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Oddly, new atheists have not killed off free will?

Not for lack of trying. From The Guardian: Men and women aren’t authors of themselves, as a character in Shakespeare’s Coriolanus remarks of its proud protagonist, but neither are they slaves of their genes. When Richard Dawkins describes human beings as “survival machines – robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes”, […]

Evolution horizontal gene transfer News

New bacterial phylum?

So The Scientist wonders: “It’s always difficult to claim absolutely a new lineage until you’ve done some biochemical tests,” said microbial ecologist Jack Gilbert of Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago, who was not involved with the study, “but, genomics-wise, this thing appears to fit outside of our current understanding.” Genomic analyses place […]

Culture Darwinism News

Why a media dimwit “believes in” evolution

For the same reasons as he once “believed in” Freudian psychiatry, according to Laszlo Bencze: Freudianism triumphed (for a while) not because of its scientific value but because of its language. Freud was a high grade intellectual fully immersed in the ancient classics and literarily sophisticated. He used the language of writers, artists, and critics […]

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Insect spotted caring for its young 100 mya

Here: The new fossil is the only record of an adult female insect from the Mesozoic, an era that spanned roughly 180 million years. The Mesozoic era was the age of the reptiles and saw both the rise and fall of the dinosaurs, as well as the breakup of the supercontinent Pangaea. The female ensign […]