Archive for October, 2012

University Student: Change in Gene Frequency = Evolution

Mary Jo & I recently had 2 weeks of speaking at 3 universities in Minnesota. We had about 1.5 hours of presentations each night, then at least as long, or longer, times of questions and answers.

We had a lot of good interest and quite a few students expressed their gratitude that we came to speak. Several said the programs were a big help and a breath of fresh air. Of course, as usual, we had our “fan club” of die-hard atheists who came to protect their turf! That always made for lively discourse.

One skeptic said that evolution is basically changes in gene frequency. Therefore, since this is happening daily, it demonstrates that evolution is true. First of all, that is a very narrow definition of evolution and cannot be extrapolated to prove cells can turn into people. The different dog breeds from Chihuahuas to Great Danes do demonstrate changes in gene frequency, but not evolution in the broader sense. The reason for this is that the genetic information for the different breed characteristics is already present in the genetic pool of the basic dog kind. When dog breeders are at work, they are selecting traits that are already exhibited in the genetic pool. So, we can say there is no evolution because there is no new genetic “stuff.” It was already there. Evolutionists have to explain where all that genetic variability came from in the first place.

In fact, evolutionists have to explain how no genetic information in the very raw material that “accidentally” formed the first cell managed to expand to the millions of volumes of encyclopedic genetic information that is in the DNA of each human cell. This has always been a nagging difficulty for evolutionists.

It is pure speculation that the type of minor variations, such as those observed in the various characteristics of dog breeds, could potentially mount up over vast eons of time to allow goo to turn into you by way of the zoo. So rather than a demonstration of evolution, the extrapolation of the data is merely a demonstration of the faith of the evolutionist.

 

Dave Nutting

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Computer Woes

 

Have you ever taken your car to a mechanic to have it repaired, only to have it quit “ailing” as soon as you get it to the shop? The mechanic then has the problem of trying to fix something that isn’t showing symptoms, and has to base his diagnosis on hearsay.

I had something similar happen to me just recently with my work computer. It was freezing up and jumping from window to window. I tried several fixes on my own, but to no avail, and so I took it to a computer repair shop. After backing up all the documents, the first thing the technician did was reinstall Windows 7, which meant losing all the downloaded programs on the computer. He then ran the computer, which seemed to be working fine.

So I took the computer home, put it to work, only to discover it was still doing the same things as before. So it was back to the shop for another diagnosis. Next try was turning a sensitive motion detector off and resetting the main “bios”. I then took it home to find out it was still not working.

So it was back to the shop to replace the memory with some spare memory the technician had on hand. Home again to discover it was still not working. Only thing that hadn’t been changed at this point was the hard drive (that actually tested to be working fine) so we changed it out.

Again, everything was working fine at the shop, but as soon as I got it home and hooked everything up … same problem. So back to the shop to put the other hard drive back in (it still had reloaded documents on it) to save time.  After rebooting the computer, it finally showed the ailing symptoms. It took awhile, but we finally traced down the culprit … it was the software of my mouse! After uninstalling the software, and getting a new mouse, the problem was solved.

Now I am working on getting several key programs working (that worked before, but not now) to get back up to full speed. I have to admit that computer technology has made it easier for communication and developing and presenting information, but sometimes the stress they produce can be borderline exasperating!

 

Lanny Johnson

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Lions, Gazelles and Evolution

 

At one of the universities that we spoke at recently, a paper was circulated in support of evolution. One of the explanations of evolution was natural selection, or more commonly called, the survival of the fittest. The idea presented was that a lion which managed to catch and eat a gazelle just slightly increased the general speed of the population of gazelles by weeding out a slower one.

On the other side, slower lions can’t catch the faster gazelles and consequently do not eat as well. Therefore, they can’t fight off the stronger, well-fed lions in their struggle for a mate.  Therefore the lion’s speed is linked to the gazelle’s speed.

While this type of natural selection seems obvious, it still does not demonstrate evolution, since gazelles remain gazelles and lions remain lions. Also, one might wonder with all those millions of years to perfect their speed, why both lions and gazelles aren’t yet running at the speed of sound! Perhaps the lions or the gazelles should have turned their attention to developing rifles.

By the way, natural selection or survival of the fittest was actually proposed first by a creationist, Edward Blythe, 24 years before Darwin’s publication of his book, On the Origin of Species. (See  the January/February 2000 edition of Think & Believe.)  The idea back then was that natural selection actually is a conservation mechanism to weed out the misfits and to keep the population strong. Minor changes in speed, color changes, etc. are great to talk about. They can play a role in natural selection, but they merely demonstrate variation with the created kinds and not how evolution from cells to people takes place. For more information and articles on natural selection and why this does not prove evolution, go to our website and search for “natural selection.”

 

Dave Nutting

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Designated Infested Water

 

While I was taking a walk at a lake on this speaking trip in Minnesota, I ran across a sign that caught my attention. It said, “THIS IS A DESIGNATED INFESTED WATER.” Now what did that mean? Does this mean it is OK to infest this lake with anything one would choose? Is it safe to live near the lake? What crawls out in the middle of the night? I certainly wondered what would bite or attack me if I dared to swim in this lake.

Milfoil

As I looked into it, this lake received this designation since it harbors what is now considered a noxious weed that grows in the water. It is called milfoil. It was described to me as having a long leafed stem that grows from the lake bottom then tops out on the surface of the water like an umbrella.

I am sure there are valid reasons why it has been labeled noxious, but when I found out what the plant was, the thought came to me that it might provide a wonderful place for big fish to hang out. Wherever they grow, I can imagine an avid fisherman would also be found there. I also found myself daydreaming about the time years ago, when I had hooked a huge fish in a similar fishing environment. If I had been using a heavier line that would not have been so easily broken, I might have seen more than just the tail fin of that fish (a good 8 inches wide). Yep, I wouldn’t mind going back to that noxious weed bed on that lake!

Hey, I know this is a major threat in the lakes that shouldn’t be taken lightly. And yes, I also know this a creationist blog site. However, life isn’t only about arguing with those atheists and evolutionists! It can be about truly enjoying God’s marvelous creation at the end of a fishing rod! Unfortunately, I had to settle for good memories as I didn’t bring my fishing rod on this trip. Bummer! Guess, I had better go prepare for a lecture or write another article!

 

Dave Nutting

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Not Always So Big

 

I have found that there are a lot of misconceptions about dinosaurs. I normally always start off each dinosaur talk showing 2 dinosaurs models (see pictures) – a Stegosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex. After identifying the dinosaurs, and holding up the Stegosaurus, I will ask, “How many of you believe that at one time there was a Stegosaurus this exact size walking upon the earth? If you believe that, raise your hand.” Usually only a very few hands will be raised. Then I ask, “Then how many of you believe that there wasn’t a Stegosaurus this exact size walking upon the earth?”  Normally, a majority of those present will raise their hands.

I will then hold up the T-Rex and repeat the questions.  Again, the majority will vote that there never was a T-Rex that exact size walking upon the earth. I then hold up a replica (exact copy of the real thing) of an Oviraptor egg, explaining that most scientists today believe that dinosaurs were hatched from eggs.

Then I share that a fossilized egg of a Stegosaurus has been found. The scientist knew it was a Stegosaurus because using  x-ray they were able to see the baby Stegosaurus still inside of the egg … and that egg was just a little smaller than my model Stegosaurus. So, yes at one time there was a very small Stegosaurus running around on the earth – when it hatched out of the egg!

Brachiosaurus eggs

Even the very large Brachiosaurus, who grew to be about 80 feet long, came from relatively small eggs (two eggs stuck together in lower right corner of the enclosed picture).

To date, they have never found an egg of T-Rex that they know for sure was a T-Rex. However, by comparing the size of eggs of other dinosaurs that have been found and identified, and then comparing it to the adult dinosaur’s size, and then comparing it to the size of an adult T-Rex, many scientists now believe that when T-Rex hatched out of an egg it was probably about the size of my T-Rex model.

Wow! So if you were able to catch a T-Rex when it hatched out, you could put a collar on it and walk it like a dog … or carry it around on your shoulder like a parrot. But you couldn’t do that for too long, because T-Rex did grow to be a very large dinosaur!

 

Lanny Johnson

 

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Flying Out

Once again, Mary Jo & I boarded the airplane headed to Minnesota to speak at 3 universities. (See the events on our home page to find specifics.)

Getting ready is always an issue. If we were driving, we’d just throw things in the car and head down the road. Of course, the car would have the appearance of an overstuffed storage unit on wheels since “one more thing” doesn’t make much difference. However, even packing for an auto trip isn’t as easy as it sounds but flying out is a different animal altogether.

This time, I added an extra seminar in Minnesota at a church and needed to take more resources for people as it was too late to ship them out. (This is another consideration that auto travel doesn’t require.) That means the suitcases that would normally be used for clothes are now mostly filled with books and videos. Not wanting to break the bank by paying for extra baggage fees, we try to pare that down and stay just under the weight limit. Deciding what will fit and what will stay back makes for interesting discussions between Mary Jo & I. (Are you sure you really want that?????) Our handy dandy “accurate” scale was a big help in keeping us from paying huge oversize fees except for the fact that it gave readings of + or – 4 pounds on the same bag within seconds of each weighing. Oh, well, the bags made it through the check-in process fine so we must have judged the weight correctly.

Our almost 3 year old grandson wanted to come along this morning. As much as we would have loved to take him, there was no room in the suitcase. However, if we had our car…  Anyhow with him along, it would certainly change the flavor of our university lectures coming up this week.

Now that we are here, we must change our focus from the weight of bags to even weightier issues – how to best present the material for the next two weeks so that students can be released from the “heavy burden” of the lie of evolution!

Dave Nutting

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