Saturday, February 3, 2007
The twin-engine plane was diving toward the ground Friday morning at a speed of well over 400 miles per hour. Its pilot and co-pilot were unconscious from oxygen deprivation.
The plane’s nose was tilted down and in about 15 seconds would collide with the earth northwest of Cape Girardeau.
Death seemed certain.
But pilot Sheldon Stone and co-pilot Adam Moore are alive today.
“We must have had angels on our shoulders, that’s all I can say,” said Stone, who flies the plane for the owner of Summit Bank of Arkansas and has about 4,200 hours of flying experience.
“Rock” at ARN introduced me to this insanely wonderful essay by a physicist:
Prepare to have your mind taken to intellecual heights that it has never known!
Eric Pianka and John Reid delight in the annihilation billions of humans. If such a large number of humans died, there would be a lot of corpses around. Not to worry, another Darwinist by the name of Beth Conklin has some words about converting corpses into food sources. Here is a delicious comment from Beth:
We assume that cannibalism is always an aggressive, barbaric and degrading act”But that is a serious over-simplification, one that has kept us from realizing that cannibalism can have positive meanings.
Beth was author of the book Compassionate Cannibalism.
And if it happens that the death of some many humans reduces one’s opportunity to find a partner, no problem, Peter Singer suggest humans have intimate relations with animals. However, such behavior could be problematic. Consider the account of Darwinist who followed Singer’s advice Man dies after sex with horse.
San Francisco – A man died of internal injuries from sex with a stallion at a ranch used by a bestiality ring, police in the northwestern United States state of Washington said on Monday.
The man suffered fatal trauma while being sodomised by a stallion at a stud farm that catered to men who wanted sex with animals, Enumclaw Police Commander Eric Sortland told AFP.
PZ, you really are just about the biggest asshole I have ever known, and you are lying through your teeth. What I have defended in private, and will do so in public is well, is that my post was correct given the information I had. Dawkins did, in fact, sign a petition that clearly endorses a coercive, totalitarian policy to stamp out religious belief. He has now repudiated his signature on that petition and admitted that he made a mistake, but that fact supports my post – I said it was wrong to support that petition and he now agree. And you are simply lying when you claim that I am still arguing that Dawkins supports “coercion to stop religious belief”; I am not arguing that at all. I accept his retraction that he does not support that. But his signature on that petition did support that kind of coercion and I am happy that he has now thought better of it. But the very fact that he has thought better of it shows that my criticism of that petition was right, not wrong.
To make things worse, you had the astonishing gall (and dishonesty) to claim that I am “hesitant to call out creationists” – something I have been doing for 20 years, for crying out loud. You’re a liar, PZ, and a first class, double-barrelled, fully automatic asshole.
Oh, can you feel the love?
Thanks to Telic Thoughts for referencing this entertainging thread.
It says in the book of Revelation, “The Lamb that was slain before the foundation of the world.” The greatest crime and tragedy was ordained even before the foundation of the world, yet through it would unfold the greatest story ever told. It was all intelligently and wisely designed like the masterpieces of the great composers.
It is not a well-known fact, but the pilot who led the attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor, 55 years ago today, eventually became an Evangelical Christian. See: From Pearl Harbor to Calvary. Such changed lives are the product of intelligent design, not random Darwinian processes.
I discovered through mutual acquaintances that Francis Collins attends a church that is part of the creationist-leaning Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). The EPC considered even more conservative than Presbyterian Church of Amercia (PCA) of which I and Dave Snoke are members. I actually attend EPC churches on my frequent business trips to Mississippi. I pray brother Collins will one day see the light. He belongs with us creationists, not the Darwinists. He is thankfully fellow-shipping with the right guys. May the Lord open his eyes.
There are two explanations for these passages in the Christian Scriptures:
So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped
2 Kings 20:9-11
9 Isaiah answered, “This is the LORD’s sign to you that the LORD will do what he has promised: Shall the shadow go forward ten steps, or shall it go back ten steps?”
10 “It is a simple matter for the shadow to go forward ten steps,” said Hezekiah. “Rather, have it go back ten steps.”
11 Then the prophet Isaiah called upon the LORD, and the LORD made the shadow go back the ten steps it had gone down on the stairway of Ahaz.
The best explanation is given by Barry Setterfield: Long Day
About 10 years ago, in a store in Blackwood, South Australia, there was a sophisticated gyroscopic toy for sale. The toy consisted of a central gyroscope suspended by circular loops of metal that were able to move freely in any direction. Idly, I set the toy spinning, then shortly after I gave it a push, corresponding to an “impact” . The gyroscope heeled over, and then in that new position started oscillating. I was amazed at what happened next. At specific points in the series of oscillations, the whole gyroscopic device underwent a figure-of-eight roll and then returned to the oscillating behaviour it had exhibited before.
Let’s look at this. Dodwell had determined the axis tilt curve from the 2345 BC impact. He had also determined the oscillation curve from the data. That curve potentially suggests that at certain key dates a change in oscillation direction will occur. Those dates roughly correspond with Joshua’s long day, Hezekiah’s sundial event, events at the time of the Crucifixion, and others. At the corresponding times, the gyroscopic toy underwent a figure of eight roll. It is possible that the earth may have behaved similarly, or at least in such a way that the objects in the heavens traced an S-shaped path in the sky. This would have a variety of effects depending where on earth the observer was when it occurred. Thus for Joshua the sun and moon remained visible in the heavens while the S-shaped path was followed. At the time of the Crucifixion, “the sun went down at noon” as Amos indicated, and then returned to resume its normal motion. There is also a reference in Job to this effect. Job was writing as an eye-witness to events in his own day. In Job 9:7 he states that God “commands the sun and it rises not”” . This is referring to the results of a similar axis tilt change due to massive impacts at the time of Peleg “when the continents were divided” (Gen. 10:25). This impact was the one that gave the earth’s axis its high tilt that resulted in the ice-age as well as drifting continents. The motion of the earth’s axis after that event in 3005 BC was similar to that from the 2345 BC event. Job was writing about 2800 BC.
This is a good explanation. I hope you all are aware of the really bad explantion which was a hoax about NASA research, an account of which was at Talk Origins.