|Evolution in the News - January 1999|
It was a good year for science, but not for evolution. Many of the 1998 articles in Science News fell into two categories:
In 1998, evolutionists decided that ancient people werenít so primitive after all. They now believe Homo erectus was smart enough to sail to Indonesia 800,000 years ago, and learned to talk 400,000 years ago. Mesopotamians knew how to make artificial rock about 2000 B.C. Ancient Peruvians were expert metal workers, and prehistoric Native Americans made "sophisticated sandals and slip-on shoes." 1 But, on the other hand, they decided that Neanderthal people couldnít really play flute. Australian aborigines took longer to get out of their cave dwellings and into the suburbs than previously believed.
Evolutionists embraced the asteroid collision theory in greater numbers, and decided "the mass extinction at the end of the Permian period happened much faster than previously thought." 2 Then, "Studies of fossil teeth suggested that a drop in carbon dioxide concentrations redirected mammalian evolution." 3 (Isnít it wonderful what you can learn when inference from teeth is given equal weight with experimentation?)
Life evolved earlier than previously thought. "Fossilized soil deposits indicate that life may have colonized the continents as much as 2 billion years ago." 4 "Researchers debated whether marks on 1.1-billion-year-old sandstone were the oldest animal fossils." 5 "The discovery of feathered dinosaur fossils in China boosted the theory that birds arose from dinosaurs." 6 Some fish that went extinct 80 million years ago got new life, because some coelacanths were found alive and well swimming in Indonesian waters.
But the big news in 1998, which Science News reported on three times, is that the universe appears to be expanding at an ever-increasing rate because of some mysterious, anti-gravitational force. As a result, the cover of the January 1999 issue of Scientific American declared, "New observations have smashed the old view of our universe."
We believe the Big Bang theory is totally wrong. So, it isnít surprising to us that as we build more powerful telescopes on Earth, and put astronomical satellites in orbit, their measurements donít confirm the theory. For example, the estimated mass of all the observed objects in the universe is much smaller than that predicted by the Big Bang. So, rather than declare the Big Bang wrong, astronomers said that 90% to 99% of the matter in the universe is Dark Matter which canít be detected. But the gravity from all this imaginary matter predicts much different positions and velocities for the newly observed stars and galaxies. So,
The universe may not be governed by the gravity of ordinary matter after all. "Instead the universe may be controlled by the so-called cosmological constant, a surreal form of energy that imparts a gravitational repulsion rather than attraction. "Because physicists know so little--"nothing" would be a fair approximation--about the constant, the fate of the universe is back where it started: in the realm of uncertainty. 7
Why do evolutionists believe in the new cosmology? Probably because the old one is clearly wrong, and they know it. Why else would they embrace a new cosmology based on an anti-gravity force nobody has observed and for which nobody has proposed a mechanism?
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Science News, Vol. 154, December 19 & 26, 1998, page 402
2 ibid. page 407
3 ibid. page 409
7 George Musser, Scientific American, January 1999, page 6 (Ev)