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Why “junk DNA” sequences are not deleted: Because Evolution, we are told, “rejects them”

So evolution has foresight? In any event, there are tons of science news stories out there about “junk DNA” that turned out to be functional. There are 252 stories on the topic here at Uncommon Descent alone. Read More ›

Animals’ “sixth sense” is not just human imagination, as often claimed

At Phys.org: "This study has made significant advances in understanding how animals sense and respond to external magnetic fields—a very active and disputed field." For all we know, humans have that sixth sense too. But we don’t pay much attention to fine points about anything beyond sight, sound, taste, and touch. Read More ›

Persistence of epigenetic changes “fascinating and confusing”

At The Scientist: "In a study published February 7 in Cell, a group of scientists tracked an engineered epigenetic mutation across four generations of lab-bred mice, finding evidence of the alteration in each of the subsequent generations. These alterations seemingly resurfaced even after the epigenetic wipe. " Read More ›

Nigerian pastor on Darwin’s legacy in Africa

Olufemi Oluniyi, was writing a book on the inmpact of Social Darwinism in Nigeria and he managed to send his manuscript to the Discovery Institute before his death from COVID in 2021. Read More ›

The Inconsistencies of Materialism

Materialism — the belief that everything that happens is the result of the action of the basic laws of physics on the basic particles of physics — leads its adherents to some conclusions that most do not really believe but are obliged to assert.  For example, they often claim there is no real free will, that everything we do is determined by the laws of physics.   But if they really believed this, why would they bother trying to convince the rest of us?  Whether or not we will accept their conclusion is completely beyond our control.   Certainly our behavior is influenced, maybe to a large degree, by our heredity and environment but no one would possibly conclude that he has Read More ›

How did microproteins appear from nowhere?

So... old proteins were present in the very earliest life forms (and yet, presumably, were complex enough to be identified as proteins?) And “ most microproteins emerged more or less ‘out of nowhere—in other words, out of DNA regions that weren't previously tasked with producing proteins,’…”? Like we said before, guys, just keep talking. Face the mike and keep talking… Read More ›

L&FP, 65g: Quantum vs classical digital computing — hope or hype? (Or, superposition?)

Quantum computing, of course, has been a hot sci-tech topic in recent years, what with stories as to how it will obsolete the large prime number product encryption schemes that give us some of our strongest codes, and stories of vast computing power exponentially beyond our hottest supercomputers today. With hot money being poured in by the wheelbarrow load. (Well, maybe buckets of bits as most serious transactions are digital nowadays. Itself already a problem . . . security is an issue.) What are we to make of this? (My bet is, superposition. Itself, a core quantum issue.) Reader and commenter, Relatd, has given us a useful, first level video: (A good place to begin, a useful survey with some Read More ›

Claim: Cuttlefish can solve problems developed for children

Cuttlefish are a problem for conventional assumptions about animal mind. Like their kin octopuses, they are exothermic invertebrates — not supposed to be smart, as the video points out. But as smart as children? Let us know when they grow up to teach calculus at the local U. Read More ›

Trust in news media plummets further

Thought from an old hack: When mainstream media really mattered — say in the 1970s — they told us things it would have been difficult for us to find out otherwise. Those times are gone. Anyone with an internet connection can find out all kinds of things from a variety of sources. So values like objectivity matter much less to the MSM and they readily ally with any political group that will – by various means – help keep them in business. Read More ›