Geoscience Research Institute

News Archives – Jan-June 2000

DISCLAIMER:  The following links do not necessarily represent endorsement by the Geoscience Research Institute, but are meant to provide information from a wide range of viewpoints and expertise on scientific issues, religious issues, and the interface between the two, particularly in the area of creation and evolution.


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  • Paleontology’s Indiana Jones” / June 2000 / Scientific American, v.282, p.36 — from digging to designing, this celebrity scientist, Paul C. Sereno, has helped map the evolution of dinosaurs
  • A Darwinian Left: Politics, Evolution and Cooperation / 2000 / Peter Singer / Yale University Press — see review in Scientific American
  • Fly’s Eye Spies Highs in Cosmic Rays’ Demise” requires free registration / 19 May 2000 / Charles Seife / Science, v.288, p.1147 — more ultrasuperhigh-energy cosmic rays that deepen the mystery about the origin of these strange particles
  • Mount St. Helens, Master Teacher” requires free registration / 19 May 2000 / Christopher G. Newhall / Science, v.288, p.1181-1183 — explosive volcanism; ecological recovery
  • Sinless Originals” requires free registration / 19 May 2000 / Olivia P. Judson and Benjamin B. Normark / Science, v.288, p.1185-1186 —  rotifers evolved without sexual reproduction
  • Evolutionary Exploitation of Design Options by the First Animals with Hard Skeletons” requires free registration / 19 May 2000 / R. D. K. Thomas, Rebecca M. Shearman, Graham W. Stewart / Science, v.288, p.1239-1242 — within 15 million years of the appearance of crown groups of phyla with substantial hard parts, at least 80 percent of skeletal design elements recognized among living and extinct marine metazoans were exploited in the skeletons of Burgess Shale animals
  • A Glimpse of Humans’ First Journey Out of Africa” requires free registration / 12 May 2000 / Michael Balter and Ann Gibbons / Science, v.288, p.948-950 — new skulls, dates, and simple stone tools from Georgia
  • Stretching the Reign of Early Animals” requires free registration / 5 May 2000 / Richard A. Kerr / Science, v.288, p.789 — age for Ediacaran fauna determined through highly precise uranium-lead radiometric dating has produced a surprisingly early date that doubles the length of the late Ediacaran reign
  • Relativity Passes a Tough Cosmic Test” requires free registration / 28 April 2000 / Govert Schilling / Science, v.288, p.593 —  a rigorous test has shown that the speed of light is independent of the velocity of the light source to at least 20 decimal places
  • The Science of Astrobiology Takes Shape” requires free registration / 28 April 2000 / Robert Irion / Science, v.288, p.603-605 — first Astrobiology Science Conference
  • Sulfate Clues for the Early History of Atmospheric Oxygen” requires free registration / 28 April 2000 / Adina Paytan / Science, v.288, p.626-627
  • When Fittest Survive, Do Other Animals Matter?” requires free registration / 21 April 2000 / Richard A. Kerr / Science, v.288, p.414-415 — some paleontologists have questioned whether Darwinian competition among animals has all that much to do with who wins and who loses
  • Revealing a Dinosaur’s Heart of Stone” requires free registration / 21 April 2000 / Virginia Morell / Science, v.288, p.416-417 — first known dinosaur heart is more like that of birds and mammals than crocodiles or other reptiles
  • Dinos and Turkeys: Connected by DNA?” requires free registration / 14 April 2000 / Constance Holden / Science, v.288, p.238
  • Was Lamarck Just a Little Bit Right?” requires free registration / 7 April 2000 / Michael Balter / Science, v.288, p.38 — epigenetics, the study of changes in genetic expression that are not linked to alterations in DNA sequences, could play a role in evolution

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  • Who am I?” / June 12, 2000 / U.S. News & World Report, v.128, p.50 — introspective scientists are probing the mystery of human consciousness
  • And then came fat” / June 12, 2000 / U.S. News & World Report, v.128, p.57 — Did life on Earth begin with fat?
  • Star light, star bright” / June 12, 2000 / U.S. News & World Report, v.128, p.57 — leading astronomers make their wishes known
  • Before the big bang” / 3 June 2000 / Marcus Chown / New Scientist, v.166, p.24 — How did the Universe begin? Not with a bang but with a whimper
  • A dinosaur’s tell-tale heart” / June 2000 / Geotimes, v.45, p.6
  • Teaching and Propaganda” / June 2000 / Mano Singham / Physics Today, v.53, p.54-55 — “Weigh the arguments for and against any issue but, ultimately, stand up for what you believe. Don’t ever feel forced to accept something just because some ‘expert’ tells you it is true.”
  • Old radiocarbon ages in the southwest Pacific Ocean during the last glacial period and deglaciation” requires free registration / 1 June 2000 / Elisabeth L. Sikes, et al. / Nature, v.405, p.555-559
  • Teaching the Origins Controversy: A Guide for the Perplexed / August 20, 1999 / David K. DeWolf / Special Discovery Institute Report — a guide for helping public schools do a better job of presenting the wide range of scientific interest on the origins controversy
  • Fides et Ratio / 1998 / John Paul II — encyclical of the supreme pontiff to the bishops of the Catholic Church on the relationship between faith and reason

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  • Ordinary miracles” / 6 May 2000 / Michael Brooks / New Scientist, v.166, p.26 — How do the complexities of the living world arise from dumb matter? A speck of angelic assistance may be all that’s needed.
  • Beyond belief” / 22 April 2000 / New Scientist, v.166 — editorial: science isn’t religion; you can’t use one to justify the other
  • Unnatural selection” / 22 April 2000 / Debora MacKenzie /  New Scientist, v.166, p.34 — creation science is far from extinct; on the contrary, it’s mutating and spreading
  • Take me to your leader” / 22 April 2000 / New Scientist, v.166, p.40 — Tom Willis heads the Creation Science Association for Mid-America and master-minded the recent school science curriculum controversy in Kansas. Today he believes the Bible to be God’s literal words, but as a young man Willis was an atheist and trained in the hard sciences.
  • You asked for it” / 22 April 2000 / Bryan Appleyard / New Scientist, v.166, p.44 — creationists may be dogmatic and arrogant, but so are some scientists
  • According to the book” / 22 April 2000 / New Scientist, v.166 — the battle over evolution has spawned many millions of words; from creationist tomes through to biology textbooks, here’s New Scientist‘s highly adaptive selection
  • Faster than a Speeding Light Wave / 19 May 2000 / Physical Review Focus — article: “Observation of Superluminal Behaviors in Wave Propagation” / 22 May 2000 / D. Mugnai, A. Ranfagni, and R. Ruggeri / Physical Review Letters, v.84, p.4830-4833
  • The Battle for God / February 2000 / Karen Armstrong / HarperCollins — review in New Scientist; see also Amazon
  • How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science / October 1999 / Michael Shermer / W. H. Freeman — review in New Scientist; see also Amazon
  • The Third Culture: Beyond the Scientific Revolution / 1996 / John Brockman / Touchstone (Simon & Schuster) — see excerpts and Amazon
  • God and Evolution: An Exchange” / June-July 1993 / Howard J. Van Till & Phillip E. Johnson / First Things v.34, p.32-41

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  • Fossil signatures: forged or real?” / May 2000 / Christina Reed / Geotimes, v.45, p.8 — heralded as one of the oldest animal imprints, the worm fossil Vermiforma antique Cloud is being cast as a fossil mistake
  • Mount St. Helens 20 Years Later” / May 2000 / Robert I. Tilling / Geotimes, v.45, p.14-18 — The volcanologist who directed the Volcano Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1980 offers his perspective on what has been learned from the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens, the worst volcanic disaster in U.S. recorded history.
  • Aping Culture” / May 2000 / Meredith F. Small / Discover, v.21, p.52-57 — Chimpanzees speak in dialects, invent odd grooming styles, and drum better than most kids in marching bands. So what’s left to separate them from us?
  • Rapid warming buried ancient forest” / April 2000 / Christina Reed / Geotimes, v.45, p.7-8
  • Lulworth Cove / 2000 / Ian West / Southampton University — Lulworth Cove, on the south coast of England, notable for its geology and geomorphology is the most-visited geological locality in Britain. There are excellent exposures of folded Jurassic and Cretaceous strata and on the cliffs to the east is the Fossil Forest with an ancient soil and tree remains. The Lower Cretaceous, Purbeck Formation is contorted into the Lulworth Crumples at Stair Hole and the spectacular coast around here has caves, natural arches, sea-stacks and high vertical Chalk cliffs.
  • Finding Darwin’s God / October 1999 / Kenneth R. Miller / HarperCollins — a scientists’s search for common ground between God and evolution; see also Amazon

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  • Deltas, radiocarbon dating, and measurements of sediment storage and subsidence” / April 2000 / Daniel Jean Stanley and Arghya K. Hait / Geology, v.28, n.4, p.295 — In Holocene marine deltaic sequences there is no simple relationship between radiocarbon age and depth of sampling.
  • Art of darkness” / 18 March 2000 / New Scientist, v.165, n.2230, p.22 — a vortex so powerful it can suck in light could reveal some of the Universe’s deepest secrets
  • Limbless Tetrapods and Snakes with Legs requires free registration / 17 March 2000 / Science, v.287, n.5460, p.1939-1941
  • Fossil faux pas” / March 2000 / Geotimes, v.45, n.3, p.6 — News Notes: A fossil having the body of a bird and tail of a dinosaur is a hoax.
  • Evolutionary Biology: A Powerhouse Divided requires free registration / 18 February 2000 / Science, v.287, n.5456, p.1219 — new evidence to indicate that cellular organelles were originally free-living bacteria
  • God After Darwin: A Theology of Evolution / November 1999 / John F. Haught / Westview Press — review by Michael J. Behe, with response by Haught / Philadelphia Center for Religion and Science [see Feb. 25 for original posting on this book]

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  • Early Humans Caused Quick Extinction of Bird Species / March 24, 2000 / Paul Recer (Associated Press) / Fox News — A huge flightless bird called the Moa was extinct within just a few decades after humans first arrived at the animals’ New Zealand homeland. This suggests that whole species can be wiped out more quickly than once believed, according to a new study appearing in the journal Science.

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  • Time, Temporality, Now / 1997 / H. Atmanspacher and E. Ruhnau / Springer-Verlag — experiencing time and concepts of time in an interdisciplinary perspective

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  • Pangaea – the world in motion™ / March 1999 / Iliana Jäätmaa / Walkersville Middle School, Maryland — an award-winning desktop model of Pangaea created by an eighth grader out of strings, levers, rubber bands, and other basic items
  • Catastrophism? Yes!” / 1998 / Ariel A. Roth / College and University Dialogue, v.10, n.2, p.11-15 — a review of how science has gone back and forth on the role of catastrophism in the study of earth’s history
  • Is there design in nature?” / 1997 / L. James Gibson / College and University Dialogue, v.9, n.2, p.5-8 — intelligent design in nature points to a Creator Designer
  • At the brink of the Gene Age” / 1997 / George T. Javor / College and University Dialogue, v.9, n.2, p.12-14 — Now that we can manipulate genes in the test tube, should we be concerned that we are entering a territory forbidden by the Creator?
  • The Flood: Just a local catastrophe?” / 1997 / William H. Shea / College and University Dialogue, v.9, n.1, p.10-13 — An examination of archaeological evidence, linguistics, and literary traditions shows that a local Mesopotamian river valley flood cannot adequately explain the biblical flood.

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  • “The Meaning and Relevance of Creation” / Winter 2000 / Langdon Gilkey / Spectrum, v.28, n.1, p.57-64 — addressing the theological problems in creation and contemporary science
  • “Shifting Views of the Past: Adventists and the Historical Sciences” / Winter 2000 / James L. Hayward / Spectrum, v.28, n.1, p.65-68 — tracing the evolution of Adventist creationist thought
  • letter to the editor on “Age Dating of Rocks” / Winter 2000 / Ariel A. Roth / Spectrum, v.28, n.1, p.76-77
  • “The Metaphor of Design: How Shall We Talk About the Creation?” / Autumn 1999 / Edwin A. Karlow / Spectrum, v.27, n.4, p.37-43 — creation: is it chance AND dance? / presentation made at the 1999 Biblical Research Institute Science Council Session (BRISCO) in Carlsbad, New Mexico
  • “Age Dating of Rocks” / Autumn 1999 / Richard J. Bottomley / Spectrum, v.27, n.4, p.44-47 — what rocks have to say about the age of the earth

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  • Intelligent Design Theory — website trivia game on issues relating to the origins debate
  • The Truth About Inherit the Wind” / February 1997 / Carol Iannone / First Things, v.70, p.28-33
  • Inherit the Wind / 1960 / Jerome Lawrence, Robert E. Lee — a drama based on the Scopes Trial of July 1925, in Dayton, Tennessee; book and video available from Amazon
  • Twelve Angry Men / 1957 / Reginald Rose — a drama of issues involved in weighing evidence; book and video available from Amazon

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