Hmmm. In practice, that depends in part on what people would consider evidence and whether or not they would be convinced by the evidence offered. Here: Planet Earth formed around 4.5 billion years ago. The first primitive forms of life appeared about 4 billion years ago. Natural selection did the rest, giving rise to species increasingly […]
Jerry Fodor was one of the Altenberg 16* and author of What Darwin Got Wrong (2010). Correction: Jerry Fodor was interviewed in the book “The Altenberg 16” by Suzan Mazur (Chapter 3) but is not one of the 16 scientists that met at Altenberg in 2008. Pos-Darwinista writes to say that Fodor’s page at Rutgers University […]
Reddit. From Michael Byrne via Motherboard at Slashdot: “, some 73 percent of posts on Reddit are voted on by users that haven’t actually clicked through to view the content being rated.” Brilliant futures await them as Wikipedia editors, provided they are living on food stamps in Mom’s basement. New media help us understand what […]
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Maybe the arms are an illusion too… From ScienceDaily: Neuroscientists have shown how amputees can learn to control a robotic arm through electrodes implanted in the brain. The research details changes that take place in both sides of the brain used to control the amputated limb and the remaining, intact limb. The results show both […]
Most people mistakenly think that Intelligent Design is anti-evolution. That is not correct. To understand Intelligent Design’s criticism of evolution, it is important to pinpoint specifically where we believe evolutionary biology made a wrong turn and why it matters.
This sort of finding, assuming it holds up, is killing Darwinism. From ScienceDaily: The amount of close and comforting contact between infants and their caregivers can affect children at the molecular level, an effect detectable four years later, according to new research from the University of British Columbia and BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute. The […]
From Stephanie M. Lee at Buzzfeed: … It’s not the first time Cornell has looked into Wansink: In April, after critics publicly questioned four of Wansink’s papers related to pizza consumption, the university said it had found no scientific misconduct related to those papers. Wansink did not immediately return a request for comment about the […]
Abstract: Biological systems reach organizational complexity that far exceeds the complexity of any known inanimate objects. Biological entities undoubtedly obey the laws of quantum physics and statistical mechanics. However, is modern physics sufficient to adequately describe, model and explain the evolution of biological complexity? Detailed parallels have been drawn between statistical thermodynamics and the population-genetic […]
In a recent Nature article, Five Ways to Fix Statistics, the overwhelming consensus of the authors were that science needs to incorporate more philosophy.
Recently, a claim whistled through the pop science media: Bonobos help strangers without being asked, therefore human are not special. The claim is noteworthy only for the authors’ apparent assumption that most readers don’t realize that many animals help without being asked, provided they have any idea what to do. Usually, they don’t. The animals-are-just-fuzzy-people […]
A reluctant physics student wrote to our physics color commentator Rob Sheldon for help recently. What, he asks, is this paper all about: — Journal of High Energy Physics May 2017, 2017:136 Supersymmetric many-body systems from partial symmetries — integrability, localization and scrambling Authors Pramod Padmanabhan, Soo-Jong Rey, Daniel Teixeira, Diego Trancanelli Email author Open […]
Via Wuthrich at philosophy of physics blog Taking Up Spacetime, Workshop: “Naturalness, Hierarchy, and Fine-Tuning” Workshop Description: The requirement of naturalness has long served as an influential constraint on model-building in elementary particle physics. Yet there are many ways of understanding what, precisely, this requirement amounts to, from restrictions on the amount of fine-tuning that […]
It ranks right up there with “What is a species?” From Derek J. Skillings at Aeon: Evolution itself is meant to tell us which entities count as individuals. Because natural selection is the engine of evolution, Hull said, we need to account for individuality in terms of what is required for selection. At their most […]
From ScienceDaily: Duplications of large segments of noncoding [junk] DNA in the human genome may have contributed to the emergence of differences between humans and nonhuman primates, according to results presented at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) 2017 Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla. Identifying these duplications, which include regulatory sequences, and their effect […]