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Plants do better math than people

At Creation-Evolution Headlines, we learn (July 11, 2011): Plants perform a wonder that has attracted the admiration of scholars from ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome to modern times: the ability to reproduce mathematically perfect patterns. This ability, called phyllotaxis, can be described mathematically with the Fibonacci Series and the Golden Angle. The beautiful spirals in Read More…

Intellectual freedom Mathematics

Why the second law of thermodynamics really is a threat to Darwinist tenure

Granville Sewell, math prof, satirist of silly ideas, and apology recipient (from math journal), has this to say about Darwinists’ attempt to rescue their theory from the Second Law of Thermodynamics: Organization always decrees, left to itself. Anyone who has made such an argument is familiar with the standard reply: the Earth is an open Read More…

Intelligent Design Mathematics

“Sincere and heartfelt apologies” to Granville Sewell from the math journal that dumped his article due to Darwinist pressure

Editor’s note: ‘‘A Second Look at the Second Law’’ An article, ‘‘A Second Look at the Second Law,’’ by Dr. Granville Sewell, Professor of Mathematics at University of Texas at El Paso, was submitted on October 21, 2010 to the Journal of Applied Mathematics Letters. Dr. Sewell’s article was peerreviewed and accepted for publication on Read More…

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Breaking, breaking: ID-friendly math prof Granville Sewell gets apology and damages from journal

Math journal retracted one of our UD authors’ accepted article only because Darwinist blogger complained A brief, lay-friendly, look at Sewell’s stifled paper is here. Comment on it’s significance here. This just in: Granville Sewell on the controversy. [This post will remain at the top of the page until 5:00 pm EST. For reader convenience, Read More…

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Granville Sewell vindication latest in string of recent defeats for Darwin lobby … straw in the wind?

Journal’s apology story here. It wasn’t like this years ago. I remember Rick Sternberg writing to me mid-decade, about how the Smithsonian honchoes were, at that time, holding meetings to decide his fate. The problem was: They had to get rid of him because he doubted the Darwin lobby’ theories, but had broken no rules. Read More…

Mathematics

Wanted: Mathemagician to work with extremely large values of 1 …

About this odd recent job posting (math fix for neo-Darwinism), Doug Axe at Biologic Institute offers “Oxford seeks mathemagician” (May 5th, 2011): Scientists employ different rhetorical strategies to accomplish different things. That shouldn’t be surprising, perhaps, but for some it is. The reason is that while the public is very familiar with rhetorical shiftiness in Read More…

Intelligent Design Mathematics

Oxford mathematician John Lennox on the chances of life developing without a supermind to guide it

Here at MercatorNet, William West asks, “Has science buried God?” and answers, “No, far from it, an Oxford professor insists” (5 May 2011). He is reviewing the work of serious Christian Oxford mathematician and ID sympathizer John Lennox. Lennox goes through all the theories put forward to give credence to the idea that all of Read More…

Darwinism Mathematics

Can Darwin’s enemy, math, rescue him?

Oxford is hiring a mathematician to try to rescue Darwinism. Because it was the math that got Darwinism into trouble in the first place: The concept of fitness optimization is routinely used by field biologists, and first-year biology undergraduates are frequently taught that natural selection leads to organisms that maximize their fitness. Dawkins’ The Selfish Gene 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…