Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Signature in the Cell

The latest in the recent onslaught of books attacking bold, purely materialistic philosophy and science is a book titled Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design, written by Stephen Meyer.

Be sure to order your copy of Signature in the Cell ASAP!

Monday, June 22, 2009

Another Documentary Questioning Evolution

Expelled laid the ground work, and now it looks like there will be more of these type of documentaries to follow.

The Voyage that Shook the World will be coming to the cinema in the near future. Be sure to check out the website for further information.

HT: Uncommon Descent

Evolution would take a Miracle

HT: bornagain77 @ UD

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

The Creation Museum

All of my nieces and nephews attend private schools (we're the black sheep in the family with our two boys going the public school route). Four of them attend a Latin school where they do fairly extensive travel throughout the school year...some outstanding historical field trips. On their way to Virginia a few weeks ago, they stopped at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. I just found out about this stop the other day, and I've been promised pictures of the museum, so hopefully, I'll print some of them at some point in time.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Bill Maher a little out of character

Seems he's not thrilled with the Obama reality television the current administration has goin' on...

PS: More reality TV from the White House. After reading that, it's pretty obvious that Rush Limbaugh isn't the only instigator of divisiveness in this country. Obama seems to be taking the lead in that department. Not allowing opposing views in regard to sharing his health care plans during their TV coverage is going to cause turmoil.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

No more Letterman

I'll be thrilled to death when the guy retires.

What the media has done to Sarah Palin and her family over the past 10 months is disgusting, and Letterman is pathetic beyond belief.

Friday, June 12, 2009

The Dinosaur / Bird Connection

...and the walls keep a tumblin' down....

Discovery Raises New Doubts About Dinosaur-bird Links

ScienceDaily (June 9, 2009) — Researchers at Oregon State University have made a fundamental new discovery about how birds breathe and have a lung capacity that allows for flight – and the finding means it's unlikely that birds descended from any known theropod dinosaurs.

The conclusions add to other evolving evidence that may finally force many paleontologists to reconsider their long-held belief that modern birds are the direct descendants of ancient, meat-eating dinosaurs, OSU researchers say.

"It's really kind of amazing that after centuries of studying birds and flight we still didn't understand a basic aspect of bird biology," said John Ruben, an OSU professor of zoology. "This discovery probably means that birds evolved on a parallel path alongside dinosaurs, starting that process before most dinosaur species even existed."

The implication, the researchers said, is that birds almost certainly did not descend from theropod dinosaurs, such as tyrannosaurus or allosaurus. The findings add to a growing body of evidence in the past two decades that challenge some of the most widely-held beliefs about animal evolution.

"For one thing, birds are found earlier in the fossil record than the dinosaurs they are supposed to have descended from," Ruben said. "That's a pretty serious problem, and there are other inconsistencies with the bird-from-dinosaur theories.

"But one of the primary reasons many scientists kept pointing to birds as having descended from dinosaurs was similarities in their lungs," Ruben said. "However, theropod dinosaurs had a moving femur and therefore could not have had a lung that worked like that in birds. Their abdominal air sac, if they had one, would have collapsed. That undercuts a critical piece of supporting evidence for the dinosaur-bird link.

"A velociraptor did not just sprout feathers at some point and fly off into the sunset," Ruben said.

The newest findings, the researchers said, are more consistent with birds having evolved separately from dinosaurs and developing their own unique characteristics, including feathers, wings and a unique lung and locomotion system.


"We aren't suggesting that dinosaurs and birds may not have had a common ancestor somewhere in the distant past," Quick said. "That's quite possible and is routinely found in evolution. It just seems pretty clear now that birds were evolving all along on their own and did not descend directly from the theropod dinosaurs, which lived many millions of years later."

*eyes rolling*

Of course, as we all know...

"Frankly, there's a lot of museum politics involved in this, a lot of careers committed to a particular point of view even if new scientific evidence raises questions," Ruben said.

We'll just have to be day things will definently take a turn in the right direction.

HT: Voxy

Related posts:

More Bird to Dino BS
Another Strike against Dino to Bird Evolution
Early History of Birds more Diverse than Once Thought
Another Interesting Dino Find