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Creation 23(4):4, September 2001

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Most positive feedback about last issue came from the article on natural selection. John Churchill of California loved it too, but appropriately highlighted the fact that the statement 'the plants became better able to survive dry weather because of the elimination of certain genes' could mislead people into thinking that the individual plants as such had changed. In fact, it was only the population as a whole that became better able to survive, because there were now more of the long-rooted variety present.

Web wobblies

Now that many of our earlier articles are going up on the website, with many thousands more readers than the original publication, sometimes a slip can get picked up which none of the original readership noticed. Years ago, we quoted apeman expert Marvin Lubenow talking about, 'fossils such as the Kanapoi hominid at Laetoli' (17(4):17-19). It's unlikely he actually said that, though, since Dr Lubenow himself, in his classic book on the human fossil record, Bones of Contention, makes it clear that Kanapoi is in Kenya, while Laetoli is in Tanzania.

Crabby correction

The box about the crabs on Christmas Island (23(3):11) should have said that Christmas Island was 300 km south of Java, not north.

Rubble trouble

The picture caption for the article last issue 'Radio-dating in rubble' (p. 23) should have read 'Looking north from the crater rim at the lava dome' (not 'south-west').

Try, try again

Daniel Sutherland of Scotland said that he had been writing for ages to get us to correct our Good News section, with no success. (As reference for the fact that we are all conceived sinful from birth, we had 'Psalm 51:1', when it is actually 51:5. Whoops.) We don't know how the earlier letters failed to reach us, Dan, but to answer your droll question of whether you're 'too conceptually-sinful to be listened to'—no, and we've changed it now.

Explaining ex nihilo exit

Some wrote to ask about the dropping of ex nihilo from the magazine title. In fact, Ex Nihilo was the full name of the magazine itself when I commenced it. It quickly became apparent that this Latin name could be 'off-putting', sounding 'too heavy/technical' to many. So we changed the name to Creation magazine. We kept 'ex nihilo' as an 'appendage' because many were attached to the old name by then, but we fully intended to phase it out eventually. (Without of course changing our position on a literal 6-day Creation 'out of nothing', which we think is obvious from the mag's contents.)