Professor Larry Moran poses five questions for the ID movement

In a recent post over at his Sandwalk, Professor Larry Moran has been attempting to set the cat among the pigeons, with a list of five issues which, he anticipates, will lead to bitter recriminations within the “big tent” of the Intelligent Design movement. Professor Moran is shocked, shocked, that Intelligent Design advocates sometimes publicly […] more

Was that big gravity wave find just dust? Not a multiverse?

Sheldon’s view is that, using Occam’s razor, dust should have been the first hypothesis. The logic of the multiverse explains why it ended up being the last.
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For the Easter Weekend, 2014 . . .

Here. (HT: VJT, also, Charles Babbage.) Video: embedded by Embedded Videovimeo Direkt more

Larry almost got it right, but he just can’t turn the corner

In 2013 Larry wrote On Beating Dead Horses I was reminded of this while reading Salvador Corova’s latest post on Uncommon Descent because he refers to beating dead horses [If not Rupe and Sanford’s presentation (8/6/13), would you believe Wiki? In this case, yes]. I’m not going to make any comments. Read it and weep […] more

Kirk Durston on “God and Science – Is there a Conflict?” . . . food for thought

I think we need to watch a video by Friend of UD, Kirk Durston. But first, a loop-back note: I have been rather busy elsewhere with issues like AS-AD, Kondratiev waves, Hayek’s investment triangle, SD and Schumpeterian creative destruction.(Pardon the resulting absence.) BTW, this line of thought leads me to hold that the oh- so- […] more

Amazing machine animations

Recently I came across some amazing animations of various kinds of engines and other machines at the following Web sites, which I thought I might share with readers: Here, here, here, here and here. Two questions to ponder: (1) How many of these machines have analogues in the world of living things? (2) What predictions […] more

Here’s Bill Nye’s take on the Nye-Ham debate, including stuff that didn’t happen

Nye saw that stuff in his own mind, which makes it true and important (and possibly, someday, a subject of legislation). more

New paper on how computer models don’t refute irreducible complexity—lay-friendly explanation

Ewert: If a model is designed to assist the evolution of an irreducibly complex system, it is not a model of Darwinian evolution more

Early land carnivore is herbivore’s ancestor, pushes back family history

The basic idea is sound but this may not be the first time it happened. In general, predictions of having found the “first” of anything much have not worn well. more

A prediction I made in 2006 is coming to fruition

I wrote here in 2006 that the Designer of life has put steganography (hidden messages in DNA) to help scientists understand DNA. The steganography cannot have emerged via selection or neutral evolution, it is just there, it is a design feature. We typically call them “conserved” sequences, but I’ve argued that “conserved” is the wrong […] more

TED talks draw ire at Chronicle of Higher Education

Do they merely simplify and flatten the world of ideas, killing as much inquiry as they start? more

Mendel’s Accountant and Joe Felsenstein’s freely downloadable book on Theoretical Population Genetics

Joe Felsenstein is a world class geneticist. Joe is credited with coining the phrase “Muller’s Ratchet” after Nobel Prize winner Hermann Muller. Even though Joe is an evolutionist, Joe holds a unique position of being highly regarded by creationists for his work on population genetics. His work on Muller’s ratchet became a pillar of creationist […] more

Should we get rid of “scientist,” replace term with “some guy”?

Many people today want science to be a religion. They are readily drawn to far-out theory that would be termed religion in any other society. more

Peer review: Researcher admits to enhanced images

As a rule, claims that don’t hold up feature a background of intense desire or unshaken existing beliefs more

E.O. Wilson reflects on the 1970s controversy around sociobiology

Naturally, the interviewer doesn’t ask him to explain why his theory doesn’t imply racism or sexism. Perhaps it doesn’t, but that’s hardly self-evident. more

Maybe biological classification is more of an art exhibition than a science pursuit

An expression of cultural beliefs. Or at least, that’s the impression one gets. more

Are you politically correct? A questionnaire

If you have to wonder what Princess Fluffy Bunny thinks before you answer, you don’t need any more questions. Seek help. more

Moon not needed? Life more likely on “tilt-a-worlds”?

A moon, the researchers claim, could actually be a disadvantage for origin of life. more

Specifications: detachable, not postdictive, not after-the-fact

Being able to reject chance as an explanation is critical to identifying design. The way to do this is to compare the structure of an artifact against some pattern that can help us rule out chance as an explanation. Sometimes designers can anticipate the knowledge of observers in order to craft designs which can be […] more

I’m a Luke Barnes fan even though he would surely be critical of my ideas

Luke Barnes has been mentioned favorably twice at Uncommon Descent. I mentioned him in Nuclear Physicist asks, “Why is PZ Myers so dumb?” and slams Victor Stenger to boot. VJ Torley mentioned him favorably in Is fine tuning a fallacy. I “learned” intro cosmology from Barbara Ryden’s book, but I put “learned” in quotes because […] more

Science blogger Chad Orzel treads on Superman’s cape

Superheroes are anti-science. Someone should tell Neil DeGrasse Tyson. more

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