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A day at the museum

John and I are still busy doing touristy stuff during the weekends! We spent last Saturday in London’s Natural History Museum. Like most of the museum, the entrance is free!! We totally enjoyed ourselves there….impressed by the completeness of their collection of dinosaurs fossils, stuffed animals, minerals and precious stones, the natural resources and basically the whole of creation.

The highlight of this museum is the dinosaur section…they have a lot of complete sets of dinosaur fossils…the only museum that can match up is perhaps America’s Museum of National History.

This is a life size moving T-Rex (limited movements actually)...powered by motors …to try to give us the closest glimpse of the fiercest predator that roamed the earth.

Simply amazing…

Biology revisited….on dominant and recessive gene. Apparently having a curved thumb is a recessive gene! Looks like I not only have the recessive short gene….but this as well =p

Are humans distantly related to ape and prehistoric man…like the Neanderthal that roamed Europe or the Homo Erectus that inhabited prehistoric China?
By the way speaking of Homo erectus, this was featured in Friends episod 9.24 where Joey couldn’t stop laughing at the mention of this word…ahhahahaha

This brings me to the highlight of my post…..
As much as we enjoyed the Natural History Museum, John and I are appalled by the way in which the Evolution theory was so confidently presented.
May I take a moment to remind everyone…especially the museum curator that Evolution is just but a THEORY. Until proven that it is as certain as Newton’s Law of gravity, I hope they don’t be so certain yet that modern humans are products of natural selection and evolution.

I think the scientists have done a fantastic job in categorizing living things…..the species, the genus, the family and etc. I can say that yes….we human beings are accurately classified as homo sapiens, and undeniably we have much in common with monkeys, apes and even this homo erectus. But to say that human beings evolved from something as simple as a cell is, in my humble opinion, too outrageous!

Evolutionist believes that evolution happens by chance…..that living things evolve and adapt to the environment…with the selfish trait of natural selection, the strongest, the fittest survive. Basically it’s survival of the fittest in the animal kingdom!

How can a simple cell evolved to become complex animals, each with their own distinct appearance and traits? This is just naive thinking…..it’s just as bizzare as thinking that a jet plane can be formed when a random tornado swept through a pile of metals.

A famous analogy used by William Paley in 1802 known as the watchmaker argument basically states that an intricate and precise instrument like a watch….proves that there is a watchmaker. Just look as us, we are made up of cells, muscles, blood, bones, organs, genes, nerves and more….each intricately pieced together, just like a watch.Scientist and surgeons have spent all their life studying the human body and there are yet more to be discovered.

Looking at this, I sincerely believe that I am intentionally created…and not evolved by chance. In the bible it says that man are made in the image of God. That’s why we are different from all the other living things on Earth. That’s why we have the ability portray the concept of love, justice, fairness, kindness and joy.

I personally choose to believe that I am fearfully and wonderfully made by God. I am made by a supreme being that knows me even before I was formed in my mother’s womb…a supreme being who knows the number of hairs on my head.

So we spent the whole of last Saturday, marveling at God’s creation…..His wonderful work of art. Perhaps the museums should present ALL theories regarding the origins of man…..which include evolution THEORY and ALSO creation theory. So that we can all judge for ourselves which is the truth.

Here’s a video on Fibonacci Sequence : Numbers of Life, Matrix of Universe. Watch it and you’ll start to see how amazing the Architect / Designer is ;)

4 comment(s) to this post

Hello Mei Sin! Looks like you’re all having fun in the UK. I’d really love to see the Museum of Natural history. Heard lots of great things about it.

i can’t help disagreeing about your comment on evolution/creation though and just had to respond!:

I think we can be more certain about evolution than about gravity. So I think the museum people have the right to present it confidently. There is no longer any doubt that life evolved over billions of years on earth and became increasingly more complex over time. In fact, we have more evidence for evolution than for Einstein’s theory of gravity! So I’m glad the Museum of Natural history presented the facts as they are.

Creation is not a scientific theory, but a statement of faith. This is because creation cannot be proven, neither can it be falsified, and it makes no predictions that can be tested scientifically, unlike evolution by natural selection. So I am against creation being presented alongside evolution because they are both different aspects of describing the world. :) It’s like putting religion in a science class!

#1Kevin  ::  16 April 2011, 12:19  ::  #

NHM is awesome, though the whole part about evolution does bore me. haha
But I love the paleontology section! I think I spent 2 hours there. 8D

Perhaps the museums should present ALL theories regarding the origins of man…..which include evolution THEORY and ALSO creation theory. So that we can all judge for ourselves which is the truth.
A very good point. If only they didn’t have a habit of deeming creationism as “religious” and therefore not “scientific”.

#2yuin  ::  16 April 2011, 18:13  ::  #

Many people are not aware that there is such a thing as Creation Science, relegating creation to the realm of subjective faith. Their basic argument is that there is no scientific basis for creation, which is far from the truth. In fact, many who support the Evolution ‘theory’ have never fully understood it, or even if they have examined it, they have chosen to ignore the many ‘missing links’ that plague the theory right from the days of Darwin until now. Sadly, the majority of people learnt the theory from their schooldays and have simply aped their teachers without ever considering whether there is an alternative explanation for the rich diversity of life forms that we see on earth past and present. To be honest, they too need a mountain of faith (as well as imagination) to fill in the countless number of gaps in the theory. It is even harder to believe that something came out of nothing, and that something eventually became someone, than to believe that there is a God who created both the something and the someone out of nothing! Based on that alone, the Creationist position is in no way inferior to that of the Evolutionist. In fact, the Creationist position should be stronger because at least there is an intelligent God who is responsible for designing the whole universe. Until Darwin came along which his theory, almost all peoples in the world believed that an intelligent God created the whole universe. Of course, one needs to take a big leap of faith in accepting the fact that there is a God, after which all the rest will fall in place. However, the Evolutionist position is rather shaky because he needs to take many, many leaps of faith from one species to another, knowing full well that there is hardly any existence of ‘links’ between them.

I remember reading my first book on Creation Science during my varsity days – the Genesis Flood by Dr. Henry Morris and had been greatly impressed by his extensive research on the impact of a global, catastrophic flood (as occurred during Noah’s time). Never did it occur to me that the impact of a flood of that size could alter the face of the earth. Many other Christian scientists have also researched on this matter and I believe their findings have greatly enhanced the position of Creation Science today. There is an on-going battle between the Creationists and the Evolutionists. But God’s truths as declared in his Word will prevail and will be vindicated as scientists continue to unearth the mysteries of His creation. By the way, there are museums dedicated to Creation Science which are making every effort to remind us that God made man in his own image. Take a look at these: http://www.creationmuseum.org/
http://www.lifeandlightfoundation.org/museum.html. It is good to know that there are many concerned people who feel that they need to reeducate people on the Creation story, which contrary to general belief, has much scientific basis. To say that Creation can only be accepted by faith is far from accurate because there is overwhelming evidence in the physical world to indicate that Creation is more likely to have happened. You can read more about it at this website: http://www.creationscience.com/onlinebook/LifeSciences.html. It will open a whole new window to our minds and our souls which have for far too long been deluged with this ridiculous evolution thing. God himself has forewarned us (even before Darwin came along) that:

“in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, “Where is this `coming’ he promised? Ever since our fathers died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.” But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens existed and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men.”
2 Peter 3:3-7

#3Pa  ::  20 April 2011, 01:38  ::  #

Oops… Sorry for turning your blog into another debate on Creation/Evolution. Heheh… but it’s a topic that I am really passionate about as both a Christian and a scientist.

I disagree with ‘Pa’ (Is that John’s dad? :P) that many who support evolution have never fully understood it. In fact, I find that it’s the other way around. Many who don’t accept evolution have never fully understood it! I’ve never learnt evolution at all in my schooldays – no such topic in the Malaysian biology curriculum. In fact, I was a stauch supporter of ‘Creation Science’ and Ken Ham, Henry Morris, Kent Hovind etc during my high school days, right up till I graduated from Uni. I even conducted discussions in Christian Fellowship meetings about creation science to let others know about it.

That all changed as I read more and more about theology and evolution, and came to the conclusion that ‘Creation Science’ is not just bad science (I’d say not even real science at all), but it’s also bad theology. (feel free to disagree with me!). I found that a lot of their arguments are based on half-truths, distortions, misquotes, and a gross misunderstanding of science and particularly evolution. In fact, most of these self-proclaimed ‘Creation Scientists’ are not even real scientists, with fake PhDs from dubious institutions.

There is still a lot that we don’t know about evolution, and yes, scientists do disagree about lots of things regarding evolution, but these are the details. It doesn’t mean that evolution is not true. It’s similar to how Christians cannot agree on lots of theological points (probably more than scientists about evolution!) but that doesn’t mean Christianity in its entirety is wrong!

“It is even harder to believe that something came out of nothing, and that something eventually became someone, than to believe that there is a God who created both the something and the someone out of nothing”

I used to use this argument a lot, but later realized that it doesn’t hold water. Believing in a God who created the Universe just moves the problem one step backwards. In fact, how can we explain the existence of God, who has to be infinitely more complex than the Universe he created?

But more importantly, evolution says nothing about how something came out of nothing. It only seeks to explain how something changes into something else through long periods of time. The question of ultimate origin lies beyond the realms of science and again is a philosophical/theological question.

More and more discoveries are being made by the day to fill in all the so called ‘missing links’. Many transitional fossils have been found, and one only has to go the museum to see this. Considering that fossils are very rare (requires very specific conditions to form), the amount of transitional fossils we have is astounding! Again, I repeat that there is now so much evidence for evolution – just read one of the many books about it.

Yes there are museums dedicated to ‘Creation Science’ and as a Christian and a scientist, I am saddened and ashamed by the amount of lies and distortions presented in such museums. They only add to the atheists ammunition to shoot us Christians for being ignorant and untruthful. I respect the intentions of these ‘Creation scientists’, that is to defend our faith. But the means doesn’t justify the ends.

My stand is that there need not be any Creation vs Evolution, but that we can accept both as an explanation for the many species we see in the world today. :)

#4Kevin  ::  20 April 2011, 10:13  ::  #

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