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Creation Update Archive - 2006


Welcome to the 2006 collection of Creation Update Archives

Table of Contents

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December

Creation Update #301
Did Evolution Really Break Through in 2005?
Air date: 1-03-06
Fuz Rana, Dave Rogstad, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries Discussed
    • Evaluation of Science magazine's top ten breakthroughs of the year
      • "Junk" DNA
      • Speciation/Mate Preference and Viral Evolution
      • Origin of Life Date
      • Human Migration Patterns
      • Planetary Blitz
      • Mars Rovers and the search for water
      • Stardust Mission (Comet Tails)
      • Deep Impact Mission
        • "Breakthrough of the Year: Evolution in Action," Science 310 (2005): 1878-79.
        • "Breakthrough of the Year: The Runners Up; 2--Planetary Blitz," Science 310 (2005): 1880-85.
        • Resources
  • Call-in questions
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC asks:
    • Dean from Boulder, CO:
      • Offers comments on "first cause" question.
      • He also asks: What is the percentage difference in noncoding DNA for chimp/human genomes?
      • Resource
    • John from San Clemente, CA:
      • Proposes a question/solution about Pioneer 10 and 11 anomalies

Creation Update #302
More Confirmation for Cosmic Creation Model
Air date: 1-10-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Joe Aguirre

  • Dr. Ross reports on recorded televised debate at Ankerberg Theological Research Institute
  • Discoveries discussed
    • Model-independent way to show that universe has been expanding
      • Ruth A. Daly and S. G. Djorgovski, "A Model-Independent Determination of the Expansion and Acceleration Rates of the Universe as a Function of Reshift and Constraints on Dark Energy," Astrophysical Journal 597 (2003): 9-20.
      • Resources
    • First-time measurement of change in pulsation cycle of white dwarf stars
      • S. O. Kepler et al., "Measuring the Evolution of the Most Stable Optical Clock G 117-B15A," Astrophysical Journal 634 (2005): 1311-18.
    • Convergence of panda's thumb evidence for optimal design
      • Manuel J. Salesa et al., "Evidence of a False Thumb in a Fossil Carnivore Clarifies the Evolution of Pandas.
        • " Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences vol. 103, no. 2 (2006): 379-82.
        • Carl Zimmer, "The Other Panda's Thumb," Corante, December 26, 2005 (corante.com/loom/archives/044868print.html).
        • John J. Flynn et al., "Molecular Phylogeny of the Carnivora (Mammalia): Assessing the Impact of Increased Sampling on Resolving Enigmatic Relationships," Systematic Biology 54 (2005): 317-37.
        • John J. Flynn et al., "Whence the Red Panda?" Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, vol. 17, no. 2 (2000): 190-99.
        • Altruism study shows chimps don't behave like humans
        • Joan B. Silk et al., "Chimpanzees Are Indifferent to the Welfare of Unrelated Group Members," Nature 437 (2005): 1357-59.
        • Resource:
  • Call-in questions:
    • Chris from Atlanta Asks:
      • Does a split embryo have two souls?
    • John from San Clemente, CA wants to know:
      • Do galaxies expand with the universe as the universe expands?
      • Resource
        • Gravitation, by Kip S. Thorne et al.
    • Leonard from Florence, AL wonders:
      • about the wave function of the universe/string theory.
      • Resources
  • E-mail questions
    • Several listeners ask:
      • What is RTB's position on intelligent design?
      • Resources:
    • Larry from Wichita, KS wants to know:
      • Is there any new research on extremophiles?
      • Resource

Creation Update #303
Test of General Relativity Validates RTB Creation Model
Air date: 1-17-06
Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries
    • Most precise test to date of E=mc2
      • Simon Rainville et al., "World Year of Physics: A Direct Test of E=mc2," Nature 438 (2005): 1096-97.
    • Fundamental constants test reveals no change
      • N. Kanekar et al., "Constraints on Changes in Fundamental Constants from a Cosmologically Distant OH Absorber or Emitter," Physical Review Letters 95 (2005): 261301.
    • Does string theory tie nature's laws together?
      • Edward Witten, "Unravelling String Theory," Nature 438 (2005): 1085.
      • Geoff Brumfiel, "Our Universe: Outrageous Fortune," Nature 439 (2006): 10-12.
      • Resource
        • The Elegant Universe, by Brian Greene
  • Philosophical segment
    • What is the argument from reason?
    • Resource
      • C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason, by Victor Reppert
  • Call-in questions
    • John from San Clemente, CA wonders:
      • Why is gravity a mystery?
    • Peter from Leesburg, VA asks:
      • Is there a reverse entropy?
    • Randy from Collierville, TN wants to know:
      • Is atheism a religion?
  • E-mail questions
    • Renee asks:
      • Why is it more rational to believe in a triune God? Is God male?
      • Resource
    • Anthony questions:
      • Does the infinity of God mean that he is dimensionless and cannot be measured at all?

Creation Update #304
Biology's "Big Bang" Really Happened
Air date: 1-24-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries:
    • Cambrian explosion a real event
      • Lars S. Jermiin, Leon Poladian, and Michael A. Charleston, "Is the 'Big Bang' in Animal Evolution Real?" Science 310 (2005): 1910-11.
      • Antonis Rokas, Dirk Kruger, and Sean B. Carroll, "Animal Evolution and the Molecular Signature of Radiations Compressed in Time," Science 310 (2005): 1933-38.
      • Resource:
    • Perfect timing of the Cambrian explosion
    • Magnetic field anomaly in big bang cosmology resolved
  • Theology Segment
    • Why can't Islam and Christianity both be true?
    • Resource:
  • Call-in questions:
    • Mark from Vero Beach, FL has two questions:
    • Kenny from Milton, FL wants to know:
      • What about Psalm 90 as a reference to "evening and morning"?
    • Jim from Wheaton, IL has two questions:
      • Did the Tree of Life sustain Adam and Eve in the Garden?
      • A second question on a mitochondrial DNA bottleneck.
      • Resource:
    • Kurt from Billings, MT asks:
      • Does Christianity have to be absolutely true and Islam not true at all?
      • Resources:
        • Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples
        • The Case for Faith, by Lee Strobel
    • Roger from Portland, ME comments on the deity of Christ and Did God create with an appearance of age?
    • Sam from San Marcos, CA asks:
      • Did the first creations contain all that is necessary for future types within the species? Will red hair eventually disappear?
  • E-mail questions:

Creation Update #305
Probing the Universe's Dark Ages
Air date: 1-31-06
Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries
    • New method to probe content of early universe
      • Reference:
      • George D. Becker et al., "Discovery of Excess O I Absorption Towards the z=6.42 QSO SDSS J1148+5251," Astrophysical Journal preprint, November 17, 2005.
      • Resource :
      • Journey Toward Creation, 2nd ed., by Hugh Ross (VHS or DVD)
    • Empathy differences in women and men
      • Tania Singer et al., "Empathic Neural Responses are Modulated by the Perceived Fairness of Others," Nature 439 (2006): 466-69.
    • Martian water search update
      • Mark A. Bullock, "The Flow and Ebb of Water," Nature 438 (2005): 1087-88.
  • Philosophy / Theology Segment
    • The Christian view of truth
  • Call-in questions
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC Wants to know:
      • How does one respond to the Mormon tactic that a "burning in the bosom" verifies truth claims?
      • Resources
        • DNA vs. The Book of Mormon (DVD, VHS, or Audio Tape)
        • Losing a Lost Tribe
        • The New Mormon Challenge
        • Exchange between RTB and Mormon apologist regarding the planet Kolob
        • How Wide the Divide?
    • Roger from Portland, ME asks:
      • Is there life transformation in Islam? Is there answered prayer in Islam?
      • Resources
      • Answering Islam
      • Islam: The Straight Path
  • E-mail question
    • Mark asks: 
      • Why are there moons with retrograde orbits? Doesn't that point to randomness rather than design?

Creation Update #306
Limits on Quantum Foam
Air date: 2-07-06
Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries
    • First experimental limit on quantum gravity
      • Adrian Cho, "Ring Around a Quasar May Deflate Quantum Foam After All," Science 311 (2006): 594.
    • Detection of solar system object in Kuiper Belt
      • Scott S. Sheppard, "A Planet More, A Planet Less?" Nature 439 (2006): 541.
  • Philosophy segment
    • The Christian view of truth (part 2)
  • Call-in questions
    • Paul from Boulder, CO Wants to know:
      • Do viruses common to humans and chimps provide evidence for common ancestry? Also a question on string theory.
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC reports:
      • He provided an update on interactions with Mormon missionaries.
      • Resource
        • DNA vs. The Book of Mormon (DVD, VHS, or Audio Tape)
    • Ransom from Raleigh, NC asks:
      • Why did God make Eve out of Adam's flesh? Was Adam incomplete? Was it really a rib?
      • Resource
    • John from San Clemente, CA questions:
      • What is consciousness? (In reference to What the Bleep Do We Know?)
      • Resources
        • Origins of Life, by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
        • The Emperor's New Mind, by Roger Penrose
        • Goodbye, Descartes
  • E-mail questions
    • Anthony F. asks:
      • Is Jesus' being God and his being the Son of God two distinct things? Did he become the Son of God when he became man?
      • Resource

Creation Update #307
Studies of Type 1A Supernova
Air date: 2-14-06
Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Supernova Cosmology Project
      • Astronomical Journal, 130:2788-2803, 2005 December: Hook, et. al.
    • Continental Crust Growth
      • Nature Vol.439/2 February 2006, Kemp, et. al.
      • Rare Earth, by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee
    • Vacation Bible School Science Curriculum
    • Creation Ex Nihilo
      • Without a Doubt by Kenneth Richard Samples
      • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Teaching Children About Doctrinal Issues
    • Teaching, Rather than Propagandizing our Children
    • Children and Doctrinal Issues
  • Call-in questions
    • Randy from Vista, CA asks about:
      • Claims of Re-interpretation of Scriptures
    • Mike from Littlerock AR wants to know about:
      • Science and Absolutes
    • Dave from Goldendale WA has a question about:
      • The viability of the Young Earth argument regarding giving the Bible to 500 people
  • E-mail questions
    • John Payne asks:
      • Whose responsibility is it to defend or dismiss a claim that is made?
    • Bob C-apper from Chicago asks about:
      • Instances of Scientific evidences that help to clarify the Scriptures.

Creation Update #308
New Method to Measure Astronomical Distances
Air date: 2-21-06
Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • New Measurement of Distances: Triangulation (Paralax)
      • The Distance to the Perseus Spiral Arm in the Milky Way
        • Y. Xu, e.t al Science, 6 January, 2006VOL 311
      • Triangulation the Galaxy
        • J. J. Binney al Science, 6 January, 2006 VOL 311
      • Recommended
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • First Observational Constraints on Dark Matter
      • Dwarf Galaxies May Help Define Dark Mater
      • Cambridge, U.K.Science, 10 February 2006VOL 311
      • Recommended
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Astronomers Offer List of Top Candidates for Extraterrestrial Life
  • Call-in questions
    • Peter from Akron OH asks:
      • Why do Scientists criticize the concept of ID?
    • Ransom from Raliegh N.C. wants to know:
      • Are there any articles that Describe a Scientific Creation Model?
      • Resources
        • The Fingerprint of God, by Hugh Ross
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
        • Origins of Life, by Fazale Rana and Hugh Ross
        • Who Was Adam?, by Fazale Rana with Hugh Ross (book)
    • Kurt from Billings Montana questions:
      • If Jesus' Death was Pre-ordained before the beginning of the Universe, where is Free Will?
      • Resources
  • E-mail questions
    • A Listener Disagrees with RTB claims that:
      • No God but the God of the Bible is without a beginning and no God other than the Biblical God stands without Creation

Creation Update #309
Cosmic Strings, and Crystal Structure Design in the Earth's Core
Air date: 2-28-06
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink and Kenneth Samples

  • Recent Conferences
    • Discussion of Recent RTB Seminars
  • Scientific discoveries
    • Cosmic Strings
      • The Astrophysical Journal, Jan. 2006, Sazhin, et. Al.
    • Crystal Structure Design in the Earth's Core
      • Dissociation of MgSiO3 in the Cores of Gas Giants and Terrestrial Exoplanets Science, 17 February 2006, KoichirUmemoto, et. Al.
      • Discovery of a cool planet of 5.5 Earth Masses through gravitational microlensing Nature, Vol 439/26 January 2006, J.-P Beaulieu et. al.
    • What Chondrites Reveal About the Early Solar System
      • Fe IN CHONDRITES: DEBRIS FROM A NEARBY SUPERNOVA IN THE EARLY SOLAR SYSTEM? The The Astrophysical Journal 2006 March 10, S. Tachibana, et.al.
  • Call-in questions
    • Bert from Hillsborough, KY wants to know:
      • Do we have a rebuttal to Robert Gentry's Halos in Granite theory?
      • Resource:
    • Doug from Portland OR asks:
      • What does Hugh Ross think about Myron Evan's Unified Field Thoery?
    • Ian from Santa Clarita, CA has a comment and a question:
      • Comments about Carl Sagan's statement that if there is a God, He should have written a message on the Moon.
      • Saturn's Young Features and Young Earth Believer's claims
    • Paul from Inglewood, CA asks:
      • Did cancer exist prior to Eden?
  • E-mail questions
    • Dean Bearcos asks:
      • Where in the Bible are the challenges to put God to the test?

Creation Update #310
Life's Minimum Complexity
Air date: 3-07-06
Fuz Rana, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • The minimum number of genes required to define life
      • John I. Glass et al., "Essential Genes of a Minimal Bacterium," PNAS 103 (2006): 425-30.
      • Nicole T. Liberati et al., "An Ordered, Nonredundant Library of Pseudomonas aeruginosa Strain PA14 Transposon Insertion Mutants," PNAS 103 (2006): 2833-38.
    • The minimum number of genes required for the last universal common ancestor
      • Christos A. Ouzounis et al., "A Minimal Estimate for the Gene Content of the Last Universal Common Ancestor--Exobiology from a Terrestrial Perspective," Research in Microbiology 157 (2006): 57-68.
    • RTB perspective on review of a book on history of the search for extraterrestrial life
      • Michael Shermer, "Deities for Atheists," Science 311 (2006): 1244.
  • Theology segment
    • Great Christian thinkers and their contributions to history of apologetics (part 1--Justin Martyr)
    • Resource
  • Call-in questions
    • David from Midland Park, NJ wants to know:
      • Does Alan Templeton's work on gene flows refute the "Out of Africa" hypothesis?
      • Resources
        • Who Was Adam?, by Fazale Rana with Hugh Ross (book)
        • Hear Creation Update segment from 3-12-02, "Fossilized Evidence of the Earliest Life or Very Old Dirt?"
    • Roger from Portland, ME asks:
      • A clarifying question on the role of retroviral DNA
      • Resource:
  • E-mail question
    • Chris L. asks for information:
      • I'm going to college and want to be a theologian. What courses would you recommend I take to help me get well-grounded?
      • Resource:

Creation Update #311
Earth's Methane and Bromide Emissions Fine-Tuned for Life
Air date: 3-14-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Fine-tuning of methane
      • Frank Keppler et al., "Methane Emissions from Terrestrial Plants Under Aerobic Conditions," Nature 439 (2006): 187-91.
    • Fine-tuning of bromine compounds
      • Ross J. Salawitch, "Biogenic Bromine," Nature 439 (2006): 275-76.
      • Xin Yang et al., "Tropospheric Bromine Chemistry and Its Impact on Ozone: A Model Study," Journal of Geophysical Research, vol. 10, iss. D23, CiteID D23311.
    • Implications of microevolutionary changes in human genome
      • Benjamin F. Voight et al., "A Map of Recent Positive Selection in the Human Genome," PLoSBiology (2006) 4(3): e72.
      • "Many Human Genes Evolved Recently," NewScientist.com news service, March 7, 2006.
      • Michael Hopkin, "Human Selection Is Alive and Kicking," PLOS BIOLOGY, March 7, 2006.
  • Theology segment
    • Great Christian thinkers and their contributions to history of apologetics (part 2--C. S. Lewis)
      • Books mentioned: Mere Christianity (Lewis), Between Heaven and Hell, by Peter Kreeft
  • Reasons Institute
  • Call-in questions
    • Bob from Salem, OR questions:
      • How do Young Earth Creationists account for creation of light in Gen. 1:1-3?
    • James from Garland, TX asks:
    • Bruce from Cincinnati wants to know:
      • What advice for getting involved would you offer new apologists?
      • Resource
    • Ed from Des Moines asks:
      • Did Jesus make scientific statements?
  • E-mail question
    • Morgan from Tennessee requests:
      • Please answer a challenge to your model put forward by the framework view.
      • Resource

Creation Update #312
WMAP Provides Stronger Evidence for Biblical Creation
Air date: 3-21-06
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Second release of WMAP data
      • "New Three Year Results on the Oldest Light in the Universe" WMAP Mission press release, March 17, 2006.
      • Resources
    • More fine-tuning evidence for Moon formation event.
      • Keiichi Wada, Eiichiro Kokubo, and Junichiro Makino, "High-Resolution Simulations of a Moon-Forming Impact and Postimpact Evolution," Astrophysical Journal 638 (2006): 1180-86.
      • Resource
  • Theology segment
    • Great Christian thinkers and their contributions to history of apologetics ( part 3--tribute to Ron Nash)
    • A few recommended books by Dr. Nash
      • Faith & Reasonby Ronald Nash
      • Is Jesus the Only Savior? by Ronald Nash
      • The Word of God and the Mind of Man by Ronald Nash
  • Reasons Institute
  • Call-in questions
    • Matthew from Salem, OR Wants to know:
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC asks:
      • Can convergence be explained by ev olutionary processes?
    • Joe from Bismarck, ND questions:
      • How do we determine the age of lunar craters.
    • Kenny from Pensacola, FL asks:
      • Was water present on Earth during Moon formation event?
  • E-mail questions
    • Larry from Wichita, KS questions:
      • What is RTB's view of near-death experiences (NDEs)?
    • Vince M. wants to know:
      • What does RTB think about scientists who claim the big bang never happened?

Creation Update #313
Cosmic Strings Reconsidered
Air date: 3-28-06
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
  • Reasons Institute
    • Bob Stewart Announces the Starting of the Next Term
  • Call-in questions
    • Peter from Leesburg, VA is curious about:
      • How much mass did the Late Great Bombardment add to Earth/ how did that affect the possibility of life on Earth?
    • Dan from Anaheim wants to know about:
      • Young Earth interpretation of a Tree going through multiple layers of sediment
    • Jeff from Valley Forge, PA has a asks about:
      • A link between Subatomic Particles and Eulers Beta Function and the Riemann Hypothisis as linked to Characteristics of Quantum Physics
    • Susan from Valparaiso IN asks:
      • How big was the Universe at the end of 10 -33 Seconds?
    • Randy from Colliersville wants to know:
      • What Books/Courses are available for Men's Study Groups dealing with Men's issues from a strong Biblical Standpoint.
  • E-mail questions
    • Lee asks:
      • What do "Young Earthers" believe about the seventh day when God rested?

Creation Update #314
Signatures of Earth's First Life Point to Creation
Air date: 4-04-2006
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • First life-forms were early, metabolically complex
      • Nora Noffke et al., "A New Window into Early Archean Life: Microbial Mats in Earth's Oldest Siliciclastic Tidal Deposits (3.2 Ga Moodies Group, South Africa)," Geology 34 (4): 253-56.
      • Yuichiro Ueno et al., "Evidence from Fluid Inclusions for Microbial Methanogenesis in the Early Archean Era," Nature 440 (2006): 516-19.
      • Michael M. Tice and Donald R. Lowe, "Hydrogen-Based Carbon Fixation in the Earliest Known Photosynthetic Organisms," Geology 34 (1): 37-40.
      • J. William Schopf, Abhishek B. Tripathi, and Anatoliy B. Kudryavtsev, "Three-Dimensional Confocal Optical Imagery of Precambrian Microscopic Organisms," Astrobiology vol. 6 no. 1 (2006), 1 (abstract).
      • Resource
  • Theology segment
    • Response to findings of a large prayer study
      • Denise Gellene and Thomas H. Maugh II, "Largest Study of Prayer to Date Finds It Has No Power to Heal," LA Times March 31, 2006.
  • Call-in questions
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC Asks:
      • Do manatees have a vestigial bone resulting from an evolutionary process?
    • Jeff from Bend, OR wants to know:
      • How does Genesis 1 creation sequence fit with Genesis 2?
    • Peter from Leesburg, VA Questions:
      • Did Earth's water arrive by meteorites?
        • Resource
          • Rare Earth, by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee
    • Jay from Wichita, KS Offers praise:
      • For RTB's effectiveness, humility
    • Jim from Atlanta, GA inquires:
      • Has the Big Dipper been placed where it is for humans to observe? (And other design questions)
    • Doug from Washington, D.C asks.:
    • Roger from Portland, ME Offers comments:
      • Thoughts on the prayer study
  • E-mail question
    • David O Asks:
      • How do you square the evidence of human genetic and geographic diversity with an anthropologically global flood?

Creation Update #315
Design of the Cochlea
Air date: 4-11-2006
Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Polystrate Fossils
      • Young Earth interpretation of a Tree going through multiple layers of sediment
    • Design of the Cochlea (Inner Ear)
    • Life in Mars Meteorites
      • New Signs of Ancient Life in Another Martian Meteorite?
        • Meeting Briefs, Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, 13-17 March, 2006: Science, 31 March, 2006 VOL 311
    • Cracks & Fins on Mars/Water on Enceladus (A Moon of Saturn's)
      • Cracks and fins in sulfate sand: Evidence for recent mineral-atmospheric water cycling in Meridiani Planum outcrops?; Chavdarian and Sumner; Geology: Vol. 34, No.4, pp. 229-232
      • Tiger, Tiger, Burning Bright;Science, 10 March, 2006 VOL 311, pp 1388
      • Resources
        • The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene  (DVD or BOOK)
        • Rare Earth, by Peter Ward and Donald Brownlee
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in questions
    • Peter from Leesburg VA asks about
      • N.Y. Times article on Tiktaalik fossil discovery
      • Resource
        • Connections, Volume, Number 2, Second Quarter, 2006
    • Jeff from Centennial CO comments on
      • Polystrate Fossils/The Fallacy of Hasty Generalizations
    • Ed from Des Moines IA asks
      • Does String Theory give inference how God created?
      • Resource
        • The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene  (DVD or BOOK)

Creation Update #316
Human Cooperation Study Affirms Biblical Creation
Air date: 4-18-2006
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Societies benefit from human sanctions
      • Özgür Gürerk, Bernd Irlenbusch, and Bettina Rockenbach, "The Competitive Advantage of Sanctioning Institutions," Science 312 (2006): 108-11.
    • Early methanogens show evidence for design
      • Alexander A. Pavlov, Owen B. Toon, and Tian Feng, "Methane Runaway in the Early Atmosphere--Two Stable Climate States of the Archean?" Astrobiology abstract #453 (2006), 161.
      • Resources
  • Theology segment
    • Gospel of Judas and Gnosticism
      • Resources
        • F.F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture
        • F.F. Bruce, The Books and the Parchments
  • Call-in questions
    • Pat from Anchorage, AK wants to know:
      • Do some meteorites contain prebiotic compounds?
    • Kenny from Pensacola, FL wonders:
      • Was Georges Lemaitre the father of the big bang?
      • His Second question: Wouldn't the gnostic writings have been inconsistent with OT Scriptures as well (not just NT)?
      • Resources
    • Roger from Portland, ME asks:
      • What about the proposed dates for a fragment of Matthew's Gospel?
      • Resource
        • Bruce Metzger, The Text of the New Testament
    • RTB apologist Marj Harman phones in with a reminder of the upcoming free conference, "A Question of Age," to be held Saturday, April 29, 2006 at First Evangelical Free Church, Fullerton, CA (Or call RTB at 626-335-1480)
  • E-mail question
    • Will C. wants to know:
      • whether time itself may have been stretched with the expansion of the universe so that six days equals 13.7 billion years.
      • Resource

Creation Update #317
Evidence for Dark Matter
Air date: 4-25-2006
Dave Rogstad, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Explanation for warping of MWG disk
      • Martin D. Weinberg and Leo Blitz, "A Magellanic Origin for the Warp of the Galaxy," Astrophysical Journal 641 (2006): L33-36.
    • Optimality in biochemical systems
      • Guy Shinar et al., "Rules for Biological Regulation Based on Error Minimization," Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 103 (2006): 3999-4004.
  • Philosophy/Theology segment
    • Interview with Dr. Victor Reppert on C. S. Lewis's "dangerous idea"
    • Resource
      • C. S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason, by Victor Reppert
      • Miracles, by C. S. Lewis
  • Call-in questions
    • Nick from Columbus, OH asks:
    • Ed from Des Moines, IA wants to know:
      • Is string theory analogous to microphone of one's voice?
    • John from Raleigh, NC questions:
      • What is meant by Adam being a Homo sapiens sapiens?
      • What is meant by "serpent" in Genesis 3?
      • Also, Fuz comments on Robert Hazen's book, - Genesis: The Scientific Quest for Life's Origins
    • Randy from Collierville, TN called to ask:
      • Do some Christians place too big an emphasis on apologetics in trying to convert nonbelievers, especially in light of passages like 1 Corinthians 2: 1-5?
    • Kurt from Tucson, AZ:
      • How would symbiotic organisms survive the flood from a young-earth view?

Creation Update #318
Three Big Bang Confirmations from WMAP 2
Air date: 5-02-2006
Hulgh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Second WMAP release provides three new tests for cosmological models (inflation, primordial helium abundance, quintessence).
      • D. N. Spergel et al., "Wilkinson Microwave Anisotropy Probe (WMAP) Three Year Results: Implications for Cosmology," preprint, March 17, 2006.
      • Charles L. Bennett, "Cosmology from Start to Finish," Nature 440 (2006): 1126-31.
      • Resources:
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
        • Journey Toward Creation, 2nd ed., by Hugh Ross (VHS or DVD)
        • The Privileged Planet by Guillermo Gonzalez and Jay Richards
      • Any change in fundamental constants?
        • Mark Peplow, "A Universal Constant on the Move," news@nature.com, April 20, 2006.
  • Theology Segment
    • Great Christian thinkers and their contributions to history of apologetics: Tertullian (c. 160-225)
  • Call-in questions
    • Doug from Rockville, MD asks:
      • Does RTB's creation model account for microevolution as seen in differences between African and Asian elephants?
    • Ian from Santa Clarita, CA asks to:
      • Please comment on Larry Vardiman's RATE (Radioisotopes and the Age of the Earth) work presented at the recent Question of Age conference
      • Resources:
    • Jeff from Valley Forge, PA wants to know:
      • Did the Garden of Eden have different physical laws that protected Adam and Eve from harm?
      • Resources:
    • Roger from Portland ME asks:
      • Why do the laws of Physics not vary with time?
        • Refers to Any change in fundamental constants? Discussed above
  • E-mail question
    • Chris L asks:
      • How does the big bang model require a transcendent creator? And who made the God who made the big bang?
      • Resource
      • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross

Creation Update #319
The Speculative Nature of the Naturalistic Explanations For The Universe
Air date: 05-09-2006
Dave Rogstad, Fuz Rana and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Just How Speculative Are The Naturalistic Explanations for Our Universe?
      • Is our Universe natural? NATURE/Vol. 440/27 April 2006 S. M. Carroll.
      • Resources:
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
        • Journey Toward Creation, 2nd ed., by Hugh Ross (VHS or DVD)
        • The Fingerprint of God, by Hugh Ross
        • The Elegant Universe by Brian Greene  (DVD or BOOK)
    • Imperfections of Nature
      • Despite slow catalysis and confused substrate specificity, all ribulose bisphosphate carboxylases may be nearly perfectly optimized - Proceedings of National Academy of Science/May 9,2006/mol. 103/no. 19/Tcherkez, et. al.
      • A unified theory for the basis of the limitations of the primary reaction of photosynthetic CO2 fixation: Was Dr. Pangloss right? - Proceedings of NationalAcademyof Science/May 9,2006/mol.103/no. 19/Gutteridge and Pierce
      • Resource
        • "Scientific Problems with Darwinian Evolution" Fuz Rana (audiotape)
  • Theology segment
    • The Apologetic Influence of C. S. Lewis
      • C.S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea: In Defense of the Argument from Reason by Victor Reppert
  • Call-in questions
    • Jeff from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania asks about:
      • DNA Error Control
      • Resource:
    • Rich from Huston, TX asks:
      • When Did Farming Start?
    • Mike from Littlerock AR wants to know about:
      • Meyer-Ward Intellegent Designer Debate
    • Roger from Portland ME Comments:
      • Two basic Types of Faith.

Creation Update #320
Solar System Design
Air date: 5-16-06
Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • More evidence for design in formation of solar system
      • Richard A. Kerr, "Minerals Point to a Hot Origin for Icy Comets," Science 311 (2006): 1536.
      • Richard A. Kerr, "Hunt for Birthplace of Meteorites Yields New View of Earth's Origins," Science 311 (2006): 932.
      • Resources 
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
        • Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution, by Michael Behe
    • Characteristics of the Giant Planet's Spin Axis Tilt
      • Govert Schilling, "Simulation Suggests Peaceful Origin for Giant Planet's Weird Spin," Science 312 (2006): 512-13
      • Resources
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in questions
    • Joe from Bismarck, ND asks:
      • How much does our fallen nature affect our understanding of science and theology?
      • Some thoughts on the subject come from Millard J. Erickson, Christian Theology
    • Jay from Wichita, KS wants to know:
      • What is meant by a biblical concept of faith and how does it apply to our study of science?
    • Chris from Wichita, KS questions:
      • Has RTB literature been peer reviewed?

Creation Update #321
Human-Chimp Hybrids?
Air date: 5-23-06
Dave Rogstad, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific Discoveries
    • Humans and chimps appear (from an evolutionary perspective) to have split more recently than previously thought
      • Science Daily, "Human and Chimp Genomes Reveal New Twist On Origin of Species," May 18, 2006
    • Resource
    • Does Earth's magnetic field decay provide evidence for a young planet?
      • Masaru Kono, "Ships' Logs and Archeomagnetism," Science 312 (2006): 865.
      • David Gubbins, Adrian L. Jones, and Christopher C. Finlay, " Fall in Earth's Magnetic Field Is Erratic," Science 312 (2006): 900.
    • Special guest segment
      • Dr. Mark S. Whorton, Discussion of worldview differences and central issues dividing young- and old-earth creationists
      • Resource
        • Peril In Paradise: Theology, Science, and the Age of the Earth, by Mark S. Whorton
    • Theology segment
      • Assessing Da Vinci Code claims, part 2, with Kenneth Samples
      • Resources
        • The Da Vinci Code
        • Church History In Plain Language, by Bruce L. Shelley
    • Call-in questions
      • Joel from Saskatchewan asks about:
        • RTB's advice on ID topics for a sermon series.
        • Resources
          • Who Was Adam?, by Fazale Rana with Hugh Ross (book)
          • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
          • The Fingerprint of God, by Hugh Ross
      • James from Columbus, Ohio, asks a question and provides a comment:
        • on the multiverse hypothesis
      • Larry from Huntsville, Alabama, reminds listeners:
        • The PCA's position paper on the length of the creation days
        • Resource
          • Report of the Creation Study Committee (Presbyterian Church in America)

Creation Update #322
Putting It to the Test
Air date: 5-30-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific Discoveries
    • Scientists sequence Neanderthal genome for first time; RTB offers predictions for human origins research
      • Rex Dalton, "Neanderthal DNA yields to genome foray," Nature online, May 16, 2006
      • Resource
    • Three more extrasolar planets discovered; RTB offers predictions based on new technique
      • Christophe Lovis et al., "An Extrasolar Planetary System with Three Neptune-Mass Planets," Nature 441 (2006): 305-09.
      • Resource
        • The Extrasolar Planets Encyclopaedia
  • Theology segment
    • Lessons from The Da Vinci Code (part 3)
      • Resources
      • F.F. Bruce, The Canon of Scripture
      • F.F. Bruce, The Books and the Parchments
      • F.F. Bruce et al., The Origin of the Bible
    • Hugh and Fuz commented on recent tapings at Church Communication Network
  • Call-in questions
    • Mark from Vero Beach, FL, wants to know:
      • What RTB thinks of the "red rain" discovery in India in 2001?
    • Roger from Portland, ME, comments:
      • RTB's creation model is important. He also asks whether there were two phases in the expansion of the universe.
      • Resource cited
    • Terry from Gastonia, NC, has several insightful comments:
      • The Flood, and its importance for RTB's model
      • Resource
        • Ronald Numbers, The Creationists
    • Kenny from Pensacola, FL, provides another comment:

Creation Update #323
Giant Planet Simulations Show Fine-Tuning
Air date: 6-6-06
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Extrasolar giant planets appear unlikely to form habitable planets
      • Sean N. Raymond, "The Search for Other Earths: Limits on the Giant Planet Orbits that Allow Habitable Terrestrial Planets to Form," Astrophysical Journal 643 (2006): L131-34.
    • Endosymbiont hypothesis as a standard biological evolutionary explanation appears incorrect
      • C. G. Kurland, et. al, "Genomics and the Irreducible Nature of Eukaryote Cells," Science 312 (2006): 1011-14.
  • Special Guest
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in questions
    • Gary from Lubbock, TX asks:
      • Do unitary pseudogenes provide evidence for evolution?
      • Resource
    • Paul from Boulder, CO wants to know:
      • Was there a recent update on an explanation for one of the dinosaur extinction events?
    • John from San Clemente, CA questions:
      • What is the latest date for the universe's age and the latest measurement of the cosmic microwave background radiation?
  • E-mail question
    • Doug S. inquires:
      • Did God create Adam with an appearance of age?
      • Resource
    • Quick overview of RTB's testable creation model

Creation Update #324
Fine Tuning for Life
Air date: 06-13-2006
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Critical Importance of Photosynthetic Life
      • Thermodynamics of life on the planetary scale: Minik T. Rosing, International Journal of Astrobiology 4 (1), 9-11 (2005)
    • Follow the Nitrogen
      • Follow the Nitrogen: Douglas G. Capone, et. al., Science, VOL 312, 5 May, 2006
  • Special Guest
    • Bob Stuart, RTB Apologist
      • Discussion of Reasons Institute program
  • Theology segment
    • Universal Christian Voice
  • Call-in questions
    • John from San Clemente CA wants to know about:
      • Expansion effects of the Universe on Light
      • Resource
        • Why doesn't the Solar System expand if the whole Universe is expanding?
    • Jay from Wichita KS asks about:
      • Creation vs. Evolution and RTB's Creation Model - is the breakdown of the Evolutionary Model essential to the success of RTB's Creation Model?
    • Dave from Goldendale WA wonders:
      • What do we tell a polygamist to do with his multiple wives when he converts to Christianity?
    • Roger From Portland ME has a comment on Jay's Call:
      • Regarding Evolution vs. Christianity
    • Ron from Kansas City, MO asks:
      • If inflation of the Universe is true?

Creation Update #325
Science Points the Way to Salvation
Air Date: June 20, 2006
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Jackie Thomas, and Fuz Rana

  • Scientific Discoveries
    • Can Moons Orbiting Extra-solar Planets Serve as Life Support Sites?
      • Robin M. Canup & William R. Ward, "A Common Mass Scaling for Satellite Systems of Gaseous Planets," Nature 441 (2006): 834-
      • Resources
    • Early Life on Earth: Stromatolites and Microtubules from the Strelley Pool Cherts
      • Abigail C. Allwood et al., "Stromatolite Reef from the Early Archaean Era of Australia," Nature 441 (2006): 714-718.
      • Martin Brasier et al., "A Fresh Look at the Fossil Evidence for Early Archaean Cellular Life," Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 361 (2006):887-902.
      • Resources
      • More Missing Supernova Remnants Found
        • Bon-Chul Koo et al., "A "Missing" Supernova Remnant Revealed by the 21 cm Line of Atomic Hydrogen," The Astrophysical Journal 643 (2006): L61-L63.
        • Resources
      • More on the 10th Planet
        • M. E. Brown et al., "Direct Measurement of the Size of 2003 UB313 from the Hubble Space Telescope," The Astrophysical Journal 643 (2006): L49-L52.
        • Resources
  • Science in the News:
    • Stephen Hawking: We Need to Colonize Space to Survive (Part 1)
    • Stephen Hawking: We Need to Colonize Space to Survive (Part 2)
    • Resources
  • Special Guest:
    • Bob Stuart (Phone In) Reasons Institute
  • Call-In Questions
    • George from Pasadena, CA
    • How many chromosomes do Neanderthals have?
    • Resource

Creation Update #326
A Universe With No Beginning?
Air Date: June 27, 2006
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific Discoveries:
    • A new top-down approach to history of universe (Part 1)
    • A new top-down approach to history of universe (Part 2)
      • S. W. Hawking and Thomas Hertog, "Populating the Landscape: A Top Down Approach," Phys. Rev. D (2006), in press.
      • Philip Ball, "Hawking Rewrites History . . . Backwards," Nature online news, 21 June 2006
      • Resources:
        • Quantum Reality: Beyond the New Physics, by Nick Herbert
        • Quantum Physics: Illusion or Reality? by Alastair I. M. Rae
        • Philosophical Consequences of Quantum Theory: Reflections on Bell’s Theory, by Ernan McMullin
    • Dating the opening of the Drake Passage
      • Richard A. Kerr, "Opening the Door to a Chilly New Climate Regime," Science 312 (2006): 350.
  • Special Guest:
    • Bob Stuart, RTB apologist and apologetics training coordinator
      • Deadline for summer Reasons Institute courses approaching
  • Call-In Questions
    • Von from Springfield, MO
      • Have scientists found evidence for macroevolution in a fossil from China?
      • Resource
    • Kirk from Tucson, AZ
      • Several questions regarding the flood (symbiotic relationships, insect survival)
      • Resource
    • Kenny from Pensacola, FL
      • A few comments on dinosaurs and the Flood

Creation Update #327
Design of Earth's Magnetic Field
Air date: 7-11-06
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • History of Earth's magnetic field tests young- and old-earth models
      • Catherine Constable and Monika Korte, "Is Earth's Magnetic Field Reversing?" Earth and Planetary Science Letters 246 (2006), 1-16.
    • How rare is Earth and the Solar System?
      • Sean N. Raymond, Rory Barnes, and Nathan A. Kaib, "Predicting Planets in Known Extrasolar Planetary Systems. III. Forming Terrestrial Planets," Astrophysical Journal 644 (2006): 1223-31.
  • Theology segment
    • Analysis of PCUSA receiving a proposal for alternate wordings describing the Trinity
      • K. Connie King, " Presbyterians and the Holy Trinity: Let Us Phrase," Los AngelesTimes, June 30, 2006 ().
      • Bill Lancaster, "GA Acts on Trinity Paper: Assembly Votes to 'Receive' and Commend to the Church," The 217th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A
      • Resource
  • Call-in questions
    • Joe from Bismarck, ND asks:
      • Did ICR's publication misrepresent RTB's position on how animal life differs from human life?
      • Plus a question on a statement in Jack Collins' book on creation.
      • Resources:
        • Science & Faith: Friends or Foes?, by C. John Collins
        • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
    • Cathy from Westminster, CO questions:
      • What is the history of young-earth and old-earth views of creation?
      • Resources:
        • The Creationists, by Ronald L. Numbers
        • The Genesis Debate, ed. David G. Hagopian
        • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
    • Ed from Des Moines IA wants to know:
      • Does RTB's model account for microevolutionary changes in species?
    • Mike from Cleveland, OH has a question about:
      • Reference to New Jerusalem in "Matter of Days" page 79.
      • Resources:
        • A Matter of Days, by Hugh Ross
        • Evidence That Demands A Verdict, vol. 1, by Josh McDowell
  • E-Mail Question

Creation Update #328
Supernovas and Distance measurements
Air date: 7-18-06
Dave Rogstad, Fuz Rana and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Continued Importance of Distance Indicators
      • Astronomical Journal, 645:841-850, 2006 July 10: Nugent, et. al.
  • Guest Speaker
    • Chris Winchester: Review of Daniel Dennett's book, Breaking the Spell
      • Introduction to Chris Winchester
      • Breaking the Spell:Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennett
      • Resource:
        • Near-Death Experiences With Meningococcal Disease [Letters to the Editor] American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Volume 44(7), July 2005, pp630-631, Shears, et. al.
  • Theology Segment
    • Diversity in Islam by Ken Samples
        • The Quran and the Bible (Second Edition) by Dr. William Campbell
  • Call-in questions
    • David from Winston-Salem, NC asks about:
    • Another David from Winston-Salem, NC wants to know about:
      • The Validity of Radiometric Dating
    • Ed from Des Moines IA, has a question about:
      • The law of Symmetry and Informational Order
    • Peter from Leesburg, VA asks:
      • Was Early Life Regional, or Global?
    • Jay from Wichita, KS asks:
      • Is the Fine Tuning Principle the Same Principle That Explains the Formation of our Solar System?
      • Resource:
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Cory from Tampa, FL needs an answer to an unusual question:
      • Could-fallen Satan and his followers have been pre-Adamites?
      • Resource:

Creation Update #329
Solar Neutrino Detection Would Explain Creation Model Anomalies
Air date: 7-25-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Six anomalies explained, four new design evidences for creation in sterile neutrino detection study
      • Signe Riemer-Sørensen, Steen H. Hansen, and Kristian Pedersen, "Sterile Neutrinos in the Milky Way: Observational Constraints," Astrophysical Journal 644 (2006): L33-36.
      • D. B. Zucker et al., "A New Milky Way Dwarf Satellite In Canes Venatici," Astrophysical Journal 643 (2006): L103-06.
    • Following the parasites to human origins
      • M. Eppinger et al., "Who Ate Whom? Adaptive Helicobacter genomic changes that accompanied a host jump from early humans to large felines," PLoS Genetics (2006), in press.
      • Resource:
    • Sheep Birth-Weight Study Tests Evolutionary Mechanism
      • A. J. Wilson, "Environmental Coupling of Selection & Heritability Limits Evolution," PLoS Biology vol.4, no. 7 (2006), 1270.
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in question
  • E-mail questions

 


Creation Update #330
Evaluating Some Common Young-Earth Arguments
Air date: 8-01-06
Guest apologists Mark Whorton and Hill Roberts with Joe Aguirre

  • Special program
    • Response to AiG's Dr. Terry Mortenson's "Seven Reasons Why We Should Not Accept Millions of Years,"
      (http://www.answersingenesis.org/docs2006/0717seven-reasons.asp)
      • The seven reasons (time allowed for a response to most of them)
        • The Bible clearly teaches that God created in six literal, 24-hour days a few thousand years ago.
        • Exodus 20:11 blocks all attempts to fit millions of years into Genesis 1.
        • Noah's Flood washes away millions of years.
        • Jesus was a young-earth creationist.
        • Belief in millions of years undermines the Bible's teaching on death and on the character of God.
        • The idea of millions of years did not come from the scientific facts.
        • Radiometric dating methods do not prove millions of years.
    • Resources
  • Call-in questions
    • David from Winston-Salem, NC, asks several questions regarding:
    • Larry from Huntsville, AL, wants to know about the use of
      • "Very Good" in Dr. Whorton's book.
      • Resource
        • Peril In Paradise: Theology, Science, and the Age of the Earth, by Mark S. Whorton

 


Creation Update #331
Precision in Scientific Measurement
Air date: 8-15-06
Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink, and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Temperature of early universe confirms Big Bang Cosmology
      • C. Ledoux, P. Petitjean, and R. Srianand, "Molecular Hydrogen in a Damped Lyα System at zabs = 4.224," Astrophysical Journal 640 (2006): L25-28.
      • Resource:
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Precise measurement of Fine Structure Constant
      • Andrzej Czarnecki, "A finer constant," Nature 442 (2006): 516
      • Daniel Kleppner, "A More Precise Fine Structure Constant," Science 313 (2006): 448
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in question
    • Ken Samples in studio asks:
      • What are the perceived weaknesses in Big Bang Cosmology and how are they dealt with?
    • Dan from Anaheim, CA asks:
      • Will naturalists ever come to accept the implications of the Big Bang and a transcendent creator given the weight of evidence?
    • David from Winston, NC asks:
      • What is the difference between the Hubble Constant and the Cosmological Constant, and which one exhibits fine tuning?
      • Given that we cannot measure these things as precisely as we say they are fine tuned, how can we claim such incredibly high fine tuning?
    • Roger from Portland, OR asks:
      • How does the measurement of the total density parameter influence the probability for a multiverse explanation?
      • What is the difference between a geometrically flat and a geometrically open universe?
    • Jeff asks:
      • How likely is the discovery of Noah's ark at 13,000 feet elevation?
      • Resource

 


Creation Update #332
Direct Evidence for Dark Matter
Air date: 8-22-06
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Existence of dark matter affirms RTB's creation model
      • " NASA Finds Direct Proof of Dark Matter," NASA News, August 21, 2006
      • Douglas Clowe et al., "A Direct Empirical Proof of the Existence of Dark Matter," Astrophysical Journal Letters, in press (arXiv:astro-ph/0608407, vol. 1, 19 Aug 2006).
    • Tighter constraints on planetary systems' habitable zones
      • Andrea P. Buccino, Guillermo A. Lemarchand, and Pablo J. D. Mauas, "Ultraviolet Radiation Constraints Around the Circumstellar Habitable Zones," Icarus 183 (2006): 191-503.
  • Ethical discussions
    • Fuz Rana comments on the future of stem-cell research
      • Nancy Gibbs, "Stem Cells: The Hope and the Hype," Time, August 7, 2006, 41-46.
      • Resource
        • Stem Cell Research Compilation
    • Ken Samples comments on whether Christians should consider using the RU-486 pill
  • E-mail questions

 


Creation Update #333
Design in Biochemical Systems and Hydrogen Molecules.
Air date: 8-29-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre
Updated paper: Fine-Tuning for Life in the Universe (update August 2006)

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Backup Biochemical Systems Debunk an Imperfection Argument.
      • Ran Kafri, Melissa Levy, and Yitzhak Pilpel, "The Regulatory Utilization of Genetic Redundancy through Responsive Backup Circuits," PNAS vol. 103, no. 31 (2006): 11653-58.
    • Three-hydrogen molecule well-designed for star formation and probing the universe.
      • Takeshi Oka, "Interstellar H3+," PNAS vol. 103, no. 33 (2006): 12235-42.
  • New Book Introduction
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in questions
    • Joe from Bismarck, ND, asks a specific question:
      • About the nature of backup biochemical systems (related to the discovery Fuz reported on)
    • David from Winston-Salem, NC asks:
    • Joe calls again, asking about:
      • Young-Earth arguments for extremely rapid expansion of the universe (two expansions)
    • Kenny from Pensacola, FL wants to know:
      • Do colliding branes refute inflationary models for the universe?
      • Resources
  • E-mail question

Creation Update #334
Big Bang Anomaly Resolved
Air date: 9-5-06
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Hugh Ross discusses the need for a testable creation model
  • Scientific discoveries
    • Researchers now account for helium abundance anomaly in early universe
      • Masataka Fukugita and Masahiro Kawasaki, "Primordial Helium Abundance: A Reanalysis of the Izotov-Thuan Spectroscopic Sample," Astrophysical Journal 646 (2006): 691-95.
  • Theology segment
    • Ken Samples comments on the Vatican's possible shift from a form of evolution to a form of intelligent design
      • Read report
      • Hear previous interview with Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno
  • Call-in questions
    • Tim from Sacramento, CA, asks several questions about the multiverse
    • Resources
    • Roger from Portland, ME: Do micrometeorites in the geologic column provide young- earth evidence? What about Martian dust?
    • Resource
    • Philip from Huntsville, AL: Are there nine covenants mentioned in the Bible
  • E-mail questions
    • Greg M. asks what happens to babies when they die? Is there biblical support?
    • Resource
      • When a Baby Dies, by Ronald Nash
    • Jean S: When is your TV show being broadcast in Houston?

Creation Update #335
More Big Bang Evidence: Primordial Magnetic Field
Air date: 9-19-06
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

Hugh Ross on the need for a testable creation model
Creation as Science, by Hugh Ross

  • Scientific discoveries:
    • Limits on the primordial magnetic field show design, resolve an anomaly
      • D.G. Yamazaki et al., "Constraints on the Evolution of the Primordial Magnetic Field from the Small-Scale Cosmic Microwave Background Angular Anisotropy," Astrophysical Journal 646 (2006): 719-29.
      • Resources
    • Fine-tuning of galactic bulge and disk required for life
      • M. Zoccali et al., "Oxygen Abundance in the Galactic Bulge: Evidence for Fast Chemical Enrichment," Astronomy & Astrophysics 457 (2006): L1-L4.
      • Ariyeh H. Maller, "Galaxy Merger Statistics and Inferred Bulge-to-Disk Ratios in Cosmological SPH Simulations," Astrophysical Journal 647 (2006): 763-72.
  • Reasons Institute
    • Fall term begins October 2
    • Register now
  • Theology segment
    • Ken Samples comments on the hubbub over the Pope's statements about Islam.
    • Resources
      • Answering Islam by Norman L. Geisler and Abdul Saleeb
      • Islam: Religion, History, and Civilization by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
  • Call-in questions
    • Randy from Poynette, WI, comments:
      • The usefulness of RTB's apologetic methods and resources
    • Dan from Anaheim, CA, speaks from personal experience:
      • Why Muslims have so much animosity and fear of criticism.
  • E-mail questions
    • Vince M. questions:
      • How can God have eternally successive thoughts and actions while not falling prey to infinite regress
      • Resource
    • Dennis from Puget Sound asks:
      • Do you know anything in nature that is supernatural and provides evidence for God?
      • Resource

Creation Update #336
General Relativity Passes a Big Test
Air date: 9-26-06
Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, and Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries:
    • Water Worlds – Are They Habitable?
      • Sean N. Raymond et al, “Exotic Earths:  Forming Habitable worlds with Giant Planet Migration,” Science 313 (2006): 1413-6
    • General Relativity Passes a Big Test
  • Reasons Institute
    • Fall term begins October 2
    • Register now
  • Theology segment
    • Logical Laws – Invented or Discovered?
      • Tim Lewens, “Science Undermined by Our Limited Imagination?” Science 313 (2006): 1047-8
  • Call-in questions
    • Tom from Lisle, IL,
      • A question about the Gap Theory
    • Randy from Poynette, WI,
      • How to get order from chaos?
  • E-mail questions
    • Charles D. in Memphis, TN
      • Does string theory have any impact on RTB’s Creation Model?
        • Resource
          • The Elegant Universe DVD
    • Michael P. asks:
      • Does RTB have a response to Francis Collins’ latest book
      • What are some good resources that outline some of the different theories for the creation of the universe?

Creation Update #337
Neanderthals In The News
Air Date: 10-03-2006
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific Discoveries:
    • Hugh Ross' Toronto Trip
      • Several Neanderthal studies provide tests for human origins models
      • Joāo Zilhāo et al., "Analysis of Aurignacian Interstratification at the Châtelperronian-Type Site and Implications for the Behavioral Modernity of Neanderthals," PNAS 103 (2006): 12643-48.
      • Erik Trinkaus, "Modern Human versus Neandertal Evolutionary Distinctiveness," Current Anthropology vol. 47, no. 4, 597-620.
      • Vincent Plagnol and Jeffrey D. Wall, "Possible Ancestral Structure in Human Populations," PLoS Genet 2(7): e105 
      • Clive Finlayson et al., "Late Survival of Neanderthals at the Southernmost Extreme of Europe," Nature advance online publication
      • Resource
    • Evidence for Design in Galaxy Spurs
      • Rahul Shetty and Eve C. Ostriker, "Global Modeling of Spur Formation in Spiral Galaxies," Astrophysical Journal 647 (2006): 997-1017.
  • Call-In Questions
    • Mike from Burke, VA asks:
      • Can Fuz comment on Kenneth Miller's views of genetics and human/chimp comparisons?
      • Finding Darwin's God, by Kenneth R. Miller
      • Resource
    • Mike also asks Hugh whether he has received feedback from representatives of other models mentioned in his latest book.
    • Peter from Leesburg, VA, asks Hugh to respond to young-earth claim that moon formation took place thousands, rather than billions, of years ago.
    • Kenny from Pensacola FL asks:
      • How does the recent Australopethicine child's brain size compare with chimp brains?
    • Ben from Longview, TX, asks several questions about dating methods in response to a young-earth book, -- Thousands not Billions
  • E-mail questions
    • Randal asks: What is RTB's position on global warming?
      • Resource
        • "Staving Off an Ice Age" by Hugh Ross
    • Paul asks: Are there any cell organelles that have to be made from the inside out, thus proving that evolution could not have created them?

Creation Update #338
Lithium and Baby Lucy
Air date: 10-10-06
Dave Rogstad and guest apologists Marj Harman and Virgil Robertson with Joe Aguirre

  • Special RTB ministry announcement
    • Kathy Ross updates listeners on Dr. Hugh Ross's surgery and recovery
  • Scientific discoveries
    • Researchers now account for missing lithium in big bang models
      • A. J. Korn et al., "A Probable Stellar Solution to the Cosmological Lithium Discrepancy," Nature 442 (2006): 657-59.
      • Resource
    • Does "Baby Lucy" fossil provide evidence for evolution?
      • Zeresenay Alemseged et al., "A Juvenile Early Hominin Skeleton from Dikika, Ethiopia," Nature 443 (2006): 296-301.
      • Resource
  • Call-in questions
    • Kenny from Pensacola, FL asks:
      • How did scientists determine development of brain size in "Baby Lucy"?
      • Resource
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC questions:
      • What do we know about the inner ear structure of "Baby Lucy" compared to that of modern humans?
    • Sam from San Marcos, CA wants to know:
    • Peter from Akron, OH asks:
      • What was Hugh's intended audience for his book Creation as Science?
      • Creation As Science by Hugh Ross
  • University Skeptics Forum

Creation Update #339
Science and Faith: Are They Compatible?
Interview with Dr. Francis Collins
Air date: 10-17-06, 4 to 6 P.M. Pacific
Fuz Rana, Dave Rogstad, and Joe Aguirre

  • Special guest: Dr. Francis Collins
    • Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute
    • Dr. Collins and his team mapped the entire human genome in 2003
    • Author of The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
    • See more of Dr. Collins' work
  • Call-in questions
    • Tim from Tokyo wants to know:
    • Mark from Vero Beach, FL asks:
      • What do the gaps in the fossil record say about origins?
      • Resource:
    • Kenny from Pensacola, FL inquires:
      • Can DNA evidence trace back to Noah and his sons' wives?
      • Resource
    • Robert from Santa Ana, CA has two questions:
      • What do you think of Dr. Collins' statement that the original human population was larger than RTB's model predicts? Does Collins' theistic evolutionary position hold a higher view of God than does RTB's model, which requires "midcourse corrections"?
      • Resources
  • Fuz and Dave report on two 2006 Nobel Prize announcements and their theological implications

Creation Update #340
A Big Bang Test
Air date: 10-24-2006
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink and Kenneth Samples


Hugh Ross Health Update

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Deuterium Measure: A Big Bang Test
      • "The Deuterium-To-Hydrogen Abundance Ratio Toward The QSO SDSS J155810-003120.0", The Astrophysical Journal, 649:L61-L65, 2006 Oct. 1
    • Hit and Runs Must Be Designed
      • "An almost head-on collision as the origin of two off-centre rings in the Anrdromeda galaxy" NATURE/Vol 443/19 October, 2006, D. L. Block, et. al.
    • Design of Earth's Atmospheric Oxygen History
      • "Bistability of atmospheric oxygen and the Great Oxidation", NATURE/Vol 443/12 October 2006 Colin Goldblatt, et. al.
      • "Ups and downs of ancient oxygen" NATURE/Vol 443/12 October 2006 J. Kasting
  • Upcoming New Books and Projects From RTB
  • Call-in questions
    • Roger from Portland, ME Asks about:
      • D. James Kennedy's Young Earth Statements
      • Resource
        • Primetime: Radiometric Dating Methods and the RATE Study Air date: 09-18-03 Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Krista Bontrager Special Guest: Geochemist, Dr. Roger Wiens
    • Ian from Santa Clarita, CA has a question about:
      • Dr. Collins' Interpretation Of Genetic Data
    • Randy from Cornelia, GA. Has a question about:
      • Dr. Colllin's comments about Intellegent Design
  • E-Mail Questions:
    • Tom asks:"
      • Is It True That The Speed Of Light Is Constant?
      • Resource:
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Hilmar wants to know:
      • How can Dark Energy Exceed The Speed Of Light?

Creation Update #341
Evidence for Design in Social Amoebas and Krill
Air date: 10-31-06
Fuz Rana, Jeff Zweerink, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Social amoeba study challenges evolution in two ways
      • Pauline Schaap et al., "Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Morphology in the Social Amoebas," Science314 (2006): 661-63.
    • Krill mixing of ocean waters shows design
      • Richard A. Kerr, "Creatures Great and Small Are Stirring the Ocean," Science 313 (2006): 1717.
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in questions
    • Mark from Vero Beach, FL asks:
      • Is there a mechanism for determining whether transitional forms exist?
    • Roger from Portland, Me wants to know:
      • Does the HLA complex present problems for RTB's human origins model?
      • The question comes in response to Dr. Francis Collins' statements on Creation Update, October 17, 2006
  • E-mail question
    • Paul from Blythe, CA, also asks a question in response to the Collins interview:
      • Is the fossil record nearing an almost indisputable support for the evolutionary paradigm, or are there still substantial gaps that challenge the validity of the Darwinian model?

Creation Update #342
Big Bang Evidence and Stem Cell Update
Air date: 11-07-06
Fuz Rana, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Scientists account for missing helium in big bang universe
      • Peter P. Eggleton, David S. P. Dearborn, and John C. Lattanzio, "Deep Mixing of 3He: Reconciling Big Bang and Stellar Nucleosynthesis," Science Express online, 26 October 2006; doi:10.1126/science.1133065
      • Resources
    • Another embryonic stem cell study gives reason to doubt
      • Neeta S. Roy et al., "Functional Engraftment of Human ES Cell-Derived Dopaminergic Neurons Enriched by Coculture with Telomerase-Immortalized Midbrain Astrocytes," Nature Medicine
  • Theology segment
    • Does God care about politics? Kenneth Samples discusses how Christians might consider elections in light of Christian theology.
    • [repeated from Call-In section below] Ken also comments on the recent Timecover article featuring Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins
      • David Van Biema, "God vs. Science: A Spirited Debate between Atheist Biologist Richard Dawkins and Christian Geneticist Francis Collins," Timevol. 168, no. 20 (November 13, 2006), 48-55.
        • The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins [Amazon]
        • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis S. Collins [Amazon]
        • Hear the Creation Update primetime interview with Dr. Francis Collins
    • Resource
      • The City of God, by St. Augustine [Amazon]
  • Call-in questions
    • Mike from Little Rock, AR asks:
      • Does time slow down in general relativity? Question comes in reference to Time and Eternity: Exploring God's Relationship to Time, by William Lane Craig [Amazon]
      • Resources
        • Beyond the Cosmos, 2nd ed., by Hugh Ross
        • What God Knows: Time and the Question of Divine Knowledge, Harry Lee Poe and J. Stanley Mattson, eds.
    • Roger from Portland, ME, comments:?
      • liberal politicians embrace a different worldview than conservatives
      • He then asks whether Dr. Collins' position on stepwise evolution can be verified
        • primetime interview with Dr. Francis Collins
      • Ken also comments on the recent Timecover article featuring Richard Dawkins and Francis Collins
        • David Van Biema, "God vs. Science: A Spirited Debate between Atheist Biologist Richard Dawkins and Christian Geneticist Francis Collins," Timevol. 168, no. 20 (November 13, 2006), 48-55.
          • The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins [Amazon]
          • The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief, by Francis S. Collins [Amazon]
          • Hear the Creation Update primetime interview with Dr. Francis Collins
    • Levi from Georgetown, Washington, D.C. wants to know:
      • What is RTB's position on the Noah's Flood?
      • Resources

Creation Update #343
Direct Measurement of Universe's Expansion
Air date: 11-14-06
Hugh Ross, Jeff Zweerink, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Time-delay lenses provide evidence for big bang
      • Prasenjit Saha et al., "The Hubble Time Inferred from 10 Time Delay Lenses," Astrophysical Journal 650 (2006): L17-L20.
      • Resources
    • Three processes in early solar nebula responsible for life-essential elements
      • "Solar Nebula Heterogeneity in p-Process Samarium and Neodymium Isotopes," Rasmus Andreasen and Mukul Sharma, Science 314 (2006): 806-09.
      • "Barium Isotopes in Chondritic Meteorites: Implications for Planetary Reservoir Models,"Michael C. Ranen and Stein B. Jacobsen, Science 314 (2006): 809-12.
    • M-dwarf stars not candidates for life-support planets
      • Grant M. Kennedy, Scott J. Kenyon, and Benjamin C. Bromley, "Planet Formation around Low-Mass Stars: The Moving Snow Line and Super-Earths," Astrophysical Journal 650 (2006): L139-L142.
  • Theology segment
    • Is religious instruction a form of child abuse? Kenneth Samples responds to a charge from skeptics Richard Dawkins and Lawrence Kraus
    • Resource
      • "The God Delusion?"
      • Lawrence Krauss, "Sermons and Straw Men," Nature 443 (2006): 914-15.
  • Call-in question
    • Roger from Portland ME asks:
      • several questions regarding the universe's surface expansion
      • Resource
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
  • E-mail question
    • Jeff From Marysville WA wants to know:
      • How can I respond to a coworker who espouses an oscillating model for the universe?
      • Resource
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Vince asks:
      • How can I describe the concept of multidirectional geometric time to skeptics as it pertains to nullifying infinite regress objections?
      • Resources
        • Beyond the Cosmos, 2nd ed., by Hugh Ross
        • What God Knows: Time and the Question of Divine Knowledge, Harry Lee Poe and J. Stanley Mattson, eds.

Creation Update #344
Dark Energy In The Early Universe
Air date: 11-21-06
Dave Rogstad, Jeff Zweerink & Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Evcidence For Dark Energy In The Early Universe
      • Erica Hupp et al., "NASA's Hubble Finds Evidence for Dark Energy In the Young Universe," NASA News, Nov. 16,2006.
      • Resources
    • Fine-Tuning Of Galaxy Size For Habitability
      • Kevin Bundy et al., "The Mass Assembly History Of Field Galaxies: Detection Of An Evolving Mass Limit For Star-Forming Galaxy," Kevin Bundy et al., The Astrophysical Journal, 651:120-141, 2006 November 1.
      • "A Direct Upper Limit On The Density Of Cosmological Dust From The Absence Of An X-Ray Scattering Halo Around The z = 4.3 Quasar QSO 1508+5714". The Astrophysical Journal, 651:41-45, 2006 November 1
      • "Environment And The Cosmic Evolution Of Star Formation". Ravi K Sheth, et. al., Astrophysical Journal, 650:L28, 2006 October 10.
  • Theology segment
    • Killing People In The Name Of Atheism Kenneth Samples responds to a charge from skeptic Richard Dawkins.
    • Resources:
      • " The God Delusion?"
  • Call-in questions
    • James from Lanesville IN Wants to know:
      • What is the Time-Line for Satan's Rebellion And The Creation Of The Universe?
    • Pete from Leesburg V A asks about:
      • Articles in Leading Newspapers about Neanderthals and Humans interbreeding.
      • Resource:
  • E-mail question
    • Robert Knox asks:
      • What Are the Strongest Scientific Challenges Against the Existence of God
    • Another E-mail asks:
      • How Do You Explain The Miricles Challenged By The History Channel's

Creation Update #345
Earth's Orbital Patterns and Rodent Life Cycles
Air date: 11-28-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples & Joe Aguirre

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Earth's changing orbit responsible for mammal extinctions and replacements
      • Jan A. van Dam et al., "Long-Period Astronomical Forcing of Mammal Turnover," Nature 443 (2006): 687-91.
      • Resources
    • Scientists have sequenced portion of Neanderthal genome
      • James P. Noonan et al., "Sequencing and Analysis of Neanderthal Genomic DNA," Science 314 (2006): 1113-18.
      • Richard E. Green et al., "Analysis of One Million Base Pairs of Neanderthal DNA," Nature 444 (2006): 330-32.
      • Resource
  • Theology segment
  • Call-in questions
    • Mark from Vero Beach, FL asks:
      • Can the mammalian extinctions and radiations (refers to first discovery above) be tracked geographically?
    • John from San Clemente, CA, comments and asks about:
      • The Design of the Milky Way Galaxy.
      • Resources
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
        • The Fingerprint of God, by Hugh Ross
    • Roy from Conroe, TX, has two questions:
      • Regarding the fine-tuning of electrons and protons, and about dark energy.
      • Resource
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Binto from Boston, MA wants to know:
    • Ian from Santa Clarita, CA, asks several questions about:
      • What scientists mean by the "observable universe" and about the geometry of the universe.
    • Jeff from Valley Forge, PA, comments about:
      • An encounter with Richard Dawkins
      • Resource
        • The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins [Amazon]
        • The Miracle of Theism, by J. L. Mackie [Amazon]
    • Steve from Chicago asks wants to know:
      • How can we relate to young-earth proponents in a respectful manner, especially when considering how salvation is tied to creation.
      • Resource

Creation Update #346
Exploring Fermi's Paradox
Air date: 12-5-06
Jeff Zweerink, Dave Rogstad, Kenneth Samples, and Joe Aguirre

  • Special program
  • Call-in question
    • Jeff from Portland, OR, asks RTB to evaluate a "fortuitous life hypothesis" in response to Fermi's paradox
  • RTB's apologetics coordinator Bob Stuart reminds listeners of the new winter course offerings for Reasons Institute and Reasons Academy

Creation Update #347
A Catalog Of Binary Neutron Stars And Their Implications For The Christian Faith
Air date: 12-12-06
Hugh Ross, Dave Rogstad & Kenneth Samples

  • Scientific discoveries
    • Binary Neutron Stars And Their Implications for the Christian Faith.
      • "Eccentricities Of Double Neutron Star Binaries", Catherine Mia Ihm and Vassiliki Kalogera, The Astrophysical Journal, 652:540-547, 2006 November 20
      • "The First Direct Distance Determination To A Detached Eclipsing Binary In M33", A. Z. Bonanos, et. al., The Astrophysical Journal, 652:313-322, 2006 November 20
      • Resources
  • Hubble Ultra Deep Field Survey.
    • "Rapid Evolution Of The Most Luminous Galaxies During The First 900 Million Years"
  • Theology segment
    • Testing Our Beliefs:
      • Ken Samples Discusses Conspiracy Theories.
      • Resource:
        • "Attacking Faulty Reasoning" by T. Edward Damer
  • Call-in question
    • Greg from Longmont, CO has a question about:
      • Plasma Theory Taking Over From String Theory
      • Resource:
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Jeff from Portland, OR wants to know more about:
      • The Recent Mars Impact
    • Anil from Olathe, KS comments about:
      • Christian Churches speaking the truth about Islam.
    • Jay from Wichita, KS, asks:
      • For Information From Someone Who Has Converted To Christianity From Islam.
      • "A Scientist’s Perspective on Islam" by Fuz Rana
    • Jay also asks about:
      • The Creation Event; Is there any thing that naturalism cannot give an answer for:
      • Resources:
    • Roger from Portland, ME comments regarding:
      • Design Parameters of the Universe
    • Ed from Des Moines, IA asks about:
      • Nicolas Matze and National Science Associations Life's Causal agent Explanation
    • Marge from RTB asks about:
      • The consequence of a very small change in the mass of the universe.
  • RTB's apologetics coordinator Bob Stuart reminds listeners of the new winter course offerings for Reasons Institute and Reasons Academy

Creation Update #348
Is there Evidence for Human Evolution?
Air date: 12-19-06
Hugh Ross, Fuz Rana, and Joe Aguirre

  • Discoveries
    • Convergence of lactase persistence in humans
      • Sarah A. Tishoff et al., "Covergent Adaptation of Human Lactase Persistence in Africa and Europe," Nature Genetics (advance online publication).
    • Human-chimp brain DNA comparisons
      • Michael C. Oldham, Steve Horvath, and Daniel H. Geschwind, "Conservation and Evolution of Gene Coexpression Networks in Human and Chimpanzee Brains," PNAS 103 (2006): 17973-78.
      • Eugene Berezikov et al., "Diversity of MicroRNAs in Human and Chimpanzee Brain," Nature Genetics 38 (2006): 1375-77.
    • Explaining "strange" human behavior
      • Responses to wealth
        • Kathleen D. Vohs, Nicole L. Mead, and Miranda R. Goode, "The Psychological Consequences of Money," Science 314 (2006): 1154-56.
      • Altruism
        • Samuel Bowles, "Group Competition, Reproductive Leveling, and the Evolution of Human Altruism," Science 314 (2006): 1569-72.
      • Maintaining reputation
        • Bettina Rockenbach and Manfred Milinski, "The Efficient Interaction of Indirect Reciprocity and Costly Punishment," Nature 444 (2006): 718-23.
      • Resource
    • Reasons Institute
      • RTB's resource development coordinator Krista Bontrager reminds listeners of the new winter course offerings for Reasons Institute and Reasons Academy
  • Call-in questions
    • Pete from Leesburg, VA asks:
      • Did humans and Neanderthals interbreed?
      • Resource
    • Roger from Portland, ME questions:
      • Could any dinosaurs have survived the mass extinction events in light of Carl Baugh's Triceratops Rock claim?
        • Carl Baugh's Web site
    • Chris from Charlotte, NC wants to know:
      • Can Hugh respond to an author's attempt to rebuff RTB's creation model for the universe?
        • The book: Atheist Universe, by David Mills
        • Resource
          • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
      • Hugh also referred to the following discovery:
        • Leslie W. Looney, John J. Tobin, and Brian D. Fields, "Radioactive Probes of the Supernova-Contaminated Solar Nebula: Evidence that the Sun Was Born in a Cluster," Astrophysical Journal 652 (2006): 1755-62.
    • Roger from Portland, ME has a second question today:
      • Can Hugh define a flat-geometry universe versus an open-and-closed universe?
      • Resource
        • The Creator and the Cosmos, 3rd ed., by Hugh Ross
    • Randy from Oceanside, CA:
      • How do we know what the Milky Way Galaxy looks like?
        • Astronomy Picture of the Day, October 4, 2005