Chemistry Darwinism Darwinist rhetorical tactics Evolution Origin Of Life

Is OOL Part of Darwinian Evolution?

Recently I had a lengthy discussion with an acquaintance about evolution and the various concepts and claims that we find under the heading of the word “evolution.”  At one point I brought up the origin of life and he promptly insisted: “that’s not part of evolution.” “Perhaps,” I offered, “but consider that the origin of […]

Mind Neuroscience

Claim: Human brains evolved to need exercise

From ScienceDaily: UA anthropologist David Raichlen and UA psychologist Gene Alexander, who together run a research program on exercise and the brain, propose an “adaptive capacity model” for understanding, from an evolutionary neuroscience perspective, how physical activity impacts brain structure and function. Their argument: As humans transitioned from a relatively sedentary apelike existence to a […]

Epigenetics Genetics

Animals’ social experience modifies genes?

So genes don’t rule?  From ScienceDaily: Mice have a reputation for timidity. Yet when confronted with an unfamiliar peer, a mouse may respond by rearing, chasing, grappling, and biting — and come away with altered sensitivity toward future potential threats. What changes in the brain of an animal when its behavior is altered by experience? […]

Cosmology Mind

The universe may be “conscious?”

From Philip Perry at BigThink: What consciousness is and where it emanates from has stymied great minds in societies across the globe since the dawn of speculation. In today’s world, it’s a realm tackled more and more by physicists, cognitive scientists, and neuroscientists. There are a few prevailing theories. The first is materialism. This is […]

Evolution

Fish invaded land suddenly, not slowly

From ScienceDaily: Their findings have just been published in the research journal Nature. “It forces a radical rethink of what evolution was capable of among the first tetrapods,” said project lead Jason Anderson, a paleontologist and Professor at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). Before this study, ancient tetrapods — the ancestors […]

Culture Education Intelligent Design Religion

Richard Dawkins: Religious ed is a key school subject

Bad news for Separation of Church and State lawyers. From Laura Geggel at LiveScience: Despite his criticism of intelligent design and creationism, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins told people at a science festival this past the weekend that he believes religious education is a key subject for schoolchildren. Dawkins, who is open about his atheism, said […]

Culture Religion You're a Nazi/fascist/racist/fundy/creationist etc

Why are so many Americans young Earth creationists?

Asks BioLogos’s Jim Stump at at Christian Today, sneering: But after this initial good news, what strikes many people in the UK and elsewhere in the world is that there are still almost 40 per cent of Americans who are young earth creationists, holding beliefs that are contradicted by the overwhelming majority of scientists (in a […]

Climate change Intelligent Design Science

Forrest Mims: Skepticism now gone from science

At at Watt’s Up with That: Traditional science required a skeptical view of one’s own findings until they could be replicated, especially by others. Unfortunately, skepticism has been deleted from the latest edition of “On Being a Scientist,” a widely-read booklet published by the National Academies of Science. When I asked the NAS about this […]