I’ve been thinking about making this post for a few days. I was wondering if there would be any interest in me sharing bits and pieces of science news articles for discussion about data interpretation on occasion. I regularly read whatever my Google and Facebook news feed give me. I often come across a bit of information or a scientist’s quote that, based on my worldview, is interesting from a YEC perspective. Usually though, I don’t know think there’s enough there to make a post about. But sharing a bunch at once might the conversation keep going.
Based on the responses to this post A request for perspective - #11 by thoughtful especially the last sentence, I decided to go for it and create this post. In the replies to that post, I was accused of relativism, but when I mentioned “worldview” of course I did not mean that the truth of the facts or data are in question. What I meant is that perhaps the decision that certain data do not affect the current consensus models may be because scientists are not aware of any alternative models or hypotheses. But since many here are experts at debunking such alternatives, I thought it might be interesting for you to see things from my perspective and then, as typically happens, for many of you to discuss why it’s wrong.
First up, a gene affecting body size in dogs, wolves and related species.
Originally designed alleles?
The new mutation is located in a section of DNA near the IGF1 gene and regulates its expression, which in turn influences the body size of the dog. There are two versions, or alleles, of this snippet of DNA: One allele has an extra cytosine base (C) that causes smaller body size, and the other allele has an extra thymine base (T) that causes larger body size, Ostrander told Live Science.
“It’s as though nature had kept it tucked in her back pocket for tens of thousands of years until it was needed,” senior author Elaine Ostrander, a geneticist at the NIH who specializes in dogs, said in a statement.
Second, rapid diversification in Caribbean reef fishes.
Originally designed alleles and an evolutionary timeline that doesn’t fit?
Here, we show that the hamlets, a group of Caribbean reef fishes, radiated within the last 10,000 generations in a burst of diversification that ranks among the fastest in fishes. Genomic analysis suggests that color pattern diversity is generated by different combinations of alleles at a few genes with large effect. Such a modular genomic architecture of diversification is emerging as a common denominator to a variety of radiations.
Although the hamlet lineage is ∼26 My old, the radiation appears to have occurred within the last 10,000 generations in a burst of diversification that ranks among the fastest in fishes.
(I briefly tried to look up the reproduction age of these types of fishes to find out the timeline for 10K generations, but I couldn’t find it and gave up.)
Thirdly, brush huts in Israel and related garbage preserved for…23,000 years?
Seems to fit post-flood to Abrahamic culture and YEC ice age timelines pretty well to me…
How could traces of the huts, and much else, survive for 23,000 years until Steiner et al. arrived on the scene? The answer is rapid inundation, which deposited fine silt on the campsite.
So, 23,000 years ago, much of Europe was a howling frozen wasteland, Israel was a paradise, the lake level was low and the campsite arose. The largest of the six huts is called Brush Hut 1, and was 4.5 by 3 meters large. The preservation even enabled the archaeologists to identify three layers of floor in that hut, indicating three periods of occupation. Very short occupation, to be sure.
“Nobody was sedentary at the time,” Nadel notes – people roamed. This was not a village, characterized by sedentarism. This was a temporary domicile.