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Volume 15, Number 3
Process Constraints In Living Systems
D. R. Boylan, Ph.D.
during the past ten years
major advances have been made in understanding living systems. Of particular
importance is the unfolding of the chemical nature of these systems.
It is instructive, therefore, to examine living systems as ordinary
chemical processes. Constraints known to be applicable to such processes
should then be applicable to living systems. It is the purpose of this
paper to suggest a few such constraints.
William J. Tinkle, Ph.D.
The doctrine of social Darwinism
is not popular nowadays. But it and Darwinism in nature should stand
or fall together; those who reject the former and hold the latter are
Indeed, even nowadays an
occasional voice is heard in support of social Darwinism. Here, one
such recent attempt serves to initiate a critical investigation of Darwinism
Is The Earth's Core Water?
Part One: The Biblical Evidence
D. Russell Humphreys,
Scientists believe, on good
evidence, that part of the earth's core is fluid. This is the first
of a series of articles proposing that the fluid is not molten iron
as generally thought, but water under great heat and pressure. Here
the author examines many scripture passages about the earth's interior
and concludes that the Bible strongly suggests such a hypothesis. In
later articles, the author intends to show that the hypothesis is consistent
with the known experimental data about the earth and water under high
pressures, and that it has important scientific implications, concerning
(for example) the separation of the continents, the earth's magnetic
field, and craters in the solar system.
Mechanics And Thermodynamics
Of The Pre-Flood Vapor Canopy
Joseph C. Dillow, Th.D.
For years the concept of
a vapor canopy has met with great skepticism among some creation scientists.
The principle reason for such doubt has centered in the physics involved
in maintaining vast amounts of precipitable water in the atmosphere.
Our present atmosphere will only hold about 4.4 inches of water, and
yet the vapor canopy idea requires many feet of water if it is to be
the source of a global, 40-day rainfall. Also, this theory has been
objected to on the grounds that intolerable hothouse conditions would
result. In this article, an attempt is made to present a plausible support
mechanism and to demonstrate that the surface temperatures may indeed
have been quite mild.
The Ark, Its Course And Destination
Commonly, the account in
Genesis has been interpreted to mean that, at the end of the flood,
the ark grounded on Mount Ararat and remained there. Here a different
interpretation is proposed: that eventually the ark returned to a lower
altitude, more suitable for Noah and his family to begin life again
there. Such a destination seems more in keeping with God's providential
care of the ark during its voyage.
In the light of this suggestion,
several other suggestions and interpretations are proposed.
The Origin Of Yosemite Valley
Josiah Dwight Whitney
Forward By Dr. Walter E.
In my article "Trees
Indicate Recent Origin of Yosemite Valley" brief reference was
made to the explanation by J. Dwight Whitney, a former California State
Geologist, of how Yosemite Valley was formed. After showing why this
beautiful valley could not have been formed by erosion, he suggested
that the entire floor of the valley had suddenly subsided.
Josiah Dwight Whitney lived
from 1819 until 1896, and was state geologist from 1865 until 1882.
He wrote a number of important books, including: "Metallic Wealth
of the United States" (1854); "Mountain Heights in the United
States" (1862); "The Yosemite Book," a beautifully illustrated
rare book, (1868); and the more practical "The Yosemite Guide Book"
The following is an excerpt
from The Yosemite Guide Book, pages 114 - 122. Besides giving Whitney's
opinion as to Sierra Nevada mountain chain. The Table Mountain lava
on each side of the Stanislaus River at Abbey's Ferry was of recent
origin, as is shown by fossils under the volcanic mass. Yet the Stanislaus
canyon is over 2,000 feet deep.
Whitney's opinion that John
Muir was wrong in his thinking that the valley was formed by erosion
by ice, whereas in fact there is no proof that glaciers ever occupied
the valley, is also very interesting. Maybe our Research Committee could
encourage further investigation of this matter.
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