Evolution, You’re Drunk
Recent DNA studies have turned the world of evolution upside down. One of the most basic tenets of this theory is that life evolved from simple to complex and therefore simple organisms are much older than complex forms. Enter the amoeba to spoil the evolutionists’ day:
Amoebas are puny, stupid blobs, so scientists were surprised to learn that they contain 200 times more DNA than Einstein did. Because amoebas are made of just one cell, researchers assumed they would be simpler than humans genetically. Plus, amoebas date back farther in time than humans, and simplicity is considered an attribute of primitive beings. It just didn’t make sense.
This article goes on to explain:
Before the advent of rapid, accurate, and inexpensive DNA sequencing technology in the early 2000s, biologists guessed that genes would provide more evidence for increasing complexity in evolution. Simple, early organisms would have fewer genes than complex ones, they predicted, just as a blueprint of Dorothy’s cottage in Kansas would be less complicated than one for the Emerald City. Instead, their assumptions of increasing complexity began to fall apart. First to go was an easy definition of how complexity manifested itself. After all, amoebas had huge genomes. Now, DNA analyses are rearranging evolutionary trees, suggesting that the arrow scientists envisioned between simplicity and complexity actually spins like a weather vane caught in a tornado.
So, no hope of the sinking theory being abandoned, of course. But the deck chairs are certainly being rearranged.
What Every Christian Should Know About Income Inequality
The Income inequality argument is not easy to oppose. It seems so plausible and “fair.” Joe Carter comes to our aid with ten points that every Christian should arm themselves with:
- Incomes are measured in money — and money is not wealth.
- The existence of income inequality is generally a sign of a fair distribution of incomes.
- Both low and high rates of income inequality can be signs of unfairness.
- Income inequality is not the same as economic inequality
- Measures of income inequality are meaningless because incomes are not zero-sum
- Income inequality and poverty are separate issues.
- No one in America is really concerned about absolute income inequality.
- Discussions of income inequality are almost always about redistribution of income.
- The only real threat caused by income inequality are problems caused by envy
- The focus on income inequality is at best, useless, and, at worst, immoral.
No Women Don’t Make Less Money Than Men
Here’s a fascinating article exposing the spurious gender wage gap statistic that President Obama used in his State of the Union address. “Today,” he said, “women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it’s an embarrassment.”
What is wrong and embarrassing is the President of the United States reciting a massively discredited factoid. The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure, or hours worked per week. When all these relevant factors are taken into consideration, the wage gap narrows to about five cents. And no one knows if the five cents is a result of discrimination or some other subtle, hard-to-measure difference between male and female workers.
This article demonstrates that much of the difference can be explained by the choice of majors at college:
Here is a list of the ten most remunerative majors compiled by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. Men overwhelmingly outnumber women in all but one of them:
1. Petroleum Engineering: 87% male
2. Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences and Administration: 48% male
3. Mathematics and Computer Science: 67% male
4. Aerospace Engineering: 88% male
5. Chemical Engineering: 72% male
6. Electrical Engineering: 89% male
7. Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering: 97% male
8. Mechanical Engineering: 90% male
9. Metallurgical Engineering: 83% male
10. Mining and Mineral Engineering: 90% male
And here are the 10 least remunerative majors—where women prevail in nine out of ten:
1. Counseling Psychology: 74% female
2. Early Childhood Education: 97% female
3. Theology and Religious Vocations: 34% female
4. Human Services and Community Organization: 81% female
5. Social Work: 88% female
6. Drama and Theater Arts: 60% female
7. Studio Arts: 66% female
8. Communication Disorders Sciences and Services: 94% female
9. Visual and Performing Arts: 77% female
10. Health and Medical Preparatory Programs: 55% female