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The Limits of Adaptability

A colleague of mine posted this on list to which I subscribe. It raises some interesting questions about the limits of adaptability, the limits to preadaptation/exaptation, and the extent to which selection presupposes adaptability. I’m not sure I buy the entire argument here (see the post on this blog about the evolution of nylonase), but […]

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UC Irvine ID Colloquium Update

Arthur Asuncion sends some links about the recent University of California, Irvine ID colloquium. I had the opportunity to attend, and reported on the event in a previous UD blog posting. Gil Arthur’s informal summary: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~aasuncio/2006/05/colloquium-on-origins-was-success.htm Arthur’s colleague’s informal summary: http://www.ics.uci.edu/~aasuncio/2006/05/thoughts-on-wednesdays-origins.htm The New University Article (campus newspaper): http://www.newu.uci.edu/article.php?id=4742 Daily Pilot Article (affiliated with LA Times, […]

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Haeckel Fest Awaits

Good news Haeckel lovers and everyone else who is fascinated by morbid 19th century charlatans. We all know Ernst Haeckel’s ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny/ embryonic recapitulation/doctored drawings. But one of his lesser known contributions to literature is a book called The History of Creation (this is the short title; the long title is set forth below), […]

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Haldane’s Dilemma and peer-review

J.B.S. Haldane first described the ‘cost of substitution’ and its limitation on the speed of evolution. That gave rise to a problem (see, for example, Dodson), known today as Haldane’s Dilemma. The problem is more severe in organisms with low reproduction rate and long generation time, such as the higher vertebrates: elephants, whales, apes and […]

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In Defense of Quoting Darwinists

“Quote Mining” is a pejorative term used to refer to the practice of compiling quotations, often from one’s opponents. As anyone who has studied evolution for any length of time knows, one need not quote ID proponents or creationists for authority against evolution or Darwinism. The Darwinists themselves can be quoted for practically every proposition […]

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Kevin Padian Hating Fundamentalists in SciAm Letters

May 2006, Scientific American, Letters Assessing Deadly Certitude In “Murdercide” [Skeptic], Michael Shermer is once again dead-on (forgive the pun): it is inapt to think of suicide bombers as typical suicide victims. Rather than succumbing to despair and depression, they are committing what they consider affirmative acts of faith. In short, they are religious fanatics, […]

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Yet another triumph of evolution

The Biological Frontier of Physics Rob Phillips and Stephen R. Quake PHYSICS TODAY May 2006, page 38 http://www.physicstoday.org/vol-59/iss-5/p38.html … The cell’s nanometer-scale machines are mostly protein molecules, although a few are made from RNA, and they are capable of surprisingly complex manipulations. They perform almost all the important active tasks in the cell: metabolism, reproduction, […]

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ID Colloquium At UC Irvine

I had a great time last night at the ID colloquium on the UC Irvine campus, and had the opportunity to meet Paul Nelson for the first time. He is an extraordinarily bright, articulate, insightful, and congenial fellow. The thought-provoking and information-filled seminar was excellent in every way, and I was particularly impressed with the […]

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Tom Wolfe — wading into deep water, treading water, . . . and drowning

[From a colleague:] Last night author Tom Wolfe gave the annual Jefferson Lecture sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities. His two hour long speech was entitled “The Human Beast.” In more words (sometimes explicitly stated) he said that determinism is true, there is no free will, there is no I , evolution is […]

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I thought they were two species!

“It actually is a hybrid,” said Judy McLinton, a spokeswoman for the Northwest Territories’ environment and natural resources department in Yellowknife. Jim Martell, 65, who paid 50,000 Canadian dollars (45,000 US dollars) to hunt Polar bears, shot the animal, described by local media as a “pizzly”, a “grolar bear”, or Martell’s favorite, a “polargrizz” on […]

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Cancer Resistant Mice

For those looking to see if ID returns false positives (ASSUMING that indeed there is additional CSI involved in this immunity, which is apparently unknown at this time). http://www.pnas.org/cgi/content/abstract/0602382103v1 Spontaneous regression/complete resistance (SR/CR) mice resist very high doses of cancer cells that are lethal to WT mice even at low doses. In this study, we […]