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No Origins in Evolution

No Origins in Evolution

| August 22, 2012

The robotic explorer Curiousity just touched down on Mars within the last few weeks. The touchdown ended a 350 million mile journey from the Earth’s surface to the Martian surface with each inch of its journey planned out using Newtonian Mechanics.  All the calculations involving rocket thrust, insertion into Earth orbit, navigating from Earth to […]

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Hoyle’s Junkyard and the Origin of Life

Hoyle’s Junkyard and the Origin of Life

| July 22, 2012

A prominent Christian website promoting Biblical Creationism has asked its followers to challenge teachers, professors and anyone else with 15 Questions about the Theory of Evolution.   Their campaign is called Question Evolution. Although the questions do not actually challenge the Theory of Evolution, they are questions that certainly deserve carefully thought out answers.   We hope to provide a […]

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Fred Hoyle’s Junkyard Fallacy

Fred Hoyle’s Junkyard Fallacy

| July 22, 2012

The eminent astronomer and cosmologist Sir Fred Hoyle was a proponent of a theory called Panspermia, where his belief was that life on earth was deliberately seeded by organic molecules by an alien intelligence.    It is an interesting theory, and since we have already seen the absorption spectra of organic molecules in outer space, […]

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Evolution and the Origin of Life

Evolution and the Origin of Life

| July 21, 2012

A prominent Christian website promoting Biblical Creationism has asked its followers to challenge teachers, professors and anyone else with 15 Questions about the Theory of Evolution.   Their campaign is called Question Evolution. Although the questions do not actually challenge the Theory of Evolution, they are questions that certainly deserve carefully thought out answers.   We hope to provide a […]

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Science and Evidence: Falsifiability and Prediction

Science and Evidence: Falsifiability and Prediction

| July 8, 2012

How is it that many people insist that there is no evidence for the theory of evolution or the Big Bang theory, yet  scientists will insist that there is massive evidence for these theories?    The controversy comes from a misunderstanding of what constitutes  scientific evidence.    Laymen tend to think that unless we can […]

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Science in Brief:  The Higgs Boson

Science in Brief: The Higgs Boson

| July 7, 2012

Did you ever find yourself at a party and dying to explain the Higgs Boson? Well this explanation should suffice for scientists and non-scientists who want to dazzle their friends with their erudition. We know even from our own experience that once you get an object moving, it would continue moving unless something slows it […]

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The Higgs is Bigg!

The Higgs is Bigg!

| July 4, 2012

The Higgs is Bigg! I think the problem is too abstract for people to realize that the work that led up to detecting the Higgs and the importance of its detection is bigger than landing someone on the moon. It probably has something to do with the fact that the CERN LHC project is not […]

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Evolution, Shakespeare, and Weasels

Evolution, Shakespeare, and Weasels

| July 2, 2012

How can anything creative happen through a ranodm process operating over a long period of time? This is a question frequently asked by those who are learning about the theory of evolution. And indeed, when you throw a pair of dice over and over again, you find that different numbers just come up randomly all […]

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Origin Science, Historical Science, and Operation Science

Origin Science, Historical Science, and Operation Science

| June 17, 2012

The Origin of Origin Science and Operation Science Young Earth Creationists and ID proponents will often complain that theories such as The Big Bang and Evolution do not qualify as rigorous science because they pertain to non-repeatable events that happened in the distant past. They consider such theories as belonging to a poor cousin of […]

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Evolution and the Christian View of God

Evolution and the Christian View of God

| June 17, 2012

The traditional Christian view of God is that God is constantly involved with his creation on an intimate and routine level. At the same time, theologians have held that “miracles” in which God sets aside the routine workings of nature he devised are infrequent. By the way, I use “he” only in the universal sense […]

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