On Orchard Swallowtails

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This weekend has been of the delicious kind that overflows with happenings, one of which was the emergence of our first ever Orchard Swallowtail.

These are prone to pests, and we have had no success with them in the past.  The little girls and I  found several very large caterpillars at my parents house last year, and were thrilled with the find.  It took a very short time after bringing them inside, before they began to twitch, sicken, and die.

The horror!  We realised too late that my mother, (bug paranoid person that she is) had both an electronic emitting device (who knew they worked?) and a wall mounted dispenser which periodically pumps the air with pyrethrin  – a natural insecticide.

The two hardiest specimens, after surviving the equivalent of caterpillar concentration camp, were eaten by pests while in the chrysalis.

So – we were very excited to have this alive, healthy butterfly emerge. 🙂

2010 – Biodiversity in Australia

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In line with the 2010 National Science Theme Biodiversity in Australia, the Creation Science Association is holding its annual competition.

There are six categories:

  1. Song Writing
  2. Story and Poetry Writing
  3. Poster
  4. Science Project
  5. Mathematics
  6. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).

Each category is judged by a teacher of that discipline, and according to age.  There are separate age sections for the pre-year 1, and each year up to year 12.

For full details, visit the Creation Competition website, or download the pdf:  2010 Creation Competition details and entry forms.

The entry forms contain suggested activities for integrated teaching, as well as information on how to marry the activities to the essential learning requirements if you are a registered home educating family.

We’ve had lots of fun participating in these competitions, and are pleased to promote an opportunity to explore Creation from a Christian perspective.

Biodiversity… God’s incredible creativity shown in the wonder of His works!

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p.s  If you want to help promote the Creation Science Competition – grab the button!  Here’s how 🙂

p.p.s  Many thanks to the dear Miss Meggie, for all her efforts in plumbing the mystery that is html, in order to make the button behave 😀

UltraSlo – A Lady Beetle Takes Off

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Just when you thought everything relating to technology was about speed, along comes Ultraslo.com.  This movie of a lady beetle take off goes for 1:45 mins.  The first 14 secs are boring.  But DON’T look away or you’ll miss it!  It is really worth the 14 boring seconds to see the other minute and 31!

What an amazing design, and what a wonderous God!

OOPARTS, spatial anomalies?

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I’m smitten. My only grief is that it took so long to discover them, thus many years of pondering and marvelling have been wasted. Oh, and that it is an avenue littered with nutcases and conspiracy theorists, and people who think we descended from aliens.

Since my initial post, I have read two books on OOPARTS, and come to realize that it is an area fraught with speculation, which, I suppose, should not come as a surprise, in light of the nature of these discoveries.

Worlds Before Our Own, by Brad Steiger, is full of interesting finds, and does not come under the “crazy UFO proponent” tag. For the first three quarters of the book there were many, “read aloud to anyone nearby” moments, and my daughter (11 yrs) was reading up to where I left off, when I put it down. The last part of the book changes tone somewhat and goes from a reporting style to a presentation of the authors own ideas; something that I felt detracted from the book.

From a Christian perspective, it is interesting to read the author’s use of the Bible accounts. A description of a manna “machine” could be quite remarkable if you don’t read the Bible as a literal account of history (which I do). The description even allowed for the directive that the Israelites were not to collect on the Sabbath, the theory being that the machine produced enough for each day, plus a little over, which went into a holding tank to be eaten on the Sabbath. Of course, from a Biblical perspective, this could never be, as the manna could not be stored for more than the day before the Sabbath or it would spoil, so certainly the excess produced by a machine, after five days, would be inedible.

However, there were many fascinating things presented that made this book worth reading.

Recently I watched a debate between Dr. John Polkinghorne KBE, FRS, Canon Theological of the Liverpool Cathedral, and John Mackay, International Director of Creation Research, on the subject “Is evolution compatible with the Christian faith?” Among the many interesting things mentioned was a comment from John Mackay, about the number of fossilized people found in comparison to the number of fossilized people reported on.

Perhaps it is that the scientific community are mindful of protecting their theories and text books, or perhaps it is that they feel the lay person would be a danger to correct thought, given the opportunity to ponder and marvel some of these interesting discoveries for himself. Which ever the case, I can only feel that science discovery would have an avid audience, should discoveries of ooparts be more widely reported. That is, without the wild theories, and sensationalism some authors feel duty bound to provide…

OOPARTS

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A viking lens gives an imaging quality comparable to 1950’s aspheric lenses, a two thousand year old battery used for electroplating, and an analog computer made around 150 BC….

Out Of Place Artifacts are remarkable discoveries that don’t fit with the current ideas of science and history, which leave us pause to wonder if we are quite as clever as we think we are? They show complex thought and design, precision engineering, and advanced skills, all in time periods during which we have assumed people lived simply, with basic tools and instruments.

What if we, as a species, are not escalating in our intelligence, our technologies, our advancements for the bettering of mankind and the environment?

It’s quite a blow to the pride to think that these things were all discovered a long time ago, that the knowledge was somehow lost, and we have had to reinvent the wheel, so to speak!

Listening to some detractors, it would seem they would allow for any wild theory – aliens even, rather than admit that early man was not as deficient in the grey matter as popular science would dictate. One would think it would be a pleasing prospect to discover our forefathers were people to be esteemed for their ingenuity. How is that worse than being descendant from an ape?

Of course it could be upsetting on the grounds that it gives credence to the Biblical account of creation, and an intelligent first man, a possibility that causes every person to view science through the filter of their own religion. If these artifacts support the Biblical account of history, and point toward error in the theory of evolution, we will be left facing a Holy, Righteous, Omniscient, Omnipotent God.

There’s a thought to make any man tremble in his boots…..