Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
stasis

Darwinists ignoring stasis [no evolution change for eons] is “denialism”, physicist charges

David Tyler reports that “The earliest pterobranch reveals stasis”: A modern-day pterobranch genus is Rhabdopleura. An informative description is provided here. Comparing the new fossil and Rhabdopleura leads to the exclamation: “You don’t look a day over 500 million years. You and Rhabdopleura could be sisters”. The detail has led to comments such as this Read More…

science education

Resources: Try before you buy – textbook reviews re evolution teaching

From Britain’s Truth in Science, reviews of how evolution is taught in textbooks from such sources as Oxford and Cambridge. For example, about “Biological Science 1 & 2 – Cambridge University Press”, we learn, This textbook has frequent caveats and disclaimers when explaining evolution, but also has dogmatic assertions, which sometimes makes the text highly Read More…

Darwinism Intelligent Design Philosophy

A walk through history: How the great Karl Popper avoided getting …

… Expelled The late Karl Popper, universally regarded as a referee of what constitutes a valid scientific theory, complained that Darwinian selection is not, strictly speaking, a scientific theory because it can neither make predictions nor be rigorously tested abve the micro-level, where it is a mere truism. Unlike Einstein’s theory of gravity, the idea Read More…

Intelligent Design

Geoscience education: Should numbers rule or words?

This* paper suggests that geoscience education struggles with  quantitative vs. qualitative research methods: Geoscience education and geocognition researchers are an interesting group. As geoscientists, we work in the world of natural processes, and we speak a language that quantifies and categorizes our observations in an orderly fashion. As education researchers, however, we enter a different Read More…

Religion

Video: A strong, a perfect plea?

It’s Sunday, and here’s UCLA law professor Daniel Lowenstein questioning Oxford Christian mathematician (and ID sympathizer) John Lennox and on grounds for faith (April 6, 2011). Here’s Lennox vs.Christopher Hitchens. Here he gets Richard Dawkins to admit that a serious case can be made for God. He had debated Dawkins before.

Neuroscience

This is your brain on neuroscience: Stop the misuse for political purposes

Holly Bailey tells us, courtesy Yahoo News, (Apr 11, 11:41) “Will President Obama and the House GOP ever agree? Science suggests no”: Using data from MRI scans, researchers at the University College London found that self-described liberals have a larger anterior cingulate cortex–a gray matter of the brain associated with understanding complexity. Meanwhile, self-described conservatives Read More…

Intellectual freedom Intelligent Design

Free excerpts from Nancy Pearcey’s Saving Leonardo

Here are some excerpts from Nancy Pearcey’s Saving Leonardo, and some articles, not for the faint of heart. For example, Secularism has crippled America’s ability to respond effectively to such threats, because it reduces morality to the subjective level—to personal feelings or ethnic tradition. These are things that cannot be rationally debated.Persuasion gives way to Read More…

Cosmology

Galaxy started forming stars only 200 million years after the Big Bang?

From the “earlier than thought” files, galaxies From ScienceDaily (Apr. 12, 2011): Using the amplifying power of a cosmic gravitational lens, astronomers have discovered a distant galaxy whose stars were born unexpectedly early in cosmic history. This result sheds new light on the formation of the first galaxies, as well as on the early evolution Read More…