Intelligent Design

Fed up with the Gene vs. Scene war? All together now: E-P-I-G-E-N-E-T-I-C-S Rules!

Welcome news from ScienceDaily (June 24, 2011), for people who are fed up with Genes Rule contending with Environment Rules: Effects of Stress Can Be Inherited, and Here’s How “There has been a big discussion about whether the stress effect can be transmitted to the next generation without DNA sequence change,” said Shunsuke Ishii of Read More…

Mind

Resources: Need to do some clear thinking?

The latest edition of The Reasoner (Volume 5, Number 7 – July 2011), a monthly digest highlighting exciting new research on reasoning, inference and method broadly construed. It is interdisciplinary, covering research in, e.g., philosophy, logic, AI, statistics, cognitive science, law, psychology, mathematics and the sciences, is available for download. Articles of interest:

Cambrian explosion

Paul Chien on the suppressed significance of the Chinese Cambrian fossils

“… the most complex animal group, the chordates, were represented at the beginning, and they did not go through a slow gradual evolution to become a chordate.” The Darwin circus wagons should have halted there at Chengjiang and been repurposed as hot dog stands for public convenience. But too much had been invested. Paul Chien, Read More…

Human evolution

Is the early history of the human race such a mess that it shouldn’t be taught in school?

Bernard Wood asks “Did early homo migrate into or out of Africa?” (Science June 17, 2011): The origin of our own genus remains frustratingly unclear. Although many of my colleagues are agreed regarding the “what”with respect to Homo, there is no consensus as to the “how” and “when” questions. Until relatively recently, most paleoanthropologists (including Read More…

Christian Darwinism Genetics Intelligent Design

Adam and Eve: Atheist Michael Ruse helpfully explains what some Christian news operations miss

That their existence is part of the foundation of Christianity. Anglican Curmudgeon usefully points out the reasons that an “evolutionary” interpretation of Christianity is impossible, citing atheist (and former Christian) Michael Ruse’s arguments in From Monad to Man: Let me be open. I think that evolution is a fact and that Darwinism rules triumphant. Natural Read More…

Cosmology Intelligent Design

So get used to it, John Bell (1928-1990). Quantum mechanics will never just settle down and get a job in the real world.

In “Quantum Magic’ Without Any ‘Spooky Action at a Distance” (ScienceDaily, June 25, 2011), we learn: Quantum mechanical entanglement is at the heart of the famous quantum teleportation experiment and was referred to by Albert Einstein as “spooky action at a distance.” A team of researchers led by Anton Zeilinger at the University of Vienna Read More…

Atheism Culture Religion Science

Celeb atheists Dawkins and Grayling don’t want to debate apologist Craig because … maybe a reason is now emerging … Larry Krauss!

Yesterday, one of our top stories was “William Lane Craig is disingenuous, and he ‘shocked’ Larry Krauss” [his materialist atheist opponent]. The oddest thing about the story is that Krauss is, as it happens, a multi-awarded physicist, hailed by Scientific American as “one of the few top physicists who is also known as a “public Read More…

Intelligent Design Mind Neuroscience

Templeton prize-winning Darwinist Francisco Ayala offers to explain, “Am I a Monkey?”

Francisco Ayala, the 2010 Templeton winner known for the view that intelligent design is blasphemy and an “atrocity”*, has a new book out, Am I a Monkey? Six Big Questions about Evolution (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). Here’s an excerpt. Defending the view that you are something along the same lines as a monkey Read More…