Acquiring and Distributing Knowledge April 6, 2017
Regarding God's Creation
What is Information ?
What is life? It is not easy to define either at any detailed level! One must say just what the simplest form physically does to be alive. Then one must say what life must do to reproduce as well. A large array of essential elements must be there in the first living cell right from the beginning. The more science has learned about this the more unfathomably complex this has become.
In 1859 it was easy for Darwin and his followers to imagine cells as simple chemical blobs might start living spontaneously. They knew nothing of what living cells do to live or reproduce. It is easy to imagine chemical blobs getting bigger until surface tension make these blobs split in two. But that kind of imagination was a product of gross ignorance. Today science knows living cells to be far more complex than mankind has ever designed or built - or even conceived.
Science has done a lot to understand information processing machines. Computers, programmable machines and robots center on this kind of information science. The highest level of this programming is called "artificial intelligence" and is displayed in self-driving cars. But that is still just programmed responses to an array of inputs from sensors. Experimental work with computers have also done some amazing things with a sort of programmed intuitive shortcut around rigorous programmed instructions. Others use a limited degree of automated learning of what responses produce some desired result. The current results can be amazing, surprising, or scary.
All living systems use DNA for information storage and
processing of that information occurs on at least five different dimensional levels. Epigenetic markers on the surface of the DNA turn genes on or off in response to the chemical and biological environment both internal and external to the organism. The immense jumble of DNA inside a cell somehow brings the right widely spaced portions into contact to produce the correct code for proteins. Those codes are used by an array of other molecular machines to produce the protein molecules the DNA demands. Then molecular trucks called "kinesin" carry proteins from where they are made as instructed by DNA to where they are needed in the cell. The kinesin travel on microtubules, 3-D roadway networks, that apparently self-assemble as needed for the kinesin to travel on to their destination. All of this is just the beginning and there are still a multitude of deep mysteries involved.
The ability of self-reproduction had to be there from the first living cell and that represents many more levels of complexity During the cell division process human DNA is bound up in the twenty-three chromosomes commonly depicted on microscope slides. So, what is controlling the cell division process? Are the chemical mechanisms of DNA the whole story?
Science is still trying to understand the information content of these codes. But more basically, what is information? Where does the information contained in the codes come from? The only observed source of information is intelligence. Where do the information processing mechanisms come from to implement the information content in physical reality? Still further, what is consciousness? How does it work? Where does it come from? What is intelligence and where does it come from? Materialistic science is far from understanding!
Can one dare ask what is spirit? How does that work? What is faith? Of course, the materialists must deny that these even exist. So, they must also insist that all ideas of progressive development like evolution must be random and purposeless. But is that driven by science?
At the April 6th GHCA meeting Robert Brayton will enlighten this subject matter with his talk titled Designer Genes and Information. He will examine the inner workings of the molecular information system of the living cell. He will also explore what John von Neumann, the father of the modern computer, called the implausibility of molecular evolution. Brayton
will also debut a little discussed requirement in the molecular abiogenesis model of life's origin that poses a compelling challenge to the naturalistic worldview of evolution. Don't miss this important presentation! You will learn science that honors our supernatural creator.
Prior to 2006 Brayton designed computer systems, including research in digital hardware, firmware and software with two patents for major companies. He studied at Purdue University, LeTourneau University, and the Texas School of Photography. As a Certified Professional Photographer, he now operates a photography business named PhotoVideoSound. His other interests include astrophotography, art, music, and Mensa.
April 6, 2017
Designer Genes and Information
by Robert Brayton
Meeting space kindly provided at:
Houston's First Baptist Church
.7401 Katy Freeway at Post Oak
Come explore the truth with us. It is strong evidence for a supernatural creation. Invite some friends, skeptics, or pastors! All are welcome to bring their questions and join the discussion after the presentation. Everyone present will also enjoy the fellowship, snacks, and array of creation books and DVDs as well
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Prayer Needs and Praises!
Christians around the world are being persecuted and murdered to force them out of their homes or to change their faith. Pray for protection for and support from Christian organizations in the West.
is said to be recovering well now. But continue to pray for John and all the leaders, researchers, and writers in the YEC community.
AIG, CMI, CRS, ICR, and LRA (Logos Research Ass.)
the big five YEC creation organizations doing active research, publication and speaking. Pray for inspiration, enabling and financing.
GHCA and Roger Sigler, Fred Bauhof, Tony Comeaux, Pete Moore, Frank Mayo a
other GHCA members working to do research, publication, or local teaching ministries in creation science. We all need the Lord's guidance, enabling and funding.
Jobe and Jenna Dee Martin:
Give thanks for continued good health and continued production of great creation DVDs and speaking tours.
David and Mary Jo Nutting, f
ounders of Alpha Omega Institute. Pray for their speaking staff and continued training young speakers.
John and Eileen Pendleton doing creation and gospel ministry in Zacatecas Mexico, Central and South America, and Cuba! Pray for support and funds.
News from Houston, Texas & around the World
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Houston Science & Culture Network
Houston chapter of the Discovery Institute's division of Science and Culture.
Friday, March 31st: Origin DVD, Greater Houston Premiere.
Is Genesis History?
Nationwide documentary movie event.
Sold out in many theaters in Houston and across the nation! Watch for the upcoming DVD, stopping for Q&A along the way.
See the key takeaways from the scientists here.
Dr. Del Tackett
, creator of The Truth Project,
travels the world interviewing scientists on site seeking answers to longstanding questions surrounding the book of Genesis.
The scientists interviewed include:
Steve Austin, PhD Geologist
Andrew Snelling, PhD Geologist
Arthur Chadwick, PhD Taphonomist
Marcus Ross, PhD Paleontologist
Kurt Wise, PhD Paleontologist
Robert Carter, PhD Marine Biologist
Kevin Anderson, PhD Microbiologist
Todd Wood, PhD Biologist
Danny Faulkner, PhD Astronomer
Paul Nelson, PhD Philos. of Sci.
Douglas Petrovich, PhD Archaeologist
Steve Boyd, PhD Hebraist
George Grant, PhD Pastor
Following the film, there will be a moderated on-screen discussion with Tackett and a panel of scientists and theologians regarding Genesis' impact on Christians today.
Take some friends! Plan a church event! Group rates available for more than ten.
A great way to get well informed even if your not sure you agree.
The San Antonio Bible Based Science Association (SABBSA) usually meets the second Tuesday of each month, 7:00 p.m., at Jim's Restaurant located on the corner of Ramsey and San Pedro, approximately 1 mile outside Loop 410 across from Hovey's Motor Cars. More info is at
The Metroplex Institute of Origin Science (MIOS) meets at the Dr. Pepper Starcenter, 12700 N. Stemmons Fwy, Farmers Branch, TX, usually at 7:30 pm of the first Tuesday of each month.
Lubbock Area (Crosbyton):
All year: Consider a visit to the
Mt. Blanco Fossil Museum
, directed by Joe Taylor. The Museum is definitely worth the visit if you live near or are traveling through the Panhandle near Lubbock. If you call ahead and time permitting, Joe has been known to give personal tours, especially to groups. For more information, visit
Also see the nearby Dinosaur Valley State Park with many dino tracks, although presented with secular view of evolution,