Does Science Make Faith Obsolete? (Spinal Cord Update)


Here is a “graphene” UPDATE STORY on where the technology/advancement has come and is headed.

THE VERGE catches us up with the story, but, they also have a story on a device already using graphene:

….At the end of an event where two devices were already announced — the Huawei Mate 20and Mate 20 Pro — Huawei had another surprise up its sleeve. The Huawei Mate 20 X is the largest in the lineup with its 7.2-inch OLED display, which already consists of three phablet devices. The device is equipped with a massive 5,000mAh battery, and it’s compatible with styluses.

Huawei emphasized the device’s gaming performance and its vapor chamber cooling design that, combined with “graphene film cooling technology,” the company claims will keep its Kirin 980 SoC cool even under heavy loads. Other specs include 6GB of RAM and 128GB of onboard storage, and a dual speaker configuration….

(The below was originally posted in April of 2015)

[Editors note: GRAPHENE is the future of tech (see videos below as well)… way less energy used, faster, stronger, plentiful supply] Here is Dr. Tour’s bio:

James M. Tour is a synthetic organic chemist, specializing in nanotechnology. Dr. Tour is the T. T. and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry, Professor of Materials Science and NanoEngineering, and Professor of Computer Science at Rice University in Houston, Texas, United States.

He is well known for his work in molecular electronics and molecular switching molecules. He has also been involved in other work, such as the creation of a nanocar and NanoKids, an interactive learning DVD to teach children fundamentals of chemistry and physics, SciRave, Dance Dance revolution and Guitar Hero packages to teach science concepts to middle-school students and SciRave-STEM for elementary school children, and much work on carbon nanotubes and graphene. Dr. Tour’s work on carbon materials chemistry is broad and encompasses fullerene purification, composites, conductive inks for radio frequencies identification tags, carbon nanoreporters for identifying oil downhole, graphene synthesis from cookies and insects, graphitic electronic devices, carbon particle drug delivery for treatment of traumatic brain injury, the merging of 2D graphene with 1D nanotubes to make a conjoined hybrid material, a new graphene-nanotube 2D material called rebar graphene, graphene quantum dots from coal, gas barrier composites, graphene nanoribbon deicing films, supercapacitors and battery device structures, and water splitting to H2 and O2 using metal chalcogenides. His work with the synthesis of graphene oxide, its mechanism of formation, and its use in capturing radionuclides from water is extensive. Dr. Tour has developed oxide based electronic memories that can also be transparent and built onto flexible substrates. More recently, he has been using porous metal structures to make renewable energy devices including batteries and supercapacitors, as well as electronic memories. Tour is also well known for his work on nanocars, single-molecule vehicles with four independently rotating wheels, axles, and light-activated motors. His early independent career focused upon the synthesis of conjugated polymers and precise oligomers. Dr. Tour was also a founder of the Molecular Electronics Corporation. He holds joint appointments in the departments of chemistry, computer science, and materials science and nanoengineering at Rice University. Dr. Tour received degrees from Syracuse University (BS, 1981), Purdue University (PhD, 1986) and completed postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1986–1987) and Stanford University (1987–1988).

Tour holds more than 60 United States patents plus many non-US patents. He has more than 500 research publications.

In the Scientific American article “Better Killing Through Chemistry”, which appeared a few months after the September 11 attacks, Tour is credited for highlighting the issue of the ease of obtaining chemical weapon precursors in the United States.

In 2001, Tour signed the Discovery Institute’s “A Scientific Dissent From Darwinism”, a controversial petition which the intelligent design movement uses to promote intelligent design by attempting to cast doubt on evolution. To those who “are disconcerted or even angered that I signed a statement back in 2001” he responded “I have been labeled as an Intelligent Design (ID) proponent. I am not. I do not know how to use science to prove intelligent design although some others might. I am sympathetic to the arguments on the matter and I find some of them intriguing, but the scientific proof is not there, in my opinion. So I prefer to be free of that ID label.”

He had also said that he felt the explanations offered by evolution are incomplete, and he found it hard to believe that nature can produce the machinery of cells through random processes. On his website, he writes that “From what I can see, microevolution is a fact” and “there is no argument regarding microevolution. The core of the debate for me, therefore, is the extrapolation of microevolution to macroevolution.”

In Lee Strobel’s book “The Case For Faith” – the following commentary is attributed to Tour: “I build molecules for a living, I can’t begin to tell you how difficult that job is. I stand in awe of God because of what he has done through his creation. Only a rookie who knows nothing about science would say science takes away from faith. If you really study science, it will bring you closer to God.”


UPDATED July 27 2022

Here is a quote I found fascinating regarding possible spinal injury help via GRAPHINE:

  • Eric Metaxes, Is Atheism Dead  (Washington, D.C.: Salem Books, 2021), 99.

in 2013 R&D Magazine named him “Top Scientist of the Year.” He holds joint appointments in the depart­ments of chemistry, computer science, materials science, and nanoengi­neering, and he has more than 700 research publications and over 140 patents. It is hard to overstate his stature in the field of nanoscience, which includes nanobiology, nanochemistry, and nanoengineering.

Tour is Jewish, born in Manhattan and grew up in the New York area, so when he visited New York City, we met at the Second Avenue Deli in Manhattan.6 Just before our matzo ball soup arrived he thrust his phone at me unannounced and clicked on the unappetizing video of a white rat whose spinal column had been purposely “severed at the C5 vertebrae” so that it was paralyzed from the neck down. He explained to me that using graphene “nanotubes”—bisected lengthwise into what look like noodles, albeit on an impossibly microscopic scale—he has created tiny “bridges” over which nerves can and actually do regrow. As I watched the video I soon saw the same rat utterly restored. Tour explained that in less than two weeks the nerves from opposite sides of the severed vertebrae grew over the graphene and linked, enabling the rodent to control its limbs again. It seemed a miracle, but Tour said similar technology will make it possible to reconnect severed optic nerves too, so in lectures he says he is enabling the lame to walk and the blind to see, and even though this gets a laugh, he’s not kidding.

A list of Tour’s other projects—one may consult Wikipedia—is impossibly long and impressive. It includes creating “nanocars,” each of which is com­prised of a single molecule. His 2005 article about this—titled “Directional Control in Thermally Driven Single-Molecule Nanocars”—was ranked the Most Accessed Journal Article by the American Chemical Society. These are molecules he creates in the lab that are essentially tiny cars with independently moving axles, wheels, and a chassis. And each of them has a “motor” fueled by light. This is not science fiction, but science. Tour explains that if thirty thousand or so of these molecular “cars” were parked side by side, they would take up the width of a human hair…..

The Naturalistic Origin Of Life (RNA World Critiqued)

The Origin of Life, two world views, Darwinian evolution theory vs Biblical Creation.

The RNA World Hypothesis is presented in the first half of this video from Dr. Pierre Durand, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. PhD student Nisha Dhar Quote (Via TImes Live):

  • ‘RNA molecules were the first molecules which could have given rise to life.’
  • ‘This event is believed to have taken place possibly 4 billion years ago, at a time when a young earth was a hostile place with a volcanic activity and an atmosphere that had yet to contain oxygen. RNA, said Durand, was hardy and would have survived these kinds of conditions.’

Presenting the Biblical Creation science explanation for the origin of life, Dr. James M. Tour (PhD., T. T., and W. F. Chao Professor of Chemistry Professor of Computer Science Professor of Materials Science and Nano Engineering — Rice University. Smalley-Curl Institute and the NanoCarbon Center.)

APOLOGETIC PRESS notes this of the RNA World Hypothesis:

  • [Editor’s Note: The following article was written by A.P. auxiliary staff scientist Will Brooks and one of his students. Dr. Brooks holds a Ph.D. in Cell Biology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and serves as Assistant Professor of Biology at Freed-Hardeman University.]

….Evolutionists would have us to believe that non-living elements and molecules joined together and developed increasing biological capabilities. Those who believe in intelligent design reject this hypothesis, insisting that neither RNA nor living cells are able to evolve spontaneously. While some disagreement exists among those in the evolutionary community on the time frame for such alleged reactions to occur, the consensus is that, given large amounts of time, single-celled bacteria were formed. But all known biological principles militate against this notion. Even billions of years could not provide mechanisms for the reaction products to evolve advantageous characteristics and form DNA and cell proteins, let alone create strings of RNA nucleotides, arriving at just the right sequence in order to code for a functional protein. The four nucleotide bases that form RNA (adenine, guanine, cytosine, and uracil) can be arranged in an exponential array of combinations and lengths. For an actual, functional protein to be coded, a precise sequence of nucleotides must be obtained. Forming the code for even one protein by evolutionary means is impossible, without even considering the necessity of the number that work together in a single cell.

There is no scientific evidence to suggest that RNA is spontaneously being created and capable of forming pre-cellular life today. While some artificial ribozymes have been created in the laboratory (reviewed in Chen, et al., 2007), there are still significant holes in reproducing an RNA world to support the hypothesis. The ribozymes created artificially lack the abilities to sufficiently process themselves, and there is no evidence of them producing large quantities of advantageous nucleotide sequences. Moreover, no system has ever created cellular life. There is even significant debate among scientists over the conditions and constituents of a “prebiotic Earth” model.

The RNA World Hypothesis is simply another attempt by scientists to explain the origin of life to the exclusion of the divine Creator. Given the absolute impossibility of life originating from the reactions of non-living matter, it can be justified that RNA did not predate other biological molecules. All biological molecules were created together to work in concert. RNA was designed to be the essential intermediate between DNA and proteins, making our cells capable of sustaining life as it was created. The designer of this system must be the intelligent Designer, the God of the Bible.