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Published Retractions

I am not a biologist but a physicist. I am used to quite high confidence in the data I have obtained in my laboratory experiments. But from reading some biology papers on vaccines and comparisons with adverse health outcomes I note a whole lot of controversy.

At first that controversy might seem to be about population sizes in the studies, or how the demographics were selected, or how the controls were handled. But from my reading it seems that it is more the conclusions that the authors come to that are the hot button topics.

As a result I have read of several high profile retractions by leading journals. That is after the papers passed peer-review and were published did the problems arise. People objected and, in some cases, a total debacle ensued.

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Gifted Mind, the book

—The Dr Raymond Damadian story, Inventor of the MRI

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I just read this book about the life and work of Dr Raymond Damadian, who invented the Magnetic Resonance Image (MRI) scanning of human/living tissue for medical diagnostics. He used existing Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) techniques to solve a very important problem. His key breakthrough was his 1971 Nature paper showing that the signals from cancerous and non-cancerous cells are very different and this method therefore has enormous advantage. He built the first scanner large enough to scan a human and made the first scans of a human.

I found the book “Gifted Mind” an excellent and exciting read. I could very much resonate with the environment that Dr Damadian found himself in, with jealous competitors, who eventually obtained credit, the Nobel prize, for something that he invented, and they did not. I found that Dr Damadian is very generous recognising their contributions though, because they have helped in making visualisation of the MRI signal available for the very important task of medical diagnostics.

Dr Damadian’s worldview, that truth is ultimately from God and it is our Lord who deserves all the credit, is the gold standard. Nevertheless it is a deplorable situation when the inventor is sidelined. Nevertheless God is sufficient. He is all we need. Far better to be recognised as a humble believer in the whole word of God that any vain recognitions of man. I heartily recommend this book.

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Soft tissue from Triceratops horn

Mark Armitage is the guy who lost his job over publishing in  2012 scientific findings of soft tissue in a triceratops horn found at the Hell Creek Formation in Montana.

According to press release the find is extremely significant…

 “because it indicates that dinosaurs roamed the earth only thousands of years in the past rather than going extinct 60 million years ago.”

According to Armitage, just two weeks after publishing his soft-tissue findings in the peer-reviewed journal “Acta Histochemica,” he was told that there weren’t funds to continue his position.

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Lift up the Word with gentleness and respect

Someone writes a book, or develops a theory (or even just presents some speculation), and then a believer in a church uses that information and says something like,

 “The YEC position is true and here’s the proof! You are crazy if you can’t believe it because we have this evidence.”

Sadly, sometimes I hear this sort of thing.  Folks it just should not happen. And a person who hears it might react, complaining with,

“A (creation ministry) speaker filled their heads with stuff, which isn’t true about the YEC interpretation of the Bible.”

Well that’s how the recipient may have understood the attack on his belief system, which was obviously not a biblical creationist one. Maybe he believes in theistic evolution or big bang or both. (I am not supporting those inconsistent interpretations, but I am talking about our approach.) This sort of thing has led to a division in the fellowship. Some even claim that the whole subject of biblical creation is divisive. That is not what I am talking about, but rather how some well-meaning people use speculations and theories like clubs trying to win an argument, when they should be categorized only as man’s attempts at a solution to a biblical creationist problem.

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Is belief in a Creator God anti-science?

Often the misotheists (god-haters) like Richard Dawkins and Neil deGrasse Tyson (host of Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey TV series) will claim that those who believe in God, and, even more particularly, in the Creator God of the biblical Genesis account of Creation, cannot do science. They claim that thinking in those terms destroys one’s ability to do real science. They claim that creationism is anti-science and call it pseudoscience.

But can a scientist who holds a literal historical worldview of the Genesis 1 account  do real science? Of course he can. I am one such scientist. See CRYOGENIC SAPPHIRE OSCILLATOR: THE WORLD’S MOST PRECISE CLOCK for a summary of my experimental development of the most precise clock on Earth. I largely work in the time and frequency community building the most advanced classical clocks ever developed by man. These are used in time standards labs to assist atomic fountain clocks to operate at their ultimate quantum-limited performance. I have proposed their use for improved imaging of the super-massive black holes at the centre of our galaxy and nearby galaxies, and I am working with members of the team involved with the Event Horizon Telescope, comprising a collection of large high frequency radio-telescopes, located across the surface of the Earth.

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How do we see distant galaxies in a 6000 year old universe?

690958main_p1237a1The argument is this: The universe is extremely large—tens of billions of light-years across. The Bible tells us that God made the universe a mere 6000 years ago. How does the light from distant galaxies reach earth then?  Surely that size of the universe demands an enormous timescale?

But couldn’t God just have created the light in transit. No, that would be deceptive. It would mean a stream of light carrying false information for billions of years to come.

But surely even you must admit that the simplest and even most logical explanation (if you don’t first presuppose that the biblical account in Genesis is correct) is that the light, from  galaxies millions of light-years away, did indeed travel for millions of years to get here?