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Volume 43, Number 1
June, 2006

The Specified Complexity of Retinal Imagery

David E. Stoltzmann

An optical image is a very organized and specified collection of information governed by the laws of optics. The formation of an image, and its correct interpretation by sighted living creatures, is a unique example of the great complexity in the living world. While many other functional features of living organisms are extremely complex and point to the handiwork of a designing God, an optical image demonstrates a unique mapping process of the eye-brain system that is very useful to the organism. The transfer of light from an object scene to a visual detection system involving the eye and brain conveys an enormous amount of information. Unless that information is correctly organized into a useful image, however, the exchange of information is degraded and of questionable use. In this paper I examine the “connections” necessary for images to be interpreted correctly. I also address the additional complexity required for the dual-image mapping involved in stereovision. Statistics are presented for “simple eyes” consisting of a few pixels to illustrate the daunting task facing random-chance, purposeless, undirected evolution in the origin of any form of a functional eye. It is concluded that evolutionary processes cannot account for the perception of images by living organisms and that only a creator could produce complex visual systems.

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A Critique of Progressive Creationism
in the Writings of Hugh Ross

Jonathan Henry

Naturalistic evolutionism, theistic evolutionism, progressive creationism, and the day-age theory are briefly defined, contrasted, and discussed. Two major books of a contemporary progressive creationist, Hugh Ross, are analyzed and compared. Nine of his corollaries are examined, and any that have already been refuted by other authors are treated briefly. Recent developments in his progressive creationism, and claims that have not yet been countered, are examined more extensively.

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Isotopic Dating Maximum Datable Age

Russell B. Rotta

Isotopic dating using long-lived radionuclides is used to estimate ages of rocks pulled from strata. Closed system behavior is assumed unless discordant results are noted. Concordant or discordant results do not guarantee the system is closed or open. The calculated age without a test of openness/closeness of the system has no merit. A systematic method of determining the age of a multilayered rock structure having open system behavior is proposed. When rock atomic loss constants for different dating methods are similar and much greater than the decay constants, the apparent closed system ages will be similar. A discussion is given as to how much movement of radioisotopes and their progeny from one layer to the next is allowed in order for closed system results to be reliable. The maximum datable age is defined.

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Photographic Essay—
The Fossil Cliffs
of Joggins, Nova Scotia

by Ian A. Juby

Fossil cliffs near Joggins, Nova Scotia are known for their many polystrate fossil lycopods and calamites. This photo-essay documents these as well as many other interesting features. A lycopod like the one pictured herein, cutting through 7.5 meters of strata, will not remain standing while partially buried for even decades, let alone thousands or millions of years. This photographic essay provides creationists with a brief overview of the fossil and geological evidence for the Genesis Flood at this Canadian location.

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