- “Race realism” (Darwinian racism) pops up again: the John Derbyshire commemorative edition
An American conservative thinkmag published geneticist Razib Khan, glorifying Darwinism, and he turned out to have apparent racist links. Then someone with even more pronounced apparent racist links rose to defend him.
- Jerry Coyne blocked on WordPress in Pakistan
It’s somewhat like blaspheming against Darwin by airing doubts about his theories in the American school system. But in Pakistan, the death penalty is involved.
- Epigenetics: Worm memories passed down 14 generations
If we accumulate precise information as to the method of epigenetic transmission, we will have the material for a serious theory of epigenetics in evolution. That is how Darwinism fades. Not by knowing less about evolution but by knowing more.
- Evolutionary biologist declares, Martian colonists will mutate really quickly
Riffing off Elon Musk’s goal of sending humans to Mars by 2024, and NASA’s plans to send astronauts there after they visit the Moon again, Rice University evolutionary biologist Scott Solomon envisions “mutations cascading through the gene pool”: After about two generations, he thinks their bones will strengthen, they’ll need glasses for nearsightedness, their immune […]
- Universe a billion years younger! Scientists scrambling!! Oh, wait…
Rob Sheldon’s alternative headline for the same story: The expansion rate from Planck (68 km/s/Mpc) doesn't match the expansion rate from Hubble Easy to account for. (There are enough real mysteries in the universe without this nonsense.)
- Rob Sheldon offers a physics perspective on free will
Sheldon: My objection, which I will develop in two streams, is that both reductionism and emergence are just wrong, as is the philosophical denial of free will based on them.
- Sabine Hossenfelder: Black holes vs. quantum mechanics = something has to give
Her view: Most physicists believe that the solution is that the Hawking radiation somehow must contain information after all.
- Suzan Mazur: World Science Festival is purveying an out-of-date Darwinism
She notes: “The problem with Wilson’s perspective is that Darwin’s theory of natural selection has been discredited. Biology is no longer the descriptive science it once was.”
- Is chemist James Tour a “liar for Jesus?”
The top synthetic chemist is "being vilified by detractors as an attention-grabbing charlatan, an incompetent scientist, and even a 'Liar for Jesus'" - John G. West
- Making a mess of understanding eternity
Perhaps this is why the raging Woke would prefer to smash things rather than study.
- Disproofs of God’s existence are falling on hard times these days
Omnipotent means the power to do any possible thing. Christians, for example, say that God “became man and suffered for us under Pontius Pilate.” So the answer to McGinn’s questions (“does he have the power to sneeze or digest food or pick his nose”) is yes, though it requires incarnation in a human body.
- Philosopher: The laws of physics don’t rule out free will
George Musser, a science writer reviewing a new book on the subject, thinks it will force free will skeptics to become more sophisticated in their arguments
- Robert J. Marks: What do AI and evolution have in common?
Many biologists claimed to have written code to simulate evolution. But the popularization of the No Free Lunch theorems showed that the computer programmer must infuse guiding information into the evolutionary program to make it work. To explain the diversity of creativity, an evolution process must be directed.
- NASA says the moon is shaking, shrinking
Moonquakes happen, and they are shaking up lunar geology, Also, SkyNet reveals, “NASA announced earlier this year that it wants to send the first woman, and the next man, to the moon by 2024.” They can call in at the Chinese lunar base for tea… ;
- When particle physicists collide, some are transformed into children
My, my. A commenter formed the correct impression and suggests, “Could you please answer the very valid questions raised by Sabine [Hossenfelder] instead of smearing her like this?”
- Darwinian conservative has a troubling history re racist links
Every so often, for whatever reason, a US conservative thinkmag steps on Darwin’s rake.
- Why it’s hard to come up with a test for AI intelligence
Holloway: Intelligence, like randomness, is mathematically undefinable.
- Dawkins’s successor at Oxford claims true AI creativity is coming
He recognizes that present AI displays the creativity of its creators and not that of a machine-based intelligence but why let that get in the way of a promising theory?.
- Theoretical physicist reassures public, they’re not just making it up
Just because it’s not clear that the hypothetical particle she studies exists. Okay. But perhaps some physicists will still choose to research particles for whose existence there is actually evidence.
- Darwinian Jerry Coyne vents his spleen at Darwin-doubting Yale computer scientist
Gelernter is HOW likely to read Coyne’s diatribe and conclude he must be all wrong? But then Darwinians tend not to notice what others do. Presumably, it’s an adaptation.
- So it’s come to this: Turmoil over what genes really do
Well, if genetics isn’t that important, what is heredity? Maybe epigenetics and horizontal gene transfer also shape the lives we live and live among. So then Darwinism is right but unimportant. It explains some things, not most things.
- Talk about stasis! Bedbugs are 100 million years old
Well, they will just have to keep looking for that early, really simple bedbug, below which there is nothing but sub-bedbugs.
- Researchers: Purebred dogs are not “biological species”
Their assertion shows, of course, what as mess the biological species concept is. If anyone does think all those breeds of dogs are really species, well…
- Researchers: Tooth studies show that Neanderthals “split” from modern humans 800 kya, not 300-500 kya
If Neanderthals “diverged” from “modern humans” 800,000 years ago but many of us have Neanderthal genes (yeah, 23andMe stuff, for sure), what chance is there that much of the contention is based on the fact that we don’t really know enough to be sure of very many things?
- Amber—a moment in time 100 mya
Life forms trapped in amber—hardened resin from conifers—can show remarkable examples of stasis: No real change from one ten-million-year span to the next one.
- Historian: Evolution means that human equality is a myth
The “evolutionary” view (Darwinism, in fact) is often portrayed as a sort of liberation but people may be rather surprised to discover exactly what that liberation is.
- Ernst Haeckel studied sponges to demonstrate “a universe devoid of supernatural beings or purpose”
Just to set the record straight, embryologist Ernst Haeckel (1834–1919) had, according to learned expert, a “philosophy of sponges.” And the title above captures part of it.
- Sabine Hossenfelder: “We know that quantum mechanics is wrong.”
Do we know that quantum mechanics is wrong and, if so, how can it be useful?
- At Nature: Carl Woese’s archaea are “shaking up the tree of life”
If the most complex cells descended from the least complex ones (which is what it looks like), that’s not really something many researchers want to hear.
- Science philosopher attempts to repair split between science and philosophy
The main disadvantage of not acknowledging the philosophy from which we proceed is that we assume it to be “the correct view of all right-thinking people.” That’s almost a definition of narrow-mindedness. It’s worth considering that many Darwinians who can’t get with the times about problems in evolution may have precisely that problem: They have never asked themselves why they are attached to a picture of the world of life that does not appear to be correct or complete.
- Bill Nye as “a terrible spokesman for science”
Remember this when people suggest relying on Nye for information about evolution, as opposed to information about what somnolent educrats are saying about evolution. Is this personal history relevant to a general decline in Darwinism?
- Sabine Hossenfelder: Scientific publishing is too much like Facebook
She introduces SciMeter.org where you can “Create your own custom metric and apply it to a list of authors.” And it is none of Mark Zuckerberg’s business or any science boffin's either.
- Astonishing duplicity continues around Haeckel’s embryos
So stuff that isn’t true provides an “excellent foundation” and “compelling proof of the theory of common descent?”Wow. What a way to make people who never doubted common descent before start to do so…After all, one can only assume that an accurate presentation would not have supported the theory.
- What Bill Nye is doing now
It’s not clear why people who behave this way expect their causes to be taken seriously. UD News’ take on Bill Nye is that he was a schoolroom celeb but didn’t really age into a science guru for adults
- Ancient humans used medicinal plants
- Access Research Network question of the month: May
For a $50 VISA gift card: How could natural selection inhibit major evolutionary change from occurring on a gradual step-by-step basis? (also another question)
- Colin Patterson: Can you tell me anything about evolution that is true?
Further to the story we noted last night, that possibly one-third of biologists now question Darwinism, this might be a good time to bring up Colin Patterson (1933-1998) again. He was a senior paleontologist at the British Museum of Natural History and he offered an awkward question to colleagues one day: “Can you tell me […]
- Biology evolves: One-third of biologists now question Darwinism
Benjamin Dierker: This dissatisfaction is a matter of public record, even if it lacks public attention, and despite the narrative running contrary.
- Educating oneself away from science denial: Two true stories
Our Danish friend Karsten Pultz, author of Exit Evolution, read the dramatic story of the flight from fundamentalism and responded by publishing his own account of how he escaped science denial. It is a somewhat different story
- Rob Sheldon: Researchers showed that the carbon state of the universe IS fine-tuned
As opposed to “robust.” He says, “We really need a word for this racket: Pay me or I'll defend ID.”
- Yale computer scientist gives up on Darwin
Whether ID offers correct explanations is separate from the fact that Darwinism does not. Anyway, just think. Gelernter actually read the books, instead of merely opposing them. He goes on to develop his thinking in detail.
- Bird “goes extinct” twice
Note that loss of the ability to fly is treated in this story as a form of evolution, as if the loss resulted in greater complexity rather than less. As if it wasn't fatal when the island was inundated. But it enables evolutionary biologists to say that "evolution happened."
- Jonathan Bartlett: Swamidass gets the Evangelical Statement on AI wrong
Bartlett: Rather than lacking insight into AI issues, this band of theologians is especially sagacious in applying theology to them.
- The doomsday extinction rhetoric ignores the speciation mess
Without a clearly understood concept of "species", it's hard to know what extinction even means. If all individual life forms are unique, then every death is an extinction. Where do we draw the line and why, exactly?
- If no one is really a Darwinist any more…
Darwinian philosopher Michael Ruse says, "Today's professional evolutionists are committed Darwinians...
- Altruism? In viruses?
How can viruses have altruism if they are not alive? Let’s assume that this is not an argument for panpsychism (You are conscious, sure, but so is your coffee mug.) It seems to be an argument that viruses behave as life forms do.
- Researchers: Sediba is not a human ancestor after all. Back to Lucy, but…
The anthropologist is right, the fossil record is full of surprises. But the news that Lucy is only “the best candidate” is worth some reflection. It sounds like we have little to go on and Lucy is at best plausible.
- Rob Sheldon: Are multiple measurements “closing in” on dark energy? Nope.
If the results had been at all positive, the presser would have likely said "Confirmation!!!!" or something like that. Seeing as the new results are neutral or faintly negative, "closing in" is the best they can manage.
- “Jumping genes” threaten the world’s antibiotics
Does anyone remember when antibiotic resistance was proof of Darwinism? Antibiotic resistance was Evolution. And Evolution was not non-Darwinian stuff like horizontal gene transfer/jumping genes. Welcome to post-Darwin science.
- At Forbes: Cosmology’s crisis is merely “manufactured misunderstandings”
An astrophysicist dismisses the concerns as "ideologically-driven diatribes."