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Volume 22, Number 1
An Annular Solar Eclipse
Dennis Englin, Ph.D. and
George F. Howe, Ph.D.
The annular solar eclipse
of May 30, 1984 provided an opportunity to study the unusual phenomenon.
The Oklo Natural Uranium
Reactor: Evidence For A Young Earth
Eugene F. Chaffin, Ph.D.
A fossil nuclear reactor
is believed to have been discovered at Oklo in Gabon, Africa. The author
has previously considered the scientific data from the viewpoint of
a creationist. In this work further studies of concentrations of uranium
and of reactor by-products are presented and discussed as they relate
to determining the age of the reactor. The data still seem to be consistent
with the young earth view.
Experimental Results Of Crowding
On The Rate Of Asexual Reproduction Of The Planarian Dugesia dorotocephala
E. Norbert Smith, Ph.D.
Natural selection is central
to evolution and is thought to provide the mechanism for the development
of new species. Pressure exerted by natural selection is thought to
play a major role in the regulation of animal populations. If it could
be demonstrated that natural selection is not needed for the maintenance
of populations or that the harvest of prey species by predators is random,
then evolution would be without a mechanism. Experimental evidence is
presented indicating the freshwater planarian, Dugesia dorotocephala,
regulates its own population density at healthy levels without need
for starvation, disease or predation. Data also indicate worm density
is a more important factor of reproduction rate than food under certain
conditions. Additional work is needed with other species and under natural
Teaching About Origin Questions:
Origin Of Life On Earth
John N. Moore, Ed.D.
In the first article (CRSQ
21:115-19) in this four-part series the author stated the validity of
two fundamentally contrasting viewpoints about origins; and in doing
so, he provided objective, scientific data for (1) Total Creationism
(based upon belief in Eternal, Personal Creator God who created all
things), and (2) Total Evolutionism (based upon the belief that all
things derived from some Eternal, Impersonal Matter-Energy condition).
By emphasizing limitations of proper, orderly scientific endeavor, he
delineated that scientists deal with two kinds of inquiries: (a) inquiries
to explain "present" natural phenomena (leading to the science
of cosmology, for example), and (b) inquiries to explain unobservable
origins of aspects of the "present" natural environment (leading
to "Historical Theories, such as cosmogonies). In a second article
(CRSQ 21:189-94) he concentrated upon differences between the methods
of cosmologists and cosmogonists, and presented itemization of circumstantial
evidence for an Evolution Model and Creation Model about the origin
of the universe. This article contains discussion of specific examples
and illustrations of the above as applied to teaching about the origin
of life on the earth.
Gerald B. Heyes, B.A.
Scientific and engineering
data are taken within constraints of physical, biological, and chemical
systems. The validity of the data is further limited to the adequacy
of the sampling regime, and both repeatability and accuracy of the measurement
process. Models built from such data ought to be bounded by these conditions
and extrapolation from these models should show healthy scientific restraint
and reasonable justification. Those which do not, often lead to incorrect
decision-making and mislead others either intentionally by disregarding
boundary conditions or facts, or unintentionally by carelessness. Evolutionary
theorists are guilty on both counts and creationists should learn from
this and be critical of their own data extrapolations.
Archaeology And The Antiquity
Of Ancient Civilization: A Conflict With Biblical Chronology? - Part
Stan F. Vaninger, M.A
Near the end of the 19th
century, A.D., White made the claim that historical and scientific evidence
regarding the antiquity of ancient civilizations proved that the Biblical
chronology was impossibly short and of no historical value. During the
course of the 20th century, historians have been steadily decreasing
their estimate of when ancient civilizations began. In recent years,
several scholars have been working on a radical revision of ancient
history which reduces the antiquity of ancient civilization even further.
These recent revisions of ancient history may very well prove to eliminate
entirely any supposed conflict between Biblical chronology and the antiquity
of human civilization.
A Statistical Analysis Of
The Post-Flood Gap Possibility
William L. Seaver, Ph.D
An extensive statistical
analysis of the post-Flood lifespans with various calibration models
shows that it is possible to find statistical models that predict hundreds
and possibly even thousands of years between patriarchs. However, if
the interpolation and extrapolation performance of the calibration model
plus the model's insensitivity to statistical outliers is considered,
there are statistical calibration models using the natural logarithm
of lifespan that show no gaps in the Genesis 11 genealogy.
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