Acts & Facts – July 2012

July is an important month for Americans. It celebrates the date on which that nation’s Founding Fathers had the prescience to ensure that, on the day 236 years later that the discovery of the Higgs Boson was announced (more or less), there would be the necessary pretext for extravagant fireworks displays across the continent.

Like many creationists, the ICR felt the need to hitch up to that Bandwagon of Wisdom and try to claim that their founding fathers believed what they do now, as if it were Franklin’s fault he lived all those decades before Darwin. That, then, was the primary message of this months Acts & Facts, the Institute for Creation Research’s monthly satirical newsletter. A pdf of this edition is avaliable on their website at this link, while links to the articles were available here until a few hours ago but are also given below. Continue reading

Early and Often

Better hurry up with finishing the July Acts & Facts, hadn’t I? For her part this month Rhonda Forlow reminds us that even despite the fact that her Science Essentials blog isn’t worth the effort to poke apart these days, she remains perhaps the ICR’s most dangerous employee to the well-being of the general public, writing How Science Class Will Impact Your Child This Year:

It’s hard to believe, but in another month most of us will send our children back to school. Homeschoolers may be trying out new curriculum. Among the various subjects covered, science will have an impact—perhaps more so than most of the other subjects our children will study.

Why? Because science touches our children’s worldviews from their earliest days. If we do not prepare our children to learn good science—through the use of biblically based science instruction—then we run the risk of abdicating our children’s science education to an evolutionary worldview.

Oh no! What are they going to do? Never fear, the doctor is here. Continue reading

Quantum Fluctuations

All those quantums. (What? We haven't had a good sized picture in days...)

In A Universe from Nothing?, Jake Hebert (yes, him again) opens: “Explaining the origin of the universe is an enormous challenge for those seeking to deny their Creator: How could a universe come from nothing?”

His article consists of a botched attempt to refute claims that virtual particles could be the underlying cause of the big bang, which is apparently put forward by Lawrence Krauss in A Universe from Nothing (which has been mentioned a few times over the last year or so), and by Stephen Hawking elsewhere. Continue reading

That Goddamn Particle

If you find yourself engaged in a drinking game involving sightings of the phrase ‘god particle,’ or are just generally incensed by its use, stop reading now.

The Higgs boson has been found. Probably. At this point adding further nines to the 99.999…% certainty value just looks like showing off, so saying with certainty that it exists looks like a fairly safe bet here in the post-July 4th world.

The ICR’s facebook page directs us to an article by Larry Vardiman in the March Acts & Facts, which I didn’t cover: Did the ‘God Particle’ Create Matter? It’s a classic case of taking things far too literally, in this case the boson’s famous, overused “theistic nickname.” They also warn of an impending up-to-date article on the discovery, but that isn’t out yet. Continue reading

Research!

Not quite that misguided, but...Jason Lisle, who as I have mentioned many times lately is the new Director of Research at the Institute for Creation Research, has an article in this month’s newsletter that aims (when it comes down to it) to justify the position’s existence: Research at ICR: An Overview.

So, what has the ICR got in store for us?

It is a very exciting time to be a Christian! As we learn more about life, the earth, and the universe, we continue to be impressed by how science confirms what the Bible teaches—this is especially obvious in the topic of origins. Although we cannot “test” any past event by the methods of science, we can certainly see how modern scientific discoveries confirm the history of Genesis and challenge evolutionist interpretations. We have made great strides in the past, and the future looks even more promising.

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Giant Leap for Rodentkind

Masillamys, a rodent fossil dating to 40-48 million years old

Frank Sherwin – in Big or Small–Rodents Have Always Been Rodents –  appears to be arguing for a single rodent baraminological ‘kind.’ He claims, utilising a number of out-of-date or irrelevant references, that there is no evolutionary transition to rodents, but forgets that what he really needs to do is demonstrate that there are numerous distinct groups within rodentia that do not share a common ancestry. Why? Because a rodent kind would be simply too big! You’ll see what I mean in a moment. Continue reading

Asteroids of the Flood

The Tenoumer crater in the Sahara desert is just over half the age and just under twice the diameter of Meteor Crater, Arizona

It’s already time for the July Acts & Facts and John D. Morris’ geology article – An Extraterrestrial Cause for the Flood? – once again looks like a good place to start. Morris speculates that asteroid impacts could have been the cause of the Flood, though it strikes me that the opinions he advocates are neither wise nor consistent with flood geology and creationist theology in general. Continue reading