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How does natural selection do it? No, this is not a rhetorical question!

Ferns provide model for tiny motors powered by evaporation Scientists looked to ferns to create a novel energy scavenging device that uses the power of evaporation to move itself — materials that could provide a method for powering micro and nano devices with just water or heat. “We’ve shown that this idea works,” said Michel Read More…

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Darwinism: A House Divided

Here’s an illuminating book review. We are increasingly seeing two streams of Darwinism — one which says there’s no problem reconciling it with religion; the other which sees the two as completely incompatible. As the reviewer notes: “Stanovich takes the hard line that accepting darwinism has to mean opposing virtually all religious beliefs. He praises Read More…

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Does the Pope oppose the blind watchmaker thesis?

Here is the link to the full Vatican Radio published transcript of the Pope’s Regensburg address Sept 12th 2006 together with a relevant extract: http://www.oecumene.radiovaticana.org/en1/Articolo.asp?c=94805 We believe in God. This is a fundamental decision on our part. But is such a thing still possible today? Is it reasonable? From the Enlightenment on, science, at least Read More…

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“Vatican: Pope Slams Evolution”

Perhaps the significance of this announcement should be read in light Ken Miller’s pronouncement that the Pope should embrace Darwinian evolution and urge Catholics to reject intelligent design: http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/kenneth_miller/2006/09/miller.html. Vatican: Pope slams evolution Source: http://ansa.it/main/notizie/awnplus/english/news/2006-09-12_1128196.html ‘Accounts about Man don’t add up without God’ says pontiff (ANSA) – Regensburg, September 12 – Pope Benedict XVI on Read More…

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Who said Darwinists weren’t a barrel of laughs?

Check out Jeffrey K. McKee’s book The Riddled Chain. McKee, as you might recall, stood in the way of Bryan Leonard completing his dissertation work at Ohio State University (blogged here). As Jonathan Wells noted in his Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design, “Bryan Leonard is a high school teacher who for the Read More…

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Ken Miller is a creationist — although you didn’t hear it from me

Paul Myers, no longer content to shoot himself in the foot, is now focusing on more vital parts of his anatomy. Check out the following: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2006/09/ken_miller_creationist.php. Ken Miller is the best friend Myers and his merry band of atheists ever had, putting a veneer of respectability and religious tolerance over the village atheism of Darwin’s Read More…

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Replacing the Ten Commandments with Icons of Darwin . . .

From www.thebrites.org: The caption reads: “The BRITES is working through legal channels to have statues of Darwin installed in United States court houses to replace the recently outlawed ten commandments. This is a photo of a statue given to the citizens of Dover, PA from The BRITES and is currently on display in the lobby Read More…

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Evolution debate hits Kenya

Furious evolution debate hits famed Kenyan museum Lillian Omariba AFP September 5, 2006 NAIROBI — The global debate between scientists and conservative Christians over evolution has hit Kenya, where an exhibit of one of the world’s finest collections of early hominid fossils is under threat. As the famed National Museum of Kenya (NMK) prepares to Read More…

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Dobzhansky’s Myth

The “Nothing in Biology Makes Sense Except in the Light of Evolution” Myth: An Empirical Study and Evaluation Jerry Bergman, Ph.D. Abstract It is commonly claimed that Darwinism is the cornerstone of the life sciences and that “nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.” To evaluate this claim I reviewed both Read More…

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Is a materialistic approach to teaching the origin of life inherently atheistic and therefore religious?

[There’s] a new 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that approaches the issue of teaching origin-of-life theories in public schools from a new angle . . . Few are aware that the courts have ruled atheism is a religion for the purposes of the First Amendment in 2005 and thought about its implications on the teaching of origin-of-life Read More…

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Steve Fuller reviews Francis Collins

God and science: You just can’t please everyone A Review of Francis Collins’s The Language of God By Steve Fuller From NewScientist 26 August 2006, p. 48. Denying the real conflict between religion and science is a sure formula for confusion, finds STEVE FULLER. ————– Let me start by declaring an interest: I am that Read More…

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Catholic hierarchy on slippery slope

Once the discussion of biological origins opens up in the way the good Cardinal proposes (see below), it’s over for standard evolutionary theory. To be sure, the distinction between “evolutionism” as philosophy and “evolution” as science is valid and at first blush may seem like a way to keep evolution safe. But this distinction is Read More…