Month: January 2007

Mars Punchthru?

There are many remarkable things about the planet, Mars. One that keeps getting my attention is the amazing “grand canyon” known as, “Valles Marineris”. This trench that stretches across the Mars surface is roughly the length of the American continent and about 6 miles deep. It raps around the surface of the planet with a roughly circular valley system at each end. How did such a feature come about on the cold lifeless frozen planet? One theory suggests that it’s the result of the contraction of the planet as a whole due to the cooling of the planet’s core. So, why is there only one such feature on the planet? Why not many if the planet’s surface is covered with a rather uniform outer crust as on Earth? Looking at the feature from above, Valles Marineris reminds me of something i’ve seen before. Like a BB or a pellet fired at a tomato or some sort of soft fruit. It penetrates the skin and travels just beneath the surface forcing the meat away from it bulging the surface as it blasts along inside the fruit and if it travels close enough to the surface the skin will rupture and split…

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Evolutionism and Confusion

As an evolutionist for most of my academic career, i found myself pondering my significance more and more frequently as time went on. Well think about it. 1. You’re labeled an “animal”. Not much dignity in that. 2. Heaven and Hell are just “imaginary” places. You’re really just atoms and chemical processes. You die- they stick you in the dirt- and you become fertilizer. 3. Since we are the “products of natural processes”, why not do what comes “naturally”. Do your own thing, just look out for number uno. 4. Since we don’t know “why” we exist, it’s anyone’s guess whether “reality” is what we think, what we see, so maybe it’s just what we dream! Some suggest that evolution leaves room for a creator somehow. The French scientist, Lamarck, proposed that creatures “aqcuired” new traits and changed due to a need they had. This was a sort of “theistic evolution” concept. Sort of like “Providence” would step in to help some starving deer or impala reach the higher leaves on the trees when grass was scarce so this group of animals was able to survive by evolving into what we call the, “giraffe”. Today, the “Providence” part would be…

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Deep Down

We are told that the earth has a molten core, or at least the part that lies beneath the earth’s outer crust is molten rock. Supposedly kept that way by nuclear reactions taking place. Perhaps due to the extreme pressures from all the material weighing down on it from above. There’s a problem with this idea in that gravity should actually decrease intensity the further you go down into the earth. True, there’s still lots of stuff weighing down, but things get lighter the further down you go. You see the material that is now above you also produces it’s own gravity conteracting the gravity from the remaining stuff under you. Should you ever make it to the very center of the earth, all the gravity would be coming from all around equally and you would experience weightlessness and just float about. This is because gravity is produced somehow by any mass. The greater the mass, the stronger the gravitational pull. So, if there isn’t enough pressure in the earth to sustain nuclear reactions, then the earths core is cooling and permantly losing heat as time goes on. As an object cools, it also shrinks. That would mean that at…

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Is the Genome Unglued?

Living with ADD can be a little challanging at times. As a kid, i remember having a hard time looking at a person while talking to them. The only way i could pay attention to what they were saying was to look away, which usually didn’t go over too well. You see, if i were to look at them, instantly i would forget everything they had just said. It was kind of a catch 22. You were rude for not looking at them and ruder, yet, if you did and couldn’t follow their conversation. Folks with ADD notice everything around them and have little or no power to maintain focus on one thing at a time. All day long, i have to force myself to stay on any task and it is exhausting at times to try to keep focused on any particular thing. But, it does have its advandages. I tend to be keenly aware of everything around me and i notice things like flies landing on the ceiling and a blade of grass recoiling from being stepped on. So, what’s this got to do with genomes and stuff?? Genomes are the compliment of genetic variables for any given…

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