Showing posts with label Piltdown Superman. Show all posts
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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Conspiracy Theories, Creation, and Reason — Part 1

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen 

For the tenth annual Question Evolution Day, we will examine striking similarities between some outlandish conspiracy theories and evolutionary thinking. Readers of Piltdown Superman saw that evolutionists freely use logical fallacies, and these are plentiful in the most outlandish conspiracy theories.

10th annual Question Evolution Day. Many people believe conspiracy theories, quite a few of which are outlandish. We can examine poor reasoning that are common to these and evolution.
Variation based on one of the early graphics for QED
In my biblical creation science work, I've learned quite a bit about logic. I'll allow that I still have more to learn. Many aspects of logic are actually quite simple to lasso, such as basic errors in reasoning. We expect scientists to use logic and science to back up their claims, but critical thinking becomes very important when examining dubious evidence about minerals-to-miner evolution. The same can be applied to conspiracy theories.

We can be bombarded with reports about various conspiracy theories, and they crop up in all sorts of areas. It's mighty tempting to ask the people who float some of them, "Do you take drugs?" Many stories seem to be the products of bored kids in dorm rooms, but others do have a grain of truth that has been inflated. To add to the confusion, some conspiracy theories have more truth than fantasy, so people need to be wary and glean fact from fiction.

The Villains

Who are the bad guys? I reckon it depends on who is spinning the yarn. When it comes to conspiracies about who pulls the strings on governments, it is often the Freemasons. There is far too much material to cover here about their history (real or imagined), connections to Jesuits, and so on. The Freemasons do exist, though many members (my father was a Master Mason) reject it has false religion at its core. It is an old organization with rituals and such, but many people considered it just another service guild and a place to meet people. If the Freemasons are not behind shadowy secret thing, it must be...

Anunnaki image:
Wikimedia Commons / 
Cosmo Gandi
The Illuminati. Do they really exist? Again, it depends on who you ask. There was a Bavarian Illuminati group long ago, and there are others who claim to be the Illuminati since then. They were a secret guild who would infiltrate other groups, including the Freemasons, and apparently the Bavarian Freemasons had dreams of world dominance. The "okay" hand sign is one of their 666 signals — no, it means white supremacy — no, it's obscene in Brazil — no (I stand by this) it just means "okay". How about George W. Bush flashing the hand sign in front of millions of people? In reality, he was doing the "hook 'em Horns" sign, not signaling Illuminati Satanism.

Although I touched on two of the main villains, a third is fun. This sounds like something out of modern science fiction television shows, but the roots are actually quite ancient. Modern stories tell of the Anunnaki, our reptilian masters and creators from outer space who alter our DNA, and that they are behind COVID. The Anunnaki are working with the Illuminati (or even controlling them), and somehow the gray aliens are involved. You may be Anunnaki yourself. Of course, the mythologies change depending on who is telling them.

Other Oddities

Don't forget the political versions! These include the 9-11 "truthers" who believe the destruction of the World Trade Center was an inside job, that Donald Trump will have a triumphant return because the formerly United States reverts from being a corporation to a constitutional republic, B. Hussein Obama can control the weather so he makes tornadoes happen as distractions from his failings, ad nauseum.

Flat-Earthers who believe that the United Nations, NASA, and others conspire to fool us that the world is round. Some believe Antarctica is really a wall of ice around the perimeter but is guarded so nobody finds out the truth. There are professing Christians who believe that they are the ones who believe the Bible and the rest of us are wrong — or lying.

Did you know that Australia doesn't really exist? Nobody has actually been there because planes were rerouted to other countries or stages. Guess NASA photos are doctored, huh? I didn't know about this one when I wrote my satire on how the British Isles don't exist.

There was a considerable flap about CERN and the Large Hadron Collider a spell back. Some folks thought it spelled the end of the world, even bringing in evil gods or just a salute to pagan mythologies. Those who believe such things weren't willing to consider that mayhaps it was exactly what was stated.

There are far to many to name.

Why do these things Happen?

It is easy to assume motives behind some of these, whether hoaxers who want to cause a stir, deceivers with agendas, sincere but mistaken people, hatred of well-heeled folks (ever know a poor person to give you a job?), and so on. I have an opinion that people want to feel important, so they join the "right" church denomination, believe trendy or startling things, and so on. Motives are between them and God, because we don't know what's in their hearts and minds. You savvy that, pilgrim? We can suspect, but cannot assert our opinions on these things as facts.

Grains of Truth

Arsenio Hall had a segment on his show about "Things that make you go, 'Hmmm'". Although I never saw it, that phrase comes to mind once in a while. There are grains of truth in many conspiracy theories that seem rational and sometimes make us wonder if there may be something to them after all. To add to the confusion, some conspiracy theories seem credible.

The Illuminati did exist, and there is even an "official" website. Freemasons are still around and have secret rituals. CERN does have some occult imagery involved. Many people think that Donald Trump can still emerge victorious, especially since evidence for massive voter fraud is evident to any rational person. (By the way, how did B. Hussein Obama, an undistinguished do-nothing community organizer, become the emperor of America? Hmmm...) The Anunnaki were gods in ancient mythologies, but this child finds it mighty difficult to take the huge conspiracy theories about them seriously.

The Logic is Lacking

There is a great deal of appeal to emotions hitched up with these speculations. People like sensational things and to feel like they have special knowledge. Something creationists keep emphasizing is the use of critical thinking, which applies in everyday areas. Asking pertinent questions is helpful, such as "How do you know?" Check the sources. A friend in an area of importance spoke to my cousin's mother-in-law on conditions of anonymity. Leftist media have people believing anonymous highly-placed officials made certain statements. We should demand more than vague assertions.

Confirmation of theories and speculations are found on obscure websites (such as those I linked above regarding the reptilian overlords) and social media. I'll allow that it can be tricky, as evolutionists misrepresent biblical creation science and the Intelligent Design community, and the media have a leftist bias. Even so, I recommend being careful with obscure sources that tell people what they want to hear. Note that when you confront a conspiracy advocate with contrary evidence about outlandish claims, the response is invariably along the lines of, "That's what they want you to think!", and that the conspiracists have the real truth.

A common error in logic is affirming the consequent, which is common among purveyors of Darwinism (see "Brain Development and Faulty Evolutionary Logic"). When something is observed, it can be couched in "See? I told you so!" terminology without regard to other facts. A Hindu works at CERN, therefore, they are attempting to contact demons. It's admittedly a weak example, but you get the idea. A part of this is presenting their explanation as the only one. This happens with evolutionists who say that because certain organisms have features in common, it proves evolution. Common features also indicate the work of a Designer who used similar methods.

"But I saw it on YouTube, Cowboy Bob!"

Yes, people can "prove" practically anything there and other places with carefully-selected material, possibly manipulated, and with tendentious evidence. For that matter, I saw a video of a "shape-shifter" where it looked like the reporter was turning into a lizard, but they cut back and she was normal again. Someone pointed out that she must have had "shape-shifting" clothing as well. This was taken as evidence that aliens live among us, but the ignored logical answer was video distortion.

Readers of Piltdown Superman have seen how interpretations of evidence are based on worldviews and assumptions. Evolutionists presuppose molecules-to-Master Mason evolution, then believe their biases are confirmed by incomplete or dubious evidence. Indeed, one of the Annunaki links above mentions a proponent of the concept using the discredited "reptile brain" of our alleged evolution for evidence! 

They have been known to ignore and even misrepresent important information. This is not in keeping with the true spirit of scientific inquiry, but the naturalism narrative is more important than facts for many people. The Anunnaki material presupposes several things, including an old earth and evolution. Worse, the Bible was twisted to "support" those space critters.

Thinking Should not be Hard

These s00per seekrit organizations supposedly cherish "secrets" that many people "know", such as hand signals. A saying attributed to Ben Franklin is that three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead. People are lousy at keeping secrets, especially if their consciences are operational. Study on this: to say the moon landings were faked, 9/11 was an inside job, people are hiding the flat-Earth truth, fake Australia — these would depend on huge numbers of people ignoring their consciences and never coming forward to admit the cover-ups. Also, this impugns the integrity of those people, many of whom are Bible-believing Christians. All of this includes denying real evidence.

Being human (except for my reptilian ancestry), it puts a burr under my saddle when encountering 9/11 "truthers", purveyors of faked lunar landings, and other fanatics. I've banned or blocked them on social(ist) media. Other things are easier to deal with because I may not agree, they are usually not attacking the character of decent people.

Healthy skepticism is in order. For that matter, some people need to cowboy up and repent of believing foolishness that can be hurtful to others. People must use critical thinking and examine the evidence. Now my pony and I have to mount up and teleport to Area 51 because there are things to cover up.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Piltdown Superman and the Burning Heart

by Cowboy Bob Sorensen

Strange title, isn't it? Sounds like something in a young adult book series, number eight following Piltdown Superman and the Clock in the Tower and The Case of the Vanishing Aircar. Actually, this is a bit of an introspective and autobiographical thing; it helps me get some thoughts spelled out, and also reveals a bit of "behind the scenes" information for the few who may find it a mite interesting. And maybe I can get rid of an earworm. But I can't explain why I felt so compelled to write this article.

Some narcissistic eisegesis of song lyrics that have taken on a bit of meaning for me regarding my creation science ministry.
"Burning Heart" image credit: / digitalart
People who have heard my interviews and podcasts may remember this part of the story. Way back yonder when I began the "Evolutionary Truth by Piltdown Superman (There is no truth in goo-to-you evolution)" site, I was wondering what to call it. Piltdown Man was a fraudulent evolutionary ancestor that fooled many scientists for over 40 years, so putting that in the title would be a reminder of gullibility based on worldview biases. Somehow, the term "Piltdown Superman" came to mind. Then I realized that I was remembering a song by the late great metal vocalist Ronnie James Dio called "Sunset Superman". Nice rhythm, so I put the two together.

Let me holler "Whoa!" and make it clear that I don't endorse the man's work, as it was laden with occult imagery and such. I think many times recording artists will crank out songs for their own sake, and occult imagery sells almost as much as songs about angst. One might think that groups like Black Sabbath were dedicated Satanists, but that is not the case; they just wrote stuff to perform and sell, like many other bands. Ronnie James Dio provided two vocal tracks for an album by Kerry Livgren (formerly of rock band Kansas) after his conversion to Christ. One of these was the anti-Satan "Mask of the Great Deceiver". I was hoping to hear that Dio had converted, but I'm sorry to say I don't think that ever happened.

All right, so we've established the origin of the Website's title, and that musicians do things because they want to, and to make a living. If you study on it, many writers seem to just throw some lyrics together to make a song. Have you ever had the experience of being all worked up over meaningful song lyrics, showing them to a friend, and having a "big deal" reaction? Or, rediscovering something that was special to you in the past, but reading the words now, you think, "Why did that move me so much?" I certainly have. Music is powerful in and of itself, and people can get all agitated by catchy lyrics with a great melody, but the lyrics themselves can be rather weak.

I've had the opposite of this going on with "Sunset Superman". I don't know what Ronnie James Dio was actually trying to communicate in "Sunset Superman" other than a struggle for survival and a search for meaning, but some of the lyrics to this song have taken on some meaning for me. If what I'm doing here involved Scripture, I'd be commiting eisegesis, taking text and giving it my own interpretation. Here we go.
The night has a thousand eyes
But he moves in only places
Where the eyes can never be
Not much there for me, what I do is very public.
The night tells a thousand lies
And when you wake up in the morning
Were you dreaming — screaming
Trying to hide your burning heart
Before somebody cuts it all away?
That seems to be about keeping identity. It's also where I get a personal meaning. I have a "burning heart" to proclaim the truth of creation and sound biblical doctrine, and it's a battle against anti-creationists and false teachers. Sidewinders such as those want us silenced. The title, "Sunset Superman" gets repeated here.
And the dark will just get louder
As it shouts away the light
Very clever way to say, "sunset"! Makes me think of a line in Gary Numan's "Down in the Park" where he sang, "...until the sun cries morning", an interesting way to say, "sunrise".
A shadow without a name
But when he wakes up in the morning
He just won't know, was he a hero
Trying to hide his burning heart
Before somebody cuts it all away?
Now it's not just about accomplishment, but achieving a goal. My name is no secret, so I'm not a shadow without a name, though I'm not a household name. Will I be a hero? Not hardly! I keep praying not only for wisdom and to edify Christians, but especially for the glory of God. Still, when I wake up in the morning, I wonder if I've helped someone, given material to help strengthen someone's faith or for the presentation of the gospel (1 Peter 3:15, Jude 1:3, 2 Cor. 10:4-5), even praying for readers of the site and my social media posts. Despite not knowing, I am remaining faithful to my calling, even though I do not see the results.

Sure, there are false Christians and professing atheists who oppose God, apologetics, biblical creation science, individual teachers, and me. Normally, when I get attacks from atheopaths, it's like saying "Sic 'em!" to a dog, and I get more active (maybe I'm doing something right and put burrs under some saddles). It's the judgmental Christians who indulge in eisegesis, opinions and traditions that get me down at times. Thoughts of quitting bring to mind Jeremiah 20:9, trying to clam up about God's Word is like a burning fire in the heart, shut up in the bones.

The title repeats again a few times, plus the line, "Anybody can". I have no idea what Dio meant with that, and it seems a bit silly. But I've used it: almost anybody can use the Web to spread the truth. One lie told about me is that I make money doing this. No. While most of the things are free (Web space, graphics, social media), sometimes I pay (such as registering domain names). Can't pay too much, I hope my employer will offer overtime so I can pay for health insurance. But my expenditures are my choice, and people can have their voices heard on the Internet for little or no financial outlay — until the anti-free speech police get rolling and take that away as well, but never mind about that now.
The night tells a thousand lies
And when you wake up in the morning
Were you dreaming — screaming
Tryin to hide your broken heart
Before somebody cuts it all away?
Slight change in the lyrics, and the first part is important: "the night tells a thousand lies", I think of John 3:19 and 1 Thess. 5:5. Darwinistas tell lies, commit fraud, pass off bad science as if it was actual research, and try to convince people that evolution is true. Those of us who love the light, the truth of God's Word, are waging war against the darkness. Some of it is in small efforts such as my creation science ministry, other efforts are with individuals sharing Bible verses and helpful links on social media, and then you have the "big guns" in full-time ministries.

But the darkness is getting louder, trying to shout away the light.

Before I get to the conclusion, some links if you want to hear "Sunset Superman" and read the lyrics. Here is a fan-made video of the song. Jørn Lande is a metal singer from Norway who has a powerful voice (also doing occult motifs in much of his work, so I want to make it clear that I'm not endorsing his work while admiring his vocal skill), and his version of "Sunset Superman" is true to the original, but cuts out some of the superficial parts, which I think is an improvement. Here are the lyrics for the first song under discussion.

If you don't mind, a bit more of this opening up about myself. Not nearly as much narcissistic eisegesis of song lyrics, though.

A Christian song that I knew long before Dio's 1987 "Sunset Superman" came out in 1994. It was by Steve Taylor, titled "I Just Wanna Know". This keeps coming to mind as a sort of personal anthem. It's like a prayer, and sometimes it's mine. Here is a key passage:
I just wanna know, am I pulling people closer?
I just wanna be pulling them to you
I just wanna stay angry at the evil
I just wanna be hungry for the true

Search me, father and know my heart
Try me and know my mind
And if there be any wicked way in me
Pull me to the rock that is higher than I
Pardon me, I got a bit of emotion to wipe out of my eyes.

I hope you'll listen to the not-quite rock song "I Just Wanna Know" here, and for the lyrics, click here. Will I ever know if I'm making any kind of impact? Probably not. I keep praying that I bring glory to God while staying angry at the evil  and hungry for the true. Yes, as another song says, "Farther along we'll know more about it". Until then, we have to do our parts and remain faithful. If you've read this far, please pray that I remain faithful as well, and for my creation science ministry work.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Landing Space

The last thing I need is another Weblog, but there are several reasons for making this one. It will be a landing space for people who want to know about the various places that I write posts and articles ("Piltdown Superman" is my most active). The list of pages at the top are where I'm currently active, and I will be adding a few more, including my Christian testimony, maybe a "best of", as well as some others. This is, and redirects here.

No, I don't think I look like Rembrandt's scholar.
A rather lengthy testimony will be posted at a later date, but I'll tell you a little about myself. Some people put me on their enemies lists, since I am a Bible-believing Christian, biblical ("young earth") creationist, use Scripture and science to refute evolution, have a presuppositional apologetics streak (there is no "leave the Bible out of this and use neutral ground" in me), and politically Conservative. Lots of reasons for some people to hate me.

I have a job (some people lied and said I make money doing my writing — not hardly!), and my social media policy is far stricter than my employer's policy: nobody needs to know where I work. It's best for all that way. I founded "The Question Evolution Project", so you can consider that my employer. In addition, I founded "Question Evolution Day" (annually on February 12, Darwin's birthday), which was inspired by the "Question Evolution Campaign" of Creation Ministries International.

Reckon I should tell you some terms. I've written thousands of posts and articles, and deleted quite a few on my oldest Weblog, "Stormbringer's Thunder", that were outdated, political, or just plain bad. The difference by my way of thinking is that a post is short, and often is an introduction to an article I want people to see. An article is something that I've put more effort into, and I usually put my name on it. This here thingie is a post. 

By the way, the "cowboy" moniker... Yeah, I lived out West: the west side of Michigan. No, someone commented and called me "Cowboy Bob". I thought about it, and realized that I'm a cowboy at heart; some real cowboys confirmed that. At my father's funeral, I heard some tributes being paid to him, and realized that he was a cowboy at heart as well. Anyway, this cowboy lived his first 40 years in Michigan, and now is in Kingston, New York.

A note about my graphics. Sure do wish people would pay attention, just because an image is on the Web doesn't mean that anyone can do with it what they please. However, there are numerous "free to use" and public domain images that people can find without violating copyright laws. See "Images on the Web — An Appeal to Caution". One "iffy" area for me is the use of "meme" generators. Be careful with those. Their stock items are all over the place, and seem to be fair game, but anyone can upload an image and put a caption on it, so I recommend leaving those user-added images well alone.

That's enough nattering on for now.

— Cowboy Bob Sorensen