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 scientists 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

 

The Day Evolution Died

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Evolution is dead.  (See my prior posts entitled, Evolution:Just the Facts, and Evolution, God, and Probability.) But like a zombie in an apocalypse movie it refuses to go away.  Its rotten corpse continues to stink in the halls of academic sciences, and no amount of formaldehyde can prevent the stench.  I can offer various theories as to why a belief in such an obviously unsupportable theory persist, but I suppose, like belief in vampires and zombies, some people will believe anything.  In the long view, evolution will be shown to be just a PC, faddish belief without an iota of factual scientific evidence.

Proponents of evolution would have you believe, in spite of evidence to the contrary, that we have proof from the geologic record that shows a gradual increase in the complexity of life.  This is a lie.  (See my post on The Data in the Strata.)

They would have you believe that we have proof from the lab that life can “create itself” from a lightning strike and a soup of  pre-life chemicals.  This is also a lie.  This has never occurred, in spite of over a century of attempts by scientists who are desperate to prove evolution. (See prior post Micro-evolution under the Microscope.)

They would have you believe that “we see evolution all around us.” But they knowingly substitute examples of natural selection, and pass it off as evolution.  This is also a blatant lie.  (See prior posts on Natural Selection)

Evolution (by definition) requires increasing complexity of the genetic code. Evolution as an explanation for life on earth as we know it would have required trillions upon trillions upon trillions of increases in the complexity of the genetic code.  Yet as of this writing there is not one proven example of any mutation at any time, in any living thing, that has increased or added to the complexity of the DNA. Not One!

 In fact after over a hundred years of lab scientists radiating the rapidly reproducing fruit fly hoping to demonstrate evolution, all we have is normal, dead, or deformed fruit flies. And after studying hundreds of thousands of generations of bacteria, not one evolutionary scientist anywhere in the world has shown the addition of new genomic material.  Yet evolutionists would have you believe that the many thousands of evolutionary changes from “Neanderthal Man” to the current day occurred in just 40,000 years (less than 2000 generations)!

Even Wikipedia admits that Biologists “used to believe” that evolution was progressive.  The first fatal blow to progressive evolution was in the fossils themselves. The claim of progressive evolution received another fatal blow from genomics.  Modern genomics (which should have easily proven progressive evolution) has instead shown that the supposed evolutionary Tree of Life is not real. It exists only on paper or in outdated, unscientific textbooks written by pro-evolution atheists.  Secular scientists have rearranged it, diversified it, changed it, and even cut and pasted it to no avail.  The Tree of Life is dead.  Belief in evolution should have died with it. So if you were educated under the teachings of atheistic fools, and were taught that the universe created itself out of nothing, and life is some giant cosmic accident, today you have a choice.  You can continue to accept the ungodly propaganda of the atheists, or today can be the day you accept the fact that there is no scientific support for evolution.  For you TODAY can be the day that evolution died.

 

Psalm 14:1 “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.”