- Identical birds, different genes
So different sets of genes can result in identical looking birds? This is getting as complicated as the butterflies.
- Researchers challenge claim that Iberian artists were Neanderthals
“Now, a group of 44 researchers has written a strongly worded critique of the dating of these paintings … ” Stay tuned.
- Natural biomolecule measured while acting like a quantum wave
From the Abstract: The successful realization of quantum optics with this polypeptide as a prototypical biomolecule paves the way for quantum-assisted molecule metrology and in particular the optical spectroscopy of a large class of biologically relevant molecules.
- New books on consciousness underscore naturalism’s fatal problem
Well, if the mind is an illusion and the computer simulations were wildly wrong, how would Hoffman even know? But does it matter, as long as he keeps the Darwinian faith? No wonder the scoffing grows—and increasingly, the thought police are always somewhere else.
- Growing evidence of giant structures connecting the universe?
A large-scale structure is thought to ”transcend local interactions.”
- David Berlinski’s new book takes a very different view of human nature from Steven Pinker’s
Pinker thinks that things are getting better all the time but Berlinski says, nah!, no real change.
- Evidence for insect pollination pushed back to 99 mya
That’s twice as long ago as previously thought. It is interesting how much theorizing depends on Darwinism rather than on sudden emergence and then stasis. And then suddenly there is no 50 million years to account for... A quite different set of problems appears.
- Sabine Hossenfelder asks, How can we test a theory of everything?
Hossenfelder: But there is no reason to think that the forces of the standard model have to be unified, or that all the forces ultimately derive from one common explanation. It would be nice, but maybe that’s just not how the universe works.
- Wealthy Scandinavian benefactor gives US$1.6 million (eqv.) to promote ID
This wonderful news come on the heels of the just as wonderful news about the opening of the ID centre in Austria, Zentrum für Biokomplexität und NaturTeleologie.
- Maybe Nick Matzke should talk to Denis Noble
Denis Noble: “If, as the commentator seems to imply, we make neo-Darwinism so flexible as an idea that it can accept even those findings that the originators intended to be excluded by the theory it is then incumbent on modern neo-Darwinists to specify what would now falsify the theory. If nothing can do this then it is not a scientific theory.”
- Bill Dembski on technology and religion in the face of miracles
In a new book: Accounts of miracles show common patterns, and those patterns are exemplified in this book.
- Whatever happened to BioLogos (and “Christian evolutionism” in general)?
Maybe BioLogos is more interested in climate change now. National Center for Science Education appears to have gone the same route. A reasonable choice for both, given how Darwinism is faring.
- A short sermon on Einstein’s God
Einstein’s concept of God ruled out free will. At that point, the wheels come off.
- Paul Nelson remembers Phillip Johnson: Not like he’d expected
Hot tip from a sometime talent scout: They seldom look like they should. That’s a sign of authenticity. Experience looks different from packaging.
- Jonathan Wells remembers Phillip Johnson as a breath of fresh air
Wells is the author of Zombie Science, about out-of-date Darwinian rubbish whacked from one edition of a given publicly funded textbook to another, often claiming the protection of law as if it were some kind of Holy Writ that founds a religious republic.
- David Tyler on the significance of David Gelernter dumping Darwin
It will be interesting to see whether Steve Meyer’s Darwin’s Doubt has as much influence in years to come as Phillip Johnson’s Darwin on Trial.
- Free first and last chapters of Joshua Swamidass’s new book on Adam and Eve
IVP will be officially releasing it December 10.
- Jeffrey Epstein certainly lies in an unquiet grave…
The trouble is, as Michael Egnor says, “consensus science” meant not denouncing Epstein. If it now means sanctioning regular witch hunts against anyone who knew the guy, we haven’t made any progress toward rational assessment. Or maybe it’s all just their form of fun.
- Rob Sheldon defends sociologist Steve Fuller against Nathaniel Comfort
Sheldon: Post-modernists, which Comfort seems to identify with, have a valid point about scientism's ideological foundation on MN, but rather than rationally correct the error, as Phillip Johnson spent 29 years doing, they treat it as an ethical lapse justifying their own ideological, irrational behavior.
- Stephen L. Talbott: “Let’s Not Begin with Natural Selection”
Talbott: I can think of no fundamental question about evolution whose answer is suggested by the advertised formula for natural selection. Everything depends on what the amazingly diverse sorts of organism actually do as they respond to and shape their environments.
- Researchers test whether science advances one funeral at a time
Yes. And with luck, retirement works the same way. Many Darwinians are looking kind of like they could use a break and there is lots to research.
- New Scientist tries to undermine Cambrian explosion
The Ediacaran creatures are fascinating predecessors to be sure. They will likely turn out to be explosions of life, just like the Cambrian, but often not clearly related to it.
- Bill Dembski remembers Phil Johnson (1940–2019)
Dembski begins by reminding us of the book, Darwin’s Nemesis (2006), which introduced Johnson as “the leading figure” in the intelligent design movement—which he was. Johnson was perhaps the first person after David Berlinski to just ask, point blank, never mind religion or whatever, why does all this tabloid-level nonsense rule biology?
- Thinkmag tributes to the late Phillip Johnson
Stonestreet and Morris: Johnson’s articulation that naturalism had not only poisoned science but also law and ethics shaped Chuck Colson’s thinking, and consequently, shaped BreakPoint.
- In case you wondered why dark energy is “the biggest unsolved problem in the universe”
Ethan Siegel: Why does empty space have the properties that it does? Why is the zero-point energy of the fabric of the Universe a positive, non-zero value? And why does dark energy have the behavior we observe it to have, rather than any other?
- An article at MSN news suggests that Darwin might have been wrong (!)
It’s just a conventional story in favor of hydrothermal vents for the origin of life. Some of us can remember back to when most such stories would begin by announcing that they had proven Darwin right. Funny how the rhetoric is changing.
- Looking for a mechanism behind the Big Bang…
Interesting. But where did your Big Bang get the flame, guys? No fuel, no flame; no flame, no mechanism. Or have you discovered creation ex nihilo?
- Rob Sheldon on whether Quanta mag’s universe is closed or flat
The result [of overspecialization], as everyone here knows, is that all biologists know that Evolution doesn't work in their specialty, but they believe it works generally for the other specialties. Every astronomer knows about the problems of Lambda-CDM model in their specialty but believes it works in the other specialties.
- Remembering the impact of Phillip Johnson’s Darwin on Trial (1991)
"Biochemist Michael Behe explains how a biased critique of Darwin on Trial in the journal Science led Behe to join the ID movement." - Casey Luskin And, as a tenured professor, Behe went on to be a thorn in the Darwinians' side insofar as their strategy had, for so long, been to prevent critics from acquiring accepted credentials.
- American Thinker Mag Recognizes Marcos Eberlin
Something is changing in our society, that it is becoming respectable to make these kinds of points, and not from a pulpit (which isn't really the right venue anyway).
- Slapping Sabine Hossenfelder isn’t going to solve physics’s problems
But the frustration some feel about the situation they are in re gravitational waves tells us a lot.
- Well, if the Washington Post agrees that the universe is out of whack…
Johns Hopkins astronomer Adam Riess cautions us against trying to understand what is going on: “We are wired to use our intuition to understand things around us,” Riess said. “Most of the universe is made out of stuff that’s completely different than us."
- Human evolution researchers stick Botswana origin claims with “colonialism” label
The recent claim, you will recall from our earlier story, is that modern humans came to exist in northern Botswana roughly 200,000 years ago. But, we are told, the claim relies on “unproven and outdated techniques while also excluding competing lines of evidence.” Worse—and this is the kiss of death—it exhibits “colonialism”
- Darwinism vs. abstract thoughts and language
Naturalists need to pretend that great apes and dolphins think abstractly.
- Dennis Prager offers a straight-talking primer on assaults on free speech
With a cameo by ID guy Steve Meyer, author of Darwin’s Doubt.
- Another take on what sex is for
Darwin’s sexual selection (seen as an alleged massive shaper of evolution) has given rise to any number of naturalist legends, including—local favourites—the Darwinbird of Pop Science and the Clever Abortion Mare.
- Neuroscientists: We are not our brains and our souls are not machines
A reviewer notes that Sharon Dirckx makes her case in a way that is easy for the attentive non-specialist reader to understand
- Is a merger with machines nearer—or impossible?
As Robert J. Marks put it, Non-algorithmic things (things that cannot be calculated), “cannot be uploaded.” Human consciousness, little as we understand it, appears to be one of those non-algorithmic things.
- Scientists ponder, how would animals show self-awareness?
A controversy in animal psychology centers on whether or not an animal can recognize itself in a mirror. But a number of scientists are beginning to doubt that the mirror test shows animal self-awareness.
- Do we need to think beyond current physics to understand nature?
Have we run out of rungs on our current ladder?
- Phillip Johnson: Jun 18, 1940–Nov 2, 2019 (aged 79)
The father of intelligent design theory. Peacefully in his sleep. Updated.
- Science journalist tells Steven Pinker, yes, we ARE living in a post-truth society
Evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker is rebuked for the view he represents in a recent essay for Skeptic, "Why We Are Not Living in a Post Truth Era"
- Darwinism is dead and the butterflies did it
No, but seriously, if "'species' are simply not what we thought they were,” as the researchers' media release reads, all those carefully thought-out explanations of the neo-Darwinian origin of various butterfly traits must compete with “a complete morass of inter-connectedness.” Darwinism is dying and people are wisely refraining from spelling that out.
- More Neanderthal eagle jewelry found in the Iberian Peninsula
Most likely the underlying issue for the dissenters is that the anthropologists are Darwinians and in any Darwinian scheme, someone must be the subhuman. Otherwise, there is no beginning to human history. The Neanderthals are convenient for the purpose. If we found a Stone Age laptop among the Neanderthal artifacts, the same people might still be claiming it didn’t prove anything.
- The “rise of the greedy-brained ape”?
It’s helpful to be reminded that the science cognoscenti see the rest of us that way. They may see themselves that way, though vanity more likely gets in the way at the last, critical moment. No wonder so many people these days are “anti-science.”
- Astrophysicist Adam Frank: Materialism is on shaky ground
Frank is an expert on the final stages of evolution of stars like the sun. His computational research group has developed advanced supercomputer tools in order to study how stars form and die. So he would incline to a materialist view, surely? But no, he says, quantum physics blew all that away. And some neuroscientists just haven’t caught up.
- Sabine Hossenfelder: There is a crisis in physics and it may spread to other sciences
Many science writers probably like the current state of affairs because nonsense about the multiverse and space aliens is easy to write. Artists might like it because it is easy to illustrate. Only if you cared about physics would you want to spoil the party.
- Peering into the origin of time
Via a curious universal pattern of correlated pairs of objects.
- Ola Hössjer and Ann Gauger sketch genetic scenarios for Adam and Eve
Wow. The Darwin trolls’ll miss Halloween to go after this one.
- Controversial claim: First humans originated in what is now Botswana
One is tempted to wonder, how would "storytelling" differentiate the Garvan team from many other human evolution researchers?