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Creation: Darwinian Evolutionary Frauds Pt. XVII

Posted by Gregg on Dec 26, 2010 in apologetics, Christian Faith, Creation, homeschooling |

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A Sunday guest post by my brilliant husband, Gregg.

Every Sunday, my clever husband offers me a “day of rest” by writing posts on the subject of his primary ministry. This is a topic that is gaining more and more attention in our modern culture. The topic, Creationism vs. Darwinism, is a subject that has broad reaching scientific, social, and metaphysical implications.  For believers and non-believers alike, the primary purpose is to present scientific, historical, logical, and/or sociological data in an empirical fashion, as much as possible written in layman’s terms, and in a format suitable for supplementing any homeschool curriculum whether you choose to believe the Biblical account — or secular guesses — about the origins of human life on earth.

Whew!

Creation: Lucy--Our Earliest AncestorThis post concludes a 17 part series on Darwinian evolutionary frauds. After 17 posts along these lines, I realize I haven’t even scratched the sedimentary surface of the fictional, fraudulent geologic column, if you can pardon the pun.

The word of the Lord:

Proverbs 24:3-4 Through WISDOM a house is built, And by UNDERSTANDING it is established; By KNOWLEDGE the rooms are filled With all precious and pleasant riches.

I envision a house being engineered in an imagination and then planned to the last detail out of hard earned wisdom.  I envision that house being framed out and roofed and finished to square and level because of an understanding of needful things like a solid, level foundation and shoring against the environment.  I envision that house becoming a home — filled with a family and love because of knowledge of the truth.

Now, just for a moment, imagine falling for a fraud like Piltdown Man, then based on that false knowledge, that intentional fraud, what does your gullibility do to your understanding of God’s purpose and promise?  What does that do to your understanding of God’s wisdom in this world?

Case Study

This is the third of three final posts which will conclude this entire series on Darwinian Evolutionary Frauds.  In the final three weeks, I chose to focus on these three claims:

  1. Darwinists ignore scientific evidence that refutes their theories.
  2. Darwinists create misleading pictures and icons in textbooks and museums to support their fallacious theories over actual evidence.
  3. Darwinists practice censorship to avoid debate that would reveal their theories to be baseless and fallacious.

Today’s post covers point 3.  For this case study, I used the case of “Lucy” and should you need background information on what was once claimed to be our earliest ancestor, please read the introductory post from two Sundays hence.

Point 3

FACT 1:   Countless very specific and accurate scientific facts do not reflect Darwinian interpretations.
FACT 2:   Countless very specific and accurate points of logic  do not reflect Darwinian interpretations.
FACT 3:  Many Darwinian interpretations do not agree with many other Darwinian interpretations and are often contradictory or in conflict.
FACT 4:  Darwinists resort to threats, ridicule, legal maneuverings, fraud, and excommunication to counter arguments against Darwinism.
CONCLUSION: Darwinists practice censorship to avoid debate that would reveal their theories to be scientifically baseless and logically fallacious.

Supporting Detail:  Just lots of it.

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed

Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed premiered April 18, 2008

Let’s look at some of the Academic Freedom arguments to start.  When a valid argument is put forth that refutes the Darwinian world view by anyone in a position of authority or respect in Academia, the Darwinist majority marginalizes and undermines the advancement of that individual both personally and professionally.  Five recent examples were interviewed in Ben Stein’s documentary, Expelled.

  • Guillermo Gonzalez
  • Richard Sternberg
  • Caroline Crocker
  • Robert Marks
  • Michael Egnor

In summary, Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez Ph.D.  was set to become a tenured Professor of Astronomy until he published his book, The Privileged Planet, an argument for intelligent design in the universe based on the Anthropic Principle.

The case of Dr. Richard Sternberg Ph. D. is frankly unbelievable.   Sternberg served as the managing editor of the Smithsonian-affiliated peer reviewed journal, Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.  In August of 2004, he chose to publish a tightly argued paper by the Discovery Institute’s Dr. Stephen C. Meyer Ph. D., titled The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories.

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer Ph. D.

Dr. Stephen C. Meyer Ph. D. Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design (Photo by John Keatley)

In summary, Meyer contended that neo-Darwinism has failed to provide a convincing explanation for the massive infusion of new genetic information into the fossil record that is alleged to have occurred 570 million years ago (I do not personally agree with this time line).  In publishing Meyer’s paper, Sternberg had merely hoped to provoke a good discussion of the topic. He was quote “absolutely not expecting the hell that rained down” upon him with the paper’s publication.  How much hell rained down?

In the wake of what happened between the date of publication and October of 2006, in December 2006, the U.S. House Committee on Government Reform issued a most unflattering report on the state of affairs at the Smithsonian Institute entitled, Intolerance and the Politicization of Science at the Smithsonian which I doubt many of you have heard of, much less read.  The subtitle reads, “Smithsonian’s Top Officials Permit the Demotion and Harassment of Scientist Skeptical of Darwinian Evolution” and the report accounts for thousands of unbelievable acts of what can only be called pure hatred directed against Sternberg’s person and career for daring to publish a single article that questions the validity of the Darwinian theory in a Smithsonian sponsored peer reviewed journal.

The Washington Post spent 7700 words describing what happened to Caroline Crocker, MSc, Ph. D. after she was banned from lecturing at George Mason University after one lecture explaining the three tenets of Intelligent Design, her contract with the University was not renewed, she was denied tenure, and GMU even coerced her law firm into no longer representing her.   All this over one lecture that suggested that neo-Darwinism might not have all the answers to the origin of life on earth.

Dr. Robert Marks Ph. D., a tenured “Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering,” endured what can only be described as nearly stentorian persecution at the hands of Baylor University.  Marks’ website about his research challenging Darwinism was permanently shut down by the Baylor administration, Baylor pressured Marks to cease his anti-Darwinist research, and Baylor as grant administrators even returned grant money given to Marks from a third party organization for the purpose of hiring research assistants to assist in his anti-Darwin lab work.

“…perhaps the biggest story yet of academic suppression relating to ID. Robert Marks is a world-class expert in the field of evolutionary computing, and yet the Baylor administration, without any consideration of the actual content of Marks’s work at the Evolutionary Informatics Lab, decided to shut it down simply because there were anonymous complaints linking the lab to intelligent design.” —  William Dembski Ph. D.

Brain surgeon and SUNY (State University of New York at Stony Brook) Professor of Neurosurgery with a sub-specialty of Pediatric Neurosurgery Dr. Michael Egnor MD went onto an Intelligent Design related blog site and asked “How much information can actually be produced by Darwinian mechanisms?” Instead of taking this question by the horns, Darwinist opponents simply subjected Egnor to endless harsh personal and professional attacks culminating in the article, “Egnorance: The Egotistical Combination of Ignorance and Arrogance” which I will not bother to link to since it is simply vitrio.  In my opinion, things like mangling someone’s given name into words like Egnoramous strike me as childish, not substantive.

With the release of the documentary, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed, an underground movement to eliminate Egnor from the staff of SUNY was quickly aborted and tracks covered.  This minor controversy allowed Dr. Egnor to state his case autobiographically for Forbes at the time.  The ad hominem attacks continue to this day and stand as a clear demonstration of the absolute evil that can dwell in the human heart.  In the deluge of hate mail, hate email, and hate blog posts (which are often so profane that I cannot repeat them here) attacking the distinguished doctor and professor, no one actually bothered to take on his very simple questions.  For any serious contenders out there, I will restate Egnor’s primary question: How does Darwinian mechanisms produce new biological information?

While these cases were documented in a film, they are not the sum total of the voices that Darwinists would like very much to silence.

At the Mississippi University for Woman, chemistry professor Nancy Bryson Ph. D. was removed as head of the division of natural sciences in 2003 after merely presenting scientific criticisms of biological and chemical evolution to a seminar of honors students.

Dr. William Dembski Ph. D.

Philosopher and Mathematician Dr. William Dembski Ph. D.

William Dembski, a Baylor alum and double Ph. D., had previously suffered under the mob reaction 8 members of the Baylor Science department who wrote a letter to the US Congress in protest of Dembski’s attempt to setup a center for peer reviewing design related papers at Baylor.  Congressman Souder of Indiana read the letter into the Congressional record and told the House that these scientists were, in his opinion, practicing “viewpoint discrimination in science and science education,” and that “ideological bias has no place in science.”  Referring to the letter’s frequent use of the phrase “materialistic science” as their chosen noble cause, the congressman stated this before his colleagues:

“One senses here not a defense of science but rather an effort to protect, by political means, a privileged philosophical viewpoint against a serious challenge…. As [members of] the Congress, it might be wise for us to question whether the legitimate authority of science over scientific matters is being misused by persons who wish to identify science with a philosophy they prefer.”

Could a more true and profound remark have ever been uttered before the US Congress?

Ohio State University doctoral candidate Bryan Leonard had his dissertation defense placed on hold after three pro-Darwin professors filed a bogus complaint attacking Leonard’s dissertation research as “unethical human subject experimentation.”  His work was based on annual surveys after students in the experiment group had been provided with evidence contradicting the current Darwinian evolutionary theory, while the control group was taught in the traditional indoctrinational fashion.

Rather than defend the scientific merits of Darwinian evolution, Darwinists have become obsessed with simply denouncing their opponents as dangerous zealots bent on imposing theocracy.  Biology professor P.Z. Myers at the University of Minnesota went as far as demanding the public firing and humiliation of some teachers who expressed doubts about Darwin.

“…the evidence is unassailable. The most reasonable scientific explanation for functional biological complexity–the genetic code and the intricate nanotechnology inside living cells–is that they were designed by intelligent agency. There is no scientific evidence that unintelligent processes can create substantial new biological structures and function. There is no unintelligent process known to science that can generate codes and machines.

I still consider religious explanations for biology to be unscientific at best, dogma at worst. But I understand now that Darwinism itself is a religious creed that masquerades as science. Darwin’s theory of biological origins is atheism’s creation myth, and atheists defend their dogma with religious fervor.”  Dr. Michael Egnor MD., professor and vice chairman of the department of neurosurgery at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, in Forbes.

When it comes down to a question of whether or not Darwinists practice censorship against opposing views, there is really no argument.  It is a matter of record.  A matter of fact.  It appears to be part and parcel with the Darwinist religion.

Reasonable doubt is healthy, but so is freedom to think and speak and question.  In the words of John Scopes:

“…by respecting the other man’s views and by protecting his liberties, we gain respect for our own views and we protect our own liberties.”

Lucy and Censorship

Creation: Lucy walks

Note the thoughtful gaze, human hands and feet, and human gait.

Last week, I showed dozens of examples of “Lucy” recreations walking around, using tools, staring thoughtfully at the horizon, with human like hands and feet.  Please understand that the truth is that scientists know that there is no way that Lucy walked upright or had human feet.  Today, even most ardent evolutionists admit that there is no way that Lucy or her species fit into the alleged human chain of evolution from ape to man.  In other words, they no longer even claim that she is an example of our “earliest ancestor.”

In fact, the list of differences between Lucy and a human being is pretty long:

  • No similarity in appearance to humans
  • Long arms identical to chimpanzees (not humans)
  • Jaws are very similar to chimpanzees (not humans)
  • Upper leg bone very similar to chimpanzees (not humans)
  • Lucy’s legs were very ape-like
  • Brain size (400-500 cc) overlaps chimpanzees (not humans)
  • Large back muscles for tree dwelling
  • Hands similar to pygmy chimpanzee  (not human hands)
  • Feet were long and curved (not human like at all)
  • Rib cage conical like modern chimpanzee not barrel shaped like human
  • Hip bone geometry inconsistent with upright walking

Of course, Darwinists have known about every single one of these points for decades, in fact not long after the 1974 discovery of Lucy.

Creation: Lucy -- an upright tale of evolutionary fraud

Lucy as depicted by the Saint Louis Museum. Neither apelike eyes nor feet were used.

“I noticed that the ribs were more round in cross-section, more like what you see in apes. Human ribs are flatter in cross-section. But the shape of the rib cage itself was the biggest surprise of all. The human rib cage is barrel shaped, and I just couldn’t get Lucy’s ribs to fit this kind of shape.” Peter Schmid (paleontologist at the Anthropological Institute in Zurich) Quoted from Origins reconsidered: In Search of What Makes Us Human by Richard Leakey and Roger Lewin

“In Lucy’s case, her ribs are conical, like those found in apes.” Brad Harrub (Ph.D. Anatomy and Neurobiology) and Bert Thompson (Ph.D. Microbiology), The Truth About Human Origins, 2003, p. 47.

“The fact that the anterior portion of the iliac blade faces laterally in humans but not in chimpanzees is obvious. The marked resemblance of AL 288-1 (Lucy) to the chimpanzee is equally obvious…
It suggests to us that the mechanism of lateral pelvic balance during bipedalism was closer to that in apes than in humans.” J. Stern & R. Sussman, American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 1983, pp. 291 & 292.

“…anatomist Dr Charles Oxnard has shown that the big toe actually sticks out as in chimpanzees. The Laetoli footprints are indistinguishable from those of modern humans. Furthermore, they could not have been made by australopithecines which had thumbs on their feet, as shown by the STW573 footbones.” David Catchpoole, Ph.D., “New evidence: Lucy was a knuckle-walker”

So, why all the displays and artwork dedicated to our alleged earliest ancestor who walks and talks and is full of chalk?  Why not revise these to reflect something closer to the truth?  The St. Louis depiction is grossly inaccurate in points of scale and depiction of digits.  Professor Betsy Schumann Ph. D., an ardent Darwinist and evolutionary “expert,” admited that the Saint Louis Museum statue’s feet “probably are not accurate,” but when asked whether the statue should be changed, she said:

Absolutely not!

Creation: Laetoli Footprints Textbook

Biology: Concepts and Connections, 2000, p. 404.

Why do you think she answered so energetically that an obvious perpetrated and known fraud must be perpetuated?  We know that Lucy feet could not have made the Leatoli footprints.  It is patently impossible that feet like hers left those impressions.  Yet textbooks perpetrate the lie to this day.

“Some 3.7 million years ago, several bipedal  (upright-walking) human animals of the species Australopithecus afarensis left footprints in damp volcanic ash in what is now Tanzania in East Africa.”  Biology: Concepts and Connections, 2000, p. 404.

Why do you suppose that is?  Do you suppose there is an agenda there?

Would it not be a better solution to just stick to the facts instead of teaching the interpretations as if they were facts?  Especially when the interpretations are KNOWN to be non-factual?

But when one unprepared Pennsylvania school district wanted to present facts, they were sued and dragged through the mud.  The “evidence” presented at the Dover trail?  No peer reviewed work.  Maybe we should ask Sternberg about how easy it is to peer review work that contradicts Darwinism.  No “tenured” professors teaching contradictory theories in colleges and universities.   Maybe we should ask the hundreds of college educators who have been denied tenure on the basis of opposing Darwinism why that is the case.  No centers for study or peer review in mainstream education.  Maybe we should ask Dembski how easy it is to set up a serious center for the study of contradicting ideas.

In other words, their entire “evidence” was fallacious and based entirely on censorship.  Try to portray Lucy as a tree climbing monkey who has nothing whatsoever to do with human origins and I think you might encounter censorship such as you have never seen.

Ultimately, it all comes down to WHY?  Why on EARTH would Darwinists turn to hatred and unbelievable levels of personal and professional attacks to eliminate even the DISCUSSION of ideas that tend to contradict Darwinism?  Why?

The Truth

Colossians 1:16-17 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

That is to say, that in Christ all things were created, ALL things visible and invisible.  ALL.  What do you think motivates opponents of the notion that we are created beings?  And did you realize that such thinking is hardly new?  The word of the Lord:

Romans 1:20-25 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.

Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man-and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.

Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever.

Amen.

And that, my beloved, is the reason.

God Bless you and yours.

Gregg


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