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Neanderthals were good parents, say researchers

It was inevitable. No sooner did we hear that current humans and Neanderthals definitely interbred, we heard they were good parents too. more

Origin of life: A problem in the origin of information

Software engineer Arminius Mignea’s specifications for a simplest self-replicator in Engineering and the Ultimate would be a useful read. more

Mathematics challenges naturalism, says math prof

James Franklin: Artificial intelligence system that imitates genuine mathematical insight? No promising plans on the drawing board. more

When bad science or science writing screams …

ten general qualities found in forgettable science or science writing more

Self-organization model of the mind still actively researched

It’s the sort of “gotta have” theory that life never really matches but never tarnishes either. more

Epigenetics: DNA distinguishes young vs. old duplicate genes

Researchers: Our results indicate that epigenetic modifications are intimately involved in the regulation and maintenance of duplicate genes. more

Current humans and Neanderthals definitely interbred, researchers say

The new approach rules out an alternative involving a common ancestor. more

Questions college students should ask science professors

Students who ask science professors certain questions will be the ones who’ll appreciate the weaknesses in various anti-ID or anti-creation theories. Preferably they’ll ask after they’ve gotten an “A” in the class, maybe even after they’ve gotten their diploma. The ideal IDist or creationist student can hopefully score in the 99th percentile on evolutionary tests, […] more

Evo psych: “Evolution” explains procrastination?

One explanation we can reject—because it is far too simple and obvious—is that procrastinators typically dither away the time other people spend rehearsing. more

Evo psych: And now, the germ theory of culture

There probably is no single explanation why Canada, Japan, and Jamaica are democracies in some meaningful sense that Belarus, North Korea, and Eritrea are not. more

Exploring the Shut Up culture

High culture is firmly in the hands of people who believe that our brains are shaped for fitness, not for truth, and fitness is the doctrine of Shut Up. more

Darwinism championed again by some influential Roman Catholics

Prize Winning Catholic Biologist Creationists Can’t Stand Kenneth Miller wrote the biology textbook often targeted by creationists who want to toss it from public schools. Oh, and now he’s won one of the Catholic Church’s top prizes. Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller, one of America’s leading advocates, has just received one of America’s oldest and […] more

Question to Nick Matzke from Paul Nelson, and Nick’s reply

Paul Nelson poses question to Nick on Paul Nelson Day and a report of Nick Matzke’s response to Paul Nelson more

History student/college dropout gets award on April Fool’s day for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

From the National Center for Selling Evolutionism (NCSE) NCSE is delighted to congratulate Zack Kopplin, recently named as the winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s 2014 Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award. In a March 24, 2014, press release, Jeremy Berg, president of the ASBMB and director of the University of […] more

You’ve heard it: “The Debate is Over”

Materialism (and a bunch of other isms) simply haven’t performed as promised. Usually, the people they’re trying to shut up are saying so. more

Cambrian animals had modern hearts

That’s half a billion years the “sophisticated system” did NOT have to just evolve, via natural selection acting on random mutation. So when did it happen? more

Liu Bolin is almost as good as nature

And he did it all by natural selection acting on the random mutation of mindless neurons in his brain. Just like those insects. But not like anyone else. Just happens. more

Help requested of readers to advance design detection in DNA

DNA Skittle was a DNA visualization program pioneered by John Sanford to help identify design features of DNA that are recognizable to the human visual system. The program is available for free, but the Skittle developers need help with ensuring it is usable through internet channels. Can you spare 10 minutes and review the product […] more

Bioscience 2010: Problems with evolution of mimicry “huge”

But can’t we just throw more Darwinism at the problems? Now and then, we’ll accidentally learn something and define that as progress. more

Origin of life: Bacteria more like people than like amino acids

because they already have system properties more

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