9 August 2001

POINTS OF ORIGINS: Astrobiology

by Dr. Glenn Jackson

There's another new evolutionist book called Life Everywhere: The Maverick Science of Astrobiology. The word "astrobiology" comes from putting together two other words ... astronomy and biology. It means "the study of life in outer space." This is a pretty hard thing to study, since there is no evidence for life on other planets. Why make up a word for a new science, if there's no proof that it is even real? Don't forget that evolutionists believe that life on other planets will somehow prove that Darwin was right. Hmm. The book's author, David Darling, talks about bacteria that can live in very extreme conditions, like super hot water. Many evolutionists believe that the first life on earth evolved in hot geysers miles under the ocean. Why there? Because the chemical reactions that they used to think made life, could never happen in normal places that we know a lot about. So, presto ... life must have evolved someplace that's a lot harder to study unless you use your imagination. This geyser theory was made famous about two years ago by Harold Morowitz and Robert Hazen. Hazen recently boosted the theory again, in the 7/14/01 issue of Science News (page 21). Watch how these theories will become gradually more and more difficult to study directly. Wil Rogers once said, "Scientists get bigger and bigger reputations, the more they talk about things you can't check on." They even make up new words for their work ... like "astrobiology." Just remember the motive behind all this. Really, there is no way to explain how life got here, unless you are willing to admit that there was a Creator. Think about it.

On another note, new research has shown that we have been wrong about dinosaur noses for over 100 years. We used to think that large dinosaurs spent all their time standing in rivers, with long necks keeping their heads above water. So we drew pictures with their nostrils more toward the top of the head than they are on reptiles today. Later the river theory sunk, but we never changed the noses in our drawings. What's my point? This just shows how even the world's greatest scientists can get stuck in the trap of using an old theory - even one that's been trashed - to guide the way that they look at new evidence in science - and this goes for more than just dinosaurs. Scott Sampson of University of Utah (Science News, 8/4/01, page 70) says we should never just use our imagination and go beyond what the fossils actually can tell us. Hmm. That makes me think of something. Have you ever noticed the way that some of the dinosaurs act in those "Jurassic Park" movies? They bob and weave and hop around a lot like ... big birds. The little ones even make chirping noises. It is popular among evolutionists today to believe that birds evolved from dinosaurs. Hmm. Could there be a little "artistic license" here, too, like with the noses? It's not so bad to use your imagination when there is no evidence for your theory. But, it is wrong to let people believe that such-and-such is the truth, when you know yourself that you are only guessing. Scientists are people, too. They might even exagerate a little, to make their theories look better. Keep a close eye on them, and keep on thinking.


Dr. Glenn Jackson holds four degrees in science and education from George Mason University and University of Virginia. He has taught elementary through college level sciences for over twenty years and in four states. He is a lifetime member of both American Mensa and the Creation Research Society.


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