After analysing the traits present in Xiaotingia and its relations, Xu and his colleagues are suggesting that the creatures bear more resemblance to the dinosaurs Velociraptor and Microraptor than to early birds, and so belong in the dinosaur group Deinonychosauria rather than in the bird group, Avialae. Many features led the team to this decision, […]
In “Are We Alone In the Universe? New Analysis Says Maybe” (LiveScience, 25 July 2011) Natalie Wolchover reports Scientists engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) work under the assumption that there is, in fact, intelligent life out there to be found. A new analysis may crush their optimism. Hey, Wolchover, have faith! they’ve […]
The beautiful little film about why the Cambrian explosion is a problem for Darwinism, here. Also view The Privileged Planet free – another beautiful, controversial little pic, about why the late, revered Carl Sagan should have known he was “not being truthful” about Earth being just yer average planet.
Here: In his 1518-page “European Declaration of Independence,” Breivik reveals himself as an unapologetic champion of modern biology and the scientific worldview. Indeed, despite his right-wing views in some areas, he does not believe that the progress of science can be left to private enterprise. Instead, it requires lavish and permanent support by the state. […]
In “Fundamentalist Christian or Deranged Social Darwinist?” (Evolution News & Views, July 27, 2011), political scientist John G. West tells us that the guy didn’t want Christians (for example) involved in public policy: Breivik harbors a special concern that Christians not be able to influence issues related to science and public policy “in any way.” […]
Here: Scientists at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute have found that when just 10 percent of the population holds an unshakable belief, their belief will always be adopted by the majority of the society. The scientists, who are members of the Social Cognitive Networks Academic Research Center (SCNARC) at Rensselaer, used computational and analytical methods to discover […]
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Judge, 1910, on Darwin’s Origin of Species, “No book dealing with a scientific subject had ever, I suppose, been so largely read by people who were not scientific.”
Vid: 50 famous academics on God
At New Scientist (25 July 2011), Richard Webb asks, “Should we worry about what the LHC is not finding?” Skeptical math guy Peter Woit certainly thinks so (here). Webb reports, Supersymmetry proposes that every particle predicted by the standard model has a meatier cousin that turns up only at extremely high energies. But the LHC […]
How granny evolved so as not to be thrown under the bus
In “Why Do Parrots Talk? Venezuelan Site Offers Clues” (Science, 22 July 2011) Virginia Morell explains Researchers have discovered details of the parrotlets’ ecology and life histories, and the project has now entered a new phase focusing on their communicative skills. Last week, researchers reported that the contact calls of wild parrotlet nestlings—vocalizations that function […]
Here, from Etereae Studios. The part they don’t cover is “life,” but no one does.
In “Existence special: Cosmic mysteries, human questions,” New Scientist grapples with critical questions like Marcus Chown’s “Am I a hologram? (25 July, 2011): It sounds preposterous, yet there is already some evidence that it may be true, and we could know for sure within a couple of years. If it does turn out to be […]
Here’s a bunk detector for “evolution” claims from therapists and counsellors