Monthly Archives: August 2008
|August 19, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Yes, Calgary Herald columnist Rob Breakenridge has felt the need to respond to my response to his abuse of anyone who does not worship Darwin. Could anyone here help Breakenridge’s readers understand better why the world in general does not worship Darwin?
|August 17, 2008||Posted by johnnyb under Biology, Darwinism, Comp. Sci. / Eng., Informatics|
Many of the advocates of neo-Darwinism argue that abilities of evolution is obvious. The idea is that, given variability in a population, selection and/or environmental change will cause a population to move forward in fitness. Basically, the formula is variability + overproduction + selection = evolution. The problem is that the equation hinges on “variability” and its abilities to create the kinds of variations the Darwinists need.
|August 17, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Darwinism|
My op-ed piece published in The Calgary Herald, Saturday, August 16, 2008, responding to radio host and commentator Rob Breakenridge, with links to sources: In rebuttal – Theory needs a paramedic, not more cheerleaders Denyse O’Leary Re “What is it about evolution theory that Albertans don’t get?” (August 12, 2008), Rob Breakenridge has cobbled together […]
|August 16, 2008||Posted by Granville Sewell under Intelligent Design|
In a Dec 21, 2005 American Spectator article, Jay Homnick wrote: It is not enough to say that design is a more likely senario to explain a world full of well-designed things…Once you allow the intellect to consider that an elaborate organism with trillions of microscopic interactive components can be an accident…you have essentially “lost […]
|August 15, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
When I first started covering this beat, about six years ago, it was pretty straightforward. Earnest people were trying to convince me that blind cave fish losing their eyes was just the same thing as creatures developing eyes in the Cambrian. Bacteria junking fancy equipment to survive antibiotic assaults was just the same thing as […]
|August 15, 2008||Posted by Dave S. under Intelligent Design|
Nick Matzke’s problematic evolutionary narrative of the Type Three Secretory System (TTSS) into the bacterial flagellum quickly made it into a peer reviewed journal while the response from the ID camp took two years longer. Our position, which I mentioned several times in the past, was that the flagellum preceded the TTSS in nature and […]
|August 15, 2008||Posted by William Dembski under Intelligent Design|
We’ve come a long way since Laplace’s nebular hypothesis… Solar System Is Pretty Special, According To New Computer Simulation ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2008) — Prevailing theoretical models attempting to explain the formation of the solar system have assumed it to be average in every way. Now a new study by Northwestern University astronomers, using recent […]
|August 14, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Darwinism|
I would like to introduce retired Australian political science prof Hiram Caton’s new Web site on the pious Darwin legends that currently infest popular media. Caton, a friend and associate of the late David Stove, author of Darwinian Fairy Tales, has done extensive research on the real story behind Darwin and his Origin of Species […]
|August 13, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Having reported news on the ID scene for about five years now, I could give a number of reasons why I think ID is slowly winning the intellectual battle, but let me focus on just one for now: The increasingly preposterous claims made by anti-ID zealots. At the high end, we have this editorial in […]
|August 12, 2008||Posted by William Dembski under Off Topic|
A friend of mine told me about this interesting link: www.chrismartenson.com/crashcourse Regardless of whether you agree with the economic philosophy presented here, it suggests a useful approach to presenting ID.
|August 12, 2008||Posted by Dave S. under Intelligent Design|
This discussion was spawned in the Artificial Life commentary and I think it deserves thread of its own. First of all Laws of Nature are those things which are observed over and over and over again without exception. We need not have physical theories to explain them. One such Law of Nature is the law […]
|August 11, 2008||Posted by Dave S. under Off Topic, Humor|
Buffalo hit an all time record low high of 64 degrees for this day breaking the previous record of 66 degrees set in 1882. Global warming is MIA in this neck of the woods. I’m just sayin’.
|August 9, 2008||Posted by Dave S. under Intelligent Design|
An interesting article talking about the progress, or lack thereof, in evolution of computer “life”. Can we make software that comes to life? A few choice snips: On January 3 1990, he started with a program some 80 instructions long, Tierra’s equivalent of a single-celled sexless organism, analogous to the entities some believe paved the […]
|August 8, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Warwick U sociologist Steve Fuller, author of Dissent over Descent, and I have been corresponding about how scientists who are sympathetic to intelligent design can make a bigger impact, and what the next generation of ID textbooks should look like. Me: So what should the ID guys do? Create a complex life form from scratch […]
|August 8, 2008||Posted by PaV under Intelligent Design|
I’ve been reading Paul Davies’ book, The Goldilocks Enigma (published in the U.S. as “Cosmic Jackpot”) over the last week or so. I would recommend it to anyone who wants a full appreciation of scientist’s thinking about the world we live in. Davies is, IMO, the best expositor of the ‘popular science’ book. He blends, […]
|August 8, 2008||Posted by O'Leary under Intelligent Design|
Joel Verwegen, a University of Toronto psychology and biology student, hopes that regular Post-Darwinist and Uncommon Descent readers will respond to his invitation to view a PBS debate on the subject and answer a questionnaire. (The debate link is in the q-aire.) He tells me, a) This is a social cognition study for the ID-evolution […]
|August 7, 2008||Posted by William Dembski under Intelligent Design, Expelled|
Jeff Schloss, formerly an ID supporter and Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute (until August 2003 — click here for Way Back Machine), has since been distancing himself from ID and even going on the offensive against it. I witnessed the beginnings of this offensive at a symposium featuring Ron Numbers, Howard Van Till, Schloss, and […]
|August 7, 2008||Posted by DLH under Culture, Global Warming|
If you are concerned over trillion of dollars of future “taxes” from climate policy and massive impact on the third world of high energy prices, Watts highlights a key opportunity for input by August 14th. NASA’s document currently claims climate change is due to anthropogenic causes and strongly advocates control. This parallels government policy on […]
|August 6, 2008||Posted by Dave S. under Off Topic, Global Warming|
Contrary to last year’s hysteric proclamations that arctic sea ice would completely vanish this summer it has instead increased to an extent not seen since 2004.
|August 6, 2008||Posted by William Dembski under Intelligent Design, Religion, Culture|
Second Baptist in Houston (www.second.org) is a terrific church with a huge membership. My good friend Ben Young is a pastor there and runs two contemporary services at two different campuses Sunday mornings. I was there on Sunday, July 27th at those two services, with Ben and I having a conversation in front of the […]