academic freedom agit-prop, opinion manipulation and well-poisoning games Defending our Civilization Epistemology (the study of knowledge and its conditions) Logic and First Principles of right reason

L&FP, 59: Building a body of knowledge in a hyperskeptical, ideologically polarised era that often dismisses truth and objectivity

It’s not hard to recognise that we are in a hyperskeptical, ideologically polarised warped thinking age at war with objective truth and knowledge. Fundamentally, our academics have betrayed us, starting with putting the inferior substitute, skepticism, in the place of prudence. Once that was done, there is no firewal on skepticism so it spiralled into Read More…

Evolutionary biology Gene Sharing Intelligent Design

At Evolution News: Gene Sharing Is More Widespread than Thought, with Implications for Darwinism

David Coppedge writes: Evidence is growing that organisms share existing genetic information horizontally, not just vertically. This has immense implications for neo-Darwinian theory that are not yet fully recognized. If traits can be shared across species, genera and even phyla, they are not being inherited from common ancestors. The findings might also cast stories about Read More…

agit-prop, opinion manipulation and well-poisoning games Epistemology (the study of knowledge and its conditions) knowledge Logic and First Principles of right reason Philosophy

L&FP, 58b: The JoHari Window and recognising limits of our knowledge

The JoHari Window provides a useful context to control speculation or accusation or assumption posing as knowledge: Here, we see a personal focus. This can readily be extended to institutions, movements, interest groups and the public. We can even see, through faction dynamics, how a minority may see while the community at large is innocently Read More…

Intelligent Design Origin Of Life Thermodynamics and energy

At Evolution News: Did Life First Arise by Purely Natural Means?

Walter Bradley and Casey Luskin write: Major scientific magazines and journals often feature articles on the “Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Science”1 — and the origin of life is almost always on that list, sometimes as the number one mystery.2 In this and coming posts we will explore key challenges to a natural, chemical origin of life. We’ll Read More…

Earth's habitability Earth's magnetic field Intelligent Design

At Big Think: How Earth’s magnetic field bounced back just as complex life was emerging

“The insights gathered by [this research] offer a clearer picture of the dramatic events that once unfolded deep within our planet’s interior. They also provide new hints as to how Earth narrowly avoided a Mars-like fate, just as complex, multicellular life was beginning to emerge.”