- Information: How can a totalitarian state be an information society?
China may be the biggest and most sophisticated experiment in history along those lines.
- Would Gaia worship or panpsychism be a better religion for climate change hysterics?
We ask on account of this paper on how to talk to people who think that climate change isn’t as bad as many are making out. Rob Sheldon wonders why a science faculty is so much more concerned with psychology than facts.
- The Case of Biologos and the Disappearing Documents
Maybe we should put J.Warner Wallace on this one. What happened to these documents at the BioLogos Theistic evolution site? Their grand Search for Truth seems to include finding and deleting documents without explanation.
- Crime scene investigator Warner J. Wallace vs. Sagan’s Pale Blue Dot (insignificant Earth)
Is it true that Earth is insignificant? What is the pattern of the evidence? Wallace investigates.
- Researchers: Basic tenet of evolutionary theory “upended” by new find
Looking past the tabloid prose, they say they found that selection can occur at the level of the epigenome. So what becomes of neo-Darwinism if selection isn’t tied to the all-powerful but accidental gene?
- What animals do when we aren’t around
Five cougars together - a rare sight - captured on home surveillance camera
- Karsten Pultz: The Information Problem, Part Two
My main postulate is that information is strictly tied to an idea, a product, or a message. I cannot see how it is possible to have information prior to the idea, product, or message because information is an abstract representation of those things. How can an abstract representation exist prior to the phenomenon which it represents?
- Key points in plant evolution featured “fundamental genomic novelties”
Researchers: "This approach reveals an unprecedented level of fundamental genomic novelties in two nodes related to the origin of land plants: the first in the origin of streptophytes during the Ediacaran and another in the ancestor of land plants in the Ordovician." Stuck for what to call this, some of us would call it creationism.
- At Salvo: The language barrier with animals is not a “cultural construct”
If human intelligence is an accidental outcropping of the animal world, a sufficiently diligent researcher may expect to find the same intelligence in many other animals. But, so the argument runs, we are too prejudiced to see it.
- World’s oldest scorpions show no change from 437 million years ago
It doesn’t sound as though they bothered with much evolution. How would we distinguish their origin from creation? At a certain point, does evolution become creation? Just wondering.
- Yes, Jerry. Split brains are weird, but not the way you think
Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor, who knows some details about the brain, responds: What is most remarkable about these patients is that after the surgery they are unaffected in everyday life, except for the diminished seizures.
- At Evolution Institute, of all places, evolutionary psychology is savaged
Philosopher of biology Subrena E. Smith: Furthermore, evolutionary psychological hypotheses turn on inferences about hypothetical structures for which there is a dearth of empirical support, and there is no evidence that the minds of our prehistoric ancestors possessed this sort of architecture.
- Theoretical biologist quit over growing panpsychism, it turns out
In 2012, Italian theoretical biologist Marcello Barbieri resigned as editor of the journal Biosemiotics because he felt that research in this area had become unscientific.
- Giant squid genome map offers some surprises re its giant brain
"'For a long time, we thought that having a lot of protocadherins was only found in vertebrates, so we were really surprised when we found more than 160 of them in the octopus genome,' said Albertin, in reference to her 2015 paper on the subject."
- Home-schooled Christian students as tomorrows science leaders? Jonathan Wells responds
Jonathan Wells: I have consistently found that these two groups [home-schooled students or students from private Christian schools] are among the brightest and most interested of attendees, and they raise most of the best questions.
- Short ID film tackles homology
That is, Darwinians argue that similar structures in life forms are powerful evidence of common ancestry. Is that so? It’s part of an occasional series called Long Story Short.
- Two mysterious blobs of hot rock at the edge of Earth’s core are “massive anomalies”
At Quanta, it’s suggested they might be linked to extinction events.
- Sabine Hossenfelder makes it to Slashdot
Hossenfelder: What we have here in the foundation of physics is a plain failure of the scientific method. All these wrong predictions should have taught physicists that just because they can write down equations for something does not mean this math is a scientifically promising hypothesis.
- Wow. Panpsychism gets a respectful hearing at Scientific American
Can you imagine that years ago? But the fact is, materialists are out of ideas about consciousness and don’t know where to go.
- At Aeon: Airing doubts about the Darwinian view of human nature
The Twitter mob must be at lunch or something. An entire industry of bestselling Darwindrivel is disrespected and this prof still has her JOB?
- Granville Sewell: Darwinism as a form of losing one’s mind
In an age when objectivity is becoming science’s enemy in the United States and massive corruption is a norm in its former science competitor Russia, scientists can still make a virtue out of being true to Darwin. Wherever that lands them.
- Will home-schooled Christian students be the science leaders of tomorrow?
It will be interesting indeed if the legacy of the thought traditions that provided a basis for science in the western world ended up being carried on mainly by devout Christians. While the official science world continues to mires and beclown itself in a war on objectivity.
- Is Buddhism really the most “science-friendly religion”?
Thompson's point is applicable beyond Buddhism. “Theistic” evolutionists, for example, start with the premise that God wouldn’t “create” anything. That is really a message about God, not about nature, and it is bound to be a church-closer.
- Climate change is NOT making tropical fish act odd
The claim couldn't be replicated. But then how likely IS it that haywire fish would actually be attracted to predators instead of just behaving in weird ways, getting themselves eaten?
- Nature Reviews Genetics article admits that junk DNA has been “prematurely dismissed”
The authors of the paper, of course, avoid pointing out that the presumption of uselessness was anchored in the comfortable fit between useless junk in the genome and the idea of unintelligent evolution. Never mind, Jonathan Wells’ The Myth of Junk DNA seems to be holding up well.
- One genus of fish EATS bioluminescence from prey and displays it
This is not horizontal gene transfer; the fish are eating and repurposing the enzymes rather than incorporating the genes for producing them. But if the fish can in fact steal the enzymes, that’s something to keep in mind as we hear evolutionary biologists explain to us how this and other traits evolved via natural selection acting on the random mutations of the fish’s genome (Darwinism)…
- A study finds that the human body temperature is changing
It was determined to be 98.6 Fahrenheit back in 1851:
Researchers say that the body temperature (Fahrenheit) of men born in the 2000s is on average 1.06 degrees lower than men born in the early 1800s. Similarly, women born in the 2000s have an average body temperature that is 0.58 degrees lower than women born in the 1890s. All in all, these conclusions point to a decrease of 0.05 degrees among the U.S. population each and every decade. John Anderer, "Human Body Temperature In The U.S. Has Decreased Over Time, Study Finds" at StudyFindsIn all 677,423 temperature readings were taken, dating back to the US Civil War era. The open-access paper was published in eLIFE. From the discussion: “Our investigation indicates that humans in high-income countries have changed physiologically over the last 200 birth years with a mean body temperature 1.6% lower than in the pre-industrial era. The role that this physiologic ‘evolution’ plays in human anthropometrics and longevity is unknown.” If “evolution” is going on all the time like that, and probably drifting back and forth, what becomes of the Facts of Evolution that are the Bedrock of Science and the Truths every schoolchild should be taught?
- Friends sometimes pester friends for a “solid” definition of epigenetics
To the extent that the Darwin-in-the-schools lobby permits the discussion of epigenetics, we can be reasonably sure they restrict it to the narrower, less threatening sense. And what better stronghold for Darwinism than the public school, which all taxpayers are forced to fund and most parents obliged to send their kids to?
- 800 Russian journal papers retracted: The most interesting question is undiscussed
To the extent that science is global, tolerated fraud in one milieu taints an entire discipline. Recall the smug people who think that science is an infinitely superior way of knowing, Won't that be an increasingly harder sell as more people become aware of these tip-of-the-iceberg “bombshell” revelations?
- A classic reminder from MIT that most important science problems “await solution”
New discoveries don’t just add to old ones; they can greatly change or destroy their significance. That’s exactly what is happening to Darwinism today and we are living in the middle of it.
- Ghost worms unchanged in form for 275 million years but show “highly distinct” genetics?
One wants to ask, how distinct ARE the genomes of these species that all look the same? Would it be like mapping a cat’s genome and finding a German Shepherd’s GATTACA in there? What that level of distinction really tells us goes well beyond cats and German Shepherds. Or do the researchers really mean something less highly distinct? What? We search for analogies here.
- Fancy that! An edition of Darwin’s Origin of Species with a worldview guide
What a good idea! Instead of getting shouted down by Darwinians, anxious to impose the “red in tooth and claw” on school curricula, perhaps we should long ago have adopted the practice of simply providing editions of Darwin’s works, detailing the worldview that lies behind this stuff. Accept or reject it, the worldview goes along with the package.
- Researchers: Dogs co-operate as well as wolves
“The researchers point out that, although the kind of coordination shown in the present study may rely on more simple mechanisms than full, conscious cooperation, … ” Surely no one thinks that dogs or wolves have a theory of co-operation?
- Consciousness researcher explains his doubts re conscious machines
But first, wait a minute.We do not really know what consciousness is. That is true whether or not “our intelligence and our experiences are ineluctable consequences of the natural causal powers of our brain, rather than any supernatural ones.” as Christof Koch claims.
- Earthsize, yes, but is planet TOI 700 Earth-LIKE?
"Habitable zone” needn’t mean a whole lot. Abundant Earth is in a habitable one but so is the lifeless Moon, tidally locked.
- Predictions, predictions: ID predicts overlapping codes, Darwinism predicts “junk DNA”
The nested hierarchies we find in codes point to an intelligence behind nature.
- First British astronaut: Aliens exist among us
It’s curious how space aliens are assigned to “science,” no matter what proposition is entertained with respect to them. Perhaps they reward sheer, blind faith.
- Jerry Coyne berates panpsychists and tackles the hard problem of consciousness
So did Coyne not give Goff the right of reply? Apparently, he would need a beaker of antacid to read the guy’s book…
- Faith: Even mathematics depends on some unprovable assumptions
Pachón: The result was shattering. Gödel showed the limitations of any formal axiomatic system in modeling basic arithmetic. He showed that no axiomatic system could be complete and consistent at the same time.
- Why DO we keep sending music to extraterrestrials?
At Slate: the artists use music as a way of conveying information, whether it’s about our aesthetic sensibilities, our technology, or our physiology—all topics that would presumably be of interest to an extraterrestrial recipient.
- ID prevents dementia
Hugh Ross: I put together a 90-minute talk, much of it based on scientific discoveries published only weeks and months earlier, showing how amazingly designed Earth is for global human civilization. Several attendees told me that it was the most interesting talk they had ever heard.
- Is “social justice” destroying objectivity in science?
Prediction: The Darwinists will knuckle to the post-facts, post-objectivity rampage, leaving the non-Darwinists to defend science. This is your monkey brain on survival of the fittest: They will persecute Darwinians who speak out.
- Learning from bears how to survive inactivity
It’s remarkable that “nature” has “perfected” all this even though nature is mindless and the bear is not very smart. Yet people actually believe there is no design in nature.
- Philosophy prof: Our theories steer us away from finding ET
Every so often the people searching for extraterrestrial life that just never seems to turn up need a pep talk. It often takes the form of “You know, we could be on the wrong track”.
- “Tame foxes” breeding experiment was solid mid-20th century Darwinism
It all sounded like perfect schoolbook Darwinism. Until someone made a issue of the fact that the foxes were the descendants of already-tame foxes in Prince Edward Island (province) in Canada.
- Roasted root veggies found at 170 000 years ago
Apparently the original paleo diet was big on starches. But where oh where is the subhuman who gorged on raw zebra flesh (or whatever) when you need him?
- Gertrude Himmelfarb (1922–2019) cut loose from the Darwin parade before it was fashionable
Himmelfarb: Darwin usually engaged in rhetorical sleight-of-hand where “possibilities were promoted into probabilities, and probabilities into certainties, so ignorance itself was raised to a position only once removed from certain knowledge” (p. 335)
- Karsten Pultz: Why random processes cannot produce information: A new approach to the argument
We don’t get information without the act of choice, a feature that is related only to intelligent agency.
- Harvard astronomer tells us why ultra-complex physics theories come to exist
They are not principally data-driven. “In today’s fierce job market, fledgling scientists sometimes attempt to impress their senior colleagues with lengthy derivations marked by challenging mathematical complexity.” If he thinks evidence is important, that should rule out the multiverse.
- Science News’s Top fossils in 2019 show a diminishing Darwin
From 518 million years ago: The remains document the Cambrian explosion, a rapid flourishing of life-forms, and include many organisms never seen before — even at the most famous Cambrian fossil site, Canada’s Burgess Shale Carolyn Gramling, “Science News’ favorite fossils of 2019” at Science News So even more fossils just popped into existence, just Read More...