Posts Tagged ‘Evolution’

All present-day life arose from a single origin

From Science News:

Protein analysis rules out multiple sources

Web edition : 2:57 pm
A new study uses statistics to test whether life on Earth can be traced back to a common ancestor (example shown in a) or multiple primordial life forms (b). Dotted lines indicate gene swapping between species. M. Steel and D. Penny/Nature 2010

One isn’t such a lonely number. All life on Earth shares a single common ancestor, a new statistical analysis confirms.

Science continues its march forward, while the creationists/IDer’s will fall over themselves trying to explain this away.

Who Wrote This About the Jews? Atheism and the Holocaust: Part 1

First, to set fire to their synagogues or schools and to bury and cover with dirt whatever will not burn, so that no man will ever again see a stone or cinder of them. This is to be done in honor of our Lord and of Christendom, so that God might see that we are Christians, and do not condone or knowingly tolerate such public lying, cursing, and blaspheming of his Son and of his Christians. For whatever we tolerated in the past unknowingly_and I myself was unaware of it_will be pardoned by God. But if we, now that we are informed, were to protect and shield such a house for the Jews, existing right before our very nose, in which they lie about, blaspheme, curse, vilify, and defame Christ and us (as was heard above), it would be the same as if we were doing all this and even worse ourselves, as we very well know…

…Second, I advise that their houses also be razed and destroyed. For they pursue in them the same aims as in their synagogues. Instead they might be lodged under a roof or in a barn, like the gypsies. This will bring home to them the fact that they are not masters in our country, as they boast, but that they are living in exile and in captivity, as they incessantly wail and lament about us before God.

Third, I advise that all their prayer books and Talmudic writings, in which such idolatry, lies, cursing, and blasphemy are taught, be taken from them…

…Fourth, I advise that their rabbis be forbidden to teach henceforth on pain of loss of life and limb. For they have justly forfeited the right to such an office by holding the poor Jews captive with the saying of Moses (Deuteronomy 17:10) in which he commands them to obey their teachers on penalty of death, although Moses clearly adds: “what they teach you in accord with the law of the Lord.” Those villains ignore that. They wantonly employ the poor people’s obedience contrary to the law of the Lord and infuse them with this poison, cursing, and blasphemy. In the same way the pope also held us captive with the declaration in Matthew 16:18, “You are Peter,” etc., inducing us to believe all the lies and deceptions that issued from his devilish mind. He did not teach in accord with the word of God, and therefore he forfeited the right to teach.

Fifth, I advise that safe-conduct on the highways be abolished completely for the Jews. For they have no business in the countryside, since they are not lords, officials, tradesmen, or the like. Let them stay at home. I have heard it said that a rich Jew is now traveling across the country with twelve horses his ambition is to become a Kokhba devouring princes, lords, lands, and people with his usury, so that the great lords view it with jealous eyes. If you great lords and princes will not forbid such usurers the highway legally, some day a troop may gather against them, having learned from this booklet the true nature of the Jews and how one should deal with them and not protect their activities. For you, too, must not and cannot protect them unless you wish to become participants in an their abominations in the sight of God. Consider carefully what good could come from this, and prevent it.

Sixth, I advise that usury be prohibited to them, and that all cash and treasure of silver and gold be taken from them and put aside for safekeeping. The reason for such a measure is that, as said above, they have no other means of earning a livelihood than usury, and by it they have stolen and robbed from us an they possess. Such money should now be used in no other way than the following: Whenever a Jew is sincerely converted, he should be handed one hundred, two hundred, or three hundred florins, as personal circumstances may suggest. With this he could set himself up in some occupation for the support of his poor wife and children, and the maintenance of the old or feeble. For such evil gains are cursed if they are not put to use with God’s blessing in a good and worthy cause…

…Seventh, I recommend putting a flail, an ax, a hoe, a spade, a distaff, or a spindle into the hands of young, strong Jews and Jewesses and letting them earn their bread in the sweat of their brow, as was imposed on the children of Adam (Gen. 3 [:19]). For it is not fitting that they should let us accursed Goyim toil in the sweat of our faces while they, the holy people, idle away their time behind the stove, feasting and farting., and on top of all, boasting blasphemously of their lordship over the Christians by means of our sweat. No, one should toss out these lazy rogues by the seat of their pants.

It was none other than that god fearing reformer, Martin Luther.  Read the rest of his anti-semitic rantings here.  A favorite argument of religionists against atheism/agnosticism/freethought and primarily evolution is that kind of godless worldview led to the holocaust, Stalinism and Maoism and resulted in the deaths of hundreds of millions of people.  It is a ridiculous argument on many levels.  It almost always is an argument about whose fanatics killed more people.  Secondly, the argument isn’t even valid, particularly for Nazism.  I’m going to post more on this in future posts.  Here is something to think about next time though.  Did Darwin ever write anything as anti-semitic in either On the Origin of Species or The Descent of Man as did Martin Luther?

Resurrected Mammoth Blood Very Cool

This is fascinating:

ScienceDaily (May 3, 2010) — A team of international researchers has brought the primary component of mammoth blood back to life using ancient DNA preserved in bones from Siberian specimens 25,000 to 43,000 years old.

Discovery Institute Clouds the Issue of Speciation

Check out this post over at intelligent design headquarters. Let’s take a close look at a couple of things they say.

 Today, evolutionary biologists are puzzled about something equally bizarre: why are eels so full of speciation? One biologist recently said on ScienceDaily, “How can you have seven species of the same fish eating the same thing and, quite literally, living under the same rock?” Under evolutionary biology, one would expect to find some mechanism—perhaps a geographic barrier like a large expanse of open ocean—responsible for the reproductive isolation that generated the new “species.”

They are trying to cast doubt on evolution by showing that scientists have found something they didn’t expect to find because our current understanding of evolution would have predicted the opposite.  This is the argument from ignorance or incredulity which basically says, I can’t understand, or it doesn’t make sense, therefore, evolution must be wrong.  They continue;

“Speciation” doesn’t necessarily imply evidence for the creative power of the Darwinian mechanism, for one can achieve reproductive isolation without undergoing any dramatic degree of biological change. In many cases, the differences between “species” can be very small, or even trivial. For example, many of these eel species have essentially identical body plans, niches and habitats, feeding habits, and many other traits such that their primary differences appear to be size, coloration patterns, occasional variations in ornamentation, and small genetic differences. But no matter how you slice it, they’re all eels.

If an evolutionist tells you to accept Darwinism because of evidence of “speciation,” be sure to find out exactly how much biological change is documented in said instance of “speciation.” In virtually all examples of speciation I learned about in school, the amount differences between the two species were trivial, and it was only unwarranted over-extrapolations from humble data which lent support to the grander claims of neo-Darwinian evolution that random mutation and natural selection can produce large-scale biological change.

Just because two species are very similar doesn’t imply that speciation isn’t evidence for evolution.  As organisms begin to branch off into two different species they will be very similar to begin with, but as time progresses they begin to diverge more and more.  We see this in the fossil record. 

If an evolutionist tells you to accept Darwinism because of evidence of speciation, they aren’t a very good scientist.  Evolutionary theory does not stand or fall on one line of evidence alone.  What they will tell you is to accept Darwinian evolution based on the totality of evidence, and that speciation, when taken into consideration with all the other lines of evidence, is just one more reason that evolution is a sound theory.

Transitional Fossils Exist Even for Cockroaches

This of course is just another example of the liberal, secular, godless scientific establishment devising ways to undermine faith in God.