(np) [FAQ] 1. The assertion that the speed of light has undergone a measurable slowing in recorded history, forwarded by Barry Setterfield. Setterfield further claims that the decay of the speed of light follows an exponential, such that light speed was infinite a few thousand years ago. The FAQ deals with the questionable data handling and analysis which Setterfield had to use to obtain his pre-ordained results, and the wholesale rejection of data points which would have lessened the confidence levels which Setterfield claimed.
[also "14C"] (np) 1. Radioactive isotope of carbon used in dating terrestrial organic material that is younger than the limit of resolution of the technique, currently about 50KYA. 2. Flawed dating technique based on uniformitarian BS assumptions [conn., Ted Holden] 3. Proof that the world cannot be more than 10,000 years old [conn., SciCre]
(n) 1. The theory that large-scale events (catastrophes) have been the sole or the major force shaping the development of Earth and life. Conventional science recognizes the role of catastrophes (e.g., the increasingly-accepted "dinosaur killer" meteor), but does not believe that they have the dominant role assigned by catastrophists.
(n) 1. The banning from all publication or discussion certain works or concepts based upon content. 2. Posting corrections to SciCre misinformation. [conn., Paul Nanson, Andrew Cummins] 3. Insisting that only science be taught in science classrooms. [conn., SciCre, TAE]
(n) 1. Quality associated with phenomena studied using probability and statistical theory. [den.] 2. When modified by the adjective "pure", descriptive of something which does not occur. [conn., SciCre]
(n) 1. A system of classification which places emphasis on specialized or derived characteristics rather than on shared features. Also known as "phylogenetic systematics" and "Hennigian systematics."
Coalescent Theory
* (np) 1. A method for comparison of gene sequences in populations to find the most likely common ancestor sequence.
Conservation of Angular Momentum
(np) 1. A physical conservation principle. [den., science] 2. A Uniformitarian BS assumption. [conn., Ted Holden]
(n) 1. In Gestalt terms, the ground against which a feature is perceived. 2. The sentences surrounding a quotation in its original material, which often must be supplied if the statement is to be understood in its original sense. The deliberate omission of context is a form of misquotation if it leads the reader to misinterpret the quotation. 3. An unnecessary and confusing mass of text best left out of a quotation. [conn., TAE, SciCre] This is like carving a statue out of a block of wood: cutting away everything that doesn't look like what one wants to get...
(n) 1. The bringing forth of matter from nothing, or the development of life from non-living systems. cf. abiogenesis.
(n) 1. The belief in creation(1) as having a supernatural agent, but usually without limiting the range of mechanisms used by that agent. See CWACK, SciCre.
(n) 1. One who accepts or promotes creationism. [den.] 2. One who respects others' beliefs and is courteous. [conn., Joe Morlan, added by request]
Creation Science Research Center
(n) 1. A facility dedicated to the advancement of SciCre.
(n) 1. The exchange of nucleotides between pairs of homologous chromosomes during mitosis or especially meiosis.
acronym [FAQ], "Creation Research Society". The CRS requires a statement of belief from members which is widely regarded as a bar to any scientific integrity on the part of those who take it. Most folks associated with the ICR are members of the CRS.
acronym, "Center for Scientific Creation", Walter Brown's Phoenix-based organization for the promotion of SciCre.
acronym, see Creation Science Research Center.
Cumulative selection
* (np) 1. A process of repeated selection on different traits. It is the accumulation of a number of different _selected_ traits which makes cumulative selection a creative force. [Syn., "cumulative evolution"]
acronym, "Christians Who Aren't Creationist Kooks". [Originated by Jim Acker.]