Coyne: If our capacity for reason gives us the “capacity to know immaterial reality and act on our knowledge”, then how come every religion has a different conception of immaterial reality?
This doesn’t leave a lot of time for Darwinian evolution (natural selection acting on random mutation). Not nearly enough, in fact.
The more sobbing, screaming teens are paraded in front of the public, the more reasonable climate skepticism begins to sound.
Michael Egnor: A shimmering example of atheist idiocy (there is no other word for it) is Jerry Coyne’s recent argument, at Why Evolution Is True, against God’s existence in his post on David Attenborough’s agnosticism.
Sure sounds like it. But hey, no one owns a general idea. No dispute there. But if people are going to start talking like ID guys, they had better remember the troll spray.
Apparently, bird droppings are not corrosive or hard to remove because of uric acid because there is little uric acid in them. As the wag once said, it’s not what we know that’s the problem; it’s what we know that ain’t so.
Michael Egnor: If consciousness is merely a property of the brain, it has no agency—no power to cause anything—in itself. Properties can’t do anything. For example, if you hit a nail with a yellow hammer, you hit it with the hammer, not with the yellow.
on the mystery of the origin of life: From the blurb: Dr. Tour is one of the world’s top synthetic organic chemists. He has authored 680 scientific publications and holds more than 120 patents (here is a partial list). In 2014, Thomson Reuters named him one of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds,” and in Read More…
But don’t tell neuroscientist Michael Graziano, who has set his sights on figuring out consciousness from a materialist perspective. Let it be a surprise
Researchers: It is not, as is generally believed, hydrogen bonds which bind together the two sides of the DNA structure. Instead, water is the key.
Note: 3M Canada’s response has been mere dismay, with no suggestion that it might be useful to ask whether anything has happened recently to cause the erosion of trust. Sure. That’ll help.
Listen to this: People’s lives may depend on other people not speaking out. For example about design in nature.
Free excerpts from The Magician’s Twin.
The failure to do so is consistent with Bill Dembski’s notion of displacement. Put simply, to develop complex functional systems, you can shift design around but you can’t actually get rid of it.
In everyday life, we casually throw around the terms “confidence,” “chance,” and “likely.” We sometimes attach numbers too. We say that an event has a 90% chance of occurring. But, what do we mean by a “90% chance”?