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 […]

Intelligent Design

Science fiction finding religion?

What make you all of this, in City Journal?: How Science Fiction Found Religion Benjamin A. Plotinsky Once overtly political, the genre increasingly employs Christian allegory. Winter 2009 There is a young man, different from other young men. Ancient prophecies foretell his coming, and he performs miraculous feats. Eventually, confronted by his enemies, he must […]

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 […]

Intelligent Design

Dogs more like humans than chimpanzees are?

Dogs, not chimps can help us understand human behaviour? Well, this moved recently at msnbc.com: Dogs (not chimps) most like humans Man’s best friend serves as model for understanding human social behavior By Jennifer Viegas Discovery Channel updated 11:58 a.m. ET, Thurs., March. 26, 2009 Chimpanzees share many of our genes, but dogs have lived […]

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”?

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 […]

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, […]

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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 […]