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Martin Cothran in ENV on Sam Harris’ struggles with responsible freedom

As I ponder the ongoing debates over and consequences of a priori evolutionary materialism (especially when dressed up in the lab coat) I am more and more led to think that the issue of responsible freedom tied to rationality and to our inescapably being under moral government is utterly pivotal. An excellent place to begin […]

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Is medicine a scientific enterprise?

A view from alternative medicine and a view from anti-alternative medicine. The row was touched off by the Mayo Clinic offering alternative therapies (linked at sites). One reason this is an unusually difficult problem is that the patient’s view of what is happening is part of what is happening. As great physicists have noted, the mind […]

Genetics News

Are there too many mitochondrial genome papers?

And too few corresponding insights? Asks an op-ed in The Scientist : I just finished reviewing another mitochondrial genome paper. These days, the mitochondrial genome review requests are arriving faster than I can turn them out. Indeed, in 2014 alone, more than a thousand new mitochondrial genome sequences were deposited in GenBank—an almost 15 percent […]

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Gene previously linked to obesity is unrelated

From ScienceDaily: A gene previously suspected of wielding the single greatest genetic influence on human obesity actually has nothing to do with body weight, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. The work not only overturns a major finding about the genetics of obesity but also […]

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Science writer Matt Ridley shares concern re climate wars

Further to churches getting sucked into the politicized climate change controversy, chewed up, and spit out: English science journalist Matt Ridley assesses the damage done to science by the frankly political climate science wars here at Quadrant: For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on […]

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Guardian: Is science policy a theological matter?

Closing off our religion coverage for the week: Further to Pope Francis’ adviser is a science pantheist? (And this in an age when the human mind is widely regarded among the intelligentsia as an illusion, shaped for fitness, not for truth), The Guardian asks, Is science policy a theological matter? The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ […]

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Pope Francis’ adviser is a science pantheist?

Odd that: Strange, then, that a self-professed atheist and scientific advisor to the Vatican named Hans Schellnhuber appears to believe in a Mother Earth. … In the Gaia Principle, Mother Earth is alive, and even, some think, aware in some ill-defined, mystical way. The Earth knows man and his activities and, frankly, isn’t too happy […]

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What role did “evolution” play in Dylann Roof’s motives?

Readers will long be haunted by the memory of the 21-year-old gunman who opened fire earlier this month in a historic, mainly African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine. David Klinghoffer, at Evolution News & Views, offers the following: Dylann Roof’s apparent “manifesto” deals a little with themes of pseudo-scientific racism: Negroes have […]

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End game for Darwin’s finches?

Darwin’s finches, we are told, have reached their limits on the Galapagos Islands From ScienceDaily: The evolution of birds on the Galapagos Islands, the cradle of Darwin’s theory of evolution, is a two-speed process. Most bird species are still diversifying, while the famous Darwin’s finches have already reached an equilibrium, in which new species can […]

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ID community moves ahead in Brazil

Pos-Darwinista writes to say, We have established the Intelligent Design Brazilian Society – TDI Brasil, and our president, Marcos Nogueira Eberlin, a biochemistry professor at Unicamp, Campinas, Sao Paulo, where he heads the ThoMSon Mass Spectometry Laboratory, is a member of the Academia Brasileira de Ciências (Brazilian Academy of Sciences) But is he Darwin’s followers’ […]

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Kirk Durston: Information decrease falsifies essential Darwinian prediction

From Kirk Durston, Mounting evidence that the digital information that encodes all of life is steadily degrading, falsifies a key prediction of the theory of neo-Darwinian macroevolution and verifies a prediction of intelligent design science. Longer: I was struck, but not surprised, by a statement made a few days ago by Neil Turok, Director of […]