and Applications of Botanical Alkaloids Offer Evidence of Creative
Purpose and Design
D. Lumsden, Ph.D.
Natural products phytochemistry,
exemplified by the "bitter herbs", has served the medicinal
needs of mankind since antiquity, and continues to do so in the present
era. The appearance of pathogens resistant to existing pharmacology,
notably to synthetic drugs, new diseases, and the continuing bane of
cancers, cardiovascular diseases, endocrine dysfunctions, neurological
disorders, immunopathology, etc. are stimulating renewed interest in
possible biological sources of new therapeutic principles.
Remarkably, biogenic alkaloids
having no direct function in the metabolism or structure of the plants
that manufacture them have highly specific molecular interactions in
man (or his infectious pathogens and/or their vectors) and the agents
which plague his food sources. Such interactions underlie their pharmacological
(or pesticidal) properties. These and related observations have significance
to a creationist concept of their origin.
The Story of the Pygmy on Display in a Zoo
One of the most fascinating
historical accounts about the fallout of biological evolution theory
on human relations is the story of Ota Benga, a pygmy who was put on
display in an American zoo as an example of an evolutionarily inferior
race. The incident clearly reveals the racism of evolutionary theory
and the extent that the theory gripped the hearts and minds of scientists
and journalists in the late 1800s. As humans move away from this time
in history, we can more objectively look back at the horrors that evolutionary
theory has brought to society of which this story is a poignant example.
of the John Woodmorappe Flood Geology Model
The assumption of time-equivalence
of index fossils is the basis of evolutionist geology. In this review
of the Woodmorappe Flood Model it can be shown that there is a simpler
and better explanation for the separation of fossils in a short time-frame.
Rather than time itself being the determining factor in the positioning
of fossils, geographical and tectonic causes provide the basis for a
diluvial paradigm which is superior to the standard geologic framework.
of Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas:
Part III -- Chemical Tests Performed on Wood
L. Williams, Ph.D., George T. Matzko, Ph.D., George F. Howe, Ph.D.,
Richard R. White, B.A. and William G. Stark, A.S.
Various tests were performed
on samples of wood collected from the Dawson Creek region of Big Bend
National Park. No radiohalos were found in the charcoalified material.
No C-14 was detected in a charcoalified wood sample. The silica content
of the silicified wood specimens was found to be generally greater than
901b. Comments and a discussion of the test results are offered on the
nodular objects found in and around a clay mound. All data were interpreted
within a Diluvialist model where possible.