Human evolution Intelligent Design

Did humans evolve to “outrun the fastest animals on earth”?

At Outside Online (“Fair Chase,”May 2011), Charles Bethea tells us On the plains of New Mexico, a band of elite marathoners tests a controversial theory of evolution: that humans can outrun the fastest animals on earth. Controversial? Yes, apparently: As ridiculous as this spectacle might appear, the men are testing a much-debated scientific notion about Read More…

Animal minds Christian Darwinism

Christianity Today article on BioLogos: A Darwinian, not a Christian view of evil is floated, in defense of Christian Darwinism

This had to happen, of course: John R. Schneider at Calvin College, according to “The Search for the Historical Adam” (Christianity Today, June 2011 ) Vices we associate with consequences of the Fall and original sin, such as self-serving behavior, exist in lower primates ad would have been passed on via evolution to humans. Thus Read More…

Christian Darwinism Culture

Dumped BioLogians could make own Expelled film?

From my notes on Christianity Today’s June 2011 “Darwin ‘n Jesus ‘n me” article. The article offers a look at Christian Darwinist think tank BioLogos: Biblical exegete Daniel C. Harlow, along with theologian John R. Schneider, are being investigated for violating doctrinal standards at Calvin College, for their work in ASA’s Perspectives. BioLogos (Christian Darwinist Read More…

Genetics Human evolution

Ninety-nine per cent chimpanzee rides again? In a Christian rag? Well, maybe only 96%?

Dennis Venema, Biologos’s senior fellow for science, and biology chair at Canada’s evangelical Trinity Western University, would have us know (p. 25) that the chimp genome(total genetic heredity encoded in DNA), which was fully mapped by 2005,displays “near identity”with the human genome as detailed by Collins’s team, with a 95 to 99 percent match depending Read More…

Darwinism Evolution Evolutionary biology Natural selection

No evidence that there is enough time for evolution

No evidence that there is enough time for evolution[*] Lee M Spetner Redoxia Israel, Ltd. 27 Hakablan St., Jerusalem, Israel Abstract: A recent attempt was made to resolve the heretofore unaddressed issue of the estimated time for evolution, concluding that there was plenty of time. This would have been a very significant result had it Read More…

Culture Intelligent Design

Why don’t Christians speak up? – a few reasons as if reality mattered

Wintery Knight asks why intelligent, educated Christians won’t speak up for their views. Why is this not being addressed by churches? Do you have an experience where a Christian group stifled apologetics? Tell me about that, and why do you think they would do that, in view of the situation I outlined above? My experience Read More…

Darwinism Evolution

Bedtime stories for Darwin’s children: Why the dinosaur had a long neck

In “Evolution, sex and dinosaur necks, BBC’s Wondermonkey, Matt Walker asks (24 May 2011) whether long-necked sauropods like diplodocus evolved their necks via sexual selection: A recent theory proposed is that sex, or more accurately sexual selection, was the main driver.The idea is that down the generations, male sauropods evolved ever longer necks to dominate rivals Read More…

Comp. Sci. / Eng. Evolution

New paper using the Avida “evolution” software shows …

… it doesn’t evolve. Remember when AVIDA proved Darwin right? These results provide evidence that low-impact mutations can present a substantial barrier to progressive evolution by natural selection. Understanding mutation is of primary importance, as selection depends on the mutational production of new genotypes. Numerous changes that would be beneficial may nevertheless fail to occur Read More…