Discovery Institute Sponsoring Two Darwin vs. Design Conferences

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Lee Strobel, Dr. Michael, Behe, Dr. Stephen Meyer, and Dr. Jay Richards will be the featured speakers at two Discovery Institute sponsored conferences this spring:

The first conference on March 24, 2007 at the Knoxville Convention Center in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The second conference on April 13 and 14 in the McFarlin Auditorium at the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

…Lee Strobel and leading scientists and philosophers as they explore the growing scientific evidence that life and the universe were intelligently designed at this all-day event…


Geology Education for the Future 2007 Conference, July 26-28

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“Geology Education for the Future” is the theme for a new conference designed to gather together the young earth creation geology community. All young earth creation geologists and earth science teachers are urged to attend. Technical and education sessions will be held on the first two days of the conference where professionals can present research, get feedback on new ideas, and develop collaborative relationships with one another. Time is planned for a local geology field trip and group discussion and interaction. General sessions will be held on the last day of the conference. General sessions will be open to the broader public and will cover topics that some professional participants may already be familiar with.

This conference is being jointly sponsored by the Cedarville University Geology Department and Creation Research Science Education Foundation (CRSEF) of Columbus, Ohio.


Sixth International Conference on Creationism 2008

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The Sixth International Conference on Creationism (ICC) will be held 4-6 August, 2008, in San Diego, CA. In continuation of the Fifth ICC, the theme of the Sixth ICC is again Developing and Systematizing the Creation Model of Origins, making the Sixth ICC also a “working” conference.

This will be the first time the ICC is meeting outside of Pittsburgh, PA, which is sponsored by the Creation Science Fellowship of Pittsburgh. Co-sponsor of the 2008 conference is with the Institute for Creation Research’s Graduate School.

Additional information for the conference is available at ICR’s Gradute School website.


Creation Biology Study Group (BSG) 2007 Conference

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The 2007 Creation Biology Study Group (BSG) Conference will be held at Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA on June 13-15, 2007. The conference theme is “All Creation Groans: The Problem of Natural Evil.”

From the BSG conference website:

Our modern world – burdened with disease, suffering, and death – stands in striking contrast to the primordial world pronounced “very good” by its Creator. How could this be? Traditionally, Christians have viewed human sin as the source of suffering in this world, but many still found it difficult to reconcile a good, omnipotent God with the existence of real misery and pain. Modern creationists still struggle with this issue, especially with the source of particular kinds of suffering: disease, predation, and parasites. Join us at the 2007 BSG conference “All Creation Groans: The Problem of Natural Evil,” as we explore this challenging subject.

Be sure to visit the Creation Biology Study Group website for additional information.


The Current Status of Baraminology

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by Todd C. Wood
CRS Quarterly, Volume 43 Number 3, December 2006, pp. 149-158.

The biosystematic method of baraminology has grown significantly in the past decade. Its conceptual foundations were discussed in the evolution/creation debates of the nineteenth century, long before Frank Lewis Marsh coined the term baramin in 1941. Currently, baraminology has been applied to dozens of groups, and the results of 66 baraminology studies are summarized and evaluated here. Though bias in group and character selection prevents firm conclusions, it appears at this time that Price’s suggestion that the family is an approximation of the “created kind” may be correct. Criticisms of baraminology from evolutionists and creationists alike can be resolved with further research. Whatever its future, baraminology is at present a useful tool for investigating God’s biological creation.

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More Precise Calculations of the Cost of Substitution

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by Walter ReMine
CRS Quarterly, Volume 43 Number 2, September 2006, pp. 111-120.

This paper extends the applicability and accuracy of the cost of substitution beyond its traditional range, and demonstrates a useful calculation method. Using my previous clarification of the fundamental cost concept, this paper derives a method for computing the cost of substitution under wide genetic circumstances, including haploids; and diploids with varying degrees of dominance, inbreeding, and with a sex-linked locus. Unlike the traditional approaches, this method is accurate even under fluctuations in parameter values (such as population size, selection coefficient, dominance, and inbreeding coefficient). To display general- purpose results, the parameters are then held constant, and the total cost of substitution is graphed. This includes cases where the selection coefficient is not small and where the traditional equations become highly inaccurate. It is shown that neither environmental change nor soft selection reduces cost problems, at least in single substitutions.

Note added in publication: This paper offers previously unpublished clarifications, derivations and graphs, and refutes widely accepted solutions to a central problem in evolutionary genetics known as Haldane’s Dilemma. It was submitted to the journal Theoretical Population Biology, where all the peer-reviewers found no errors. Nonetheless, they rejected it from publication on the grounds that it is not a “sufficient advance,” and “there is little interest in this subject today among population biologists; it is one of those subjects which has sunk almost beyond trace.” This has all been very unfortunate, as there continues to be widespread misunderstanding within the scientific community regarding these important matters, even among those who have studied the cost literature for years. It is hoped that the clarifications presented in this paper will eventually reach the greater scientific community.

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The Specified Complexity of Retinal Imagery

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by David E. Stoltzmann
CRS Quarterly, Volume 43 Number 1, June 2006, pp. 4-12.

An optical image is a very organized and specified collection of information governed by the laws of optics. The formation of an image, and its correct interpretation by sighted living creatures, is a unique example of the great complexity in the living world. While many other functional features of living organisms are extremely complex and point to the handiwork of a designing God, an optical image demonstrates a unique mapping process of the eye-brain system that is very useful to the organism. The transfer of light from an object scene to a visual detection system involving the eye and brain conveys an enormous amount of information. Unless that information is correctly organized into a useful image, however, the exchange of information is degraded and of questionable use. In this paper I examine the “connections” necessary for images to be interpreted correctly. I also address the additional complexity required for the dual-image mapping involved in stereovision. Statistics are presented for “simple eyes” consisting of a few pixels to illustrate the daunting task facing random-chance, purposeless, undirected evolution in the origin of any form of a functional eye. It is concluded that evolutionary processes cannot account for the perception of images by living organisms and that only a creator could produce complex visual systems.

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Why Mammal Body Hair Is an Evolutionary Enigma

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by Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.

Mammal body hair is a complex structure that involves several basic parts, including a shaft, a root, and a follicle. The most common theory currently in vogue is that hair evolved from reptile scales. Although both scales and hair preserve well in the fossil record, especially in amber, no evidence of hair evolution has been found after more than a century of searching. Another problem is that all primates have thick, coarse hair called fur, and explanations as to how this fur was lost in human evolution are deficient and contradictory.

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