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Christian Darwinism Culture Intelligent Design

Agnostic sociologist on the “Darwinian wars”

Steve Fuller, reviewing Conor Cunningham’s Darwin’s Pious Idea: Why the Ultra-Darwinists and Creationists Both Get It Wrong (Eerdmans, 2011) for Times Higher (24 March 2011), comments, Let me start by conceding the central, most controversial thesis argued in this book: that neo-creationism and ultra-Darwinism are opposing offshoots of the same modernist root. Both read the Read More…

Intelligent Design Mind

Atheist philosopher Raymond Tallis trashes “Darwinitis,” strikes blow for reality of consciousness

In “Human consciousness is much more than mere brain activity,” Mark Vernon writes, “When we meditate or use our powers of perception, we call on more than just a brain” (The Guardian, June17, 2011): How does the animated meat inside our heads produce the rich life of the mind? Why is it that when we Read More…

Culture

US Republican presidential runner Michele Bachmann explicitly supports ID in public schools?

in an “everything on the table….let the students decide” approach, says HuffPost. Could she possibly be channelling her own base? Michele Bachmann expressed skepticism of evolution at the Republican Leadership Conference in New Orleans, Friday. “I support intelligent design,” Bachmann told reporters following her speech at the conference, CNN reports. “What I support is putting all Read More…

Mind Neuroscience

Spotted!: “irreducible complexity” used (misused?) in popular literature

In Incognito, Baylor College of Medicine’s “rock star” neuroscientist David Eagleman argues for  neuroscience to determine prison sentences, using the term: Not everyone with a brain tumour undertakes a mass shooting, and not all males commit crimes. Why not? As we will see in the next chapter, it is because genes and environment interact in Read More…

Human evolution

“Evolve faster, Schmiddle. We can’t afford to just hire smarter help.”

At MSNBC (6/16/2011), Jennifer Walsh advises us, “Humans are evolving slower than thought” and that “We probably separated from chimps evolutionarily longer ago than expected.”: The researchers found that on average, humans seem to have about 60 new mutations passed down every generation — that’s 60 changes out of 6 billion letters, or bases, that Read More…

Christian Darwinism Intelligent Design

Popcorn: New Christian Darwinist film portrays ID guys as in it for “PR or political reasons or … ”

Here. The BioLogos crowd seems to have a hard time critiquing intelligent design without casting aspersions on the character and motives of those with whom they disagree. Darrel Falk, after briefly granting in the video that intelligent design proponents are motivated by “wonderful reasons,” turns right around and sticks in the stiletto. What’s the real Read More…

Intelligent Design Philosophy Science

Philosopher asks reasonable questions about intelligent design. Not a first, because …

Because Brad Monton was here first. Here, in A Summary of Scientific Method SpringerBriefs in Philosophy, 2011, Peter Kosso tackles “Is intelligent design science” – a topic that used to be confined union hall megaphones and humanist picket signs (except always expressed as a negative assertion): Is the theory of intelligent design scientific or not? Read More…

'Junk DNA' Darwinism

If you make a prediction and it doesn’t happen …

In 2010, University of California Distinguished Professor of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology John C. Avise published a book titled Inside the Human Genome: A Case for Non-Intelligent Design, in which he wrote that “noncoding repetitive sequences–‘ junk DNA’–comprise the vast bulk (at least 50%, and probably much more) of the human genome.” Avise argued that Read More…

Culture Darwinism

People apologised when the speaker for design was shouted down, but …

At Evolution News & Views today, our JonathanM describes (June 16, 2011) an encounter with a true blue dyed-in-the-wool slam dunk total believing Darwinist (the Aristotle of Morris, Minnesota, US): Colliding With The Pharyngula: My Encounter With PZ MyersMyers did mention the questions at the beginning of his lecture (describing yours truly as a “flaming Read More…