Category Archives: Evolution

Creative Challenge #40: Find the Connection

This one is really challenging, even for your Curmudgeon. We spotted this headline in the Telegraph, published in London: Spanish woman claims ownership of the sun. You’ll want to read it all, so we’ll give you just a few excerpts:

A Spanish woman claims she has become the legal owner of the Sun after registering it as her property with a local notary and now plans to charge those who use it.

Angeles Duran, 49, from Vigo in Spain’s northwestern region of Galicia, applied for ownership of the fiery star at the centre of our solar system after learning that similar claims had been made by an American on the Moon, Mars and Venus.

Fascinating, isn’t it? Then the Telegraph says:

Last week Miss Duran was issued with a document that declares she is “the owner of the Sun, a star of spectral type G2, located in the centre of the solar system, at an averaged distance from Earth of around 149,600,000 kilometres” (93 million miles).

Wowie — she was issued a document! One more excerpt:

“I know the law and backed my claim legally,” she told local media. “I did it but anyone else could have done it, it simply occurred to me first.” She announced that she now plans to profit from her property and wants to charge those whose benefit from its energy.

Addendum: We Googled for the woman’s name and found that this isn’t a new story. The Daily Mail has a story about her from back in 2010: Spanish woman claims she owns the sun – and now plans to start charging ALL users.

And now for the challenge. We assume that with a story this wild, there must be some creationism in there somewhere, so the form of today’s challenge is that you must tell us, with reasonable brevity:

What ‘s the creationist connection to this woman’s claim?

You know the rules: You may enter the contest as many times as you wish, but you must avoid profanity, vulgarity, childish anatomical analogies, etc. Also, avoid slanderous statements about individuals. Feel free to comment on the entries submitted by others — with praise, criticism, or whatever — but you must do so tastefully.

There may not be a winner of this contest, but if there is, your Curmudgeon will decide, and whenever we get around to it we’ll announce who the winner is. There is no tangible prize — as always in life’s great challenges, the accomplishment is its own reward. We now throw open the comments section, dear reader. Go for it!

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Discoveroids React to the Gallup Poll

A few days ago we posted 2017 Gallup Poll on Evolution, which shows that since 1982 in the US, belief in man’s non-theistic evolution has increased from 9% to 19%, while belief in the divinely caused existence of man has dropped from 44% to 38%.

Like all creationist organizations, the Discovery Institute is upset with the trend. To show their displeasure, they posted Latest Gallup Polling on Evolution Fails to Enlighten. It was written by David Klinghoffer, a Discoveroid “senior fellow” (i.e., flaming, full-blown creationist), who eagerly functions as their journalistic slasher and poo flinger. We’ll give you a few excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis.

Trifling evidence and momentous conclusions. That is evolution in a nutshell, and news of the day from most mainstream sources bears out the observation once again.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Discoveroids have no shame. Then — and not relevant to our subject today — he mentions some speculative conclusions from two recently discovered fossils. PhysOrg wrote about it here: Scientists find 7.2-million-year-old pre-human remains in the Balkans. After that gratuitous remark, Klinghoffer tuns his attention to the Gallup poll and says:

Equally unenlightening, in a different way, is the latest Gallup polling data on belief in evolution, announcing “In US, Belief in Creationist View of Humans at New Low.” I understand that surveys like this ask the same questions year after year in order to track major trends in opinion. In this case, unfortunately, the question reflects the primitive nature of the evolution debate when Gallup first started polling on it.

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! Klinghoffer is dismissive of the “the primitive nature of the evolution debate” back in 1982 when Gallup first started asking its questions. He complains that since 1982 they’ve been asking:

Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings — 1) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God guided this process, 2) Human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life, but God had no part in this process, 3) God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so?

Yes, that’s what Gallup has been asking. But Klinghoffer thinks they’ve got it all wrong. He explains:

What I wish they would ask is:

[Klinghoffer’s preferred question:] Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of living creatures – 1) Animal and human life arose and developed over billions of years, guided by a designing intelligence, whether God or otherwise, 2) Animal and human life arose and developed over billions of years, by strictly blind, natural processes, unguided by any intelligent agent, 3) God created all animal and human life at one time within the last 10,000 years or so?

Why is Gallup asking such a stupid question, when Klinghoffer thinks his version is so much better? Let’s read on:

[T]he modern intelligent design movement didn’t exist 35 years ago, so Gallup is stuck in 1982.

Ah, that explains it. Gallup’s question is an obsolete relic of the primitive past, before the incandescent brilliance of the Discoveroids’ intelligent design “theory” was revealed to a world wallowing in sinful Darwinism. Klinghoffer continues to criticize Gallup:

That doesn’t stop them from trying to insert ID after the fact. They assert, “Often rebranded as ‘intelligent design,’ especially as it relates to education, the creationist viewpoint has met defeat in the Supreme Court but continues to surface in curricula across the U.S.”

How disrespectful — and ignorant! Another excerpt:

This is of course false. Are they also taking dictation from the National Center for Science Education? ID is not “rebranded” creationism – the ideas are worlds apart.[Hee hee!] Teaching creationism in public schools has indeed been rejected, but ID is not creationism. [Hee hee!] ID does not “surface in curricula across the U.S.” It’s not in public school curricula anywhere.

Technically, maybe ID isn’t specifically listed as a topic in any school district’s curriculum, but some do indeed teach the so-called “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution — and those alleged “weaknesses” are the entirety of intelligent design. Klinghoffer unwittingly acknowledges this:

The idea of allowing teachers to challenge students with a range of mainstream evidence about evolution, not ID, has had notable success in a number of states. But that, again, is a different matter. I won’t rehash the rest here.

He concludes his post with some advice for the Gallup Organization:

It sure would be helpful if a major polling company like Gallup refreshed their awareness of the evolution debate next time they survey about it.

What the Discoveroids want is for Gallup to specifically ask how many people believe in intelligent design. First, because it would give their “theory” some legitimacy, by treating it as a topic worthy of polling. Also, the figure for believers in intelligent design will show some increase, because their fictional theory didn’t exist until they concocted it and began to promote it. A respected poll showing that increase would undoubtedly impress the Discoveroids’ generous patrons.

We think the current Gallup polling question is just fine: theistic evolution, non-theistic evolution, and hard-core creationism. Those are the only real choices. Intelligent design is nothing but a sleazy version of the last of those three, and it doesn’t deserve recognition as a separate option.

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Rev. David Rives — Science Fiction Is Bunk

This one will infuriate the creationists at Google. They still haven’t indexed one of our posts about the rev from more than two months ago — Rev. David Rives — New Stars Are Never Seen. Nevertheless, we couldn’t ignore this one.

The Drool-o-tron™ alerted us to it with its sirens and flashing lights. The blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND). The Drool-o-tron™ had once again found the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

Our computer was locked onto this headline at WND: What does Bible say about life on other planets? The actual title of the rev’s video is “Evolution and Pop Culture.”

The rev tells us that popular culture, TV shows, and science fiction movies are often about aliens or things that happened millions of years ago. But those ideas come from an evolutionary worldview! Evolutionists think that if life happened here, it must have happened elsewhere. It’s really clever how they sneak that stuff into almost everything.

From a biblical view, god created Earth to be inhabited. The Earth! Adam’s sin affected the whole universe, but aliens — if there are any — weren’t saved by Jesus. So forget all the evolutionary junk you see on TV and in the movies. Read the bible!

The rev is wearing a whole new outfit, and he’s definitely not dressed like a bible-boy. That doesn’t matter. He’s the cutest rev you’ve ever seen! The video is a tad more than two minutes long before the commercial at the end. Go ahead, click over to WND and watch it.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules. Okay, the comments are open. Go for it!

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Jason Lisle Discovered a Planet!

You’re going to be hearing about this for a long time, so get used to it. We learned about it from one of our clandestine operatives, code-named “Blue Grass.”

The amazing headline is Creationist discovers new planet using data from Kepler spacecraft. It appears at the website of The Christian Times, which has a comments section. They describe themselves like this:

The mission of The Christian Times is to report on Christian-related news and events nationwide and worldwide. … We affirm the divine inspiration, truthfulness and authority of both Old and New Testament Scriptures in their entirety as the only written word of God, without error in all that it affirms, and the only infallible rule of faith and practice.

Let’s find out what The Christian Times reveals. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

A Christian astrophysicist in Texas has discovered a new planet seven times bigger than Earth while analyzing data from the Kepler spacecraft. Dr. Jason Lisle, the director of physical sciences at the Dallas-based Institute for Creation Research, announced the discovery in May after he analyzed a measurable drop in the brightness of the host star KPLR 7826659, during a period in which the planet crossed in front of the star.

Jason Lisle discovered a planet? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! As you all know, he’s the creationist astrophysicist who used to be employed by Answers in Genesis (AIG), ol’ Hambo’s online ministry. For reasons which have never been explained, Jason left AIG a few years ago to go to the Institute for Creation Research (ICR), the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom.

Our last post about him was: Jason Lisle’s Extra-Solar Planet Predictions. That was almost a month ago, and he may have already known about his planetary discovery at the time. The Christian Times says:

The Kepler spacecraft, launched in 2009 for the purpose of researching stars and exoplanets in the Milky Way, records the brightness of 145,000 stars using a photometer and transmits the data back to Earth. Lisle explained that thousands of planets have been discovered orbiting stars by analyzing the data from the spacecraft.

Yes, and as far as we know, creationists played no part in the design or implementation of Kepler, and certainly not in the conception of its mission. But somehow, Jason used their data to find a planet. The Christian Times tells us:

KPLR 7826659 had already been marked as a “potential candidate” in the Kepler archives, but nothing has been published to confirm that there is a planet orbiting the celestial body. “That’s what made this one very exciting for me as I’m apparently the first to confirm that there is a real planet orbiting that star,” Lisle stated.

Ah, now we understand. The Kepler data is being made available to everyone at this website: Discover new planets orbiting other stars in our galaxy! Amateurs — and even creationists like Jason — are encouraged to view the data to look for likely planets. Over 12,000 people have signed up to give it a try, and Jason appears to be one of them. They’re given a quick tutorial and are then asked to plow through data on thousands of stars recently observed. PhysOrg had a story six weeks ago about another amateur discovery: Exoplanet discovery by an amateur astronomer shows the power of citizen science.

The Christian Times news story continues:

Lisle noted that the newly discovered planet is almost as large as Jupiter, and yet, it orbits quite close to its star, which he says runs “contrary to secular expectations, but perfectly consistent with the diversity that the Lord has built into His universe.”

“Contrary to secular expectations”? BWAHAHAHAHAHA! There are a few more paragraphs, but they contain no actual news, so this is where we leave The Christian Times. Now we wait for the inevitable babbling from creationist news sites about how Jason used the bible to find a new planet, thus proving its perfect accuracy in all scientific matters. This is going to be fun!

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