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 […]
Here’s the Web site for Jonathan Wells’ The Myth of Junk DNA . You can read an excerpt here, and articles here Here’s the Uncommon Descent interview with Wells. Here’s the vid.
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 […]
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 […]
Blogger Wintery Knight, a programmer by day, comments on neo-Darwinism’s view of how information gets encoded: Imagine a materialist CIO who thought that code was written by large numbers of monkeys pounding at keyboards instead of by engineers. He would be firing all the software engineers and replacing them with monkeys in […]
“…liberals, when you mention Christ, they will bring up’Darwin.” True? False? No fair? On to something? Hat tip: Five Feet of Fury (“A blog. A lawsuit. A way of life. Posting daily since 2000. ‘Kathy Shaidle is one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our day’ – Mark Steyn.”)
On the other hand, … modern medicine owes nothing to Darwinism. For one thing, mortality from infectious diseases in the West began declining before 1859, due in large part to public health measures such as the provision of sewage disposal systems and safe water supplies.10 It also included personal hygiene, as the story of Hungarian […]
… we hope readers will agree with us that the relevant part of our origins is not the story of how we acquired the specific details of our body plan – ten fingers, two ears, one nose – or how we lack a marsupial pouch to carry our newborns, or why potty-training takes so long. […]
This paper in RNA argues the case: Pseudogenes: Pseudo-functional or key regulators in health and disease?
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 […]
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 […]
… 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 […]
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 […]
“OK; so if Darwin got it wrong, what do you guys think is the mechanism of evolution?” Short answer: we don’t know what the mechanism of evolution is. As far as we can make out, nobody knows exactly how phenotypes evolve. We think that, quite possibly, they evolve in lots of different ways; perhaps there […]
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 […]