Human evolution Intelligent Design News

But why subscribe to New Scientist if they don’t know either?

New Scientist keeps wanting me (O’Leary for News) to pay to read an article advertised as follows: Our last common ancestors It’s the original “missing link”: the extinct ape that is the common ancestor of chimps and humans. But we still don’t know what it looked like, or indeed, whether we can be sure there Read More…

Animal minds News

Neurosurgeon: Apes are not fuzzy us

From neurosurgeon Michael Egnor at Salvo: It is important to understand the fundamental difference between humans and nonhuman animals. Animals such as apes have material mental powers. By material, I mean powers that are instantiated in the brain and wholly depend upon matter for their operation. These powers include sensation, perception, imagination (the ability to Read More…

Mind Neuroscience News

Image: Consciousness as the ebb and flow of tides

From David Eagleman’s review of David Gelernter’s The Tides of Mind, The problem of consciousness sits at the heart of neuroscience, and it is into this question that Yale computer-science professor David Gelernter steps with his fascinating “The Tides of Mind.” At the heart of Mr. Gelernter’s book is a critical observation often overlooked by Read More…

Culture extinction Human evolution News

But are human groups “extinct” if their genes live on in us?

From the New York Times, we learn: Ancestors of Modern Humans Interbred With Extinct Hominins, Study Finds The ancestors of modern humans interbred with Neanderthals and another extinct line of humans known as the Denisovans at least four times in the course of prehistory, according to an analysis of global genomes published Thursday in the Read More…

Natural selection News Philosophy Science

Natural selection as negative principle only

A friend writes to note what philosopher of science, John Elof Boodin (1869-1950), had to say about natural selection: The principle of natural selection is indeed an important contribution to biology. But it is a negative, not an architectonic, principle. It does not explain why variations appear, why they cumulate, why they assume an organization Read More…

Atheism Intelligent Design News

Perry Marshall: Dawkins ruined atheism

From Perry Marshall’s blog, Cosmic Fingerprints: Not only has Dawkins ruined science, he’s ruined atheism too. 20 years ago, an atheist was an intellectual with whom one could have a reasonable dialogue. Today, most people experience atheists as bellicose angry males who commonly suffer from depression, who post anonymous tirades all over the internet so Read More…