Denyse O'Leary is the News blogger for Uncommon Descent
Darwinism Intelligent Design theism

Wintery Knight asks: Can one believe in both God and Darwinian evolution?

Matheson now blogs at (but, of course) Peaceful Science where he describes himself as a “secular humanist” (August 3, 2020). All of which raises a question: Do people embrace Darwinism and then lose their faith? Or is it more like this: Darwinism is a convenient and socially acceptable explanation for loss of faith, which may also have other roots?

Exoplanets Extraterrestrial life Intelligent Design

Astrophysicist: If there really are extraterrestrials, what difference would it make?

Scharf: “Eventually it might all just be a bit of a relief. We’ll neither be alone, nor surrounded by anything particularly extraordinary. Copernican mediocrity will be somewhat restored, and we can go back to worrying about everything else that can go wrong on our speck of rock and water as it sails through the cosmos.”

Cell biology Intelligent Design

Of 70,000 hitherto unknown viruses in the human gut, over 40% of proteins had no clear function

The reader comments that viruses cannot afford to carry around much non-functioning nucleic acid. More likely, the 43% that are mystery proteins do have a function. If even viruses are much more complex than we expect, what chance that all these complex systems arose by natural selection acting on random mutations (Darwinism)?

Education Intelligent Design Mathematics Racism

Jonathan Bartlett: Antiracism in Math Promotes Racism and Bad Math

Bartlett: … one thing that is helpful for parents, students, and teachers is for students to show their work. I know it can be hard to get students to do this. My own children hate to do it. However, being explicit about the steps in their reasoning is important for a number of reasons. First, showing their work helps students with harder problems… So, what does Equitable Math say about this practice? According to their published guide, “White supremacy culture shows up in math class when students are required to show their work”