VOLUME 47, NUMBER 3 WINTER, 2011 ABSTRACTS
A Case of “Missing” Decay An Analysis of C-14 Detected in Very Old Samples
Carbon-14 has historically been extremely useful for archeologists and Quaternary geologists. The recent development of accelerator mass spectrometry has dramatically improved the precision of the method. However, this new capability has raised questions. Many supposedly “ancient” carbon samples contain some level of radiocarbon content. The purpose of this paper is to provide a statistical analysis of published results of radiocarbon measurements made on geologically ancient samples to determine whether there are any significant patterns. The results show that C-14 levels in these ancient samples appear to follow the lognormal model, which entails that their ages follow a normal curve. This implies that all of the samples are of approximately the same age and points to a single burial event for all of them. The results are consistent with a global flood catastrophe and a young age for the earth.
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Earth’s Magnetic Field Is Decaying Steadily— with a Little Rhythm
D. Russell HumphreysA new curve fit to a new compilation of data shows with new clarity that from 1900 to 2010, the main “dipole” part of the earth’s magnetic field decayed exponentially (constant percent loss per year) with a small sine-wave variation. The time constant of the exponential part is 1611 (± 10) years. The sinusoidal part has a period of 66.1 (± 1.3) years and an amplitude of 0.29 (± 0.02) % of the main part today. The fit is very good, with most points within 0.05% of the curve. The distinctness of the exponential part gives new strength to the creationary model of the field, that losses in the earth’s core today are steadily decreasing the electric current producing the dipole field, thus supporting a young earth. A simple electric circuit clarifies the decay model. The small sine-wave part, apparently not noticed in the dipole moment data before now, may be due to an east-west torsional oscillation between core and mantle. This corresponds to an approximately 60-year cycle observed in the rate of earth’s rotation. Full Article: [PDF] (available to the public)
Friedrich Nietzsche’s Superman, a Child of Darwin
The life and worldwide influence of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was researched, stressing the effect of Darwinism on Nietzsche’s worldview and, in turn, Nietzsche’s impact on academic and world leaders such as Adolf Hitler. The reasons why Nietzsche saw Christianity as the antithesis of his philosophy were discussed in some detail. It was concluded that Nietzsche was a tragic figure, a disciple of Darwin, and a supporter of eugenics who, as a whole, had a very negative influence on society.Full Article: [PDF]
The Little Ice Age in the North Atlantic Region Part I: Introduction to Paleoclimatology
Peter Klevberg and Michael J. Oard
It is widely held by both evolutionists and creationists that earth history includes periods of glacial advance known as “ice ages.” In most cases, the extent, causes, and effects of an ice age are speculative excursions into undocumented natural history. The salient exception is the Little Ice Age, which extended into the beginning of the modern age of weather instrumentation and measurement. While evidence indicates the Little Ice Age was global, it was particularly well documented in the North Atlantic Region. This is particularly fortuitous for diluvialists, as this region provides an especially useful set of conditions for testing predictions of the rapid, postdiluvial Ice Age model. The first paper in this series reviews the methods used to study climates of the past, particularly their application to the Little Ice Age.
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