530-million-year-old Fossil Has Look of World’s Oldest Eye

A compound eye from the Cambrian Period showed up in a fossil. Here’s what the PR has to say: Professor Euan Clarkson, of the University of Edinburgh’s School of GeoSciences, said: “This exceptional fossil shows us how early animals saw the world around them hundreds of millions of years ago. Remarkably, it also reveals that […]

Would the discovery of ET change ethics?

From philosopher Tim Mulgan at Aeon: In academic philosophy today, an interest in extraterrestrial life is regarded with some suspicion. This is a historical anomaly. In Ancient Greece, Epicureans argued that every possible form of life must recur infinitely many times in an infinite universe. In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, as modern astronomy […]

A tale from the decline of science journalism: Facts don’t matter

From Alex Berezow at ACSH: — Recently, the website Undark, whose publisher is science writer Deborah Blum, published an op-ed by an environmental activist who told lies and half-truths about the safety of glyphosate. This was particularly striking because the website’s editorial team and advisory board have several high-profile names in science journalism, and the site’s […]

Free Speech Activist Lindsay Shepherd Does Not Teach At The Same WLU That I Attended 1967-1971

The difference religion makes is not what you might expect. My response to “How a ‘pronoun’ class got a young Canadian academic censured ” by Harley J. Sim at MercatorNet: Readers may wish to supplement Harley Sims’s informative article with Mark Steyn’s commentary on the tape Shepherd dared to make (http://bit.ly/2j4yOnk) and the tape/transcript itself (http://bit.ly/2mMPvok). On […]

Left-wing mag slams Darwinism

From Kelly Wilkins at left-wing mag Counterpunch, an interesting take on Darwinism: One of the ways the media has shaped the public’s attitude concerning the distribution of wealth and power in our society, has been by the dissemination of a familiar but menacing ideology, an ideology which teaches that human success and failure is determined […]

Naturalism is whacking the arts harder than the sciences: “Cross-species rhetoric”?

Naturalism = nature is all there is and humans are not special. Human consciousness, including reason, is an illusion. From Joshua Mayo at First Things: Take the burgeoning subfield of Animal Rhetorics, where theorists now use Aristotle and Derrida to study non-human communication. Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) collaborators are calling on scholars to recover […]

Origin of life paper with Nobelist author is retracted. But now the good news…

From Retraction Watch: A Nobel Laureate has retracted a 2016 paper in Nature Chemistry that explored the origins of life on earth, after discovering the main conclusions were not correct. Some researchers who study the origins of life on Earth have hypothesized that RNA evolved before DNA or proteins. If true, RNA would have needed […]

If life evolved, purposeless and unguided, why is there so much purpose and guidance within it?

O’Leary for News’ review of . J. Scott Turner’s Purpose and Desire What Makes Something “Alive” and Why Modern Darwinism Has Failed to Explain It, at MercatorNet: A biologist awakens from reductionism and begins to rediscover life The basic problem, he contends, is that current biology requires us to view life forms as machines. Yet […]

The BioLogos Project: A program of unwarranted assumptions and irrational claims.

As everyone knows, the BioLogos Community is on a passionate mission to Darwinize the Christian world. Oddly, though, the zeal that drives that mission is not the product of a disinterested search for the truth. Unlike ID proponents, who begin with rational principles and follow the evidence where it leads, BioLogos members begin with a […]

Will Your Conscience be a Casualty in the Progressives’ War on Science?

In recent months I have increasingly been called on to give advice to my school clients regarding the rights of so-called transgender students.  The Civil Rights Division in my state (Colorado) has imposed a very strict legal regimen on schools regarding these students, and what that regimen lacks in subtlety it makes up for in […]

Pearlside eyes unexpectedly at odds with other deep-sea fishes’: Chance, fate, or design? Are we allowed to wonder? 

Abstract:Most vertebrates have a duplex retina comprising two photoreceptor types, rods for dim-light (scotopic) vision and cones for bright-light (photopic) and color vision. However, deep-sea fishes are only active in dim-light conditions; hence, most species have lost their cones in favor of a simplex retina composed exclusively of rods. Although the pearlsides, Maurolicus spp., have […]

Science Mag: Scallop’s eye “Fine-tuned for image formation”

We typically think of eyes as having one or more lenses for focusing incoming light onto a surface such as our retina. However, light can also be focused using arrays of mirrors, as is commonly done in telescopes. A biological example of this is the scallop, which can have up to 200 reflecting eyes that […]

New Scientist: Was it a huge dose of dopamine that made us so smart?

From Andy Coghlan at New Scientist: We may owe some of our unique intelligence to a generous supply of a signalling chemical called dopamine in brain regions that help us think and plan. Our brains produce far more dopamine in these regions than the brains of other primates like apes.More. Naturalist ideology requires something like […]

Artificial intelligence index annual report

Here: Artificial Intelligence has leapt to the forefront of global discourse, garnering increased attention from practitioners, industry leaders, policymakers, and the general public. The diversity of opinions and debates gathered from news articles this year illustrates just how broadly AI is being investigated, studied, and applied. However, the field of AI is still evolving rapidly […]

A funny thing happened on our way to Darwin’s Cathedral…

From Denyse O’Leary at Evolution News & Views: The scientific discoveries that might have supported the naturalist view of the universe, life, and the human mind have never actually occurred. Stubborn problems, old and new, make such discoveries less likely than ever. New technology in neuroscience, for example, has enabled unexpected new findings that point […]

Researchers: Sponges definitely oldest animals, not “anatomically complex” comb jellies

This is a complex and long-running dispute. From ScienceDaily: Commenting on the breakthrough research, Professor Pisani said: “The fact is, hypotheses about whether sponges or comb jellies came first suggest entirely different evolutionary histories for key animal organ systems like the nervous and the digestive systems. Therefore, knowing the correct branching order at the root […]

Dutch universities involved in co-ordinated origin of life studies

Suzan Mazur author of Origin of Life Circus, talks to Jan-Willem Mantel of the new Dutch Origins Center sponsored by the University of Groningen on the Dutch group effort: Suzan Mazur: The Dutch Origins Center is a virtual center, but would you say the University of Groningen serves as sort of the hub? Jan-Willem Mantel: […]

Science is simply “what scientists do”? That’s all?

From theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder at her blog Back(reaction): On the one hand, I understand the concerns about breaking with centuries of tradition. We used to followed up each hypothesis with experimental test, and the longer the delay between hypothesis and test, the easier for pseudoscience to take foothold. On the other hand, I agree […]

And now for something completely different: Do angels exist?

The question is knottier than it might at first appear. Ken Francis, journalist and author of The Little Book of God, Mind, Cosmos and Truth, writes at New English Review: The beginning of the universe was a supernatural event, as only something that transcends time, space and matter could cause it to happen. Secondly, if the supernatural […]

Quote of the Day

“Only the deepest of the corrupt pretend that the nature of a thing killed changes based on the sound of the syllables a mouth utters to name it.”   Edward H. Sisson, commenting on the use of the word “fetus” to describe a pre-born human.

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