Practically Speaking

Kyle and her husband moved to Brookfield in 1986. She became active in local politics and started blogging in 2004. Her focus is primarily on local issues but often includes state and national topics, too. Kyle looks at things from the taxpayers' perspective in a creative, yet down to earth way, addressing them from a practical point of view.

'Understanding Fossil Evidence' Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012

Creation Science / Intelligent Design, National Parks, Special events

No doubt about it, fossils are a fascinating, tangible glimpse into the past. They are like snapshots in time. How much time? That depends on your world view. (Click here if all 4 photos don't appear)

Concordia University professor Dr. Gary Locklair will explore the topic "Understanding Fossil Evidence" at 7pm on Tuesday, February 14th, at Concordia in the Lakeshore Room--Info & directions. His "presentation will focus on the different interpretive frameworks used by scientists in evaluating fossil evidence."

"Creationary and evolutionary scientists study the exact same evidence, the fossils, yet come to radically different conclusions about the origin of life on earth."

Differing conclusions were never more evident to me than while listening to the Park Ranger at Dinosaur National Monument last April: He explained how 1 inch of sediment depth equaled X millions of years* in the Fossil Quarry, yet the huge fossilized dinosaur bones, entombed in the hill, were cemented in a span of sediment about 15-20 feet tall! Click for picture Some of the bones were random, others were from one animal, which points to some cataclysmic event.

In fact, at Fossil Butte National Monument, they even have a display case titled CATASTROPHE to show that some sudden disaster accounted for these fish all dying at the same time. It would also account for the sudden death of the fish in the first photo, who never got to enjoy his dinner.

Another case shows how fish trails, (the curved traces or trails a swimming fish fin leaves on the lake bottom) became fossilized in a sudden covering of mud. (Click on the picture to see the curvy trails.)

Creationists would say Noah's flood was the catastrophe.

I have heard Dr. Locklair before; he is a great speaker. It should be a very interesting evening. (The Creation Science Society of Milwaukee will be holding a short Annual Meeting and Election of Officers just prior to Dr. Locklair's presentation at 6:45pm.)

Upcoming events: The great debate! Can Science Point to God? hosted by the Lutheran Student Fellowship at UWM's Student Union, Wisconsin Room -3rd floor, on Tuesday, March 6, 2012, 6:30pm. Concordia University's Dr. Mengue will debate UWM's Dr. Bristow.

Entropy and the Origin of Life, Dr. Bruce Holman, Tuesday, March 27th, 7:30 pm, at Wisconsin Lutheran High School on 84th and Bluemound Rd., in the Cafeteria, doors of school open at 7 PM

Origins, Beauty, and Wrath: Why What We Believe Matters Today, Jerry Frye, Tuesday, April 24, 2012, Brookside Baptist Church.

P.S. If you are interested in viewing fossils, Dinosaur National Monument and Fossil Butte National Monument are both great places to see them. Dinosaur's dramatic bone wall and Fossil Butte's spectacular collection of plant, insect, and fish fossils shouldn't be missed. The parks are fairly near to each other in northeast Utah and southern Wyoming, but be aware the evolution message is pervasive and presented as fact not theory.

*I have seen "1 inch equals 4 million years", "The Emergence of Life" chart taken from"Life in the Universe" (scroll about 1/4 down) on a NASA web page, places dinosaurs at around 80 million years ago.

Answers in Genesis on Dinosaur National Monument


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