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The island that (maps notwithstanding) simply wasn’t there . . .

This morning, I ran across a news item on the “undiscovery” of Sandy Island off Australia: Most explorers dream of discovering uncharted territory, but a team of Australian scientists have done the exact opposite. They have found an island that doesn’t exist. (vid at the linked) This led me to think about the institution of […]

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How the Scientific Consensus is Maintained

The video below documents, in detail, three separate chapters in the story of the treatment my Applied Mathematics Letters article has received in the last two years. It is a story about how the scientific consensus can be maintained on controversial issues, even when it is bad science. After seeing this, Tom Woodward, during a […]

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NOTICE: A few corrective remarks for some hostile scrutinisers from Anti Evo etc.

I have noticed that the usual hostile scrutinisers at some objector sites are back on their Saul Alinsky, dismissive mockery and well-poisoning tactics. (I suppose they have not liked the situation where in recent weeks we have had some useful and reasonably civil exchanges here at UD under living room rules, giving the lie to […]

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David Berlinski at ENV: “The Ineffable Higgs”

David Berlinski has a new post at ENV entitled “The Ineffable Higgs”: Surely its discovery meant something? The Standard Model (SM) of particle physics demanded its existence, after all; and the demand was met. If it took forty years and more than $16 billion to discover the thing, physicists could with satisfaction observe that the public […]

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Evolutionists Solve Eye Evolution (Again)

Recently we discussed a paperfrom 2008 in which evolutionists claimed to have solved the long-standing question of how the eye evolved. It is a problem that famously once made Darwin shudder but the evolutionists claimed that now, with our advanced scientific knowledge, “the gap in understanding of the molecular evolution of eye components is all but closed.” […]

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Does the Idea of “Autopoeitic” Include Self Organization; If So How?

In another post Mung points out this interesting quote to Kantian Naturalist (an atheist):  “That crude matter should have originally formed itself according to mechanical laws, that life should have sprung from the nature of what is lifeless, that matter should have been able to dispose itself into the form of a self-maintaining purposiveness – […]

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The Unreasonableness of Naturalism

Some of you may have already seen that Thomas Nagel’s new book, Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False, has been subject to a blistering review in the liberal US weekly, The Nation. On the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s excellent Religion & Ethics website, I have commented on this […]

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Biologically Inspired Human Eye Lens Technology

Science Daily reports on an interesting new piece of biologically-inspired technology: Drawing heavily upon nature for inspiration, a team of researchers has created a new artificial lens that is nearly identical to the natural lens of the human eye. This innovative lens, which is made up of thousands of nanoscale polymer layers, may one day […]