Pluto and New Horizons in review

On 27 October 2016, controllers for the New Horizons deep-space mission achieved a milestone. They got back the last data from their spacecraft’s flyby of the dwarf planet Pluto. Alice Bowman, head of the mission team, said the team would first verify the data. They then will order New Horizons to erase its memories. New Horizons must do this ahead of a planned rendezvous with another Kuiper Belt object (2014 MU69). It will make this flyby on or about 1 January 2019). Continue reading

Scott Walker on creation

Darwin Day arrived today. That could explain why a London reporter wanted to ask a likely candidate in the 2016 presidential election where he came down on creation v. evolution. The candidate, Governor Scott Walker (R-Wisc.), chose not to answer. That question, and Scott Walker’s choice, speaks volumes about society today. Continue reading

AiG to sue Kentucky for renege

Answers in Genesis (AiG) announced yesterday they would sue the State of Kentucky in federal court. The Kentucky tourism development board reneged on their earlier offer of tax incentives to Ark Encounter, LLC. Ark Encounter has started to build the first-ever full-sized replica of Noah’s Ark. Continue reading

Precambrian late embryos?

A Chinese-American team may have discovered, if not a “Precambrian rabbit,” the next best thing: Precambrian embryonic fossils showing the kind of development only multicellular organisms show. The team leaders do not know whether they found an early plant or animal. But their find, if it holds, threatens to shake the foundations of biological evolution. Continue reading

Bill Nye, Ken Ham, and aborigines

Tomorrow, stomach Bill Nye, sickness “the Science Guy,” will debate Ken Ham before a live audience and a live Internet stream. Subject: whether creationism is “a viable model of origins.” Yesterday a secularist group in Australia released a public broadside against Ken Ham and his current and former associates. In that broadside they suggested the earth cannot be merely six thousand years old. Why? Because indigenous or “aboriginal” peoples have lived on Australia for far longer. Yet the evidence for that long history consists not of historical records, but of inferences from assuming an old earth a priori. Continue reading

Legal offensive: creation v. evolution

This past summer I attended the Pittsburgh International Creation Conference. Many were viewing Creation from the scientific view, others the theological view, but I was looking at Creation vs Evolution from the legal perspective.  Currently Creation legally cannot be taught in science class as it is religious in nature. Continue reading

Bill Nye, Ken Ham to debate creation

Most people know Bill Nye as “The Science Guy,” from his children’s science show that ran from 1993 to 1998. Today, Ken Ham, of Answers in Genesis, said he would debate Bill Nye on creation v. evolution. That debate will take place February 4, 2014, at The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. Continue reading

Human evolution attitude survey

At the end of the year, the Pew Research Center published another survey on public attitudes about human evolution. Pew last took this survey in 2009. Pew finds attitudes seemingly little different today from four years ago. But in one key respect, attitudes are changing. Namely: those who stick to evolution on one hand, and creation on the other, now sort themselves as conservatives and liberals, respectively. Continue reading