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First Things editor on Vatican evolution conference shutting out design theorists

In First Things (December 2008), editor Richard John Neuhaus comments on the decision not to invite intelligent design theorists like Michael Behe, author of Edge of Evolution to the Vatican conference next March: So let’s see now: The conference is strictly scientific. In that case, there would seem to be no reason for the Church Read More…

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Earth to Darwin fans: Building things up is way more trouble than destroying them

In “When Fossil Genes Become Fossilized Rhetoric”11 05 08) Robert Deyes recounts the trouble an evolutionary biologist named Sean Carroll went to in order to demonstrate that evolution occurs without design or purpose – largely demonstrating the opposite: There are no grounds for assuming that the processes through which genes might degrade are the same Read More…

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Methodological naturalism: If that’s the way forward, … let’s go sideways

Having connected the dots of the vast conspiracy run by the Discovery Institute so as to include non-materialist neuroscience, Steven Novella goes on to cheerlead, for methodological naturalism – about which I will say only this: Methodological naturalism is usually described as meaning that science can consider only natural causes. But by itself that doesn’t Read More…

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Vast conspiracy files: Connecting the dots to include non-materialist neuroscience

Over at Neurologica blog, Steve Novella speculates about non-materialist neuroscience, about which he seems to have learned from New Scientist and the Discovery Institute’s News and Views blog. (I would have read books myself, but hey.) My favourite lines: I also think the New Scientist is correct in pointing out that the ID movement may Read More…

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Paley’s Watch found in cyanobacteria

Turns out it’s a bit more complicated than a Swiss watch. Emphasis added. Science 31 October 2008: Vol. 322. no. 5902, pp. 697 – 701 DOI: 10.1126/science.1150451 Structural Insights into a Circadian Oscillator Carl Hirschie Johnson,1* Martin Egli,2 Phoebe L. Stewart3 An endogenous circadian system in cyanobacteria exerts pervasive control over cellular processes, including global Read More…

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From Your ORFans Cheerleader

Just a couple of links to enliven your morning… This Science Daily story describes a paper from the latest PLOS Biology, on the role of ORFans in generating species-specific traits in animals. Konstantin Khalturin and his co-authors at the Christian-Albrechts-University in Germany note the “substantial fraction” of ORFans — genes without known homologs — in Read More…