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Little Foot continues

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A new preprint on the Little Foot skull has appeared, and I have a commentary on Human Genesis.  It's got some odd claims about taxonomy, and I'm really curious to see how it will be received.  My previous commentary on the description of the skeleton is here.

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Preview of Little Foot

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I've published a commentary on the first Little Foot preprints over on Human Genesis.  Long story short: I think this isn't human, but it's definitely bipedal.  The level of detail preserved in this skeleton is pretty much unprecedented in the hominin fossil record.  At least the hominin fossil record that isn't modern humans.

I also wanted to mention that Core Academy of Science, the faith/science ministry I launched in 2013, is having its holiday fund drive this month, and we're seeking $16,000 to finish the year in the black and to support the Sanders Scholarship Fund.  If you've enjoyed reading my fossil hominin commentary, I sure could use a donation to help me keep these commentaries coming.  There will certainly be more to say about Little Foot before the end of the year.  Click on our donate link below to give online, or click here to get our address to send a check.  Thanks for reading, and thanks for your support.  I appreciate it!

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Sticky Faith 3: What can we do?

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For those just joining this series, I'm writing about my thoughts and reactions after reading Powell and Clark's book Sticky Faith: Everyday Ideas to Build Lasting Faith in your Kids.  Specifically, I'm looking for insight into the way adolescents these days hold onto their faith as they mature.  What I've talked about so far (read part 1 and part 2) has been mostly about the nature of adolescent development from a childish, concrete way of looking at the world to a mature, adult view with all the nuances and abstractions that comes with it.

Rather than ask why kids fall away from their childhood faith, Sticky Faith takes the obvious approach of asking what is different about kids who retain their faith and kids who don't.  One important discovery they found was that teens who have contact with Christian adults outside of their parents or youth workers are more likely to retain their faith as they mature.

I think that's pretty significant, since we so often se…

Roger W. Sanders Memorial Scholarship Fund

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Core Academy is pleased to announce the new Roger W. Sanders Memorial Scholarship Fund.  Back in 2013 when we started Core Academy, Roger and I discussed offering a fellowship or scholarship for students interested in doing creation research, but it took those five intervening years for us to grow the ministry to the point of finally offering these scholarships.  I'm sad that Roger didn't quite make it to see the program finally launch, but he knew we were ready.  I'm happy that we'll be able to remember him in these scholarships.  I pray that future generation of Sanders Scholars will continue to carry on his work.

How will these scholarships work?  We're still sorting out the details, and we hope to begin accepting applications in January.  Right now, we imagine it will work like this: A student will apply for a scholarship to do a research project with a professor at their home institution.  The money could be used to pay for research supplies, field work, or e…

To my friend Roger W. Sanders

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I never thought I'd be writing this so very soon, and I hate doing it.  Yesterday, on November 5, 2018, my dear, sweet friend Roger Sanders passed into eternity after suffering briefly with ALS.
I remember when I first encountered Roger way back in 1999 or 2000.  He wrote me an email with his C.V. asking to join our informal little group studying created kinds.  I'd never gotten an email like that before, but after I looked over his C.V., I knew this was someone special.  He had an extensive background in plant systematics, and I knew he'd be a valuable addition to our group.
I could ramble on about his professional qualifications, but that's boring (and I've already done that here).  I want to remember Roger as I knew him.  He and I were kind of an odd couple.  I vividly remember his first week when he came to work with me at Bryan College.  As I was standing outside his office talking to my assistant, he came out, smiled, held out his hand, and said, "Seed?…

Little Foot at last?

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Looks like we'll soon have a good look at Little Foot, the Australopithecus skeleton that Ron Clarke and colleagues have been working on for twenty years.  According to Michael Balter, we can expect the papers from Clarke's group by the end of the month, and there will be papers also from Berger's group thereafter.  Competitive to the end.  Read all about it at Balter's Blog.

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Sticky Faith 2: three key thoughts

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I want to preface this post by reminding my readers that I'm not an expert in adolescent psychology or sociology or anything like that.  I read Sticky Faith, by Powell and Clark, in order to better understand how or why kids go through the faith crises that causes them to abandon the church.  So the insights I share here might be a little naive or amateurish to those "in the know."  I hope you'll bear with me.

As I read the book, I noticed three concepts that I found especially illuminating but that were presented almost as side issues or contextual issues to the main message (how to keep kids in the faith).  First was the pattern of adolescent development from concrete thinkers to abstract thinkers.  On p. 52, we read this:
We now know that the brain functions with the concreteness of a child throughout early adolescence and begins the abstraction of adulthood at around age fourteen (thus making the shift from early to late adolescence).  In other words, while your…