[FoRK] "Creation Science Fair"

Damien Morton fork at bitfurnace.com
Mon Apr 18 05:43:58 PDT 2005


Im pretty sure this is a spoof, but its getting so hard to ell these days...

1st Place: "Life Doesn't Come From Non-Life"

Patricia Lewis (grade 8) did an experiment to see if life can evolve 
from non-life. Patricia placed all the non-living ingredients of life - 
carbon (a charcoal briquet), purified water, and assorted minerals (a 
multi-vitamin) - into a sealed glass jar. The jar was left undisturbed, 
being exposed only to sunlight, for three weeks. (Patricia also prayed 
to God not to do anything miraculous during the course of the 
experiment, so as not to disqualify the findings.) No life evolved. This 
shows that life cannot come from non-life through natural processes.

1st Place: "Using Prayer To Microevolve Latent Antibiotic Resistance In 

Eileen Hyde and Lynda Morgan (grades 10 & 11) did a project showing how 
the power of prayer can unlock the latent genes in bacteria, allowing 
them to microevolve antibiotic resistance. Escherichia coli bacteria 
cultured in agar filled petri dishes were subjected to the antibiotics 
tetracycline and chlorotetracycline. The bacteria cultures were divided 
into two groups, one group (A) received prayer while the other (B) 
didn't. The prayer was as follows: "Dear Lord, please allow the bacteria 
in Group A to unlock the antibiotic-resistant genes that You saw fit to 
give them at the time of Creation. Amen." The process was repeated for 
five generations, with the prayer being given at the start of each 
generation. In the end, Group A was significantly more resistant than 
Group B to both antibiotics.
2nd Place: "Maximal Packing Of Rodentia Kinds: A Feasibility Study"

Jason Spinter's (grade 12) project was to show the feasibility of Noah's 
Ark using a Rodentia research model (made of a mixture of hamsters and 
gerbils) as a representative of diluvian life forms. The Rodentia were 
placed in a cage with dimensions proportional to a section of the Ark. 
The number of Rodentia used (58) was calculated using available Creation 
Science research and was based on the median animal size and their 
volumetric distribution in the Ark. The cage was also fitted with wooden 
dowels inserted at regular intervals through the cage walls, forming 
platforms which provided support for the Rodentia. Although there was 
little room left in the cage, all Rodentia were able to move just enough 
to ward off muscle atrophy. Food pellets and water were delivered to 
sub-surface Rodentia via plastic drinking straws inserted into the 
Rodentia-mass, which also served to allow internal air flow. Once a day, 
the cage was sprayed with water to cleanse any built-up waste. 
Additionally, the cage was suspended on bungee cords to simulate the 
rocking motion of a ship. The study lasted 30 days and 30 nights, with 
all Rodentia surviving at least long enough afterwards to allow for 
reproduction. These findings strongly suggest that Noah's Ark could hold 
and support representatives of all antediluvian animal kinds for the 
duration of the Flood and subsequent repopulation of the Earth.

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