Posted on October 17, 2012 at 4:26 pm by Dr. Jim
It’s been ages since I tore into Canadian Creationists in the Know Yer Nuts section of whatever this corner of the interweb is, so, here we are with installment 7!
Our winners this time around is the Creation Science Association of Alberta which has a Creation Weekend planned for Oct. 26-27 in Edmonton. Horray! I would love to go but, alas, I will be travelling a lot in November and couldn’t afford the time.
The CSAA is the publisher of Dialogue Magazine, a journal of all sorts of usefully truthology. Unless you want to be a member or supporter of CSAA can subscribe for $8.00 per year, but it seems that earlier volumes get posted for free online on the CSAA homepage. Here’s part of the blurb (emphasis emphatically emphasized by yours truly).
Creation Science Dialogue is a quarterly publication of the Creation Science Association of Alberta (CSAA). It is distributed free of charge to schools and churches in western Canada, and to members and supporters…
Secular science does not provide satisfying or Scripturally-based answers in many areas of life. Indeed when we look at actual studies of nature, the creation-based interpretations fit best. We think this is important for everyone to know.
Students are sometimes overwhelmed by pro-evolution messages. Our association provides an independent Canadian voice for the creation model. We review good quality resources from a broad spectrum of publishers and we provide discussion on topics seldom covered in other publicaions. We have something for youngsters in every issue and something for adults too.
I suspect a fall edition will be posted soon or is at least available to subscribers (and schools…) , but the June 2012 edition has an article on soodpeckers’ wood pecker: could such a thing evolve all by its lonesome? I.e., would a wood pecker peck its own wood with its pecker? It seems that wood peckers, the peckers, have confounded evolutionists. Plays frikkin’ hell with the Bible too, but that’s another story:
Anyway, of the little buggers, Dialogue has this to say:
What made the first “woodpecker” (or would it be would be woodpecker) decide to peck wood? … Pecking wood would be useless until most of the complex system described above was perfected well enough to obtain food by this unusual means.
But its worse! Woodpeckers, the little peckers, can sing opera while practicing an honest trade too!
Granted, I don’t know much woodpeckers and have no experience of wood peckers, but would would-be woodpeckers really starve in the woods without their would-be peckers pecking wood? Maybe most of their diet consisted of other stuff that didn’t hide deep in wood.
Anyway, maybe they had help from woodchucks! ANYONE EVER THINK OF THE WOODCHUCKS?
Go to http://www.annerobertson.com/woodchucks.html for a Christian defence of the Woodchuck!
So, how much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodpeckerless woodpecker could not peck wood? Crap. Do I have to do ALL the science around here?
The whole Dialogue argument sounds suspicially like the more famous Creation pseudo-science “rebuttal” of evolution, to wit: What good is flagellating body parts to a bacterium if it doesn’t get the little bugger from point A to point B? Sounds all kind of kinky to me, but that’s nature for you.
The answer, of course , is that bacteria flagellated their flagellums (what is the plural of that, anyway?) for various purposes long before they used them for locomotive power. I mean, if you are living without sex you really don’t need to get around to pick up the sweeties/hunks, now, do you? Like woodpeckers, that left lots of time for the arts, too.
And this, I suppose leads to the possibility that locomotive flagelluminiumses (?) evolved since bacteria really didn’t get much joy from flagellating themselves much anyway, they might as well use the little appendages for something useful… Here is one paper on that.
Anyway, the June issue of Dialogue also has an article on bacteria, so you see I’m going somewhere with this myself. and so obviously evolution is disproved because, well, bacteria have firewalls. The article is “Natural Firewalls in Bacteria” by “Creation Botanist” and VP of CSAA, Margaret Helder. Her bio from Answers in Genesis:
Dr. Margaret Helder is a scientist, a writer, a mother of six, and Vice-President of the Creation Science Association of Alberta, Canada. She is also probably the most prominent woman in creation science.
Dr. Helder is also the author of three books and Associate Editor in charge of science and technology for Reformed Perspective, a magazine for Christian families. Her scientific achievements include describing and naming a species of aquatic fungus new to science,Chytridium deltanum Masters (Masters being her maiden name, and the name under which she published the description).
Helder is also author of the indispensable (in that if you throw it away, you’ll only run across another one somewhere… the stupidity won’t go away!) Royal Tyrrell Museum Tour Guide
For those interested, my post on my trip to the Royal Tyrrell Museum near Drumheller Alberta is here. RTM is a world class museum of dinosaurs and evolution of all sorts. It is a GREAT place!
Where was I? Oh yeah, in the course of (perhaps perfectly accurately) describing how the DNA, sciency stuff in bacteria protect their flagellating little selves from evils of foreign DNA through system called “CRISPR,” she makes a most astounding analogy (my emphasis added)
Each unique spacer is an exact code replica of a part of some foreign DNA that invaded the cell in the past. The spacers remind me of children’s adventure stories where a pagan has a string of scalps along his belt to remind him of past foreigners vanquished. The cell next compares each unique spacer with the order of code in an invading plasmid or phage DNA. If there is a match, the associated proteins then chop up the invading DNA. And behold, the invading information has been quickly destroyed!
Pagans with scalps, eh? Three cheers for Christian cultural sensitivity!
Of course, the minds and memories of the people of the Americas’ First Nations and non-Christian around the world offer no other analogy for how this CRISPR thing works that our murderous tendencies… Yeah, why to teach children, Margaret, you moron. Free to schools, hey? Yeah right…
I wonder if she would have used such an analogy if she were talking about the DNA of fluffy mammals, like woodchucks, or Christian kids! We must all join the People for the Ethical Treatment of Bacteria! And woodchucks!
Anyway, if bacteria have firewalls, they should have engines. God in his infinite smartosity would not have designed a bacterial firewall without an engine to mount on it at the same time (to do otherwise would be too darn evolutionary), and so the little buggers can cruise up and down mainstreet Mudpuddle all freaking day until they just flagellate themselves into a frenzy over never having sex and then getting all frustrated with that scene ’cause it’s just looserville, and just…. well….splitting. *cue Fast Car by Tracy Chapman*
This structure did NOT evolve.
Well, why not…
Take it as a metaphor about how a loser can hold back progress by espousing the dead-end of Creationist “science”.
But ultimately, the reader of the Firewall article never finds out just how God got so damn much flagellating power under the bacteriological hood (bonnet, to the British readers) or even a demonstration that, contra the evolutionists, that God was the Hot Rood Mechanic behind it all in the first place. Just this:
What an elegant system! It appears so minimalist and simple, yet it manages to carry out such sophisticated and highly precise technical tasks. We see information capture, memory storage, memory retrieval and information matching, with the end result of destruction of unwanted damaging information. Who designed this system? Who designed the many similar systems in bacteria to produce the memory, hardware and operating systems which constitute a fi rewall against hostile invasions of information code? All praise to the Creator of all things great and small!
Yup, just “God digit and isn’t he great”. “Simply” Irreducibly Complex.
Anyway, headlining the Creation on Oct. 26-27 event will be David Coppedge, a former system administrator for the NASA / Jet Propulsion Laboratory‘s Cassini spacecraft mission who was fired after some sort of dust-up over his young earth creationist views being espoused at the work place.
David Coppedge, Fox News photo.
Coppedge’s website, is here Creation Evolution Headlines. Besides going after the Theory of Evolution, Coppedge has a few choice words about Bill Nye and Global Warming. Yes, it’s an all in one refutation of of the scientifically demonstrable with a good bit of Christian persecution complex thrown in! And lets not forget that Coppedges seems to be the prodigy of the illustrious intellectual, Jack Chick!
And here’s Cassini:
Time Online’s article about the Coppedge to-do reads:
Coppedge both runs a “creative-evolution” website and serves on the board of a company that produces intelligent design videos. Every bit of this is Constitutionally protected and none of it need have interfered with his work on the Cassini project — even if his beliefs do make something of an awkward fit with a mission that is intended, in part, to look for the chemical and evolutionary origins of life, with no role for anything other than the strictly empirical. Still, in 2009 Coppedge was demoted and in 2011 he was fired; both moves, he claims, were a result of religious discrimination.
Not so, says JPL. Coppedge, they argue, was harassing his co-workers by pushing his intelligent design video on them and engaging in unwelcome arguments about the origins of life. He is also alleged to have made coworkers uncomfortable with his overbearing conversations about his support for Proposition 8 — California’s anti-same sex marriage amendment — and his belief that the JPL holiday party ought to be renamed a Christmas party. He was, according to his former superiors, reprimanded and told to confine such discussions to the lunch hour or other free time. Coppedge, according to those same superiors, responded by alleging a “hostile work environment.”
Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,2109205,00.html#ixzz1y4fKk6lY
Well, crumb, how about Coppedge creating an annoying work environment casting doubt on the very science his employers and fellow workers see as the foundation of their work, not to mention bringing up controversial social issues.
Here is how CSAA describes the events (emphasis original):
David Coppedge is one man standing up against NASA, the American governments’ space exploration agency. Now that takes courage! Why would anyone undertake such a difficult task? Basically it is a fight for freedom of religion and for freedom to discuss intelligent design during social settings in the workplace.
He is a member of the board of Illustra Media, which has produced excellent videos such as Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Privileged Planed, Darwin’s Dilemma and Metamorphosis…
During his career at JPL, Mr. Coppedge occasionally shared copies of Illustra Media videos with colleagues. Having complained that he was “pushing religion”, JPL fired David Coppedge in January 2011. He brought suit against JPL (funded by American taxpayers) and the institution’s private administrator California Institute of Technology. His suit claims protection against religious discrimination under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act. … The trial began on March 7, 2012.
The court case has generated international media attention. A Yahoo News item (March 12/12) was entitled “Suit: NASA Specialist Axed over Intelligent Design.” Another item, posted online by TIME Magazine on March 19 was entitled “Legal Smackdown: NASA, Religion and Intelligent Design.” TIME’s piece suggested that Mr. Coppedge’s views “make something of an awkward fit with a mission that is intended, in part, to look for the chemical and evolutionary origins of life, with no role for anything other than the strictly empirical.” The article suggested that NASA was entirely justified to object to someone who was a “provocateur” and “ a pain”, promoting an unpopular view. But it was not the views, but the actions that JPL objected to, said TIME, and besides all NASA did was to “downsize” Mr. Coppedge as a result of a reduced role for Cassini.
On the other hand David Coppedge contends that he was a senior employee in good standing until a supervisor objected to his lending the DVDs Unlocking the Mystery of Life and Privileged Planet to willing colleagues.
The resulting court case therefore is supposed to resolve to what extent an employee really enjoys freedom of religion and free speech in the workplace. Legislation clearly protects this right, but does the law really protect anyone? This California case obviously is an important one. It is expected to run 3 or 4 (possibly even 5) weeks. The judge has viewed the two DVDs and multiple copies have been distributed to the media.
Anyway, the trial apparently ended on April 16, but the verdict is still pending. The latest updates on the trial’s status are these (as of Oct. 17, 2012):
08/23/2012 Order (INTERIM ORDER ON SUBMITTED MATTER )
Filed by Court08/28/2012 Miscellaneous-Other (plaintiff’s supplemental brief )
Filed by Attorney for Plaintiff/Petitioner
Info from the LA superior court: http://www.lasuperiorcourt.org/civilCaseSummary/index.asp?CaseType=Civil case BC435600 DAVID COPPEDGE VS JET PROPULSION LABORATORY ET AL
Well, as I said, I’m not sure about woodpeckers, but there might be Bluebirds over the White Cliffs of Dover Disaster for I.D…’
P.S., the airplanes are Supermarine Spitfires, which, like bacteria (see above) and Chevy Novas (see above), have firewalls, only the Spitfires have Rolls Royce engines of about 1650 cu. in (27 litre) for the early models and 2240 Cu. in. (37 litre), in the later versions (with the bulging cylinder banks that look so cool) so take that, Chevy Nova hot rod fans (see above)! The Spitfire did not feature Jet Propulsion, since that idea was still in the Laboratory when the Spitfire was intelligently designed, so Coppedge must know what he is talking about since he was there. But I suppose jets do spit fire, especially with the afterburner going full blast, but I don’t know if they have firewalls. Perhaps they just have those funky little folding room dividers.
Now, of course, the Bible has Dragons, which also spit fire, and since it is obvious that airplanes, jet or piston powered, have designers (who are part of the weird sub-category of intelligent apes called “People with Practical Jobs”), so too must the biblical dragons, hence Creationism. See, wasn’t that easy?
So, if anyone goes to the Creation weekend, send me some note, pictures, etc! Here is the rest of the schedule:
Mill Woods Assembly 23 Ave. & 66 Str. – Edmonton Free Admission!
Friday October 26
8:00 p.m. Cassini Discovers Saturn
Saturday October 27 (all day)
10:00 a.m. Complimentary Continental Breakfast
10:30 a.m. Evidences for Youth in the Solar System
1:30 p.m. The Art and Science of Baloney Detecting!
8:00 p.m. Why the Church must emphasize Creation