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BEACON comes home with the bacon!

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BEACON (Bio/computational Evolution in Action CONsortium), based at Michigan State University, has just received a $25M grant from the NSF. For details, go here. Below is the rogues gallery of BEACON consortiates (recognize anyone?):

BEACON people

It’s gratifying to see our tax dollars being spent so well.

11 Replies to “BEACON comes home with the bacon!

  1. 1
    paulbaird says:

    It is indeed.

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    bornagain77 says:

    Money For Nothing – Dire Straits – music video

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    Bantay says:

    From the Beacon website….

    “BEACON scientists study the evolution of intelligent behavior using digital organisms and robots.”

    “Digital organisms” and robots are intelligently designed to begin with. One wonders how this counts as evidence of “evolution of intelligent behavior” in nature.

    Methinks there is some weaseling going on…..

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    pelagius says:

    Congratulations to the BEACON team!

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    riddick says:

    University of Idaho?!

    Didn’t Sarah Palin attend there?

    How can great scientific research occur at this backwater hole populated by losers and deniers?

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    Barb says:

    Slightly off-topic for this thread, but Queensland (AU) is going to be teaching ID as part of their curriculum:

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    Freelurker_ says:

    Those rogues are led by an engineer: Erik Goodman, MSU professor of electrical and computer engineering.

    No one should be surprised.

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    Seversky says:

    Barb @ 4

    Slightly off-topic for this thread, but Queensland (AU) is going to be teaching ID as part of their curriculum:

    Not quite, if you read further down it says:

    Teachers are still formulating a response to the draft national curriculum, scheduled to be introduced next year.

    It also points out that:

    creationism will be offered for discussion in the subject of ancient history, under the topic of “controversies”.

    I know there are atheists who disagree but it seems like an unexceptionable solution to me.

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    Tim says:

    A well-funded church for the hegemonical faction
    Takes twenty-five mil to cloak Avida sans traction.
    Smuggling info’s the game
    Or else Beacon’s new name:
    . . . The Center to Study Evolution’s Inaction.

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    bornagain77 says:

    off topic hot off the press: Anybody game for a whale tale?

    How Whales Have Changed Over 35 Million Years – May 2010
    Excerpt: One explanation for whale diversity is simply that they have been accumulating species and evolving differences in shape as a function of time. (yeah that one explanation is called evolution) The more time that goes by, the more cetacean species one would expect, and the more variation in body size one would expect to see in them. “Instead, what we found is that very early in their history, whales went their separate ways from the standpoint of size, and probably ecology,” Alfaro said. “This pattern provides some support for the explosive radiation hypothesis (hmmmm explosive radiation hypothesis,, I don’t remember that one being taught).,,,,, Species diversification and variations in body size were established early in the evolution of whales, Alfaro and his colleagues report.,,,, “Those differences were probably in place by 25 million years ago at the latest, and for many millions of years, they have not changed very much,” said the study’s lead author, Graham Slater, a National Science Foundation-funded UCLA postdoctoral scholar in Alfaro’s laboratory. “It’s as if whales split things up at the beginning and went their separate ways. The distribution of whale body size and diet still corresponds to these early splits.”,,,,,,

    Instead of “how whales have changed over 35 million years” should not they have titled their article “how whales suddenly appeared, rapidly diversified, then slowly lost diversification, over 35 million years”

    Here is an example of their whale that “lived partly on land”


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    paulbaird says:

    Barb @ 4

    I know there are atheists who disagree but it seems like an unexceptionable solution to me.

    It can be taught in History, but at what costs – which other topics are going to be put aside ?

    ID could, and should, be taught in Comparative Religious Studies classes in years 10 and 11.

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