Report from Pittsburgh: Part 2

The second day at the Eighth International Conference on Creationism yielded even more fascinating presentations. Again, what follows is a quick list of several selected talks.

  • For those familiar with her investigative work in archeology (perhaps in part via our report posted yesterday on the Ipuwer Papyrus), independent researcher Anne Habermehl discussed unique findings from southeastern Turkey that not only baffle secular archeologists but also go against the grain of the conventional timeline. Please view the paper (see link) for this presentation, as well as the conference’s proceedings, called “A Creationist View of Göbekli Tepe: Timeline and Other Considerations.”
  • Tichomir Tenev of Mississippi State University gave an extraordinary talk on a solution to the starlight problem via special relativity. One of the most interesting aspects of this solution is that it is independent of a variety of confounding factors. The working group’s paper for this presentation as well as the conference’s proceedings is “A Solution for the Distant Starlight Problem Using Creation Time Coordinates.”
  • On behalf of a number of authors conducting biomimcry research on the bombardier beetle, Andy McIntosh, PhD and DSc, visiting professor of thermodynamics from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, engaged conference attendees with remarkable insights into efforts to mimic the spray design of this beetle species. Discussion centered not only on God’s great design of the bombardier beetle, but also on several practical applications of the research results to date, such as new and improved fire extinguishers. The paper for Dr. McIntosh’s presentation as well as the conference’s proceedings is “The Extraordinary Design of the Bombardier Beetle—A Classic Example of Biomimetics.” (Note that the website www.bombardierbeetle.org also offers an entertaining overview of this topic, courtesy of Dr. McIntosh.)
  • Steven Gollmer of Cedarville University talked about the role of God-given human insight among the landscape of artificial intelligence and machine learning. The paper for this presentation, and thus, part of the official proceedings journal for the conference, is “Man, Machine, Scientific Models and Creation Science.”

Remark: Please click here to read our interview with Dr. Gollmer.

The Geoscience Workshop was moderated by John Whitmore, PhD, and panelists included: Steve Austin, PhD; John Baumgardner, PhD; Paul Garner, MS; and Timothy Clarey, PhD. The title of the workshop was “Flood Boundaries: Where Are We, and Where Do We Need To Be?”

Geoscience also took the stage for the free evening event open to the public. Here Steve Austin, PhD, described the so-called “mudrock revolution,” as well as proposed the scientific and research advantages of building a working model for rapid mud layer deposits. His presentation was aptly named “Building a Machine that Deposits Mud Layers Rapidly.”