It is rather an odd title for a blogpost, but I felt like it needed that. Last months were busy months and it really was not that I did not like my readers anymore, but just that it was a busy period with a lot of finishing of projects and things like that.
But in fact I think that an update is needed desperately on this blog. Do not expect new content in this blog, but it will most certainly be about what others have blogged about and about what I have thought about related to existing posts on this blog.
- Encode revisited: Last year I blogged about the ENCODE results which showed that presumably a large part of the genome was functional (according to their definition), and I want to point out to an paper that was published in February which tries to debunk the claims the the ENCODE project made. I don’t agree with all of the paper, but that is something which is more suitable to a stand-alone blogpost.
- Similarity between chimps and humans: In the Answers Research Journal (ARJ) a study was published that genomic similarity between chimps and humans is only 70% instead of the 98% to 99% which is assumed by most of the scientific community. Dr. While (YOUNG-earth creationist) has blogged about it. But that’s also more for another blogposts, because I tend to almost agree.. (again)
That were the pieces where I did not completely agree.
- On the Colossian Forum a reflection article was published by Daniel Camacho who wrote about the virtue of silence based on the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. This article has my recommendations.
- Some time ago a debate was organised between Rowan Williams and Richard Dawkins.The subject of the evening was whether religion has a place in the 21st century. I believe it does, as does Rowan Williams.
And this is for fun (at least boring fun)
In a few weeks I will have more time to blog, but those posts will still be irregular.
[edited: Dr. While is not an old-earth-creationist, but firmly in the young earth creationists camp.]
Although I think that anonymity on the web is not promoting a fair and honest exchange of ideas, and I am inclined to say that I should make my name known to the whole world, I choose not to do that.
Since my childhood I was online and participating in various discussions and communities on the internet. The internet age has its grip on me and will never let me go.
Still, based on what I see around me on websites that promote Intelligent Design or Creation the comments are rather harsh, with of course some exceptions. I do not know what the future holds for creation science, and I do not know which path I will have to choose in my career.
Currently I am a graduate student, who aspires a get an academic career in genetics or biotechnology. Although I think that my beliefs about the origin of life and my belief in a literal version of genesis do not put constrains that career, others tend to disagree with that. It is written in the words of famous evolutionists that creationist should not aspire an academic career. The creationist movement is categorized as science deniers and are not worthy to get any scientific education.
I live in Europe. In the USA people are more open towards creationist beliefs, except on most secular universities. In the USA there is a discussion and 40% beliefs that creation is true and that evolution did not occur. In Europe people do simply agree for almost 100% with evolutionary assumptions and conclusions.
For creationists that makes it difficult to get a degree in science. I am striving to be a competent scientists as I can be, but I have to be careful with my internet presence. I do not want my career ruined because I proclaimed my beliefs and though open on the World Wide Web. Just for assurance, hereby my name is not public anymore.
I know the disadvantages, but I think that for me personally the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. When this blog still exists in the future and I know which choices I have to make for my further career I will review my decision again.
But for now I will stick to this format. Sorry for that, but sadly, I do not see any other way.