Richard Carrier thinks so. Someone suggested this idea for an Uncommon Descent contest: Watch the vid and count the logical fallacies. If it seems interesting, note your responses here, and we’ll count your comment as an entry when the contest is announced.
Here. Here’s the paper. PowerPoint here. Here’s the news story. Here’s Sewell’s comments. Uncommon Descent adds its commendation to the editors of Applied Mathematical Letters for doing the right thing: From Retraction Watch:
Math journal retracted one of our UD authors’ accepted article only because Darwinist blogger complained A brief, lay-friendly, look at Sewell’s stifled paper is here. Comment on it’s significance here. This just in: Granville Sewell on the controversy. [This post will remain at the top of the page until 5:00 pm EST. For reader convenience, […]
In “Coping With Climate Change: Can We Predict Which Species Will Be Able to Move Far or Fast Enough to Adapt?” (ScienceDaily, June 4, 2011), we learn: As global temperatures rise, suitable sites for many plants and animals are shifting to cooler and higher ground. Can we predict which species will be able to move […]
“A new find has muddied the waters on the origins of Homo erectus,” Nature confides. Hammered them to bits, actually. Reid Ferring, an anthropologist at the University of North Texas in Denton, and his colleagues excavated the Dmanisi site in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia. They found stone artefacts — mostly flakes that were dropped […]
It would be useful to know, in light of the recent Christianity Today cover story on Christian Darwinism in general and Francis’ Collins’s BioLogosin particular. Here, for example, in Karl Giberson and Francis Collins’s The Language of Science and Faith, they inform us, We suggest that Darwin’s theory of evolution, now that it has been confirmed […]
Recently, Uncommon Descent’s vjtorley posed seven questions to physicist Sean Carroll, Senior Research Associate in Physics at the California Institute of Technology. Carroll had written an article, “Does the Universe need God?” for The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity. Now Carroll has answered the questions, and given us permission to post his response here: […]
How common is common descent?A question worth asking, in light of a new paper: Casey Luskin advises (Evolution News & Views, June 3, 2011) that “Study Reports a Whopping “23% of Our Genome” Contradicts Standard Human-Ape Evolutionary Phylogeny”: We’ve recently discussed different genetic studies on primate relationships were finding contradictory evolutionary trees. As discussed, one […]
In Probability’s Nature and the Nature of Probability, Don Johnson discusses the trilobite eye: Physicist Riccardo Levi-Setti observes, “In fact, this optical doublet is a device so typically associated with human invention that its discovery in trilobites comes as something of a shock. The realization that trilobites developed and used such devices half a billion […]
Expelled’s Caroline Crocker, now executive director of AITSE, and author of Free to Think, describes how she first began to get hints that she was decidedly not free to think, in biology. She asked, Control mechanisms in cells are like intricate circuit boards; how could something like this evolve through random mutation?
In “Antimatter atoms trapped for 16 minutes” Emily Chung reports (CBC News, June 6, 2011), The scientists’ recent achievement has extended the experimental lifetime of antihydrogen atoms 5,000-fold since the ALPHA experiment — an international collaboration Fujiwara is part of — first figured out how to trap them at all. This is, scientists say, enough […]
In “Going ape: Ultraviolence and our primate cousins,” New Scientist’s News Editor, Rowan Hooper, reviewing a book on ape violence, riffs, Josephine Head, also of the Max Planck Institute, describes how she tracked a trail of blood from where chimps had been vocalising loudly the night before, and made a horrible discovery: the spread-eagled body […]
In Ferris Jabr’s “Early mammals were brainy and nosy,” (New Scientist, 19 May 2011), we learn: The evident importance of smell and touch to these tiny proto-mammals hints at their lifestyle. The 190-million–year-old animals probably navigated dark burrows and skittered through leaf litter hunting insects – activities greatly helped by sensitive smell and touch. And thus […]
… when he said, “We need to use the effective theory of Darwinian natural selection of those Societies most likely to survive. We assign them a higher value.” Even the interviewer, it turns out, didn’t know what he meant, and has been trying to find out.
From a recent study: “More Americans Praying About Health, Study Says; No Correlation Found Between Prayer for Health and Lack of Health Insurance ScienceDaily, May 23, 2011)”: While prayer about health issues increased across all groups, from 43 percent in 2002 to 49 percent in 2007, the data indicated that people with the highest incomes were […]