Origin of life: New model may explain emergence of self-replication on early Earth

From ScienceDaily: One question of the origin of life in particular remains problematic: what enabled the leap from a primordial soup of individual monomers to self-replicating polymer chains? A new model proposes a potential mechanism by which self-replication could have emerged. It posits that template-assisted ligation, the joining of two polymers by using a third, […]

Progressives, Fascism, and the Will to Power

So-called progressives are feeling pretty cocky nowadays, which is not surprising after they achieved a decisive victory on one of their key policy goals when the United States Supreme Court mandated that every state must adjust its laws to pretend that people of the same sex can marry one another.  Of course, it is the […]

You know ID is winning when …

Big Darwin hollers are fronting money all over the world against it: Templeton Foundation gives almost US$ 2 million to a Brazilian anti-ID group: Really? Will the group now employ local “Jesus Hollers Against Design” types? Maybe Pos-Darwinista can tell us. See also: Evolution appears to converge on goals—but in Darwinian terms, is that possible? […]

What is the true significance of convergent evolution?

Here. A century or so ago, British anatomist St. George Mivart noted that Darwin’s theory of evolution “does not harmonize with closely similar structures of diverse origin” (convergent evolution). There is more evidence for Mivart’s doubts now than ever. According to current Darwinian evolutionary theory, each gain in information is the result of a great […]

Here’s What’s Going on With BioLogos

Deborah Haarsma was professor and chair in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Calvin College and is currently the President of BioLogos. Both of these Christian organizations promote evolutionary theory (Calvin statement, BioLogos statement). That is not surprising since evolution derives, at least in modern times, from theologians and philosophers in the church. To […]

New forms of life found on Earth, none elsewhere?

Really small bacteria. From Quanta Magazine: At Tiny Scales, a Giant Burst on Tree of Life DNA sequencing is at the heart of this current study, though the researchers’ success also owes a debt to more basic technology. The team gathered water samples from a research site on the Colorado River near the town of […]

Ancient lizards amaze scientists? But why?

Shouldn’t we be used to this “no change in 20 million years” stuff by now? Here: A community of lizards from the Caribbean, preserved for 20 million years in amber, have been found to be identical to their modern cousins, say researchers. … “Most of ours had full skeletons, and details of the skin were […]

Finally, a book on the ID debate that addresses actual issues

From David Snoke’s review at the Christian Scientific Society of Perry Marshall’s Evolution 2.0: Breaking the DeadlockBetween Darwin and Design Perry Marshall is a well known, successful expert on internet marketing, and his career has included developing new algorithms and paradigms in business and market analysis. For several years, he has been involved in online […]

Rob Sheldon on Earth-like conditions and life

Further to NASA says new Earth-like planet found (which may or may not be actually Earth-like), the question was raised, “Is there an accepted hypothesis on the subject of whether Earth-like conditions are essential to life?” Physicist Rob Sheldon writes to say, Like most other things involving life, NASA is schizophrenic about the subject. Darwinists […]

Oops. New Kepler planet NOT like Earth?

Further to: NASA says new Earth-like planet found: from Real Clear Science: Another problem is that Kepler-452b is alone. As far as we know, there are no other planets in the same system. This is an issue because it was most likely our giant gas planets that helped direct water to Earth. At our position […]

Time to throw “time” out the window?

From the New Statesman: To support Minkowski’s proposal, a 2014 paper published in arXiv, says the universe had no beginning and will have no end (a “block universe”), according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory general relativity. The model also helps solve the problem of dark matter and […]

So there is no life on Mars? So?

In the Telegraph, Michael Hanlon advises, The Universe is big. Huge. But we’re so alone. Get used to it If we find life of any kind out there – whether it be Martian microbes (we have several probes prodding the Martian surface and observing it from orbit) or a signal from super-intelligent (or even mildly […]

As soon as I read this, I cracked up …

It has just got to be a Coffee!! Post at Uncommon Descent. Courtesy New Scientist, we learn: Semen has controlling power over female genes and behaviour It’s not clear whether any components of human semen get into the bloodstream, but it could be possible, particularly for small molecules like hormones, says Robertson. She has shown […]

A disgraceful lie against drug gangs everywhere…!

How academia resembles a drug gang: In 2000, economist Steven Levitt and sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh published an article in the Quarterly Journal of Economics about the internal wage structure of a Chicago drug gang. This piece would later serve as a basis for a chapter in Levitt’s (and Dubner’s) best seller Freakonomics. The title of […]

Christian fiddle-dee-dee against design in nature

Further to: A prof has resigned from Bethel College. Can’t affirm Adam created directly by God: This from (formerly Bethel’s, currently BioLogos’) Jim Stump’s review of An Introduction to Design Arguments, by Virginia Tech’s Benjamin C. Jantzen: in a magazine for churches no one goes to any more (As if anyone cares*). Anyway, here: The idea […]

A prof has resigned from Bethel College

At the Daily Beast, Karl Giberson tells us, In a story becoming all too familiar, another pro-evolution faculty member has been forced to leave his evangelical institution. Jim Stump, longtime professor of philosophy, productive scholar, and popular, award-winning teacher at Bethel College in Indiana, resigned his position in June because of pressures put on the college […]

Vincent Torley’s posts now indexed, searchable

Regular readers will of course be familiar with Vincent Torley’s insightful posts. It is a pleasure to report that he has made three lists of his 380 articles: one ordered by date, one indexed by subject, and one indexed by subject’s name. Make your writing assignments fun! Okay, okay, can we settle for better and […]

Richard Dawkins: One man circular firing squad?

We wouldn’t have believed it possible. Trust a celebrated Darwinian atheist to bring it off. And so now here (Huffpo): Outspoken atheist writer Richard Dawkins took to Twitter this week to air concerns about the status of women in Islam. Needless to say, his unsolicited advice to a religion of 1.6 billion people didn’t sit […]

NASA says new Earth-like planet found

Here: Nasa scientists have announced the discovery of Kepler 452b, also known as ‘Earth 2.0′, an earth-like planet in our galaxy. Over the course of years of data-gathering by the Kepler space telescope and even more analysis and work here on Earth, scientists confirmed the existence of the distant exoplanet, which is the most earth-like […]

100 years of film space aliens in 3 minutes

From their earliest cinematic appearance in Georges Méliès’s “A Trip to the Moon” in 1902, our conception of life beyond Earth has changed to reflect our hopes and fears, the technology we’ve mastered, and our growing knowledge of the universe. Watch our depictions of extraterrestrial life change over nearly 100 films and 112 years. Good […]

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