Vampire Bats and — Biomimetics?

Vampire Bats and — Biomimetics?

Vampire Bats and — Biomimetics? Guest article by Cowboy Bob Sorensen   Bats have been given a great deal of negative publicity, especially through media. Although they can be pests, they are beneficial. One way is by eating large numbers of insects. Don’t let the nasty, big, pointy teeth throw you off on some, those can be seen on fruit bats such as the flying fox, a scary looking dude with a wing span that can reach about 5-1/2 feet (1.68 m). (Not to be confused with the Soviet Union’s Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-25 that NATO called the Foxbat.) But most bats are not interested in dealing with people. They are well-designed by their creator, and many have sonar abilities that are amazing to humans. There’s no evidence of evolution, either. Vampire bat / Image Credit: Brock Fenton / National Science Foundation Back in 1968, I was a kid watching the gothic horror soap opera Dark Shadows after school. Barnabas Collins was cursed by Angelique the witch. There was a sound of breaking glass, a big vampire bat attacked him. Normal bats don’t break windows, fly slowly (with the aid of wires on a pole), and zero in on the neck while the victim stand there yelling, “No! Get away from me!” (he should have smacked it silly). Anyway, Barnabas let it bite him, he died, and came back as a vampire. Actually, vampire legends vary around the world, and vampire bat attacks are seldom mentioned in them. Probably because the critters live in a comparatively small area in the tropics, and only three species of bats are vampires. None are...
Is Racism in Our DNA? Guest article

Is Racism in Our DNA? Guest article

Is Racism in Our DNA? By Cowboy Bob Sorensen In late June of 2015, American President Barack Obama was interviewed and in the discussion included the murder of church people in Charleston, South Carolina. He said that “the legacy of slavery, Jim Crow, discrimination in almost every institution of our lives — that casts a long shadow and that’s still part of our DNA that’s passed on”. It may be considered to be in poor taste to disagree with the President, but I reckon that science trumps his opinion. Image Credit: NIST.gov While DNA carries the code for much of who we are, including height, skin tone, eye color, some personality traits, overall physical appearance, and so on, I don’t recollect ever seeing hard evidence that supports Obama’s remark. Racism is certainly a part of human history going a long way back. People will find all sorts of reasons to justify despising someone that is different. There are white people who will show bias against other whites of different nationalities. For example, I remember the “Polack jokes” where Polish people were considered stupid (conveniently ignoring Nicolas Copernicus, Marie Curie and other brilliant Poles), and English people told me Irish jokes that were transplanted Polish jokes. There is black-on-black discrimination as well. Evolution has been used to justify “scientific racism”. I’ve been on the receiving end of snide remarks because I live in the northern part of the United States and some people further south chose to detest me for it. Also, you can see comments based on nationalism, how “the rest of the world has contempt for people in...
Geodetective’s New Car

Geodetective’s New Car

A friend of mine on YouTube, Geo Detective, has been posting a whole mess of excellent, short videos, entitled “Evolution: The Evidence.”  Short, profound and provocative, his most recent one posted tonight nicely highlights one of my more favourite arguments with regards to intelligent design: the car. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TS4BDprGhiE Watch the full 1:39 in all its glory, and then chime in the comments on his video, or down below: Would is new car require intelligent...
Dr. Kenneth Miller: Ignoring the facts?

Dr. Kenneth Miller: Ignoring the facts?

Just days ago, author John Leonard penned an open letter to geneticists Dr. Francis Collins and Dr. Kenneth Miller, found here. Dr. Miller kindly responded to Leonard’s letter and Leonard posted it on his blog yesterday. Many of Mr. Miller’s comments need no response, and in fact I felt he did everyone a good service in clarifying his position on several elements of his evolution faith, and graciously correcting Mr. Leonard’s misunderstandings of the evidence, and of evolution. Many other comments were simply blanket statements repeating the typical evolutionary mantra, as wrong as they are. However, several of his comments made a seemingly compelling argument in favour of evolution and refuting intelligent design. These comments were either in error, or glossed over several significant and serious hurdles to evolutionism. This was especially true with regards to the “chromosome fusion” argument, and as we have devoted multiple show segments and even entire shows of Genesis Week to this evolutionary argument, I thought I would post this response. If you’ll recall (or perhaps this is completely new to you), our DNA is stored in several segments, each of which is tightly wound into a bundle called a chromosome. Human chromosomes Our alleged nearest evolutionary ancestors (such as the chimp) have 24 pairs of chromosomes, whereas we have 23. If the great apes and ourselves evolved from a common ape ancestor, then we either should have 24 chromosomes, or evidence that two chromosomes fused to become one in humans. Miller has boldly proclaimed there is good evidence for this fusion, and creationists have already pointed out the outright falacies in the claims...

How Are You Standing Up for Biblical Creation?

Guest article by Cowboy Bob Sorensen We seem to be living in a time of laziness and short attention spans, and it’s getting worse. People want flashy entertainment in movies, but how often do people read books nowadays? For that matter, writers of Weblogs are being advised by experts to keep it short, and if someone writes a detailed comment on a post, they may get a tl;dr (Too long; didn’t read) reply — which was for unnecessarily long, tedious comments, but now it’s thrown around with reckless abandon, even on good comments. I reckon that one problem is that people in today’s society are tightly scheduled, even down to the minute. Another problem that adds to shorter attention spans is social media. (Over at The Question Evolution Project (on Facebook), I can post a link to a brilliant article, and five people click “Like”. Post a picture with a funny caption, and “Likes” can be in double or triple digits.) People like the funny pictures, and the short comments on Twitter, where you can have a serious intellectual argument using bursts of 140 characters or less. Yes, I’m being sarcastic, but some people seem to expect deep stuff on Twitter. Post a link to something outstanding, you may or may not get people clicking on it. Reading and thinking are hard work, it seems. Christians are getting involved in the short attention thing as much as our secular counterparts. If you have the time and attention, do a search of Bible verses that tell us to spend time in the Word, get good teaching, grow in the grace and...