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Natural Selection – Hasty Generalization, Slippery Slope, or Wishful Thinking?

The observed effects of random mutation plus natural selection can account for temporary changes in finch beak size, pigmentation changes in moths, and antibiotic resistance in bacteria. It has never been observed creating novel 1) cell types, 2) tissue types, 3) organs, or 4) body plans. All four of those creative events must be explained Read More…

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Another victory for science, another defeat for neo-Darwinism

In case you all have been having too much fun at UncommonDescent, don’t forget www.idthefuture.com. It has been having some stellar contributions of late. Davidson and Erwin: Neo Darwinism Doesn’t Work for the Cambrian Explosion Davidson smiled, somewhat ruefully, and said, “Well, I’m not sure, but I know that standard single-base-pair mutations won’t do it” Read More…

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If there’s no controversy over evolution, what’s this?

Science (17 February 2006) has an article on the other selection — Darwin had identified not only natural selection but also sexual selection. According to the authors of this article, sexual selection needs to be dropped and replaced with a theory of cooperative games. Especially striking in the article is the statement “problems with this Read More…

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The Waters of Darwin’s Warm Pond Now Muddied

It seems as though “warmth+clay” does not RNA make. For those interested, just a short update. “The results are surprising and in some ways disappointing. It seems that hot acidic waters containing clay do not provide the right conditions for chemicals to assemble themselves into ‘pioneer organisms.’” Professor Deamer said that amino acids and DNA, Read More…

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A Response to Father Jonathan at Fox News

Intelligent Design: Not Modern Science by Father Jonathan Morris Wednesday, February 15, 2006 — You religious folk may want to send me to the dog house after reading what I have to say today. I’ve been thinking about the Kitzmiller vs. Dover School District case in Pennsylvania which touched off a blistering debate on the Read More…

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America’s children: don’t think, just do?

Ohio has decided it’s children should not think critically about science. See here. This twisted logic has profound implications for America’s ability to compete with societies whose scientists are encouraged to think outside the box. Critical thinking starts with questions and continues with questioning authority. New discoveries derive from critical thinkers who refuse to accept Read More…

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Ecstatic because “critical analysis of X” removed from standards

The Thumbsmen of Panda are ecstatic that the Ohio State Board of Education has removed “critical analysis of evolution” from its standards (see here). Question: Is there any other field of inquiry — other than evolution, that is — whose advocates become ecstatic when critical analysis of its subject is suppressed? Usually, advocates of a Read More…