Category: Tree of life

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

Live stream of the Nelson–Velasco debate – NOW

Further to “Hold it despite opposition. Anything else is “fascism,” says prof,” more

Nelson-Velasco debate: Hold it despite opposition. Anything else is “fascism,” says prof

So if Nelson presents the kind of evidence you can read for yourself in the journals and is covered here at UD, about why the Tree of Life is matchwood, and undermines Velasco’s position, it doesn’t really count. more

Debate!: Tree of life? Forest of life? What about matchwood?

Have they all taken to calling that “kumbayah” circle a “forest of life” now, as in “These results support the concept of the Tree of Life (TOL) as a central evolutionary trend in the FOL as opposed to the traditional view of the TOL as a ‘species tree.’”? more

Tree of Life cheat notes

For when life makes a fool of the textbooks. more

Why doesn’t animal germ cell formation bear much relationship to the alleged Tree of Life?

Meyer: But the mode of germ-cell formation is nearly randomly distributed among the different animal groups, making it impossible to generate a coherent tree based on this characteristic … more

Darwin’s Tree of Life was uprooted in the Cambrian explosion

and didn’t get a chance to write anything down. more

Evolutionary biologists say: Darwin’s tree of life “is wrong”

In 2009. Can readers name any other field where these things could have been said five years ago, and it made almost no difference to the protected status of the field? more

Science mag admits, DNA studies shake tree of animal life

BUT … we are all denounced in the article as “temporal chauvinists” for expecting precisely what we were told in school to expect of allegedly Darwinian evolution—increasing complexity. more

ID Foundations, 22: What about evolutionary trees of descent and homologies? (An answer to Jaceli123′s presentation of a typical icon of evolution . . . )

As has been noted, sometimes people come to UD looking for answers to questions about what they have been taught regarding “Evolution”; typically in the context of indoctrination under the Lewontinian ideological a priori materialism that he outlined thusly in his infamous 1997 NYRB article: [T]he problem is to get [the general public] to reject […] more

Comb jelly DNA sequence offers “unintuitive facts” about evolution…

… like, less complex animals like sponges descended from more complex animals like comb jellies. more

Tree of Life: Tremendous benefits to follow from understanding it?

You’d never know from this but there are currently competing trees of life so there isn’t an “it,” exactly, to understand right now. And what there is to understand means getting involved in a controversy. more

Who stole Darwin’s Tree of Life?

The latest Salvo features a piece on the fate of the Ol’ Deadwood. more

Small size, large populations, make species formation difficult?

Self-organized pattern formation proposed instead. This op-ed may be a way of opening a sustained, long-overdue discussion of just what relevance “species” has in many situations. more

Mammal family tree in disarray too?

It’s revealing that people in a mess like this continue to coerce agreement from the public and suppress dissent among peers. more

Trees in conflict: Fabled Darwinian tree of life like a “contentious wiki page”?

The only certainty, it now seems, is orthodoxy: The evolutionary biologists are right, whatever they say, even when they are in conflict. more

Giant viruses: Aw, why not just dig up and haul that tree of life to a tree museum?

Science (AAAS mag) says tree of life may need to be redrawn. more

Calling Nick Matzke’s Bluff

In the comments of this UD post from yesterday, (comment #21) I referred to Nick Matzke’s rant over at the Panda’s Thumb yesterday as yet another illustration of the double standard’s Matzke’s has when it comes to his critiques of anyone who dares challenge Darwinian Orthodoxy.  In my comments yesterday, I gave an example of […] more

Andre asks an excellent question regarding DNA as a part of an in-cell irreducibly complex communication system

Newbie commenter Andre, in an exchange with Mr Matzke, asks some interesting questions concerning DNA. First, let us remind ourselves of what we are discussing, courtesy NIH: Next, Andre’s comment: DNA has the following; 1. Functional Information 2. Encoder 3. Error correction [4]. Decoder . . . can you please show me in a step […] more

One wonders what the next Tree of Life will look like …

We can tell that a field is in ferment when its visuals alter dramatically. more

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