If most molecular evolution is non-Darwinian, how can codon bias and duon codes evolve?

Most molecular evolution is neutral. Done. PZ Myers From wiki: Codon usage bias Codon usage bias refers to differences in the frequency of occurrence of synonymous codons in coding DNA. A codon is a series of three nucleotides (triplets) that encodes a specific amino acid residue in a polypeptide chain or for the termination of […] more

Atheism of the gaps

Professor Jerry Coyne has recently written a post titled, Atheism of the gaps, in which he urges skeptics to “make believers read about unbelief” before listening to their arguments, and “make atheism-of-the-gaps arguments.” In the first section of his post, Professor Coyne throws down the gauntlet: If people can fault us for not reading Aquinas, […] more

Emergence of Life – New University of Illinois Online Course

One of the wonderful things about the internet is the jaw-dropping amount of information available – literally at our fingertips.  Never before in history has the common individual had so much knowledge and experience and expertise available for the learning.  To be sure, there is plenty on the internet that is incomplete, wrong, or downright […] more

Cost of maintenance and construction of design, neutral theory supports ID and/or creation

Most of biological ID literature is focused on Irreducible Complexity and Specified Complexity (Specified Improbability) and information theory, no free lunch, critique of OOL, the Cambrian explosion, etc, But there is another line of argument that is devastating to the claims of mindless evolution that has been underappreciated partly because it is highly technical, and […] more

Physicist Rob Sheldon to speak on science, book of Genesis

“Dr. Robert Sheldon will give full length lectures on the subject of Eden and the Flood; and your toughest questions are welcome.” more

Never mind. Today is just a dream

The evidence is in. Science doomed us on Earth Day ages ago. It’s like a movie. We don’t exist. Or something. more

What would the universe look like, if the past was infinite?

There cannot be an infinite past, since we would not reach our “here-and-now”. more

Technically, we don’t believe in the Darwin awards, but …

in the interests of public safety … this guy tries to instruct the public on train safety more

Universe before Big Bang? Almost surely part of multiverse

Actually, other sources have developed the multiverse into a way bigger pantheon than just a universe that is “much bigger than just the part observable to us.” more

Pop liberal theologian Karl Giberson on debate with Meyer

It sounds as though Giberson didn’t want to debate Meyer’s actual argument. more

Oxford evolutionary psychologist on unselfishness, Earth Day

If we decide civilisation is worth preserving, “… we have to work out what to save and which people would be needed in a drastically reduced population.” more

Is Richard Dawkins leading people away from The Blind Watchmaker …

… to Jesus? The Holy Smoke blogger discusses two publicized cases:

Deal on Kindle price for Woodward’s Darwin Strikes Back

If someone were to write a history covering the period since, what would it be called? “Darwin? Aw, Come On!” ? And the next ten years? “Darwin Who?” ? more

Supersymmetry MUST BE true

What sort of beliefs (other than mathematical axioms) must be true? Surely, only beliefs that have attained the status of a religion. more

Why fixation in gigantic but widely separated human populations doesn’t happen

If there was any time the human population was very small, fixation was likely inevitable as discussed in Neutral Evolution for Newbies, Part 2. The time for required for fixation in a population according to standard population genetics is approximately 4 Ne, where Ne is the effective population size. For example, for an Ne of […] more

The singularity, as it happens, is not so near after all

Maybe they had better build the humanchine first, and it can then advise them on producing a film with a better box office. more

An NPR pundit explains the evolution of religion

Evolutionary psychologists will front any thesis, no matter how unlikely or ridiculous, except that religion is a response to a message from a divine source. more

How some nerds hope to find eternal life

Remember this when people tell you that traditional faiths feature unreasonable beliefs. more

Rod Dreher discovers Dante

“I was only able to make this truth my own when Dante revealed it to me.” That is a difference between writers that sound good and those that wear well. more

Can’t sleep? The wild world of new media

From my Connecting blog Silicon Valley immortality: The resurrection of the head In general, legacy media explorations of culture today should be treated with considerable skepticism. Its mavens have a hard time imagining that traditional Christianity may thrive long after Terasem is a footnote in a learned dissertation on Silicon Valley culture. Would the media […] more

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