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Volume 30, Number 3
December, 1993

Sources and Applications of Botanical Alkaloids Offer Evidence of Creative Purpose and Design

Richard D. Lumsden, Ph.D.

Natural products phytochemistry, exemplified by the "bitter herbs", has served the medicinal needs of mankind since antiquity, and continues to do so in the present era. The appearance of pathogens resistant to existing pharmacology, notably to synthetic drugs, new diseases, and the continuing bane of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, endocrine dysfunctions, neurological disorders, immunopathology, etc. are stimulating renewed interest in possible biological sources of new therapeutic principles.

Remarkably, biogenic alkaloids having no direct function in the metabolism or structure of the plants that manufacture them have highly specific molecular interactions in man (or his infectious pathogens and/or their vectors) and the agents which plague his food sources. Such interactions underlie their pharmacological (or pesticidal) properties. These and related observations have significance to a creationist concept of their origin.

Ota Benga: The Story of the Pygmy on Display in a Zoo

Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.

One of the most fascinating historical accounts about the fallout of biological evolution theory on human relations is the story of Ota Benga, a pygmy who was put on display in an American zoo as an example of an evolutionarily inferior race. The incident clearly reveals the racism of evolutionary theory and the extent that the theory gripped the hearts and minds of scientists and journalists in the late 1800s. As humans move away from this time in history, we can more objectively look back at the horrors that evolutionary theory has brought to society of which this story is a poignant example.

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An Evaluation of the John Woodmorappe Flood Geology Model
Part Two

A. W. Mehlert, Dip.Theol.

The assumption of time-equivalence of index fossils is the basis of evolutionist geology. In this review of the Woodmorappe Flood Model it can be shown that there is a simpler and better explanation for the separation of fossils in a short time-frame. Rather than time itself being the determining factor in the positioning of fossils, geographical and tectonic causes provide the basis for a diluvial paradigm which is superior to the standard geologic framework.

Fossil Wood of Big Bend National Park, Brewster County, Texas:
Part III -- Chemical Tests Performed on Wood

Emmett L. Williams, Ph.D., George T. Matzko, Ph.D., George F. Howe, Ph.D., Richard R. White, B.A. and William G. Stark, A.S.

Various tests were performed on samples of wood collected from the Dawson Creek region of Big Bend National Park. No radiohalos were found in the charcoalified material. No C-14 was detected in a charcoalified wood sample. The silica content of the silicified wood specimens was found to be generally greater than 901b. Comments and a discussion of the test results are offered on the nodular objects found in and around a clay mound. All data were interpreted within a Diluvialist model where possible.

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