Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
Evolution Plants

Why call it a phylogenetic tree … ?

… when it gets uprooted this often? From ScienceDaily (“Ancestors of Land Plants Revealed”, May 2, 2011), It was previously thought that land plants evolved from stonewort-like algae. However, new research published in BioMed Central’s open access journal BMC Evolutionary Biology shows that the closest relatives to land plants are actually conjugating green algae such Read More…

Origin Of Life

Origin of life: Murchison meteorite lobbed from asteroid “chemical factory”

“Asteroids make life’s raw materials” by Michael Marshall asks (New Scientist, 04 May 2011), offering as much evidence as can be mustered from the Murchison meteorite: The asteroid in question fell to Earth on 28 September 1969, landing on the outskirts of the village of Murchison in Victoria, Australia. Tests showed it was laced with amino Read More…

Mathematics

Wanted: Mathemagician to work with extremely large values of 1 …

About this odd recent job posting (math fix for neo-Darwinism), Doug Axe at Biologic Institute offers “Oxford seeks mathemagician” (May 5th, 2011): Scientists employ different rhetorical strategies to accomplish different things. That shouldn’t be surprising, perhaps, but for some it is. The reason is that while the public is very familiar with rhetorical shiftiness in Read More…

science education

Lobby group ratchets up the momentum to repeal Louisiana’s “critical thinking in science” bill

… via Important NameTM endorsements to repeal the 2008 Louisiana Science Education Act ( critical thinking in science education) not to be confused with the 42 Nobel laureates a couple of weeks ago. Repeal would be via SB70. Here’s Barbara Forrest’s op-ed in support of repeal. UD readers will remember Forrest as the “ID expert” Read More…

Intelligent Design Mathematics

Oxford mathematician John Lennox on the chances of life developing without a supermind to guide it

Here at MercatorNet, William West asks, “Has science buried God?” and answers, “No, far from it, an Oxford professor insists” (5 May 2011). He is reviewing the work of serious Christian Oxford mathematician and ID sympathizer John Lennox. Lennox goes through all the theories put forward to give credence to the idea that all of Read More…

Atheism Christian Darwinism

He said it: Can you pronounce “creatheism” right?

If so, maybe you are a Christian Darwinist and didn’t know it. Michael Dowd, impresario of the thirty-three ring circus around Christian Darwinism, describes his own position as “creatheism”: CREATHEISM: a concept introduced in the early 21st century, grounded in an empirical understanding of the nested emergent nature of divine creativity. For creatheists “God” is Read More…

Evolution Genomics

Genome duplication and the limits of evolution

“Genome Duplication Encourages Rapid Adaptation of Plants” (ScienceDaily, May 4, 2011) While nearly all animals have two sets of chromosomes — one set inherited from the maternal parent and the other inherited from the paternal parent — many plants are polyploids, meaning they have four or more chromosome sets. “Some botanists have wondered if polyploids Read More…

stasis

“Extremely ancient” genus stays put 150 million years

From ScienceDaily (May 5, 2011),we learn more about “if it ain’t broke, don’t …” Horsetail grass decidedly ain’t broke: “Horsetail Plant Developed Successful Set of Tools for Extreme Environments – For Millions of Years” The authors discovered that in many ways the morphology and anatomy of this fossilized Equisetum is indistinguishable from those of species Read More…

Darwinism Science

Darwinism now in same sort of mess that “floored” astrology – Fuller

Agnostic Warwick U sociologist Steve Fuller asks some questions in Dissent from Descent, Modern evolutionary theory, as we have seen in these pages, is subject to vagaries of interpretation just as fundamental as those that ultimately floored astrology. Here is a list: 1. Is the overall process of evolution directed or undirected- Lamarckian or Darwinian? If Read More…

Darwinism

He said it: Darwin’s Origin of Species “cannot be evaluated strictly as a work of hard science”

Darwin’s argument contains so many questionable assumptions, starting with his views about God, that it cannot be evaluated strictly as a work of hard science. It is not rigorously empirical in the way Mendel’s “Experiments in Plant Hybridization” is. To pick up Mendel’s concise and carefully reasoned paper after reading the circular and often cloudy Read More…

'Junk DNA'

The ballad of junk DNA

An unknown poet’s riff on “junk DNA”, arrived by post at the top secret UD bunker in an undisclosed, unimaginable location: (Would go well to tune of “Way Up on Old Smoky” – here. Try it! ) On top of our genome All covered with cash, I see BioLogos And they’re talkin’ trash.