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

Life forms that never change are telling us something about evolution. Why avoid it?, David Tyler asks

Following up his comments on the stunning half billion years of changelessness (stasis) demonstrated by the pterobranch, David Tyler now addresses the unchanging cricket, one of whose fossils was found from 100 million years ago: He comments on howthe fact that many life forms seem motionless in time is handled in the science literature: It is […]

Extraterrestrial life

Idle moment: If a life-friendly planet orbited a binary star system, would the flowers be black?

  Maybe: ScienceDaily (Apr. 16, 2011) – A sky with two suns is a favourite image for science fiction films, but how would a binary star system affect life  evolving on an orbiting planet? Jack O’Malley-James of the University of St Andrews has studied what plants might be like on an Earth-like  planet with two […]

Darwinism Self-Org. Theory

PZ Myers “repositioning” himself? Also, the French discover Yankee Darwinists

And the French react the way they do to British cuisine … New Zealand journalist Suzan Mazur interviews French scientist Vincent Fleury, who investigates origin of form with experiments involving cellular flow. The topic of P.Z. Myers, dean of American Darwinism and darling of Nature, came up: Suzan Mazur: PZ Myers, the Howard Stern of […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cosmology Intelligent Design

Dark matter still elusive?

In “Dark matter no-show at sensitive underground lab” (New Scientist, 14 April 2011), Celeste Biever reports that the WIMPs (yes, yes,) wimped out: It’s just like a wimp to be a no-show when summoned for interrogation. That seems to be the result of an experiment to detect the weakly interacting massive particles, or WIMPs, thought […]