December 7, 2010

Popcorn & Fossils

What do popcorn, fossils, and rain have in common? Read on and you will find out.

The evolutionary scientists and evolutionary science are generally proud to proclaim that the sedimentary layers in fossil records have the least advanced and smallest life forms on the bottom and most advanced and usually largest on top. Okay fine. I will post direct from Wikipedia and will quote the scientific claim since quoting wiki is about as accurate as I believe many scientist and scientific theories are much of the time (sarcasm intended)

"It is possible to find out how a particular group of organisms evolved by arranging its fossil records in a chronological sequence. Such a sequence can be determined because fossils are mainly found in sedimentary rock. Sedimentary rock is formed by layers of silt or mud on top of each other; thus, the resulting rock contains a series of horizontal layers, or strata. Each layer contains fossils which are typical for a specific time period during which they were made. The lowest strata contain the oldest rock and the earliest fossils, while the highest strata contain the youngest rock and more recent fossils.

A succession of animals and plants can also be seen from fossil records. By studying the number and complexity of different fossils at different stratigraphic levels, it has been shown that older fossil-bearing rocks contain fewer types of fossilized organisms, and they all have a simpler structure, whereas younger rocks contain a greater variety of fossils, often with increasingly complex structures" you have the picture in your head...
Smallest and least evolved: Bottom
Largest and most evolved: Top

Now...take a freshly popped bag of popcorn. Preferably one that did not pop completely and use all the unpopped kernels. Before you open the bag what do you normally do to make the most tasty and rotund pieces come to the top and make the kernels fall to the bottom? Better yet get one of those old school stove top Jiffy Popcorn® tinfoil pans. When you want the kernels to shift to the bottom to be nearest the heat. What do you do?

You shake the bag or container.

In doing this, air spaces or empty spaces are created between the other popped corn. As spaces open they open from small to large. The first thing to fall through the open spaces would be the smallest and densest. The unpopped kernels. This continues until the smallest is on the bottom and the largest is on the top.

Now transfer this concept to water. During an extended period of water being disturbed and sediment being continually disturbed much of the water sediment would become waterborne and like our bag of popcorn, the smallest densest objects would settle first as they would fall through all the other debris first. Shifting waters would continue to sift what has hit the floor of the body of water until only the largest objects would be on top. Anybody reading this ever use a sifter to pan for objects in a riverbed? Gold, Fossils? Small stuff falls through large stuff stays on top or in the grating.

Now let us look a the Biblical account of the flood in Genesis 7.

"And the flood was forty days upon the earth; and the waters increased, and bare up the ark, and it was lift up above the earth. And the waters prevailed, and were increased greatly upon the earth; and the ark went upon the face of the waters. And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth; and all the high hills, that were under the whole heaven, were covered. Fifteen cubits upward did the waters prevail; and the mountains were covered. And all flesh died that moved upon the earth, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of beast, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth, and every man: All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, of all that was in the dry land, died." ~Genesis 7:17-22

The first thing that should be noted in the passage above is the words "increased greatly". The "greatly" means "with vehemence". The waters increased upon the Earth with "great vehemence". Secondly, "all flesh died that was on the earth" or everything was destroyed that could breath air including "beasts" or "dumb beasts; especially any large quadruped or animal". The actual translation is closer akin to "every living substance". Everything from land. Due to the toxicity of the water from so much garbage floating in it it probably took out quite a bit of sea life also. Due to all the debris/dirt suspended in the water fish could not breath through their gills and died. A storm of this magnitude was probably quite aggressive or violent stirring up the waters like shaking a thick powder into solution (with rather large four-legged deceased chunks floating where? On the top...and then falling last onto all the dead matter at the bottom). The word above that translates "increased" or meh-ode' / מאד actually translates to a word closer to: vehement/vehemently; or by implication, speedily. So there is a double emphasis of vehemence when we read "increased greatly" back-to-back. Fast waters would clearly agitate things and stir up things in the water. Think World's Deadliest Jobs: Alaskan King Crab Fishermen during a storm on the high seas (think sea-sick...rraaaauuuullpphhh). Verse 8 uses this word twice in Hebrew back-to-back מאד מאד or "the waters had mastery vehemently vehemently upon the earth" but is often translated "prevailed exceedingly"...we lost some of the impact on this one. Example: The Hebrew was sort of saying "DANGER DANGER" but the translations to English often makes it sound more like "It was dangerous". These waters were not just deep...they were rockin'.

So what do we think happened when a storm raged outside the ark for so long a period of time during the great flood of Genesis 7-8. A flood which nearly every ancient culture has insisted actually happened in some shape or form adding credence that a worldwide event as described actually happened? The waters were in a tumult. Stirring, shifting and sifting objects. Small are laid down first largest last in a continually shifting body of water. The technical term is turbidity.

"Turbidity currents are sudden disturbances of the normally quite deep marine environment and can cause the geologically speaking instantaneous deposition of large amounts of sediment, such as sand and silt." ~Sedimentary Rock (Wikipedia)
So what are we really dealing with here? Strata laid down over time over successive periods or strata laid simultaneously based on size of the objects and their density? BTW, Science must also deal with the Cambrian Explosion also.
"The Cambrian explosion has generated extensive scientific debate. The seemingly rapid appearance of fossils in the “Primordial Strata” was noted as early as the mid 19th century, and Charles Darwin saw it as one of the main objections that could be made against his theory of evolution by natural selection" ~Darwin's Dilemma-The Cambrian Explosion ( [Punctuated Equilibrium be damned, where's the proof for it?]
Am I saying that the flawed science and spotty fossil record is wrong? Far be it for me assert such a thing. What I am doing is musing about yet another anomaly on the evolutionary cavalcade that continues to be rammed down many peoples throats without offering them the obvious viable alternatives like the "SoulJournaler popcorn fossil theory" of sedimentary fossil strata. Instead the viable alternatives are mocked instead of being approached intelligently and given credence. Slowly these "ridiculous" creationist or intelligent design arguments are gaining ground with little resistance.

Just some thoughts. It's not like I'm an expert or anything. Nothing to write home to mom about. I'm just sayin', ya know?

Anybody know where I put my ButterBuds®?

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