Darwinism Genomics

Diversity driven by imprinting, not selfish gene?

In this article in The Scientist, “Imprinting Diversity”, Cristina Luiggi interviews Joachim Messing about ways in which genomic imprinting may be a strong driver of diversity: Sexual reproduction yields offspring with two copies of the same gene, one from each parent; but in an epigenetic phenomenon known as genomic imprinting, only one copy of certain Read More…

Intelligent Design

Horizontal gene transfer from bacteria to animals

Here’s the story: Horizontal gene transfer between bacteria and animals Julie C. Dunning HotoppTrends in Genetics, Volume 27, Issue 4, 157-163, 18 February 2011 Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ltd All rights reserved. 10.1016/j.tig.2011.01.005 Julie C. Dunning Hotopp Summary Horizontal gene transfer is increasingly described between bacteria and animals. Such transfers that are vertically inherited have Read More…

Education science education

First UK-based ID Summer School

Here. Week July 18th to 22nd inclusive. Presenters will include: Prof Steve Fuller, Warwick University Prof Guillermo Gonzales, Grove City College, Pennsylvania, USA Dr David Galloway, Vice President Royal College of Surgeons, Glasgow John Langlois, Barrister Dr Alastair Noble, Director, Centre for Intelligent Design, Glasgow. Prof Chris Shaw, Queens University, Belfast. Dr Jonathan Wells, Discovery Read More…

Intelligent Design

Why there’s no such thing as a CSI Scanner, or: Reasonable and Unreasonable Demands Relating to Complex Specified Information

It would be very nice if there was a magic scanner that automatically gave you a readout of the total amount of complex specified information (CSI) in a system when you pointed it at that system, wouldn’t it? Of course, you’d want one that could calculate the CSI of any complex system – be it Read More…

Darwinism Religion

Tales from the Quote Mine: A Hindu’s assessment of Darwinism

No biologist has been responsible for more – and for more drastic – modifications of the average person’s worldview than Charles Darwin” (“These words were spoken by Harvard professor Ernst Mayr (1904–2005), veteran evolutionary biologist, when on September 23, 1999, he received the Crafoord Prize from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm. Dr, Read More…

Intelligent Design

Predation by shell-breakage affecting Early Cambrian lingulids

Predation in the Early Cambrian is demonstrated by the occurrence of borings or drill holes in shelly fauna. Confirmatory evidence has been adduced from gut content analyses, although these evidences could also be attributed to scavenging. However, predation involving shell breakage or crushing has been documented previously only from the late Ordovician. This situation has Read More…

Religion Science

Hey, it’s Sunday. I am allowed to indulge myself in religion.

So here is our ID community reb Moshe Averick’s take on a bunch of complaints about his recent book: Rabbi, this is just the old “Argument from Ignorance” or a “god-of-the gaps” argumentRabbi, you ignored the implications of Darwinian Evolution Rabbi, you ignored current Origin of Life research, particularly the RNA-World research Rabbi, you are “quote Read More…

Books of interest

Saving Leonardo , and while we are here, the myth of the “Law of the Yukon”

In this review of Nancy Pearcey’s Saving Leonardo, Christian historian Pearcey revisits the broader question of how science broke loose from reason. (I am thinking of all the “our brains are shaped for fitness, not for truth” rubbish from people who honestly believe that they are on the right side of science, and that that Read More…