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Foundational Philosophical Alternatives

Criminologist and former atheist Mike Adams summarizes the three foundational philosophical alternatives to the Cosmos: First, we can say that it came into being spontaneously – in other words, that it came to be without a cause. Second, we can say that it has always been. Third, we can posit some cause outside the physical Read More…

Cell biology News Origin Of Life

Are viruses nature’s perfect machine? Or alive?

Machine, argues Josh Bloom at American Council for Science and Health: I recently wrote that viruses do not come even close to meeting the standards that are generally accepted requirements in defining what “alive” means. But they do have a huge impact on living organisms, because they are miracles of evolution — microbes that exist Read More…

Human evolution News

Ginning up dangers of Neanderthal genes

From New Scientist: Tony Capra at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and his colleagues studied an anonymised database containing medical records and genetic data from more than 28,000 people of European descent. Europeans retain some Neanderthal DNA, though the amount and the exact parts they have vary between individuals. They used information from the Neanderthal Read More…

Exoplanets Extraterrestrial life Fine tuning News

700 quintillion reasons to deny Earth is unusual

From Discover: Earth May Be a 1-in-700-Quintillion Kind of Place One of the most fundamental requirements for a planet to sustain life is to orbit in the “habitable zone” of a star — the “Goldilocks” region where the temperature is just right and liquid water can exist. Astronomers have, to this point, discovered around 30 Read More…

Human evolution Mind News

Neuroscience News: Are humans hardwired for transgressions?

From Neuroscience News: A transgression can be defined as an “act that goes against a law, rule, or code of conduct; an offense.” Brains Behaving Badly focuses on the Western religious classifications of the “seven deadly sins:” pride, greed, lust, envy, gluttony, wrath and sloth. Accordingly, this post will attempt to provide a few ideas Read More…

Culture Darwinism News

Karl Popper on “adaptive” as a tautology

Someone must really do a word study sometime on the many tautologies associated with Darwinism. One that appears in quite a few science media releases is “adaptive.” Science philosopher Karl Popper noted, To say that a species now living “is adapted to its environment is almost tautological,” Popper wrote. “Adaptation or fitness is defined by Read More…

Animal minds Intelligent Design News

Limits of evolution for grasping animal emotions

From Allen Greer at The Scientist: If inferences about animal emotions are fraught with anthropomorphism and language bias, surely evolutionary principles provide an unbiased way of thinking about animal emotions. But evolution can say only it is plausible that the precursors to human emotions did arise long before humans evolved. Just as certain bones can Read More…

Epigenetics News Plants

New Scientist: Plants have “evolved” forgetfulness

To wipe ou memory of stress. From New Scientist: Some plants have “long-term memory”. For instance, Arrhenatherum elatius, a perennial grass species common in Europe, seems to remember drought and is better able to defend against damage from excessive sunlight than plants that haven’t been through an earlier drought. … Plants can preserve such memories Read More…