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In a Darwinian multiverse, Eugene Koonin could be both right and wrong an infinite number of times

In “The origin and early evolution of eukaryotes in the light of phylogenomics” (Genome Biology 2010, 11:209 ) Eugene V Koonin argues for endosymbiosis (organisms ingest other organisms, but the latter remain alive and provide a new function for the whole) to explain eukaryotes (complex cells, not bacteria): Phylogenomics of eukaryote supergroups suggest a highly Read More…

Darwinism Evolutionary biology

How Darwinists cope with being completely, utterly wrong

When suppression fails, they rewrite history. In “Darwin’s Theory of Descent with Modification, versus the Biblical Tree of Life,” Massey University molecular biologist David Penny admits that Darwin did not coin the expression “Tree of Life,” as in “Darwin’s Tree of Life”: There is a strong urban myth that Charles Darwin introduced and/or advocated a Read More…

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No evidence that there is enough time for evolution

No evidence that there is enough time for evolution[*] Lee M Spetner Redoxia Israel, Ltd. 27 Hakablan St., Jerusalem, Israel Abstract: A recent attempt was made to resolve the heretofore unaddressed issue of the estimated time for evolution, concluding that there was plenty of time. This would have been a very significant result had it Read More…

Evolutionary biology

Remember Dollo’s Law?: Once a trait was lost through evolution, it could not be regained.

Well, no one told the life forms about it, and frogs, snapdragons, and snakes, among other, apparently broke it with impunity, so that the “law” is in the process of being retired.* Now, a research team has, usefully, come up with estimates of the probability of mutations being reversible. From ScienceDaily (May 11, 2011): Physicists’ Read More…

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Theistic Evolutionists – How Do You See (Intelligent) Design?

Recently, I made a post regarding what I thought was an encouraging moment at Biologos, where a guest writer frankly speculated about how God could work through evolution. In the comments section, some discussion was had about just how rare or common such views are among  TEs. Since I’ve already made the call for non-theists Read More…

Evolutionary biology

Options in evolution: Teilhard de Chardin’s evolution – “Poetry and not philosophy”

It’s often said that many European non-Darwinian evolutionists are fans of the Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (1881-1955). Here’s something to know, however: The Catholic thinker most identified with evolution, the French Jesuit paleontologist Pierre Teilhard de Chardin … des not loom as large on the Catholic intellectual landscape as he did a generation Read More…

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Born again evolutionary biologist critiques Gauger-Axe paper

In “Protein evolution in BIO-Complexity”(Todd’s Blog , April 13, 2011), Todd C. Wood comments on the recent BIO-Complexity paper by Ann Gauger and Doug Axe. He finds their work puzzling because they proceed as biochemists rather than evolutionary biologists, and summarizes: In the larger scheme of things, I am sensing a discouraging pattern to BIO-Complexity publications. Read More…

Evolution Evolutionary biology

Backgrounder: Some challenges offered for Lynn Margulis’s endosymbiosis theory

Recently, well-known biologist Lynn Margulis has been in the news, letting Discover Magazine know that Darwinism is vastly overrated as a theory of evolution. That said, here are a couple of challenges noted for her own theory of endosymbiosis (some life forms evolved by swallowing others (bacteria might have swallowed mitochondria when the latter was Read More…

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The Nature of Nature — sticky

THE NATURE OF NATURE is now finally out and widely available. If you haven’t bought it yet, let me suggest Amazon.com, which is selling it for $17.94, which is an incredible deal for a 7″x10″ 1000-page book with, for most of us, no tax and no shipping charge (it costs over $10 to ship this Read More…

Evolutionary biology

So, who are “Darwinists”, anyway?

I have asked University of Toronto’s best known evolutionary biology standard bearer, Larry Moran to explain. He says he is a “pluralist,” not a Darwinist, and partial to genetic drift as a mechanism of evolution. Sounds sensible in principle. I hope he’ll expand on the theme here. If he agrees, in principle, we’ll print it.

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Dear E. O. Wilson: Gr8 you got it str8 about humans vs. ants. Keep on keeping on. – Yr Pastor

Earlier this year, sociobiologist E. O. “Dear Pastor” Wilson disowned his “inclusive fitness” (kin selection) theory, developed from his study of ants and bees. According to his theory, among life forms that live in groups, many members may give up the chance of reproducing their selfish genes so that the group as a whole is Read More…

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Natural Selection Redux

PaV’s recent post Darwinn Step Aside – Survival of the ‘Quickest’ got me thinking again about natural selection and the role it supposedly played in evolution. The conventional wisdom among Darwinists, including Darwin himself, is that NS is a mechanism. The very title of Darwin’s famous tome suggests as much – On The Origin of Read More…