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Professor Mohamed Noor: A gentleman and a scholar

Earlier this week, I put up a post about Professor Mohamed Noor, of Duke University, who also runs a free online course entitled, “Introduction to Genetics and Evolution” through Coursera, which “gives interested people a very basic overview of the principles behind these very fundamental areas of biology … and tries to clarify some misconceptions.” Read More…

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The Big Easy Bans Intelligent Design, but the Big Story is Louisiana’s Good Science Grades

I visited New Orleans back in 1994, during a whirlwind three-month tour of the United States (courtesy of Greyhound buses) in which I crossed the continent four times, and got to see 34 states. I still have fond memories of the Big Easy: dining at Cafe du Monde, walking along Bourbon St. (pictured above, courtesy Read More…

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Transcriptional Noise: “We Once Thought it Was So Simple …”

Everyone has heard of the famous DNA macromolecule where our genes reside, but less well known is its cousin, the RNA macromolecule. Two different molecular machines produce copies of DNA for two different reasons. One machine copies the entire double helix for the purpose of duplicating the genome before the cell divides into two daughter Read More…

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Noor’s non sequitur, or: Did Hitler believe in Intelligent Design?

Dr. Mohamed Noor is the Earl D. McLean Professor and Associate Chair of Biology at Duke University. His specialties include evolution, genetics and genomics. Professor Noor also runs a free online course entitled, “Introduction to Genetics and Evolution” through Coursera, which “gives interested people a very basic overview of the principles behind these very fundamental Read More…

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Registration Now Open For 2013 Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design

From here. The Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute announces two intensive 9-day seminars for college students during the summer of 2013. The CSC Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences will prepare students to make research contributions advancing the growing science of intelligent design (ID). The seminar will explore cutting-edge ID work in Read More…

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The Naturalists’ Conundrum

Kantian Naturalist writes that almost all naturalists (including, presumably, himself) believe selection tends to favor true beliefs. I don’t know why he would say this, because Neo-Darwinian Evolution (“NDE”) posits that selection favors characters that increase fitness as measured by relative reproductive fecundity. Per NDE, selection is indifferent the truth. It will select for a Read More…

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Larry Moran asks: “Do philosophers take William Lane Craig’s arguments seriously?”

Over at his blog, Professor Larry Moran is shocked, shocked, that the arguments of Professor William Lane Craig for the existence of God are treated with respect by Craig’s philosophical colleagues. “Is it true that philosophy departments have sunk to this level?” he asks. A few days earlier, Craig had written an article for The Read More…

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A tale of two tragedies, in China and the US — reflections and suggestions

Yesterday was a hard day, even for those like me who were quite late to the news. We woke up here to the news on BBC — a Caribbean tradition — that someone in China had attacked a classroom with a knife of some kind and had slashed twenty-two children. This, in a country where Read More…

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Today We Grieve With Those Who Grieve

Our hearts cry out in anguish at the unspeakable evil visited upon the students, staff and parents of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.  Tears are rolling down my face as I write this.  For those who will try to make sense of this senselessness, I leave you with the following from David B. Read More…