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Web Site of the Month - December 2001
by Lothar Janetzko

Sue at the Field Museum (Ev)
http://www.fieldmuseum.org/sue

“The facts about Sue, and all other dinosaurs, come from studying the parts that can be directly observed--the fossilized bones or the sediments they were buried and fossilized in.” -- Sue at the Field Museum

This month’s web site review looks at the web site of Sue, the best preserved Tyrannosaurus rex fossil yet discovered. On her (or is it “his”?) web site you can find many interesting details regarding Sue. The information is divided into the following areas:

The web site provides interesting information about how this fossil was discovered and how it finally wound up in the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.

Sue’s vital statistics are very impressive: Length: 42 feet, Height at hips: 13 feet, Estimated live weight: 7 tons, Weight of skull: 600 pounds, Length of skull: 5 feet, Size of brain cavity: Just big enough to hold a quart of milk, Number of teeth: 58 and Length of teeth: 7 ½ to 12 inches.

One interesting remark that is made under the Facts, Theory, Speculation section is

Speculation: How did Sue die?

Nobody knows. Although Sue’s bones are remarkably well preserved, they can’t tell us everything. By examining the orientation of Sue’s bones in the ground and studying the surrounding rock deposits, scientists think Sue died near a fast-moving river. But anything more specific than that is speculation.

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Web Site of the Month - November 2001
by Lothar Janetzko

Evolution 101 (Cr)
http://www.creationism.org

“Creation by God supports every one of the laws and principles of science, as citedin these lessons. Evolution violates every one of them. Every so-called support of the general theory of (macro-)evolution from atheistic and anti-theistic scientists is not testable-repeatable.” Dr. Jolly F. Griggs

This month’s web site review looks at a set of 25 lessons entitled Evolution 101 by the late Dr. Jolly F. Griggs. The lessons are available as individual zipped Word files or as 3 larger zipped Word files. Each lesson is formatted to fit on an 8 ½ by 11 inch page.

The lessons cover the following topics:

The www.creationism.org web page also has many links to other creation science articles.

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Web Site of the Month - October 2001
by Lothar Janetzko

Creation vs. Evolution (Cr)
www.cstnews.com/Code/Creation.html

“In every debate I've had with evolutionary scientists, the arrogant, asinine accusation is made, ‘Well, evolution is scientific while creationism is religion.’ Evolution is about as scientific as a voodoo rooster plucking ceremony in Haiti.” Dr. Don Boys

On the CSTnews.com web site there is a section entitled Creation vs. Evolution. Here you will find many interesting articles by Dr. Boys regarding the Creation vs. Evolution controversy. Some of the topics covered are:

As you can tell from the quote, and some of the topics listed above, Dr. Boys is very outspoken regarding the Creation vs. Evolution question. He provides interesting insights regarding his interaction with those who would have you believe that “evolution is scientific, while creationism is religion”.

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Web Site of the Month - September 2001
by Lothar Janetzko

The Human Origins Program Resource Guide to Paleoanthropology (Ev+)
www.mnh.si.edu/anthro/humanorigins/faq/Encarta/encarta.htm

Don’t just take our word for it. Go to the Smithsonian Institute and see the evidence for yourself.

This month’s web site review looks at the material provided by the Smithsonian Natural Museum of Natural History on the subject of paleoanthropology. Paleoanthropology is the scientific study of human evolution.

The web site provides a Table of Contents which covers the following topics:

The Overview states “Human evolution is the lengthy process of change by which people originated from apelike ancestors. Scientific evidence shows that the physical and behavioral traits shared by all people originated from apelike ancestors and evolved over a period of at least 5 million years.”

By reading through the various topics, you will find that there is much disagreement on how to interpret the "scientific evidence" that has been obtained concerning the topic of paleoanthropology.

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Web Site of the Month - August 2001
by Lothar Janetzko

National Center for Science Education (Ev+)
http://www.natcenscied.org/

The National Center for Science Education is trying desperately to keep Creation Science out of the classrooms.

This month’s web site review describes the home page of the National Center for Science Education, Inc. (NCSE).

NCSE is

a nonprofit, tax-exempt membership organization working to defend the teaching of evolution against sectarian attack. They are a nationally-recognized clearinghouse for information and advice to keep evolution in the science classroom and "scientific creationism" out…When teachers, parents, school boards, the press and others need information and help, they turn to NCSE.

While most of NCSE's work involves defending evolution against attacks, we also work to increase public understanding of evolution and science "as a way of knowing." We also have programs to help teachers who want to improve their teaching of evolution.

NCSE views scientific creationism as a credible threat to the theory of evolution, and recognizes that the theory of evolution is in danger of being rejected. Hence, their need to defend evolution (often with political methods) against scientific creationism.

The NCSE home page provides information about events involving the teaching of evolution that have occurred over the past 60 days. These events make for interesting reading.

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Web Site of the Month - July 2001
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Amazing Discoveries (Discoveries in Evolution) (Cr)
http://www.amazingdiscoveries.org/evolution.html

"There exists even today a large body of scientists who believe in a literal creation and many who also believe in a literal interpretation of the Genesis account."

This web site provides interesting insights into the evolution versus creation controversy by a former evolutionary scientist. In the introduction he states that “to most scientists in the world today, the theory of evolution is no longer just a theory, but it is regarded as a fact…. the educational systems of the world propagate evolution as the only feasible theory of origin to the exclusion of all others… evolutionary scientists argue that creationism is not science, as it is based on a preconceived ideology which excludes it from the realms of science.”

He then points out that even with this strong emphasis on evolution “there exists even today a large body of scientists who believe in a literal creation and many who also believe in a literal interpretation of the Genesis account” and how in his own life he became “convinced that the alternative view of origin by design is worthy of support.”

On the web site you will find links to the discoveries in evolution he has made in the following areas:

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Web Site of the Month - June 2001
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Why Do You Believe In Evolution? (Cr)
http://www.scienceandbelief.com/index.htm

This month’s web site review asks the question “Why Do You Believe in Evolution?” and asks you to choose from the following answers.

The web site then discusses these various answers in some detail. Throughout the discussion many of the topics you will find regarding creation vs. evolution are covered. The web site is easy to navigate and very readable in that it uses large bold fonts and colored text for quotations. I think you will find the material quite interesting.

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Web Site of the Month - May 2001
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In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood (Cr)
http://www.creationscience.com

"For most of his life Walt Brown was an evolutionist, but after many years of study, he became convinced of the scientific validity of creation and a global flood. Since retiring from the military in 1980, Dr. Brown has been the Director of the Center for Scientific Creation and has been involved full time in research, writing, and speaking on origins."

This month's website review describes a website that features an online book called "In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood (7th Edition). The book is written by Dr. Walt Brown.

The book is divided into three parts.

Part II of the book contains detailed information about the hydroplate theory. This theory explains many of the questions scientists have regarding a world-wide flood.

The website is easy to navigate since it uses multiple frames. The table of contents of the book is displayed on the left side of the screen and selected links are displayed on the right.

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Web Site of the Month - April 2001
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God and Man in Oz (Cr/Ev)
http://www.georgemag.com/xp6/George/Features/1000/Kansas.xml

"When Kansas tried to get evolution out of its classrooms, it set off a battle that could change the future of education and politics. Here's the inside story of an election that brought into play our deepest personal beliefs."

This month's web site review is about an article on the net that describes the recent Kansas School Board election.

The article points out many interesting details about the election. The story focuses primarily on the race between Linda Holloway, the chairman of the school board, and Sue Gamble her challenger.

The web site also contains a link to a forum discussing Evolution in Kansas. This forum discusses many of the topics related to the evolution versus creation controversy.

In case you don't know the outcome of the election, "In November, Sue Gamble was elected to the Kansas State School Board of Education with 71% of the vote. Moderate Republicans Carol Rupe and Bruce Wyatt also won their contests--as did incumbents Bill Wagnon, a Democrat, and conservative Republican Steve Abrams--giving opponents of the new science standards a majority on the board."
George Magazine is no longer published. This web site no longer exists.

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Web Site of the Month - March 2001
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My Life After Darwin (Cr)
http://www.lewrockwell.com/orig/morgan5.html

“I didn't buy the weak little theory of survival of the fittest creating life.” John R Morgan, MD

This month's web site review is a description of an essay written by a doctor stating why he doesn't believe in evolution. In the essay the doctor presents his background and states why he became interested in studying about evolution.

"My personal intellectual journey with Darwinism began at the University of Georgia as an undergraduate. I majored in microbiology (graduating 1st in my class of roughly 5,000 students in 1991) and did non-human genetic cloning research. I was overwhelmed with the diversity of life and the power of genetics. In fact, I came to understand that genes really matter. At the same time, I didn't buy the weak little theory of survival of the fittest creating life... I sincerely resented my professors conflating my skepticism in Darwinism with irrational anti-intellectualism. I loved science and truly respected the power of DNA. I just didn't think they had proven how life was created."

The essay describes the conflicts that exist among the evolutionists and why Dr. Morgan believes it makes more sense to believe in creation by God rather than to believe in the god of the evolutionists . . . the omnipotent DNA molecule.

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Web Site of the Month - February 2001
by Lothar Janetzko

Cosmic Ancestry (Ev)
http://www.panspermia.org/

“Life comes from space because life comes from life.”

This month's web site review discusses a web site that contains a wealth of information about Cosmic Ancestry. The web site is well organized and is updated almost daily. The main page has links to a What's NEW section, an Index for 1997-2001, an Introduction, a section on Panspermia Asks New Questions, an FAQ and a RAQ (Rarely Asked Questions about Neo-Darwinism).

According to their Introduction,

Cosmic Ancestry is a new theory of evolution and the origin of life on Earth. It holds that life on Earth was seeded from space, and that life's evolution to higher forms depends on genetic programs that come from space. It is a wholly scientific, testable theory for which evidence is accumulating.

After the introductory material, the main page provides links to the following topics:

The Afterwords section states that,

The purpose of this website is to serve as a resource about Cosmic Ancestry ("more than panspermia"). The website is operated pro bono, without any revenue or profit motive. It was placed on the Internet in May, 1996. As of late February 2000, in round numbers, 1,000 pages of it are delivered to 400 different visitors per day, two thirds of whom are newcomers. In late October 2000, an average of over 510 visitors requested 1,100 pages or 7,800 files each day.

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Web Site of the Month - January 2001
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Creation/Evolution Reference Database (Cr)/(Ev)
http://www.baz.com/litm/CERD/cdrom.html

This month's web site review describes a web site I found recently that provides information about a Creation/Evolution ROM Database (CERD) that can be searched from the WWW or on a CDROM. The main page of the site provides a link to search the CERD online, and links that provide information about the database itself.

The FAQ link provides the following information about the database:

How was the database compiled? The database was compiled using a wide variety of sources. The sources include direct entering of references and searching online library catalogues from around the world.

What material is included? Materials included are books, periodicals, and videos. However, I do not include everything. I usually do not include letters to the editor, articles about the internal business of organizations, nor anything I might call "fluff."

Aren't you concerned about helping "the other side?" No. I can't control how people use the information they find by using the database but I hope that people on both sides will read publications by both sides (and not just the publications that are recommended by one side or the other). The goal, then, is not to help a side, but actually allow people to inform themselves about this issue - a starting point for research.

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