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Journal Nature: Stuck with a battle it dare not fight, even for the soul of science

From Sarah Chaffee at ENV: Two Days After Warning Against “Anti-Science” Label, Nature Calls Academic Freedom “Anti-Science” From the headline of the piece you might think you were reading some online tabloid. But guess again. Published in Nature on May 12 and republished by Scientific American, Erin Ross’s article declares, “Revamped ‘anti-science’ education bills in Read More…

Philosophy Religion Science

First Things, on Plantinga’s surprising Templeton win

From William Doino, Jr. at First Things: To appreciate his achievement, one should start by noting what Plantinga had to overcome. As Heather Templeton Dill said, announcing this year’s prize: When Dr. Plantinga began his career in the late 1950’s, most academic philosophers deliberately rejected religiously informed philosophy. But early on, Dr. Plantinga defended a Read More…

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Confusing Probability: The “Every-Sequence-Is-Equally-Improbable” Argument

Note to Readers: The past few days on this thread there has been tremendous activity and much discussion about the concept of probability.  I had intended to post this OP months ago, but found it still in my drafts folder yesterday mostly, but not quite fully, complete.  In the interest of highlighting a couple of the issues Read More…

Atheism Extraterrestrial life

Kirk Durston: Would ET life doom atheism?

Readers may recall that NASA wonders how world religions would react if alien life were found. But Kirk Durston wonders at ENV whether atheism would survive. The probability of life spontaneously self-assembling anywhere in this universe is mind-staggeringly unlikely; essentially zero. If you are so unquestioningly naïve as to believe we just got incredibly lucky, Read More…

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Philosophy: Journal questions prevailing assumptions about ourselves

A friend writes to mention an online open access journal, Cosmos and History: Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal of natural and social philosophy. It serves those who see philosophy’s vocation in questioning and challenging prevailing assumptions about ourselves and our place in the world, developing Read More…

Artificial Intelligence

Kasparov on augmented vs artificial intelligence

From Garry Kasparov at TED: Advanced Chess found its home on the internet, and in 2005, a so-called freestyle chess tournament produced a revelation. A team of grandmasters and top machines participated, but the winners were not grandmasters, not a supercomputer. The winners were a pair of amateur American chess players operating three ordinary PCs at Read More…

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Researchers surprised to discover new lymphatic system in brain

From ScienceDaily: University of Queensland scientists discovered a new type of lymphatic brain “scavenger” cell by studying tropical freshwater zebrafish — which share many of the same cell types and organs as humans. Lead researcher Associate Professor Ben Hogan from UQ’s Institute for Molecular Bioscience said the fundamental discovery would help scientists understand how the Read More…

News Philosophy Science

When is consensus in science based on knowledge and when is it just circling the wagons?

A friend draws attention to an interesting 2013 article by Boaz Miller in Synthese: Scientific consensus is widely deferred to in public debates as a social indicator of the existence of knowledge. However, it is far from clear that such deference to consensus is always justified. The existence of agreement in a community of researchers Read More…

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Researchers: Darwin’s finches not typical example of evolution at all

Researchers: This system is exceptional in terms of the rates of evolutionary change and adaptive divergence, and it is likely that this may be due to the uncommon circumstances posed by the isolated and fragmented Galápagos landscape. At Molecular Ecology: Abstract: Beak shape in Darwin’s ground finches (Geospiza) is emblematic of natural selection and adaptive Read More…

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Darwinism: Misfits do better than theory predicts

From ScienceDaily: Evolutionary biologists have long assumed that when an individual of a species wanders into a different environment than it is adapted to, it will be at a competitive disadvantage compared to natives of the same species which are adapted to that environment. Studying fish in Canada, scientists found the opposite. … Evolutionary theory Read More…