A Walk on the Beach Preserved in Stone–How Fossilized Turtle Tracks Refute Young-Earth Fossil Dogma 

Baby sea turtles emerge from their sandy nest and quickly make their way down the beach and into the sea. As they do so they leave tiny footprints in the sand, but the tracks are short-lived.  Blown away or destroyed by the next large wave, they are lost forever. Imagine the footprints you leave during […]

Young-Earth Creationism Leads the Short-Necked Okapi to Identify as a Giraffe

The Ark Encounter theme park in Kentucky is filled with signs and displays that promote young-earth interpretations of geology, astronomy, biology, archaeology and theology. I have critiqued many of these interpretations before (e.g. My Trip to the Ark Encounter and Depicting a Real Flood with Unrealistic Images). Today, I want to talk about one sign. […]

A Challenge to Ken Ham: Send Your Employees to Professional Science Conferences

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How do scientists communicate with each other?  What are the latest research results? How can one learn about theories and how they are regarded by the scientific community? Where can you talk to scientists about their work?  A partial answer to all of these questions is:  scientific conferences.  It is possible to stay somewhat current […]

Ignoring the Plank: A Young-Earth Apologist Inadvertently Writes a Brilliant Critique of Young-Earth Creationism

How should a movement dedicated to science denial warn its adherents against the evils of science denial? Young-earth creationism finds itself faced with just this problem as some of its followers slip toward the flat-earth fringe. Answers in Genesis, the leading young-earth apologetics ministry, has responded by critiquing the flat-earth movement in a series of […]

Fossilized Rivers? The Exhumed Palaeochannels of Utah and Mars

Here is a puzzle:  Where can you stand on dry ground and look up to see a river channel above you? Yes, New Orleans is a good answer.   However, I’m talking about looking up 100 feet from a non man-made location.   There are many places on Earth and possibly on Mars where such […]

The Appearance of Age and the Origin of the Hawaiian Islands

What is the origin of the Hawaiian Islands?  The exploration of that question consumed my attention for several years.  At that time—way back in the 1990s—I was a post-doctoral researcher at Southern Illinois University sequencing chloroplast genes from holoparasitic plants. At the same time I discovered list-serve discussion groups, I was given creation science literature […]

Young-Earth Evolutionists? Talking about Hyper-speciation and Theological Implications

I recently attended the annual meeting of the American Scientific Affiliation held at Wheaton College.   About 300 professional scientists who are professing Christians had gathered to discuss a variety of topics related to science and faith.  Monday morning I delivered my presentation titled:  “Young Earth evolutionists? Adaptation of young-earth creationist models, and implication for the […]

Consider the Lilies? Ken Ham’s Confusion over Biological Classification

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Ken Ham and his staff have demonstrated their confusion about biological classification yet again and also shown they don’t read primary literature before jumping to their own conclusions.  The latest example comes courtesy of a new flowering-plant fossil which was recently described in the literature as an ancient “lily.”  Ken Ham on the AiG website […]

Stranger Things–Creationist’ Views of Speciation and Natural Selection in the 1980s

Today, young-earth creationists are actively promoting a new model of the origin of the diversity of life on Earth.  This speculative view borrows a number of elements found in any typical evolutionary biology textbook. For example, modern YECs claim that most and possibly all species alive today—except humans—are related to numerous other, though not all, […]

An Armadillo Test Case of YEC Post-flood Dispersal Speed

Just how quickly can animals expand their geographical range?  Recently I expressed my skepticism about young-earth creationist’ claims that animals could depart an ark in the Middle East and migrated all the way to South America in just a few years (Glyptodonts, Armadillos and Ken Ham’s Hyper-Speciation Model).  Take the armadillos I wrote about.  There are […]

Glyptodonts, Armadillos and Ken Ham’s Hyper-Speciation Model

Armadillos are curious little animals but were all of them as small as they are today?  DNA extracted from a 12,000 year old bone of an extinct glyptodont the size of a small car revealed a genetic code that clearly places this huge animal inside the group (clade) of diverse animals we collectively call armadillos. These DNA results (see […]

How to Identify Pseudoscience: Lessons from Velikovsky and Catastrophism

Phrenology, essential oils, homeopathy, reflexology, ESP, astrology, creation science, climate change denial, blood-type diet, vaccinations cause autism, quantum computing, smoking causes cancer,  dinosaurs were killed by an asteroid impact, HIV causes AIDS, low-carb diet.  Which of the above would you classify as the products of good scientific research and which would you classify as pseudoscience?  […]

Faith in Flood Geology? Dogmatic Assertions of Expertise

Everyone is an expert in something but they can’t be an expert in everything.  At some point we all have to rely on the expertise of others to guide us through our lives.  I am a biologist, however, the vastness of the field of biology leaves me in the position of deferring to the knowledge of […]

Where is the Next Generation of Creation Scientists?

Where is the next generation of creation scientists?   I don’t mean the next generation of believers in creation science but the next generation of young-earth experts who will continue the legacy of Morris, Austin, Humphreys, Woodmorappe, Wood, Bergman, Oard, Baumgardner, etc… I have to believe that this has to be a question that many of the […]

Squeezing the Lost Grand Canyon of Egypt into the Young Earth Paradigm: An impossible* Task

In Egypt the Nile River Valley conceals a massive canyon that once was as deep and wide as the Grand Canyon in Arizona.  We have explored the origins of this lost canyon in the previous posts.   We found that geologists attribute the origins of this massive canyon to the great drying up of the Mediterranean […]