Animal Navigation


Some very interesting and exciting news on the science front.

First from the Discovery Institute this report on recent discoveries regarding the amazing ability of many very different animals to navigate long distances with great accuracy.

Discovery references several articles – from “nature materials” we read:

Here, we report a putative magnetic receptor (Drosophila CG8198, here named MagR) and a multimeric magnetosensing rod-like protein complex, identified by theoretical postulation and genome-wide screening, and validated with cellular, biochemical, structural and biophysical methods. The magnetosensing complex consists of the identified putative magnetoreceptor and known magnetoreception-related photoreceptor cryptochromes (Cry), has the attributes of both Cry- and iron-based systems, and exhibits spontaneous alignment in magnetic fields, including that of the Earth. Such a protein complex may form the basis of magnetoreception in animals, and may lead to applications across multiple fields. [Emphasis added.]

From Nature News an article Discovery of long-sought biological compass claimed  

“ … The biocompass — whose constituent proteins exist in related forms in other species, including humans — could explain a long-standing puzzle: how animals such as birds and insects sense magnetism. It might also become an invaluable tool for using magnetic fields to control cells, report researchers led by biophysicist Xie Can at Peking University in Beijing, in a paper published on 16 November in Nature Materials (S. Qin et al. Nature Mater., 2015). … “


Sceptical voices

“ … Other scientists are not convinced that the biological needles function like compasses in living organisms. Xie’s team has shown that MagR and Cry are produced in the same cells in pigeon retinas — the birds’ proposed magnetoreception centre — but MagR and Cry are found in many cells, says Keays. “With such a small amount of iron, one has to ask whether in vivo, at physiological temperatures, MagR is capable of possessing magnetic properties at all,” he says. “If MagR is the real magnetoreceptor, I’ll eat my hat.” … “

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I’ll place my bet on  Keays eating his hat — and here’s why:

My profession and trade for many years was in Software Development, and in particular with Cubic Defense Systems helping develop software for the widely acclaimed Top Gun training system known as TACTS/ACMI.



TACTS/ACMI (Tactical Aircrew Combat Training System/Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation) is a system I worked on for many years. The system, in its early versions, tracked fast and maneuvering fighter jets by interrogating each aircraft with a set of four ranging tones (frequencies). These tones received at the aircraft were then re-transmitted to surveyed ground receivers and then passed on to a master station. At the master station, the aircraft position in x/y/z was computed based on the surveyed positions of the ground stations, and the arrival of the four ranging frequencies. In other words, the distance from the aircraft to each of the receiving ground station was measured and thus the position is made known.

The key point here is that the aircraft is maneuvering in the presence of a well understood radio frequency spectrum, and is interfacing directly with that spectrum thus providing real-time navigational data.



Another navigational system developed by humans is the Global Positioning System (GPS). By now most of us are familiar with GPS, and many of us carry a GPS receiver in our pocket smart phone. The TACTS/ACMI system I briefly described above eventually transitioned to GPS as its positioning system. The concepts are very similar, but with GPS, the only dependency on ground stations is to relay aircraft data to a master site for viewing and recording.

The commonality between human designed and developed systems and animal navigation is that in both cases, the participants — fish, birds, turtles, whales, jet fighter aircraft –participants are bathed in electro-magnetic fields which in theory (animals) and practice (TACTS/ACMI), can be used to accurately position the participants. With the ongoing research,  it is becoming more evident that many animals navigate using the earth electro-magnetic fields.

Keep an eye out for the development of practical application of this research – I have a few ideas of my own.


Don Johnson – November 2015

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Scientist or Ideological Propagandist?

Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the latest pretty faces of Atheistic science.


Smooth, attractive, well spoken, well educated (PhD), persuasive, great stage presence …

And a man of “cutsie“ statements like the following:

“I think of, like, the human body, and I look at what’s going on between our legs,” Tyson said. “There’s like a sewage system and entertainment complex intermingling. No engineer of any intelligence would have designed it that way.”

This is not an intelligent comment from a much educated man – or should we say a much indoctrinated man – but rather a shallow comment intended to influence and convince. In other words, it’s a statement of propaganda, and  this comment shows Tyson is a master of it.

This comment is not original with Tyson, and exhibits a desire to further an ideological and religious agenda, the agenda of Atheism. The attempted veneer of science and engineering falls flat when we take a deeper look at the human body and its design. Some examples:

  • Many of us have watched Olympic ice-skaters with admiration.
  • Or watched those incredible one-handed catches by NFL wide receivers.
  • Or stand in awe as that shortstop – second baseman – first baseman executes that perfect double play in baseball.
  • Or have attended that concert where we see and hear beautiful and inspiring music written by brilliant and talented composers, played and sung by talented and well practiced musicians on instruments designed and crafted by inventive designers.
  • Or have read or are reading one of those millions of books in the homes, bookstores and libraries around the world.
  • Or have designed or built many of those beautiful buildings many of us have visited and spent time exploring.
  • Or have taken part in the design, engineering and manufacturing of those many machines and software packages we use day-by-day in our everyday life.
  • Or have produced one of those spectacular movie sagas.
  • And no small matter – the human body is capable of reproducing itself, and has been doing so for as long as humans have inhabited the earth.
  • … and more …

No, an honest, thoughtful and  in-depth comment about the design of the human body would take a look at the total package and not set up a contrived straw man caricature of a few cherry picked parts of anatomy in an attempt to indoctrinate and propagandize. 

Properly restated, Tyson’s comment would be concluded by saying “No engineer of any intelligence could have designed it that way.” Tyson is no biologist of any sort, nor is he an engineer of any sort.

What Tyson is, is a man who has stayed way too long in the indoctrinating ivory towers of academia. A man with no real-world, hands-on experience in the design, engineering and manufacture of real world things. A man who has been drinking his own bathwater for years and desires to pass that bathwater to all who will listen, especially the young and impressionable.  

Don Johnson – November 2015

Two Book Reports Part 2: 1944 – FDR and the Year That Changed History


“Inside the camp, inside the low single-story buildings beyond the double rows of electrified barbed wire, the Soviet army found piles of shoes, more that could be counted, “shoes piled like pieces of coal” or “rising in a high mound like grain.” Some shoes had worn out soles and no laces; some had tumbled down off the high pile and had landed back on the floor. In one room, all the shoes were small, small enough to fit easily in a man’s hand. They were baby and toddler shoes; many pairs were evidentially the children’s first shoes. Along with the shoes, there were piles of human teeth, piles of hair and piles of eyeglasses with cracked lenses and broken or bent frames. Everywhere there were piles of things.  … “

A review:

“Winik . . . turns his attention to Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this fast-paced history of the year the world was at a crossroads. . . . 1944 is a bracing war story about an inspiring president who led the Allies to victory but missed opportunities to save countless lives.”
–Jane Ciabattari, BBC


This book by Winik is sobering to the extreme. The history he tells of one of the greatest crimes in human history is depressing, but necessary to know and deal with – I say one of the greatest crimes because the Communist empire of the Soviet Union, China, Cambodia killed far more people than the German  Nazi regime, but that is left for another time and another essay. 

The Germans under Hitler came within months of totally annihilating all of the Jews in Europe – every man, woman and child of whatever age. That there were any left to emigrate to Palestine and create the new nation Israel was strictly a function of the war ending in the total defeat of Germany and its unconditional surrender. Even in its final death throws, the Germans were packing human beings by the tens-of-thousands into cattle cars and sending them to the gas chambers and crematoria of Auschwitz.

This history by Winik shows the exceptionalism of America, and also shows the necessity of a good America at a time when the light of  liberty was in extreme danger of being snuffed out – perhaps forever. All of Europe, except for Great Britain was conquered, and was under the demonic rule of Hitler and the Nazis – and Great Britain was under horrific siege as well. Hitler’s appetite was not quenched and he went after Russia as well.

Frightening times indeed.

This book is timely in light of the recent “agreement” with Iran which apparently gives Islam the green light to obtain nuclear weaponry and the missile ability to deliver those weapons – to Israel and elsewhere. For this reason, I believe this book should be a must read for all contenders for the US Presidency in 2016, as well as all concerned voters. The stakes are as high now as they were in the late 1930s to the end of World War II.  Hitler’s agenda was not ended in 1945 regarding the Jews … Hitler’s agenda is alive and well in Tehran and in the minds and hearts of the leaders of what is called radical Islam.


Don Johnson – November 2015

Two Book Reports Part 1: Exceptional – by Dick and Liz Cheney


Excerpt from the review linked to above:

“Exceptional: Why The World Needs A Powerful America” is a must read. Unlike many authors, the Cheneys actually make clear and concise recommendations of what future presidents need to accomplish. Through the historical journey readers will understand why the authors criticism of the current president is valid.

They make the excellent point that to safeguard America, presidents must “speak softly, but carry a big stick.” As they said in the book, “Without our armed forces, there would be no liberty. They are the ultimate guarantor and protector of our freedoms.”

I’ve written many articles before on this blog having the theme of American Exceptionalism; see here, here and here. See also here a commentary by Rush Limbaugh that’s about as good as it gets on the topic – but I must confess that at this point I no longer view America as an exceptional nation except in its past history.


What I especially like about the Cheney’s take on the subject is their concise and powerful summary of America’s role in preserving and extending  liberty in the very catastrophic twentieth century in which Liberty might very well have disappeared from the earth – perhaps forever.

The book is a short and concise read, but timely and extremely powerful, and a good way to jump start your own understanding of the crucial role America has played throughout its history.

Books like this should be digested in this Presidential election season so as to give our grandchildren and great-grandchildren the best possible chance of having leaders that will preserve liberty and opportunity for them.


Don Johnson – November 2015

The Magic of Hats and the Journey of Ten


I often wear one of these hats, because so often I meet interesting people when the hat attracts the attention of a passerby. It begins with the usual “Thank you for your service.”

I stepped into the elevator one morning in Denver where I was attending the 40th annual reunion of the USS Balch and USS Porterfield, two ships from the WW-II era.

Pete Coulson greeted me with the “Thank you for your service” greeting and that set off a very interesting conversation in the hotel lobby.


Pete took interest in what all of us sailors were all about, but we quickly shifted to his life story, or rather the story of his family.

As you watch the video, you learn that Pete was #7 of 10 throwaway kids in Austria in the late 1040s following the War. These kids were mixed race of black American GIs and white Austrian girls. And nobody wanted them and they wound up in an orphanage.

Pete’s father was a GI stationed in Austria and met a young girl and they fell in love.


They went to America, but were unable to have children. Then they heard of an orphanage in Austria that needed some help, so they returned to Austria and adopted 10 mixed race children — all at the same time.

Watch and listen to this heart warming story at

In meeting and talking with Pete ever so briefly, his joy of life and joy of the Lord comes through strongly, as does his life long ministry of working with youth.

Unfortunately, I’ve lost Pete’s e-mail address so I’m not able to correspond with him.

Don Johnson – September 2015

What Made America Great? A Rush Limbaugh Commentary

What Made America Great?

In honoring the spirit of Yogi Berra I offer up another American who often hits the ball out of the park.

I speak of Rush Limbaugh who keeps his eye focused on the balls thrown at him and at this nation whether they be political hardballs, cultural screwballs or whatever. His knack of picking up the incoming trajectory and clearly seeing the seams and placing his bat firmly at the right place and hitting home runs is amazing and consistent. Like any good hitter, he studies and knows the pitchers and reacts like the MVP that he is.

Limbaugh’s monolog about what has made America great is one of his best, and I would place it in any top 10 must read stories of America.

There are so many snippets I could choose from, but let me pick just a few in hopes of putting you in the seat right behind home plate:

” … It’s so special, everybody wants to go there. And there’s not a thought given to how it got special. It’s just assumed it was made that way, I guess. It’s just assumed that it’s just there. And it’s also assumed that it’s always going to be there. Call it the golden goose or whatever you want but everybody saying that we have no right to keep anybody out because nobody kept us out, we all had to get here. Nobody here now actually started here. Of course, that’s no longer true. … “

” … So it seems even from the pope, immigrants, anybody who doesn’t live here, has an automatic right to come here just because there’s no other place like it on earth. And what is never discussed is how it got so special. How did it happen? Why is it so prosperous? Why is it so free? … “

” … See, the correct thing to do would be to answer those questions and spread those answers all over the world. And that’s what, to me, if I had the ability to command the attention of the peoples of the world, that’s what I would tell them. I certainly wouldn’t stand for policies that are gonna end up destroying this special place, because once this special place is destroyed and is no longer special, then where is everybody gonna go? … “

So here it is — Limbaugh hitting one out of the park.

September 24, 2015


RUSH: Here is Pope Francis, sound bite number one, at his speech today before a joint session of Congress.

POPE FRANCIS:  But there is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners. The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps.

RUSH:  Okay.  Were you able, Mr. Snerdley, to catch all that? Here’s what he said.  “There is another temptation which we must especially guard against: the simplistic reductionism which sees only good or evil; or, if you will, the righteous and sinners. The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters, demands that we confront every form of polarization which would divide it into these two camps.”

Okay, I’m gathering here that we have a pope who sees a gray area there between good and evil. There is good and evil and there’s the marginal. There’s good and evil, and there’s the, what would you call it, the maybe not okay, the maybe okay.  (interruption)  That’s right.  The relative!  Yeah, we have the good and the bad, and then the relative, where we apply a relative morality or whatever in order to make an assessment on whether something’s good or bad.

“The contemporary world, with its open wounds which affect so many of our brothers and sisters,” any idea what that is?  I mean, you watched the speech, do you know what he’s talking about here specifically?  I don’t.  (interruption)  You didn’t watch this?  Okay.  Demands that we confront every form of polarization which would — look, there’s something you should know, folks, before I go on with this, and that is every Democrat that I have seen react to this is ecstatic and giddy with happiness.

They think the pope hit a grand-slam home run from their perspective on everything but abortion.  And even there he equivocated a little bit, but they think that this could not have been better. The pope came and conquered and was them.  They really do.  The Drive-Bys, elected Democrats, I haven’t seen ’em all, obviously, but the ones I’ve seen on TV who’ve been asked about it are just giddy with their praise. So you have to put that into the hopper here as you try to analyze what all of these remarks mean.  Here is immigration, and it sounds to me in this bite that he is granting America absolution for what we did to the Indians.

POPE FRANCIS:  We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants. Tragically, the rights of those who were here long before us were not always respected. … Those first contacts were often turbulent and violent, but it is difficult to judge the past by the criteria of the present.

RUSH:  All right.  So to me it sounds like a partial absolution.  Yeah, yeah, we kind of violated the rights of those that were here long before us.  We didn’t respect ’em, but kind of tough to apply modern day to back then, so been there, done that, gotta forget it.  The message was immigration.  Now, I’m sorry, I have a reaction to this, and I watched this, and my reaction, I knew this was coming. I mean, I didn’t know the exact words, but I knew he was gonna bring up the subject and I knew he was going to end up saying something the Democrat Party would love, and they would interpret or be able to interpret it as something that’s pro-amnesty, and that probably is what he said here.

But it struck me, this is not a new realization on my part, but it just struck me I think a little bit more profoundly because it was the pope saying it.  It’s almost as if in his mind and in the minds of many other people, in fact, that you have the world, and it is what it is and then there’s this one place in the world where it’s much, much, much better than anywhere else in the world.  It’s richer. It has more opportunity. It has more freedom and more liberty. It’s vastly more prosperous. The standard of living is way, way higher. It’s got all kinds of weapons to protect itself and so forth.  It’s just better, it’s just demonstrably better.

And then the rest of the world is kind of eating the dust of this one really special place.  And it’s as though nobody ever stops to ask how did this one special place become special?  They just assume that it was made that way, or that fate, or maybe in this case God, ordained it.  And because there’s only one special place in all the world, one place that’s so much better, so much more advanced, so much more prosperous, however you want to define and characterize it, this place is so special, but it just happened. It’s just the way it is.

And, as such, everybody else in the world is entitled to go there, simply because it exists.  Everybody’s entitled to go there, and anybody who wants to go there should be permitted to go there.  And there ought not be any complaining about it, because in this special place, this one place that is far and away better than anywhere else on earth, everybody that’s there was once from someplace else.

So everybody that’s there had to go there to get there. So why should people going there to get there today not be permitted when everybody in the past was?  No, I’m talking about the United States of America, not the Vatican.  One special place, United States of America.  It’s far and away superior to every other place on earth, in terms of lifestyles, liberty, and freedom.  In terms of the human condition, there’s no place like it.

It’s so special, everybody wants to go there.  And there’s not a thought given to how it got special.  It’s just assumed it was made that way, I guess. It’s just assumed that it’s just there.  And it’s also assumed that it’s always going to be there.  Call it the golden goose or whatever you want but everybody saying that we have no right to keep anybody out because nobody kept us out, we all had to get here.  Nobody here now actually started here.  Of course, that’s no longer true.

But the whole construct of this is that, yeah, this is a special place, but not because of anything the people here did to make it special.  It just happens to be.  And the people who were here are here simply by winning life’s lottery.  It’s all fate; it’s all luck.  And if anybody else in the world wants to come to this one special place, then nobody has the right to tell them they can’t because we are all immigrants.

And nobody ever stops to ask in this debate, nobody ever stops to consider how did it get special?  Because it wasn’t made that way.  We didn’t just wake up one day and here is the United States of America, and it is the gem, the shining city on the hill, however you want to describe it, it had to be built.  It was not there.  But from the moment it began to be built, isn’t it interesting that everybody in the world who heard about it wanted to go there?

Maybe I should change the tense.  Everybody who heard about it wanted to come here.  And now the people who lead this special place don’t seem to have any appreciation for how it became special.  In fact, if they have anything, it’s guilt over how it became special.  And so they either want to open the borders and let anybody in because it’s not fair that we are here and we’re able to get here and others who want to come here are not, it just isn’t fair.

So this special place in the world, the United States of America, it just happened.  It just is.  And it’s our responsibility, as those who are lucky and fortunate enough, to happen to have been born here.  It is incumbent upon us to share that same luck and good fortune with everybody else.  Otherwise we are mean, selfish, polarized, partisan, extremist, racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe, whatever.

So it seems even from the pope, immigrants, anybody who doesn’t live here, has an automatic right to come here just because there’s no other place like it on earth.  And what is never discussed is how it got so special.  How did it happen?  Why is it so prosperous?  Why is it so free?

See, the correct thing to do would be to answer those questions and spread those answers all over the world.  And that’s what, to me, if I had the ability to command the attention of the peoples of the world, that’s what I would tell them.  I certainly wouldn’t stand for policies that are gonna end up destroying this special place, because once this special place is destroyed and is no longer special, then where is everybody gonna go?


RUSH:  I dare say, ladies and gentlemen, it’s even worse in some people, it’s worse than the mistake they make in just assuming that there is the world and everything in it, and then there’s this one special place.  And this one special place just happened.  No thought’s given to how.  No thought’s given to replicating it, even.  No, that’s where it gets even worse.  Where it gets even worse is that some of those who look at the United States for what it is, special, no place like it on earth.  Want to tear it down for that specific reason just because it’s unfair.

The one thing that I can honestly say that has perplexed me all of my life — and you know me, I’m the mayor of Realville, and I live and breathe nothing more complicated than common sense.  It’s the other stuff that confuses me.  Common sense, to me, is simple.  And I’ve never understood why there aren’t a lot of people trying to figure out how the United States became this special place and then try to replicate it around the world, because that’s the solution to the human condition.  The solution to poverty, the solution to misery, the solution to backwards living is the United States of America.  Why not learn how that happened, learn why and how we happened.  What is it that made it special?  Don’t just assume that it just happened, quirk of fate, a meeting of various forces coming together in a giant coincidence.

That’s not what it was.  It was miraculous in a way.  Why not try to replicate it.  If you really love people, you say you really love people, really care about people, want the best for people, well, this is the best place. Instead of coming here and destroying it, why not copy it, replicate it?  I never understood that, folks.  I mean, on a certain level I do of course.


RUSH: You know, you talk about what made America great.  There’s a definitive answer to it.  It’s found in American history.  Trying to write about it in these children’s books that Kathryn and I are doing, the Time-Travel Adventures With Exceptional Americans series, starring Rush Revere and the talking horse, Liberty.  What we’re trying to do is open people’s minds to the greatness of this country and how it happened.  It’s not an accident.  It’s not the result of coincidences happening at a miraculous or magical period in time.  There are substantive reasons for it.

The trouble is that Millennials and many recent products of the public schools believe that America was made great, if they’re even taught that it’s great, if they’re taught that it’s great, you know what they’re told is the reason?  Diversity.  There’s diversity all over the world.  You can go to places where there is diversity out the wazoo, folks.  You can go to places all over the place world and you can find the most diversity, you can find perfect diversity, however you find it.  You will not find a United States.  By the way, we’ve got no excuses on diversity anyway.  We’ve got nothing to apologize for, and no excuses to make.

But it doesn’t matter.  Diversity hasn’t a thing to do with why this country is great.  Diversity is not a factor in any way when defining or explaining America’s greatness.  Never mind that from the 1600s until the late twentieth century the population the United States was 85% white, 12% black, and there have been changes demographically in the United States since the days of its founding.  So they’re trying to tell you that the United States’ greatness happened because of diversity.  Well, go back and look at the days the country was founded, and they do.  When they do that, they see how racist and bigoted this country was. they see the seeds for bigotry and racism and discrimination were sown at the founding, is how it’s now taught.  You got young people growing up ashamed of their own country.  And they probably don’t understand, when somebody like the pope comes here — and he did in his own way — recognize America’s greatness today, and its specialness.

And I don’t doubt you have some people who’ve grown up not learning that, “What is he talking about?  He’s just being nice. He’s just giving us compliments.  He knows what an unfair, unjust place this is.”  I mean, when you get right down to it, isn’t it a shame, beyond being an outrage, isn’t it a shame the drivel, the bilge, the lies that young people have been taught about this country and its past?  What really has been great about this country, aside from all the economic magic — and again, that’s not magic.  That’s easily explainable, too.

We have a shared culture here.  Stop and think of what happened in this country.  The melting pot, yeah, it happened.  Stop and think of what happened, from the first days of the founding.  You have to go back to the Pilgrims.  You have to include the Pilgrims in the founding.  Why they came. What they learned on the way. What they learned after they got here.  The Pilgrims, like everybody else, tried to establish a socialist collective.  Bombed out.  Didn’t work.  We know this, the governor wrote about it himself, William Bradford.

They went capitalist.  Didn’t know that that’s what it was, but that was the solution and that’s when prosperity happened.  You go back and you examine the reasons the country was founded, why it worked, what was magic about it, and you find out that people wanted to come here for cultural reasons, in addition to economic. It was rooted in liberty. It was rooted in freedom. It was rooted in the recognition of the primacy of the individual, the power of the individual over government in this country.  So people from all over the world came here and assimilated into a single culture rooted in the founding, which is rooted in individual liberty and primacy of citizen over government.  Everybody who came here, that’s what drew them.

Yeah, they were fleeing oppression, poverty, but that’s the case for most of the people who ever lived.  Before the United States, there wasn’t really anyplace anybody could go.  They had to seek refuge in other ways.  After the United States was founded, it became the place you go, and the people who came assimilated into a single culture that was shared in a way.  Everything the left claims to want is exactly what this country started out doing.  It was multicultural, we had the Italians, we had the Irish, we had everybody.

They came and they did not abandon their own cultures, but they assumed new ones, a new one, an American culture rooted in liberty and freedom that they had never enjoyed in their lives prior.  They didn’t have to sacrifice who they were. They didn’t have to change or give it up, but they were eager to become Americans.  And so the original United States, the founding of America was indeed a shared culture.  And you could argue that there was a diversity from the founding days, but not the way the left defines diversity today.  Diversity, to the left, means minorities get even with, minorities triumph, minorities get payback.  That’s what diversity means.

Diversity means, when the left teaches it, when they talk about it, diversity means the people responsible for building this country and maintaining it get the short end of the stick from now on.  With this singular American culture that people came and wanted to be part of, they were proud, couldn’t wait to become Americans, tears in their eyes when it happened.  It was a special place.  Defending it now, defending that America, defending our cultural, defending our founding, defending all of the things that made this country great is now called racism or xenophobia or hate.

The desire to preserve these things is called — in fact, I have a story in the Stack today about that that’s who the modern-day Republicans are, that they just can’t get with it. They can’t accept and tolerate the demographic shift.  They know they’re becoming minorities and they want to go back to the Ozzie and Harriet days, which will never happen.  They hate minorities, they hate change, they hate blah, blah.  All of this is what is assumed.  All because there are people who want to preserve the things that made America special.  And again, why in the world, living as I do, smack-dab in the middle of common sense, why in the world would people want to tear it down rather than emulate it all over the world?  I mean, I’m talking about people who claim to love people.  I’m talking about people who claim to love and represent the little guy.  They’re the people that tell us that if not for them, the little guy would be trampled on daily.

Well, if they really cared about the little guy, if they really cared about the little guy, and want the little guy to have an improved life, more contentment, more happiness, then the United States is what you would emulate.  You certainly wouldn’t tear it down.  So it must not be true when they tell us what they really want is to help and assist and elevate the little guy, ’cause they don’t elevate anybody.  The people I’m talking about try to make things fair by punishing and penalizing people at the top.  They seek equality and fairness by reaching for the lowest common denominator they can find.  Equally shared misery seems to be what their utopia is.

So if I had the good fortune of having the ability to influence people all over the world every time I spoke, I would do my best to make sure people understood why the United States of America is special, and then I would suggest that everybody who wants to come here, “I don’t blame you, fine and dandy, there’s a legal mechanism for this. We’re not denying people the right to come to our country.  There’s a legal way to do it.”  That’s another thing people forget, including the pope today.

We’re not talking about being anti-immigrant.  We’re talking about obeying the law.  The law exists for lots of reasons.  In this case, the law exists to maintain the integrity of this special place.  We allow immigrants here, happily so.  We don’t deny legal immigrants a path to citizenship in this country.  But beyond that, since we can’t take in everybody, since everybody can’t come here, it’s physically not possible — well, it is.  You know you could put the population of the world inside the state of Texas in 1,500-square-feet homes.  I mean, you wouldn’t want to, but you could do it. That statistic is old and I found that from the days people say we’re overpopulated, we’re running out of resources and space for people to live, it’s hard — no.  We got so much space left for people to live.  We’re not threatened in that regard at all.  But there have to be studied limits.

You have this special place, you want it to remain special, you better find out why it became special.  And then after that, as I say, if I had the ability to influence people all over the world just by speaking or writing, one of my objectives would be find out how this special place became special and then tell everybody.  “If you want what happens in the US, it can happen where you are, too.  This is how.”  And I’m not talking about replicating our history with wars and this kind of thing.  I’m talking about economic systems, human rights systems, everything that is combined to make this place special.

This is no means the only place that can be special.  Isn’t it odd that it’s the only place that is?  And isn’t it even further intriguing, so many people want to blow it up.  Why?  Obviously it’s a threat.  There hasn’t been a military force like the United States of America in the history of the world. 


RUSH:  I got this question during the break: “Rush, does the pope not know that the United States of America already takes in every year more legal immigrants than the rest of the nations of the world combined?  Why is he lecturing us?  Does he not know this?”

I will endeavor to answer the question.  It’s very simple.  It doesn’t matter.  He doesn’t care.  That’s not the point.  This is what’s so frustrating.  The United States deserves nothing but love and adoration and gold medals left and right and peace prizes left and right, things we never get.  Even if the pope knows that, it will not change a word of what he said, because the facts are not the point here.

The point is, folks, for people on the left — and I don’t care what kind of clothes they wear, or where they live, people on the left, this nation is guilty.  And there is not a set of facts in the world that’s gonna change it.  There’s not a set of facts in the world that’s gonna change anybody’s mind, including the pope’s.  You could tell him, you could say, “Pope Francis, the United States already takes in legally more immigrants every year than the rest of the world combined.”  I don’t know what the answer would be, but it certainly wouldn’t be “Oh, really?  Oh, gee, okay, well, forgive me.”  It wouldn’t be that.

It would be, “Well, you could do more.”  Or, “You could be happier about it,” or whatever.  But all of this is political, folks.  All of this is a political agenda.  And facts that obliterate the agenda of the left are nothing but problems.  They are not gonna be acknowledged.  They’re not going to be accepted.  They’re going to be distorted, blown up, or what have you.  Here, speaking of, Francis in Dublin, Ohio, as we head to the phones for the first time today.  Welcome to the program, Francis.  How are you?

CALLER:  I’m fine.  Thank you very much, Mr. Limbaugh.

RUSH:  You bet.


CALLER:  First thing I have to say is, God bless you.  I’m calling to give a different perspective on the pope’s address, and perhaps some of the perspectives that have been offered or proffered on his views and direction.  My background is I’m a very traditional conservative Catholic, but if I look at his speech today, I would ask you to consider, among other teachings of the church and his explanation of them as he’s described them today, take a look at certain phrases which you will not see highlighted on MSNBC or —

RUSH:  Well, I tell you, time is really — it goes by here.  Could you tell me what he said that you’re talking about?

CALLER:  It has to do with individual freedom, individual rights, Mr. Limbaugh. And in fact in the middle of his speech he prayed for the continued vitality and effort given to the technical, and he even used the word either “enterprise” or “entrepreneurialism” that has made so many things —

RUSH:  Well, wait a minute, now.  Wait a minute.  I haven’t yet said the pope was critical of the United States.

CALLER:  No, I know that.  But in terms of understanding where he is coming from, everything that he’s asked us to do has always been a focus on the individual.  One of the distinguishing factors of the faith — and I know you’re more learned on the faith, though you’re not Catholic, than I am — is that it is founded on free will, the individual will.

RUSH:  Yes, it is.  Which opens up all kinds of questions.  If you believe in free will, why don’t you have confidence in people to use it?  Why do you want a government, or whoever, regulating them, if you believe in it?  That’s just me.



Don Johnson – September 2015

if you have evidence of design then surely you should be able to tell us exactly what that evidence is and what the mechanisms are that are responsible? — A dialog with a commenter at NCSE

The following is outfall from a comment I made at an article titled “Arbiter Declines Advertising from Creationist Groups”  My initial comment prompted quite a response, in particular from one named Ian Nicholas.

Here is my initial comment:

It is claimed on this site that Intelligent Design is not science, and that evolution is undisputed fact. Then I would like to see a response to the fact that life is full of purposeful machines such as the Kinesin motor as described here and at the following link:
” … Kinesin offers a fascinating example of undiscovered information in action. What programs and machinery are required to assemble the structure and function of kinesin? What information is needed for kinesin to achieve its “runtime” functions? How does kinesin know where to go to pick up a load, what load to pick up, what path to take, and where to drop its load? How does it know what to do next? All this functionality takes information, which must be encoded somewhere.
Indeed, the level of complexity is monotonically increasing, with no end in sight. … “…/evolutions_gran097591.html
and here to see an animation of these amazing machines in action:…/did_kinesins_ar085951.html
Fossils may be interesting and fascination, but they are dead, NCSE stays well clear of the actual science that is going on in studying, understanding and reporting on the “live” designs and machines that are all around an within us. Take a look, you might be surprised and awed by it all.

And here are several comments among many, from Ian challenging the idea of “purposeful machines” and “evidence.”

“Your second link is also creationist apologetics which makes rather grandiose claims of “purposeful machines” in spit of the fact that you can’t tell us the “purpose” of any of these things. “

“Evidence is irrelevant to your position.”

“And if you have evidence of design then surely you should be able to tell us exactly what that evidence is and what the mechanisms are that are responsible?”

What follows is my response to some of the challenges that Ian has thrown out. I have tried to post it directly to the NCSE Facebook page, but for some reason my comments failed to upload.


My goodness you were sure busy yesterday. I feel I must owe you an apology for causing you to spend so much time and energy responding to me. But then I realize that what I am seeing is your passion, and that is a good thing. I’ve been a passionate person for many years about quite a range of things, so I relate quite well to the passions of others.

You mentioned the so called “Gish gallop” earlier, and I guess that’s what I’m seeing in your flurry of responses. I have followed the Institute for Creation Research for years, so I am familiar with Dr. Dwayne Gish. I know he was noted as quite a formidable debater although oddly enough I never have heard even one of his debates, but I can infer what is meant by the term “Gish gallop.” He attended the same church in San Diego as we did, and I would see him and his wife there on a regular basis and actually met him personally one time.

I see you have read some of my blog posts and I thank you for that. These posts are from an interested lay person and not from a PhD practitioner in the fields of life science or medicine – and I gather you are in the same category as an interested lay person. You can see from my writings that I touch on many aspects of life and how it perhaps developed and flourished here on planet Earth. So perhaps I have addressed a fair number of your topics and criticisms of my world view, and I will not take the time to respond to each of your topics in turn. Many of my essays have been directed towards pointing the reader to the work and research of others who have a great deal of expertise and hands on experience with biological systems such as the human body.

But there are a few of your statements and criticisms that I will address here, and for the most part I will restrict my comments to the human body.

First is evidence. I have covered that previously, and on many occasions on my blog, and have pointed out that evidence of design is all around and within us. That evidence being the existence of purposeful machines and systems found at all levels of a human body from the cell containing its many machines, to the many purposeful organs each of us have, as well as the completed body itself.

One such machine (of many) I find particularly interesting is the Kinesin motor. As you can see from the animations of Kinesin, its main “purpose” is to transport cargo from one place in the cell to another. A fascinating adjunct to this machine is the roadway that the Kinesin traverses along its journey … this roadway as it turns out is constructed in a “just in time” fashion ahead of the Kinesin and its cargo, and is deconstructed after it is used.

I’ve been seeing these animations over the years, but always had the questions of how accurate they are in depicting what is actually going on in the cell, and is the instrumentation these days actually good enough to see what is happening. Another question I have had is why the animations in the first place and not just the actual video taken of the biology itself.

Well over the past year or so I’ve had a couple of opportunities to ask those questions of a couple of scientists actually working in the field. One was a researcher at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, and the other was an MIT researcher at a lecture I attended at Yale this past year. The answers to my questions were the same from both gentlemen – yes the instrumentation is that good that it can see the kinds of things that the animations depict. And the animations are quite accurate in replicating the activities of such things as the Kinesin motor. As to the reason for the animations — as I recall, the reason is twofold; one is to isolate the object under investigation from all of the other busyness going on in the cell so it can be studied somewhat in isolation, secondly, the animations being computer programs avail the researchers the opportunity to manipulate and tweak the object in their investigations.

You can read more of my brief but interesting encounters with these two researchers at

Kinesin is but one of a number of machines that have been identified in the cell as having purpose – and yes, the researchers do refer to them as machines. Kinesin can be likened to the freeways and roadways we see and use on a daily basis – functional and designed with the purpose of transporting cargo.

Another mechanism within the cell is that which replicates DNA strands. I don’t have an animation at the ready for you, but I’m sure a search will find one quickly and I encourage you to find one and watch. An interesting and purposeful part of this DNA replication is what is referred to as Quality Control (QC) where a machine like mechanism traverses the newly replicate DNA strand looking for errors in the transcription. When an error is found, the replication is paused while an attempt is made to repair the problem, or failing that the new strand is killed off so as not to cause problems downstream.

So there is much identified “purpose” within each of the trillions of cells making up our body. I hope this addresses your question “What’s the “purpose” of kinesin then? And how’d you figure that out?” I didn’t figure it out Ian, those much smarter than I figured it out.

Then we can move up from the cellular level to the various organs we all have. The major organs and systems within the human body each have specific purpose(s), and I won’t dwell on each of these organs and functions.

But I would like to pass on to you a purposeful part of the circulatory system that I leaned about just yesterday. Here is a snippet from the article:

“ … There are sensors located in the main arteries directly supplying blood to the brain, which can detect wall distension. These are the baroreceptors, which by sensing the stretching within the arterial walls are able to detect the arterial blood pressure. They are a type of mechanoreceptor that senses movement, in contrast to the chemoreceptors which detect chemicals like oxygen, carbon dioxide and hydrogen ion. The baroreceptors send their data on the blood pressure by way of nerves to the brain. The brain integrates this information, and if the blood pressure is too low, it causes the release of more norepinephrine and epinephrine from the sympathetic nerves. By attaching to specific receptors, increased sympathetic stimulation affects all three of the factors mentioned above, which makes the blood pressure rise. … “

You can read the full article at

So here we have an answer to another of your statements/questions –

“ … if you have evidence of design then surely you should be able to tell us exactly what that evidence is and what the mechanisms are that are responsible? “

This evidence being the very well-regulated circulation of blood – and the mechanisms are in part the baroreceptors and mechanoreceptors identified in the referenced article.

So I find it interesting Ian that somehow the so-called undirected mechanism of Natural Selection somehow results in very directed and specifically functional and purposeful end products – from the cellular level on up to the completed body itself which is functionally capable of achieving a wide variety of functional tasks from writing the great American novel — to holding a baby– to executing that perfect double play in baseball.

Yes Ian … we do indeed see purpose in the things that make up life – at all levels.

And where do we find such marvels reported? Not in this NCSE site where topics such as “Computational Biology” and “Systems Biology” are seldom (I would venture to say never) mentioned let alone seriously reported on. No Ian, what you find here is an abundance of stories of fossils, the Grand Canyon and court cases but very little of what is happening in the laboratories of places such as the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

As a layman where do I find an abundance of good reporting in cellular level biology and other fascinating stories of cutting edge research?, I find many of these reports at places like and You might want to spend a little more time in such places Ian … they could be dangerous to your world view, but very rewarding to your curiosity in the long run.

I do thank you for your responses Ian. I don’t get angry or defensive at what you write, but rather take them as opportunities for communication and sharing and contrasting often contrary and conflicting world views.

Best regards,


Peace in our time: or Complicity to Genocide — the nuclear deal with Iran


Nazi Gas Chamber


“Eisenhower ordered all available American troops to go and witness the horrors he’d just seen. He also forced German citizens and officials from nearby towns to do the same”

“He understood that there must be a record, first-hand evidence and incontrovertible answers to those who would deny the Holocaust.”

General Eisenhower was wise and correct in ordering American troops and German citizens to witness first hand the horror of the death camps let loose by the demonic Adolf Hitler and his NAZI henchmen. The final death toll of just the Jews alone was over 6,000,000 men women and children … and all of them non combatants in World War II.

When we look at the millennial long history of the persecution of the Jews beginning with what Moses described in his ancient writings we see a long standing  — and I have no hesitation in describing it as Satanic and Demonic — history of attempts to annihilate the Jew as a people and as a nation, and this includes modern Israel.

Read some of the things Moses had to say of the prophetic history of the Jews:

Dispersion — The Jews were warned repeatedly that they would be dispersed worldwide if they were not faithful to their covenant with God. Consider the words of Moses: “The Lord will scatter you among all peoples, from one end of the earth to the other…” (Deuteronomy 28:64; see also Leviticus 26:33).

Persecution — The Lord also warned the Jews that they would be persecuted wherever they went. Again, the words of Moses are graphic in this regard: “And among those nations you shall find no rest, and there shall be no resting place for the sole of your foot; but there the Lord will give you a trembling heart, failing of eyes, and despair of soul” (Deuteronomy 28:65).

Desolation — God promised that after their dispersion, their land would become “desolate” and their cities would become “waste” (Leviticus 26:33). Moses put it more graphically when he said, “the foreigner who comes from a distant land…will say, ‘All its land is brimstone and salt, a burning waste, unsown and unproductive, and no grass grows in it’” (Deuteronomy 29:22-23).

Preservation — But God in His marvelous grace promised He would preserve the Jews as a separate people during their worldwide wanderings. (See Isaiah 66:22; Jeremiah 30:11; 31:35-37.) Isaiah puts it in a colorful way. He says the Lord could no more forget Israel than a mother could forget her nursing child (Isaiah 49:15). He then adds that God cannot forget Israel because He has them tattooed on the palms of His hands! (Isaiah 49:16). –

Regathering — The Old Testament prophets promise repeatedly that the day will come when God will regather the Jews to Palestine (see Isaiah 11:10-12 and Ezekiel 36:22-28). This remarkable regathering of the Jews from the four corners of the earth has occurred in our life time. World War I prepared the land for the people as the control of Palestine was transferred from a nation that hated the Jews (the Turks) to a nation that was sympathetic to their return (Britain). The Holocaust of World War II prepared the people for the land by motivating them to return.

Nationhood — The prophets stated that when the people were regathered, the nation of Israel would be re-established. This occurred on May 14, 1948 (see Isaiah 66:7-8; Zechariah 12:3-6). This is the cornerstone prophetic event of our age. It is an event that prophetic scholars have pointed to for 400 years amid much scoffing and ridicule by those who did not believe that Israel would ever exist again as a nation.

Reclamation — God promised that with the re-establishment of the nation, the land would bloom again (Isaiah 35:1-7; Joel 2:21-26). As Ezekiel put it, people would one day exclaim: “This desolate land has become like the garden of Eden!” (Ezekiel 36:35). And that is exactly what people exclaim today when they visit Israel, for it is once again a land of milk and honey. Over 300 million trees have been planted in this century. Rainfall has increased 450 percent. The former malaria infested swamps have been converted into cultivated land. Water from the Sea of Galilee has been channeled to the deserts, causing them to bloom.

 Language — When the Jews were scattered worldwide in the first century, they ceased speaking the Hebrew language. The Jews who settled in Europe developed a language called Yiddish (a combination of Hebrew and German). The Jews in the Mediterranean basin mixed Hebrew with Spanish to produce a language called Ladino. The prophet Zephaniah implied a time would come when the Hebrew language would be revived (Zephaniah 3:9). It has been. Today the Israelis speak Biblical Hebrew. It is the only example in history of the resurrection of a dead language. The man God used to revive the language was Eliezer Ben Yehuda (1858-1922).

 Jerusalem — Jesus said that one of the surest signs of His imminent return would be the re-occupation of Jerusalem by the Jews (Luke 21:24). This occurred during the Six Day War in June 1967.

Military Strength — Zechariah prophesied that when the Jews were re-established in the land, their military strength would be overwhelming — like “a flaming torch among sheaves” — and that they would “consume” all the peoples around them (Zechariah 12:6). Need anything be said about the fulfillment of this prophecy?

Focal Point — Israel is always pictured as the focal point of world politics in the end times (Zechariah 12:3; 14:1-9). This has been true since the Arab oil boycott in 1973. The West suddenly realized its dependence on Arab oil and began to line up behind the Arab obsession to annihilate Israel.

Tribulation — God will put the Jewish people through an unparalleled period of tribulation (Deuteronomy 4:30), during which two-thirds of the Jews will perish (Zechariah 13:8-9). The purpose will be to soften the hearts of a remnant so that they will accept Jesus as their Messiah.

Salvation — A remnant of the Jews will “look upon Him whom they have pierced” and will accept Him as Lord and Savior (Zechariah 12:10; Romans 11:1-6,25-29). 3) Primacy — God will then regather all the believing Jews to Israel where they will be established as the prime nation in the world during the millennial reign of Jesus. (See Deuteronomy 28:1,13; 2 Samuel 7:9; Isaiah 60-62; Micah 4:1-7.)

And finally, consider this prophesy about the city of Damascus Syria:

“This message came to me concerning Damascus: ‘Look, Damascus will disappear! It will become a heap of ruins. The cities of Aroer will be deserted. Sheep will graze in the streets and lie down unafraid. There will be no one to chase them away. The fortified cities of Israel will also be destroyed, and the power of Damascus will end. The few left in Aram will share the fate of Israel’s departed glory,’ says the Lord Almighty” (Isaiah 17:1-3, NLT).

It is said that Damascus is the oldest continuously populated city in the world, and yet Isaiah seems to be saying that it will be totally destroyed … and that destruction will occur virtually overnight.

Moving to modern times, during World War II the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the uncle of Yasser Arafat,  spent much time in Berlin plotting and planning how to exterminate the Jews then living in Palestine.

And consider the many wars of annihilation brought against the nation Israel beginning with the first such war at the very beginning of the new nation of Israel in 1948.

Given this unbroken record of attempted genocide against the Jews beginning thousands of years ago and continuing to modern times, now look at the direct threats of Annihilation of Israel and the Jews by Iranian leaders going back to the Iranian Revolution of 1979.

Is the so called “nuclear deal” agreed to recently yet another thinly veiled attempt at the annihilation of an entire people, the Jews, and the nation Israel?

Are Barak Obama, John Kerry and others in the Obama administration complicit in attempted genocide?

Are the other nations of the “5 + 1” China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States; plus Germany … complicit in attempted genocide?

Are the citizens of these nations – you and I — complicit in attempted genocide?

Since the leaders of these “5 + 1”nations represent the official position of these nations to the world, I would argue that you and I are complicit in attempted genocide.

Tough words ladies and gentlemen … and tougher times to come.

There may or may not be much we can do as individuals to change this possible and  probable future outcome, but as individuals we can get right before God by seeking Him and his grace.  I urge you to do so today.

The “nuclear deal” is a gamble. A gamble on the lives of millions of people, and a gamble on the very existence of a sovereign nation and ally … Israel.

What gives these leaders the right to gamble with such high stakes? And what gives these leaders the right to this gamble given that the dice appear to be heavily loaded in favor of those whose oft stated intent is to annihilate a nation and an entire people?

Are they naïve?  Are they incompetent? Are they misguided?

           .  .  .  or  .  .  .

Are they complicit and in fact allied with an enemy?


The intent of Iran



Don Johnson – Sept 2015



Some pictures of my trip back to lower Manhattan on 9-11-2015


                  (On the train)

I’ll admit to a bit of nervousness and fear in going into New York City dressed like this – what with the police assassinations and the threats against the American flag. Was I setting myself up as a target? When soldiers, Marines, airmen and sailors returned from Vietnam, they were told not to wear their uniform else they would raise the ire of the war protestors.

Well these many years later – this is my uniform, and I decided I would not be intimidated or shamed again – so off to NYC I go.


Off the Metro North at Grand Central Station  from New Haven


The main concourse at Grand Central


The new “Freedom Tower” Over the years, we watched it going up.


The new tower from the front corner of St. Paul’s Chapel. The Chapel dates back to colonial days and was undamaged by the attack even though it is right across the street from the twin towers. The chapel was used as headquarters and a retreat for the first responders and rescue workers from all over the world. 


Looking out the back of the chapel towards the Trade Center.



A lovely choir, most likely from the Pennsylvania Amish country.



The always busy feet of New York.



No shortage of police. These are NYPD. I also saw New York State Police (the first time I’ve ever seen them in downtown NYC), Army/National Guard, and Port Authority police. I’ve always like the New York cops.



These pictures are at the front of the Century-21 department store. They had the whole side done up with a huge mural, and at the sidewalk people were writing messages on large rolls of paper.  



New York Fire Department


Another hat like mine, only Army or Marine Corp.






I had quite a chat with this fellow. He was walking around carrying this flag so he called me over and we talked. Where ya from? I asks noticing a strong accent. Kosovo he says – been in this country 47 years.

Ziggy they call him, and he’s from up in my neck of the woods in Waterbury CT. He told me that in 1991 he spent all of his Sundays in New Haven on the Yale campus supporting our troops in the first gulf war. So nephew Mike Johnson of the 82nd Airborne – here’s a guy that was rooting for you!




These shots are of Zuccotti Park. The last time I was there, it was filled with the Occupy Wall Street crowd –Communists, Anarchists and such – and there I was among them with my American flag shirt and Vietnam Veterans hat.  I like it a whole lot better this way.




Honoring the victims of 9-11-2001




From the corner of St. Paul’s Chapel looking into the chapel. If you’ve read “The Harbinger” by Jonathan Cahn, I believe this is where the Harbinger tree was uprooted.


The Harbinger tree as it was following 9-11-2001






Prayer in back of the chapel.


Flag of Honor – each victims name appears in this flag inside the chapel


Memorabilia in the form of patches and hats from police and fire departments around the world.


Don Johnson – September 11, 2015

Either Modern Evolutionary Biology is Goal-Directed, or it is False!


Philosopher of biology Will Provine died recently.  Provine was an Atheist (I capitalize Atheist, because I view it as a faith based religion). Here is his own summary on evolutionary biology:

Let me summarize my views on what modern evolutionary biology tells us loud and clear — and these are basically Darwin’s views. There are no gods, no purposes, and no goal-directed forces of any kind. There is no life after death. When I die, I am absolutely certain that I am going to be dead. That’s the end of me. There is no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will for humans, either. (Darwinism: Science or Naturalistic Philosophy April 30 1994)

Let me present my own summary as to why Provine’s statement that “There are  … no goal-directed forces of any kind.” is false, and why modern evolutionary biology must indeed be goal-directed, or it must be false.

Virtually all of life, and all of the components of life appear to be goal-directed. From the smallest component of a human life form … the cell, to the various organs contained therein, to the finished product —  all across the board we have items that achieve specific purposes, often multiple purposes.

Internal organs

In the case of human organs we see that each of our internal organs achieves a specific purpose:

  • The heart pumps blood and life sustaining oxygen and nutrients to each part of our body, and to each cell, while also removing carbon dioxide and other wastes.
  • The visual system – eyes, nerves and brain – gathers, processes and stores visual information from our external world allowing us to function smoothly in a very complex, beautiful and often threatening world.  
  • The kidneys serve several essential regulatory roles in vertebrates. They remove excess organic molecules from the blood, and it is by this action that their best-known function is performed: the removal of waste products of metabolism.
  •          And on and on for each of our parts.

So if the evolutionary “just-so” tale is to be believed, each of these very specific and sophisticated organs arrived on the scene simultaneously by a process that had no intention to produce such intentional, purposeful and goal oriented machines. Or … they arrived on the scene by some other means.

And what of the final product – the human being? What you see in the lead-in picture above is the intentional and goal directed execution of a very complex maneuver in baseball called the double play.

Somehow, evolution which is not goal-directed has created a massively complex and synchronous machine which is – at all levels – purposeful and goal directed. Goal directed towards multitudes of goals:


I would dare to suggest that the false god of evolution, undirected “Deep Time”  casts a shroud over observationally obtained truth.


The high priests of this false god of “Deep Time”: Will Provine, Richard Dawkins, Jerry Coyne, Stephen Hawking and others peddle this just so tale simply because, in the words of Richard Lewontin – “ … we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door. ” And they are adamant in keeping this Divine Foot out of the culture, out of education, out of science … and indeed, and perhaps most importantly, out of their own life and life style.


don johnson – September 2015