New research published this week by Dr. Nathaniel Jeanson shows conclusive evidence that recorded mitochondrial DNA change rates almost perfectly match creationist predictions and are wildly off from evolutionary predictions. Using a mathematical model to congregate the data accumulated from humans, fruit flies, roundworms, and water fleas – Dr. Jeanson shows the following chart figures with a 95% confidence interval.
“The evolutionary results cannot in any way be explained by invoking a slower mutation rate in the past. First, this would be inconsistent with the assumption of constant rates and constant processes invoked in astronomy and geology. Second, for species to be as genetically similar as they are today yet as old as the evolutionists claim, they would need to mutate only once every 21,000–36,000 years and consistently so for millions of years. This incredibly slow rate is completely counter to the actual mutation rates observed in genetics; in fact, rates this slow seem biologically impossible. These results appear to present a dramatic challenge to the millions of years espoused by evolution and old-earth creation, and they seem to powerfully confirm the biblical account.”
More info here (including responses to 7 objections): http://www.icr.org/article/8017/
Of course, this will not deter the evolutionists. Casey Luskin of Salvo Magazine published this week an excellent critique of normal evolutionary behavior called “How evolutionary theory predicts what it finds”. Luskin shows how he explained to famous atheist biologist PZ Myers how the pharyngula stage of development, which Myers advocates as strong evidence for evolution, doesn’t exist in any observation. When presented with overwhelming data that the stage didn’t exist, Myers story changed.
More info here: http://www.salvomag.com/new/articles/salvo30/heads-or-tails.php
As Luskin ends his report: “the data often fail to fit the predictions of common descent, but when that happens, proponents of common descent don’t get worried. They simply change their predictions”. So, of course this new data on mDNA genetic differences matching creationist predictions and defying evolutionary calculations will do nothing to shake their faith. Because to them the concept that “evolution is true” guides their interpretation of the data. It’s the same thing they say we do with our biblical worldview interpreting the data. They’re right! But they won’t admit their own bias. They’ve accepted the conclusion, instead of letting the data actually reflect the truth. They could say – so have you! And they’re right. But that’s the whole point actually! The topic of origins will always be a faith-based argument. Everyone interprets the data through their preexisting beliefs about how the world works. That is why we can talk about evidence all day long and get nowhere. We will always eventually get down to your beliefs and presuppositions.