Geoscience Research Institute

News Archives – July-Dec 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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  • Genes can’t tell us everything / 18 December 2000 / Philip Ball / Nature Science Update — research casts doubt on the theory that genes contain ‘signatures’ that can provide an insight into how the genetic code itself evolved
  • Asteroid Impact Crater Examined for Clues to Dinosaurs’ Demise / December 18, 2000 / Matthew Fordahl / Associated Press — the Chicxulub impact crater on the coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula is smaller than once thought
  • A Dripping Wet Early Mars Emerging From New Pictures” requires free registration / 8 December 2000 / Richard A. Kerr / Science, v.290, p.1879-1880
  • Oldest bacterium? / December 2000 / Geotimes — When a fluid-filled inclusion in a 250-million-year-old salt crystal was reported to harbor ancient life, many scientists raised eyebrows.
  • Geotimes editorial / December 2000 / Geotimes — introduction to an issue on the relation between religion and teaching evolution
  • Studying Evolution and Keeping the Faith” / December 2000 / Patricia H. Kelley / Geotimes — for one leading paleontologist, understanding the theory of evolution is fully compatible with being a Christian
  • Hot Spots across the U.S. / December 2000 / Kristina Bartlett / Geotimes — a sampling of recent events in the controversy over teaching evolution or creationism
  • Features Found in Flood Basalts” / Fall 1999 / Nahor Neves de Souza / Geoscience Reports, n.28, p.1-3
  • Coal Beds and Noah’s Flood” / June 1986 / Andrew Snelling / Creation Ex Nihilo v.8, n.3, p.20-21

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  • E=mc2 Got that? Sure? / December 18, 2000 / Jay Tolson / U.S. News & World Report — it was hard even for Einstein to be Einstein
  • Dating an older man / December 18, 2000 / Ben Harder / U.S. News & World Report — early humanoid fossil
  • More on Birds and Dinosaurs / December 18, 2000 / Newsweek — two finds support the theory that they’re linked
  • Evidence for Design at the Ecological Level” / Spring 2000 / Henry Zuill / Geoscience Reports, n.29, p.1-6
  • Evolution of the Bacterial Flagella / March 2000 / Ian Musgrave / Monash University, Australia
  • Look Who’s Stalking” / February 14, 2000 / Ethan Smith / New York Magazine — The ugly feud between pop paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould and science writer Robert Wright has been simmering for ten years now — except somebody forgot to tell Gould.
  • Southern California Integrated GPS Network / 2000 / Jet Propulsion Laboratory — a collaborative project to install 250 permanent, continuously recording Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers in and around the Los Angeles basin to provide accurate deformation information that will improve estimates of earthquake hazards
  • Andrew A. Snelling, biography — creationist assistant professor of geology
  • Paleontological Resources / University of California Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley
  • Astrophysics Data System / NASA — database for over two million abstracts in astronomy, astrophysics, instrumentation, physics, and geophysics; also pointers to astronomical data catalogs and data archives
  • Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen Paradox in Atomic, Nuclear, and Particle Physics / October 1998 / Alexander Afriat and Franco Selleri / Kluwer Academic-Plenum Publishers — the incompatibility between local realism and the existing quantum theory 

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  • Scientists discover possible microbe from space / November 24, 2000 / CNN
  • Why Now? / 16 November 2000 / Robert Matthews / Physical Review Focus — a mysterious “antigravity” force — the so-called dark energy — appears to be a major component of the cosmos
  • A Pyrrhic Victory For Kansas / August 11, 2000 / Heather B. Long / Harvard Crimson Online
  • Cell Communication: The Inside Story” / June 2000 / John D. Scott and Tony Pawson / Scientific American — the complexity suggests design
  • The Triple Helix: Gene, Organism, and Environment / April 2000 / Richard C. Lewontin / Harvard University Press — see also Amazon
  • Can You Tell Me Anything About Evolution? / November 1981 / Colin Patterson / presentation at the American Museum of Natural History — the absence of an answer suggests that evolution does not convey any knowledge; audio tape and annotated transcript available from Access Research Network

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  • An enduring mystery” / September 25, 2000 / Michael Satchell / U.S. News & World Report, v.129, p.38 — evidence points to a flood of biblical proportions in the Black Sea area
  • A Romantic Natural History / Ashton Nichols / Department of English, Dickinson College — surveys the relationships between literary works and natural history in the century before Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (1859)
  • The Case for Creationism / 1994 / Colin W. Mitchell / Alma Park, Grantham: Autumn House

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  • Rejected: Kansas Voters Turn Back Candidates Who Back De-Emphasizing Evolution / August 2, 2000 / ABC News
  • Thomas Kuhn’s irrationalism / June 2000 / James Franklin / The New Criterion, v.18, n.10 — Kuhn’s “achievement” was to put the view of Galileo’s scholastic opponents back on the agenda. He declared logic outmoded and replaced it with history.
  • How evolution became a religion / May 13, 2000 / Michael Ruse / National Post — An ardent evolutionist and ex-Christian concedes that evolution is promoted by its practitioners as more than mere science. Evolution is promulgated as an ideology, a secular religion — a full-fledged alternative to Christianity, with meaning and morality.
  • The End of Time: The Next Revolution in Physics / January 2000 / Julian B. Barbour / Oxford University Press — time simply doesn’t exist; see also Amazon and  review: The Question of Time / July 14, 2000 / Mitchell Stephens / FEED Magazine
  • Scientific Theology / 1997 / Paul A. L. Giem / La Sierra University Press, Riverside, CA — see review: “A Natural Union” / 1997 / R. H. Brown / Origins 24(2):102-104

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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.


JULY 31

  • Board Decision on Evolution Roils an Election in Kansas” / July 29, 2000 / New York Times
  • The Bible, as History, Flunks New Archaeological Tests” / July 29, 2000 / New York Times — “Still, considerable disagreement exists among archaeologists on how to interpret many recent finds.”
  • They’ve seen a ghost” / 8 July 2000 / Robert Irion / New Scientist, v.167, p.24 — The quantum world is so spooky that we could make computers with atoms that aren’t really there.
  • Trilobite! Eyewitness to Evolution / October 2000 / Richard Fortey / Knopf (Random House) — see also Amazon and review: “Look back in wonder” / 22 July 2000 / Michael Taylor / New Scientist
  • EDITORIAL: “The coming revolution” / 1 July 2000 / New Scientist — “I’m a little confused on timing,” said a reporter at the London press conference to announce the working draft of the human genome. “You’ve mapped 97 per cent of the genome, sequenced 85 per cent and finished 24 per cent. So why did you choose now to make your announcement?”
  • Just a normal town…” / 1 July 2000 / Ian Sample / New Scientist, v.167, p.20 — …but out of nowhere a wave of chaos was to wash over that world. In a millisecond it was gone. And then the blind panic set in. What’s going on?
  • Creationism: Unnatural selection / 22 April 2000 / New Scientist — an overwhelming response
  • Deluge” / 1908 (1999) / A. J. Maas / The Catholic Encyclopedia
  • Noah” / 1911 (1999) / F. Bechtel / The Catholic Encyclopedia

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  • Wedge issues: An intelligent discussion with Intelligent Design’s designer / July 29, 2000 / Nancy R. Pearcey / World Magazine, v.15, n.29 — interview with Phillip Johnson; ARN copy
  • Scopes Trial Anniversary & Teaching Evolution / July 21, 2000 / National Public Radio — Join Pulitzer Prize winning author Edward Larson for a look back at the trial on its 75th anniversary, and at the ongoing battle over teaching evolution in the public schools. Plus, a talk with Michael Behe, author of Darwin’s Black Box, about his theory of intelligent design.
  • The fairy tales of evolutionary psychology: Of Vice and Men / April 3, 2000 /  Jerry A. Coyne / New Republic Online — In science’s pecking order, evolutionary biology lurks somewhere near the bottom, far closer to phrenology than to physics.
  • The Search for Intelligent Design in the Universe” / January 9, 2000 / Michelle Quinn / San Jose Mercury News — Johnson is a new breed of creationist, one who uses books and articles rather than a pulpit to argue his position. He says even more should be taught about evolution — including its contradictions. Johnson  argues that, like him, most Americans believe in a mixture of evolution and creation theory, but their opinions have been shut out of scientific and public debates.

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  • Travelling over c / 20 July 2000 / Nature — see also: “Gain-assisted superluminal light propagation” / 20 July 2000  / Nature, v.406, p.277-279
  • Spider manipulation by a wasp larva” requires free registration / 20 July 2000 / William G. Eberhard / Nature, v.406, p.255-256
  • Evolution’s next step in Kansas: Ballot box / July 19, 2000 / Mary Beth Marklein / USA Today
  • Annual Highlights Issue: 1999 Discoveries and Research Trends / July 2000 / Geotimes — SOLID EARTH: Volcanoes, Structure and Tectonics, Sediments, Caves and Karst; LIFE THROUGH TIME: Vertebrates, Geoarchaeology; OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE: Paleoceanography, Marine Geology; BEYOND EARTH: Meteorites, Planetary Geology
  • Wrath of the Gods: Earthquake in Turkey; A History Forged by Disaster” / July 2000 / Rick Gore / National Geographic, v.198, p.32 — Last year two massive quakes tore through Turkey, killing tens of thousands and leaving many more homeless. The relentless tectonic forces that have rocked the region for millennia nurtured myths of Poseidon and tales of Troy and may explain why Noah had to build an ark.
  • Ancient History” / January 1998 / Discover, v.19 — fossilized tree resin (amber) apparently isn’t such a foolproof preservative of ancient insect DNA as once thought
  • Cretaceous Pompeii” / January 1998 / Discover, v.19 — a scene of mass death in Liaoning Province, China; hundreds of birds, dinosaurs, fish, insects, and plants all died suddenly on the shores of an ancient lake and their remains are numerous and well-preserved
  • Tennessee vs. John Scopes / 1925 / University of Missouri – Kansas City, Law School — famous trials in American history: details of the “Monkey Trial”

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