DESIGN IN NATURE: THE FIERY SKIPPER BUTTERFLY HYLEPHILA
PHYLEUS (DRURY) AS AN EFFICIENT FEEDER ON FLOWERS OF LANTANA CAMARA
J0SEPH M. REA
The Fiery Skipper butterfly Hylephila phyleus Drury forages efficiently
on flowers of Lantana camara L. Hylephila phyleus feeds preferentially
from florets of L. camara likely to contain nectar. While foraging on
a small artificial patch of flowers of L. camara. H. phyleus chooses
the closest flowers 80 % of the time. Analysis of foraging bouts on
the artificial patch of 3 flower visits in sequence revealed a frequency
of revisitation lower than that expected from a random foraging model.
This small butterfly demonstrates a neurological program, endowed at
the creation, for efficient foraging.
THE EPISTEME IS THE THEORY
The real purpose of evolution theory is not the scientific one of explaining
the origin of life; for it is impossible to do that, utilizing only
natural laws and phenomena. Rather, the theory is dedicated to a philosophical
goal: to "ungod the universe". The tool by which that is to
be accomplished is what is known as the positive science episteme.
PRE-MAIN-SEQUENCE STELLAR MODEL APPLIED TO CLOSE BINARY
JON K. WEST
The study of the stars would be very difficult if there were no binary
systems. We can be glad that the Lord provided over half of the stars
in our part of the universe as binary or multiple star systems. By studying
the motion of binary stars, much can be learned about the stars considered
"PUNCTUATED EQUILIBRIUM" AND THE MACRO-MICROMUTATION
A. JAMES MELNICK
Evolutionists seem to be coming more and more to admit that what was,
until recently, the standard evolutionary dogma, gradual evolution through
micromutations, is supported by neither the fossil record nor common
sense. So the notion of saltational evolution, through macromutations
and hopeful monsters, is being heard more and more. But that dogma has
its own difficulties-nay, impossibilities. It behooves Creationists
to be aware of these developments. For from the controversy they can
glean arguments against both kinds of evolution, and hence, by elimination,
in favor of special Creation.
THE SUN'S LUMINOSITY AND AGE
Two recent papers in the June 1980 issue of this journal by Hinderliter
and Steidl provided excellent documentation on solar shrinking and the
lack of solar neutrinos; and their combined testimony is against evolutionary
astronomy and for creationist astronomy. This paper adds some additional
information on current research and on the history of investigation
into the sun's luminosity and age. The Helmholtz contraction theory,
the meteoric bombardment theory, and the solar incandescence as the
source of sun's luminosity are revisited. It is found that all, except
possibly meteors, may individually provide for the observed luminosity.
Particularly, it is argued that if the sun was created 6000 years ago
as an incandescent body at about 6000 degrees Kelvin there would have
been imperceptible dimunition in its temperature to the present.
TIME AND ANCIENT RECORDS
DAVID C. C. WATSON
It is shown that not only Scripture, but also the works of the pagan
writers Of antiquity, points to a young world, which originated no more
than a few thousand years B.C. Many quotations are adduced to show this
point. Also, the ancients believed, not in random evolution by chance,
but for the most part in fixity of the kinds, and in practically all
cases that the world about us is to be seen as a result of intelligent
SATELLITE OBSERVATIONS CONFIRM THE DECLINE OF THE EARTH'S
THOMAS G. BARNES
Measurements by the NASA's Magsat satellite, between October 1979 and
June 1980, corroborate the conclusion which had already been reached:
that the Earth's magnetic field is decreasing-not oscillating, but decreasing
monotonically and exponentially. In this article the evidence for a
young Earth which such a decay provides is considered; also the question,
what will happen if the present decay continues.
CREATIONISM AND CONTINENTAL DRIFT
G. ROBERT MORTON
Calculations of the energy needed for continental drift as well as
the energy dissipated by it show that classical continental drift will
notfit into a creationist framework. If it is believed that the continents
were at one time joined, then either God separated them in a manner
in which the laws of nature were not involved or the earth expanded
in such a way that the viscous forces were not involved.
THE ESSENTIAL NONEXISTENCE OF THE EVOLUTIONARY-UNIFORMITARIAN
GEOLOGIC COLUMN: A QUANTITATIVE ASSESSMENT
This article is a systematic and quantitative demonstration of global
distributional tendencies of the evolutionary-uniformitarian geologic
column. Maps have been drawn to show the worldwide distributions of
all ten geologic periods on all seven continents, and such maps have
also been drafted to show complete segments of the geologic column in
place. Calculations have been performed to measure successional tendencies
of geologic periods over the earth. For example, it has been found that
two-thirds of the earth's land surface has 5 or fewer of the 10 geologic
periods in place, and only 15-20% of the earth's land surface has even
3 geologic periods appearing in "correct" consecutive order.
These and similar findings have been briefly related to the Creationist-Diluvialist
POPGEN 1: COMPUTER SIMULATION OF POPULATION GENETICS
LANE P. LESTER
The availability of relatively inexpensive computers has given many
people access to the devices in schools, businesses, and even homes.
Creationists will be able increasingly to test aspects of both the evolution
and Creation models through the use of these "smart machines".
This paper describes the use of a program to simulate a population of
organisms in which the processes of reproduction, mutation, and natural
selection are operating.