Some More Distant Galaxies

It’s a reasonably common DpSU topic – Brian Thomas finds a report of some galaxy at the edge of the universe (in time, if not in space) that looks a little older than would be expected according to Big Bang related models, and concludes that we must ditch it altogether and that we should thus return to Fred Hoyle’s Steady State Cosmology Biblical Creationism. Today’s article is called Distant Galaxies Look Too Mature for Big Bang – a name I’m surprised he hasn’t used already.

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Mistakes Were Made, Part 2

Yesterday’s DpSU was also by Dao and is again about how, in the words of Dr Robbins, Mistakes in Science Apparently Means Creationism Is True. Her new article is called More Transparency Needed in Science Textbooks, Museums, and applies the “With this many errors…how can the field of science maintain any semblance of infallibility or impartiality?” argument we just saw to textbooks and museums.

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Mistakes Were Made – But Not By Us

Today’s Daily (pseudo)Science Update is by Christine Dao, rather than the usual Brian Thomas. Her article is called Mistakes and Misconduct in Science and tries to argue that science is fallible and prone to political influence. And I’m sure you can guess where she is going with that.

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Newton

Yes, folks: That's a Video!

I’m getting the impression that the That’s a Fact series is now reduced to just reusing old ICR material and reformatting it for video consumption. This current video – Isaac Newton – is seemingly taken from an old Acts & Facts series, Man of Science, Man of God. As you can probably already guess, the series is based around the idea that they have all these famous scientists who were religious. For the video series at least they have started with Newton – in my opinion this was not a very good choice.

(They’ve managed to find a way to prevent me embedding the videos, the bastards – however other videos on other posts seem to be still working. Hence I have put the video below anyway in the hope that this is only temporary. You can see the video on their site here regardless. Depending on how they’ve done it, it may be viewable below on feed readers. [Edit: Nope, but that raises my hopes that it will have to be lifted for Rhonda Forlow to be able to use it.] [Edit 2: It works now])

Before I begin it is worth pointing out that commenting on the videos has resumed, and Dr Shorey is back commenting on them again, like so:

Glad to see the ICR put comments back up. Also glad to see a completely factual “That’s a Fact”. I don’t see what point being made is though. Newton definitely believed the Bible was the word of God and wrestled with the oddities. Newton was also a really unpleasant undividual socially, did very mean things to Leibniz, stuck needles in his eye socket so see how it affected his vision, and his comment about the initial motion of the planets was destroyed by Kant and Le Place. Kant qualitatively, and Le Place quantitatively pointed out that you don’t need to worry about initial starting of planetary motion when you apply Newtonian physics to a concept known as the Nebular Hypothesis. Newton actually destroyed the idea that you needed angels to push the planets around, and Kant killed the idea that you needed supernatural forces to start the planets’ motions off to begin with. We can also note that Newton’s ideas of space as a stage on which we walk, and time as a river that runs along side us was superceded by Einstein’s ideas of relativity which conceives of us all being temporally and spatially extended, and Einstien definitely said he was an atheist. Gee. argument from scientific authority doesn’t work for anyone. So what is the point here? Look we have one on our side and ignore all the scientists who aren’t on the side of creationism? I call this cherry piking the data set of scientists. My final assessment is this is misleading work by the ICR that violates the 9th commandment, again.

There isn’t all that much to add to Shorey’s comment, but I’ll do so anyway:
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IEE: Eucharistio

We present a new edition of Ideological Education Essentials! (Otherwise known as 'Science' Education Essentials)

This week’s Science Education Essentials series is, as usual, neither science nor educational, but it’s also not very interesting. Once again, it’s all about Thanksgiving, or more precisely giving thanks. Now, according to Dr Forlow:

Eucharistio is a Greek verb used to mean to thank, to give thanks, to be thankful, to be grateful.Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.” Likewise, 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 states “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” I’m not sure about you, but I am quick to give God thanks for giving me a place to live, food to eat, clothes to wear, and family who love me. However, I also find myself NOT giving thanks very quickly for those life circumstances that seem more….challenging.

To nitpick – that’s all there is to do this week, really – my source tells me that the common transliteration is in fact eucharisteo. Anyway… Continue reading

The ICR’s Acts and ‘Facts’ – November

It's time for the ICR's Acts and Facts, for November 2011

The Institute for Creation Research has a number of magazines, the most famous of which is Acts and Facts, which is often featured on the ICR’s front page. Here’s a brief summary of this month’s edition.
At present, the November edition is on their Acts and Facts homepage. For future reference this edition can be found in pdf form here.

(This is incredibly late – note that I wrote half of it at the very start of the month, and the rest today.) Continue reading

INDELs

There was no DpSU for Wednesday from the Institute for Creation Research. Instead, on there home page is a Days of Praise article called Giving Thanks for Christian Friends. From this I take it that they’re taking the time off to celebrate Thanksgiving, a holiday with all the hallmarks of a pagan Harvest Festival without actually being pagan. From what I remember they did something like this for July 4, Columbus day and Halloween as well, although in the latter case they were condemning the event and warning their followers not to take part.

As there is nothing recent in the queue this, then, is the perfect opportunity to go back and cover the DpSU I missed from last Tuesday, DNA Study Contradicts Human/Chimp Common Ancestry. That’s quite a claim – let’s see what he’s got.

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Computers

Yes, folks: That's a Video!

It seems I need to get around to part 2 of Neural Nets. I wrote that post in response to the DpSU IBM Attempts to Build Computer ‘Brain’  back at the end of August, and said that I would make a part two. This isn’t it, but the most recent edition of the ICR’s That’s a Fact video channel – Imitating Humans – is on the same subject:

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Anammox

I believe I predicted that there would be a chemistry DpSU today, and look what there is – New Insights into Earth’s Nitrogen-Balancing System. That may sound more biological than chemical, but the title of the paper that it is based on – Molecular mechanism of anaerobic ammonium oxidation – shows it to be more chemistry related. As a side note, Oxidation-Reduction was the paper with the least credits in this mornings exam, and the only one with a remotely difficult question in it. Continue reading