Call for Papers

I find it both interesting and heartening that several people’s first reaction to this was, in a word, “Sokal.”

High quality papers for the International Journal for Creation Research (IJCR), sponsored by the Institute for Creation Research, are now invited for submission. IJCR is a professional peer-reviewed online technical journal hosted by the ICR website for the publication of interdisciplinary scientific research from the perspective of a recent Creation and a global Flood within a biblical framework.

If this were the Discovery Institute, I’d say you should go for some blather about reverse engineering and Shannon information. Unfortunately, ICR wants Young-Earth papers:

Papers should be up to 10,000 words long, and color diagrams, figures and photographs are encouraged. Papers can be in any scientific, or social scientific, field, but must be from a young-earth perspective and aim to assist the development of the Creation Model of Origins. Papers should be submitted in a plain text, single line-spaced Word or RTF file. Formatting should be kept to an absolute minimum. Do NOT embed graphics, tables, figures or photographs in the text, but supply them in separate files, along with captions.

Naturally, the minions of darkness use Word. It was there in the beginning, don’cha know? I reproduce the following paragraph merely to include their e-mail address and increase their likelihood of being spammed:

Papers should be emailed as attached files to the IJCR Editor-in-Chief at aasnelling@ozemail.com.au, and other requirements followed as per the Author Checklist in the Instructions to Authors Manual. We aim to publish submitted papers within six (6) months of receipt.

Question: given the known distaste young-Earthers have for Intelligent Design advocates, would theobabble about “complexity” meet their standards? I’m genuinely curious. Are they more likely to accept anything which supports their cause, or to reject it because it sounds too much like those Old Earth science-appeasers?

14 thoughts on “Call for Papers”

  1. I’m thinking about submitting a paper. The subject I have in mind is “The Acceleration of Radiometric Aging by Subterranean Primordial Black Holes”

    My premise is that a primordial black hole exists within the Earth, essentially orbiting the center of Earth’s mass.

    The hypothesis is that the relativistic effects in the vicinity of a black hole accounts for why the universe appears 13B yrs old, while the earth is only 6k-10k yrs old.

    A subterranean primordial black hole [SPBH] fits the conclusion … err evidence, quite nicely. It is essentially impossible to detect while stable, i.e. prior to its end of life [EOL].

    When the SPBH reaches it’s EOL, it will do so in a final grand explosion of Hawking radiation that will incinerate all life on the planet. The good Christians will have ascended during the rapture leaving those remaining to burn in the Armageddon of hell’s fire.

    I’m only partially qualified to write the article … meaning the publications I’ve written seek out an understanding of truth, rather that seeking to substantiate an a priori assumed truth.

    Thus, I need some help.

    Who would like to be a co-author?

    Before rushing to my aid, here’s some important reference material.

    1. Primordial Black Holes
    2. more Primordial Black Holes
    3. Foundations for YEC review

    If anyone knows Donald E. Simanek, I’d very much welcome his cooperation in this endeavor!.

  2. Sounds like a fantastic idea! If I had marginally more free time, I’d love to throw my lot in with you (and if you manage to produce a draft of a paper, I’m sure I’ll be able to sharpen it up a little).

  3. I don’t know much about black holes or relativity, so I can’t help you out too much. However, I have simulated how a black hole’s orbit would behave inside the earth. This had to do with a novel that Phil Plait (a.k.a. “The Bad Astronomer”) recommended. I had to use a published geologic table to get the earth’s density as a function of distance from the center. Integrating gave the mass of the earth very closely. If the distance from the black hole to the center of the earth changes, then the mass below changes. The result is that the orbit can precess quite a bit, tracing a pattern that looks like petals on a sunflower.

  4. Fascinating!

    Was the novel David Brin‘s Earth? (That would be a wonderful book to steal ideas from to give the paper a little extra complexity.)

    Ben:

    I think the book you should find is Taylor and Wheeler’s Exploring Black Holes: Introduction to General Relativity. MIT uses it in their introductory relativity course; lots of people (including me) had big gripes with it, but it does take a good many black hole-related problems and boil them down to algebra. If you’re just looking for formulas to harvest, it’s a good place to begin.

  5. Tim, do you have an interest in writing up some pseudo math describing the “orbital mechanics” of a subterranean primordial black hole (SBH) as well as the faux relativistic effects that produce the requisite apparent accelerated aging of the universe beyond the earth?

    The math describing the orbital mechanics would be great. I’ll be able to produce some excellent figures in no time :-)

    I’ve read several articles on primordial black holes (PBHs) and am comfortable writing up the effect that an evaporating SBH will ultimately have on life in God’s petri dish.

    I’m a LaTeX geek, so I’ll be able to put together a very impressive looking result.

    What do you say? …. want to be a coauthor?

  6. Blake: The novel, The Krone Experiment was by a former colleague of Phil Plait. I may read Brin’s book sometime in the near future.

    Ben: I have neither particularly good creative writing skills nor enough spare time at the moment, so this would be more trouble than its worth. Sorry :-(

  7. Blake/Tim: Thanks for the comments and references. I’ve order 3 books!

    1. Black Holes and Time Warps
    2. Exploring Black Holes
    3. The Krone Experiment

    If either of you know of anyone sufficiently knowledgeable to give a mathematical treatment of the orbital mechanics of a SPBH and able to fake the requisite relativistic effects, which result in a young earth in an old universe, please point them my way! :-)

    I’m happy to do all the creative writing but doubt I am able to do the math without it being transparently creative.

  8. OK, this is as bogus as it gets:

    A = [{a/c *(ly/gbh)}*d] * (1/pi) * pi

    where A= actual age; a= apparent age (13B years); ly = light year (in miles); gbh = gravity in black hole; 1/pi = inverse of pi.

    The resulting answer is 5240.31288 years, + plus the 7 “indefinite” days it took for the creation. :)

    I’m so ashamed

  9. Jim,

    Two questions.

    (1) How does one calculate the gravity in a black hole? … what I’m asking is what did you use for “gbh”.

    (2) Are your units consistent? Time in years? Distance in miles? … What of Mass?

    oopps … sorry, I forgot the context of the subject. What you did was determine an appropriate outcome and then faked the math to give an answer right? ;-)

  10. Jim,

    Reading my last, I realized it may have sounded rude and short. I had intended to play along with what I’d assumed was a totally bogus mathematical treatment of the relativistic effects of my SPBH.

    In the event that there is some plausible objective basis for the eqn, please correct me … no one will be more thrilled than I :-)

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