Geminoid, Skin On and Skin Off Geminoid
The latest Geminoid robot is one of the most realistic, and thus creepiest, android we’ve ever seen. The skin, hair, goatee (!), and facial expressions are real enough to fool you for a few seconds while it sinks in that something very, very weird is going on.
This specific model is called the Geminoid DK, and it comes from the same studio that gave us the robotic actress, Geminoid F. The DK is the first Geminoid model that’s based on a non-Japanese person (in this case, Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe of Denmark’s Aalborg University) and also the first bearded model (if you consider a goatee a beard, which in my full-bearded opinion is debatable).
Like its Geminoid siblings, the DK is controlled remotely with a motion-capture system in which the Geminoid mimics the movements of the person being captured. Future uses are kind of secondary to the basic goal of making the most human-like robot possible, but it could be a step forward for human-robot interaction–paired with, say, Watson’s brain, the Geminoid series could be used in some pretty interesting ways. That being said, here’s a terrifying picture of the Geminoid’s hair- and pupil-less visage.
Geminoid, Hair/Pupils On and Hair/Pupils Off: Geminoid
Compared to a real human, this robot is like my red, wooden, toy car of my childhood, compared to a real one. It also had 4 wooden wheels, a body of similar proportions, and I could “drive” it with my hand across the floor.
A real genuine “human” is billions of times more complex. Cells of ribosomes, DNA, RNA cutters. Leukocytes (white blood cells) that have entire chemical factories and infrastructures inside with smart interceptors that can heal by taking information from infected areas, send them to the inner brain of the cell that then prescribes the kind of healing proteins and sends them through the cell skin into the sick part of the body.
No one knows why cells do this, what started these benign healing processes that combat disease in the body, nor how it was designed! For this purposeful, meaningful nano machinery surely did not arise out of nowhere by chance, to “intend” to begin healing a body that came together presumably by utter coincidence? Of course not!
If Associate Professor Henrik Scharfe of Denmark’s Aalborg University, who designed this humanoid, told us that this robot happened to come together by chance and coincidence in his laboratory, we would tap our foreheads with our index fingers. We sure can tell when we see something invented and crafted by a designer!
You can’t fool our spirits’ ability to tell real from fake. When we see a cloud in the form of a deer, we don’t think that God designed it. We know that it is a natural coincidence. But we also know that the human body was not. It’s got the best bio video-cameras in the world, self repairing, auto focus, color detecting, etc. And the best bio microphones on earth, our ears, and some of the best loud speakers, (and not just the female ones either.), plus the best onboard, bio notebooks; our brains, with guaranteed continual use for over a 100 years in some cases!
If I tell you that the human body is a fluke of nature, created by “time”, you could call me an idiot. Time creates nothing! Have you ever seen time create anything other than sand patterns on the beach, as the afore mentioned cloud formations in the sky? Time does nothing at all, it merely gives place to the breaking down of mountains, of pyramids, forests, houses, human bodies, toy cars, etc. Have you ever seen any of these things come together in an intelligent way by chance?
I have seen islands form from undersea volcanoes on TV. A bunch of lava overflowing and cooling off with lots of steam, but it didn’t form anything intelligent or something riddled with deeper meanings, multiple functions or purposes.
Then seeds get blown onto it by the wind. They start vegetation, creating humus, and soon there are coconuts growing on the island’s palm trees. But it wasn’t time, nor the island that created the yummy coconuts. It was the seeds!
Did you ever realise that at least 99 % of ALL life on earth comes from seeds? Trees, dogs, men, fish, grass, etc. The rest are amoebas and mere organisms, which are almost like seeds in themselves
Now you think, “Oh amoebas! Those simple organisms with a nucleus.”
Simple? Ha! Did you know that the species Amoeba proteus has 290 billion base pairs in its genome, while the related Polychaos dubium (formerly known as Amoeba dubia) has 670 billion base pairs, while our human genome is small by contrast, with its count of 2.9 billion bases only?
Anyway, what are seeds! Seeds are mostly water-base and water-activated micro-design and micro-construction capsules! Seeds are actually autonomous, nano-construction pods for all living organisms. For example a dog seed, has the plan of a miniscule little dog already on board, including all functions, purposes, and even character, it will ever have.
After getting activated by water, seeds then pull in all the minerals and chemicals from without the pod into its inner assembly lines, to construct the pre-fabricated infrastructure, whose micronised building segments are already on board, including its blueprint and development schedule, that eventually grow into the full-scale animated mature organism! Frigging unbelievable!
“I am not so much of a farmer as some people claim,” said Hon. W.J. Bryan in his lecture on “The Price of Peace”, “but I have observed the watermelon seed. It has the power of drawing from the ground and through itself 200,000 times its weight, and when you can tell me how it takes this material and out of it colors an outside surface beyond the imitation of art, and then forms inside of it a white rind and within again a red heart, thickly inlaid with black seeds, each one of which in turn is capable of drawing through itself 200,000 times its weight.–When you can explain to me the mystery of a watermelon, you can ask me to explain the mystery of God.”
The seed of the globe turnip is about one-twentieth of an inch in diameter, and yet, in a few months, this seed will be enlarged by the soil and the air to 27,000,000 times its original bulk, and this in addition to a bunch of leaves. It has been found by experiment that it will, under fair conditions, increase its own weight 15 times in one minute. Turnips growing in peat ground will increase more than 15,000 times the weight of their seeds in one day.
If say, a sand-grain sized pod would begin to grow, shed its shell, revealing a micro size car shape, then pulling all its materials from its surroundings, and then would gradually over time grow into a normal sized functioning car, we would be astounded by such impossible, intricate nano-technology.
Well, that is how we came into being! From a seed you can’t even see with your naked eye! Are you impressed already? Or still hanging onto biased, superstitious, outmoded, traditional, voodoo witch conclusions, like the modern theory of origins? That we are merely a result of natural selection, and time? As if time is anything!
Don’t worry! I won’t ridicule anyone. It is actually a very tragic conclusion of the career of homo sapiens. Once they could think for themselves. Now they are steered, manipulated, programmed, and hoodwinked by political powers that have hijacked their brains, in that they are incapacitated to think logically for themselves. Instead they are succumbed to fake philosophies, hijacked by false dogmas, and brainwashed by the foolish machinery of the corporatist we-think-for-youindustry.
Pitiful 21st century man has lost his natural ability to discriminate between what is true and false. He has lost true ‘knowing’, or “science” as it used to be called and practiced. — Empirically! Now he’s merely a fashion-driven prejudiced, pre-programmed subject, comparable to “Tele Tubbies”, or “Madonna hanging on the cross” (I mean the popstar) , or MTV profiling. He is a collection of soundbites, like “sustainability”, or “global warming”, or “racism”, or “war is peace”, or “The New world Order!”
Why! Man is so dumbed down, that he lost the desire to know his, almost as if he is an enemy rather than his progenitor? Where’s the love for truth! The desire for beauty! Yearning for order! Search for logic! Discovery of absolute mathematics, calculus, the laws of the universe….?
Have they all gone astray into anarchy and chaos?–Lost in space like a doomed cosmonaut? Where are the seeds of life, of truth, of reason! Can you tell me…… But no slogans please.
ADDED FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
If a universe could create itself, it would embody the powers of a, & we should be forced to conclude that the universe itself is a god.
Sometime ago, a female moth of a rare species was placed in a room. Four miles away a male moth of the same species was released. In spite of the din and smoke of the city, in spite of the distance, and in spite of the fact that the female was in a closed room, in a few hours the male moth was found beating its wings against the window of the room in which the female was confined!
Tagged salmon released from Columbia River Point spend four years in the Pacific, then consistently return to the spots from which they departed thousands of miles away.
The adult May flies of some species have no mouths and stomachs because their mature lives are too short to need them. The plant lice under laboratory tests, have produced ninety-four generations without the interposition or birth of a single male. Carpet beetles have lived two years in a corked bottle with nothing whatever to eat save the cast-off skins of their own transformations.
Hornets and wasps were the world’s first manufacturers of paper. The manner in which they enlarge a little nest smaller than a hen egg into one as large as a half-bushel measure without disturbing its symmetry or opening up its interior, is a masterpiece in building. The katydid and crickets hear with their front legs, in which are located the ears that catch the music of their sweetheart’s songs. Among short-horned grasshoppers, their ears are in their abdomen, immediately back of and above the point where the hind legs emerge from their bodies.
All of these give evidence of design and an omniscient Designer, of law and an omniscient Lawmaker.
Said George Gallup, world-famed statistician, “I could prove God statistically! Take the human body alone. The chance that all the functions of the individual would just happen is a statistical monstrosity!”
That the universe was formed by a fortuitous concourse of atoms, I will no more believe than that the accidental jumbling of the alphabet would fall into a most ingenious treatise of philosophy. –Jonathan Swift
On a single antenna of an ordinary June beetle, there are as many as twenty thousand olfactory pits. The bombardier beetle employed gas against his enemy centuries before the Oriental invented a stinkpot or man resorted to gas warfare. The dragonflies have eyes with as many as thirty thousand facets, to furnish the intense vision required in capturing darting, fast-flying prey.
When temperatures fall toward the freezing point, wise motorists put antifreeze in their radiators. Many wise insects do much the same thing, reports biochemist Fred Smith of the University of Minnesota. What’s more, their antifreeze is glycerol (glycerin), a chemical closely resembling the ethylene glycol that is the basis for many antifreeze brands.
Working with Dr. Peter Dubach, Douglas Pratt and C. M. Stewart, Professor Smith was studying the hibernating larvae of wood-boring beetles, trying to isolate the enzymes that digest the cellulose on which the insects live. But when he ground up the larvae and analyzed the juice, he was surprised to find a considerable glycerol content. Since the active summer larvae do not contain glycerol, he guessed that the larvae possessed a mechanism that reacted to cold producing glycerol to keep their tissues from freezing in the Minnesota winters.
To check his theory, Professor Smith experimented on black carpenter ants, which are easy to collect in quantity. Hibernating adult ants proved to have as much as 10 percent glycerol in their bodies, but when the ants were gradually warmed up and became active, all of it disappeared. Chilling the ants for a few days at a temperature just above the freezing point restored the glycerol again. Ants of the same species found in warmer Maryland had no glycerol in them. But when taken to Minnesota they did as Minnesota ants do, secreting their personal antifreeze against the cold.
If the earth were as small as the moon, the power of gravity would be too weak to retain sufficient atmosphere for man’s needs; but if it were as large as Jupiter, Saturn, or Uranus, extreme gravitation would make human movement almost impossible.
If we were as near to the sun as Venus, the heat would be unbearable; if we were as far away as Mars, we would experience snow and ice every night even in the warmest regions. If the oceans were half their present dimensions, we would receive only one-fourth the rainfall we do now. If they were one-eighth larger, our annual precipitation would increase fourfold, and this earth would become a vast, uninhabitable swamp!
Water solidifies at 32 degrees above zero. It would be disastrous if the oceans were subject to that law, however, for then the amount of thawing in the polar regions would not balance out, and ice would accumulate throughout the centuries! To prevent such a catastrophe, the Lord put salt in the sea to alter its freezing point! (Psalm 104:24)
Gold is impervious to the ravages of time. It is not tarnished by air, water or most corrosives; & it can be melted down time & again without shedding any of its quality. A single ounce can be drawn out to make an unbroken wire 35 miles long or hammered into a sheet 1/250,000th of an inch thick.
The cocoon of a silkworm can be unreeled to provide a filament over two-thirds of a mile long.
The spider is so well supplied with the silky thread for making its web that a scientist once drew out of the body of a specimen almost two miles of thread.
Consider the “small, blackish deep-sea fish” popularly known as the “black swallower.” It sometimes swallows fish much larger than itself. Some have been caught distended with fish inside them two or three times their own size. Their stomach, mouth and throat are distensible, and their teeth can be pressed backwards. Their throat and stomach stretch like a rubber balloon. This monstrosity did not evolve; it was made that way as a unique creation, to show the versatility of our God.
Earthworms are among the most lowly of wildlife. From an average size of a few inches to the largest recorded in Scotland of more than 55 meters long, they have very important functions to fulfil. By tunnelling through the ground, they aerate the earth. They break down organic matter so that the fertility of the soil is increased. It has been estimated that 50,000 worms to an acre produce 18 tons of earth-casting a year. This is sufficient to add a three-inch layer of topsoil in 20 years’ time.
Half a century ago, Professor Williams of Franklin College, Ohio, published a book demonstrating The Evolution of Man Mathematically Disproved. He showed by the most careful calculation that if the first human pair had lived 100,000 years ago–some evolutionist say 2,000,000 years ago, or longer-the present population of the world (at only one tenth the rate of present net increase) would now be 4,660,210,253,138,204,000; or two and one-half billion times as many people as at present!
In South America is a curious little spider which has its home under the water. It forms a bubble about itself in which, like a diving bell, it sinks to the bottom of a pond river. It will remain there for hours, living below, and yet breathing the air from above. When it returns to the surface it is found to be perfectly dry. Not the slightest moisture will have penetrated its capsule. It is in the water and yet separate from it, maintained by contact with the beyond.
There is a fish belonging to the angler group that can puff itself up by swallowing water until its stomach is distended like a balloon. Presumably this tactic is to render it more difficult for a predator to swallow. The spitlure frogfish, as it is called, has an even cleverer device. On top of its head is a built-in wormlike appendage with a jointed base. When not in use it is rolled up to one side of the dorsal fin, but in action it is waved around so that it looks for all the world like a juicy fishworm. The moment a likely victim comes near to investigate, the fish swallows it in one king-size gulp.
Among the reeds that line the banks of the river swamps in the East Indies is a most unusual fish that has remarkable skill with which to secure its prey. It is called the archer fish, but it doesn’t shoot arrows; it shoots drops of water from its mouth. Catching sight of a fly or spider, it shoots out a jet stream & with surprising accuracy can bring down an insect as far as three feet away. Actual photographs have been taken of such a fish “shooting” its victim.
The heart is a hard-working marvel. It can keep on beating automatically even if all other nerves were severed. And what a beat!
It beats an average of 75 times a minute, forty million times a year, or two and a half billion times in a life of 70 years. At each beat, the average adult heart discharges about four ounces of blood . This amounts to three thousand gallons a day or 650,000 gallons a year–enough to fill more than 81 tank cars of 8,000 gallons each.
The heart does enough work in one hour to lift a 150-pound man to the top of a three-story building, enough energy in twelve hours to lift a 65-ton tank car one foot off the ground, or enough power in seventy years to lift the largest battleship afloat completely out of the water.
Imagine a group of men, working entirely in the dark, constructing a building as complex as the American Empire State Building and, fitting it with central heating and a fresh-air system. This is what the termite, that incredible builder, does when it builds its home.
In Africa, these constructions are so numerous that they transform the landscape. Each home has at its center the “royal quarter” where the Queen lives with her king.
The Queen lays nearly 50,000 eggs a day and has a life span of ten years, but the population of each nest is controlled by frequent migration of the termites to find mates.
The home maintains a temperature of about 86 degrees Fahrenheit and humidity at 98 per cent, with ventilation assured. How they manage to achieve this is a marvel of engineering. The walls are built up to 18 inches thick with cooling fins on the outside, each containing hundreds of air shafts. The hot, stale air inside the home passes along these air shafts and goes out through pores in the wall. Fresh air is drawn to replace it.
To keep the air at the right temperature, hundreds of tiny workers in the air passages control the conditions by sealing and unsealing the many air shafts, according to the conditions of the temperature outside.
Some of these structures reach 20 feet in height. We can therefore imagine what remarkable builders these termites are.
There is a plant in Jamaica called the “life plant.” It is almost impossible to kill or destroy any part of it. If you detach a leaf from the plant & suspend it by a string to a wire, it does not wilt & die. It sends out threadlike rootlets which imbibe sustenance from the moisture of the air. New leaves begin to grow.
Even though your brain will forget more than 90% of what you learn during your lifetime, it may still store up as much as 10 times more information than there is in the Library of Congress with its 17 million volumes.
The longest flight made by a homing pigeon was the 7,200 miles that one flew in 1931 from Arras, France to its home in Saigon, Vietnam. To demonstrate that homers are not guided by landmarks, the bird was taken to France in a covered cage aboard a ship that crossed the South China Sea, the Indian Ocean, the Red Sea and the Mediterranean. The pigeon–straight as an arrow and over “unfamiliar” land–returned in just 24 days.
The ear is as much an acoustic marvel as the eye is an optic one. The inner ear is like a keyboard with 15,000 keys, because that is the number of different tones that can be detected. Not only does the ear perform the function of hearing, it acts to control equilibrium as well. Who but God could have originated such a dual purpose instrument?
Our hours are nothing to the birds. Why, some birds work in the summer nineteen hours a day. Indefatigably they clear the crops of insects.
The thrush gets up at 2:30 every morning. He rolls up his sleeves and falls to work at once, and he never stops till 9:30 at night. A clear nineteen hours. During that time he feeds his voracious young two hundred and six times.
The blackbird starts work at the same time as the thrush, but he lays off earlier. His whistle blows at 7:30, and during his seventeen-hour day he sets about one hundred meals before his kiddies.
The titmouse is up and about at three in the morning, and his stopping time is nine at night. A fast worker, the titmouse is said to feed his young four hundred and seventeen meals–meals of caterpillar mainly–in the long, hard, hot day.
Science tells us that nothing in nature, not even the tiniest particle, can disappear without a trace. Nature does not know extinction, only transformation. If God applies this fundamental principle to the most minute part of His Universe, doesn’t it make sense to assume that He applies it also to the soul of man?–Wernher Von Braun
Peter the Great, when he saw sunrise, would express his wonder that men should be so stupid not to rise every morning to behold one of the most glorious sights in the universe. “They delight,” said he, “in gazing on a picture, the trifling work of a mortal, and at the same time neglect one painted by the hand of the Deity Himself. For my part,” added he, “I am for making my life as long as I can, and therefore sleep as little as possible.”
Anything may be reproduced on scale model except the Universe. The impossibility of making such a model accurately is shown by the fact that if the Earth were represented by a ball only one inch in diameter, the nearest star, Alpha Centauri, would have to be placed nearly 51,000 miles away.
There has been discovered in the forests of India a strange plant which possesses to a very high degree astonishing magnetic power. The hand which breaks a leaf from it immediately receives a shock equal to that produced by the conductor of an induction coil.
At a distance of nineteen feet a magnetic-needle is affected by it, and it will be quite deranged if brought near. The energy of this singular influence varies with the hour of the day. It is all-powerful about two o’clock in the afternoon, but is ineffective during the night. At times of storm, its intensity increases.
Snowflakes have six sides. It is claimed there are no two snowflakes alike, yet all are hexagonal in shape. An eminent scientist, J. Wilson Bentley, devoted his life to the study of snowflakes. He photographed over 10,000 flakes. He found no two exactly alike, though all have six sides. He claimed that the entire countryside from Maine to California might be covered with snow a foot deep, yet no two flakes would be exactly alike.
I read about a minnow-like fish called “Four eyes” which makes his home in Central & South America. What’s unusual about him is his large, bulging eyes. They are so situated on his head that he can spend his time cruising along the water with only the upper half of each eye above the surface. The top half has an air lens & the bottom half has a water lens, which amounts to a set of bifocals, giving him the ability to see in both the upper & under world.
Some feel that great antiquity of men is necessary to produce the present population of over 4 billion. This apparently is not the case.
If the did occur 4,300 years ago, & if only the people in the ark survived on the whole earth, there would still be sufficient time to produce the present population. Even if each two people produced, on the average, only 2.6 children in their lifetime the population of the earth would then double each one hundred years.
Doubling the population each one hundred years for 4,300 years would produce a population of 10,000,000,000,000. This is 3,000 times our present population. No, the population of the earth alone does not require a great antiquity of men.
The camel is enabled, by the peculiar construction of its stomach, to carry a supply of water sufficient for seven or eight days together. This power adapts it to the region in which it is found, and to the service of man in traversing the desert. It has, also, great acuteness of scent, and, when ready to fail through the weariness of a long march, will detect the distant stream or fountain. Then new vigour animates it, and, sniffing the air, it strides on till it can imbibe the refreshing waters.
Mackay of Uganda, the missionary to Africa, tells how one day he saw a colony of soldier ants suspend themselves by their bodies joined together & extending from the ground upward through the air to a piece of meat suspended from a branch of a tree, thus forming a sort of Jacob’s ladder of themselves. Upon this ladder the feebler members of the ant colony climbed, & supplied their wants.
A French scientist named Rene Antoine Ferchault de Reaumur, examining a wasp’s nest in 1719, noted that it seemed to be made of a type of crude pasteboard. After further investigation he discovered that most of the material was obtained from tree fibers. As a result of this study the first successful production of paper from woodpulp was achieved. Yet God had instilled this ability in the wasp at the dawn of history.
There are several trillion hard-working cells in every person.
A cell is so small it takes 250 of them, placed side by side, to equal the diameter of a dot. Inside the membrane of each cell, swimming around in the cytoplasm, are about 200 of these wiggling, squirming particles, each one a living and active chemical laboratory, a food and energy factory.
Inside of each of these cells are about 200 wiggling mitochondria. Each one of these would be about 1/50,000th the size of a globe as big as a dot! Inside of each mitochondrion are hundreds of small “spheres” scattered along stalks in the mitochondrion! Each sphere is about 1/1,000th size of the mitochondrion! So, each sphere would be about one-five-millionth (1/5,000,000) the size of a dot! Each of these tiny spheres is a chemical factory, with a “production line” that produces energy and food for the cell. This is such a marvel of smallness and intricate complexity that it stretches one’s imagination even to try to think of it.
If you’re an adult of average weight,
here is what you accomplish in 24 hours:
Your heart beats 103,689 times.
Your blood travels 168,000,000 miles.
You breathe 23,040 times.
You inhale 438 cubic feet of air.
You eat 3 1/4 pounds of food.
You drink 2.9 quarts of liquids.
You lose 7/8 pound of waste.
You speak 4,800 words, including some unnecessary ones.
You move 750 muscles.
Your nails grow .000046 inch.
Your hair grows .01714 inch.
You exercise 7,000,000 brain cells.
Found in oceans around the World, sea stars are almost indestructible. An arm accidentally lost is soon regrown. Oyster men once tried to get rid of starfish invading their oyster beds by chopping them into pieces. But they eventually learned that if a portion of the central disk was attached to the severed parts, these parts regenerated into whole new sea stars–increasing rather than decreasing their numbers!
There are some species of fish–most of them bottom dwellers–that have a most unusual development cycle, particularly as regards their eyes. The group includes halibuts, flounders, and plaices. They pass their early life swimming like any other fish, then a remarkable change occurs. They turn onto their sides and swim that way the rest of their lives; hence they are known as flat fish. The most astonishing aspect of this change is that the eye on the under side moves to the top side of the fish’s head and remains there so that it becomes known as the “eyed side” while the underneath is referred to as the “blind side.”
The more I study nature, the more I am amazed at the.–Louis Pasteur
The fact that adult salmon return from the ocean to the very gravel bed where they were hatched in some swift-flowing northern stream in order to reproduce before death, is fairly well-known. But not everyone realizes what is involved in their doing so.
A salmon swims three to ten miles a day against the current for a total distance of hundreds or perhaps even thousands of miles to get back to his birthplace. The spectacular part of his return trip is when he encounters waterfalls that must be ascended. He has been observed swimming a sheer ten-foot waterfall in one leap. Higher falls can be conquered by a series of tall leaps from shelf to shelf for a total distance of maybe forty or fifty feet.
Sea herring, traveling in closely packed schools too numerous to count have a marvelous faculty for synchronizing their movements. Even when some floating obstacle compels a group to divide, with part of them swimming on one side and the rest on the other side of the obstruction, their rhythmic motion continues in absolute unison as if they were one instead of thousands. They coordinate their movements up or down, right or left, as if subject to a command control.
The dolphin, has special membranes analogous to man’s vocal cords. It can make a variety of noises such as chirps, pops, clicks, squeaks, groans, whines, and other sounds in frequencies from 3000 to 30,000 cycles per second. Researchers say the dolphin can mimic human-created sounds such as laughter, whistles, and even word syllables in high frequency ranges. An electronic device, the sceptron, has been contrived to “memorize” sounds of the dolphins, to catalog dolphin-sounds, and record communication patterns. It is even speculated that the fish could ultimately inform man about such matters as missile cones falling into the sea, current temperatures, land formations, and so on.
In Botswana this bird lives. This honey bird is a creature of almost mythical behaviour. African travelers state that when one of these birds sees a human being it whistles to attract attention, & then leads the way to a tree where wild bees have hived. It sits by while its human friends chop down the tree & take their fill of honey. It then proceeds to feast on the comb that is left, especially on the young bee grubs. We find many human counterparts of this bird–who are willing to let the “other fellow” do the work & they partake of the benefits & feast on the “Honey”.
“How do you know whether there be a God?” was once asked of a Bedouin; & he replied, “How do I know whether a camel or a man passed by my tent last night? By their footprints in the sand.” “The heavens declare the glory of God!” (Psa.19:1)
I think a tree is almost as beautiful as a woman! I think the next most beautiful thing God ever made to a woman is a tree. It even looks like a woman with beautiful hair waving in the breeze. It never resists, it just yields & bends & bows & nods its head to the will of God & just smiles all day! Did you ever notice a tree is full of smiles? Every parting of the branches is a smile with the corners turned up, see? They’re all smiling! A tree is nothing but smiles, no frowns, unless man or the Devil’s storms sometimes bend it the other way & make it a little ugly, then it just grows right back up again towards the Lord!–David B. Berg
Modern science says, “The identical fourteen elements found in the human body are also found in ordinary soil of the earth.” The Bible says, with scientific accuracy, “Man is formed of the dust of the ground! ” (Gen.2:7) “Dust thou art & unto dust shalt thou return.” (Gen.3:19) Said a scientific lecturer, “If it were possible for the human body to instantly lose all of its electrical values, that body would instantly fly into dust.”
When Robert Bruce, the famous emancipator of Scotland, was fleeing from his enemies, he sought refuge in a cave. Although they were hot on his trail, when they reached his hideout a spider had built a web over the mouth of the cave. His pursuers concluded that he could not have entered without first destroying the web. Naturally they presumed that he had fled elsewhere. No wonder Bruce prayed, “O God, I thank Thee that in the tiny bowels of a spider You can save for me a shelter, & then send the spider in time to place it for my protection.”
Did you know that when the first Handbook of American Scientists was printed back in the 20’s that only about 20-some-percent of American scientists claimed to believe in any kind of God or Supreme Being or spiritual Superior Power or Creator? But about ten years ago before we left the States, the Handbook of American Scientists–all the most famous & important scientists of the U.S., listed in their various fields–76% of them said that they believed there was some kind of Superior Power or Designer or Creator or God or Providence or whatever they want to call it, higher than man, that was in control!
Now that is quite a jump in faith!–Why? Because like I quoted Dr. Steiner, who was considered the greatest authority on the human cell, after 30 years of studying the human cell he said: “I’m more & more convinced the more I study, the more I marvel & wonder at the Designer behind it all!” Sort of like what Dr. Robert A. Millikan said about the watch. So Dr. Steiner said that the more he studied the cell, the more he realised there had to be a Designer, a Creator!
The percentage of these honest, open-minded scientists who are honest & willing to confess that the more they study, the more they realise there’s a Designer & Creator, Somebody behind it all, has leaped from the 20’s to the 70’s in about 50 years!–Three times as many!–David B. Berg.
Marvelous the structure and the intricacy of the mysterious operations of bees. Each bee has three pairs of legs. The bee’s nose has two to three thousand tiny sense plates. The wings of the bee in flight beat 190 times a second, or 11,400 times a minute. The wax manufactured by hive of bees floats on water and is strongly resistant to heat–enduring a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit before melting. No other wax has such a high melting point.
A red clover blossom contains less than one-eighth of grain of sugar. Seven thousand grains are required to make a pound of honey. A bee, flitting here and there for sweetness, must visit 56,000 clover heads for a pound of honey; and there are about 60 flower heads to each clover head. When a bee performs that operation 60 X 56,000, or 3,360,000 times, it secures sweetness enough for only one pound of honey.
The atmosphere we breathe is composed of a combination of nitrogen and oxygen suited perfectly for our lungs. The distance of the earth from the sun and moon is scientifically correct for the maintenance of life, health, and happiness. The perpetuity of the rain and snow makes the earth fertile. The tides of the sea keep the shore clean and fresh. Vitamins necessary for bodily existence are provided in abundance. Laws and forces of nature stand ready to be harnessed for man’s use. Nor does nature exist merely on a subsistence basis. God has filled the earth with beauty and charm. There are majestic mountains and verdant valleys. There are tall trees and lush carpets of grass. The moonlight, the stillness of the desert, the melodious thrill of songbirds all witness that God has made the earth for our pleasure. Food for man grows plentifully, and beneath the soil are abundant minerals and oils for tools and fuel. Surely this minute agreement between man’s needs and his environmental provision gives evidence of a miracle–working God.
“Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree,
Discussing things that are said to be;
Said one to the other, ‘Now listen you two,
There’s a certain rumor that can’t be true:
That man descended from our noble race,
The very idea is a disgrace!
“‘No monkey ever deserted his wife,
Starved her babies, and ruined her life;
And you’ve never known a mother monk,
To leave her babies with others to bunk,
Or pass them on from one to the other,
Till they scarcely knew who is their mother.
“‘And another thing you’ll never see,
A monk build a fence around a coconut tree,
And let the coconuts go to waste,
Forbidding all other monks to taste;
Why, if I put a fence around a tree,
Starvation will force you to steal from me!
“‘Here’s another thing a monk won’t do:
Go out at night and get in a stew,
Or use a gun, club or knife,
To take some other monkey’s life!
Yes, man descended, the ornery cuss,
But, brother, he didn’t descend from us!”
The noted agnostic, Colonel Robert Ingersoll, during a visit with Henry Ward Beecher, noted a beautiful globe portraying the constellations & stars of the heavens. “This is just what I’ve been looking for,” he said after examining it, “Who made it?”
“Who made it?” repeated Beecher in simulated astonishment. “Why Colonel, nobody made it; it just happened.”
In many parts of the world, the most feared of all living creatures is the lowly ant.
At best, ants can be a nuisance, but large-bodied ants gathered in force, living in huge nests, or traveling in armies of uncounted millions can be a terrifying sight.
On the march, the insects become very dangerous. Looking like a big unbroken cable snaking across the earth, the moving ants will eat everything that gets in their way, They overcome small animals easily, and even attack men, And the sound of their clicking jaws can be heard some distance away.
Only fire will halt these relentless hordes of insects and travelers who must sleep out in the open often build fire trenches around their camps at night to protect themselves against any surprise invasion.
The big ants do have one useful function, though. For centuries the Indians of South America have used the powerful jaws of the insect for suturing wounds. To do this, the torn skin is held tightly together and a big ant is placed on the wound, Instinctively, the insect bites, embedding its sharp mandibles in the flesh. Then the ant’s body is cut off, leaving only his sharp pincers to act as a healing “stitch.”
Did I ever tell you the story of what cured me of ever shooting birds again? I was about 12 years old, & this farmer, Fred Shultz’s brother, put me out in his barn to shoot the sparrows that were eating his chicken feed. They would sit on this little tree in the middle of the chicken yard by the scores–there must have been 50 to 100 of them–& he set me down inside the barn looking through this little knothole, just a perfect place to prop my BB gun. The poor sparrows never knew what hit’m! It was just too easy & I kept dropping those poor sparrows to the ground! Well , I finally got tired of it & it kind of sickened me, because I wasn’t the kind of boy that liked violence & killing! Fred Shultz’s brother wasn’t even a Christian, so I was kind of on the Devil’s territory.
I went home & dreamed about it that night, & all I could see was that tree & those birds falling! And just like the Voice of the Lord, it came to me so strongly: “Not a sparrow falleth but your Heavenly Father knoweth it!” (Mat.10:29) And boy, was I under conviction! I think that was one of the first times I ever really heard so strongly from the Lord!–And I don’t think I ever shot another bird in my whole life! I don’t think I ever shot my BB gun to kill anything after that, ever!–David B. Berg.
When God had finished the stars and whirl of coloured suns,
He turned His mind from big things to fashion little ones.
Beautiful tiny things (like daisies) He made, and then
He made the comical ones, in case the minds of men
Should stiffen and become
Dull, humourless and glum
And so forgetful of their Maker be
As to take even themselves – quite seriously.
Caterpillars and cats are lively and excellent puns;
All God’s jokes are good – even the practical ones!
And as for the duck, I think God must have smiled a bit,
Seeing those bright eyes blink on the day He fashioned it.
And He’s probably laughing still at the sound that came out of it’s bill!
The humble creatures of earth and air and sea show forth God’s thought. Insects are ingenious. The firefly that plays hide-and-seek on a summer night shows us that insects had a flashlight before we did.
God made it so.
The ichneumon fly has a drill with which she can bore a hole four inches deep in a tree and deposit her eggs.
God made it so.
Beetles and carpenter bees have drills. The carpenter bee can drill a hole fourteen inches deep.
God made it so.
There is a certain ant that makes a tunnel through a foot of solid stone.
God made it so.
The sawfly, which worked before man had a saw, has two tiny saws, working alternately back and forth, side by side, to produce grooves in trees.
God made it so.
Spiders are real engineers, surpassing the architects of the Brooklyn bridge in many ways.
God made it so.
The oak tortrix draws the edges of a leaf together with thread until he has made a comfortable shelter for himself.
God made it so.
I believe with Henry W. Longfellow that if Spring came but once in a century, instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake, & not in silence, what wonder & expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change! To most men only the cessation of the miracle would be miraculous, & the perpetual exercise of God’s power seems less wonderful than its withdrawal would be.
Evolution is the greatest hoax ever foisted on human minds.
Scientists tell us that there are nearly a hundred elements in the make-up of our world. These elements have affinities and aversions, and are the playgrounds of opposing forces, yet with all their pulling and pushing there is a nicety of balance that is amazing to thinkers. There may be other elements somewhere in the universe, but another one here might upset the balance of those we have, and certainly if any one of a dozen elements that could be named were taken away, the earth would be a desert. God has just the right number, in the right proportion, and they behave in exactly the right way so that all the pulls balance all the pushes. … Most of what man knows, he learned from some other person’s experiments or mistakes, and after a fourth of his life spent in school, man fumbles with the mysteries of life and matter–sometimes with an air of profundity. God served no apprenticeships.
No scientific instrument is as sensitive to the light as a person’s eye. And in the dark, its sensitivity increases 100,000 times; one can detect a faint glow, less than a thousandth as bright as a candle’s flame.
The expressive power of the human eye is so great that it determines, in a manner, the expression of the whole countenance. It is almost impossible to disguise it. It is said that gamblers rely more upon the study of the eye to discover the state of their opponents’ game than upon any other means. Even animals are susceptible of its power. The dog watches the eye of his master & discovers from them, before a word is spoken, whether he is to expect a caress or apprehend chastisement. It is said that the lion cannot attack a man so long as the man looks him steadily in the eyes.
There’s a part of the sun in the apple,
There’s a part of the moon in a rose;
There’s a part of the flaming Pleiades
In every leaf that grows.
Out of the vast comes nearness;
For the God whose love we sing
Lends a little of His heaven
To every living thing.
–Augustus Wright Bamberger
I love a tree,
A brave, upstanding tree!
When I am wearied in the strife,
Beaten by storms and bruised by life,
I look up at a tree and it refreshes me.
If it can keep its head held high,
And look the storms straight in the eye,
Ready to stand, ready to die,
Then by the grace of God, can I–
At least with Heaven’s help, I’ll try;
I love a tree, for it refreshes me.
I love a tree.
When it seems dead,
Its leaves all shorn and bared its head,
When winter flings its cold and snow,
It stands there undismayed by woe;
It stands there waiting for the spring–
A tree is such a believing thing.
I love a tree,
For it refreshes me.
–Ralph Spaulding Cushman
An atheist once challenged William Paley to disprove his contention that there was no Supreme Being. Very quietly Paley took out his watch, opened the case, & said: “If I were to tell you that those levers & wheels & springs made themselves & fitted themselves together & started running on their own account, wouldn’t you question my intelligence? Of course, you would. But look up at the stars. Every one of them has its perfect appointed course & motion–the Earth & planets around the Sun, & the whole group pitching along at more than a million miles a day. Each star is another sun with its own group of worlds, rushing on through space like our own solar system. Yet there are no collisions, no disturbance, no confusion. All quiet, efficient, & controlled. Is it easier to believe that they just happened or that Someone made them so?”
Automatically, the muscles of the eye relax so that the lens is small and thick for distant viewing or they stretch the lens to bring into focus. No wonder the eye was the original model for cameras.
Moreover, the reason a person doesn’t spit in his own eye is because of his astonishing reflexes. Due to God’s foresight, man’s eyelids automatically close when he sneezes. At the same time his soft palate opens wide to permit expulsion through the nasal passage. But it closes tightly when he goes to cough, in order to channel irritants out via the throat.
Scientists tell us that the sound waves set in motion by our voices go upon an endless journey through space, and that, had we instruments delicate enough, and the power to take our stand upon some planet long years afterwards, we might find them again and recreate the words we spoke.