Evolution

“There is no controversy”

“There is no controversy.” “There should be no controversy.” “It’s okay to expel those who pretend that there is a controversy.” “Academic freedom does not apply where the scientific consensus says there is no controversy.” … The Washington Post has a ridiculous editorial that elevates evolutionary theory to the same status as gravitational theory and […]

Intelligent Design

Oxford Conference Update

The Ian Ramsey Centre, Oxford A couple of weeks ago, I reported on the program for the upcoming Ian Ramsey Centre conference, “God, Nature, and Design” to be held July 10-13, 2008 at St. Anne’s College, Oxford University. An updated list of contributed papers has been posted. The list is noteworthy both for the range […]

Intelligent Design

Chance, Law, Agency or Other?

Suppose you come across this tree: You know nothing else about the tree other than what you can infer from a visual inspection. Multiple Choice: A.  The tree probably obtained this shape through chance. B.  The tree probably obtained this shape through mechanical necessity. C.  The tree probably obtained this shape through a combination of […]

Expelled Intelligent Design

The Expelled film: Straws in the wind, and other news

First straw flies past: The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is playing the “religion” card, of course: … the statement noted, more than 11,000 Christian leaders in the United States have signed a letter affirming that evolution does not conflict with religious faith. The United Church of Christ recently sent out a […]

The Design of Life

Reverse evolution? Or reverting to an older version? And other stories from The Design of Life blog

Are the stickleback fish in Lake Washington really reversing evolution, as the media releases claim? Or just tailoring their existing design? A much more remarkable example of apparent reverse evolution is a little fish in Washington State, U.S.A. The threespine stickleback is named for its bony armour plate. But as Seattle’s Lake Washington became highly […]

Culture Education Global Warming Philosophy

Beneficial Natural Warming-31,000 Scientists

Scientific Consensus? – That Global Warming is Natural – and BENEFICIAL?! Dr. Arthur Robinson will be announcing Monday that over 31,000 scientists reject’s IPCC’s contention of anthropogenic global warming. They further hold that the natural global warming is beneficial. The site gives an excellent summary of supporting research. This cite and its history are instructive […]

Global Warming Science

Koutsoyiannis tests if Global Climate Models are scientific

Assessment of the reliability of climate predictions based on comparisons with historical time series by Koutsoyiannis et al. explore: “How well do the models capture the scaling behaviour of the real climate, by assessing standard deviation at different scales.” By their results they specifically throw down the gauntlet of “falsifiability” challenging IPCC to its very […]

Intelligent Design

Are materialists starting to understand that their system is collapsing?

In “The Neural Buddhists” (New York Times, May 13, 2008), David Brooks (yes, he of the BoBos, the bohemian bourgeois*) references Tom Wolfe’s dramatic 1996 article “Sorry, but your soul just died,” .. in which he captured the militant materialism of some modern scientists.To these self-confident researchers, the idea that the spirit might exist apart […]

Intelligent Design

Emulating the “Appearance” of Design in Nature

Flagella-like Propulsion for Microrobots Using a Nanocoil and a Rotating Electromagnetic Field Bell, D.J.   Leutenegger, S.   Hammar, K.M.   Dong, L.X.   Nelson, B.J.   Inst. of Robotics & Intelligent Syst., ETH Zurich Abstract A propulsion system similar in size and motion to the helical bacterial flagella motor is presented. The system consists of a magnetic nanocoil as […]