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We do not need any other theories if we have Darwinism

HAL: Here. Inspired by Galileo’s principle of inertia, the “default state” of inert matter, we propose a “default state” for biological dynamics following Darwin’s first principle, “descent with modification” that we transform into “proliferation with variation and motility” as a property that spans life, including cells in an organism. These dissimilarities between theories of the Read More…

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Naked mole rats closer in some ways to humans than they are to mice?

From Suzan Mazur, author of Paradigm Shifters, at Huffington Post: Suzan Mazur: Philipp Khaitovich et al. think neoteny affects the grey matter of the human brain but not the white matter. I gather you agree, but you see the issue as one of bioenergetics, involving mitochondria. You say neoteny is inherent in development of human Read More…

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Top Vatican official says Catholic scientists should “come out”

From John L. Allen, Jr., at Crux Now: Most basically, Consolmagno said, it’s important to maintain the proper distinction between what science can prove, and what faith can add. “God is not something we arrive at the end of our science, it’s what we assume at the beginning,” he said, adding emphatically: “I am afraid Read More…

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Latest hoax on pretend sciences: “Conceptual penis” as “social construct”

From Skeptic Reading Room: The Hoax The androcentric scientific and meta-scientific evidence that the penis is the male reproductive organ is considered overwhelming and largely uncontroversial. That’s how we began. We used this preposterous sentence to open a “paper” consisting of 3,000 words of utter nonsense posing as academic scholarship. Then a peer-reviewed academic journal Read More…

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At LiveScience: 13 famous people who believe in alien civilizations. Or do they?

From Denise Chow, the list includes Hillary Clinton Hillary Clinton has a long political history advocating for children and families, gender equality and health care reform, but in 2016, during her bid to secure the Democratic nomination for president, Clinton turned her attention to the paranormal. In a radio interview and then later on “Jimmy Read More…

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Tasmanian Devils offer evidence against Darwinism (unfortunately)

From Griffiths University (Queensland, Australia): Fit and healthy Tasmanian devils are being taken down by deadly facial tumours that are attacking the “best” animals in the population, according to novel research led by Griffith University. The research, published in the scientific journal Ecology Letters, shows that devils that catch devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) have Read More…

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Life in preCambrian much more dynamic than thought?

From ScienceDaily: The Garden of the Ediacaran was a period in the ancient past when Earth’s shallow seas were populated with a bewildering variety of enigmatic, soft-bodied creatures. Scientists have pictured it as a tranquil, almost idyllic interlude that lasted from 635 to 540 million years ago. But a new interdisciplinary study suggests that the Read More…

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From Slate: Why more rigor in science might do more harm than good

From Daniel Engber, reviewing Richard Harris’s Rigor Mortis at Slate: Rigor may not always serve the public good. In biomedicine, everyone is looking for positive results—meaningful, affirmative experiments that could one day help support a novel treatment for disease. (That’s true both for scientists who study biomedicine at universities and those employed by giant pharmaceutical Read More…

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We are informed: Odds of our existence not infinitely small after all

From Ethan Siegel at Forbes: This is true for all types of probabilities! So the next time something unlikely happens, or you realize that something very unlikely must have already occurred, remember that no matter how unlikely it is, the odds of it happening weren’t infinitely small. Its existence, just like our existence, already disproves Read More…

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Why should we look for alien civilizations?

From Mindy Weinberger, interviewing SETIs Seth Shostak at LiveScience: “The search should continue, simply because it’s a very interesting question,” he said. “Is Earth special? Is it the only place around with intelligent life? That would be remarkable — but it’s just as remarkable to find you’re not the only kid on the block. That’s Read More…

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Great news for fabled Tree of Life: Human and pufferfish have same tooth-making gene program. Except …

From ScienceDaily: Human teeth evolved from the same genes that make the bizarre beaked teeth of the pufferfish, according to new research by an international team of scientists. The study, led by Dr Gareth Fraser from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Animal and Plant Sciences, has revealed that the pufferfish has a remarkably similar Read More…