Problems with using RNA to build tree of life

Turtles probably aren’t really closer to birds than to lizards and snakes, like RNA studies reported.



Would greater DNA harm enhance evolution or degradation?

Mutations are used to explain evolution but also cause cancer. Biologists have discovered conditions for multiple mutations. Can we therefore infer that evolution via mutations is more likely? or that enhanced mutations will cause faster species degradation and extinction? Biologists describe mechanism promoting multiple DNA mutations DNA mutations—long known to fuel cancer as well as […]

Hyper-skepticism and “My way or the highway”: Feser’s extraordinary post

Imagine that scientists discovered the best documentary evidence for God’s existence that anyone could possibly hope for: messages in the DNA of each and every human cell, saying “Made by Yahweh.” Imagine that a notorious New Atheist and a well-known Catholic philosopher are both asked by journalists what they make of this evidence. The New […]

DO’s Prediction succeeds (2 1/2 years ago): “Increasingly, logic will be seen as a covert form of theism”

In a recent UD post, our Newsdesk predicted: “Increasingly, logic will be seen as a covert form of theism.” This was actually fulfilled two and a half years ago, in a combox exchange at the shadow-site, TSZ. I commented on UD President BA’s post on the prediction, and wish to headline that, feeding in some […]

We are told: Dinosaurs regularly “shrank” to become birds

It sounds like a program. Tell us more. Also, how can a group be more evolutionarily innovative if evolution is a fluke?

Why doesn’t junk DNA behave like junk?

So DNA doesn’t behave like junk because it isn’t working for the Darwin lobby? Wonder what concern it is working for.

Epigenetics: Grandma’s experiences mark your genes?

A simple way of understanding epigenetics: The useless conflict between “environment” and “genes” is based on a simple assumption: Genes = you got or not. No.

Oldest rove beetle found at 100 mya

New technology makes detailed study possible.

Closing in on consciousness?

The field, as presently constituted, exists to keep out serious analysis, not further it. That won’t change any time soon.

At Mental Floss, a new “Adam and Eve” project?

We must have parted company with Francisco Ayala and the no-Adam-or-Eve folks at BioLogos three stations ago.

Memo to Dawkins: Half of Brits probably don’t believe in Darwin anyway

Might Dawkins’ growing loss of popularity with his own base reduce the number of convert to Darwinian atheism?

How Dawkins is losing his own base, which is what matters

Thompson: he’s exposed a rich vein of hypocrisy in the Left — and, more significantly, an intellectual rift between hard-line and multiculturalist atheists.

Whatever made Dawkins famous, he has lost it

We have it on good authority that some naturalist atheists have abandoned their principles and are abjectly praying to the Retirement Fairy. ;)

What makes us human: Stories

Prediction: He won’t turn storytelling into a science, but he will turn it into a big fat bore.

Jonathan Wells defended against Massimo Pigliucci’s attack

Wells was among the first well-qualified persons to talk openly about the vast, rotting mass of received doctrine about origin of life and evolution.

Someone tries telling the truth: Darwin wasn’t that great but he met an elite need

Then one of Darwin’s defenders pipes up

Could ancient Earth fossils make their way to the moon?

One space science team tried measuring the impact on fossilized diatoms.

Philosopher of science Massimo Pigliucci on the new ideas-challenged campuses

He has such difficulty calling the new “Shut up, they explained” culture what it is: Mediocrities with tenure, thugs in office, and cowards on the Board.

What WON’T we toss out to defend the multiverse?

Cosmologist Sean Carroll would retire falsifiability as a science idea. Jason Rosenhouse dismisses Occam’s razor.

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