Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Kim Jong Un, Evolution & the End of the World

If you are reading this, congratulations for surviving the "end of the world" (9/23/17).  Not only did Kim Jong Un call the President a "dotard" he is threatening to destroy America.  Will these provocations lead to total nuclear war and the End Of The World (#EOTW) as we know it?  What would REM say? 

Kim Jong Un's father Kim Jong-il was the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) from 1994 until 2011 and said this regarding evolution:

Independence is an attribute of man, the social being; it should not be viewed as the development to perfection of a natural, biological attribute of living matter.   This is, in essence, an evolutionary viewpoint.  Of course, we do not deny evolutionism itself.  Science has long established the fact that man is a product of ages of evolution.  Man is a product of evolution, but not his independence.   Independence is a social product.  Independence is an attribute given to man by society, not nature; it is not a natural gift, but has been formed and developed socially and historically.

For more on Kim Jong Il be sure to check out DearReader by Michael Malice.  If we are truly reaching the terminal point of Earth, that brings up the question of how long ago did it start.  Our book YES - Young Earth Science argues against mainstream science and billions of years and provides convincing evidence that our beautiful planet is only thousands of years old. 

Monday, August 28, 2017

Google’s Ideological Echo Chamber, James Damore & YOU

James Damore, a senior software engineer who had worked at Google since  2013, posted a memo on a Google discussion board and got canned.  Damore has a master’s degree in systems biology from Harvard.  His ordeal has aroused some very lively conversations, but how many people have bothered to read the actual memo?

Does bias cloud our thinking about diversity and inclusion.  What about Young Earth Science (YES) inclusion?  Let's have diversity of views presented on the age-of-the-earth controversy!  Natural Selection anyone?

Damore says, "Psychological safety is built on mutual respect and acceptance, but unfortunately our culture of shaming and misrepresentation is disrespectful and  unaccepting of anyone outside its echo chamber."  Amen!  Please quit shaming YES advocates with the tag "flat-earther."

Damore continues, "Political orientation is actually a result of deep moral preferences and thus biases.  Considering that the overwhelming majority of the social sciences, media, and Google lean left, we should critically examine these prejudices ..."  True enough‼

If you google "biological essentialism" you will get gender topics on the first page of your results.  Damore points out that women generally exhibit a greater degree of, "Openness directed towards feelings and aesthetics rather than ideas.   Women generally also have a stronger interest in people rather than things, relative to men."  He further states that, "Women on average are more  cooperative [than men]."
Biological Essentialism also has another reference - the idea that Essential Types of Life (ETL's) are stable.  Kangaroos reproduce "Roos" and pangolins make more pangolins.  I deal with this engaging topic in chapter three of my book YES- Young Earth Science.

In the section titled "Why we're blind" Damore himself is apparently unaware of his own slant on science, "We all have biases and use motivated reasoning to dismiss ideas that run counter to our internal values.  ... some on the Right deny science that runs counter to the 'God > humans > environment' hierarchy (e.g., evolution and climate change) ..."  But what if evolution is wrong?

Damore makes a significant point, "In highly progressive environments, conservatives are a minority that feel like they need to stay in the closet to avoid open hostility.  We should empower those with different ideologies to be able to express themselves."  Tell it like it is.  This includes those who deny Darwinism.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Coal, Science Bias and Wal-Mart

"I'm Just an Old Chunk of Coal (But I'm Gonna Be a Diamond Someday)" was written and originally recorded by Billy Joe Shaver, but became a big hit (#4 on the charts) when John Anderson released it.
But that raises the question, "How long does it take for coal to form?"  In the early 1980's chemists at Argonne National Laboratory created  artificial coal from naturally occurring materials.  They demonstrated that the coal formation process was much less severe than formerly thought.

E.A. Newell Arber (d. 1918) was a Professor at the University of Cambridge with a focus in paleobotany and wrote The Natural History of Coal.  Arber concluded that the close association of some coal seams with sandstones, shales and conglomerates provides "evidence of the rapid formation of coal." [1]

Many scientists have a bias against Young Earth Science (YES).  This is also common among academics and journalists.  CatherineBennett wrote a piece in the Guardian titled "The BBC’s fixation on ‘balance’ skews the truth" where she showed disrespect for the young earth viewpoint.

In contrast, Melvin Bragg (Chancellor of the University of Leeds) hosted a BBC radio program on the Age of the earth. [2]  Several comments supported YES.  There were apparently seven who favored YES and seven who agreed with the Old Earth view.  Is the BBC pro-YES?  Maybe not, but at least they gave the YES advocates an opportunity to argue their case.

I hope Catherine Bennett gets a copy of my book YES - Young Earth Science which defends a youthful world from history and science.  YES, you can even get it from Wal-Mart (online).


Notes:
1) The Natural History of Coal by E.A. Newell Arber (Cambridge Univ. Press, London, 1912), p. 133.

2) YES - YoungEarth Science by Jay Hall (IDEAS, Big Spring, TX, 2014), p. 190.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

My Chimp Has a Stone Toolbox

Earlier this month the New York Supreme Court rejected a claim by an advocacy group that two chimps held in captivity should be treated like legal persons.  The Nonhuman Rights Project sought to free the chimps from their human owners (chimps are people too).

Does your chimp own a stone toolbox with power drills and vise-grips?  Does your pet chimp use stone tools to butcher deer (or dinos)?  When did man first use stone tools?  Go ahead and guess ... ... ...

[insert Jeopardy tune ♫]

Here we see butcher marks on a 3.4M year old bone found in Dikika, Ethiopia.  Until recently, the earliest known stone tools were 2.6M years old.  That's a difference of 800K years!  We would place doubt on the dating methods and state that the butcher marks points to human action.
In our book YES -Young Earth Science we have a whole chapter showing the flaws of radiometric dating (radioactive dating, radiodating).  Be sure to visit our website early and often (TotalYouth.us).  Also, please check out our videos and podcast.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dub Step Earth & the Rise of Rapid Plate Movements (RPM's)

Do you feel the drift?  Is it possible for continental drift to happen much faster than most allow?  Hear our groundbreaking podcast here (iTunes users  here).  Richard Moody who has a Masters degree in Geology (SUNY - Albany) believes that plates may move fast, up to 100 times current rates (~4cm/yr.).*  We call this Rapid Plate Movements (RPM's).

Pioneer continental drift advocate Alfred Lothar Wegener (d. 1930) had a Ph.D. in Astronomy (University of Berlin) and assumed that Europe and North America were quite close to each other during the ice age.  Given the mainstream date that the ice age ended 10K years ago, that comes out to plate movements of 1,500 feet each year!  RPM indeed.

James Head  in a paper in Nature, proposes that there was a great flood on Venus and that it has experienced “rapid plate tectonics.”  Could the same RPM’s have occurred on Earth?

Charles Hapgood who wrote Maps of the Ancient Sea Kings advocated catastrophic pole shifts for the Earth.  Hapgood’s work was the basis for the disaster film 2012 directed by Roland Emmerich.  Even Stephen Jay Gould suggested that this theory deserves a fair hearing and should not be dismissed out of hand.  Can the pole shift idea be rehabilitated by combining it with plate tectonics?  Albert Einstein wrote the Foreword to Hapgood’s book on pole shift and met him in 1955.

The New Yorker in 2015 had an article on how the Cascadia plate is likely to move coastal Washington and Oregon about 100 feet in just minutes.  Seattle and Portland could be destroyed.  The likely 9.2 magnitude earthquake could be coming to the Pacific Northwest soon.  Shepard Smith (FOX) dealt with this eminent danger in an interview with Michio Kaku.   

Can you move as fast as Bruce Lee?  Can you move as quick as the earth?  Richard Oldham was a British geologist who was the first to distinguish P-waves, S-waves and surface waves.  His report on the 1897 Assam earthquake described the Chedrang fault, with uplift up to 35 feet and ground movements greater than Earth's own gravitational acceleration.  Some ruptures may move as fast as 13K mph!

In the scifi film JapanSinks, the reality of Rapid Plate Movements (RPM's) was presented with great dramatic style.  It was long thought that many geologic features took a long time to form.  Now it is generally regarded that most strata were made in a rapid, catastrophic fashion, such as turbidites.  Why has the catastrophic paradigm not been applied to plate tectonics?  Go RPM's!


*much of the material for this post is from YES - Young Earth Science, ch. 6,
be sure to visit our podcast page >> YES - Young Earth Podcast 

Friday, April 21, 2017

Fake News vs. the Kool-Aid Acid Test

               >> Fake News versus the Volcano of Truth <<
                        OR ... Who's Afraid of Tom Wolfe?

President Donald Trump spoke to a huge crowd in Melbourne, Florida (Feb. 18, 2017) and made this insightful declaration regarding the dominant media which occasionally gets the tag "fake news":

They have their own agenda and their agenda is not your agenda.  In fact, Thomas Jefferson said, “nothing can be believed which is seen in a newspaper.”  “Truth itself,” he said, “becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle,” that was June 14, my birthday, 1807.   But despite all their lies, misrepresentations, and false stories, they could not defeat us in the primaries ...  We are not going to let the fake news tell us what to do, how to live, or what to believe.  We are free and independent people and we will make our own choices.

David Klinghoffer offers a solution to the conundrum of fake reporting:

Since few of us have the resources to verify any of this with first-hand information, must it come down to a question of which side you trust least? ... what’s needed is some sort of independent metric for weighing the credibility of at least one side in the standoff over media truthfulness.

Is there such a thing as an unbiased slide-rule when it comes to mainstream journalism?  Klinghoffer himself fails to refer to the strong case for Young Earth Science (YES), even though he  mentions the young earth view.  Has he read my book?  YES -Young Earth Science contains over 450 footnotes and more than 130 charts, graphs and illustrations.  This work was dedicated to David B. Kitts (d. 2010) who wrote one of the few books dealing specifically with the Philosophy of Geology (The Structure of Geology).  Kitts studied with Theodosius Dobzhansky for a short time and later switched to Paleontology and was supervised by George Gaylord Simpson.
Of course, if this lovely world is youthful (thousands and not billions of years old), then evolution must go out the window.  The deification of Darwin must finally reach its just deserved final defenestration.
But who is wise enough to reject the established dogma of Darwinism?  Tom  Wolfe is a journalist and the author of The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, The Bonfire of the Vanities and The Right Stuff.  Who's afraid of the following radical declaration from Wolfe?

I came to the conclusion that Darwinism, the theory of evolution, is another myth. … And it’s no use saying that human beings evolved from animals, because they’re creatures with totally different powers.  If you have the power of speech, that’s also the power of memory ...  Well, I think a lot of people don’t agree with me, but the problem with evolution is, you have to wait six or seven million years.  It’s a little hard to recall.
Is an old earth and evolution fake news?  Time will tell.


note:  the first pic above is Tom Wolfe speaking at the White House (2004)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

YES Sports Fans, there is Young Earth Science (Blake Griffin)

According to Rob Tannenbaum, "Blake Griffin is one of the five or six best players in the NBA, and certainly the funniest ..."   Griffin's father is black  and his mother is white.  Griffin won the slam dunk contest as a rookie and has the special talent of jumping over cars.

In 2014, Griffin was interviewed by Rolling Stone magazine:
You were home-schooled until the seventh grade. Are you Team Creationism or Team Evolution?
"I was raised in a Christian household and went to a Christian high school, so I believe in creationisim, for sure."
So you think the Earth is only 6,000 years old?
"I don't want to do the math, but somewhere around there."
Homeschooling is great and we support the efforts of the new Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to promote school choice:

Let the education dollars follow each child, instead of forcing the child to follow the dollars. This is pretty straightforward. And it’s how you go from a closed system to an open system that encourages innovation. People deserve choices and options.

According to Neal McCluskey (Center for EducationalFreedom),

With federal money comes federal rules, and the point of charter schooling is to have innovative institutions unfettered by red tape and instead held accountable by parents choosing them.  The last thing we want is not just more red tape, but tape from a single dispenser: the federal government.
if you have not had a good laugh lately, don't pass up Blake Griffin's funny commercials!
Be sure to tell your friends about the blockbuster book defending a youthful world from history and science >> YES - Young EarthScience.