Making a monkey of Darwinian sexual selection theory

But putting it that way would have been a bad career move, so the researchers present the facts and leave it at that. From ScienceDaily: A new study of guenon monkeys in Gombe National Park is the first to provide genetic evidence of ongoing mating between two distinct species. These monkeys have successfully been producing […]

Physics needs Darwin? Ken Miller should hear this

From Michael Price at the Evolution Institute, interviewing independent scholar John Campbell, author of several books on universal Darwinism, John O. Campbell, an independent scholar from British Columbia, has published several works [1-4] describing his version of universal Darwinism. This framework proposes that Darwinian selection explains what exists not just biologically but in many other realms as […]

Christian Scientific Society’s on the strangeness of quantum mechanics was its best meeting ever?

From David Snoke at the Christian Scientific Society: Some people gave me feedback that this was the best CSS meeting ever. We had a great time discussing both the strange science of quantum mechanics, and some of the implications for religion … Erica Carlson gave a great introduction to the strangeness of QM. She argued […]

News Ideas on the Evolution of Photosynthesis Reaction Centers

Evolutionists do not have a clear understanding of how photosynthesis arose, as evidenced by a new paper from Kevin Redding’s laboratory at Arizona State University which states that: read more …

At Scientific American: “Inexplicable lab results may be telling us we’re on the cusp of a new scientific paradigm”

From computer engineer Bernardo Kastrup at Scientific American: It turns out, however, that some predictions of QM are incompatible with non-contextuality even for a large and important class of non-local theories. Experimental results reported in 2007 and 2010 have confirmed these predictions. To reconcile these results with the current paradigm would require a profoundly counterintuitive […]

Is origin of life simply an attempt at history without hard data?

Recently, these stories popped over the desk (might as well address them all at once): From Dirk Schulze-Makuch at AirSpaceMag: Life May Have Begun in Ocean Sediments, According to New Theory During the Hadean time period, more than four billion years ago, the Earth was much more active than it is today, and hot water […]

At Quillette: Who will the Evergreen mob (targeted biology teacher recently) target next?

Readers may remember Ask Bret Weinstein who, with his also-biologist wife Heather Heyng, was driven from Evergreen State in Washington during a campus war on science (a side-skirmish in a bigger culture war*). From Debra Soh at Quillette: It’s been almost a year since violent student protests erupted at Evergreen State College—enough time for the […]

From Philip Cunningham: Darwin’s theory vs. falsification

Here: Paper. “Popper, in approx 1978 for the most part, took his criticisms of Darwinism back. But when John Horgan interviewed Popper in 1992, Horgan noted that Popper “blurted out that he still found Darwin’s theory dissatisfying. “One ought to look for alternatives!” Popper exclaimed, banging his kitchen table.” ” See also: Laszlo Bencze on the current […]

Amazon cracking down on people who review a book they haven’t read

In the case of former FBI man James Comey and his book,  A Higher Loyalty anyway. From AJ Dellinger at Gizmodo: Reviewers hoping to share their thoughts on former FBI director James Comey’s new book A Higher Loyalty will have to have the conversation somewhere other than Amazon. The massive online retailer is limiting the ability […]

Evolution News slams “sloppy” IV book by BioLogos advisor

From Evolution News: InterVarsity Press publishes some great books and used to be a place to which you could reliably turn for thoughtful, well-researched commentary on evolution and intelligent design. They still have excellent titles on the backlist, including Intelligent Design Uncensored and Darwin on Trial. But in 2016, IVP announced a “partnership with the […]

From Real Clear Religion: Mathematics as a challenge for naturalism

From M. Anthony Mills: In fact, more problematic for the materialist than the non-existence of persons is the existence of mathematics. Why? Although a committed materialist might be perfectly willing to accept that you do not really exist, he will have a harder time accepting that numbers do not exist. The trouble is that numbers […]

Maverick Philosopher on Daniel Dennett, who objects to post-modernism but helps it along anyway (without meaning to)

From Maverick Philosopher: From an interview with Daniel Dennett in the pages of The Guardian (2017) … My understanding of postmodernism – and you’re a very prominent atheist – is that in the absence of a single meta-narrative, which is God, you had competing narratives… [Dennett:] Yes and one’s true and the others are false. […]

Asks Wintery Knight: Can a person believe in both God and Darwinian evolution?

At his blog: Here is the PR / spin definition of theistic evolution: Evolutionary creation is “the view that all life on earth came about by the God-ordained process of evolution with common descent. Evolution is a means by which God providentially achieves his purposes in creation.” This view, also called theistic evolution, has been […]

Is violence really declining, as cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker claims?

From Jeff Lewis and Belinda Lewis, “The myth of declining violence: Liberal evolutionism and violent complexity” at : The publication of Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of Our Nature popularized an emerging orthodoxy in political and social science – that is, that violence and warfare have been declining over the past century, particularly since the end […]

Taking aim at the idea that consciousness is an illusion, as claimed by Daniel Dennett

A friend writes to draw our attention to this lecture, assuming you are in England now that April’s there:   — Durham Castle Lecture – Professor Markus Gabriel 25th April 2018, 20:00 to 21:30, Senate Room, Durham Castle, University College ‘Are We Real? Consciousness and Fiction’ It is a widespread believe in our contemporary natural […]

New Scientist denounces patriarchy; Salvo defends it

From Anil Ananthaswamy and Kate Douglas at New Scientist: Chimpanzees are not a proxy for our ancestors – they have been evolving since our two family trees split between 7 and 10 million years ago – but their social structures can tell us something about the conditions that male dominance thrives in. Common chimpanzee groups […]

Apologetics Academy webinar, with Paul Nelson, on ontogenetic depth – is it real?

Jonathan McLatchie writes to say, “This week we will be joined by philosopher of biology Dr. Paul Nelson, who will discuss the concept of ontogenetic depth and why it matters to evolutionary theory.” 9pm British time (4pm Eastern / 3pm Central / 1pm Pacific (Time zones.) In this session, Discovery Institute senior fellow Dr. Paul […]

A Progressive Auto-da-fé

Long time readers know we have occasionally indulged in Sam Harris fricassée in these pages.  See here, here and here for examples.  Harris is one of the leading proponents of the “consciousness is an illusion” school, which means he denies the Primordial Datum – the one thing that everyone (including Sam Harris) knows for a […]

Sound Bite Responses to Sound Bites on Evolution

When someone asks you “Do you believe in evolution?” they probably won’t take the time to listen to your 15 minute exposition on the different meanings of “evolution” and why you reject one or more of them, and they probably won’t read “Darwin’s Black Box” if you gave them a copy, so what do you […]

The AI revolution has not happened yet. Probably never will, actually.

From electrical Engineering prof Michael I. Jordan at Medium: Of course, classical human-imitative AI problems remain of great interest as well. However, the current focus on doing AI research via the gathering of data, the deployment of “deep learning” infrastructure, and the demonstration of systems that mimic certain narrowly-defined human skills — with little in […]

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