Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Catastrophism, China and Cowper's ("Cooper") CAT


In China, tons of soft-bodied organisms similar to the Burgess Shale fossils have been found.  Jellyfish, sea anemones, comb jellies, arthropods and mud dragons were discovered.  These are known as the Qingjiang biota and are dated to the Cambrian Period (518 MOYA).  To preserve soft tissue you must have rapid burial which points to a fast catastrophic event.  If most of the rocks formed rapidly and the alleged time-gaps between the layers are not real (as paraconformities seem to show), then the geological timescale must be revamped. [1]  Young Earth Science (YES) is a viable option and we should challenge "billions of years." 

According to sci-news.com,

The paleontologists were working in the mountains and came down to the banks of the Danshui River, located in Hubei Province, when they noticed some rocks had an odd pin-striped pattern - a telltale sign of layers of mud deposited rapidly by ancient storms ...

But where did the millions and billions of years come from anyway?  Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield wrote a significant history of Deep Time in 1965 (The Discovery of Time).  Titus Lucretius Carus (d. ~55 BC) was a Roman poet and philosopher and tackled the age-of-the-earth controversy.  Toulmin & Goodfield epically fail to reveal that Lucretius acclaimed a youthful world. [2] [3]  They also suppose that fossils and ancient volcanoes pose a problem for young earth supporters. [4]  On the contrary, Lagerstätte (extremely well-preserved fossils such as the Qingjiang biota) and massive volcanism are in line with catastrophism. [5]               

Near the beginning of their book, Toulmin & Goodfield rightfully quote hymn writer William Cowper (d. 1800) who wrote:

Some write a narrative of wars, and feats
Of heroes little known ; and call the rant  
A history ...
Some drill and bore
          The solid earth, and from the strata there
Extract a register, by which we learn.
That he who made it and reveal'd its date
To Moses, was mistaken in its age, 
Some, more acute, and more industrious still,  
Contrive creation; travel nature up ...
Great contest follows, and much learned dust
Involves the combatants; each claiming truth,
And truth disclaiming both.

One of my fave Cowper gems is The Retired Cat:

A poet's cat, sedate and grave
As poet well could wish to have,
          Was much addicted to inquire
        For nooks to which she might retire,
        And where, secure as mouse in chink,
        She might repose, or sit and think ...
        Forth skipp'd the cat, not now replete
        As erst with airy self-conceit,
        Nor in her own fond apprehension
        A theme for all the world's attention ...
        Beware of too sublime a sense
Of your own worth and consequence.
          The man who dreams himself so great,
        And his importance of such weight,
        That all around in all that's done
        Must move and act for him alone,
        Will learn in school of tribulation
        The folly of his expectation.


Notes:
1) YES - Young Earth Science by Jay Hall (IDEAS, Big Spring, TX, 2014), pp. 121-126.
2) The Discovery of Time by Stephen Toulmin and June Goodfield (Harper & Row, NYC, 1965), pp. 47-49.
3) Hall, p. 16.
4) Toulmnin & Goodfield, pp. 141, 142.
5)  Hall, pp. 126, 132, 133.  

*the top graphic has the Chinese word for "fossil"
**MOYA = Millions Of Years Ago

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Origins and the Smithsonian


The Smithsonian is a great place to visit & they have a super magazine!  I grew up in Northern Virginia and went to the museum several times - that's where I saw my 1st moon rock.

They have an article on their site "What Does it Mean to be Human?" that could be greatly improved.  The source is ...

Human Origins Initiative, Broader Social Impacts Committee

Co-chairs: Dr. Connie Bertka and Dr. Jim Miller


Apparently, Bertka & Miller have not read my book YES - Young Earth Science where I argue from history and science for a youthful world and show the flaws of Darwinism (TotalYouth.us).  They totally miss the distinction between historical science and observational science.  They speak of faraway planets ...
Sometimes such observations are direct, like measuring the chemical composition of a rock.  Other times these observations are indirect, like determining the presence of an exoplanet through the wobble of its host star. 
At this point we have neither a time machine nor a History Observation Device (HOD).  So its a great speculation when is comes to Frogs-to-Firemen transformation.  We cannot directly experiment on the alleged evolution of the past.

Bertka & Miller also fail to catch the the full philosophical aspect, but do speak of
 Analytic and synthetic reasoning 
Einstein said this ...

A knowledge of the historic and philosophical background gives that kind of independence from prejudices of his generation from which most scientists are suffering. This independence created by philosophical insight is—in my opinion—the mark of distinction between a mere artisan or specialist and a real seeker after truth.

Berka & Miller completely overlook the Christian foundation of science.

What does it mean to be human?  Alfred Russel Wallace came up with evolution by natural selection before Darwin, according to many.  Wallace held that humans were unique and not related to lower primates.  Human consciousness, morality, walking upright, the human hand, speech and higher intelligence were some of his reasons. [1]

Berka & Miller focus on ...
 Judaism, Christianity, Islam ... But they fail to bring out a key point.  At the end of 2018, the traditional Jewish calendar put the age of the world at 5779 years.  The date from Ussher (not the musician ♫) of 4004 BC for the beginning has been printed in Bibles for hundreds of years.  Islamic tradition states that there is a thousand years between Adam & Noah. [2]  This is consistent with the young earth view.

Berka & Miller speak of ...
historical traditions  ... but do not mention such records that favor a young world.  Robert Kovach wrote Early Earthquakes of the Americas (Cambridge University Press) and investigated Meso-American cultures such as the Aztecs, Incas, Toltecs and Mayans.  Fernando de Alva Cortés Ixtlilxóchitl who died in 1648 was the great-great-grandson of an Aztec ruler and recorded the traditions of ancient Mexican Culture.  Using the beginning of the Toltec era as a starting point, Kovach estimates the beginning of earth to around 3566 BC to 4190 BC. [3]
    

Note:
1)  our new book documents this, it should be coming out in the next few months, keep an eye on our website >> TotalYouth.us    
2)  ibid.
3)  Early Earthquakes of the Americas by Robert Kovach (Cambridge Univ. Press, 2004), pp. 36, 37.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

The Real Truth about the Age-of-the-Earth Controversy (sin fake news)


What is Young Earth Science (YES)?  How old is the world?  Are radiometric dating methods reliable?  Is Darwinism substantiated by scientific evidence and valid arguments?  How does the Renaissance of Catastrophism (the view that most rocks were formed rapidly) relate to the age of the Earth?  Has plate tectonics (Continental Drift) occurred more rapidly in the past?  These and other queries are answered in this exciting new fully documented work, YES - Young Earth Science.  This widely illustrated book features support from history, philosophy, geology, biology and physics.  Discover this creative and multidisciplinary approach which provides affirmation that this planet is thousands of years old and not billions.  Omniculturalism (looking for the good, true and beautiful from all cultures in all times) favors Catastrophism which supports the young earth stance.  This valuable anti-bullying tool provides the scientific grounds for YES.  Many who harshly ridicule young earth theory need to read this book and learn the genuine empirical warrant for YES.  YES - Young Earth Science contains over 450 footnotes and more than 130 charts, graphs and illustrations.  Although some parts are more technical, this book is for all readers with a general science background.

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Sunday, December 30, 2018

The Overthrust Enigma


How could older rocks move over younger rocks for a distance of over 100 km?  J. G. C. Anderson describes the Glarus overthrust in the Swiss Alps where older rocks are on top of younger layers:

... the main contacts between nappes [thrust sheets] are often remarkably smooth; for example, along the famous Glarus overthrust Permian red beds overlie Lower Tertiary flysch [shale/conglomerate mix], the zone of disturbance being exceedingly thin, even of the order of 10 cm. [1]

And as we see in the pic above sometimes the contact at the Glarus Overthrust is knife edge in certain locations!  That is, it appears to be continuously deposited.

We seem to have two options, a catastrophic explanation or this is the order they were actually deposited and the geologic column is refuted (Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian etc.).  I deal with these alleged overthrusts in my book YES - Young Earth Science. [2]

There are a number of overthrusts around the world where old strata lay on top of younger rocks.  In a number of cases these extend many miles with no evidence of movement at the contact.  Native American scholar Vine Deloria comments,

This concept has been liberally applied when the fossils do not line up in a coherent evolutionary sequence, even when there has been no evidence that strata have been disturbed.  Overthrust is thus often used to hide anomalies and explain inconsistencies in the progression of fossils. [3]
 
Vine Deloria offered these perceptive remarks on overthrusts:

The rocks are not always found in the proper order; sometimes a formation has simpler fossils on the top and more complex ones on the bottom.  To solve this problem, geologists invented the “overthrust.”  This term is applied to formations in which, in theory, some layers of older strata are pushed up over younger strata, disrupting the sequence of fossils.  This concept has been liberally applied when the fossils do not line up in a coherent evolutionary sequence, even when there has been no evidence that strata have been disturbed. [4]

Writing in 1908, Thomas Mellard Reade had this to say about the geological paradox of large overthrusts:

In attempts to unravel some of the weightier problems of geology it has lately been assumed that certain discordances of stratification are due to the thrusting of old rocks over those of a later geological age.  Without in any way suggesting that the geology has in any particular instance been misread, I should like to point out the difficulties in accepting the explanation looked at from a dynamical point of view when applied on a scale that seems to ignore mechanical probabilities. ...  I venture to think that no force applied in any of the mechanical ways known to us in Nature would move such a mass, be it ever so adjusted in thickness to the purpose, even if supplemented with a lubricant generously applied to the thrust-plane. [5]

Has the problem had a definitive solution with over a century of research on the issue?  Fridtjof Riis, who is a senior geologist at the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate and a recipient of the Brøgger Prize (Geological Survey of Norway’s honors award), gives the answer.  He is totally honest about the overthrust enigma:

A thrust nappe consists of rocks that have been pushed several kilometers.  The lower boundary of a thrust nappe is defined by a thrust fault. ... A typical thrust nappe rests more or less horizontally on top of a younger sequence of strata.  ... What kind of forces were able to push large mountain masses more than a hundred kilometers on top of younger layers? ... Two mountains stand out as the  Scandinavian reference sites [Norway/Sweden] of thrust nappes where older types of bedrock lie on top of Cambro-Silurian sedimentary rocks. ... the thrust nappes on the Norwegian side must have been transported at least 100 kilometers relative to the Swedish Cambro-Silurian sequence.  ... to many people it seemed physically impossible that such large distance thrust faulting could have taken place.


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Notes:
1) The Structure of Western Europe by J. G. C. Anderson (Pergamon, NYC, 1978), p. 160.
2) YES - Young Earth Science by Jay Hall (IDEAS, Big Spring, TX, 2014), pp. 106-108, 141, 175.
3) Evolution, Creationism and Other Modern Myths by Vine Deloria (Fulcrum Pub., Golden, CO, 2002), p. 92.
4) Ibid.
5) quoted in The Structure of Geology by David Kitts (SMU Press, Dallas, 1977), pp. 79, 80.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

To Earth with Love ♫



True Earth

See the shouting of the earth
I think he's angry at fake worth
They find it hard to see what's blurred
Overshadowed by the youthful neworld
Who is that thinking near real history?
I think they'd like to eat the mystery
Her recent scar is just and deep
It needs no mask, its doom will keep
Big Tek brings such a ban
a pet turtle and lots of spam
The turtle seeks true free speech
Especially ones they do not teach
The earth shudders at the ancient critical
He wants our gang to pump up analytical

  -- ice-j (11/14/18)

Thursday, October 11, 2018

In Case You Missed It - YES means "Yes"


A recent study on a Pre-Cambrian organism sheds a bright light on the age-of-the-earth debate:

Russian doctoral student Ilya Bobrovskiy and a research team of Professor Jochen Brocks from the Australian National University carefully collected organically preserved specimens of Dickinsonia from steep cliffs of the 558-million-year-old White Sea area of Russia.  From the thin layers of organic material on these specimens the scientists could extract biomarkers that specify the type and amount of steroid lipids that were present in Dickinsonia. ... they found a very high amount (85-93 percent) of C27 cholesteroids, which is considered to be a hallmark of animal cells.

Hold the phones!  I thought organics don't last M's of years?? [1]  Let's go with the evidence and question the dating method.

Research published this year detailed the discovery of a 210M year old pterosaur found in Utah.  This puts the oldest pterosaur 65M years before the prior estimate.  If all Essential Type of Life (ETL's) existed at the same time this is exactly what we would expect - it's called range extension. [2]  Chapter 3 of our book YES - Young Earth Science explains ETL's.

A paper published earlier this year in Nature disclosed findings about a 240M year old lizard.  That's 75M years older than what was previously thought.  Another range extension!

Apparently, these scientists have not read YES - Young Earth Science to discover the powerful evidence from history, philosophy, biology, geology and physics for a youthful world.

Be sure to visit our site early and often ...
   TotalYouth.us ==> "for Total truth, support earth's Youth"


Notes:
1) YES - Young Earth Science by Jay Hall (IDEAS, Big Spring, TX, 2014), pp. 17-19.
2) Ibid., pp. 165-167, 172-174.

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Net Censorship and the End of a Young Earth


As far as the mass of the people go, the extraordinary swings of opinion which occur nowadays, the emotions which can be turned on and off like a tap, are the result of newspaper and radio [& now TV & the Net] hypnosis.
  - George Orwell (author of Animal Farm & 1984)

Are Google, facebook, YouTube and Twitter trying to take over popular thought?  Now, certain political views are censored, but what's next?  The definition of marriage, religious doctrine, alternative opinions on controversial scientific issues (e.g. climate change) etc.

Journalistic bias is rampant and the "tek giants" have a virtual monopoly on the internet-of-ideas (IOI).  Mike Adams (NaturalNews.com, Censored.news, REAL.video) has produced an explosive report documenting net censorship. 

For example, here is a list of 55 serious errors, poor journalism and fact-checking epic fails in media reporting just about President Trump alone!  This includes the recent Time magazine cover with the crying Honduran child who was actually  never separated from her mother.  Mainstream media often calls the alternative media "fake news."  But who defines the alleged "fakeness" of alleged news?

To whom are the internet fact-checkers and moderators accountable to (SPLC, SNOPES, Politifact)?  The establishment media is losing audience at a rapid rate.  Is their only hope of survival crushing the opposition of conservatives, non-PC voices, #MAGA hats, Christians, Libertarians and so-called "haters" into silence?  Will the Drudge Report survive?  According to Mike Adams,

Maintaining monopoly control over cultural narratives is crucial for commanding primary influence over the worldview held by news consumers, whose beliefs, opinions and “realities” are largely shaped by the news to which they are subjected.

Is CNN, ABC and the like really just indoctrination and propaganda?  Do you think of YouTube as a public utility?  Adams has proposed a number of solutions to Techno-Tyranny through legislative and regulatory actions to halt the censorship of independent media (p. 53+).  Remember James Damore, who was fired from Google?  Adams has nailed it in describing the problem:

The highest priority of news monopolists is to silence independent, opposing voices that encourage individuals to “snap out” of their numbed, passive acquiescence to mainstream news narratives.

One perspective often ignored is that history, philosophy and science definitely favor a young earth (TotalYouth.us).  Have you ever heard of Steven Fielding,  who was an Australian Senator from Victoria and leader of the Family First Party?  He supports the young earth position. 

Kip Hansen in an article last month, "GOOGLE and the ‘adjustment’ of inconvenient viewpoints, especially climate," points out that net censorship may eventually target Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain and Charles Darwin.  Hansen also specifically mentions that the young earth topic has a potential of being banned.  He has studied a number of scientific controversies where "...  one side seems to have an accepted consensus view but also has a vital and strong contrarian view that is solidly scientifically supported."    

An error I spotted in Adams' report is about the Flat Earth Myth (FEM) which is on page 28.    
   
Let us all seek mutual understanding through a Worldview of Wisdom (#WOW)  by dealing with opposing views via respectful dialog and debate.  Feedback (pro or con) is most welcome:  YoungEarthScience@yahoo.com

note:  our blog in May of this year also touched on free speech