Volume 9, Number 3
A Statistical Analysis Of Flood Legends
Many flood legends have survived from all parts of the world. Nearly al of them are variations of the them in the Biblical account; however, in none of them is there a purity of this theme. They all diverge from the Biblical account in one or more aspects.
Most of the flood legends fall into one or two general classifications. In one of these a favored family is saved, and in the other the survivors vary in number and relationship. Four of these aspects central to the Biblical account occur in varying combinations throughout the legends in both classifications. Because of the varying combinations, the individual legends cannot be categorized as one specific type or another. However, a statistical analysis indicates the purity of the Biblical account and reveals evidence of subsequent upheavals having corrupted in varying degrees all other accounts.
The Cap Thrower Fungus
The daily cycle of growth of Pilobolus filaments is discussed with emphasis on the manner in which this fungus aims at the sun. Many of the spore masses are discharged and glued on the leaves of distant plants because of an explosion in each filament at about 9:00 A.M. If the leaf, with spores attached, is consumed by a horse, the Pilobolus spores grow in the dung and another crop of fungus filaments matures. A plan for the laboratory study of Pilobolus is briefly discussed.
The lens system, biological timing, ballistic aiming, missile firing, and attachment devices of the Pilobolus are seen as unmistakable evidences of Divine creation in the world of fungi.
Why Genetic Variation Between
New Guinea Communities?
(Migration - Dispersion Model
As members of small populations migrating from a relatively large common source are subjected to premature death through warfare, epidemic disease, and other unusual events, genetic drift is greatly accelerated. Migration coupled with unusual events is offered as the primary mechanism in producing genetic variation between populations of New Guinea. This theoretical interpretation fits well with the facts, presented in table form, and solves a distribution problem of some complexity.