What very old trees can teach us about life, death, and time. Jared Farmer writes: What’s the oldest known living thing, and how do we know? Why should we even want to know? The explanation is a history of curiosity and care. It’s about our long-term relationships—spiritual and scientific—with long-lived plants, as long as long Read More…
Tree of life
Interesting new PNAS paper casts doubt on universal common ancestry
Universal common ancestry was a religion, really. Create a religion, birth a heretic…
As evolutionary biologists slowly kill off Darwinism… hacking down the Tree of Life, even…
Species merging. Julie Berwald: What I didn’t know then was that, even as I ambivalently placed the overhead film on the projector, the concept of the tree of life had begun to wilt. Four decades on, it’s morphed entirely.
Darwin’s tree of life is just… ground cover?
“Charles Darwin himself predicted that countless intermediate animal forms must exist within the fossil record, given that organisms gradually evolved from one species into the next. However, what the fossil record actually shows is the exact opposite, namely, that whenever new species appear, they do so suddenly and without evidence of precursory forms in the geological record.”
Steve Meyer on Darwin’s Tree of Life
The Tree of Life is how artsies came to embrace Darwinism. True, false, or indifferent, it practically illustrates itself. Good myths work that way. A problem arises when we are commanded by authorities to believe them.
Dawkins’s claim: “every gene delivers approximately the same tree of life” contested at Nature Portfolio Ecology & Evolution
You know, Dawkins may be losing his shine. New Scientist was making similar types of noise last October. It’s now okay to say when there’s something wrong with this stuff.
We are similar to Ediacaran animals? Well, that’s stasis for you!
The similarity doesn’t sound convincing but then Darwinian narratives don’t need to sound convincing; they just need to sound comforting to Darwinians.
Darwinian time trees don’t really work
The article goes on to talk about refutations but so far it seems like a civilized discussion. That’s evidence that Darwinism is losing its chokehold on thought.
Another uproar around the fabled Tree of Life
It’s unclear why naturalist atheists think that all life must have arisen from a single cell. Could one be a naturalist atheist but still allow for multiple origins of life?
Darwin’s notebooks apparently stolen – But wait!
A proper Darwinian response would say that the books evolved away from the Library “daily and hourly” during those twenty years. Seriously, we sure hope they get them back.
Newly discovered lizard skull is “perplexing” Its place in Tree of Life uncertain
So the “tree of life” is now a “forest of possibilities.” Researcher: The case of where exactly to put the perplexing lizard highlights an important lesson for paleontologists: just because a specimen fits in one place doesn’t mean that it won’t fit equally well into another.
Biosignatures: New data from old fossils (and the Tully Monster)
The big question is, will biosignatures just confirm the fossil record or bring Darwin’s house crashing down on his followers’ heads. The structure’s already wobbly.
Poor, Poor Darwinists!
A new study is out trying to find the LUCA (Last Universal Common Ancestor). Needless to say, things got even worse for those who place their belief in Darwinian thinking. Because the Concluding Remarks section is so devastating, I’m blockquoting the whole thing: Our work furnishes a new variable for the assessment of protein family Read More…
At Nature: Evolutionary trees can’t reveal speciation and extinction rates
New paper poses a serious challenge to the schoolroom Darwin industry. You know, one day, the study of evolution might be interesting, like the study of history. Prying the Darwin lobby and its propaganda loose from positions of power is a necessary first step.
Interview with Winston Ewert
The promised interview has arrived! Bob Murphy interviews Winston Ewert on various topics around Intelligent Design, including Winston’s latest paper on life’s dependency graph.