Have we discovered how fish first learned to walk on land?

But if they are that plastic, wouldn’t they just go back to the water, given a chance?



On, the fallacy of worshiping the “short” and the “simple” . . . or, why good long copy outsells short copy

As UD regulars will know, it’s silly season here in Montserrat. As a result, I am facing the long vs short copy debate and the issue of the demand for excessive simplicity. Which, opens us up to be naive and easily misled — including when we indulge the fallacy of selective hyperskepticism. (As in: if […]

P.Z. Myers channels Judith Jarvis Thomson on abortion; Dawkins disagrees

In my last post, I commended Professor P. Z. Myers for arguing that children with Down syndrome are fully human, and that their lives are worth living, even as I noted that Myers and I disagree on the morality of abortion. In a new post, Myers proposes a thought experiment in support of his pro-choice […]

Thomas Aquinas contra Transformism

In my previous post Synthesis-versus-Analysis I dealt with the distinction between “true whole” and “false whole”. Now let’s see how that had relations with Aquinas and his refutation of biological macroevolution. About the origin of man and the relations between his soul and body, Aquinas was clear: Reply to objection 3: Some have claimed that […]

Müller Cells are Wavelength-Dependent Wave-Guides

The best arguments for evolution have always been from dysteleology. This world, as evolutionists explain, just does not appear to have been designed. Consider our retina for example. Isn’t it all backwards, with the photocells—which detect the incoming light—pointed toward the rear and behind several layers of cell types and neural processes. Does this make […]

E. O. Wilson: Give half the planet to wild animals

At some point, wouldn’t you think at least some commentators would start putting two and two together about some of these people?

Experiment to test whether we live in a 2-D hologram

If the general thesis is accepted, would it provide support for the Law of Conservation of Information, which William Dembski uses in his new book Being as Communion?

Fri Nite Frite: Have we done a snake frite lately?

May as well be snakes.

News of a primitive Cambrian fish?

If this interpretation of the fossil holds up, the vertebrate class was present in the Cambrian too.

Has “philosophical superficiality” harmed physics?

Carlo Rovelli: Science has never advanced in this manner in the past. Science does not advance by guessing.

Coffee!! A thigh bone found on Mars?

Beats the face on Mars, but we’re still waiting for the silhouette of Sherlock Holmes.

Live Stream Faith, Science & Culture: Does God Still Matter tonight, with Steve Meyer

Okay, okay, vacuum the cat hair off the couch instead. Priorities.

Peer review: Not publishing social science studies with null results harms public discourse

Not publishing null results may skew people’s ideas about the society around them.

Big Bang lithium shortage a “hard nut to crack”?

It sounds like a fun problem, actually, dare we say—a lighter moment?

Animal with muscles found from 560 mya (Ediacaran period)

Unlike most other Ediacarans, it does not look like a plant.

Stone-tipped spears 500 kya indicate increase in human cognitive and social skills?

Researchers: Stone-tipped weapons were a significant innovation for Middle Pleistocene hominins.

ENCODE adds 1600 data sets

Despite angry reactions to its finding little junk in human DNA

Rainforest life accounts for “evolution” of short stature in pygmies—twice?

Theories abound, but is the change permanent?

Literary figure Samuel Butler, it turns out, coined the term “Neo-Darwinism” in 1880

He has probably been overlooked in discussions that rely on the scientific literature as such.

Dragonfly both perfect at first AND “the perfected result” of 300 mya of evolution?

Actually, Darwinspeak is so much a part of the landscape that few viewers likely noticed the contradiction.

Recent anti-design book we never heard about

When the world’s your beat, you sure can’t cover everything, but it’s a slow news month so …

FYI: Who invented the term neo-Darwinism?

There is some confusion, at times, between the terms “neo-Darwinian synthesis” and “neo-Darwinism.”

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