Are Darwinian claims for evolution consistent with the 2nd law of thermodynamics?

A friend wrote to ask because he came across a 2001 paper, Entropy and Self-Organization in Multi-Agent Systems by H. Van Dyke Parunak and Sven Brueckner Proceedings of the International Conference on Autonomous Agents (Agents 2001), 124-130: Emergent self-organization in multi-agent systems appears to contradict the second law of thermodynamics. This paradox has been explained […]

Claim: Wolves helped current humans kill off Neanderthals

From The Guardian: How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals Forty thousand years ago in Europe our ancestors formed a crucial and lasting alliance that enabled us to finish off our evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals Modern humans formed an alliance with wolves soon after we entered Europe, argues Shipman. We tamed some and […]

When blogs throw words like “science” and “skeptic” around… (Sharyl Attkisson edition)

Attkisson is a genuine investigative journalist, harassed by authoritarian government in an age of cosseted government media hacks, poseurs, and vapid cheerleaders for “science.” Further to kairosfocus’ Sharyl Attkisson (in a TEDx) cautions on Astroturfing and pseudo-consensus: This also seemed worth calling out as astroturf: A close third is an array of blogs that use […]

Detailed pictures of smallest life forms

Really small: The snapshots may not look like much, but they’re revealing a lot about lifeforms at this extremely miniscule size. For one thing, their metabolisms are so minimal that they likely depend on resources from other bacteria to stay alive. While there’s still a lot that remains a mystery (it’s not certain what half […]

MicroRNA Study: “We Liberated Ourselves” From the Evolution Requirement

MicroRNAs are short RNA molecules that regulate gene expression, for example, by binding to messenger RNA molecules which otherwise would code for a protein at a ribosome. MicroRNAs were first discovered in the 1990s but a full understanding of their numbers and distribution across different tissue types has been slow in coming. Increasingly MicroRNAs are […]

Laszlo Bencze responds to “But what IS a gene?”

As in But what IS a gene? (At one time we knew. We were wrong. Honestly and stubbornly so). Philosopher (and photographer) Laszlo Bencze here: The notion of a gene seems to be becoming less and less useful with every discovery in genetics. Of course all (or practically all) of these discoveries are being made […]

Origin of life: How we ID folk succeed when we “peddle” doubt about Darwin

Explained by chemist Addy Pross of Ben-Gurion University, author of What is Life?: How Chemistry Becomes Biology (Oxford, 2012): Despite the widespread view that Darwinian Evolution has been able to explain the emergence of biological complexity that is not the case….But Darwinian theory does not deal with the question how [life] was able to come […]

Scientists Create Methane-Based Life: Science Reporting Stoops to a New Low

Yesterday a friend sent me a link to a news article with the exciting headline: “No water needed: Methane-based life possible on Saturn’s moon Titan, study says.” Quite remarkable! Amazing enough to immediately attract my friend’s attention and to get him to shoot an email to me with the link, as he knows I am […]

Where did the term “irreducible complexity” originate?

The term refers to the fact that many features of cells simply cannot be the product of Darwinian evolution (a point that is slowly being conceded now). Trying to rectify some known functions of cells with explicitly Darwinian evolution is just a time sink. Some say, of course, that the idea of irreducible complexity (IR) arose from […]

Suzan Mazur to Larry Krauss: Darwinism now marginalized

In her new book, The Origin of Life Circus, journalist Suzan Mazur interviewed Larry Krauss because he is the “gatekeeper” of the late Harry Lonsdale’s prize for promising research into the origin of life (Lonsdale, a chemist, proceeded from a chemical and Darwinian view). Readers may call Krauss from John Lennox replies to Larry Krauss’s claim […]

The Warfare Thesis, Scientism and Vaccines

Evolution is not merely a theory about biology. It is a much broader movement, tracing back to the Epicureans, that is more of a worldview than a particular theory. Of course evolution calls for a strictly naturalistic origins narrative. But it also has its own world view. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the […]

VIDEO: Sharyl Attkisson (in a TEDx) cautions on Astroturfing and pseudo-consensus

Here: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt And while one may have reservations or quibbles about particular cases, the overall point is well taken. In her article on a “top ten” list of astro-turfers, she comments, soberingly: What’s most successful when it appears to be something it’s not? Astroturf. As in fake grassroots. The many ways […]

But what IS a gene?

At one time, everyone knew what a gene was. It was one of those little beads on our chromosomes that determined whether we would be tall or short, fat or thin, smart or stupid. Or else didn’t, if we favoured the “environment” hypothesis. The trouble is, in the age of genome mapping, ENCODE, epigenetics, it’s […]

Compu cog sci prof on the scientific method and human nature

Voytek at Five Books: As a scientist, I really do believe the scientific method is quite powerful for explaining the world but — at least for the foreseeable future — it is not very good at discussing the human condition. So I think the strength of the arts and the humanities is its ways of discussing […]

It’s a sociable gene, not a selfish gene

From EMBO Rep. 2005 Sep; 6(9): 808–810. Jon Turney: Genes are no longer what they used to be. Once the powerful determinants of our biological and evolutionary fate, their central importance is now gradually being chipped away. At first glance, this may just sound like an interesting puzzle for scientists: How can the gene be […]

Gene that increases brain cells found in humans but not chimps

From LiveScience, ‘Big Brain’ Gene Found in Humans, Not Chimps A single gene may have paved the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of brain cells found in a key brain region. This gene seems to be uniquely human: It is found in modern-day humans, Neanderthals and another branch […]

Evolution by natural selection acting on random mutation (Darwinism) within the known life of the universe

Steve Williams: Can you say “intractable problem”?

Darwin event at museum scuttled when some engineers ask for equal time for ID

Honouring Darwin’s “remarkable impact on biology, cosmology, and the scientific process. Cosmology too, eh? Like we thought. Religion!

Lecture: Bacterial cell walls, antibiotics and the origins of life

Many bacteria can switch to a cell wall deficient “L-form” state, completely resistant to many antibiotics, possibly unnoticed by our immune systems.

Essay contest: “Do Life and Living Forms present a problem for materialism?”

From the Royal Institute of Philosophy and Cambridge University Press

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