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"Information is information, not matter or energy. No materialism which does not admit this can survive at the present day." Norbert Weiner - MIT Mathematician - Father of Cybernetics Materialists have tried to get around this crushing evidence for the sudden appearance of life by suggesting life could originate in extreme conditions. Yet they are betrayed once again by the empirical evidence: Refutation Of Hyperthermophile Origin Of Life scenario Excerpt: While life, if appropriately designed, can survive under extreme physical and chemical conditions, it cannot originate under those conditions. High temperatures are especially catastrophic for evolutionary models. The higher the temperature climbs, the shorter the half-life for all the crucial building block molecules, *******www.reasons****/LateHeavyBombardmentIntensityandtheOriginofLife Chemist explores the membranous origins of the first living cell: Excerpt: Conditions in geothermal springs and similar extreme environments just do not favor membrane formation, which is inhibited or disrupted by acidity, dissolved salts, high temperatures, and calcium, iron, and magnesium ions. Furthermore, mineral surfaces in these clay-lined pools tend to remove phosphates and organic chemicals from the solution. "We have to face up to the biophysical facts of life," Deamer said. "Hot, acidic hydrothermal systems are not conducive to self-assembly processes." ******* The evidence scientists have discovered in the geologic record is stunning in its support of the anthropic hypothesis. The oldest sedimentary rocks on earth, known to science, originated underwater (and thus in relatively cool environs) 3.86 billion years ago. Those sediments, which are exposed at Isua in southwestern Greenland, also contain the earliest chemical evidence (fingerprint) of “photosynthetic” life [Nov. 7, 1996, Nature]. This evidence had been fought by materialists since it is totally contrary to their evolutionary theory. Yet, Danish scientists were able to bring forth another line of geological evidence to substantiate the primary line of geological evidence for photo-synthetic life in the earth’s earliest sedimentary rocks (U-rich Archaean sea-floor sediments from Greenland - indications of +3700 Ma oxygenic photosynthesis (2003). Thus we now have conclusive evidence for photo-synthetic life in the oldest sedimentary rocks ever found by scientists on earth. The simplest photosynthetic bacterial life on earth is exceedingly complex, too complex to happen by accident even if the primeval oceans had been full of pre-biotic soup. The Miracle Of Photosynthesis - electron transport - video ***********/watch?v=hj_WKgnL6MI Evolution vs ATP Synthase - Molecular Machine - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4012706/evolution_vs_atp_synthase_molecular_machine/ Electron transport and ATP synthesis during photosynthesis - Illustration ******* Evolutionary biology: Out of thin air John F. Allen & William Martin: The measure of the problem is here: “Oxygenetic photosynthesis involves about 100 proteins that are highly ordered within the photosynthetic membranes of the cell." *******www.nature****/nature/journal/v445/n7128/full/445610a.html Estimating the prevalence of protein sequences adopting functional enzyme folds: Doug Axe: Excerpt: Starting with a weakly functional sequence carrying this signature, clusters of ten side-chains within the fold are replaced randomly, within the boundaries of the signature, and tested for function. The prevalence of low-level function in four such experiments indicates that roughly one in 10^64 signature-consistent sequences forms a working domain. Combined with the estimated prevalence of plausible hydropathic patterns (for any fold) and of relevant folds for particular functions, this implies the overall prevalence of sequences performing a specific function by any domain-sized fold may be as low as 1 in 10^77, adding to the body of evidence that functional folds require highly extraordinary sequences. ******* Evolution vs. Functional Proteins - Doug Axe - Video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4018222/evolution_vs_functional_proteins_where_did_the_information_come_from_doug_axe_stephen_meyer/ Of note: anoxygenic (without oxygen) photosynthesis is even more of a complex chemical pathway than oxygenic photosynthesis is: "Remarkably, the biosynthetic routes needed to make the key molecular component of anoxygenic photosynthesis are more complex than the pathways that produce the corresponding component required for the oxygenic form."; Hugh Ross also of note: Anaerobic organisms and most viruses are quickly destroyed by direct contact with oxygen. "There is no question about photosynthesis being Irreducibly Complex. But it’s worse than that from an evolutionary perspective. There are 17 enzymes alone involved in the synthesis of chlorophyll. Are we to believe that all intermediates had selective value? Not when some of them form triplet states that have the same effect as free radicals like O2. In addition if chlorophyll evolved before antenna proteins, whose function is to bind chlorophyll, then chlorophyll would be toxic to cells. Yet the binding function explains the selective value of antenna proteins. Why would such proteins evolve prior to chlorophyll? and if they did not, how would cells survive chlorophyll until they did?" Uncommon Descent Blogger Interestingly, while the photo-synthetic bacteria were reducing greenhouse gases and producing oxygen, and metal, and minerals, which would all be of benefit to modern man, "sulfate-reducing" bacteria were also producing their own natural resources which would be very useful to modern man. Sulfate-reducing bacteria helped prepare the earth for advanced life by detoxifying the primeval earth and oceans of poisonous levels of heavy metals while depositing them as relatively inert metal ores. Metal ores which are very useful for modern man, as well as fairly easy for man to extract today (mercury, cadmium, zinc, cobalt, arsenic, chromate, tellurium and copper to name a few). To this day, sulfate-reducing bacteria maintain an essential minimal level of these heavy metals in the ecosystem which are high enough so as to be available to the biological systems of the higher life forms that need them yet low enough so as not to be poisonous to those very same higher life forms. Bacterial Heavy Metal Detoxification and Resistance Systems: Excerpt: Bacterial plasmids contain genetic determinants for resistance systems for Hg2+ (and organomercurials), Cd2+, AsO2, AsO43-, CrO4 2-, TeO3 2-, Cu2+, Ag+, Co2+, Pb2+, and other metals of environmental concern. *******www.springerlink****/content/u1t281704577v8t3/ ***********/articles/meps/26/m026p203.pdf Even this recent "evolution friendly" article readily admits the staggering level of complexity required for the "first" cell: Was our oldest ancestor a proton-powered rock? - Oct. 2009 Excerpt: “There is no doubt that the progenitor of all life on Earth, the common ancestor, possessed DNA, RNA and proteins, a universal genetic code, ribosomes (the protein-building factories), ATP and a proton-powered enzyme for making ATP. The detailed mechanisms for reading off DNA and converting genes into proteins were also in place. In short, then, the last common ancestor of all life looks pretty much like a modern cell.” *******www.newscientist****/article/mg20427306.200-was-our-oldest-ancestor-a-protonpowered-rock.html Journey Inside The Cell - DNA to mRNA to Proteins - Stephen Meyer - Signature In The Cell - video ***********/watch?v=1fiJupfbSpg Signature in the Cell - Book Review - Ken Peterson Excerpt: the “simplest extant cell, Mycoplasma genitalium — a tiny bacterium that inhabits the human urinary tract — requires ‘only’ 482 proteins to perform its necessary functions…(562,000 bases of DNA…to assemble those proteins).” ,,, amino acids have to congregate in a definite specified sequence in order to make something that “works.” First of all they have to form a “peptide” bond and this seems to only happen about half the time in experiments. Thus, the probability of building a chain of 150 amino acids containing only peptide links is about one chance in 10 to the 45th power. In addition, another requirement for living things is that the amino acids must be the “left-handed” version. But in “abiotic amino-acid production” the right- and left-handed versions are equally created. Thus, to have only left-handed, only peptide bonds between amino acids in a chain of 150 would be about one chance in 10 to the 90th. Moreover, in order to create a functioning protein the “amino acids, like letters in a meaningful sentence, must link up in functionally specified sequential arrangements.” It turns out that the probability for this is about one in 10 to the 74th. Thus, the probability of one functional protein of 150 amino acids forming by random chance is (1 in) 10 to the 164th. If we assume some minimally complex cell requires 250 different proteins then the probability of this arrangement happening purely by chance is one in 10 to the 164th multiplied by itself 250 times or one in 10 to the 41,000th power. *******www.spectrummagazine****/reviews/book_reviews/2009/10/06/signature_cell "No man-made program comes close to the technical brilliance of even Mycoplasmal genetic algorithms. Mycoplasmas are the simplest known organism with the smallest known genome, to date. How was its genome and other living organisms' genomes programmed?" - David L. Abel and Jack T. Trevors, “Three Subsets of Sequence Complexity and Their Relevance to Biopolymeric Information,” Theoretical Biology & Medical Modelling, Vol. 2, 11 August 2005, page 8 *******www.biomedcentral****/content/pdf/1742-4682-2-29.pdf First-Ever Blueprint of 'Minimal Cell' Is More Complex Than Expected - Nov. 2009 Excerpt: A network of research groups,, approached the bacterium at three different levels. One team of scientists described M. pneumoniae's transcriptome, identifying all the RNA molecules, or transcripts, produced from its DNA, under various environmental conditions. Another defined all the metabolic reactions that occurred in it, collectively known as its metabolome, under the same conditions. A third team identified every multi-protein complex the bacterium produced, thus characterising its proteome organisation. "At all three levels, we found M. pneumoniae was more complex than we expected," *******www.sciencedaily****/releases/2009/11/091126173027.htm Intelligent Design or Evolution? Stuart Pullen The chemical origin of life is the most vexing problem for naturalistic theories of life's origins. Despite an intense 50 years of research, how life can arise from non-life through naturalistic processes is as much a mystery today as it was fifty years ago, if not more. *******www.arn****/arnproducts/php/book_show_item.php?id=106 On The Origin Of Life And God - Henry F. Schaefer, III PhD. - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4018204/the_origin_of_life_and_god_henry_fritz_schaefer_phd/ By the way, there is a one million dollar "Origin-of-Life" prize being offered: "The Origin-of-Life Prize" ® (hereafter called "the Prize") will be awarded for proposing a highly plausible mechanism for the spontaneous rise of genetic instructions in nature sufficient to give rise to life. ***********/life/index.htm Intelligent Design - The Anthropic Hypothesis *******lettherebelight-77.blogspot****/
9 May 2010
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Three subsets of sequence complexity and their relevance to biopolymeric information - David L Abel and Jack T Trevors: Excerpt: Genetic algorithms instruct sophisticated biological organization. Three qualitative kinds of sequence complexity exist: random (RSC), ordered (OSC), and functional (FSC). FSC alone provides algorithmic instruction...No empirical evidence exists of either RSC of OSC ever having produced a single instance of sophisticated biological organization...It is only in researching the pre-RNA world that the problem of single-stranded metabolically functional sequencing of ribonucleotides (or their analogs) becomes acute. *******www.biomedcentral****/content/pdf/1742-4682-2-29.pdf Doug Axe humorously dismantled one of the latest ploys by materialists to oversell their meager evidence for a "self-replicating RNA molecule" in this following article: Biologic Institute Announces First Self-Replicating Motor Vehicle - Doug Axe - Excerpt: "So, advertising this as “self-replication” is a bit like advertising something as “free” when the actual deal is 1 free for every 1,600 purchased. It’s even worse, though, because you need lots of the pre-made precursors in cozy proximity to a finished RNA in order to kick the process off. That makes the real deal more like n free for every 1,600 n purchased, with the caveats that n must be a very large number and that full payment must be made in advance." *******biologicinstitute****/2009/04/01/biologic-institute-announces-first-self-replicating-motor-vehicle/ Stephen Meyer points out that intelligence design was clearly required for even this meager result: Biological Information: The Puzzle of Life that Darwinism Hasn’t Solved - Stephen C. Meyer Thus, as my book Signature in the Cell shows, Joyce’s experiments not only demonstrate that self-replication itself depends upon information-rich molecules, but they also confirm that intelligent design is the only known means by which information arises. *******www.evolutionnews****//2009/06/biological_information_the_puz.html Stephen Meyer Responds to Fletcher in Times Literary Supplement - Jan. 2010 Excerpt: everything we know about RNA catalysts, including those with partial self-copying capacity, shows that the function of these molecules depends upon the precise arrangement of their information-carrying constituents (i.e., their nucleotide bases). Functional RNA catalysts arise only once RNA bases are specifically-arranged into information-rich sequences—that is, function arises after, not before, the information problem has been solved. *******www.evolutionnews****/2010/01/stephen_meyer_responds_to_flet.html Materialists have not even created all 4 "letters" of RNA by natural means: Response to Darrel Falk’s Review of Signature in the Cell - Stephen Meyer - Jan. 2010 Excerpt: Sutherland’s work only partially addresses the first and least severe of these difficulties: the problem of generating the constituent building blocks or monomers in plausible pre-biotic conditions. It does not address the more severe problem of explaining how the bases in nucleic acids (either DNA or RNA) acquired their specific information-rich arrangements. *******www.signatureinthecell****/responses/response-to-darrel-falk.php Stirring the Soup - May 2009 "essentially, the scientists have succeeded in creating a couple of letters of the biological alphabet (in a "thermodynamically uphill" environment). What they need to do now is create the remaining letters, and then show how these letters were able to attach themselves together to form long chains of RNA, and arrange themselves in a specific order to encode information for creating specific proteins, and instructions to assemble the proteins into cells, tissues, organs, systems, and finally, complete phenotypes." Uncommon Descent - C Bass: *******www.uncommondescent****/intelligent-design/stirring-the-soup/#comments Scientists Say Intelligent Designer Needed for Origin of Life Chemistry Excerpt: Organic chemist Dr. Charles Garner recently noted in private correspondence that "while this work helps one imagine how RNA might form, it does nothing to address the information content of RNA. So, yes, there was a lot of guidance by an intelligent chemist." Sutherland's research produced only 2 of the 4 RNA nucleobases, and Dr. Garner also explained why, as is often the case, "the basic chemistry itself also required the hand of an intelligent chemist." *******www.evolutionnews****/2009/07/scientists_say_intelligent_des.html#more Meyer Responds to Stephen Fletcher - Stephen Meyer - March 2010 Excerpt: Nevertheless, this work does nothing to address the much more acute problem of explaining how the nucleotide bases in DNA or RNA acquired their specific information-rich arrangements, which is the central topic of my book (Signature In The Cell). In effect, the Powner (Sutherland) study helps explain the origin of the “letters” in the genetic text, but not their specific arrangement into functional “words” or “sentences.” *******www.evolutionnews****/2010/03/meyer_responds_to_stephen_flet.html Origin of Life: Claiming Something for Almost Nothing Excerpt: Yarus admitted, “the tiny replicator has not been found, and that its existence will be decided by experiments not yet done, perhaps not yet imagined.” But does this (laboratory) work support a naturalistic origin of life? A key question is whether a (self-replicating) molecule could form under plausible prebiotic conditions. Here’s how the paper described their work in the lab to get this (precursor) molecule: RNA was synthesized by Dharmacon. GUGGC = 5’-GUGGC-30 ; GCCU – 5’P-GCCU-3’ ; 5’OH-GCCU = 5’-GCCU-3’ ; GCCU20dU = 5’-GCC-2’-dU; GCC = 5’-GCC-3’ ; dGdCdCrU = 5’-dGdCdCU-3’ . RNA GCC3’dU was prepared by first synthesizing 5’-O-(4,4’- Dimethoxytrityl)3’-deoxyuridine as follows: 3’-deoxyuridine (MP Biomedicals; 991 mg, 0.434 mmol) was dissolved in 5 mL anhydrous pyridine and pyridine was then removed under vacuum while stirring. Solid was then redissolved in 2 mL pyridine. Dimethoxytrityl chloride (170 mg, 0.499 mmol) was dissolved in 12 mL pyridine and slowly added to 3’-deoxyuridine solution. Solution was stirred at room temperature for 4 h. All solutions were sequestered from exposure to air throughout. Reaction was then quenched by addition of 5 mL methanol, and solvent was removed by rotary evaporation. Remaining solvent evaporated overnight in a vacuum chamber. Product was then dissolved in 1 mL acetonitrile and purified through a silica column (acetonitrile elution). Final product fractions (confirmed through TLC, 1.1 hexane:acetonitrile) were pooled and rotary evaporated. Yield was 71%. Dimethoxytrityl-protected 30dU was then sent to Dharmacon for immobilization of 30-dU on glass and synthesis of 5’-GCC-3’-dU. PheAMP, PheUMP, and MetAMP were synthesized by the method of Berg (25) with modifications and purification as described in ref. 6. Yield was as follows: PheAMP 85%, PheUMP 67%, and MetAMP 36%. Even more purification and isolation steps under controlled conditions, using multiple solvents at various temperatures, were needed to prevent cross-reactions. (then this understatement follows) It is doubtful such complex lab procedures have analogues in nature. *******www.creationsafaris****/crev201003.htm#20100302a Here are some more critiques of the "RNA World" scenario: Did Life Begin in an RNA World? *******www.creationsafaris****/crev0702.htm#abiogenesis62 Self Replication and Perpetual Motion - The Second Law's Take On The RNA World *******theory-of-evolution****/chap10/self-replicating-RNA-perpetual-motion-4.php The RNA World: A Critique - Gordon Mills and Dean Kenyon: *******www.arn****/docs/odesign/od171/ribo171.htm Intelligent Design - The Anthropic Hypothesis *******lettherebelight-77.blogspot****/
2 May 2010
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Once thought to be part human, part chimpanzee, Oliver was known around the world as the Humanzee. Today a Texas sanctuary wants to build him a new naturalistic habitat.
22 May 2010
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Book the Santa Cruz at: *******www.mondoadventuretravel****/advanced_search_result.php?categories_id=216&keywords=santa+cruz&search_in_description=1 The 44 cabin Santa Cruz, built exclusively for Galapagos Islands cruising, was completely renovated in 1998. The entire ship is air-conditioned. Its capacity is ninety guests. The Santa Cruz is known for superb service, an expert crew, knowledgeable naturalist-guides who speak english and other languages and menus that feature the very best in international cuisine and Ecuadorian dishes. On the Boat Deck, there are two master suites with double beds and private balconies as well as two junior suites with twin beds. Sofa beds for children are available. Six Superior-Class cabins have twin or double beds, that together with the remaining Standard Cabins on the Upper and Main decks offer a variety of accommodations with a high standard of comfort and style plus a choice of single, double or triple accommodation. The Sun Deck features a bar and Jacuzzi, along with the observation platform for dolphin and whale watching. The dining room, lounge and bar are elegantly appointed, as is the well-stocked library. As an alternative to snorkeling, a glass-bottom boat offers guests further opportunity to observe marine life. The Santa Cruz is just one of dozens of boats, hundreds of tours, and thousands of departures available for booking at *******www.MondoAdventureTravel**** Check out Mondo Adventure Travel's Galapagos Specials at: *******www.mondoadventuretravel****/specials.php?region=galapagos%20cruises
7 Jun 2010
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See our Galapagos specials at: *******www.mondoadventuretravel****/specials.php The M/Y Coral I (see Coral II below) cabins have been decorated with marine themes. There is plenty of room for storage, and even better, beds are now lower and can be arranged as joined double beds as well as twin beds. Some cabins interconnect for even greater flexibility. The exceptional flavors of our cuisine are comparable to the best and most luxurious restaurants and of course need a special mention. Starting with the impressive and full breakfast buffet with home fresh baked bread to the extraordinary menus made by professional chefs. Special kids menus, delicious vegetarian dishes or special diets. Once a week enjoy a barbecue while navigating and observing the islands landscape. To relax in the sun or even bathe in the whirlpool, head to the outside decks, where the natural wonders of the Galapagos can be enjoyed from a whole different perspective, whether by the handrail of its decks, the comfort of a sun-lounger or from the balcony at the bow. There's a space for everyone on this deceptively large yacht. All of our highly-qualified multi-lingual naturalist guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park. On visits to the islands, they will accompany you every step of the way, taking time to explain the highlights as you wonder through this new and magical land. Every evening, these same guides will give you a lecture illustrated with multimedia presentation, imparting and sharing with you their knowledge of geology, history, evolution, flora and fauna of the islands. M/Y Coral II is a landmark 11-cabin yacht, styled in an era of eye-catching design, a beautiful blend of form and function. She boasts romantic and cozy living areas, intimate and modish dining, sleek and seductive outside decks. Her amenities and outstanding service make her the ideal yacht for experiencing the marvels of the islands. The M/Y Coral II accommodates 20 passengers, ideal for those who want to discover the islands with privacy, intimacy and supreme comfort. Her excellent cruising speed means more time for visiting the islands and enjoying activities, while her small size means less time organizing shore visits.
15 Jun 2010
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The message of this song is far deeper than many people realize: First is John 1:1-3 which states: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. The reason why this verse, and song, is far deeper than people realize is because, indeed, 'infinite transcendent information', The Word, is found, 'scientifically,' to be the only cause that has sufficient power to explain the creation of this universe: Scientific Evidence For God (Logos) Creating The Universe - 2008 - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/3995300 Quantum mechanics also gives evidence that 'The Word' is alive: The Mental Universe - Richard Conn Henry - Professor of Physics John Hopkins University Excerpt: The only reality is mind and observations, but observations are not of things. To see the Universe as it really is, we must abandon our tendency to conceptualize observations as things.,,, Physicists shy away from the truth because the truth is so alien to everyday physics. A common way to evade the mental universe is to invoke "decoherence" - the notion that "the physical environment" is sufficient to create reality, independent of the human mind. Yet the idea that any irreversible act of amplification is necessary to collapse the wave function is known to be wrong: in "Renninger-type" experiments, the wave function is collapsed simply by your human mind seeing nothing. The universe is entirely mental,,,, The Universe is immaterial — mental and spiritual. Live, and enjoy. ******* "As a man who has devoted his whole life to the most clear headed science, to the study of matter, I can tell you as a result of my research about atoms this much: There is no matter as such. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force which brings the particle of an atom to vibration and holds this most minute solar system of the atom together. We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent mind. This mind is the matrix of all matter." Max Planck - The Father Of Quantum Mechanics - (Of Note: Max Planck was a devout Christian, which is not surprising when you realize practically every, if not every, founder of each major branch of modern science also 'just so happened' to have a deep Christian connection.) Logic also dictates 'a decision' must have been made, by the 'transcendent, eternal, infinite information' from the primary timeless (eternal) reality 'It' inhabits, in order to purposely create a temporal reality with highly specified, irreducible complex, parameters from a infinite set of possibilities in the proper sequential order at the creation of the universe at the Big Bang. Thus this infinite transcendent information, The Word, which is the primary reality of our reality, is shown to be 'alive' by yet another line of evidence besides the findings of quantum mechanics. The First Cause Must Be A Personal Being - William Lane Craig - video *******www.metacafe****/w/4813914 As well it is found that the primary problem facing naturalistic evolution is the sheer inability of material processes to explain the orgination of the staggering levels of functional information we find in the DNA of life: Modus Tollens - It Is Impossible For Evolution To Be True - T.G. Peeler - video *******www.metacafe****/w/5047482 The DNA Code - Solid Scientific Proof Of Intelligent Design - Perry Marshall *******www.metacafe****/watch/4060532 The DNA Enigma - Where Did The Information Come From? - Stephen C. Meyer - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4125886 As well it is found that the only known source for functional information, such as we find encoded in the DNA of life, is Intelligence: Stephen C. Meyer - The Scientific Basis For Intelligent Design - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4104651 But what is important for us is that humans seem to be extremely unique in this capacity to understand information: Darwin’s mistake: Explaining the discontinuity between human and nonhuman minds: Excerpt: There is a profound functional discontinuity between human and nonhuman minds. We argue that this discontinuity pervades nearly every domain of cognition and runs much deeper than even the spectacular scaffolding provided by language or culture can explain. We hypothesize that the cognitive discontinuity between human and nonhuman animals is largely due to the degree to which human and nonhuman minds are able to approximate the higher-order, systematic, relational capabilities of a physical symbol system (i.e. we are able to understand information). *******www.bbsonline****/Preprints/Penn-01062006/Referees/Penn-01062006_bbs-preprint.htm Origin of the Mind: Marc Hauser Excerpt: "Researchers have found some of the building blocks of human cognition in other species. But these building blocks make up only the cement footprint of the skyscraper that is the human mind",,, *******www.uncommondescent****/intelligent-design/ic-all-the-way-down-the-grand-human-evolutionary-discontinuity-and-probabilistic-resources/#comment-341275 Though the authors of the 'Evolution of the Genus Homo' paper appear to be thoroughly mystified by the fossil record, they never seem to give up their blind faith in evolution despite the disparity they see first hand in the fossil record. In spite of their philosophical bias, I have to hand it to them for being fairly honest with the evidence though. I especially like how the authors draw out this following 'what it means to be human' distinction in their paper: "although Homo neanderthalensis had a large brain, it left no unequivocal evidence of the symbolic consciousness that makes our species unique." -- "Unusual though Homo sapiens may be morphologically, it is undoubtedly our remarkable cognitive qualities that most strikingly demarcate us from all other extant species. They are certainly what give us our strong subjective sense of being qualitatively different. And they are all ultimately traceable to our symbolic capacity. Human beings alone, it seems, mentally dissect the world into a multitude of discrete symbols, and combine and recombine those symbols in their minds to produce hypotheses of alternative possibilities. When exactly Homo sapiens acquired this unusual ability is the subject of debate." The authors of the preceding paper try to find some evolutionary/materialistic reason for the extremely unique 'information capacity' of humans, but of course they never find a coherent reason. Indeed why should we ever consider a process, which is utterly incapable of ever generating any complex functional information at even the most foundational levels of molecular biology, to suddenly, magically, have the ability to generate our brain which can readily understand and generate functional information? A brain which has been repeatedly referred to as 'the Most Complex Structure in the Universe'? The authors never seem to consider the 'spiritual angle' for why we would have such a unique capacity for such abundant information processing. This following short video, and verses, are very clear as to what the implications of this evidence means to us and for us: Genesis 3:8 And they (Adam and Eve) heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day... John 1:1-1 In the beginning, the Word existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. Myself, I firmly believe that God create humans unique, indeed we are called 'His children', in the ability to understand information so that we may have communion with Him!. Indeed I believe that God is the primary source for all wisdom and knowledge: The following video is fairly direct in establishing a direct 'spiritual' link to man's ability to learn new information, in that it shows that the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) scores for students showed a steady decline, for seventeen years, after the removal of prayer from the classroom by the Supreme Court in 1963: The Real Reason American Education Has Slipped – David Barton – video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4318930 As well, I have personally seen miracles that give clear evidence that 'The Word" is alive in a fairly direct way: Strange But True - Miracle Testimony ************/Doc?docid=0AYmaSrBPNEmGZGM4ejY3d3pfNTNocmRjZGtkdg&hl=en This following video shows one reason why I personally know there is much more going on in the world than what the materialistic philosophy would lead us to believe: Miracle Testimony - One Easter Sunday Sunrise Service - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/3995314 As well, I firmly believe Biblical prophecy has actually been precisely fulfilled by Israel's 'miraculous' rebirth as a nation in 1948, as this following video makes clear, which is not possible unless God revealed this to the prophets: The Precisely Fulfilled Prophecy Of Israel Becoming A Nation In 1948 - video *******www.metacafe****/watch/4041241 Main reference: Let There Be Light *******lettherebelight-77.blogspot****/2009/10/intelligent-design-anthropic-hypothesis_19.html
15 Sep 2010
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17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) embarks on a mission to find her father after he uses their family house as a way of securing his bail and disappears without a trace. Faced with the possibility of losing her home and being turned out into the Ozark woods, Ree challenges her outlaw kin‘s code of silence and risks her life to save her family. She hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, WINTER'S BONE is directed by Debra Granik (DOWN TO THE BONE) and adapted for the screen by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Based on the best-selling novel by Daniel Woodrell, this tense, naturalistic thriller stars Jennifer Lawrence, John Hawkes, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Garret Dillahunt, Sheryl Lee and Tate Taylor.
17 Sep 2010
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Costa Rica Tours from Tauck: *******www.tauck****/home/tours/latin-america-travel/Central-America-Travel/costa-rica-tours-pce-2013.aspx. Combine the fun of Tauck's Costa Rica tours with a Panama Canal cruise on our 11-day The Panama Canal & Costa Rica and enjoy up-close discoveries of amazing wildlife, fascinating centuries-old cultures and man-made marvels, and two-night stays in Panama City and San José. A 6-night voyage aboard the sporty yacht, Le Levant, includes a complete transit of the Panama Canal, as well as encounters with the Kuna and other peoples who live in this beautiful area. Explore the rich interior and its abundant wildlife with our expert naturalists. Walk on the lunar-like lava landscape at the summit of mighty Volcano Irazú, Costa Rica's largest volcano. Go swimming or snorkeling, land on white sand beaches via Zodiac craft, visit a gold museum and learn how coffee beans are harvested and brewed to perfection. Experience the best of our Costa Rica tours with the pleasures of Tauck small ship cruising through the Panama Canal!
21 Oct 2010
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*******www.CahillProperties**** - Welcome to Milton, Massachusetts. Located just 8 miles South of Boston, Milton is a town of approximately 27,000 residents and home to the Blue Hills Reservation which offers 7,000 acres of protected land with hiking, biking and skiing. In 2007 and 2009, Money Magazine listed Milton as the 7th and 5th, respectively, on it's annual list of Best Places to Live in the United States. All six public school buildings are new and the facilities are state of the art. A popular French Immersion program starts in the first grade and continues through the 12th grade. Milton is also home to the prestigious co-educational, independent preparatory, boarding and day school Milton Academy. We love having the city of Boston in our backyard with its shopping, dining, theatre and cultural enrichment just a short 15 minute ride by public transportation or car. Calling all naturalists! If you're looking for that private place to escape when the rest of the world just doesn't shut down...our brick front raised ranch is just the ticket. The setting on a side lane far from the maddening crowd offers close to two acres of land. With eight rooms, two full baths this well loved home is in outstanding condition and has loads of potential to expand for a growing family. This open floor plan has a contemporary feeling. We hope you'll agree.... it’s priced to sell. Watch the video tour and call today for an appointment. Real estate video tours by *******www.NashuaVideoTours****
24 Oct 2010
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Hocking Hills Ohio, Hocking Hills Travel Video Postcard. The Hocking Hills, a cluster of beautiful, free, state parks in the southern half of Ohio, have something for everyone. Explore with ease. Old Man’s Cave, Cedar Falls, Conckles Hollow, Ash Cave. Learn from Naturalist Pat Quakenbush. The Hocking Hills are a four seasons delight, with hiking for all abilities, kayaking and canoeing, sight seeing flights with Harry Sowers, ziplining at Hocking Hills Canopy tours. For added fun book a glass bead making class at Liquid Light Gallery, and visit the only remaining American washboard factory in Logan Ohio. Walk the Frontier Trail to Ash Cave, and be surprised by Ohio’s Hocking Hills.
3 Dec 2010
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Small enough to reach out-of-the-way ports, yet large enough to make light work of crossing the great oceans, Discovery avoids the excesses of today's mega-liners. Instead she has been expressly conceived for our special brand of discovery cruising to create an atmosphere on board that is friendly and relaxed. During our voyage you will be accompanied by around 650 like-minded passengers. Complementing the talks given by our own lecturers, who will preview the destinations ahead, the programme features historians, explorers, naturalists and diplomats, who will share their expertise, anecdotes and interests with you. www.cruiseholidaysguide****
13 Dec 2010
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Detect animal movements for nature observation or photography or direct microphone toward a distant conversation for surveillance or personal safety. Record bird calls and other sounds with the recorder output jack located on the microphone. Powerful . . . The Bionic Ear listening device ncrease sound by up to 30 decibels using an omni-directional microphone, a solid-state amplifier and high fidelity earphones for concert-hall quality sound reproduction. When combined with the optional parabolic Bionic Booster, the Bionic Ear becomes highly directional, allowing you to easily locate the source of sounds and suppress background noises. Versatile . . . Naturalists use the Bionic Ear and Bionic Booster to locate many more birds and animals than by sight alone. Allows you to see and hear things that went unnoticed before. Pinpoint sounds and their direction so you can move in close. When used with your recorder, the Bionic Ear and Bionic Booster will help you make fabulous recordings to keep or give away as gifts. You'll be amazed at the clarity and quality of the sound. Search & Rescue Teams use the Bionic Ear and Bionic Booster to aid in locating people lost in rough terrain. Hear movement and human voices at great distances. Safe . . . Loud sounds are not amplified. The automatic safety circuit is activated and the Bionic Ear momentarily shuts off when the amplified sound reaches 95 decibels. Low Power Consumption . . . Operates on one 9-volt alkaline battery (not included). Available in: Black only. Intended Uses . . . Bird Watching, Search and Rescue, Law Enforcement, Personal Safety, Survival, Camping, Hunting, and much more. Hear a conversation 100 yards away FEATURES: Focus on sound in the direction you point the microphone Tape record what you hear using the Output Jack Further pinpoint sound and reduce background noise with 12" Bionic Booster® parabolic dish Adjustable volume for each ear Automatic safety shut off at 95 decibles Powered by 1- 9 volt battery that lasts about 40 hours Total product weight 28 oz
16 Dec 2010
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BY MALLORY PERRYMAN You're watching multisource politics news analysis from Newsy After a University of Wisconsin professor wrote a blog post criticizing the state GOP- the party wants access to thousands of the teacher’s emails. It all started when acclaimed history professor William Cronon penned a blog about the American Legislative Exchange Council- a group that creates model bills for conservative lawmakers. The blog post got half a million hits. And Cronon got hit with this- an open records request from a state Republican Party official for any emails on Cronon’s university account that mention any one of twenty key words- all related to the GOP. Under the state’s open records law, the GOP doesn’t have to say why it’s requesting the documents. But a reporter for The Nation says, the reason is pretty obvious. “Of course this is a fishing expedition in search of something embarrassing....there’s a big difference between an individual using Freedom of Information legislation to expose government misconduct, and the party in power using it to harass and intimidate a critic of the government.” Cronon says the request is an assault on his academic freedom. But Slate’s Jack Shafer argues- there’s no such thing as a bad records request. “I know, there's a huge element of the political stunt to the filing. But ...denouncing the request as an assault on academic stretch. If university emails are under the purview of records requests, every citizen...has every right to file a request.” Paul Krugman of The New York Times counters, sure Republicans can legally make the request... “But there’s a clear chilling effect when scholars know that they may face witch hunts whenever they say things the G.O.P. doesn’t like... researchers won’t just become reluctant to act as concerned citizens...they’ll be deterred from even doing research on topics that might get them in trouble.” The New Yorker notes- Republicans are probably looking for evidence that Cronon used his work email for political purposes, which is against university policy. To read more about the Cronon controversy, check out these articles: The New Yorker: Wisconsin: The Cronan Affair “Cronon is not only a political moderate, he’s a passionate Wisconsin patriot. He moved to Madison as a child, did his B.A. at the University, and learned his environmentalism as an explorer of the Wisconsin landscape and a reader of a local hero, the naturalist Aldo Leopold. In 1992, at a time when academic stars had begun to flee strapped public universities for richer private ones, Cronon, by then a professor at Yale, left to go back to Madison.” Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: The professor’s political entomology runs into the left’s own rules “I find it fascinating that the use of public transparency laws -- the fully lawful use, everyone concedes -- is nonetheless seen as hostile by the left. It gives away something of the game: The use of such transparency laws is, then, harassment? They were meant to harass, then, only politically disfavored targets, such as conservative professors? They're a weapon for one team only?” Big Think: Yes, Prof. Cronon, Let’s Talk about ALEC “ALEC is set up to exploit a widespread weakness in the structure of state governments. Many state legislators work part time, and many have little legislative staff support. Writing bills is hard work and it's expensive to hire people who are qualified to do it. When the taxpayers won't hire legislative staff to work for them, ALEC fills the void by writing model legislation, based on the input of corporate sponsors.” Scholar As Citizen: Abusing Open Records to Attack Academic Freedom “One obvious conclusion I draw is that my study guide about the role of ALEC in Wisconsin politics must come pretty close to hitting a bull’s-eye. Why else would the Republican Party of Wisconsin feel the need to single out a lone university professor for such uncomfortable attention?” Follow Newsy_Videos on Twitter Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy
5 Apr 2011
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Creation (2009) Download and watch the movie now for free at *******mymoviesnmore.blogspot****/ English naturalist Charles Darwin struggles to find a balance between his revolutionary theories on evolution and the relationship with religious wife, whose faith contradicts his work. Director: Jon Amiel Writers: John Collee (screenplay), Jon Amiel (screen story) Stars: Paul Bettany, Jennifer Connelly and Ian Kelly
3 Jun 2011
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Decorative Skulls - as part of the home decor series by GeoBeats. We have a variety of osteological bone specimens for study or for display that we sell. Behind me is some of our human skeletons. They are not produced basically anymore. These are old medical skeletons. We also offer for the naturalist collector variety of more common specimens. This is a raccoon skull of the type that I used to find in the woods behind my house when I was a kid and was always fascinated by. We also offer a large line of cast replica skulls and skeletons, both human and animal. This is a cast of a Gorilla skull, a very large male silverback Gorilla who died in a fire at the Philadelphia zoo in 1995.
7 Jun 2011
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Reptiles: The Beautiful and the Deadly is an interactive zoological experience that brings visitors eye-to-eye with living reptiles from around the world. Deadly snakes, colorful lizards, bizarre turtles, alligators and crocodiles are exhibited in naturalistic habitats. Created by Clyde Peeling's Reptiland, the exhibition is a complete and traveling reptile zoo that will leave visitors with a new appreciation and a better scientific understanding for these often misunderstood creatures.
16 Jun 2011
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