Volume 15, Number 3
Volume 15, Number 3
Process Constraints In Living Systems
during the past ten years major advances have been made in understanding living systems. Of particular importance is the unfolding of the chemical nature of these systems. It is instructive, therefore, to examine living systems as ordinary chemical processes. Constraints known to be applicable to such processes should then be applicable to living systems. It is the purpose of this paper to suggest a few such constraints.
The doctrine of social Darwinism is not popular nowadays. But it and Darwinism in nature should stand or fall together; those who reject the former and hold the latter are being inconsistent.
Indeed, even nowadays an occasional voice is heard in support of social Darwinism. Here, one such recent attempt serves to initiate a critical investigation of Darwinism generally.
Is The Earth's Core Water?
Part One: The Biblical Evidence
Scientists believe, on good evidence, that part of the earth's core is fluid. This is the first of a series of articles proposing that the fluid is not molten iron as generally thought, but water under great heat and pressure. Here the author examines many scripture passages about the earth's interior and concludes that the Bible strongly suggests such a hypothesis. In later articles, the author intends to show that the hypothesis is consistent with the known experimental data about the earth and water under high pressures, and that it has important scientific implications, concerning (for example) the separation of the continents, the earth's magnetic field, and craters in the solar system.
Mechanics And Thermodynamics
Of The Pre-Flood Vapor Canopy
For years the concept of a vapor canopy has met with great skepticism among some creation scientists. The principle reason for such doubt has centered in the physics involved in maintaining vast amounts of precipitable water in the atmosphere. Our present atmosphere will only hold about 4.4 inches of water, and yet the vapor canopy idea requires many feet of water if it is to be the source of a global, 40-day rainfall. Also, this theory has been objected to on the grounds that intolerable hothouse conditions would result. In this article, an attempt is made to present a plausible support mechanism and to demonstrate that the surface temperatures may indeed have been quite mild.
The Ark, Its Course And Destination
Commonly, the account in Genesis has been interpreted to mean that, at the end of the flood, the ark grounded on Mount Ararat and remained there. Here a different interpretation is proposed: that eventually the ark returned to a lower altitude, more suitable for Noah and his family to begin life again there. Such a destination seems more in keeping with God's providential care of the ark during its voyage.
In the light of this suggestion, several other suggestions and interpretations are proposed.
The Origin Of Yosemite Valley
Forward By Dr. Walter E.
In my article "Trees Indicate Recent Origin of Yosemite Valley" brief reference was made to the explanation by J. Dwight Whitney, a former California State Geologist, of how Yosemite Valley was formed. After showing why this beautiful valley could not have been formed by erosion, he suggested that the entire floor of the valley had suddenly subsided.
Josiah Dwight Whitney lived from 1819 until 1896, and was state geologist from 1865 until 1882. He wrote a number of important books, including: "Metallic Wealth of the United States" (1854); "Mountain Heights in the United States" (1862); "The Yosemite Book," a beautifully illustrated rare book, (1868); and the more practical "The Yosemite Guide Book" (1874).
The following is an excerpt from The Yosemite Guide Book, pages 114 - 122. Besides giving Whitney's opinion as to Sierra Nevada mountain chain. The Table Mountain lava on each side of the Stanislaus River at Abbey's Ferry was of recent origin, as is shown by fossils under the volcanic mass. Yet the Stanislaus canyon is over 2,000 feet deep.
Whitney's opinion that John Muir was wrong in his thinking that the valley was formed by erosion by ice, whereas in fact there is no proof that glaciers ever occupied the valley, is also very interesting. Maybe our Research Committee could encourage further investigation of this matter.