- (np) [FAQ] 1.
The assertion that the speed of light has undergone a measurable
slowing in recorded history, forwarded by Barry Setterfield.
Setterfield further claims that the decay of the speed of light follows
an exponential, such that light speed was infinite a few thousand years
ago. The FAQ deals with the
questionable data handling and analysis which Setterfield had to use to
obtain his pre-ordained results, and the wholesale rejection of data
points which would have lessened the confidence levels which
- [also "14C"]
(np) 1. Radioactive isotope of carbon used in dating terrestrial
organic material that is younger than the limit of resolution of the
technique, currently about 50KYA. 2. Flawed dating technique based on
uniformitarian BS assumptions [conn., Ted Holden] 3. Proof that the
world cannot be more than 10,000 years old [conn., SciCre]
1. The theory that large-scale events (catastrophes) have been the sole
or the major force shaping the development of Earth and life.
Conventional science recognizes the role of catastrophes (e.g., the
increasingly-accepted "dinosaur killer" meteor), but does not believe
that they have the dominant role assigned by catastrophists.
- (n) 1. The
banning from all publication or discussion certain works or concepts
based upon content. 2. Posting corrections to SciCre misinformation. [conn., Paul Nanson, Andrew Cummins] 3. Insisting
that only science be taught in science classrooms. [conn., SciCre, TAE]
- (n) 1. Quality
associated with phenomena studied using probability and statistical
theory. [den.] 2. When modified by the adjective "pure", descriptive of
something which does not occur. [conn., SciCre]
- (n) 1. A
system of classification which places emphasis on specialized or
derived characteristics rather than on shared features. Also known as
"phylogenetic systematics" and "Hennigian systematics."
- * (np) 1. A method for comparison of gene
sequences in populations to find the most likely common ancestor
- Conservation of
- (np) 1. A physical conservation
principle. [den., science] 2. A Uniformitarian BS
assumption. [conn., Ted Holden]
- (n) 1. In
Gestalt terms, the ground against which a feature is perceived. 2. The
sentences surrounding a quotation in its original
material, which often must be supplied if the statement is to be
understood in its original sense. The deliberate omission of context is a form of
misquotation if it leads
the reader to misinterpret the quotation. 3. An unnecessary and
confusing mass of text best left out of a quotation. [conn., TAE, SciCre] This is like carving a
statue out of a block of wood: cutting away everything that doesn't
look like what one wants to get...
- (n) 1. The
bringing forth of matter from nothing, or the development of life from
non-living systems. cf. abiogenesis.
- (n) 1.
The belief in creation(1) as
having a supernatural agent, but usually without limiting the range of
mechanisms used by that agent. See CWACK, SciCre.
- (n) 1.
One who accepts or promotes creationism. [den.] 2. One who
respects others' beliefs and is courteous. [conn., Joe Morlan, added
- Creation Science
- (n) 1. A facility dedicated to the
advancement of SciCre.
- (n) 1. The
exchange of nucleotides between pairs of homologous chromosomes during
mitosis or especially meiosis.
- acronym [FAQ], "Creation
Research Society". The CRS requires a statement of belief from members
which is widely regarded as a bar to any scientific integrity on the
part of those who take it. Most folks associated with the ICR are members of the CRS.
- acronym, "Center for
Scientific Creation", Walter Brown's Phoenix-based organization for the
promotion of SciCre.
- acronym, see Creation
Science Research Center.
- * (np) 1. A process of repeated selection on
different traits. It is the accumulation of a number of
different _selected_ traits which makes cumulative selection a creative
force. [Syn., "cumulative evolution"]
- acronym, "Christians
Who Aren't Creationist Kooks". [Originated by Jim Acker.]