Seeking Understanding: John Walton
If you have ever heard of “free radicals,” you know something about the work of Dr. John Walton, a professor of chemistry at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Dr. Walton’s work concentrates not only on the destructive reactions that come to mind when most people think of free radicals, but also on the positive effects of these fascinating chemicals. He also studies the potential of free radicals in industrial and environmental chemistry. What we know about free radicals because of the work of Dr. Walton and other chemists can also inform our understanding of how life came into being. Based on his life as a scientist and the research he has done, what does Dr. Walton believe to be the most reasonable explanation of life’s origin? This is the subject of this 22:30 episode of the Seeking Understanding series.
If there was no Creator, what would have to happen for life to begin? This video is part of a series of short films featuring Dr. Brand explaining some of the key points made in the book Faith Reason and…
Are any assumptions involved in deciding how to interpret the geological record? This video is part of a series of short films featuring Dr. Brand explaining some of the key points made in the book Faith…
Is there geological evidence that supports a short-age theory of geology? This video is part of a series of short films featuring Dr. Brand explaining some of the key points made in the book Faith Reason…
Two approaches in geology
Learn more about the ups and downs of the concepts of catastrophism and uniformitarianism in geology from this article: https://www.grisda.org/the-role-of-catastrophes-in-scientific-thinking-1
What is unusual about widespread sedimentary deposits and other features of the sedimentary record? Learn more on the subject from this short article: https://www.grisda.org/was-there-a-great-genesis-flood-1
What can we learn from pterosaurs about the origin of groups of animals? Which patterns in the fossil record do they illustrate? Explore more in this article: https://www.grisda.org/pterosaurs-of-the-triassic-1
What are "Lazarus taxa"? What can we learn form them about order in the fossil record? Explore this subject in this short article: https://www.grisda.org/lazarus-species-1
Does the geologic record preserve evidence for the occurrence and extent of former ice ages? What kind of information is used to make these inferences? Learn more on glaciations and the geologic record…
Change in Species
Many kinds of animals appear designed for predation and violence, in contrast to what one would expect based on the biblical description of Edenic peace. It seems that animal species must have changed…
What have we learned from biological systems that has helped inventors and engineers find more efficient solutions? Learn about brilliant designs in nature, and what they imply, from this article: https://www.grisda.org/biomimicry-the-search-for-brilliant-design-1
What are Archean rocks? Is it true that they contain evidence for life existing at the time of their formation? Learn more on the subject in this short article: https://www.grisda.org/traces-of-life-from-archean-rocks-evidence-and-challenges-1
What can we learn about design and flight from hummingbirds? Discover more on this fascinating subject in this article: https://www.grisda.org/birds-and-flight-1
What is the Cambrian explosion? Why was Darwin puzzled by it? Learn more about this topic in this short article: https://www.grisda.org/cambrian-explosion-and-darwins-doubt-1
Plate tectonics is an example of scientific revolution, where a new way of understanding data from nature was established over a short interval of time. Learn more about how plate tectonics relates to…
Catastrophic Earth Science
Do you want to learn more about the history and significance of catastrophism in geology? Here is a short article on the topic: https://www.grisda.org/catastrophic-earth-science-a-realistic-science-1
Catastrophism is a very important concept in geology. Learn more about its role in formulating scientific hypotheses in this article https://www.grisda.org/catastrophism-discussion-of-its-current-status-in-geology-and-a-prediction-1
Questions about Neanderthals
What are some of the main questions about Neanderthals? Get answers and explore the intersection of data and interpretation in this article: https://www.grisda.org/how-do-neanderthals-fit-with-a-biblical-model-1
Dinosaurs and the Bible
How can such fearsome creatures as dinosaurs be reconciled with a biblical model of creation? Learn more about dinosaurs and the Bible in this article https://www.grisda.org/dinosaurs-and-the-bible-1
Not all dinosaurs were large. Learn more about dinosaurs at https://www.grisda.org/the-existence-and-extinction-of-the-dinosaurs-1
Ever heard of megabreccias? Learn more about them at http://bit.ly/Megabreccia
Have you ever heard of "paraconformities"? Learn more about them at http://bit.ly/Flat_Gaps
Want to learn more about a creationist approach to biogeography? read this introductory article: https://www.grisda.org/creation-flood-and-biogeography-part-1
Tim Standish describes how thoroughly the needs of newborn babies are anticipated in the design of their mothers. It appears that mothers customize the milk they produce for their children depending on…
Evidences II: The Tale of a Trilobite
This is the second GRI video examining the topic of evidence and what can be reasonable known about the ancient past based on what we can see today. The proceeding video, "Evidences: The Record and the…
Clash of Ideas, Episode 4
This episode explains how an enigmatic suite of dark rocks in the Swiss Alps bears witness to the enormous tectonic forces which have been unleashed in the past history of our planet. If you are a teacher,…
Three different kinds of lava are found in and around the Hawaiian Islands. Enjoy this brief description of each kind and the conditions under which it is formed.
Black Sand Beach
Black sand beaches are iconic of Hawaii, but where do they come from and how long do they take to form?
Thinking Creation - 01 - The Great Debate
This episode traces some of the philosophies that, over the course of millennia, have lead to the various ideas about origins that are current today. Some of the thinkers discussed include Democritus,…
Thinking Creation - 03 - The Design of Life
This episode examines specific properties of life, particularly the chemistry of life, that inform our understanding of where life comes from. The protein Endothelin-1 and molecular machine ATP synthase…
Thinking Creation - 04 - The Richly Diverse Creation
This episode explores where the amazing creatures we observe in the world today came from. Did they evolve? Were they all created by God in the Garden of Eden? Did Noah build a boat that held everything…
Seeking Understanding: John Walton
If you have ever heard of “free radicals,” you know something about the work of Dr. John Walton, a professor of chemistry at St. Andrews University in Scotland. Dr. Walton’s work concentrates not only…
Seeking Understanding: David Pennington
This Seeking Understanding episode features Dr. Pennington, a plastic and reconstructive surgeon who performed the second ever ear reattachment; the first being Jesus’ reattachment of Malchus’ ear after…
Seeking Understanding: Isabel de Moraes
Dr. Isabel de Moraes is a remarkable woman who has become one of the leading scientists living today. What challenges did she have to overcome? Why does she work inside a huge synchrotron facility on a…
Ronny Nalin - Geology, Hominids, and Biblical Record
Ronny Nalin is Professor of Geology at Loma Linda University and Deputy Director of the Geoscience Research Institute. He has a PhD from the University of Padova and regularly publishes articles on sedimentology and stratigraphy in specialized magazines.
Raúl Esperante - Dinosaurs, Fossils, and The Flood
Raúl Esperante is a senior researcher at the Geoscience Research Institute and has a doctorate in Paleontology from Loma Linda University. His research projects include the study of fossil whales in Peru and the study of dinosaurs in different parts of the world.
Design in Other Animals
Are other creatures fundamentally different from humans? The surprising answer is both “Yes” and “No”. Why does the biblical account of creation lead us to believe that there should be profound similarities between humans and other living things? What makes us different? How does the Bible define the relationship between humans and other creatures? Shelley Quinn and Tim Standish, PhD
Design at the Molecular Level
Scientists are just beginning to understand the structure and function of minute machines that are essential for life. Inside cells, these submicroscopic motors, generators and other machines operate by the same principles as the machines we are familiar with, only at much higher efficiency and within incredibly tight tolerances. What best accounts for these engineering marvels? Shelley Quinn and Tim Standish, PhD
Leonard R. Brand - Science, Evolution, and Fossils
Leonard R. Brand is a researcher and professor of Biology and Paleontology at Loma Linda University. He has published his research in scientific journals and has a PhD from Cornell University.
Noemí Durán - Natural Selection, Epigenetics, and Environment
Noemí Durán is a biologist specialized in animal behavior. She has a PhD in Marine Biology from Loma Linda University and is the director of the European headquarters of the Geoscience Research Institute.
Timothy Standish - Mutations, Darwin, and Theory of Evolution
Timothy Standish is a biologist specialized in genetics and has a PhD from George Mason University. He is a Senior Researcher and responsible for communication and audiovisual production at the Geoscience Research Institute.
Noemí Durán - In the Beginning, There Was Love
“Survival of the fittest" and “struggle for existence." You have probably heard these expressions before, likely in connection with one of the most famous concepts in evolution: natural selection. Competition and violence are presented as the necessary tool that allowed for the emergence of biodiversity, in contrast with the biblical account of a “very good" creation. In this talk, Dr. Durán illustrates fascinating examples of altruism and cooperation in the animal world, challenging the dominant narrative and pointing back to the time when animals were designed to show the loving character of God.
Evidence of the Recent Creation
Living things provide abundant evidence of their relatively recent creation. Claims that life, and death, are billions of years old exploit the fact that we can’t do time travel to see if they are true. All we can do is consider the record of the past we have in God’s Word and in His creation. Join us as we examine just a little of the clear evidence that life on Earth is thousands rather than millions of years old.