Archive for May 24th, 2005

The Letter Nature Wouldn’t Print

Church of Darwin, Science | Posted by Chris Parker
May 24 2005

By: Staff & Stephen C. Meyer
Discovery Institute
May 23, 2005

Nature magazine has refused to print a letter from Dr. Stephen Meyer, Director of Discovery’s Center for Science & Culture, after his interview for an article the magazine printed about the growing number of university students taking interest in researching the theory of intelligent design. For more on the article and the responses click here to see our (Discovery Institute’s) blog post on Evolution News & Views.

May 6, 2005
Sir,

Geoff Brumfiel’s article on the theory of intelligent design (ID) [Nature, “Who has designs on your students’ minds,” April 28th, 2005] repeatedly mischaracterizes the contemporary design hypothesis as an argument from ignorance, as if the ID argument were based solely on the fact that “some biological systems are too complex. . .to be explained by natural selection alone.”,1 Yet, as I explained in our interview, design theorists argue for intelligent design not only because natural selection and other materialistic mechanisms seem incapable of explaining, for example, the origin of digital information and complex machines in cells, but also because we know from experience that systems possessing such features do invariably arise from intelligent causes. 2, 3 As the pioneering information theorist Henry Quastler observed, “information habitually arises from conscious activity.” 4 Thus, what we know about the present cause and effect structure of the world suggests intelligent design as an obvious explanation for the information necessary to build living systems.

Similarly, whenever we encounter irreducibly complex systems and we know how such systems arose, invariably intelligence played a role. For this reason, the presence of irreducibly complex systems in cells also constitutes a powerful positive indicator of intelligent design.

Contrary to Brumfiels’ report, the inference to design in biology is not based upon ignorance or religion, but instead upon standard uniformitarian methods of reasoning and biological evidence. Cells contain miniature machines, complex circuits and sophisticated information processing systems‹exquisite nanotechnology that in any other realm of experience would immediately, and properly, trigger recognition of prior intelligent activity.

Yours sincerely,
Stephen C. Meyer, Ph.D.
Director and Senior Fellow
Center for Science & Culture
Discovery Institute

Stephen C. Meyer, Ph.D. (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University), Associate Professor of Philosophy at Whitworth College, Senior Research Fellow at the Discovery Institute (Seattle), Director of the Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture.
Formerly a geo-physicist with the Atlantic Richfield Company, Professor Meyer completed a Ph.D. dissertation on origin-of-life biology and the methodology of the historical sciences. He has contributed to several scholarly books and anthologies, including The History of Science and Religion in the Western Tradition: An Encyclopedia, Darwinism: Science or Philosophy, Of Pandas and People: The Central Question in Biological Origins, The Creation Hypothesis: Scientific Evidence for an Intelligent Designer, Mere Creation: Science, Faith & Intelligent Design, and Facets of Faith and Science: Interpreting God’s Action in the World.
In addition to his technical articles on design, Prof. Meyer has written many editorial features in newspapers and magazines, including the Wall Street Journal, the L.A. Times, and the Chicago Tribune. He has also appeared on national TV and radio programs such as Technopolitics, CNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews, and National Public Radio’s Talk of the Nation.

Spark Plug? Embedded in Rock?

Science, Unexplained Artifact | Posted by Chris Parker
May 24 2005

This item no doubt really is a “modern day” spark plug with charateristics similar to that of the “Coso Artifact”. The question is; if this really is a spark plug–and it really is embedded in rock–how long does it really take for rock to form? Millions of years as the materialists claim–or far less than that, as creationists claim?

In this case, it would seem that the answer is less than 200 years!

“I listened with much interest to your Jonathan Gray interview the other night about ancient civilizations and anomalies found around the world. He mentioned finding an ancient spark plug in his excavations, which reminded me of the object I found washed up on a beach in Delaware several years ago.

It looks like a spark plug embedded in a melted chunk of rock. The top part of the object is protruding from the rock and appears to be milk glass with a pointed metal cap which has a hole in the point.

The metal is not rusted on the top, even though the object was in the ocean. I found a photograph of a model T spark plug (which I have included below)…as you can see, the object is similar but the top is definitely NOT the same as the object I found.

–Lynda F. Source: Coast to Coast

Terrors of the Tiaga Region-20th & 21st century Dinosaurs

Crypto, Science | Posted by Chris Parker
May 24 2005

The Russian Taiga is a forest of almost unbelievable dimensions stretching from the borders of northern Europe in the west across the north of mother Russia to the Bering Sea in the east. Shot through with freezing swamps, it is almost entirely uninhabited. The Taiga covers an astounding seven million square kilometres.

It is in the north east of Russia that the Taiga is the wildest and most ill explored in the icy abandoned region known as Siberia. Here winter temperatures drop so low that they can shatter steel. The brief summers are haunted by clouds of blood hungry mosquitoes that will cover any warm blooded animal.

Siberia consists not only of the Taiga but endless miles of swampy tundra and mountains and plateau were no man has ever set foot.In comparison the Amazon seems about as wild and untamed as a flower bed on a roundabout in sub-urban Dorset.

It comes as no surprise that such an unknown land has produced reports of monsters.
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The Rise of Pro-Life Liberals: Why the abortion debate is about to change

Religious, Uncategorized | Posted by Chris Parker
May 24 2005

By Doug Curran
Published: Tuesday, February 1, 2005

In the United States, it is often assumed that the abortion issue is split neatly along party lines. The liberal Democrats, with support from groups like NARAL and Planned Parenthood, have long been the party of abortion rights advocacy while the conservative Republicans have had the monopoly on anti-abortion, pro-life advocates. There are many indications, however, that all of this is beginning to change.

No longer are individuals who are in general agreement with the ideals of the Democratic Party, but who are also strongly pro-life, reluctant to define themselves as Democrats. And, while the change in the establishment is less rapid, many in the party leadership are beginning to welcome pro-life democrats into the ranks. This shift can also be seen in other traditionally pro-choice liberal domains, as evidenced by the enormous recent success of Feminists for Life. This movement, while not new, is beginning to gather momentum that it has not previously enjoyed. The implications are far- reaching, indeed.

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Creation Museum: Ministry Uses Dinosaurs to Dispute Evolution

Religious, Science | Posted by Chris Parker
May 24 2005

By John Johnston
Enquirer staff writer

“He’s so bent on that mission that he has spent 11 years in Northern Kentucky creating a museum to answer one of the most debated questions of our time:
When and how did life begin?

Soon, visitors to Ham’s still-unfinished Creation Museum will experience his view: that God created the world in six, 24-hour days on a planet just 6,000 years old. This literal interpretation of the Bible runs counter to accepted scientific theory, which says Earth and its life forms evolved over billions of years.

Undaunted by considerable opponents, Ham’s Answers in Genesis ministry is building a $25 million monument to creationism. The largest museum of its kind in the world, it hopes to draw 600,000 people from the Midwest and beyond in its first year.”

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s8int.com’s initial article on this museum can be found by clicking here.