Report from Pittsburgh: Part 3

The third and final day at the Eighth International Conference on Creationism rounded out an extremely productive meeting. As before, what follows are a few highlights of selected sessions.

  • Andrew Snelling from Answers in Genesis gave an intriguing presentation on the correlation between radiohalos, primarily those with polonium as their radiocenters, and the location of ore veins embedded within rock (actually both the radiohalos and the ore veins are embedded in rock). The correlation was strong enough to offer evidence that given the right circumstances the presence of radiohalos could be used to pinpoint geological locations that demand further exploration for hydrothermal ore veins. The paper for this presentation, and thus, part of the official proceedings journal for the conference, is “Radiohalos as an Exploration Pathfinder for Granite-Related Hydrothermal Ore Veins: A Case Study in the New England Batholith, Eastern Australia.”
  • Denver Seely of Mississippi State University presented current findings from an investigation that remains ongoing via the collaboration of a specialized working group. The group is looking at computerized simulations of near impact celestial objects (by way of finite element simulations of such pass-by events with the earth, or so-called “near misses” of the earth). Specifically, they are carefully examining the influence that a given passing body (either a Moon-sized object or an Earth-sized object) would impose on terrestrial deformations during the creation week/Global Flood. This is a first of its kind study. As it turns out, of the five parameters utilized (stationary body size, core material, core/mantle thickness ratio, passing object mass, and passing object distance), the most heavily influential on terrestrial deformation were core material and the core/mantle ratio. The paper for this presentation as well as the conference’s proceedings is “Finite Element Analysis of Large Body Deformation Induced by a Catastrophic Near Impact Event.”
  • Steven Gollmer of Cedarville University gave his second presentation. For this talk, the results from his work on post-Flood Ice Age precipitation climate modeling were discussed. The paper for this presentation, and thus, part of the official proceedings journal for the conference, is “Effect of Aerosol Distributions on Precipitation Patterns Needed for a Rapid Ice Age.”

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

  • Phillip Dennis spoke on a young earth cosmology incorporating Einstein field equations and general relativity. The paper for this presentation, and thus, part of the official proceedings journal for the conference, is “Consistent Young Earth Relativistic Cosmology.” Of note is that this presentation was complementary with the earlier talk on special relativity by Tichomir Tenev. In other words, neither of the two talks conflicted each other.

The Cosmology Workshop was moderated by Robert Hill, Ed.D, and featured panelists: Russell Humphreys, PhD; Phillip Dennis, PhD; Jason Lisle, PhD; and Danny Faulkner, PhD. The title of the workshop was “What are the Necessary Ingredients for a Biblical/Scientific Young-Earth Cosmology?”

Cosmology also found its way into the spotlight for the free evening session open to the public. Here Jason Lisle, PhD, presented an overview of evolutionary cosmological models, and also made several poignant comments on young-earth cosmological models. His presentation was named “Cosmology: Problems for Evolutionary Models and Suggestions by Creation Scientists.”