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Staring at a blank page

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Today, I'm staring at a blank page. Writing is such a funny thing for me.  Anyone who knows me knows that I'm no conversationalist, but when it comes to words on a page, sometimes they just come tumbling out of me.  Who knows why? Once my spring semester  was over, I turned back to working on overdue and half-baked writing projects.  I've finally put the finishing touches on a paper that I've been working on for more than two years.  It's grown to more than 500 pages with the appendix, so it's not like I was just dawdling that whole time.  Still, I'm glad to see this thing out the door.  I've also worked on a project on Genesis that I think I might have mentioned here one time or another. Then I've been working pretty hard on a completely new book project (because apparently I don't have enough to do) that is intended to be a much bigger look at the creation model as a whole.  That massive technical article has been agony to write, but my creativ

Where's my missing link?

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"Missing links" are a hot topic!  Paul and I tackle that on our latest episode. Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com. If you enjoyed this article, please consider a contribution to Core Academy of Science. Thank you. Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!

What is the geologic column?

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What is the geologic column?  Find out in the latest episodes of "Let's Talk Creation." Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com. If you enjoyed this article, please consider a contribution to Core Academy of Science. Thank you. Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!

Headlines lie again!

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What a surprise, huh? You may have seen the pretty sensational recent headline going around social media -  Most human origins stories are not compatible with known fossils .  I took some time today to read both the news release and the scientific article upon which that headline was based.  And I have to say, I don't see how the headline comes from the article.  It's just another example of the only purpose that headlines serve any more: getting people to click on the story.  A more accurate headline might have been something like "Hominin origins from Miocene apes still unclear," but who's going to click on that? The review article Fossil Apes and Human Evolution  by Alm├ęcija et al. isn't really about human origins as much as it's about hominin  origins.  The difference between the two is pretty big: When you think of humans, you think of yourself, a specific human, but hominins include a much bigger range of forms, some human and some not, that extend

New episode of Let's Talk Creation!

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There's a new episode of Let's Talk Creation today, where I grill Paul Garner on the "geologic column."  What is it?  How do we know it's real?  Is it just thinly veiled evolution? (No.)  Does it help us understand the Flood? (Could be.)  Find out on this fifth episode! Visit our YouTube page for all the episodes you missed ! Feedback? Email me at toddcharleswood [at] gmail [dot] com. If you enjoyed this article, please consider a contribution to Core Academy of Science. Thank you. Have you read my book?  You should check that out too!

Shouting into the wind

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I find it fascinating how many people I talk to have a strong sense that social media is kind of a cesspool, yet we all still carry on thinking that the problem is everyone else .  But we are all everyone else .  We collectively are the problem. That's a daring way to open an essay, so let me rewind a bit, and maybe I can explain myself.  I've been very open with my dissatisfaction about social media during the pandemic and lockdowns, but the truth is much bigger than that.  I've long watched very alarming attitudes and ideas spread like wildfire through social media and into my real-life interactions.  Complete lunacy has become mainstream, not because it was persuasive or compelling, but because it was repeated enough on social media to vulnerable brains willing to listen.  Even worse, some of that complete lunacy has become a tribalistic litmus test.  If you don't believe what I believe about politics or the pandemic or the outcome of the 2020 US election, then you a

What's new?

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I have a few minutes this morning to update you on my current status and the status of Core Academy, but those minutes are going fast unfortunately.  Over the Christmas break, my friend who is the chemistry professor at Bryan College contracted COVID and spent a month in the hospital, and the college asked me to fill in for him.  I genuinely hoped it would be a temporary arrangement, but you know how COVID is.  I'll be there to the end of the semester, teaching three classes and running labs Monday through Thursday.  I can only guess that God wanted me back in the classroom, and I am grateful that I am able to step in and help my friend (who is recovering nicely now).  I'm also very grateful for my lab assistant, without whom lab would be 10x more work than it is. Meanwhile, the staff at Core Academy are keeping things humming along there, especially with production of our new "Let's Talk Creation" podcast.  I mostly just show up to the assigned recording days, an