There has been some discussion about what a politician should say when asked by a reporter, Do you believe in evolution? My response would be: Of course! Everyone with an IQ above room temperature, who isn’t a science denier, knows that it is an established scientific fact, supported by all the evidence, not to mention […]
A critical question is, would the “separate species” have genuinely different values from what we know of typical humans?
On another thread we have been discussing abiogenesis in particular, but there was also some discussion about the evolution of an irreducibly complex system. Commenter CHartsil indicated that “we actually watched an IC system evolve” in reference to Lenski’s E. coli research. At my request, he has posted a brief summary of the research and […]
Is Shermer’s sell-by date long past, like Dawkins’? It does have that feel.
It is clear that those who treat ID with the greatest contempt are those with the most at stake in terms of professional identity and social status.
While I disagree with almost everything Professor Larry Moran wrote in reply to my post, Is Larry Moran a conspiracy theorist?, he did at least ask a good question: what counts as evidence? In his latest post, he forthrightly declares: I don’t know how to define “valid evidence” and I doubt very much if there’s […]
From More than Myth (Chartwell, 2014)
Says Dawkins’ selfish gene is past its sell-by date.
They might get persecuted too. Their posters were banned at London U and they got beat up in Moscow.
Calling it science should increase the public oversight, not decrease it. If it were self-acknowledged to be a cult, the standards of actionable harm might drop.
Adam Gopnik has written an impertinent piece for the New Yorker (February 19, 2015), arguing that political candidates should be put on the spot and required to affirm their acceptance of evolution before being allowed to take office. Evolution, he writes, is “an inarguable and obvious truth” which is “easy to understand,” and if you […]
Carl Woese, discoverer of a whole domain of life, regretted not overthrowing Darwin
Actually, overthrowing Darwin will take care of itself, once the real story gets out. Lots of change, maybe, but not much Darwin?
In short, if we can just leave evidence out of it, we can dispense with fine-tuning.
Recently I have been thinking a lot about one of the most interesting topics: the origin of life. Specifically, the state of research on abiogenesis, the idea that life arose through purely natural processes without any intelligent guidance or intervention. I have also been thinking about the various viewpoints I have encountered over the years […]