Is God Really Good?

My new Discovery Institute Press book “In the Beginning and Other Essays on Intelligent Design (2nd edition),” includes an Epilogue entitled “Is God Really Good?” which attempts to deal with the “problem of pain.” Given that one of the primary criticisms of ID is the inaccurate claim that it is just an attempt to dress […]

Stone tools now dated to 3.3 million years ago

From ScienceDaily: The discovery is the first evidence that an even earlier group of proto-humans may have had the thinking abilities needed to figure out how to make sharp-edged tools. The stone tools mark “a new beginning to the known archaeological record,” say the authors of a new paper about the discovery, published today in […]

Jerry Coyne: Evolution claims haven’t yielded practical benefits

Truth be told, evolution hasn’t yielded many practical or commercial benefits. Yes, bacteria evolve drug resistance, and yes, we must take countermeasures, but beyond that there is not much to say. Evolution cannot help us predict what new vaccines to manufacture because microbes evolve unpredictably. But hasn’t evolution helped guide animal and plant breeding? Not […]

Humans to keep getting taller? No.

Let’s start our day off right with some nonsense from the BBC The average human height has gone up in industrialised countries ranging from the United Kingdom to the United States to Japan, with gains of up to 10 centimetres. But for height gains over the last 150 years, one nation stands head and shoulders […]

New at MercatorNet Connecting

O’Leary for News’ blog on new media Yes, we need to crack down on cyberbullying But victims must help! STOP being victims! Will your hologram replace you? At home and at work? How the Internet become a haven for tyranny: Disinfect our right to be angry about the loss of the civil liberty to complain about […]

Is mathematics intrinsic to the universe?

Good question to ponder overnight. John Hartnett quotes cosmologist Lee Smolin*: It is true that mathematics is not a human invention, but more of a discovery, and thus has objective existence in that sense. But to declare the magnificent edifice of Mathematics to inhabit an orthogonal dimension that is inaccessible to scientific scrutiny, is a hypothesis […]

Darwin’s US election cycle claptrap

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more fulsome: It is difficult to define a whole school of political ideology precisely, but one may reasonably define liberalism (as opposed to conservatism) in the contemporary United States as the genuine concern for the welfare of genetically unrelated others and the willingness to contribute larger proportions […]

Modern eugenics was, first to last, a Darwinian project

It was puzzling, at best, to hear (last night) commenter REC, try to spin at this post, To All of Those We Mutilated, “Our Bad, But At Least We Weren’t Science Deniers” this idea: Eugenics was not, from first to last, a Darwinian project. Everyone who knows anything about the subject knows that it was […]

To All of Those We Mutilated, “Our Bad, But At Least We Weren’t Science Deniers”

In 1921 the Second International Eugenics Congress was held in New York at the American Museum of Natural History.  Leonard Darwin (Charles Darwin’s son) was the keynote speaker, and he used the opportunity to advocate aggressive eugenics programs for the “elimination of the unfit.”  Eugenics had already made some headway in the United States, but […]

Why are Darwinists obsessed with why many people are not selfish?

The authors explain that the meta-incentives encouraging rewards given to co-operators in social dilemmas significantly prevent cooperative incentive-non-providers who shirk their duty to provide incentives to others, or the second-order free riders. The authors focused on one human trait, a linkage, which means individuals who are willing to provide incentives would automatically provide meta-incentives as […]

The multiverse is ever simmering

Never boils. But that somehow never matters. Do readers remember these stories? The multiverse circus is coming back to a PBS affiliate near you? And If you’ve ever doubted that popular culture loves the multiverse… Well, here is public broadcasting on Gravitational Waves From Bubble Universe Collisions: Follow inflation to what many theorists think is […]

Doubt as the engine of science?

Yesterday, johnnyb asked whether doubt is the engine of science: The narrative goes like this: science proceeds by taking everything we think we know and hold dear and doubting it; this doubt is what allows the progress of knowledge. Christopher Hitchens said he was “a skeptic who believes that doubt is the great engine, the […]

Amino Acid Frequency Correlates With the Number of Codons

One of the powerful evidences for evolution is the DNA code, at least according to evolutionists. The DNA code is essentially the same across all of life and, evolutionists explain, there is no reason for such universality. The code is ubiquitous across all life, but it is not special or unique. It is a mundane […]

Is Doubt the Engine of Science?

Many people have claimed that doubt is the great engine of scientific advance. In this article, I would like to contend against that thought, and show the true virtue that lies behind science that is often mistaken for doubt.

The multiverse hits the comics section

Which means the war on falsifiability has totally infiltrated popular culture Further to Wait till it hits the school system, our favourite NON-creationist mathematician Peter Woit notes, I know I should be coming up with material on different topics here, but the multiverse stuff sometimes is just too hard to ignore. Next week’s Comicpalooza in […]

Scientific American wonders about “liberal bias” in social psych

So the editors actually noticed?: Duarte et al provide evidence suggesting that social psychology is not a welcoming environment for conservatives. Papers are reviewed differently depending on whether they are considered to support liberal vs. conservative positions, and anonymous surveys reveal a considerable percentage of social psychologists willing to explicitly report negative attitudes towards conservatives. […]

Wait till the unfalsifiable multiverse hits the school system

At Scientific American, courtesy of Dan Falk and Quanta Magazine: we learn that in his latest book, Science’s Path from Myth to Multiverse, Nobel Prize winner Steven Weinberg explores how science made the modern world, and where it might take us from here: Myth to multiverse? Wasn’t a long haul, was it?: But at least we […]

Guest Post: Continuity of Thought – A Disproof of Materialism

Today’s guest post is from nkendall: We have looked at the phenomena of dreams LINK: Are Dreams Incompatible With Materialism? and constancy of self through near death experiences LINK: Constancy of Self in Light of Near Death Experiences – A Disproof of Materialism as disproofs of materialism. Now I want to look at continuity of thought as a disproof of materialism.   Have […]

Creationists sequence e coli genome

Stuff we mustn’t tell Bill Nye (if anyone still cares where he is or what he is doing) PubMed link for one e coli genome from Liberty University here. Darwin followers free to call police. Follow UD News at Twitter!

BBC describes our solar system as “weird”

Here: The multitude of planetary systems seems to be yet another fact of our cosmic inconsequence, in which our corner of the universe is just like any other. But while planetary systems abound, astronomers are finding that in some respects, the solar system stands out. “It’s increasingly seeming that the solar system is something of […]

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