Evolution

From the “More stuff we know that ain’t so” files: Nobelist Tinbergen

From Nature: Classic behavioural studies flawed Nobel prizewinner took short cuts to show that the way gulls feed is instinctive. John Whitfield One of the most famous experiments in biology isn’t the solid piece of work it’s usually portrayed as, say Dutch researchers who have replicated the study. Instead, it’s more like an anecdote that Read More…

Intelligent Design

Outsider Meddling — Skeptics Need Not Apply (or, Just Have Faith)

Someone by the name of skeech is cluttering up UD with impervious sophistry and wasting a lot of our time. His/her latest thesis is that “according to biologists…” there is a “credible possibility that small incremental changes could have developed massive increases in biological information in a short time — followed by stasis.” So, skeech Read More…

Intelligent Design

The Darwinian Mechanism as the Grammar-Checker of Biology

After giving his famous METHINKS IT IS LIKE A WEASEL computer analogy to evolution in his book The Blind Watchmaker, Richard Dawkins remarks, “Life isn’t like that. Evolution has no long-term goal. There is no long-distant target, no final perfection to serve as a criterion for selection.” I would dispute that there are no targets. Read More…

Intelligent Design

Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability–Don Johnson

Don Johnson (PhD in Computer Science from Univ. Minnesota, another PhD in Chemistry from Michigan State) has just published a pro-ID book, “Probability’s Nature and Nature’s Probability: A Call to Scientific Integrity” amazon.com link here . My question to readers: how many scientists have to reject Darwinism before there is a “scientific controversy”?

Intelligent Design

Harvesting – An Alternative to Natural Selection

Natural selection is posited as the only mechanism to lead to differential survival among individuals of varying fitness. However, if selection pressures cause mortality to occur in individuals who would soon be dead anyway, then natural selection is not really operating. The hypothesis of the Harvesting Effect in epidemiology leads to this conclusion. I think Read More…

Science

News from Texas

It appears we have some good news in Texas: Big Win in Texas as State Now Leads Nation in Requiring Critical Analysis of Evolution in High School Science Classes Robert Crowther In a huge victory for those who favor teaching the scientific evidence for and against evolution, Texas today moved to the head of the Read More…

Intelligent Design

Co-option, Berra’s Blunder, and Speculation Presented as Fact

In Bill Dembski’s thread, No Major Conceptual Leaps, I posted a comment about the evidential, logical, and probabilistic vacuity of the Darwinian co-option hypothesis. (I use the word hypothesis with reservation. A hypothesis in a domain such as this should at least be based on a minimal, mathematical probabilistic analysis.) In response to my comment, Read More…

Intelligent Design

We Have No Excuse- A Scientific Case for Relating Life to Mind (PART II)

By Robert Deyes And John Calvert PART II: THE ULTIMATE RELATIONSHIP – ANALYZING PATTERNS THAT COMPRISE LIFE   Many scientific disciplines that seek to determine the relationship of an existing pattern to past events analyze them as we analyzed the letters on the drawing board (See PART I).  Coroners seek to know the cause of Read More…