Intelligent Design Naturalism Philosophy

Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor replies to “nature shows no purpose” philosopher

From neurosurgeon Michael Egnor at Evolution News & Views: Materialists struggle with purpose in nature, because their ideology rules out natural purposes, and yet purpose is obvious everywhere in nature. How can materialists reconcile their ideology with quite contradictory facts? They talk gibberish. The current buzzword is entropy, which allegedly prevents purpose. … While entropy Read More…

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Philosopher: The universe does not care about purpose but we should anyway

From Joseph P.Carter at the New York Times: Entropy is antagonistic to intrinsic purpose. It’s about disorder. Aristotle’s world and pretty much the dominant understanding of the physical universe until the Copernican Revolution is all about inherent order and permanence. But the universe as we understand it tells us nothing about the goal or meaning Read More…

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A. N. Wilson’s forthcoming book on Darwin as fraud

Further to “Well, we don’t hear this from Brit toffs every day: Darwin was a fraud!,” which seems to have stirred up the underbrush, A. N. Wilson is coming out with a new book (September 17), Charles Darwin: Victorian Mythmaker, A radical reappraisal of Charles Darwin from the bestselling author of Victoria: A Life. From Read More…

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From Jack Collins on the “science vs. Bible” controversy re the ancient Canaanites

At Sapientia: Breaking News: Science Disproves the Bible Briefly, traditional media worldwide swallowed the claim that the Bible said the Canaanites were wiped out. No one apparently knew that the opposite is the case, or cared, in any event. A study in genomic sciences that was on most counts not newsworthy has made big headlines Read More…

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People who do not attend church more likely to believe in ghosts, UFOs

From Clay Routledge at New York Times: Furthermore, evidence suggests that the religious mind persists even when we lose faith in traditional religious beliefs and institutions. Consider that roughly 30 percent of Americans report they have felt in contact with someone who has died. Nearly 20 percent believe they have been in the presence of Read More…

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Clue about antimatter: Does it depend on how neutrinos behave vs. antineutrinos?

From University of Bern at ScienceDaily: Neutrinos and antineutrinos, sometimes called ghost particles because difficult to detect, can transform from one type to another. The international T2K Collaboration announces a first indication that the dominance of matter over antimatter may originate from the fact that neutrinos and antineutrinos behave differently during those oscillations. This is Read More…

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Teaching evolution to creationist students

From David Warmflash at Genetic Literacy Project: There’s a problem facing college biology educators on how to teach evolution in a setting where many students hold creationist views. These evolution deniers are not a fringe element on college campuses, even among students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. There are substantial numbers of Read More…

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National Geographic: Water bears could survive most Earth-shattering disasters

From Casey Smith at National Geographic: In essence, the researchers say, only the death of the sun will ultimately lead to the total extinction of life on Earth, including tardigrade [water bears]. “It seems that life, once it gets going, is hard to wipe out entirely,” Sloan says. “Huge numbers of species, or even entire Read More…

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Researcher: Chance, not environment, caused man to evolve

From ScienceDaily: Dr. Barr used computer simulation to model what the fossil record might look like over time in the absence of any climate change and found clusters of species originations that were of similar magnitude to the clusters observed in the fossil record. This means random patterns are likely under-credited for their role in Read More…

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Marchin,’ Marchin’ becomes an institution

Pos-Darwinista writes to draw our attention to A quick guide to effective grassroots advocacy for scientists Abstract: The current political climate in the United States has mobilized scientists to become more cognizant of the need to advocate for sustainable science funding from the federal government and for acceptance of evidence-based policy making that relies on Read More…

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New evidence of supernova shock wave as origin of our solar system

From ScienceDaily: Because all the iron-60 from the Solar System’s formation has long since decayed, Telus’ research, published in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, focused on its daughter product, nickel-60. The amount of nickel-60 found in meteorite samples — particularly in comparison to the amount of stable, “ordinary” iron-56 — can indicate how much iron-60 was Read More…