Retread: Life started only fifteen million years after the Big Bang?

OOL: One of these ancient worlds could have supported liquid water on its surface irrespective of its distance to a star.

An unofficial guide to Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Cosmos remake

Odd that Americans, of all people, would be willing to pay for Cosmos II stuff to be in their school systems. Naturalist atheism, in its most propagandistic form.

Selective hyperskepticism: A response to Professor Moran

Are ID advocates guilty of selective hyperskepticism? Professor Larry Moran evidently thinks we are. In a recent post, he writes: Let’s take the formation of bacterial flagella as a good illustration of how they use selective hyperskepticism. They begin with the unshakeable assumption that gods exist, that that they must have created life. They then […]

Quote of the Day : Hyper-credulity, the Flip Side of Selective Hyper-skepticism

From our own WJM: What is so frustrating/baffling at times is the ongoing use of terminology by materialists to deny/obfuscate what are relatively simple, straightforward observations – as if the example of the sun seemingly moving through the sky serves as a universal principle of hyperskeptical fallibility through which every statement/observation can be summarily ignored/dismissed. […]

Rob Sheldon on latest origin of life theory, shining light on atoms

Further to “New formula for the origin of life, breaking, breaking” … where Laszlo Bencze offered some thoughts

Rob Sheldon comments on Peter Woit on science journalists

Sheldon: Peter Woit is defending BICEP2 by putting the blame on Guth and Linde’s promotion that snookered the journos.

Two Lego block piles — what’s the difference, why?

Lego Pile A: Lego “Pile” B: What’s the difference, and why is it there? What does this tell us about functionally specific, complex organisation and associated information (FSCO/I), why? So, bearing in mind this needle in haystack search challenge: . . . also, the design inference process flowchart: . . . and the use of […]

UD Announces General Amnesty

Today UD editors completely deleted both their “banned” list and their “comment moderation” list. Anyone in the world with access to the internet is currently free to comment on the site. I (i.e., Barry Arrington) am almost certainly going to regret this decision and sooner rather than later. There were hundreds of trolls trapped in […]

Darwinian Debating Devices #15: “Chasing Irrelevant Tangents or ‘Threadjacking’”

The word “tangent” when used in a non-mathematical context means: “diverging from an original purpose or course.” Darwinians love to try to derail debates by latching onto irrelevancies in order to push the discussion away from the issue under review. This is especially true when they are unable to counter a proposition. Rather than admit […]

Darwinian Debating Devices #14: Distorting or dismissing self-evident truths

In the Denying the truth is not the same as not knowing it thread, we see the Darwinist tendency to distort or dismiss self-evident truth (and, behind this, to deny first principles of right reason) in action. Another noteworthy DDD, no 14 by count so far. This starts in the very first comment: TT, 1: […]

What does it mean to say “Vertebrates evolved from invertebrates.”

Tom Bethell: But it doesn’t take a genius to see that the ancestral group is (improperly) defined by the absence of the character that defines the descendant group.

LHC physics prof tells college kids the universe shows evidence of design, still has job

The wow is not about the design. Rather, that the prof still has job.

Denying the Truth is not the Same as Not Knowing it

Highlighting an exchange in a prior post: Phinehas As a result of your [i.e., ES’s] metaphysics, you are unable to describe in any meaningful way the difference between a mound of dirt and a sand castle. Silver Asiatic It’s amazing how difficult this concept is for some people. Well, Silver, yes and no. No, in […]

Tell That To The Mouse

StephenB takes down a materialist in five words: Feser: Take a few bits of metal, work them into various shapes, and attach them to a piece of wood. Voila! A mousetrap. Attach? Voila? There are millions of ways to attach pieces of metal to wood. Only one of those combinations will trap a mouse. The […]

Someone wonders if these multiverse people are kidding

We suspect not. It’s too big an easy to just leave lying there.

Oxygen and origin of life: Oxygen can form directly from CO2 in upper atmosphere

ScienceDaily: … Zhou’s work means that models of the evolution of planetary atmospheres will now have to be adjusted

Huge, newly discovered mountains fed life on Earth 600 million years ago?

Possible precursor to Cambrian? Of course, the life forms had to actually be there to take advantage of it. Stay tuned.

Just what we all need to propel us to work this morning: Time as a grand illusion

Maybe. Barring the next grand theory.

Start your Monday off right: Debunk brain myths

Brain baloney has infiltrated the beliefs of teachers around the world. Internet acts fast.

Faraday and Maxwell as scientists who were “people of faith”

We hate sounding like BioLogos (because we are about stuff that is real, not Templeton-funded nonsense and misdirection)

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