There was a lost world alleged to have never happened according to John Morris, the son of Henry Morris, the so-called "father of the modern creationism movement." However, Morris knows nothing of what he's talking about. His talks and teachings will never amount to anything and like his late father, John makes everything up about dinosaurs and parades them in all of his idiot materials including the 1999 book, Dinosaurs, the Lost World, and You. In this booklet he tries to make a case for his cesspool of filth, lies, and idiocy while in complete denial to the fact that this kind of preaching would make people get lost forever in the so-called "Lost World" he allegedly regards the human society that don't accept Jesus Christ as.
The front and back cover just simply shows a Tyrannosaurus romping about with Stegosaurus' shoulder back and plates shown on the bottom right hand corner.
At the back cover, there is a summary read with my responses to it in bold parentheses,
It was a lost world…A time before Fax Machines, Cell Phones, and the Internet— when fearsome creatures roamed the earth. Where did they come from? What were they like? And where are they like? With the failure (success in reality) of the standard evolutionary explanations (that worked due to physical evidence for it), a new wave of answers (all false) has appeared in the form of the Chaos Theory. But all these solutions deny (and confirm depending on what kind version of the Biblical account you're embracing let alone distorting) the Biblical Account of God's creation (The twisted version) and His destruction of the world by the Flood (which implies God to be a very cruel, heartless God.) Join us as we learn (nothing) about dinosaurs and the Bible (they're never found in there except birds) and the new theory (that's really just a theory) of Chaos and Creation (Idiot Creation style).
Pass the first 2 intro pages, we get to pages 3 and 4, where we find to why did Morris, in his notes, created the booklet. He created this book as a pathetic response to the late Michael Crichton's sequel to the 1993 sci-fi smash hit Jurassic Park, a blockbuster hit based on his 1990 novel that tells a cautionary tale about cloned dinosaurs running amok in a fictional island theme park.
Apparently, Morris became aware of the chaos theory while watching the movie which features a certain character by the name of Ian Malcolm, a chaos theory mathematician who's also the main character in the 1997 sequel, The Lost World: Jurassic Park. Apparently, Morris, just like all YECs, have been threatened by the huge dinosaur paraphernalia surrounding the 2 science fiction films along with the prominent truthful views based on insurmountable scientific evidence that points to such a time "Millions of years ago, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, long before man evolved…" or so Morris asserts (according to his notes) while every dinosaur book I've enjoyed reading in reality, in nearly every case, don't start out that way.
The movies are entirely FICTION! But Morris is too dull-minded to know this. He goes on and on explaining on how throughout the 2 blockbuster hits along with all other dinosaur movies, information about dinosaur evolution is subtly and not so subtly conveyed, which is a blatant lie. All of the dinosaur movies were just made to entertain people. They're neither giving them an education nor are they hiding a doggone thing from anyone. He think these films also popularized the "chaos theory," which he thinks is incorrectly used to promote many evolutionary ideas, which is also a blatant lie.
Morris knows nothing about the chaos theory. Looking at the article on Wikipedia site above, one finds that there none being said about evolution and lots being said about physics and mathematics. Morris claims Crichton researched and interviewed many scientists, including Paleontologist Jack Horner (who served as technical consultant of both of the movies) as background for his works. Even though much of the dinosaur information (not the plot in the films) is a reflection of Horner's views, Morris stupidly claims that most of Crichton's views are controversial, even among other paleontologists and evolutionary scientists, while many of the features in the movie were all actually made up by Hollywood producers to provide dramatic effects to the film, including highly intelligent dinosaurs stalking humans and opening doors to find them, jumping extremely high, spitting poison, living in herds, caring for their young, and hunting in packs. Morris claims this is not proven scientific fact, while blatantly ignoring the mountains uncovered fossilized evidence that points to all these things to be true with the exception of the few notions of spitting poison, opening doors, jumping extremely high, and highly intelligent dinosaurs stalking humans. These notions are all the result of Hollywood fantasy, not fact.
Morris asserts that the alleged misinformation about dinosaurs promoted through the Jurassic Park films accentuates the need for this booklet and intends to stupidly answer some common questions and give what should be called, "a loud, jarred, clanging, crashing, misunderstanding" of these fascinating and wonderful creatures…or so he thinks.
He then stupidly asserts that his idiot understanding becomes vital as dinosaurs are now being used to promote the so-called "anti-Christian worldview" of the so-called "evolutionary pantheism." So is Morris and all other YECs doing the exact same thing; using dinosaurs nowadays to promote the anti-truthful, anti-Christian worldview of the young earth pantheism. Can you say, "Morris, like Ken Ham, is a dumb lying hypocrite?"
He claims there are scientists who have biases that are interfering with an evaluation of the evidence. There are. Take a good look at those dimwit scientists - John and Henry Morris, Ken Ham, Duane Gish, Paul Taylor, Kent Hovind, Georgia Purdom, the list goes on and on. These dimwit scientists all have biases and these biases are indeed interfering with an evaluation of the evidence they themselves choose to ignore. Despite what Morris claimed, the teachings of young earth creationism and Intelligent Design do not adhere to the facts and better explains the scientific evidence. Instead, it opposes it, call it a lie, and threatens to people everywhere, "Embrace our teachings or rot in Hell!" and to the Christians, "Embrace our teaching or lose your reward in Heaven!"
Page 5-11, in the first chapter entitled Evolution or Creation? (Answer: both!), deals with Morris' make believe view of what evolution and the chaos theory is and what he thinks about them. It comes to no surprise of how little Morris knows about what he's talking about….none at all. Just like in all YEC books, he lies and gives out a short review of the history of life on earth. And then claims the fossils don't come with labels on them that explains what they were and how they live. Neither does the Bible come with any labels that gives out the age of the earth and how everything's done after God spoke. As if Morris is thinking of soup can labels one looks at carefully at in a grocery store. No Morris they don't have labels and neither do any archaeological and paleontological findings. Rather some fossils actually contain radioisotopes, the substance that helps scientists to determined their age through radiometric dating.
Morris then denies evidence of Earth history's past when he claims that history have been reconstructed according to an individual's belief of the past, but the belief held for philosophical reasons has never been proven. Only when it involves young earthism and other types of pseudo-histories which reconstructive philosophical beliefs has never been proven. Only creationism and other types of pseudo-histories is based on one's philosophical beliefs and has never been proven time and time again. Sadly, Morris could care less. He's stupidly in denial of the fact that evolution is far from being philosophical. It is exactly what Morris claims it's not, which is science. He then states that evolutionary 'thinking' dominates schools, media, and the entertainment industry. That's because of mountains of factual evidences pointing to such 'thinking' and proven by tons of references, including websites such as the TalkOrigins Archive which helps make evolution easily accessible and better understood to everyone.
Morris asserts that many scientists allegedly reject evolution for both philosophical and scientific reasons. Name one! He can't. If he does try, then he would refer to such people as Louis Agassiz and Isaac Newton, while being in denial of the fact that these scientists were born at the time when evolution is entirely unknown and were in some cases not entirely familiar with the concept. Yet, these men were great scientists who made a special contribution to science by discovering evidence that points to a world that's billions of years old, not to mentioned learning about how plants and animals, living and extinct, are related to each other, and gathered up lots of specimens to study and learn about them in the finest detail.
Always in denial of evidence pointing to evolution, Morris stupidly denies evolution to be well supported and much of the available evidence doesn't conform to the evolutionary theory, which is false beyond doubt. Morris, on the other hand, just lies, make everything up, and states that every living thing from the past and present exhibits a majestic design that appears to be in direct opposition to the so-called random evolutionary change. It doesn't. But sadly, Morris refuses to admit this lest he loses his followers and the almighty dollar he gets from them to reality.
Page 6 deals with Macro-evolution verses Micro-evolution (according to the subtitle) and the creationist falsehoods about them, which I'll leave it to this TalkOrigins page to explain of what's it all about and this other page from TalkOrigins to debunk Morris' falsehoods about them.
Page 7 deals with the Morris' falsehoods about the Second Law of Thermodynamics (which the subtitle refers to) that has been refuted time and time again, but Morris, like all YECs, is too dull-minded to abandoned it.
Page 8-11 deals with the Chaos theory, something Morris knows nothing about. This page also from TalkOrigins site will debunk Morris' horse manure about the Chaos Theory along with the Edge of Chaos page will explain what is really the Edge of Chaos (as asked in the subtitle on page 10) for me. Contrary to what Morris' claims, the observable evidence of dinosaurs being killed in Noah's Flood in many cases as told on page 11 does not exist.
On page 12, in How Do We Know What Dinosaurs Were Like? Morris gives out his views on dinosaurs that are nothing more than blatant lies. First off, he explains how scientists gathered information, study, do experiments on them, and make conclusions on the bases of these observations. That's what real scientists do unlike YECs who only make up lies, falsehoods and fabrications about them.
Morris states this method does not worked well in dinosaur research. What a blatant lie! The method works all too well even though it is very painstakingly difficult thing to do. Putting together a dinosaur and its world based on evidence requires a lot of patience, correction of errors when needed, careful study of fossils, and drawing together conclusions based on the observations made on the fossil find. Morris claims that thousands of pieces (in italics) of bone fragments, and a tad few complete skeletons have been uncovered, which is half-truth. Scientists have uncovered more than that. They, over the years, have uncovered scores of traces of fossils of footprints, feces, eggs, skin and feathered imprints, partially completed to fully completed skeletons, even dinosaur 'mummies' like the famed mummified Brachylophosaurus fossil nicknamed "Leonardo" for instance.
Page 13-18 deals with the following questions on dinosaurs one can see in a normal dinosaur book:
1. How big were dinosaurs (They came in different shape and sizes. No, they were not on average as big as a hippo.)?
2. Did dinosaurs lay eggs (Of course they do! But no one knows for certain if all dinosaurs lay eggs or give birth to live young like mammals do.)?
3. Warm blooded or cold blooded (How can scientists know about dinosaurs being warm-blooded, or so Morris asks? Does he knows about the haversian canals in the bone? And how they show to scientists that dinosaur bones have much more canals, as in mammals, than reptiles have like turtles and crocodiles? No, he does not. Instead, Morris live in complete denial and claims stupidly that the fossils don't tell, while they really do as described here. Note: Scroll down to "BONE STRUCTURE AND HISTOLOGY" to read the article.)?
4. Did dinosaurs have scaly skin (Yes, dinosaurs did have scaly skin….and feathers too! Morris, on the other hand, distorts the story of the discovery of a Sinosauropteryx fossil by claiming that after it was scrutinized, the fossil was alleged to be discovered to have strange fibers embedded in the skin, which is clearly debunked. The one who reached such a conclusion, Alan Feduccia, only drew such conclusions from just a photograph of the fossil and not from the actual fossil itself. Feduccia have overlooked the many areas of the fossil that shows the fossil to have hair-like feather imprints all over its body, not just the neck, back, tail, and preserved melanosomes that helped paleontologists determined the actual color of the dinosaur — something that was previously impossible to do until recently.)?
5. What did Dinosaurs Eat (Most ate plants, others ate meat, the rest ate both. Despite Morris' ignorance, there were more than a few dinosaurs out there that ate meat other than T.rex and Velociraptor.)?
6. What do fossils show (Plenty! Morris admitted that scientists make mistakes. But as for creationists, they dull-mindfully recycle the mistakes over and over again, never learning from any on them at all. In the answer paragraph, Morris deals with the debate over T.rex was either a predator or a scavenger. Morris claims that many scientists come to the conclusion of T.rex being a scavenger while in reality only a tad few scientists have made such as proposal over the years. Morris also claims, on page 16, that if a T.rex fights, all of his teeth would fall out due to the teeth being shallow rooted. This is absolutely false. There is undeniable evidence that points to T.rex's teeth being deep-rooted, not shallow. How can T.rex perform a bone crushing bite on its prey if its teeth is shallow-rooted instead of what the well preserved T.rex skulls and the Edmontosaurus skeleton and a Triceratops bone is showing us?)?
7. How fast could a dinosaur move (It all depends of the long strides of their tracks and how far apart their footprints are.)?
8. How intelligent were the dinosaurs (No one knows for sure how smart they were, but despite what Morris claims, scientists can determined what kind of brain they have just by looking at the dinosaur's braincase and make model casts of the dinosaur brain cavity based on the shape of its braincase. Here's a page that shows a cast replica of a Triceratops' brain cavity.)?
And finally, How did dinosaurs behave (It all depends on the fossil clues the dinosaurs themselves have left behind when they died out 65 million years ago.)?
Chapter 3 on pages 18-19 entitled What Makes Dinosaurs Unique? shows Morris talking about how dinosaurs are not like any other reptile ever known (They're more of bird than reptile to be exact. I wonder how do Morris like it if dinosaurs are, from now on, going to be highly regarded as special birds, instead of being called reptiles anymore. He may not like it, but this is exactly what the fossil evidence is clearly showing us. Dinosaurs being feathery warm-blooded birds instead of scaly cold-blooded reptiles.) and how they are distinguished from their hips, their skulls, and all other prehistoric animals that lived before and during the time of the dinosaurs. A little bit outdated, but no big deal.
Chapter 4 on pages 20-23 is entitled, Is There Evidence That Dinosaurs Evolved From Another Kind Of Creature? Yes there is! According to the fossil evidence, dinosaurs evolved from basal archosaurs such as Euparkeria and Ornithosuchus. Morris, on the other hand, denies this and says that every time a dinosaur fossil is found, we find that everything about them is fully functional and fully made to do what it's supposed to do. Therefore, there is no evidence for any dinosaur to change into another dinosaur. This is without doubt a blatant lie told in the third degree. Also it is a blatant lie in the third degree to claim that no evidence of dinosaurs evolving into anything else has ever been found. Scientific evidence clearly reveals multiple scores of evidences pointing to the concept of dinosaurs evolving into other dinosaurs (like Styracosaurus evolving into Pachyrhinosaurus for instance) as well as dinosaurs evolving into birds.
Next, in the subtitle, What about Archaeopteryx? Morris tries to deny Archaeopteryx, a late Jurassic feathered dinosaur, as a transitional creature (rebuttal to his denial are here), saying that Archaeopteryx is a just fully developed extinct bird (Not!) and in the subtitle Would a Transition Survive?, he deceivingly expresses his doubts on the creature's survival if the creature is a transitional form with 'inadequate legs (Which it didn't have.),' yet possessed long fingers and arms for climbing, not to mention giving out an example of the breathing apparatuses being different in modern birds than reptiles.
With this, Morris concludes stupidly that there is no evidence of birds evolving from dinosaur or any other reptile. In other words, Morris is expressing his doubts on how could Archaeopteryx survive only on 'half a wing' (Read the rebuttal to this here and here.). This what Morris is doing is pure creationist canard debunked time and time again. He's only pretending to express his doubts on the matter in order to deceive the lay audience into believing everything he says about no mutations occurring (rebuttal) and no transitional forms (rebuttal) being found despite what the fossilized evidence is clearly pointing to.
The fossil evidence is clearly pointing to the fact that birds are dinosaurs, dinosaurs are birds, dinosaurs evolved away from reptiles and into birds. Like humans, they are highly unique, not like any other animals ever known. Despite Morris' efforts to make up fabrications about a controversial fossil know as Protoavis by just saying that there are advanced bird fossils being found below the strata where the fossils of Archaeopteryx are buried at, there is powerful evidence, all valid and real (including the ones that made up the Archaeoraptor forgery that actually belongs to 2 separate dinosaurs, Microraptor and Yanornis), that clearly points to the concept of birds being direct descendants of dinosaurs.
Morris then tries to deny evidence of reptiles evolving in to mammals (rebuttal to Morris' claim here) in the subtitle Did Reptiles Evolve to Mammals? and claims that even 'evolutionists' is alleged to admit to the unlikely nature of their evolution, while what they are really doing in reality is debating over how evolution works and how are the animal related to each other. No one in the scientific community is doubting evolution and Morris knows it. So, living in denial is not going to make the evidence for reptiles evolving into mammals disappear.
The next chapter, found on page 23, is entitled When Did Dinosaurs Lived? Answer: Dinosaurs lived from 230 million years ago to 65 million years ago. However, Morris, while ignorant of the fossil record that shows no evidence of this fallacy, displays his idiocy, twist Bible verses around fit his views, and says that dinosaurs allegedly lived with man, today's animals, and all other extinct animals other than Pterosaurs and Mesozoic Marine reptiles at one point in time, 6,000 years ago, using the Bible as invalid evidence to prove his falsehood.
Pages 24-26 in the subtitle Day Five: Dragons continues with more of Morris' lies and claims that the term dragons and dinosaurs are one and the same and that dragon legends were actually tales of live dinosaurs meeting up with man, which are all nothing more than direct fabrications YECs like Morris made up by cherry picking parts of the dragon descriptions that they believe fit dinosaurs and throw out the other parts that don't. All done for poops and giggles as well as to convinced the lay audience of his views to be true.
He continues, in the subtitle Day Six: Land Animals, with the fairy tale myth and distorts the meaning of Genesis 1:24-25 to include dinosaurs in the fix, while the fabled mixbag of human and dinosaur fossil is nowhere to be found in the fossil record. He also claims that dinosaurs were originally created to be vegetarians ('no death, no bloodshed, no meat-eating' according to Morris, except when it come to plants.), while ignoring the features found in many animals, including dinosaurs, that tell us that they were all full-fledged meat-eaters right from the start.
Pages 26 starts the next chapter that asks, How Did the Dinosaurs Acquire Their Characteristics? Morris, like all YECs, do not have an honest answer. So, he invokes the 'goddunit' crap and blames Adam and Eve for every characteristics the dinosaurs ever acquire when they ate the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. He also does the Original Sin tripe as displayed in The Curse subtitle and use Adam and Eve as scapegoats for all the predators, the death of people and animals, the whither and fade of plants (While the killing of plants has already begun before the Fall!), and the 2nd law of Thermodynamics, which Morris claims to allegedly began right after the fall, which is debunked here.
Creationists, including Morris, often use Adam and Eve as scapegoats for every disease, stars burning out, elements of decay, "the whole creation groaning and travailing in pain until now, (Romans 8:20 taken out of context.)" etc. A dangerous form of "blame game" isn't it? No wonder the Original Sin dogma has destroyed many a innocent person, including those of Christian faiths over the centuries because of this. Here are reasons why the Original Sin have destroy many lived. Also, this article from Rich Deem's site will debunk the YE claim about the so-called "groaning creation" according to Morris.