Category: Evolution/Creation


Tails up all those who think we’re related to chimps, or descended from ape-like creatures. No monkeying around now…

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Despite all the propaganda and speculation foisted onto me at school and through television I have never for a moment believed that I was descended from ape-like creatures. As a kid I wondered why pre-humans would shed all their ape-like fir and then shiver in the cold and start making clothes. I must admit though, that sometimes I can’t help appreciating why some people believe they have ape in their ancestry…

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Here are a few related tails tales. This post is an edit of something I wrote four years ago, and which I thought deserved another airing.

ONE

At a creation seminar I attended, given by ex-evolutionist Dr. Tommy Morton, the audience was shown part of a PBS (equivalent and sister to BBC TV) “Nova” special on Lucy, one of the alleged evolutionary links between an ape-like creature and humans. For us all to see and hear, Nova’s narrator explained how scientists had decided that when fossilized, the hip had somehow been fused in the “wrong” position, so that the remains made the animal look like it walked too much like an ape, and not much like the link they believed it to be. So, in front of the camera, the scientist cut the joint and fixed it in the position he believed it was originally, and hey presto…it’s a genuine missing link, touted and promoted by public television for millions to see! Don’t think for a minute that this type of scientific “research” is rare…

TWO

A few years ago I played escort for a party of people on a trip to the “Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute” at Central Washington University. The institute’s website makes the claim that chimps living there have “acquired the signs of American Sign Language (ASL), and use those signs in conversations with each other and their human companions”. This “accomplishment” apparently has resulted “in a better understanding of ourselves, as well as our place and role in nature”. The site also refers to the chimps as “our fellow apes” (hey-speak for yourself and count me out!)

I can remember seeing the first chimp to “acquire a human language”, on TV in the UK. Her name was “Washoe”, born in 1965. Washoe was the matriarch of the CHCI family at CWU. Even at the age of twelve it seemed to me that there was something not quite right about the link they were making between us and the chimp’s mimicking of gestures.

Anyway, when my party and I arrived at the institute, and before being allowed to see any of the chimps, we were given strict instructions on how to behave in front of them. We were told to stoop and not to stand erect, in a gesture of peace and deference.  We were given one or two simple hand signs in order to have some basic communication with them. And we were told not to reveal our teeth: a toothy smile was a serious no-no, as this is a sign of aggression to chimps (wait a moment – I thought they were supposed to be becoming more like us, not us more like them!)

Once inside the enclosure, we were all extremely relieved to bear in mind that there was a thick, shatterproof glass wall between us and those rather large chimps, because with one accord they decided that instead of having a nice chat about the weather, or the latest football scores or stock market report, they were going to make us jump out of our skins by charging at the glass and hammering on it with all their might. The glass boomed… everyone gasped and jumped back, then after a few seconds laughed nervously, realizing and hoping that that glass barrier would keep us apart from animals which were capable of ripping our limbs off.

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THREE

In 2002, researchers at Plymouth University in England were so inspired by the belief that a million monkeys poking away at typewriters for a million years would generate the entire works of Shakespeare, that they decided to go at least some way towards proving it. They left a computer in a cage with six macaque monkeys at Paignton Zoo for a month.

The best that could be said about the following achievements of the monkeys is that they had a very effective stint at typing S’s – pages of them. However, rather than sitting down to get to work on a literary masterpiece, the lead male decided to “bash the hell” out of the keyboard with a rock, as one researcher put it. The male and the other five also took great pleasure in urinating and defecating on it.

As Benjamin Wiker and Jonathan Witt remarked,

“Even the simplest English sentence of the “See Spot run” type is beyond the capabilities of real monkeys, no matter how long you give them” 1

FOUR

As far back as the 1960’s, there were a number of individual not involved in scientific research, who had independently arrived at the conclusion that they were indeed close relatives of chimpanzees. In fact, they were so sure of it that they formed an association to affirm their heritage, aptly named “The Monkees”. Before long they had written an anthem to celebrate their shared beliefs and characteristics:

Hey!

Hey!

We ARE the monkeys!

People say we monkey around,

But we’re too busy singing

To put anybody down!

We’re only trying to be friendly…!” (2).

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FIVE

The research on this topic has progressed since I wrote the summarized info below four years ago. Please see note 7 for a link to a 2017 update. This is slightly technical: sorry about that.

For several years now we’ve been told there is conclusive evidence that human and chimp DNA is 95 to 99 percent similar. The evolutionary concept is that apes, particularly chimpanzees and humans, descended from a common ancestor.

In the “chromosome 2 fusion  model”, researchers claimed that two small chimpanzee chromosomes fused at some time in the not so distant past, forming one large stable chromosome, which is “why” the great apes have 24 chromosomes and humans have 23. The evidence that led them to make this conclusion was that there was a cluster of “telomere” sequences in the middle of human chromosome 2. Since telomeres were originally considered to be only at the ends of chromosomes, and that they serve only as a kind of “cap” on the chromosome, researchers concluded that this cluster was evidence for the fusion model.

At the Institute for Creation Research, Dr. Jeffrey Tomkins, with a PH. D. in genetics, and Dr. Jerry Bergman, a professor at Northwest State College in Ohio, have been following the secular research and resulting claims closely, and have carried out extensive studies of their own from the standpoint of the creationist. In 2011 they reported that they had found that telomeres are not unique structures only present at chromosome ends, but that there are in fact many telomeres, telomere clusters, and telomere repeats throughout the genome, often within internal regions of human chromosomes (3).

In 2012 Tomkins and Bergman authored reports in the Journal of Creation on the human-chimp DNA question. The first reviewed relevant secular science literature. Their own analysis detailed many differences in genomic DNA, gene regulation, regulatory DNA features, micro DNA code and gene splicing.

The second paper examined secular research methods and discarded data. It concluded that:

“All analyzed cases of reported human-chimp DNA sequence similarity is based on biased data selection and exclusion techniques. DNA sequence data that is too dissimilar to be conveniently aligned are omitted, masked, or completely excluded. Furthermore, gap data within DNA sequence alignments are typically omitted, further biasing similarity estimates”

The report continues:

“These highly selective data-discarding techniques, fueled by Darwinian dogma, lead to the commonly claimed 98 percent similarity between human and chimp”

The authors concluded at that time from their own analysis that the two are not more than 81-87 percent similar (4).

In January of 2013, Dr. Tomkins wrote a report titled “Epigenetics Proves Human and Chimp are Different”.

Epigenetics is the study of how DNA has been modified in such a way that its chemistry has changed, but not the actual base pairs that make up the genetic code of the sequence. Recent studies have shown dramatic differences in human and chimps in regard to epigenetics, particularly in a process known as “methylation”. This difference is recognized by secular researchers (5).

In February of 2013, Tomkins’ article, “Chromosome Comparison Shows More Chimp-human Differences”, discussed ICR’s ongoing research. Tomkins wrote:

“For the primary chimp chromosomes (autosomes), the amount of optimally aligned DNA sequence provided similarities between 66 and 76 percent, depending on the chromosome…”

Continuing, Tomkins noted that only 69 percent of the chimpanzee X chromosome and only 43 percent of the Y chromosome were similar to human DNA. His conclusion:

“These results illustrate the genetic and biblical fact that humans are not just another primate, but are uniquely created in the image of God” (6).

This Bible passage comes naturally to mind, in which major signs of the decline of a civilization are outlined:

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised, Amen” (Romans chapter 1, especially verses 22, 25).

NOTES

1 Benjamin Wiker & Jonathan Witt: “A Meaningful World” (Pub. Inter Varsity Press, Downers Grove, Ill., copyright 2006 by authors) pg. 32.

2 The Monkees: “Hey-hey we’re the Monkees” (written by Tommy Boyce& Bobby Hart)

3 “Acts and Facts”, a monthly publication of the “Institute for Creation Research”, Dallas Texas, (www.icr.org) May, June and November 2011 copies

4 “Acts and Facts”, June 2012

5 “Acts and Facts”, January 2013

6 “Acts and Facts”, February 2013

7 http://www.icr.org/article/dna-variation-widens-human-chimp-chasm/

ICR gives you a free subscription to Act and Fact – a great creationist magazine:

http://www.icr.org/icr-magazines/

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Here’s an interesting little sequel to my last post,”Fossils and the wrong key”, in which I noted that stories of dinosaurs wandering into swamps, lakes, bogs, rivers, tar pits and so on abound, because dinosaur fossils and bones are found in sediments where they had to be buried rapidly.800px-Triassic_Utah

Evolutionists strictly enforce their “no divinity” rule and look for any other explanation than the Biblical one, which is that a world-wide flood rearranged the surface of the earth and killed almost all life.

Frank Sherwin with Institute for Creation Research recently published an article* on a fossil find in Canada, which included a nodosaur in spectacular condition.

Nodosaurs were tank-like dinosaurs, similar to ankylosaurs, covered with spiky scales. Miner Sawn Funk found one in 2011 in Alberta’s Millennium Mine, in such good condition that it looks like a statue. It even had skin remnants on its face and toe pads. How does that happen after 65+ million years?

The sedimentary layers at the mine where the nodosaur was unearthed also contain plenty of plesiosaurs. How did creatures from land and sea environments get mixed together and buried in the same sediments? According to the official story, a flood filled a riverbed and swept the dead nodosaur out to sea. It sank to the sea floor and minerals quickly penetrated its skin and armor, “ensuring that the dead nodosaur would keep its true-to-life form as eons’ worth of rock piled atop it”.

Or perhaps it got buried in the Biblical Flood, along with the plesiosaurs, all of which were swept together and buried in sediment-laden waters.

* http://www.icr.org/article/10011/

If anyone really wanted to see evidence in favor of the Bible, they would have a fantastic opportunity in the fossil record…

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I’ve written posts before about the fate of the dinosaurs (note 1). Dinosaurs, we’re told, frequently “wandered into swamps” or bogs or tar pits, or fell into rivers or lakes, or got swept up in a tsunami or a giant storm and buried…rather like we don’t see herds of animals being swept up and buried deep down during the current “monster” hurricane season. As an example, take a look at this “Live Science” web page, which describes a huge mass-fossil graveyard, caused by…a flood. The picture (you know-an “artist’s impression”) is most revealing, and the report tells us that:

Scientists have revealed what may be the world’s largest dinosaur graveyard. The dinosaurs may have been part of a mass die-off resulting from a monster storm, comparable to today’s hurricanes, which struck what was then a coastal area (note 2).

Evolutionists have had to assume that dinosaurs wandered or fell into a whole range of watery, sandy or muddy graves or got buried in a freak storm, because these animals would not fossilize well at all-if at all-if they just died on the surface under normal conditions. There are millions of fossils around the world of creatures who were buried suddenly in sediment, but God forbid (I’m sorry, Darwin forbid) that we should invoke the Biblical Flood, in which almost all life on the earth perished in a catastrophe which included geological upheaval.

At school I, along with many others in past decades, was taught the “proven fact” that in the study of earth history “the present is the key to the past”, meaning that the processes we see taking place all around us: slow erosion of river beds, the movement of the continental plates by inches every year, and so on, have always been happening at the same rate as they do now. This is why we “know” it took many millions of years for the Grand Canyon to form, for example. Traditional belief in the Biblical Flood was abandoned with the theories of Lyell, Darwin and others.

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I was also told that fossils demonstrate the evolutionary “tree” of evolution. I’ve discovered from visits to such places as the Natural History Museum in London, and the work of dissenting scientists, that there is no such evidence, just dogma and artists impressions.

More recently in the field of geology scientists have had to face up to the evidence that there have been huge catastrophic events in earth’s history which have changed its surface and its life in very short periods of time. In a new layman’s level article on the subject published by Institute for Creation Research, Frank Sherwin reports:

Secular geologists hypothesize five major mass extinctions in Earth history and maintain the most catastrophic of these happened nearly 252 million years ago. This Permian extinction, or Great Dying, supposedly resulted in the loss of 70 percent of land species and 95 percent of marine species (note 3).

How did fossils of marine life end up on top of Mt Everest and other mountain ranges? How did mass fossil graveyards of many kinds of animals occur? How did entire herds of dinosaurs get suddenly buried together in muddy graves? How did schools of whales get transported to inland deserts? The evolutionist has an explanation for each one, of course, carefully and diligently attempting to omit anything remotely Biblical, but in truth sounding more Biblical all the time, as seen in the “Live Science” report.

The Bible-believer and seeker can read the early chapters of Genesis with great confidence, knowing that there’s been a logical and inspiring explanation for all the fossil and geological evidence, all through the ages.

NOTES

1: https://nickyfisher.com/2014/08/09/the-real-reason-dinosaurs-became-extinct/

2: https://www.livescience.com/8340-world-largest-dinosaur-graveyard-linked-mass-death.html

3: http://www.icr.org/article/10196

Whether you think we were designed and created, or that we evolved from non-life and then lower forms of life, you believe in miracles. Either way, it’s not something that happens every day: have you seen either one occur?

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A miracle is defined as it is because it’s so unnatural in terms of normal every day events and what we believe to be possible.

If we evolved, nothing-or virtually nothing-turned into billions of stars and galaxies. A huge lump of rock, at just the right distance from a just-the-right-sized star began to rain on itself.  Some “organic” chemicals got together and came alive, formed an inconceivably complex DNA molecule which then found a mate and some food.

A just-the-right-sized moon just happened to be in orbit at just the right distance to keep the oceans moving and alive without causing tsunamis every day, and a couple of billion years and countless billions of beneficial mutations later (which have never been observed) here we all are, yearning to communicate our deepest feelings and to have them satisfied.

You may think evolution is all “science”. I certainly believe in science-that is, observable testable phenomena. But when did anyone ever show you life forming from non-life, or a universe coming into existence from nothing, or a cow turning into a whale, or a mutation producing a new species?

They didn’t, and we all have faith…

(This post was originally published in April of 2015 and has been edited a little)

Professor Stephen Hawking, one of the famous scientists many are trusting in for guidance to their chosen eternal abode (i.e. nowhere) recently stated that Trump, by rejecting the Paris accords on climate change, is single-handedly likely to turn earth into another Venus, “…with a temperature of two hundred and fifty degrees (Celcius) and raining sulphuric acid” (NOTE 1).

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The great prof has also made it clear repeatedly that mankind must leave earth very soon in order to survive the cataclysm about to overtake us. Probably only those genetically perfect specimens would be included. That excludes him…and me. Hmm, it’s the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine…

My God already has a plan to put our world right, but the prof. isn’t interested: see Revelation for details.

One of the ironies of all this is that this very day Mike Pence, fulfilling Trump’s executive order made a few days ago, reopened the National Space Council, abolished in 1993. Acting NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot stated:

“The establishment of the council is another demonstration of the Trump Administration’s deep interest in our work, and a testament to the importance of space exploration to our economy, our nation, and the planet as a whole” (2).

Pence declared that the intention to re-create the council is space exploration:

“Here, from this bridge to space, our nation will return to the moon, and we will put American boots on the face of Mars,” Pence said.

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“Today, I come to assure you, the men and women of NASA, and all those at this gateway to the stars, where the aspirations of the American people have taken flight, that under President Donald Trump, America will lead in space once again,” he said (3).

Just as many had become convinced-and still are-that Trump was going to start a nuclear war (but not before slaughtering all colored people, women, Muslims and gays, and not before banning all immigration) so many are also convinced that if we don’t give our liberal politicians and their chosen scientists all our money, and if we don’t stop breathing and breeding, and if we don’t stop eating, we’re going to all be fried-or drowned-within a century. Dissenters, including many scientists, are shut out of the discussion, ignored and labelled “flat-earthers” and far worse-in the usual “tolerant”, loving, inclusive manner of today’s extreme liberals and socialists. Only they are intelligent, intellectual, educated, caring and level-headed. They hate (verb intended) the rest of us-ignorant, gross, crass, white stupid Trump-voters that we are. Anyway, I think I have the perfect solution to all our differences.

The solution was first noted in a spoof science-fiction novel called “The Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, written by Brit. Douglas Adams. His intention was not to sort out liberal-conservative issues, or any political issue, because he wrote in the good old days when literature could be non-political, and we could all just have a laugh without the need for sarcasm, slander and hatred.

In Adam’s novel there existed a planet called Golgafrincham, where some decided it was time to get rid of a third of the population who had proven to be totally non-productive and obnoxious. So they concocted a story that the planet would shortly be destroyed in a great catastrophe, and they planned a planet-wide evacuation in three space-ships. The non-productive third of the population were to “go on ahead” in the first of the three ships. In reality, the other two-thirds of the people stayed behind and enjoyed a quiet, productive life without the leeches.

By now you may know where I’m going with this. Perhaps (and Trump may well be one step ahead of us all-he may have read the book)…perhaps we could similarly “send ahead” those convinced that we’re going to fry, and those misleading the population with tales of evolution from nothing to nothing and earth turning into Venus, and all the politicians who want us to hand over our money and our food and our vehicles, to Mars, or any destination of their liking. I’ll stay here.

NOTES

1 Hawking http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/02/stephen-hawking-says-donald-trump-risks-turning-earth-venus/

2 https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-statement-on-national-space-council

3 http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-mike-pence-nasa-kennedy-space-center-20170705-story.html

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