Category: Evolutionary biology
|December 20, 2015||Posted by PaV under Evolutionary biology, Genetics|
I finished reading Provine’s last book a few weeks ago, and have meant to post something about it ever since. In his book, The ‘Random Genetic Drift’ Fallacy, Provine hammers his main thesis over and over: that is, that genetic changes in small populations occur not because of “random genetic drift,” but because of “inbreeding.” […]
|November 24, 2015||Posted by PaV under Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, Epigenetics|
A new study is out here. They were studying epigenetic effects in planaria flatworms. Same planaria, three different “species”-level “heads” were regenerated. Of course, everything must have an “evoltuion-did-it” explanation; so, for the record, here it is: The ease with which a particular shape could be coaxed from a G. dorotocephala worm was proportional to […]
|October 26, 2015||Posted by Eric Anderson under Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, Epigenetics|
Note: This is a guest post by Virgil Cain. I have left it as is, with just a couple of typographical corrections. See my brief comments and caveats at the end. —– By Virgil Cain In 1997, “Not By Chance” by Lee Spetner was published. In it he argued for a “non-random evolutionary hypothesis” which […]
|September 30, 2015||Posted by News under Evolutionary biology, News|
From UNZ, alternative media: The Jerry Coyne Retirement Jerry Coyne, an eminent evolutionary geneticist and all around public intellectual, is retiring, and has posted a bitter sweet and hopeful farewell letter to his conventional scientific career. For the general public Coyne is probably more famous as a New Atheist, though Coyne is actually a vocal […]
|August 22, 2015||Posted by News under Origin Of Life, Evolutionary biology, News|
Further to Origin of complex cells: Can energy create information? (Lane seems to think that energy can create or substitute for huge amounts of information. This seems wrong but it is apparently acceptable to The Scientist, Rob Sheldon, noting that reader’ thoughts were solicited, writes to say, In thermodynamics, we have the fundamental thermodynamic relation […]
|August 22, 2015||Posted by News under Evolution, Evolutionary biology, News|
Suzan Mazur, author of The Origin of Life Circus, recently interviewed Eibi Nevo (86), at Huffington Post. She notes that Nevo largely agrees with post-Darwinian James Shapiro, who, in James Barham’s words, stresses the importance of a key concept for understanding how both life and evolution work—“natural genetic engineering.” While the technical details of this […]
|August 8, 2015||Posted by News under Evolutionary biology, News|
From Ediacaran period (635 to 542 million years ago) fossils in Newfoundland: Apparently asexual reproduction that the researchers compare to that of plants (though it’s unclear that other branches of life cannot do this). So it appears, here: A significant fossil find on the Newfoundland coastline could shed light on what may be the oldest physical […]
|July 2, 2015||Posted by News under Evolution, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, News|
Friends write to say that Darwinian evolutionary biologist (retired) William B. Provine has written a book , The “Random Genetic Drift” Fallacy (2014): Much of my life has been devoted to the history of population genetics. My early book was my Ph.D. thesis still in print: The Origins of Theoretical Populations Genetics (1971, 2nd edition, […]
|March 20, 2015||Posted by johnnyb under Evolution, Darwinism, Evolutionary biology, Society, academic freedom|
I spend a bit of time teaching and talking to junior-high and high-schoolers, especially homeschool students. One of the things that I try to teach them is how to approach teachers who are Darwinists when they get to college. Anyway, I though some readers might be students and might appreciate the advice. Obviously, this is […]
|March 17, 2015||Posted by johnnyb under Intelligent Design, Darwinism, Informatics, Irreducible Complexity, Design inference, Evolutionary biology, ID Foundations, Information|
There are many ID’ers who complain about the AVIDA simulation, and I for the life of me can’t figure out why this is so.
|March 17, 2015||Posted by johnnyb under Evolution, Intelligent Design, Darwinism, Evolutionary biology|
Recently, Larry Moran critiqued ID’s approach to evolutionary biology. Here I will explain how Larry Moran has misunderstood both ID and modern evolutionary theory.
|February 4, 2015||Posted by News under Animal minds, Evolutionary biology, News|
Anyway, Mr. Raid has a personality too.
|November 28, 2014||Posted by PaV under Intelligent Design, Genomics, Evolutionary biology, Genetics|
This is from a new study published in Nature Communications, and talked about at Phys.Org. Oh, how difficult it is these days to be an “intellectually fulfilled” neo-Darwinian: Humans don’t like being alone, and their genes are no different. Together we are stronger, and the two versions of a gene – one from each parent […]
|November 7, 2014||Posted by William J Murray under Evolution, Intelligent Design, Darwinism, The Design of Life, Evolutionary biology, Tree of life, Logic and First Principles of right reason, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, General interest|
Keith brought in an argument he claimed to be a “bomb” for ID. It turned out to be a failed suicide mission where the only person that got blown up was Keith. (Please note: I am assuming that life patterns exists in an ONH, as Keith claims, for the sake of this argument only. Also, […]
FYI-FTR: But, Wiki and Theobald’s 29+ evidences prove evolution is the best explanation of life and its branching tree pattern! — NOT
|November 5, 2014||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Origin Of Life, Cambrian explosion, Evolutionary biology, ID Foundations, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society, Functionally Specified Complex Information & Organization, FYI-FTR, Darwinist rhetorical tactics, UD's Pro-Darwinism essay Challenge||
In recent exchanges in and around UD on origins and the tree of life, Theobald’s 29 evidences claims (and by implication the sort of summary presented by Wikipedia in its articles on Abiogenesis and Evolution) have come up. [NB: to carry forward discussions, I suggest here on. I intend to do a for reference in […]
|October 31, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Evolutionary biology, News|
If an establishment figure can safely write this kind of thing, Darwin’s theory is coming under more serious fire than ever.
|October 10, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Evolutionary biology, News|
The problem isn’t that it is imperialistic but that so few of these forays are supported by science, as traditionally understood.
|September 17, 2014||Posted by News under Intelligent Design, Evolutionary biology, News|
But is the hippo in the vid not swimming?
|July 24, 2014||Posted by scordova under Physics, Evolutionary biology, News|
Coyne is not an engineer. He’s sort of a glorified fruitfly farmer. He doesn’t have engineering insights and it shows. He’s also one of the most militant ideologues out there ( protesting the appointment of Francis Collins MD,PhD as head of NIH because Collins was a Christian). Jerry Coyne argues the human eyes is poorly […]
|July 2, 2014||Posted by News under Evolutionary biology, News|
Abstract: The evolution of sex is one of the most important and controversial problems in evolutionary biology.