Monday, November 9, 2020

Fake Science News of Phosphine on Venus Overturned

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

So many times, the secular science industry galloping for the fences with "news" supporting minerals-to-machinist evolution. Unfortunately, some biblical creationists are not grounded in the faith or knowledgeable about science, and they panic. "This can be refuted, right?" For example, alleged signs of life on Venus.

Remember the excitement a spell back about indications of life on Venus? While silly from the start, that research has now been shown to be faulty.
Original image before tampering from NASA / JPL-Caltech
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Something I've cautioned many times is to take it slow and wait. Many new discoveries don't pass the smell test, and end up being discarded later. (Part of the problem there is the secular science industry's lapdog media going for the big sensational story.) Critical thinking and some rational creation science articles help, of course. Most of all, have your faith grounded in the Word, not the ever-changing whims of man-made science philosophies, you savvy?

Elsewhere, I posted links to articles about the stench of presumed life on Venus. The hands at the Darwin Ranch were as excited as election-stealing Democrats (most of them are leftists anyway). You know how they are with circular reasoning, fundamentally flawed presuppositions, poor logic, incomplete or faulty research, and so on. From there, they foolishly extrapolate that if there's a hit of evolution, there is no God, so we're not accountable for our sinful lives.

It turns out that the research itself is what stank, not the reported phosphine. Seems that some other scientists said, "Rein in that horse, Hoss!" They examined the information and said, "Not hardly!" The report was ridiculous and the research was faulty. Yippie ky yay, secularists! For more information, see "Strong Doubts Arise About the Reported Phosphine Biosignature in the Atmosphere of Venus".

Saturday, October 10, 2020

Obey the Consensus Because Experts are Smarter than You

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

We have seen numerous example of how people are unwilling, even unable, to think rationally and challenge assertions. Many are willing to follow what "scientists say", but this is often a cessation of thought. Worse is appealing to the majority — the so-called consensus.

Not only do secularists and political groups appeal to consensus in many areas, but they discourage people from thinking for themselves.
Original image: Unsplash / Jo-Anne McArthur, modified at Big Huge Labs

Let's mount up and ride to the top of yonder hill and get the bigger picture. Dr. Michael Crichton had some excellent statements about how science and consensus are mutually exclusive. While there is a consensus on many things, those things are not necessarily ironclad facts. Also, the consensus is often wrong and even biased:

  • Geocentrism (the earth stands still while the sun, moon and stars orbit it) was the prevalent view for a mighty long time
  • Things burned because they had phlogiston in them
  • Ignaz Semmelweis determined that doctors should wash their hands, but was ridiculed
  • Piltdown Man fooled the scientific establishment for over 40 years
  • The idea that birds evolved into dinosaurs is baseless conjecture, and although there is a "consensus", not all evolutionists have accepted this position
  • Lockdowns regarding the Wuhan virus were required, which was a consensus among leftists, but probably did little or nothing to contain the disease
  • Anthropogenic climate change is "settled science", so there is no reason to consider facts and arguments presented by non-leftists
Like the Piltdown Man fraud, fake science that has been disproved still makes it into the textbooks, such as Haeckel's embryo drawings. Scientists, like anyone else, have their presuppositions. Materialists presuppose deep time and evolution, then work from there. Why submit diamonds and dinosaur bones for radiocarbon dating, since there will be no trace of it left? When those and other things were finally tested, they indicated ages of far less than the dates assumed and expected by secularists.

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This hatetheist dodged the point of the post,
then indulged in logical fallacies such as
invalid comparisons, conflation, appeal to motive —
and implicitly appealing to consensus
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These presuppositions lead to incomplete research, which in turn often contributes to confirmation bias. When scientists "know" and have "a consensus", they are disinclined to finish their research. They also indulge in circular reasoning by assuming what they want others to believe and then claiming that they have done so. Not hardly!

The article linked below by Dr. Jay Wile (a former atheist) inspired this here article I wrote for y'all. There are three complaints I have. First, he didn't do what I did here by bringing in how evolutionists appeal to consensus. Second, I disagree with his statement about science correcting itself, which is not entirely accurate. Finally, he would have more impact if he was more biblical by using presuppositional apologetics. Aside from those things, I am (obviously) recommending that all y'all take a gander at it.
I have written about a couple of instances where Forbes has censored articles because they disagree with the “scientific consensus” . . . it didn’t surprise me to find that they are now actively trying to discourage people from thinking for themselves. This discouragement comes in the form of a blog article written by Dr. Ethan Siegel, who holds an earned Ph.D. in astrophysics. It is entitled, “You Must Not ‘Do Your Own Research’ When It Comes To Science”.

Dr. Siegel believes that in order to assess any scientific statement, a person must have some expertise in the relevant field. Otherwise, the person’s “research” will only end up confirming what he or she already wants to believe. He writes:
You can finish reading by visiting "Forbes Tells You Not To Think For Yourself". You'll thank me later.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Misplaced Blame - Bad Science, not "Religion"

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Misotheists are fond of blaming the Bible and Christians for what they consider "bad science" and "superstition", even though the Bible was proven right many times. For instance, someone with a contagious disease was isolated, not the entire community. George Washington bled to death because of the bad medical practice of bloodletting despite Gen. :4 and Lev. 17:14. There are other instance of bad or questionable medicine that atheists ignore in their selective citing.


Atheists excuse superstitious medical practices such as with the so-called Dancing Plague, but are quick to falsely accuse the Bible of bad teachings.
Credits: Original from Freeimages / Carol O'Driscoll, modified at PhotoFunia
A video of "paranormal" mysteries had a segment of the so-called Dancing Plague of 1518. Doing a bit of research shows that this was not an isolated incident, but there are several suggestions regarding the cause; to call it paranormal is silly. It is interesting that the diagnosis was "hot blood" and that the recommendation was that people continue to dance despite people collapsing and even dying.

For years, I have said that the Salem Witch Trials were black marks on both American history and Christianity. (Such literal witch hunts were not confined to the United States, however.) I'll allow that there was a great deal of bad religion involved and misuse of the Bible, but that does not justify a conclusion that all religion is false. Such activities are not based in Scripture or reasonable biblical teachings.

What makes the Salem situation more complicated is that the actions of so-called witnesses and victims may have had a biological basis. There is increasing evidence to consider that the ergot fungus was involved. Rye was a staple crop in that area, and ergot grew on it. People would ingest the grain and the fungus, then could have hallucinations. People with bad theology would be swept up in the hysteria and think they were doing the Lord's work.

Such forensic science is seriously limited, of course, but it does give us some things to consider. Mockers of God rush to judgement but there could be other causes. Medical superstitions that lead to death are given a pass. "Science is self-correcting!" may be claimed, but the two instances cited above had nothing whatsoever to do with science from the get-go. Such data are frequently cited by Christophobes, but like evolutionary researchers, involve incomplete research and invalid conclusions. Avoid bad teachings and lousy logic like the plague.


Thursday, August 13, 2020

Sexual Dimorphism and You

It is indeed unfortunate that science has become a tool of leftists in many areas, especially regarding sex. This is in defiance of what people have known for thousands of years: men and women are different. In recent years, people have been increasingly rebellious against God's created order.

Medical science does not care about how someone feels regarding sex and gender. This and other research shows what people have known all along.
The Happy LoversGustave Courbet, 1844
It is frustrating — even infuriating — that this recent trend of establishing genders because someone feels like it. Most people, including those in medical science, know that there are only two genders. You can tell by looking most of the time because of build, bone structure, facial characteristics, and so on. Yes, there are exceptions where a man may be more delicate and a woman can rassle a bear. Sometimes female lions have manes and males have none. But those do not negate the fact that only male and female exist. Someone may say that what they feel is all that matters. Yeah, and the mark will get you through, it's alright.

When filling out the HCFA claim  and other medical forms in these here United States, there are only the male and female options. They give neither hoot nor holler how someone feels that day. Medicines, hormones, many other factors are important based on how God made a person. Even though people can be hit with massive fines or even be fired (as well as accused of committing a hate crime), sometimes deniers of science are not making an impression on science.
Science knows nothing of make-believe genders based on how people feel. Researchers only speak of males and females.
“Sexual dimorphism” is a scientific term that describes phenotypic differences between males and females. . .  One thing is clear: scientists speak of sexual dimorphism (two forms), not trimorphism, quadrimorphism, or multi-morphism.
. . . 
Men and women, furthermore, exhibit a substantial degree of sexual dimorphism. Secondary sexual characteristics begin to become prominent after puberty. The human race has accepted this and lived with it (and has celebrated the differences) ever since creation. Nobody ever thought to question this normality until radical liberals in recent decades decided to celebrate certain individuals who are confused about their biology. Instead of helping these individuals get over their confusion and become comfortable with their sex, they are defying nature. . . 
Activists are claiming that biological sex has nothing to do with “gender” which is socially conditioned, is fluid, and can be changed at whim. It’s getting dangerous. Some government leaders are letting immature children and teenagers be given life-altering drugs and surgeries, without parental consent, that will permanently alter their bodies—decisions they may later regret.
To read the entire article, which includes examples of research that don't pay no nevermind to what made-up "gender" someone feels like on a particular day, click on "Males and Females Are Real. All Others Are Fake."


Monday, July 6, 2020

No Ape-Man Consciousness HERE, Pilgrim!

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

Do you ever think about thinking? Although it seems like an odd notion, that kind of woolgathering can be oddly pleasurable. Out on the highway, traffic on my right was going to merge. In the interests of safety and courtesy, I was going to move into the left lane. Nope, occupied. So I slowed down and let the other car merge that way. Those thoughts took about a second.

We have thoughts and make choices. Consciousness sets us apart from the apes, and the evolutionists who search for consciousness have a new problem.

My wife and I were on our way to the Ashokan Reservoir. This was partly to get some miles on the car because it needed a boost (jump start), and to just give ourselves an outing before the main heat of the day set in. Nice day for it, and I like seeing our part of the Catskill Mountains and the reservoir.

It has been a busy day for cognating. After a fitful night because I could not get comfortable and my mind still wanted to work, I got into the shower. Do I want the same shower gel I used last time or that one that is supposed to smell like ocean mist? I took the same as before, it has a nice, clean smell also.

Oh, goodie! My wife made up whaddya call it... flapjacks, hotcakes, pancakes... those things. I keep forgetting that we have maple syrup, so we used the other stuff in the plastic bottle. I won't tell you what kind because I don't want anyone smashing windows and setting the dumpster on fire.

There are viruses known as bacteriophages. Probably because they phage bacteria or something. Is there a connection with the generic form of Glucophage that I take?

I'll never forget our dear, departed Basement Cat. It was time to do my Bible reading (this month, it's the NASB), and looked at the dining room table. She was often sleeping there and would come over and join me on the couch for Purr Meeting and the Blessing of the Cat. Good memories, but also sad.

Not all of these things happened on the same day or in any sequence. It was a sort of composite, I suppose. However, this shows that people have consciousness. We make choices that can be impulsive and based on preference, or we can weigh the options. Apes don't so such things with any great detail or thought. I seriously doubt that critters think about thinking, either.

The Bible is comprised of sixty six books by authors ranging from kings to farmers and written in several languages. Scholars translate these into our languages. The use of language, including written and oral forms, are structured and have various rules. Translating ancient languages into what we speak now is a daunting task, and the experts must choose between formal equivalence and dynamic (or functional) equivalence; to have a strictly literal version is essentially unreadable because of language structures. Apes don't learn languages, write texts, or translate them. Nor do they compose operas and set words to music. This requires a level of consciousness that is absent from them.

Our Creator gave us consciousness because we are created in God's image. Critters are not. If anyone cares to give it some thought, the differences between us are multitudinous. While naturalists deny the existence of the soul, they still search for it because evolution. In a similar manner, they have searched for consciousness. Darwin's disciples cannot explain consciousness. It was thought to be in the brain, but new research not only devastates the "brain in a vat" philosophy, but further affirms special creation — whether evolutionists like it or not.
Evolutionists have always had a major problem explaining the origin and evolution of human consciousness. As Professor Yoram Gutfreund of the Department of Neurobiology at the Rappaport Research Institute in Israel explains, the “major mind-evolution problem is the difficulty of fitting consciousness in an evolutionary framework…. Scientific agreement is that consciousness arises from the brain’s activity, however, there is no understanding as to how.” As one evolutionist proclaims,
Now you can make a conscious choice. I hope you will choose to finish reading the article excerpted just above. To do so, click on "Human Consciousness Just Became a Bigger Challenge to Darwin".


Saturday, June 20, 2020

Setting Up My Autonomous Zone

In the interest of personal independence, I set up an autonomous zone on Fazebook all by my lonesome. I can do whatever I want and am answerable to nobody. How good is that? What I did was simply set up shop and declare it my own and nobody can question it or disagree.


So I set up an autonomous zone. What right do I have, and where do rights come from?
The actual image is of the Oklahoma Territory flatlands, North West Round Pond, 1894
Let me rephrase my earlier question: How stupid is that? While Facebook allows people some latitude (especially leftists, atheists, and anti-Semites) we're at their mercy. They are also supposed to follow laws, and so are users of their platform. Page owners and other users can be shut down (my own profile was shut down illegally and I was not told why "for security reasons"). They delete the account if I do the usual things that get accounts deleted.

My assertions are worthless. I can say "Mine!" until the cows come home, but that doesn't make anything mine. People can declare that they have rights, but cannot make up rights out of their imaginations. When legal systems make declarations when actually following the law, they are giving some rights, but ultimately, they are endowed by our Creator. Make up your own rules, take land by force, and you have to face the consequences for your actions.

As a Christian and an American, I know that I am responsible for my own sins. Not the sins of my forefathers (real or imagined), nor the trespasses of my neighbors.


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Friday, June 12, 2020

Scary Videos and Foolish People

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

There are several channels on YouTube that offer scary videos, many of which are allegedly of paranormal occurrences. I get both entertainment and educational value from these. I wonder if they are compelling, faked, or people are receiving pranks. One from Nuke's Top 5 illustrates the foolishness of going into "abandoned" places.


Ghost seekers and urban explorers visit unsafe, allegedly abandoned areas. I have reasons to leave those alone that have nothing to do with spirits.
Original photo of Eastern State Penitentiary from the Library of Congress, art effect from FotoSketcher
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First of all, places are often called abandoned when they are in ruins and there is no sign of activity, but they are seldom truly abandoned. Sometimes Eastern State Penitentiary is said to be abandoned, but it has always belonged to someone. In fact, it is a historical landmark and has tours. Interestingly, they have a "haunted house" time, but the penitentiary has been visited by various ghost seekers because it has a reputation of being actually haunted. "You took a picture of three people. Who's that fourth one that looks so pale?"

By the way, one quibble I have with ghost seeker groups is that they conduct their investigations in the dark. Apparently apparitions as well as evil people love darkness (John 3:19-20 comes to mind), but some occurrences happen during the day. Ever investigate then? So, they go at night and use minimal lighting or night vision. In the same way, some of the "urban explorer" (urbex. also spelled trespassers) videos are done at night. Are they concerned about being caught by the rightful owners? EDIT: If you really must go into the dark woods alone at night to investigate the sounds near your house, bring one or more friends. Monsters? I'm more concerned that you might encounter an animal with sharp pointed teeth.

When I watched Ghost Hunters a few years ago, I thought several times that they were being stupid. Walking through the woods at night, the grounds around dilapidated buildings, and so on. Hope y'all don't crash through something or off a ledge! Likewise, people going into buildings are risking injury from falling through rotted floorboards or having debris fall on them. Crashing sound up ahead. "Yaaaa! Ghosts are throwing things!" More likely, vibrations making things settle. If something comes at you horizontally, you'll have my attention.

My workplace is a part of a complex that has buildings that seem abandoned, and one thing that stopped me from using a walkway connecting to another building is what I might find there. Not spirits, but maybe folks who have been drinking spirits and making their homes in such places. I lost a lot of time trying to find a video that's made the rounds. It has two guys in a house or something and they hear sounds. They go up the stairs and something comes out of a room shrieking at them. Its method of locomotion was like someone who had lost the use of his legs and was using his arms. Evil spirit? More likely, a deformed and insane unfortunate person who wanted to be left to his lonesome.

Nuke's Top 5 has some good introductory material, sound effects, and filler before getting into actual footage. The narrator has a good voice, too. (I'd like to talk with him and get some behind-the-scenes production insight.) The paranormal videos are famous on that channel for Nuke saying, "Did you see it?" Then enhancement to show you what got people get all a-twitter. This following video has some things that are not billed as supernatural, and it supports my decision to leave alone structurally unsound places that I don't have any right to visit. ADDENDUM: I finally found that video clip I was looking for, you can see it here at the 8-minute mark.