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Volume 8, Number 3
December, 1971
Abstracts


Probability And Left-Handed Molecules

James F. Coppedge

The mystery of stereo-selectivity in proteins is examined. The history of efforts to explain this strange phenomenon is traced from Pasteur to the present. Conversations with a number of prominent scientists regarding the current status of knowledge on this problem are reported. Probability theory is applied to the change production of a minimum set of protein molecules for the smallest theoretically possible living entity with only left-handed protein components. The odds against this happening once among all the protein molecules that ever existed on earth are evaluated. Comparison of the naturalistic and creationist positions is examined regarding this mystery.


Monoglaciology And The Global Flood

William A. Springstead, A.B.

Scientific data affirming the Genesis account of a global flood have been increasing in recent years. There is likewise evidence for a serious reappraisal of the classic views on glaciation in the Northern Hemispheres. There is the need to reconsider the earlier and older views of the monoglaciologists. Such views are quite favorable to the concept of a world wide deluge.

The Ice Age, scientifically termed Pleistocene or Quaternary, was the last geological epoch and the most carefully studied time of continental glaciation. Its express nature, causes, and duration are crucial factors for postulating one or several glaciations, and for the evidence supporting the global flood.

Although monoglaciologists postulate continental ice caps, the ice caps are thought to have been much smaller in extent and to have been accompanied by marine transgression, floating ice and other fluviatile elements. Like polyglaciologists, monoglaciologists adhere to the belief that the ice disappeared about 8-10,000 years ago. But unlike polyglaciologists, monoglaciologists hold to a drastically shorter period of glaciation.

This paper will primarily with the Pleistocene period of time. The weaknesses of classic polyglaciology and the increasing plausibility of once discarded monoglaciology will be considered in detail. The conduciveness of the theory of monoglaciology will be considered in detail. The conduciveness of the theory of monoglaciology to the Biblical revelation of a world wide flood will be shown.


Pleiotropy: Extra Cotyledons In The Tomato

William J. Tinkle, Ph.D.

Aristotle noted that living things develop according to type. If we are to ascribe development of kinds to natural selection we must believe that the plan of an organism is incomplete and tenuous; so much so that among the chance variants there are some which are superior to their parents, along with others which are inferior. Yet among the variants which are hereditary, nearly all are inferior and this study describes such a strain. The data favor the idea that the type is important.

A tomato plant with an extra cotyledon might be considered an advantageous type but in these observations it was found to be inferior in germination, rate of growth, and resistance to frost. A few morphological peculiarities were noted.


One Man's View On The Teaching Of Origins In The Public School Science Classroom

Richard Bliss, M.S.

The teacher in public school must avoid coercion and unfair dogmatism in the presentations of origins. Students should be given empirical data bearing on origins and then be allowed to examine alternatives to the evolution concept. This objective might be achieved in part if student teachers were asked to write about arguments opposing evolution during their own college preparation. It is also suggested that data regarding competitive theories be collected into an appendix or addenda for use with all types of textbooks and laboratory manuals.


"A Law Of Biological Conservation"

Ian McDowell

A "Law of Biological Conservation" is developed in the context of the well-known Laws of Thermodynamics. It is asserted in this Law that the total information implicit in all living creatures at a given instant cannot exceed the total information coded upon all the genes of their cells. As a corollary of such a law, it becomes obvious that creation requires a Creator because the information implicit in these living beings today cannot exceed the total amount of information of all kinds which was required to specify the whole of the original creation. Evolutionists should face this issue and consider its implications.

 

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