas of science can be said to support your beliefs, and those which specifically contradict your beliefs are just awaiting further experimentation and confirmation.  And if you believe in Creation, the exact same statement holds.

As Eric Lerner president of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. states, The big bang is essentially a creationist philosophy. It is creationist both because it opens the door to a supernatural origin of the universe itself, and because it basically says the universe seems absurd. We are asked to believe in it because the experts say it’s true.”(3)

He goes on to say, “Conventional cosmology today is a very big step back toward that medieval conception. Now big bang cosmology is talking about things like dark energy, dark matter, inflation. These are phenomena that cannot be observed or, in the case of dark matter, it could be but never has been in the laboratory and only exists in the celestial sphere. This makes these hypotheses much more difficult to test.” (4) Lerner is not a creationist.  But even he can easily see the absurdity of the Big Bang hypothesis.

 

(1) http://www.debate.org/debates/The-Big-Bang-is-currently-the-most-credible-scientific-theory-on-the-evolution-of-the-early-Universe/1/

(2) http://www.quora.com/Why-is-The-Big-Bang-Theory-widely-accepted-How-solid-is-the-evidence-for-it

(3) http://www.vision.org/eric-lerner-interview-big-bang-theory-378

(4) ibid.

 

You return man to dust, and say, “Return, Oh children of man!” For a thousand years in your sight are as yesterday when it is passed, or  as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:3-4 ESV

Evolutionism, Scientism, and the Demise of Atheism

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Sometimes a single domino falls and hundreds more fall in rapid succession. I have reason to believe this may soon be the case with evolution.  How could this occur?  Well, in reality just one thing needs to happen. Real science must be allowed to freely take its course.

Secular scientists should be among the first to recognize the importance of seeking truth. Science is a study based on ruling out false hypotheses, and continually seeking a truer understanding of our physical universe. Science can ONLY be advanced by the honest and objective analysis of both our successes AND our failures. A repetitive refusal to acknowledge failed hypotheses is not just bad science.  It is not science at all. But in the case of these three inextricably linked arguments (evolution, scientism, and atheism) the failure of any one piece exposes the logical, philosophical, and scientific fallacies of the others.

As science advances, even in spite of the extreme pro-evolutionary bias of  our institutions of higher learning, the scientific underpinnings of evolution have been progressively undermined to the point that belief in evolution is now held completely on the basis of faith, not science. (see prior posts on Science vs Reason, Hoaxed, Natural Selection, the Cambrian Explosion, and The Data in the Strata.)

But as early as Shakespeare, the phrase was used, “The truth will out.”
Or as Buddha said, ““Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” And this is exactly what is occurring in society today as we discuss evolutionism, scientism, and atheism.
Evolutionism describes the belief in the evolution of organisms. Its exact meaning has changed over time as the study of evolution has progressed. In the 19th-century, it was used to describe the belief that organisms deliberately improved themselves through progressive inherited change (orthogenesis).The teleological belief went on to include cultural evolution and social evolution. (1)

Unfortunately, although evolution has lost scientific credibility as explained in prior posts, it remains as the current foundational teaching for biology in our schools. In addition there is an intricately woven web of assumptions and presuppositions developed over the last century in which science has sought NOT the truth, but merely sought to support evolution.  Rather than searching for truth, atheistic biologists and cosmologists sought support for their own atheistic assumptions.  This is referred to as scientism (see prior posts on scientism).

Scientism is an ideology that promotes science as the purportedly objective means by which society should determine normative and epistemological values.“(2) Don’t let that  definition deter you. It is actually quite simple.The key principle is that Scientism is an ideology, and a philosophy.  Scientism is not science!
In previous posts the failures of Scientism have been discussed more thoroughly, but for now suffice it to say that Scientism is completely illogical, and ultimately self defeating. As stated by Edward Feser, “Scientism is the view that all real knowledge is scientific knowledge—that there is no rational, objective form of inquiry that is not a branch of science…Despite its adherents’ pose of rationality, scientism has a serious problem: it is either self-refuting or trivial. Take the first horn of this dilemma. The claim that scientism is true is not itself a scientific claim, not something that can be established using scientific methods. Indeed, that science is even a rational form of inquiry (let alone the only rational form of inquiry) is not something that can be established scientifically.”(3)
Or as JP Moreland has written about the self-refuting nature of Scientism, “The only knowledge we can have about reality are those that have been properly tested in the hard sciences” is not itself a statement about reality that has been properly tested in the hard sciences, so it cannot be a knowledge claim about reality. It is actually a claim of philosophy to the effect that all claims outside the hard sciences, including those of philosophy, cannot be known to be true. Thus, it is an inherently self-refuting claim.”(4)
Atheism has a similar problem. Of course Atheism, as we had inferred earlier is totally dependent on evolution and scientism in order to explain its very existence. But that is not all. As written by Matt Slick in his discussion of materialistic atheism, “Materialism is the theory that matter is the only thing that exists in the universe, and that all phenomena can be explained in terms of it and its properties. This would mean that everything must operate within the bounds of physical laws, including the human brain. But this presents a problem for the materialistic atheist. A materialist atheist has no intellectual justification whatsoever to trust his own thinking because his physical brain cannot exceed the limits of physics and chemistry. Therefore, there’s no reason for him to conclude that his rationality is correct since his brain is acting “mechanically.” (5)
The good news in all this is that recently thousands of scientists are beginning to clearly understand and espouse the failures of evolutionism and scientism. As they write and speak clearly of the scientific reasons that neither life, nor the universe have created themselves, millions of people may reject atheism and once again feel free to explore the more rational and spiritually fulfilling alternative of belief in an Almighty God who created the universe, and humanity, for His divine purposes.
The good news is that Atheism is no longer able to assume the stamp of philosophical or scientific approval.
The good news is that life has meaning.
The good news is you are not just made up of matter. You Matter!

 

John 8:45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me!
(1) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionism
(2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientism
(5) carm.org/materialistic-atheism-self-refuting

Pictures of Evolution

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Look up Evolution.

Then look for pictures, photos, or images of evolution.

You will quickly notice an interesting void.  There are none.

We have photographic images of virtually everything in this world, from pictures of our entire earth taken from space, down to the tiniest electron microscope images of objects a million times smaller than a human hair. We have scientific images representing millions of concepts.  You will find photographic evidence of the grandeur of life, the cosmos, and the earth and all its ecosystems.

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Every branch of science is meticulously documented with millions of explanatory and supportive images. But you will not find pictures of evolution.  Anywhere.  Ever.

What you will likely find is a comic book drawing that has been reproduces tens of millions of times that shows some of the supposed variations and stages between a monkey and a man.  You will see an animal that walks on all fours, gradually transformed (on paper) into a bi-pedal, upright animal that looks like a human being. But that is the only type of image you will find.  You will not find photographic evidence of evolution from monkey to man, because it does not exist. In fact you will not find photographic images of any type of plant, animal, bacteria, or living thing evolving into another more advanced living thing. You will only find “comic book” illustrations originating from someone’s overactive imagination.

If you are of a scientific mindset one can’t help but wonder about two things.  First, why is there no evidence of evolution after over a hundred years of diligent searching by thousands of the worlds best scientists?  And second, why do we accept atheistic statements that evolution is a proven fact, with there is such a dearth of evidence? (see prior blogs, Hoaxed, Lemmings, and What about Natural Selection)

Not only can evolutionists show you NO pictures of current evolution or recent evolution.  In addition they have NO pictures or evidence of evolution from the fossil record (See prior post The Data in the Strata). They have NO proof from the study of genomics that humans are connected to apes, or that ANY of their proposed “closely related species” actually evolved, one from another (see The Created Chimp Genome). They have complete skeletal fossils of thousands of extinct species, yet NONE of any type of “missing link” from ape to man. Even as recently as 2017 the BBC admits we have still not found anything resembling a missing link (or as they prefer to call it Last Common Ancestor).(1) For this supposedly recent transformation, we only have imaginary “artists renditions”.  Anthropologists have reconstructed entire fanciful images (Such as Java Man, Homo Habilis, and Australopithecus sediba) from a small piece of skull, a tooth, and a thigh bone, or even less. We even have full artists renditions of a supposed LCA “imagineered” from a partial skull! This is unfortunately what modern “science” has become. In the effort to prove evolution to be true, all scientific integrity has been abandoned, and the wildest of unsupported, unsubstantiated claims have been accepted.

But if there are no pictures or evidence of actual LCA (Last Common Ancestor) from fossils, then at least we should see pictures and evidence of our genetic decent from apes in the field of genomics.  Textbooks should by now be full of chapters delineating the progressive ongoing change in our DNA from the lower apes, to the chimps, and to humankind.  But the opposite is in fact true. In fact much of the genomic data now points to a RECENT origin for humanity. (See prior blogs on The Created Chimp Genome, and Hoaxed).

And yet schools and colleges continue to teach the myth of Evolution.

 

(1) http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170517-we-have-still-not-found-the-missing-link-between-us-and-apes

Fixing Global Warming

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It was heartbreaking when on a visit to Alaska, I saw the extent of the retreat of the massive glaciers. I am a firm believer in taking care of our planet, and in the conservation of resources. I drive an electric car and I have solar on my roof (which in the last 3 years has prevented over 50,000 pounds of CO2 emissions, or viewed another way, has been the equivalent of planting over 1200 trees to absorb CO2). Not many environmentalists can say they do this much. Yet environmental activists insist that such things are of minor significance and we must pass sweeping worldwide legislation and taxation to do much more.

But the question arises, how can weak, frail mankind fix such an enormous problem? Historically the earth has vacillated between Ice Ages, floods, droughts, and intense heat. The ocean levels have varied by many meters.  The Polar ice caps have grown and then retreated… and all this has occurred in past times without human intervention. It was neither caused by, nor alleviated by human behaviors.

And another pertinent question isHow do we know that we are not currently approaching an Ice age (as some respected secular scientists suggest), and perhaps the very most important, lifesaving, socially conscious thing we could possibly do at this time is to foster the creation of carbon dioxide to minimize the severity of the coming glaciation? (See my prior post on The Science of Predicting the Future)  The answer. We don’t.

Many secular scientist say we are indeed now overdue for an Ice Age. “Sometime around now, scientists say, the Earth should be changing from a long interglacial period that has lasted the past 10,000 years and shifting back towards conditions that will ultimately lead to another ice age – unless some other forces stop or slow it.” (1)

The point is, we do not know what happened 10,000 years ago. And we do not know what will happen five or 10 years in the future.  Only God knows.

As a scientist this is quite an uncomfortable realization.  Many secular, atheistic, humanistic scientists prefer to think we are in control of our destiny and we must protect our fragile planet from the ravages of human “infestation”. But Scripture (which has been around a lot longer than modern science, and is more dependable and trustworthy than some aspects of modern science) tells us otherwise. As a student of scripture, I can point to hundreds of accurate Bible prophecies which have already been fulfilled.(2) We know when these prophecies were written, and we know the times  (later in history) when they were fulfilled. Global warming scientists can make no such claim.

On the other hand, recent SCIENTIFIC studies by accomplished geologists at the ICR* have shown that the Ice Age(s) are much more readily explained by the repercussions of a global flood as described in the Bible, than by current prevailing secular hypotheses.(3) SCIENTIFIC analysis of geographical formations also show that the location and sequencing of earth’s great fossil fields are more compatible with a great flood than with prior “old age earth” hypotheses. (see blog on The Data in the Strata)

Geologists and astronomers have debated for decades about what caused the Ice Ages. There have been many theories, each one superseding the one prior.(4) But none of those theories can explain how such vast amounts of water vapor were in the atmosphere at the same time the planet was rapidly cooling.  Normally in a cold atmosphere there is very little water vapor, so cycles of cooling alone cannot explain the Ice Age(s). Only the Biblical flood model, with rapidly shifting tectonic plates and the associated underwater volcanic activity, can explain the subsequent massive precipitation required in an Ice Age occurring some years after he flood. (5)

So, if we are concerned with global warming, or cooling, or flooding, or melting ice caps, what are we to do?  As a scientist, and a Christian, I absolutely believe that such things are under the complete and total control of God the Creator of the Universe. In fact, it seems almost silly to believe there is an Omnipotent, Loving God who created everything in the universe for our benefit, and yet worry that we might destroy everything because we drive too many automobiles. Just stop and think for a second.  All it would take is one large volcanic blast to offset the warming from hundreds of years of man’s carbon emissions. If God wants the Earth to dry up and wither due to man’s sin, it will occur, and no amount of environmental activism will prevent it. If God does NOT want Global warming to occur, then no matter how much carbon dioxide man creates, natural processes will offset and balance it.

After all, wasn’t Jesus the first person to tell us, in essence, “Don’t worry, be happy?”. (6)

(See my prior posts on Hoaxed, The Data in the Strata, and Real Science.)

 

(1) today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2009/aug/long-debate-ended-over-cause-demise-ice-ages-–-may-also-help-predict-future

(2) http://www.biblestudytools.com/bible-study/topical-studies/the-old-testament-is-filled-with-fulfilled-prophecy-11652232.html

(3) http://www.icr.org/article/ice-age-genesis-flood/

(4) today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2009/aug/long-debate-ended-over-cause-demise-ice-ages-–-may-also-help-predict-future

(5) http://www.icr.org/global-flood

(6) http://www.biblestudytools.com/blogs/mark-altrogge/3-things-jesus-tells-us-about-worry.html

 

*ICR – Institute for Creation Research.  A small but distinguished group of scientists which have formed to look at science, and scientific studies, from a Biblical worldview.

The earth dries up and withers,
    the world languishes and withers;
    the heavens languish together with the earth.
The earth lies polluted
    under its inhabitants;
for they have transgressed laws,
    violated the statutes,
    broken the everlasting covenant.
Therefore a curse devours the earth,
    and its inhabitants suffer for their guilt;
therefore the inhabitants of the earth dwindled,
    and few people are left.  Isaiah 24:4-6 NRSV

The Science of Predicting the Future

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If you ask the man or woman on the street “Is it possible to predict the future?”, they will likely say no.  It is of course NOT possible for us to “predict the future” except in a very few, short term, low variable type situations. And yet as humans, we see that as just another obstacle to be overcome. So that is exactly what secular scientists are continually trying to do, attempting to predict the weather, earthquakes, hurricanes, politics, economics, lifespans, relationships, and dozens of other events in life. This might not seem such a bad thing.  After all, isn’t that the exciting and compelling thing about science fiction, the desire to see into the future? What is the harm in that?

Well perhaps if it only involved educated, consenting adults who understood the actual underlying principles of scientific research and statistical analysis it would be acceptable. Or if it were seen for what it was, which is science fiction rather than hard science, perhaps it would be acceptable.  But such is not the case. This area of “soft science” has pervaded all aspects of education and the media.

In fact this merger between science and pop culture has created a progeny.  That progeny is called scientism, and in the name of science, our children are taught scientism from early grade school all the way through college.  They are constantly exposed to it on shows like “The Big Bang Theory.”  But while it is treated as actual science, many of the predictions made by scientism (about both past and future events) have much more in common with indoctrination and fortune telling than with actual, provable science.  For example:

“Scientists Have Figured Out When And How Our Sun Will Die, And It’s Going to Be Epic”

So reads the headline on Sciencealert.com. (1) And the article goes on to say, “The Sun is about 4.6 billion years old – gauged on the age of other objects in the Solar System that formed around the same time. And, based on observations of other stars, astronomers predict it will reach the end of its life in about another 10 billion years.”

The science of Astronomy is indeed amazing.  Astronomers observe,  speculate, theorize and calculate.  They attempt to explain this magnificent universe in which we live.  But they fail to tell you, as they predict earth’s incineration and demise, that their theories and explanations are still, even now, full of holes the size of galaxies. (For more on this see my prior blogs entitled Pluto and the Mickey Mouse Astronomers, and Operational vs Historical Science)

Or for another example, consider the following article by Jillian Scudder, which also states we have about a billion years or so left to inhabit the earth.

It is widely understood that the Earth as a planet will not survive the sun’s expansion into a full-blown red giant star. The surface of the sun will probably reach the current orbit of Mars – and, while the Earth’s orbit may also have expanded outwards slightly, it won’t be enough to save it from being dragged into the surface of the sun, whereupon our planet will rapidly disintegrate.” (2)

Or if you prefer to get your forecasts from NBC news, here is a headline:

“Now we know what will happen when the sun dies” 

“New study suggests our star will become ‘one of the prettiest objects in the night sky.”(3) Never mind that at the time they predict our suns demise, the earth will already be long gone according to their own predictions.  The astronomers had been arguing back and forth among themselves as to whether when the sun died it would create a planetary nebula.  This latest theory (latest computer model) says it will, and it will supposedly be spectacular to see.
These are just a couple of the many pseudo-scientific internet sites that predict the future of our planet, and the fate of our sun.  But what happened to the belief that “we can’t predict the future”?  Well, you might say, “this is different… these are scientists!”.  Yes, that is what they say.  But what is a scientist? And more importantly, what types of predictions for the future have scientist made?  What are their results and their credentials for predicting future events?
Well it turns out that scientists are quite good at predicting the future of a real time event in a laboratory if all the factors are known and contained, and the the basic processes of physics are completely stable. They can tell you what is going to happen in the next few minutes after you combine sodium and chloride in a test tube.  They can predict what will happen when gasoline and oxygen are allowed to interact in the presence of intense heat.  These momentary observations can be reproduced again and again in a laboratory or a test tube.  The results will be the same and are thus predictable.
But what are their credentials in predicting things even just a thousand years from now?  Has science ever done that? No.  Not yet anyway.
In fact predicting the future, it turns out, is actually quite difficult.  As written by Adam Keiper, in his blog on The New Atlantis, concerning uncertainties in predicting the future,

All of which is to say that, as you listen to our conversation here today, or as you read books and articles about the future of automation and robotics, try to keep in mind what I call the “chain of uncertainties”:

Just because something is conceivable or imaginable
does not mean it is possible.
Even if it is possible, that does not mean it will happen.
Even if it happens, that does not mean it will happen in the way you envisioned.
And even if it happens in something like the way you envisioned, there will be unintended, unexpected consequences(5)

 

Martyn Shuttleworth authored the following excellent discussion about predictive science.PDF version

Scientists and Soothsayers

“Prediction in research fulfills one of the basic desires of humanity, to discern the future and know what fate holds. Such foresight used to involve studying the stars or looking at the entrails of animals.

Obviously, few pay heed to such methods, in the modern world, but many people expect scientists to become the new soothsayers and predict where humanity, the environment, and the universe will end up. To a certain extent, most scientists regularly use prediction in research as a fundamental of the scientific method, when they generate a hypothesis and predict what will happen.

As part of humanity’s quest to understand nature, predictive science is much more widespread than before.

Much of this is due to the exponential growth in computing power, which allows gradually more detailed and accurate models. These are of great use in predicting the weather or natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis.

The other factor driving this growth of predictions in research is politics and economics. Predicting the weather benefits an economy by informing farmers about what to expect, and allows emergency services to predict when adverse weather may require action. Economics is prediction driven and, as the current economic crisis shows, incorrect predictions can be devastating, although whether politicians choose to listen to the advice of computer prediction models, if they disagree with their policies, is another matter.

With the millions of dollars invested by governments, or by oil companies using the predictions of geologists to know where to drill test wells, predictive science is only going to grow. However, this entire field of science and computing rests upon the same foundations that drove early scientists, the principle of making a prediction and setting out to test it.

Unfortunately, these predictions in science are at the whim of paymasters, whether in government or the private sector. This will always compromise the integrity of the scientists making predictions, but prediction in research will always drive the scientific method. That is my prediction, anyway! “(5)

You may have noted Martyn’s disdain for the effects that money, power and politics can have or science, when he states “This will always compromise the integrity of the scientists making predictions”.  And as you may have predicted, I agree entirely.

 

 

For much more on this topic see my earlier blogs on Science vs. Scientism, and Five Things Everyone Should Know About Scientism.

 

(1) http://www.sciencealert.com/what-will-happen-after-the-sun-dies-planetary-nebula-solar-system

(2) phys.org/news/2015-02-sun-wont-die-billion-years.html

(3) http://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/now-we-know-what-will-happen-when-sun-dies-ncna873041

(4) today.oregonstate.edu/archives/2009/aug/long-debate-ended-over-cause-demise-ice-ages-–-may-also-help-predict-future

(5) http://futurisms.thenewatlantis.com/

(6) https://explorable.com/prediction-in-research

 

Millennials: A Generation Lost in Deep Time

 

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Many millennials are lost. According to an article in the Huff Post entitled “Millennials: The Lost Generation”, “Today we have a whole group of young people that we call millennials – men and women ages 18-33, who have higher rates of depression, stress and suicide, than any generation before them.“(1) An internet search on “millennials the lost generation” reveals scores of hits. But one naturally wonders, why is this generation lost? 

Perhaps they are lost because they have no strong sense of personal identity.  Perhaps they are lost because millions of their parents were more interested in being drunk or high than being parents. Perhaps they are lost because they are misled by politicians whose only concern is power, not Truth. 

Or perhaps, as I am prone to believe, they are lost because they have no foundations on which to base their lives. They are lost because they have no moral compass, no set of coherent eternal truths, no absolutes.  They are lost because they have been taught in the halls of academia that there is no such thing as absolute truth.  

Moreover, they are lost because academia has told them they cannot believe the Bible.  And they fell for it, hook line and sinkerWhy did they believe such a lie?  Because atheistic scientists said it, and so it must be true

But think about this!  Atheistic scientists would say the Bible is false even if Jesus himself healed a withered hand or restored sight to a blind man in their presence! They are atheists!  Everything they say, do, predict or interpret is seen though their atheistic world view! Therefore it is no surprise that atheists say the Bible is not true. But what does the Bible say about atheists?  It says they are fools. Psalm 14:1 reads “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good.”(2)  Who then should we believe? The atheists or the Word of God?

In addition, as written by Matt Slick, atheism is in itself ultimately self refuting. “A materialist atheist has no intellectual justification whatsoever to trust his own thinking because his physical brain cannot exceed the limits of physics and chemistry. Therefore, there’s no reason for him to conclude that his rationality is correct since his brain is acting “mechanically.” (3) In other words, every response by a materialistic atheist to any argument, including belief or disbelief in God, is by their own definitions a mere random, pre-programmed chemical reaction. It has no merit, no basis, no meaning!

Unfortunately Millennials have been given a choice of believing science, or believing the Word of God.  Such a forced choice is irrational, and unnecessary because science and God’s word are not contradictory. But Public Education has failed them, because they took away even the possibility of Biblical truth.  Instead they filled their heads with diagrams of an outdated and scientifically disproven evolutionary tree of life, fraudulent Piltdown man, and imaginary monkey to man diagrams. Consequently, an entire generation has lost faith in the Bible due to the atheistic, secular agenda in our schools.

We trusted the government to teach our children.  But as stated by Mary Nutting at Answers in Genesis, “Many families today are in deep trouble because they have not been “diligently teaching” their children. Instead, they have left it to the schools, media, museums, national parks, and others to do the job.”(4) And the government trusted the textbooks, and the textbooks trusted the atheists. But why did the texts use atheistic presuppositions to program our children against belief in God, or the Bible? Perhaps because some of the arguments for an ancient universe seem so logical, at least on the surface. Like Deep Time.

The strongest atheistic arguments against the Bible are those rooted in Deep Time (for example light travelling across the universe).  The atheists have convinced most of the world that Genesis cannot be literally true because of the long ages they claim are shown by geology and astronomy.  (See prior posts on Ancient, Where’s the Proof, and Pluto and the Mickey Mouse Astronomers)  Deep Time is the foundational belief that undergirds atheistic arguments against Biblical truth by suggesting everything about the Bible timeline is impossible.  According to the internet dictionary, deep time is: “the multimillion year time frame within which scientists believe the earth has existed, and which is supported by the observation of natural, mostly geological, phenomena.” It will exceed the scope of this post to instruct the reader fully as to why Deep Time is an unreliable concept, but suffice it to say that as with all other scientific conclusions reached by atheists, the science is subject to the ideology.

In other words, when an atheistic scientist makes a choice to absolutely rule out any possibility of God the Creator, this choice influences and pervades and contaminates all their other research and conclusions. No matter how clearly the scientific evidence might be in pointing to a Creator, the avowed atheist will not see it. The simple fact is that the existence of the universe, and the existence of life itself are miraculous.  Atheists choose their explanations for the miracles, a “Big Bang” for which they have no proof, followed by life randomly creating and advancing itself out of nothing.  Bible scholars and scientifically oriented Christians choose another explanation.

Deep Time was a concept well fitted to evolution. The theory of evolution required time spans of hundreds of millions of years to be at all believable. Of course open minded scientist now know that evolution cannot occur no matter how many millions of years one postulates. Deep Time is no longer relevant. (Watch for future blogs on the scientific evidence against Deep Time, you may be surprised.)  In the near future, as the house of cards called Evolution continues to collapse, we may see thousands more open minded scientists, biologists, and astronomers addressing the concept of deep time as well.  

My  hope is that very soon, as a result of these advances in scientific understanding, Millennials will not remain lost.  They will have hope.  They will find the gospel.  They will seek and find the Bible, and they will find the vast amounts of scientific and archeological evidence that supports the Bible.  They won’t find it, of course, in the halls of atheistic, anti-God, anti-Christ academia.  But you can find it, even now, in places like Answers in Genesis, Evolutioncreation.net, and Creation.com.

(1)www.huffpost.com/entry/millennials-the-lost-generation_b_582aaabde4b0852d9ec21ca9

(2) Psalms 14:1 KJV

(3) carm.org/materialistic-atheism-self-refuting

(4) answersingenesis.org/family/families-are-gods-idea-beginning-in-genesis/

(5) ibid