Geoscience Research Institute

News Archives – Jan-June 2003

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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  • The Great Copernican Cliché” / October 2001 / Dennis R. Danielson / American Journal of Physics, v.69, n.10, p.1029-1035 — debunking the claim that Copernicus “dethroned” earth from its “privileged” central position in the universe; full paper in Microsoft Word

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  • The Voyage of the Beagle – In the Creator’s Service” / Louise Lavallee / April 2003 / Impact, n.358 (Institute for Creation Research)
  • Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded: August 27, 1883 / April 2003 / Simon Winchester / Harper Collins — see also Amazon
  • PALEOANTHROPOLOGY: Early Hominids–Diversity or Distortion?” requires free registration / 28 March 2003 / Tim White / Science, v.299, n.5615 — it is too early to say whether many more hominid lineages are waiting to be found and recognized in Africa, or whether just a few hominid species expanded their ranges and invaded new habitats
  • High-Tech Fingers on Earth’s Erratic Pulse” requires free registration / 28 March 2003 / Richard A. Kerr / Science, v.299, n.5615, p.2016-2020 — predicting when a volcano near an inhabited area may erupt
  • Digital analysis: Manual dexterity in Neanderthals” requires free registration / 27 March 2003 / Wesley A. Niewoehner, Aaron Bergstrom, Derrick Eichele, Melissa Zuroff, and Jeffrey T. Clark / Nature, v.422, p.395 — manual dexterity in Neanderthals was probably not significantly different from that of modern humans
  • Fossil evidence for an ancient divergence of lorises and galagos” requires free registration / 27 March 2003 / Erik R. Seiffert, Elwyn L. Simons, and Yousry Attia / Nature, v.422, p.421-424
  • Unravelling angiosperm genome evolution by phylogenetic analysis of chromosomal duplication events” requires free registration / 27 March 2003 / John E. Bowers, Brad A. Chapman, Junkang Rong, and Andrew H. Paterson / Nature, v.422, p.433-438
  • Evolution critics argue free speech / March 25, 2003 / Phillip Taylor / Atlanta Journal-Constitution
  • DNA pioneers lash out at religion / March 24, 2003 / Roger Highfield / London Daily Telegraph
  • ‘Rational Mysticism': On a Journalistic and Spiritual Quest / March 23, 2003 / Dick Teresi / New York Times
  • Robotic Telescopes Catch Up With Gamma Ray Bursts” requires free registration / 21 March 2003 / Robert Irion / Science, v.299, n.5614, p.1833-1834
  • Wingless Insects and Plucked Chickens” requires free registration / 21 March 2003 / Richard H. Thomas / Science, v.299, n.5614, p.1854-1855 — the evolutionary relationships among arthropods have been consistently controversial
  • SETI workshops selfless message / 21 March 2003 / John Whitfield / Nature science update — artists and scientists discuss how to tell ET about morality
  • Tusked fossil sparks resurrection row / 19 March 2003 / Helen Pearson / Nature science update — Australian paleontologists claim museum reptile weathered mass extinction
  • Out on a Limb / March 2003 / Kate Wong / Scientific American — a stunning new fossil shows how simians got their start
  • The Search for Dark Matter / March 2003 / David B. Cline / Scientific American — Dark matter is usually thought of as something “out there.” But we will never truly understand it unless we can bring it down to earth.
  • Sizing Up Evangelicals / March 2003 / Rodger Doyle / Scientific American — fundamentalism persists but shows signs of moderation
  • Which Came First, the Feather or the Bird? / March 2003 / Richard O. Prum and Alan H. Brush / Scientific American — a long-cherished view of how and why feathers evolved has now been overturned
  • Creation Matters, v.7, n.5 (pdf) / October-December 2002
    • review: Faith, Form and Time: What the Bible Teaches and Science Confirms About Creation and the Age of the Universe / 2002 / Kurt P. Wise / Broadman & Holman
    • “Aspects of Deity Perceived from Natural Science, Part 1: God’s Presence” / George F. Howe
    • “The Acquisition of Virus Resistance Does Not Provide Evidence for Macroevolution” / Jerry Bergman
    • “Does Creation Matter?” / Don B. DeYoung
    • Committee Provides Direction for Van Andel Creation Research Center
  • Intelligent Design? / April 2002 / Natural History — Three proponents of Intelligent Design present their views of design in the natural world. Each view is immediately followed by a response from a proponent of evolution.
    • Introduction / Richard Milner and Vittorio Maestro
    • The Challenge of Irreducible Complexity / Michael J. Behe — every living cell contains many ultrasophisticated molecular machines
    • The Flaw in the Mousetrap / Kenneth R. Miller — intelligent design fails the biochemistry test
    • Detecting Design in the Natural Sciences / William A. Dembski — intelligence leaves behind a characteristic signature
    • Mystery Science Theater / Robert T. Pennock — the case of the secret agent
    • Elusive Icons of Evolution / Jonathan Wells — What do Darwin’s finches and the four-winged fruit fly really tell us?
    • The Nature of Change / Eugenie C. Scott — evolutionary mechanisms give rise to basic structural differences
    • The Newest Evolution of Creationism / Barbara Forrest — intelligent design is about politics and religion, not science
  • A Scientific Scandal / January 2001 / David Berlinski / Commentary — the evolution of the mammalian eye has always seemed difficult to imagine

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