Recapitulation Theory Zombie Needs Permanent Burial

first_imgSo entrenched has evolutionary theory become, Darwinists keep looking for ghosts of vanished human ancestry in the human body. It was false when Ernst Haeckel falsified embryo drawings; it is false now. In chapter 10 of Dr Jerry Bergman’s book Evolution’s Blunders, Frauds and Forgeries, Bergman shows how this so-called “Biogenetic Law” that ontogeny (the development of the embryo) recapitulates phylogeny (the evolutionary history of the animal) has been used to justify racism and abortion. He quotes W. J. Bock in  who wrote in Science as far back as 1969,The biogenetic law has become so deeply rooted in biological thought that it cannot be weeded out in spite of its having been demonstrated to be wrong by numerous subsequent scholars. Even today both subtle and overt uses of the biogenetic law are frequently encountered in the general biological literature as well as in more specialized evolutionary and systematic studies. (Cited by Bergman, p. 158)Bock’s complaint was written long before Michael Richardson proved, using comparative embryo photographs, that Haeckel’s embryo drawings looked nothing like true embryos. If Bock was rightly upset 50 years ago, there is no excuse now for Darwinians to let the myth go on. But even in 1868 (9 years after Darwin’s Origin), Haeckel’s drawings were known to be fraudulent by embryologists of the day. In his books Icons of Evolution (2000) and Zombie Science (2017), Dr Jonathan Wells further exposed the phony science that undergirded Haeckel’s Recapitulation Theory, and complained that some textbooks continue to use Haeckel’s drawings to mislead students into thinking it supports Darwinism. He cites textbooks from 2014 and 2016. Now it is 2019, and the Biogenetic Law is still undead, walking around in science news.Babies in the womb have lizard-like hand muscles (BBC News). Echoes of our lizard past are reflected in developing babies, Michelle Johnson asserts, with support from scientists at the American Museum of Natural History. This article does not refer to Haeckel directly, or mention the Biogenetic Law, but repeats the same fallacy that evolution has somehow retained parts from our ancient animal ancestors only to get rid of them before birth, in this case “lizard-like” muscles in the hands.They are probably one of the oldest, albeit fleeting, remnants of evolution seen in humans yet, biologists say, in the journal Development.They date them as 250 million years old – a relic from when reptiles transitioned to mammals.It is unclear why the human body makes and then deletes them before birth.The dead walk again, teaching students myths.What is unclear is why evolutionists cling to this zombie myth. The lead myth-maintainer, of Howard University, shows how Darwinians believe evolution keeps things around except when it remodels things completely. This allows divination of embryos, like oracles at Delphi, to give ambiguous oracles that could be interpreted either way.“Why are they there? Probably, we cannot just say in evolution, ‘Look, I will delete from scratch, from day zero, the muscle going to digits two, three, four, five and I will just keep the one going to the thumb.’“Probably it is not so easy. Probably you have to form this layer of this muscle and then it disappears on the other digits but persists on the thumbs.”Notice that he uses “probably” three times. Probably? Where are his data calculating real probabilities mathematically from actual data? There are no facts to back it up. He is speculating off the top of his head, resurrecting myths out of his cranium from wrong ideas he was taught in school.The coverage in Science Daily of this story is worse. It resurrects two more zombie ideas to the recapitulation myth: the idea of atavisms as evolutionary throwbacks, and the argument of vestigial organs. The article from The Company of Biologists claims, “It provides a fascinating, powerful example of evolution at play.” Bergman buries those two myths in the book mentioned above, and also in his new book Useless Organs.Egghead or Humpty DumptyEvolutionary storytellers at UC Davis ask in their “Egghead” column, “Why Not Three Legs?” They try to address, using evolutionary thinking (see Sophoxymoronia in the Darwin Dictionary) why evolution didn’t produce any three-legged animals. They consider some bipeds and quadrupeds that use their tails for support like a tripod, notably kangaroos and woodpeckers, but find it odd that Darwinian evolution never tried three legs. While not referring to Haeckel or his myth, they explain this by a similar evolutionary story: sometimes, the mystical tinkerer of natural selection gets stuck in a rut. (Except when it doesn’t.) This trick allows evolutionists to explain everything—even opposites—so that they cannot lose (listen to ID the Future podcast from 9/09/19).Chief storyteller Tracy Thomson elaborates in her Darwin trance,Given that three-limbed movement does seems to work for some animals, why are there no animals with three legs? That might go back a long, long way, Thomson said.“Almost all animals are bilateral,” he said. The code for having two sides to everything seems to have got embedded in our DNA very early in the evolution of life – perhaps before appendages like legs, fins or flippers even evolved. Once that trait for bilateral symmetry was baked in, it was hard to change.With our built-in bias to two-handedness, it can be hard to figure out how a truly three-legged animal would work – although that has not stopped science fiction writers from imagining them. Perhaps trilateral life has evolved on Enceladus or Alpha Centauri (or Mars!) and has as much difficulty thinking about two-limbed locomotion as we do thinking about three.This kind of thought experiment is useful for developing our ideas about evolution, Thomson said.“If we’re trying to understand evolution as a process we need to understand what it can and can’t do,” he said.Credit: J.B. GreeneAnd thus she morphs into a science fiction writer herself, imagining three-legged life on Enceladus. We know it exists on Mars, she thinks with a bang (!); perhaps she was just reading War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. But it’s ridiculous to think of life evolving on Alpha Centauri, a hot star.The common error to Haeckel’s myth in this article is Thomson’s backward look into some ancient, unobservable past to appear to make evolution explain observations in the present. Evolution is omnipotent to create wings, eyes and brains – exceptwhen it is impotent to get out of a bilateral rut.Some have called “thought experiment” an oxymoron. Let her show some data, OK? When someone says a thought experiment is “useful for developing our ideas about evolution,” always ask, “Useful to whom?” and “Useful for what?” Thomson finds it useful for loafing on the job, speculating out of thin air instead of doing the hard work of science. She finds it useful for understanding the Stuff Happens Law as a process that can produce opposite outcomes. She finds it useful for brainwashing students into evolutionary mythmaking. She ought to read about the other Thomson, William Thomson, Lord Kelvin, who had no tolerance for Darwinist storytellers.Haeckel’s recapitulation myth is one of those passing ideas that has intuitive appeal but is flat wrong. It even misled Darwin, who considered it one of the strongest arguments for his theory. I remember when a high school English teacher found out I was a creationist, and asked me some questions after class. One of them was, “How do you explain that a human embryo goes through a worm stage, a fish stage with gill slits, and a lizard stage?” She was echoing one of the popular “proofs” of evolution to try to stump me. I didn’t know much about this argument at the time, but looking back, I see it as another example of how people can be brainwashed by simplistic arguments. It’s sad. We must continue to undo the damage wrought by evolutionary propagandists. Learning the scientific arguments is important, but studying our Baloney Detector can provide helpful insurance against getting snookered. (Visited 306 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Haeckel’s myth that embryos relive their evolutionary past keeps reviving. Evolutionists need to give it up.last_img read more

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Recycled PVC Raises Health Concerns

first_imgCommingling waste streamsDealing in plastic scrap is a global enterprise, and manufactures often don’t have a very precise idea of what’s in the recycled plastic they use to manufacture new goods, according to this report.“A variety of PVC types may be commingled in the recycling process, such as those that process both wire and cable insulation and roofing membranes into feedstocks used in new flooring and other building materials,” the report says. “Without proper specifications and screening of the materials streams, the post-consumer PVC used in vinyl flooring is more likely to come from insulation jackets stripped from old cables and wires than from discarded vinyl flooring. These jackets typically contain high levels of heavy metals, problematic plasticizers, and even PCBs.”The origin and chain-of-custody of recycled PVC are “usually not disclosed to manufacturers, never mind consumers,” the report adds. “Few PVC recycling operations screen their inputs for toxicants,” it says. “European recyclers acknowledge, in submissions to the European Commission, that phthalates and toxic metal stabilizers remain in the recycled PVC feedstocks that they currently produce, and that these substances are present above regulatory thresholds of concern.” Some new vinyl flooring tiles contain levels of lead and other contaminants that are far above recommended safety levels because the contents of recycled plastics used to manufacture them aren’t carefully controlled or monitored, according to a study by the Healthy Building Network.Tests conducted on 74 PVC floor tiles purchased in 2014 and 2015 at six retail stores found the top layer of the tiles was made from virgin PVC and the inner layer contained recycled PVC. On average, the cores of the tiles contained 1,144 parts per million (ppm) of lead and 1,846 ppm of cadmium. The U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission bars the sale of any products for children that contain more than 100 ppm of lead, the study said. The European Commission prohibits the use of cadmium in new PVC products above levels of 100 ppm.Testing found a maximum lead level of 10,608 ppm (more than 1 percent of the inner layer) and 22,974 ppm of cadmium (more than 2 percent of the inner layer). The product literature that came with the tiles did not advertise the presence of post-consumer PVC, but the presence of bromine, gold and copper suggested the recycled material came from electronic waste.One of the Healthy Building Network’s concerns is that inexpensive floor tiles with thin wear layers might expose children to lead and other contaminants if left unrepaired.“We have identified no research on potential heavy metal exposures from the degradation of PVC floors containing recycled content in the inner layer,” the report says. “But a logical concern is that when floors are damaged, the contents of the inner layer become exposed. The inner layer flooring may reach the surfaces upon which children crawl, and in dust that travels through the air.” Contamination of recycled plastics a concernThe report notes that manufacturers of building products and the recycling industry have made “significant strides” toward a closed-loop system in which newly manufactured products become the raw materials for products in the future.“Contamination of feedstocks with chemicals of concern, however, is reducing feedstock value, impeding growth of recycling rates and potentially endangering human health,” the report’s introduction says.Many manufacturers are abandoning the use of lead and cadmium stabilizers as well as phthalate plasticizers in new products, and these products should lead to cleaner feedstock in the future. But in the meantime, vinyl is such a durable building material that it could take a decade or more before a significant supply of these plastics get into the waste stream and are available as raw materials for new products.“Recycled PVC must be assumed to contain these additives unless manufacturers provide documentation to the contrary,” the report says. “Chemical (rather than mechanical) recycling processes can eliminate additives of concern from current feedstocks and can better protect workers. However, the technology is nascent and the most common method can create toxic dioxin emissions, not to mention other potential unintended consequences.”Most recycling of plastics is a labor-intensive process carried out by poorly trained, poorly protected workers who hand-sort waste in small batches and sometimes burn plastics in open pits so they can extract the precious metals they contain, the report says.center_img Some flooring manufacturers are taking the leadThe report singles out several manufacturers for making efforts to keep contaminated plastics out of the flooring or carpeting they produce, including Armstrong, Interface, and Tarkett.Armstrong uses only flooring waste for post-consumer recycled content in new flooring, as does Interface for its carpeting. Tarkett, the report says, has adopted an “aggressive phthalate standard” for its PVC resilient flooring and carpets and phased out virgin phthalates from all of their products. In addition, Tarkett has stopped using any post-consumer PVCs at its European plants and prohibits its use by Asian suppliers.The report says the first step toward establishing quality control in the supply chain for building products is to understand the source of recycled plastics. “Much more clarity is needed in this industry,” the report says. “Tracking the trail of PVC waste, from production to processing, would help manufacturers identify potential contents of concern. From this knowledge, companies can most efficiently target substances [to be] tested and eliminated from the recycled feedstock.”Testing was carried out by the Ecology Center of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Healthy Building Network summary does not list the eight brands of flooring that were tested, nor does it mention the names and locations of the stores where samples were purchased.But Ecology Center Research Director Jeff Gearhart shed some light on those questions when he said that the samples were the same as those listed in an earlier report on phthalates in vinyl flooring, which the Center published in April.The retailers included Ace Hardware, Build.com, Lowe’s, Lumber Liquidators, and Menards. Samples were purchased in seven states: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, North Carolina, New York, and Vermont.Gearhart said by telephone that the Center hadn’t been specific about the source of flooring samples because it is still conducting phthalate tests on the backing, or inner layer.last_img read more

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It’s Too Little Too Late

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now By the time you need to have nurtured your dream client and earned the right to compete for their business, it’s too late to start nurturing. By the time you recognize the need to create value before claiming it, nurturing can’t help you.By the time your pipeline is too poor to produce the results you need, it’s too late to do anything about it. By the time you recognize that you need to prospect, prospecting can’t help you.By the time you needed to have gained a serious understanding of your clients business to build a solution, it’s too late to glean the insights that would have allowed you to build the right solution. By the time you present, it’s too late to look for insights.By the time you need to have built consensus around you and your solution, it’s too late to garner the votes you need. By the time you need the votes, asking for the votes can’t help you.By the time you are negotiating over price, it’s too late to start creating value. By the time you decided to push back on value, it’s too late to start establishing it. You needed to agree on the value created before that point.The natural laws on the universe are always on display and at work in sales. You can’t reap what you haven’t sown. There’s no playing catch up. It’s too little too late. Don’t put off until tomorrow what you need to do today.Today is yesterday’s tomorrow. If you did the work you should have done yesterday, that worked out fine for you. But if you didn’t, there’s a high price to pay.last_img read more

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3 LeT men, civilian shot dead in Handwara

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, two bank guards and a woman were killed in two separate shootouts in the Kashmir Valley on Monday. “Three Pakistani militants were neutralised by the joint team of forces in Unsoo, Handwara,” Director-General of Police S.P. Vaid said. One woman, identified as Misra Bano, was also found dead near the site.A police spokesman said the police, the Army’s 22 Rashtriya Rifles and the CRPF’s 92 Battalion launched a cordon and search operation in Mir Mohalla, Unisoo, on Sunday night. “Militants hiding in Abdul Hamid Mir’s house fired upon the joint search party. Three AK rifles and ammunition were recovered from the three slain LeT militants,” said the spokesman. The identity of these terrorists is being ascertained, he added.“Misra Bano was killed in the cross-fire after she tried to escape from the house where the militants were trapped,” said Deputy Inspector General, north Kashmir, V.K. Birdi.The civilian killing sparked violent protests in Handwara. Hundreds of mourners raised anti-India slogans during the woman’s funeral. They demanded a magisterial inquiry into the incident. Internet services have been stopped in parts of Sopore and Kupwara as a precautionary measure. “The woman was a soft target for the forces,” alleged the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC). Separatist JKLF also condemned the killing.Independent MLA Engineer Rashid called the civilian killing “unacceptable.” “It has yet again proved that security forces are accountable to none and treat themselves as above the law,” Mr. Rashid said.Cash van attackedMeanwhile, suspected militants attacked a cash van of the J&K Bank on Monday afternoon and killed two guards, while decamping with their rifles.Two security guards, Tariq Ahmad and Mushtaq Ahmad, were injured and succumbed later,” said a police spokesman.last_img read more

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