Because information underlies the universe?
We are far from having a complete list of the components, as a matter of fact.
Mutate a fruit fly embryo in every possible way, and observe only three possible outcomes: a normal fruit fly, a defective fruit fly, or a dead fruit fly.
Sanford: The extremely sophisticated hardware and software systems that enable life simply cannot be built by any trial and error system.
Hats off to VJTorley for vindicating claims I’ve made about neutral theory (non-Darwinian evolution) for almost the last eight years at UD. He found this by PZ Myers: M]aybe we should be honest from the very beginning about the complexity of modern evolutionary theory and how it has grown to be very different from what […]
An ancient fable describing this very feat suggests it may not be exclusively the result of causal reasoning on the part of intelligent individual crows.
Said to be an excellent discussion of faith, blind faith, certainty, proof, persuasion: Philosophy, Science and the God Debate: ‘Science disproves the existence of God’. Scientists and philosophers interviewed: Alister McGrath (The Dawkins Delusion), Keith Ward (Why There Almost Certainly Is a God) and John Lennox (Gunning for God). This documentary shows Oxford professors responding […]
The neutral theory of evolution appears to have won out over its rival, neo-Darwinian selection theory (see here and here). However, the neutral theory makes a very specific prediction about the rate at which mutations are fixed in a population, which I think warrants more testing and scrutiny. The evidence for this prediction which I’ve […]
The book is doing quite well among philosophical books published in German (one of the top ten in philosophy).
Museum director: The masks possessed a “striking connection” to 20th century artwork, … like something Picasso might have created.
Atlantic associate editor Emma Green’s review offers many useful statistics illustrating her point.
… whether he himself accepts them or not?
I’ve found it helpful to UD to post a thread where people can vent some of their off-topic ideas and thus keep off topics out of other threads. As long as you aren’t being confrontational and are family friendly, you are free to speak their mind. Here are my off Topics: “dogmatic opponents of design […]
Bencze: [Hawking’s] words are so appallingly stupid that I thought they might have been invented by script writers. Well, they weren’t. Hawking actually wrote them …
Researchers: … the extent to which cryptic, preexisting variation provides a substrate for natural selection has been controversial. We provide evidence …