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Astronomer Hugh Ross and physicist Gerald Schroeder give Trotter lecture tonight at TAMU

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The Trotter Prize in Information, Complexity and Inference is awarded annually for pioneering contributions to the understanding of the role of information, complexity and inference in illuminating the mechanisms and wonder of nature. The Trotter Lecture seeks to reveal connections between science and religion, often viewed in academia as non-overlapping, if not rival, worldviews.

Astronomer Hugh Ross and physicist Gerald Schroeder give Trotter lecture tonight at TAMU


Semi OT: to those who may still hold to a Old Earth 'local flood' view like Dr. Ross currently does (as far as I know), instead of a global flood, the following fairly recent evidence may be of interest to you: This is interesting:
Humanpast.net Excerpt: Worldwide, we know that the period of 14,000 to 13,000 years ago, which coincides with the peak of abundant monsoonal rains over India, was marked by violent oceanic flooding - in fact, the first of the three great episodes of global superfloods that dominated the meltdown of the Ice Age. The flooding was fed not merely by rain but by the cataclysmic synchronous collapse of large ice-masses on several different continents and by gigantic inundations of meltwater pouring down river systems into the oceans. (124) What happened, at around 13,000 years ago, was that the long period of uninterrupted warming that the world had just passed through (and that had greatly intensified, according to some studies, between 15,000 years ago and 13,000 years ago) was instantly brought to a halt - all at once, everywhere - by a global cold event known to palaeo climatologists as the 'Younger Dryas' or 'Dryas III'. In many ways mysterious and unexplained, this was an almost unbelievably fast climatic reversion - from conditions that are calculated to have been warmer and wetter than today's 13,000 years ago, to conditions that were colder and drier than those at the Last Glacial Maximum, not much more than a thousand years later. From that moment, around 12,800 years ago, it was as though an enchantment of ice had gripped the earth. In many areas that had been approaching terminal meltdown full glacial conditions were restored with breathtaking rapidity and all the gains that had been made since the LGM were simply stripped away…(124) A great, sudden extinction took place on the planet, perhaps as recently as 11,500 years ago (usually attributed to the end of that last ice age), in which hundreds of mammal and plant species disappeared from the face of the earth, driven into deep caverns and charred muck piles the world over. Modern science, with all its powers and prejudices, has been unable to adequately explain this event. (83) http://humanpast.net/environment/environment11k.htm
And coincidentally, we now have evidence for the first 'advanced' human civilization forming shortly after 13,000 years ago in Turkey:
Stone Age Temple May Be Birthplace of Civilization Excerpt: The elaborate temple at Gobelki Tepe in southeastern Turkey, near the Syrian border, is staggeringly ancient: 11,500 years old, from a time just before humans learned to farm grains and domesticate animals. According to the German archaeologist in charge of excavations at the site, it might be the birthplace of agriculture, of organized religion — of civilization itself. http://www.freerepublic.com/tag/gobeklitepe/index
This following video lecture, at around the 6:00 minute mark, finds that the first 'advanced' human civilization, (with the oldest archeological evidence of metallurgy, agriculture, and wine making, etc...), flourished near, or at, the Ankara area in Turkey,,,(The Ankara area is called Anatolia in the video)
Tracing your Ancestors through History - Paul James-Griffiths http://edinburghcreationgroup.org/video/1
Even more interestingly, Ankara, the cradle of 'advanced' civilization, is found to be at the geographic 'center of the earth':
The Center of the Earth by Henry Morris, Ph.D. Excerpt: The problem is basically to determine that point on the earth’s surface, the average distance from which to all other points on the earth’s land surfaces is a minimum. This point is defined as the earth’s geographical center. (1) Divide all the earth’s land areas into small, equal, unit areas. (2) Select one of these unit areas as a possible location of the earth’s center. (3) Measure the distance along the earth’s surface from this reference area to each of the other unit areas, all over the earth. (4) Add up all these distances and divide the total by the number of individual distances measured. The result is the average distance from the reference area to all the other unit areas around the world. (5) Repeat the entire process in steps (1) through (4) above for each one of all the other unit areas around the world. (6) Compare the "average distances" so calculated for all the different unit areas. The one for which the average distance turns out to be the smallest is the earth’s geographical center. Actually, the calculation becomes feasible only if it can be programmed on a high speed computer. To accomplish the latter requires a knowledge of spherical trigonometry, geodesy, calculus, and computer science. In addition, there must be available accurate data on the earth’s land and water areas, arranged in a grid network tied to latitude and longitude. With these factors present, the computation then becomes quite feasible. RESULTS ,,, The exact center of the earth, insofar as Mr. Woods’ calculations could determine, was found to be near Ankara, the present capital of Turkey, at latitude 39° and longitude 34°, on the same latitude as Mount Ararat and essentially the same longitude as Jerusalem.,,, http://www.icr.org/article/50/
Now this is very interesting!,, The first archeological evidence for a 'advanced' human civilization, with metallurgy, wine making, agriculture, is very near, or even at, the 'geographic center of the earth', soon after the geological evidence of 'global superfloods' 13,000 years ago. This certainly is a very 'spooky' thing for modern science to find! Pondering all the many places where the beginning of advanced human civilization 'could have' happened, instead of where it actually 'did happen', so soon after the 'secular' evidence of 'global superfloods', should be more than enough to make any reasonable person scratch their head in wonder at the resonance it finds with core Theistic beliefs! Music and Verse:
Alison Krauss - Down in the River to Pray http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgVL-rBq9Fw Matthew 24:37 For as were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man.
Hugh Ross had this fairly recent video on the Christian TV program, Brand New Day;
Hugh Ross - Creation in Job (Part 1 of 3) - video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp2iYqjQN8k

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