Supersymmetry at a crossroads? No kidding! Again?

They won’t really confront any “epochal paradigm shift” no matter what happens because the standard is subtly changing. 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

Today in horizontal gene transfer: Ferns adapted to low light via HGT

Researcher: We’re actually seeing more and more incidence of horizontal gene transfer in plants. more

Epigenetics: Effects of trauma passed on in mice’ sperm

No wonder some are standing athwart epigenetics and yelling Stop! more

Recommending Larry Moran’s textbook without reading it

Larry Moran wrote: If Salvador Cordova can put together an audience of biology students at a reputable university (George Mason?) and get an Intelligent Design Creationist to ask these questions, I’ll be happy to come and answer them. … Some of them are easy to answer. The best answer is “I don’t know.” That is […] more

Evidence of natural selection is not evidence against design, the Designer made NS

The ID-friendly version of Natural Selection was pioneered by the creationist Blyth. I have also argued that there is credible evidence that Darwin plagiarized and distorted Blyth’s work. I view Natural Selection as itself a design feature of optimization and search. Whereas Darwinist view natural selection as a mechanism of design, I view natural selection […] more

Bringing images of ancient plants to life

Lycopods (club mosses) may be “inconspicuous” but they are certainly a durable group. They used to be forests. more

Searching for the quantum bits of the universe

Chou thinks the universe might not be 3D but a 2D hologram. Actually the 2D idea, in itself, has been done before, in a 19th century novel called Flatland. more

Same pattern, different implementations. One is designed, the other is not designed.

Paper snowflakes: Water (real) snowflakes: Even though the two sets of snowflakes share similar hexagonal patterns, and even though we could envision paper snowflakes having exactly the shapes of those found by Wilson “snowflake” Bentley, paper snowflakes would be regarded as designed even though they share the same pattern as those that arise via natural […] more

Is cosmologist Carroll’s eternal universe possible?

There is a fatal flaw in the model, says Kirk Durston. more

Celebrate Wallace Day—honouring the first ID biologist

Wallace was Darwin’s co-theorist, hastily shoved out of the way (he turned out to be a supporter of design in nature). more

Science: No consensus among experts on when the human race arose

Real and imagined “human evolution” is now so integral to our culture that demand outpaces authenticity. “Missing links” turn up as dead ends. more

Dawkins’s Vulgarization of Darwinism and Lewontin’s non-answers

“Dawkins’s vulgarizations of Darwinism speak of nothing in evolution but an inexorable ascendancy of genes that are selectively superior, while the entire body of technical advance in experimental and theoretical evolutionary genetics of the last fifty years has moved in the direction of emphasizing non-selective forces in evolution… What worries me is that they [non-biologists] […] more

Biology Students Score Below Religion and Classics Students on Test of Critical Thinking

This chart is interesting. One wonders why biology students do so poorly while classics and religion students do so well. One hypothesis: classics and religion students learn critical thinking skills while biology students are taught to parrot the central dogma. The chart is from a study of which undergraduate majors correlated most highly with success […] more

Can’t risk new directions AFTER tenure either, says prof

Prof: too many grant proposals are written for research that is already well underway with pretty much guaranteed outcomes. more

This just in: Four-quark hadron

Particle was disputed on the basis of more doubtful earlier evidence; now considered confirmed. more

Neutral theory and non-Darwinian evolution for newbies, Part 2

[cross posted at CEU IDCS, Neutral theory and non-Darwinian evolution for newbies, Part 2] Part 1 laid out the claim that most nucleotides in populations cannot as a matter of principle be under strong selection, but must be neutral. MOST certainly does not mean ALL. Clearly some deleterious traits if they appear would be lethal, […] more

Science neither disproves God nor proves Darwin?

Are times changing? Do people no longer need to make ritual obeisance before Darwin, just to record some fact or make some point or other? Wow. more

Branko Kozulic Responds

Dr. Kozulic has requested UD to post the following response to Dr. Torley’s recent retraction vis-à-vis the fixation issue: Since my reputation is at stake, I kindly ask you to make my position public in another post at Uncommondescent under the title: ‘When I am not wrong’, with the following text: Dr. Kozulic would like […] more

Making up missing links with plaster and body parts from other creatures

If you can’t find a missing link, just make one up with plaster and body parts and put it in museums. I don’t think the deception was deliberate in as much as it was self-deception and they just added plaster to conform a land fossil to look like a whale. The two scientists who found […] more

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