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Scientific American quietly disowns Ida “missing link” fossil

Michael Bloomberg, check your messages. In “Weak Link: Fossil Darwinius Has Its 15 Minutes: Skepticism about a fossil cast as a missing link in human ancestry” (Scientific American, July 21, 2009), Kate Wong observes, And in an elaborate public-relations campaign, in which the release of a Web site, a book and a documentary on the Read More…

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Darwinism and pop culture: Attempts to pretend that Darwin did not extend his theory to human society

Many attempts have been made recently to rescue Darwin from the charge of supporting social Darwinism, but as with the attempts to exonerate him from supporting racism, they only lead people to discover the documentary evidence for themselves. British physicist David Tyler reflects on this phenomenon. Just admitting it and getting past it would solve Read More…

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Steven Pinker — Let’s show some proper deference to Darwin!

Is this vapid appeal to authority all the Darwinians have left? Creationism piece no way to honor Darwin’s birthday July 20, 2009 Letter to BOSTON GLOBE SHAME ON you for publishing two creationist op-eds in two years from the Discovery Institute, a well-funded propaganda factory that aims to sow confusion about evolution. Virtually no scientist Read More…

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Darwinism and popular culture: Attacking Collins hurts science, Chris Mooney argues

A friend draws my attention to “Defenders of the Faith: Scientists who blast religion are hurting their own cause.” by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum (Newsweek, July 14, 2009), in which they warn against new atheist attacks on Francis Collins: The critics, though, have it exactly backward: the United States needs more scientists like Collins—researchers Read More…

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Uncommon Descent Contest 6 winner announced: Why waste a crisis, especially in genomics?

This was the question: Here’s On the Epistemological Crisis in Genomics by Edward R Dougherty, which moved in Current Genomics, April 2008. Abstract There is an epistemological crisis in genomics. At issue is what constitutes scientific knowledge in genomic science, or systems biology in general. Does this crisis require a new perspective on knowledge heretofore Read More…

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Origin of life: Quantum mechanics provided the … ooomph!! ?

In “The Quantum Life” (Physcisworld.com, July 1, 2009), Paul Davies, astrobiologist and director of BEYOND: Center for Fundamental Concepts in Science at Arizona State University, examines the case for quantum mechanics kickstarting the origin of life (Q-life): But why should quantum mechanics be relevant to life, beyond explaining the basic structure and interaction of molecules? Read More…

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So when is Harlequin going to come out with their Neanderthal romance series?

And what should they call it? The Browridge series? Anyway, here’s the latest plot from New Scientist, “Why Neanderthals were always an endangered species”: For much of their 400,000 year history, Neanderthals were few and far between, a new analysis of genetic material from several of the extinct, ancient humans now suggests. It’s difficult to Read More…