Volume 21, Number 4
Darwin's Religious Beliefs
In his autobiography entitled Recollections of the Development of My Mind and Character prepared by Darwin for his children there is an extensive section on the development of his religious views. Though Darwin never intended the autobiography for publication, it was subsequently edited and published by his son, Sir Francis Darwin. In editing, Sir Francis Darwin omitted the section on his father's religious views and instead presented them as brief quotations accompanied by his own summary. The original handwritten autobiography is in the Cambridge University library. The author has used this manuscript as the basis for much of this article. In his early life Darwin was a committed Christian. Later, he was much influenced by his father who expressed his skepticism quite openly. Another factor was Darwin's understanding of the Genesis account as teaching fixity of species so that when he became convinced that new speciews could arise he came to believe that the Bible was unreliable. Thus, as he grew older he left the camp of orthodox Christianity and became an agnostic.
Ice Ages: Thy Mystery Solved?
Part III: Paleomagnetic Stratigraphy And Data Manipulation
This part completes the discussion of dating deep-sea cores by examining the new method of paleomagnetic stratigraphy. Too many unsolved problems exist to objectively date ocean sediments by magnetic reversals. Other possible mechanisms that may cause reversals in rocks or sediments are discussed. The dated oxygen isotope fluctuations are statistically analyzed for the controlling frequencies by power spectrum analysis. The predominant cycle matches the exceedingly weak eccentricity cycle in the Milankovitch theory. Even though this is claimed to prove the theory, it has caused even more serious problems. The question naturally arises of how order can be generated from the chaos of uncertainties and problems to produe their consistent results. It is shown that extreme bias in the astronomical theory has caused the manipulation of data by various means, and the "reinforcement syndrome" acts like a traffic policeman to keep data and researchers in order.
The Legacy Of Duyvene De
Wit For Creationist Biology: Part III - The Comonomic Philosophy: A
Christian Alternative To Evolutionism
This is part III in the series of articles dealing with the life and philosophy of science of Duyvene De Wit, a Dutch biologist. This part specifically focuses on how De Wit was influenced by the writings of Herman Dooyeweerd.
Transformer Analogue Of The
A classical electromagnetic model of the hydrogen atom was introduced in the author's previous paper, A Unified Theory of Physics (CRSQ 21:56-62). The model consists of a spinning spherical proton and a revolving electron ring. Spectral radiation results from resonant vibrations of the electron and proton. The model behaves like a transformer in which there is no ohmic loss. The proton spin and the electron ring rotation form the primary and secondary currents. The mutual inductance stores some of the atom's energy. One of the forces required to establish the stable state and to yield the required free-vibrational frequencies is supplied by an interaction between the primary and secondary currents. Its computation involves the gradient of the mutual inductance, the variation of mutual inductance with distance.
Teaching About Origin Questions:
Origin Of The Universe
In the first article in this series (CRSQ 21:115-19) the author stated a positive, scientifically objective alternative to the "conventional wisdom" of a mechanistic, materialistic origin of the universe and life on the earth, and an animalistic origin of human beings. He listed support data, and demonstrated the validity of Total Creationism and Total Evolutionism as contrasting viewpoints about origins: (1) the former a set of ideas based upon belief in Eternal , Personal Creator God, Who created all things, (2) the latter a contrasting set of ideas based upon the belief that all things derived from some Eternal, Impersonal Matter-Energy condition. Further he contrasted inquiries about the present involving scientific hypotheses and theories, and inquires about the past involving unnatural singularities and speculation about what "could have been" or what "might have happened." This article contains discussion of specific examples and illustrations of the above points as applied to teaching about the origin of the universe.