Evolution Informatics

Information theory is bad news for Darwin: Evolutionary informatics takes off

  The book Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics continues to make waves. The Lab writes to say: A lot continues to happen surrounding the release of “Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics” by Robert J. Marks, William A. Dembski and Winston Ewert: Here’s a quick summary of media. – AI means the topic is Artificial Intelligence hype – Read More…

Culture Science

Science denial?: What planet are some people living on?

Abstract at ScienceDirect: Science denialism poses a serious threat to human health and the long-term sustainability of human civilization. Although it has recently been rather extensively discussed, this discussion has rarely been connected to the extensive literature on pseudoscience and the science-pseudoscience demarcation. This contribution argues that science denialism should be seen as one of Read More…

Cell biology Design inference

New instruction manual discovered for repairing broken DNA

From ScienceDaily: Drexel University and Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have discovered how the Rad52 protein is a crucial player in RNA-dependent DNA repair. The results of their study, published in Molecular Cell, reveal a surprising function of the homologous recombination protein Rad52. They also may help to identify new therapeutic targets for cancer treatment. Read More…

Human evolution

Neanderthal dentistry?

From ScienceDaily: A discovery of multiple toothpick grooves on teeth and signs of other manipulations by a Neanderthal of 130,000 years ago are evidence of a kind of prehistoric dentistry, according to a new study led by a University of Kansas researcher. As a package, this fits together as a dental problem that the Neanderthal Read More…

Culture Darwinism

Evolution is as real as gravity?

From Wim Hordijk at the Evolution Institute: Evolution is still all too often (but wrongly) downplayed as “just a theory” in public discussions. This is partly due to an unfortunate misunderstanding of what a theory means in science, as opposed to its common language meaning. Evolution by natural selection is much more than just a Read More…

Intelligent Design

What Thomas Aquinas Can Teach Modern Neuroscientists

Over at FT, Michael Egnor, professor of neurological surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, discusses the weaknesses of the materialist paradigm.  Sterile reductionist accounts bandied about in the 21st century are far less robust than the state of the art in the 13th century: We can do better science—and medicine—when we recognize that human Read More…

Peer review

Study suggesting human life span limit of 115-125 years draws fire

From RetractionWatch: The five papers in Nature are published as Brief Communications Arising, the journal’s way of flagging an important debate over a paper. The short papers provide new data to challenge a central part of a paper’s conclusions. The study’s authors, however, have responded to all five, defending their methods, especially their controversial decision Read More…

Intelligent Design Peer review

Is scientific publishing bad for science?

Because it is so profitable? Galileo would sure be amazed. But now this: From the Guardian: The core of Elsevier’s operation is in scientific journals, the weekly or monthly publications in which scientists share their results. Despite the narrow audience, scientific publishing is a remarkably big business. With total global revenues of more than £19bn, Read More…