We will watch* Part 2 of the GENESIS CONFERENCE that was held at Jessup University, March 4, 2023
LINEUP: 1) Dr. Randy Guliuzza 2) David Rives 3) Dr. Dan Biddle 4) Panel Discussion of Speakers
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John R. Baumgardner, Ph.D. Geophysics and Space Physics, will * give a presentation, titled RATE REVISITED: C-14 EVIDENCE THAT THE EARTH IS YOUNG
Carbon-14, with a half-life of only 5,730 years, is generally applied only to carbon-containing samples at or near the Earth’s surface. It rarely is applied to samples from deeper within the Earth’s since in most cases other radioisotope methods, which use isotopes with long half-lives and are suitable only for igneous rocks, give ages of millions to billions of years. An issue for C-14 dating is the small relative abundance of C-14 relative to C-12 in today’s atmosphere, of only about one C-14 atom for every 1.2 trillion non-radioactive C-12 atoms. This makes it impossible with the best technology today to measure C-14 levels beyond about 17.5 half-lives, or 100,000 years of C-14 decay. When accelerator mass spectrometry (AMS) technology was introduced in the 1980’s, it was expected that the dating limit would be extended from 50,000 years to nearly 100,000 years. It was shocking when researchers discovered that essentially all carbon-bearing samples they tested, even from deep in the rock record, consistently gave C-14 ages significantly less than 100,000 years. The RATE team confirmed this result with ten coal samples from Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic settings. They also demonstrated that diamonds likewise display C-14 levels well above the C-14 measurement threshold. They showed that a recent episode of rapid nuclear decay readily accounts for this unexpected radiocarbon throughout the rock record. Episodes of extremely high rates of nuclear decay, as documented by the RATE team, imply that (1) dates provided by standard radioisotope methods are in error by large factors and (2) the true age of the Earth is only a few thousands of years instead of billions. This talk will also summarize many of the examples of excellent soft tissue preservation in fossils that support the reality of the Genesis Flood as well as a young age for the earth.
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John C. Sanford, Ph.D. will speak on a topic to be determined. About our speaker: (The following biography is borrowed and modified from www.amazon.com/Genetic-Entropy-John-C-Sanford/dp/0981631606.) Dr. John Sanford was a Cornell University Professor for more than 30 years. He received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin in the area of plant breeding and plant genetics. While a professor at Cornell, John trained graduate students and conducted genetic research at the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, NY.
At Cornell, John bred new crop varieties using conventional breeding and then became heavily involved in the newly-emerging field of plant genetic engineering. John has published over 100 scientific publications and has been granted several dozen patents. His most significant scientific contributions during the first half of his career involved three inventions: the biolistic ("gene gun") process, pathogen-derived resistance, and genetic immunization. A large fraction of the transgenic crops (in terms of numbers and acreage) grown in the world today were genetically engineered using the gene gun technology developed by John and his collaborators. This work came from John's heartfelt desire to end world hunger. Today, the Smithsonian Institute displays Dr. Sanford's gene gun prototype. John also started two biotech enterprises derived from his research, Biolistics, Inc., and Sanford Scientific, Inc.
John organized a collaboration with Drs. John R. Baumgardner, Wesley H. Brewer, Paul Gibson, and Walter J. ReMine in to develop "Mendel's Accountant," an advanced numerical simulation program for modeling genetic change over time. MENDEL is a genetic accounting program that allows realistic numerical simulation of the mutation/selection process over time. It is available for free download at http://mendelsaccount.sourceforge.net/.
With the proceeds of his successes as an inventor, John retired early, but continued to hold a position at Cornell (Courtesy Associate Professor), where he organized the 2011 symposium, BIOLOGICAL INFORMATION - NEW PERSPECTIVES. He then co-edited the symposium's 563 page Proceedings. Later, he authored a highly compressed synopsis with commentary on each of the symposium's 24 papers. John started a small non-profit organization, Feed My Sheep Foundation (FMS), and co-founded Logos Research Associates, a fellowship of scholars and scientists dedicated to the proposition that "Good science affirms Scripture." Through FMS and LogosRA, John has organized and conducted research in the areas of theoretical genetics and bioinformatics, and in geology. He has authored and co-authored three additional books: Genetic Entropy, Contested Bones, and The Sexual Holocaust.
*Subject to James 4:13-15 - " . . . For ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."