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

No fossil rabbits in the Precambrian, but what about complex cells?

Asked what might disconfirm their theories about how speciation occurs, Darwinian evolutionists reply, “fossil rabbits in the Cambrian”. How about Precambrian? Dave Coppedge (yes, him) observes that No such fossil has ever been found, partly because any stratum containing a rabbit fossil would never have been labeled Precambrian in the first place. – “Precambrian Rabbit […]

Evolution Genetics Intelligent Design

Crocodiles swam to North America?

This charming tale, “Crocodiles swam the Atlantic to reach America” should be true, but some are undecided. Michael Marshall explains for New Scientist (11 May 2011), “Millions of years before Vikings crossed the Atlantic, crocodiles swam thousands of kilometres from Africa to colonise the Americas,” … all four American species are most closely related to […]

Darwinism Intelligent Design Religion

Catholics who dissent from spiritualized Darwinism may face lonely trek

It’s not the Church, exactly; it’s the fashions in who speaks for the church. The work of biologists and astronomers “had no more ardent supporter” than Jacques Maritain (1882-1973), but Although he was a giant of twentieth-century philosophy and (according to Pope Paul VI) a seminal influence on the Second Vatican Council, Maritain’s stock among […]

Philosophy Science

Philosophers used to lean toward science – and what’s happened since?, philosopher asks

In The New York Times (May 22, 2011), Justin E. H. Smith raises for discussion, “The Flight of Curiosity” from philosophy, noting that today’s budding philosopher may not even find curiosity an asset, compared to showing colleagues how perfectly focused she has been in graduate school,” and how little she knows of anything “that does […]

Intelligent Design stasis

Living fossil birch mouse

In “Birch Mouse Ancestor Discovered in Inner Mongolia Is New Species of Rare ‘Living Fossil’”, we learn that tiny fossil teeth (ScienceDaily May 25, 2011)” found in Inner Mongolia are “a new species of birch mouse, indicating that ancestors of the small rodent are much older than previously reported”:17 million years old as opposed to the previous […]

Intelligent Design

Atheists and agnostics who doubt “evolution”, look out. Sam Harris has your number

Doubt about evolution is merely a symptom of an underlying condition; the condition is faith itself – conviction without sufficient reason, hope mistaken for knowledge, bad ideas protectd from god ones, good ideas obscured by bad ones, wishful thinking elevated to a principle of salvation, etc.- Sam Harris The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine […]

Evolutionary psychology

He said it: Dinesh d’Souza vs. “evolutionary morality”

Dinesh D’Souza, well-known American commentator, offers a few in his book Life After Death: The Evidence (Regnery 2009) reflects on evolutionary psychology accounts of morality, for example, unidirectional skeptic Michael Shermer’s claim that “The best way to convince others that you are moral person is not to fake being a moral person but actually to […]

speciation

How many species are there, really?

In “Rewriting the textbooks: Noah’s shrinking ark” (part of a series on stuff in the textbooks that could use an airbrush), Kate Douglas (New Scientist, 23 May 2011) tackles the tangled problem of species, supposedly standing at 30 million, which she describes as “almost certainly a huge overestimate.” So not much is systematic apart from […]

Culture Global Warming Intelligent Design

Prager: Secular apocalypses undermine public’s view of science

Lots of people, including us folk at Uncommon Descent are accused of  “undermining science.” Dennis Prager, reflecting on last weekend’s “Prepare to Meet Thy Doom“-fest observes that secular apocalypses (that never really happen) have done our work for us: There is one major difference between leftist and religious doomsday scenarios. The religious readily acknowledge that […]

Intelligent Design

Bradley Monton on methodological naturalism and “control of the supernatural”

One of philosopher Robert Pennock’s arguments for methodological naturalism (which rules out evidence for design in nature in principle, because it cannot be considered) is that “we cannot control the supernatural:” Experimentation requires observation and control of the variables. We confirm causal laws by performing controlled experiments in whichthe hypothesized independent variable is made to […]