Honolulu Chapter

Dartmouth Physicist: When Science Shades Over Into Faith – Evolution News & Views

December 20, 2014

Marcelo Gleiser is a theoretical physicist at Dartmouth College who treads dangerous ground from time to time. He writes a regular commentary for NPR in which, in the past, he has admitted that even taking the origin of simple life on Earth as a given, the development of complex life poses an additional, extraordinary riddle. With only Darwinian evolution as a resource, to assume that complex biology is out there among the stars as well as on our planet is a tough one to swallow.

Now he provocatively acknowledges that science can shade over into the faith, when scientists cling to ideas beyond the point where the evidence has turned against them:

via Dartmouth Physicist: When Science Shades Over Into Faith – Evolution News & Views.

The racist implications of several common atheist beliefs – Honolulu Church & State | Examiner.com

December 19, 2014

“At some future period not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate and replace the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes…will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest Allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as the baboon, instead of as now between the Negro or Australian and the gorilla” (Charles Darwin,”The Descent of Man”, 1874, p. 178).

via The racist implications of several common atheist beliefs – Honolulu Church & State | Examiner.com.

Reasons To Believe : Science and Faith: An Interview with a Biochemist

December 7, 2014

“‘Through RTB’s Visiting Scholar Program, we often have the pleasure of hosting and working with experts in various fields of study. Earlier this year, RTB welcomed Dr. Russ Carlson, a biochemist who has contributed to important research on complex carbohydrates and taught at the University of Georgia for 26 years. Russ received his PhD in biochemistry from the University of Colorado in 1976, and currently serves as an emeritus professor of biochemistry and molecular biology and of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.”

via Reasons To Believe : Science and Faith: An Interview with a Biochemist.

Layers of information in DNA evidence of design | Counting to God

December 7, 2014

“This week I want to focus on their lesser known but equally stunning announcement in December 2012 – DNA contains two layers of information.

How can chance build a code with more than one layer of information? Physicist Rob Sheldon is reminded of a Bach fugue that can be played by flipping the music upside-down on the music stand. That’s a highly designed, incredible piece of music.”

Layers of information in DNA evidence of design | Counting to God.

Duality in the human genome

November 30, 2014

Very interesting recent genetic discoveries:

“According to the researchers, mutations of genes are not randomly distributed between the parental chromosomes. They found that 60 percent of mutations affect the same chromosome set and 40 percent both sets. Scientists refer to these as cis and trans mutations, respectively. Evidently, an organism must have more cis mutations, where the second gene form remains intact. “It’s amazing how precisely the 60:40 ratio is maintained. It occurs in the genome of every individual – almost like a magic formula,” says Hoehe. The 60:40 distribution ratio appears to be essential for survival. “This formula may help us to understand how gene variability occurs and how it affects gene function.”

Duality in the human genome.

The Real Barrier to Unguided Human Evolution – Biologic Institute

November 27, 2014

Very important observations by Dr. Ann Gauger, reflecting on mutation rates calculations by Durrett and Schmidt. Tens of thousands of mutations (minimally) are required for the transition from a chimp-like creature to a human. Yet:

“They calculated it would take six million years for a single base change to match the target and spread throughout the population, and 216 million years to get both base changes necessary to complete the eight base binding site. Note that the entire time span for our evolution from last common ancestor with chimps to estimated to be about six million years. Time enough for one mutation to occur and be fixed, by their account.”

So we need tens of thousands of mutations, and the time available allows for ONE! What does this tell us?

via The Real Barrier to Unguided Human Evolution – Biologic Institute.

The importance of having a narrative when confronting the assumption of naturalism | Wintery Knight

November 16, 2014

“It falls to us Christian theists, then, to hold them accountable for their abuse and misrepresentation of science. And that means telling the story of the progress of science accurately, and accurately calling out the religion of naturalism for what it is – a religion rooted in blind faith and ignorance that has been repeatedly and convincingly falsified by the progress of science in the modern era.

Positive arguments for Christian theism:

The kalam cosmological argument and the Big Bang theory

The fine-tuning argument from cosmological constants and quantities

The origin of life, part 1 of 2: the building blocks of life

The origin of life, part 2 of 2: biological information

The sudden origin of phyla in the Cambrian explosion

Galactic habitable zones and circumstellar habitable zones

Irreducible complexity in molecular machines

The creative limits of natural selection and random mutation

Angus Menuge’s ontological argument from reason

Alvin Plantinga’s epistemological argument from reason

William Lane Craig’s moral argument

via The importance of having a narrative when confronting the assumption of naturalism | Wintery Knight.