Is medicine a scientific enterprise?

A view from alternative medicine and a view from anti-alternative medicine. The row was touched off by the Mayo Clinic offering alternative therapies (linked at sites). One reason this is an unusually difficult problem is that the patient’s view of what is happening is part of what is happening. As great physicists have noted, the mind […]

Are there too many mitochondrial genome papers?

And too few corresponding insights? Asks an op-ed in The Scientist : I just finished reviewing another mitochondrial genome paper. These days, the mitochondrial genome review requests are arriving faster than I can turn them out. Indeed, in 2014 alone, more than a thousand new mitochondrial genome sequences were deposited in GenBank—an almost 15 percent […]

Gene previously linked to obesity is unrelated

From ScienceDaily: A gene previously suspected of wielding the single greatest genetic influence on human obesity actually has nothing to do with body weight, according to a new study led by researchers at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. The work not only overturns a major finding about the genetics of obesity but also […]

Science writer Matt Ridley shares concern re climate wars

Further to churches getting sucked into the politicized climate change controversy, chewed up, and spit out: English science journalist Matt Ridley assesses the damage done to science by the frankly political climate science wars here at Quadrant: For much of my life I have been a science writer. That means I eavesdrop on what’s going on […]

Guardian: Is science policy a theological matter?

Closing off our religion coverage for the week: Further to Pope Francis’ adviser is a science pantheist? (And this in an age when the human mind is widely regarded among the intelligentsia as an illusion, shaped for fitness, not for truth), The Guardian asks, Is science policy a theological matter? The Encyclical Letter Laudato Si’ […]

Pope Francis’ adviser is a science pantheist?

Odd that: Strange, then, that a self-professed atheist and scientific advisor to the Vatican named Hans Schellnhuber appears to believe in a Mother Earth. … In the Gaia Principle, Mother Earth is alive, and even, some think, aware in some ill-defined, mystical way. The Earth knows man and his activities and, frankly, isn’t too happy […]

When soft theory beats hard truth…

In “Hard Truth Against Soft Theory,” Canadian columnist David Warren says, I have been around for some time now, so that the name Paul Ehrlich is familiar to me. I spotted it in media accounts of the latest imposture, in which a “global extinction event” is said to be unfolding, on a scale with the […]

What role did “evolution” play in Dylann Roof’s motives?

Readers will long be haunted by the memory of the 21-year-old gunman who opened fire earlier this month in a historic, mainly African American church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine. David Klinghoffer, at Evolution News & Views, offers the following: Dylann Roof’s apparent “manifesto” deals a little with themes of pseudo-scientific racism: Negroes have […]

John Searle on seeing things as they are

Readers may remember philosopher of mind and proponent of direct realism John Searle (John Searle on the two big mistakes philosophers make). Here’s Los Angeles Review of Books on his new book, Seeing Things As They Are There is an external world, and it is full of things: tables, crocodiles, textures, etc. These things and […]

Mistletoe plant has unique genome, lacks common genes

We are told that the mistletoe species lacks genes found in all other complex organisms. From ScienceDaily: A discovery made during an analysis of a species of mistletoe whose apparent ability to survive without key genes involved in energy production could make it one of the most unusual plants on Earth. … “This loss of […]

End game for Darwin’s finches?

Darwin’s finches, we are told, have reached their limits on the Galapagos Islands From ScienceDaily: The evolution of birds on the Galapagos Islands, the cradle of Darwin’s theory of evolution, is a two-speed process. Most bird species are still diversifying, while the famous Darwin’s finches have already reached an equilibrium, in which new species can […]

ID community moves ahead in Brazil

Pos-Darwinista writes to say, We have established the Intelligent Design Brazilian Society – TDI Brasil, and our president, Marcos Nogueira Eberlin, a biochemistry professor at Unicamp, Campinas, Sao Paulo, where he heads the ThoMSon Mass Spectometry Laboratory, is a member of the Academia Brasileira de Ciências (Brazilian Academy of Sciences) But is he Darwin’s followers’ […]

Kirk Durston: Information decrease falsifies essential Darwinian prediction

From Kirk Durston, Mounting evidence that the digital information that encodes all of life is steadily degrading, falsifies a key prediction of the theory of neo-Darwinian macroevolution and verifies a prediction of intelligent design science. Longer: I was struck, but not surprised, by a statement made a few days ago by Neil Turok, Director of […]

Teeth appeared earlier than expected, 410 mya

Jaws were also more complex than expected. From ScienceDaily: A tiny tooth plate of the 410 million year old fossil fish Romundina stellina indicates that teeth evolved earlier in the tree of life than recently thought. That is a while back. The tooth plate of just some millimeters in size had been in a box […]

The ocean’s microbiome resembles the human gut’s microbia

From New Scientist: The biome of the ocean resembles that of the human gut We’re a step closer to understanding the microbial community that inhabits the ocean – and it has some striking similarities to the community that lives inside our guts. The microbiome of the world’s biggest ecosystem and one of the smallest appear […]

Geologist Marcus Ross on the proposed Sixth Great Extinction

  Further to: Is a sixth great extinction in progress? (It would help if a key exponent was anyone but Paul “Population Bomb” Ehrlich, a contender for the heavyweight champ of wrong-headed predictions) and Rob Sheldon on the sixth great extinction, Liberty U geologist Marcus Ross writes to say, For an abbreviated and pictorial list […]

Emergence as an Explanation for Living Systems

Yesterday I watched a re-run of a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode. There. I said it. I love Star Trek. Notwithstanding the many absurd evolution-based plotlines. In this specific episode, Data referred to a particular characteristic of a newly-developing lifeform as an “emergent property.” I’ve looked into the “emergence” ideas in the past, and […]

RNA World worst hypothesis but for all the others?

Further to: Biochemist: Is RNA world wrong after all? (As noted before, if we really wanted researchers not to find out how life originated, we would urge that they continue with full-bore Darwinism), from BioMed Central, we learn from biochemist Harold S. Bernhardt: The RNA world hypothesis: the worst theory of the early evolution of life (except […]

Biochemist: Is RNA world wrong after all?

Remember when RNA world just had to be true, in that multiverse/global warming/Darwinism way? Where the observer soon realizes that evidence is superfluous—is even a threat? According to many origin of life researchers, RNA world (RNA preceded DNA and once did its job) has had that status for some time now among science writers. Well… […]

One year on, Larry Moran attacks UK ban on teaching of non-naturalistic theories of origins in State-funded science classes

I was intrigued to read Professor Larry Moran’s latest post, UK bans teaching of creationism – which, it turns out, is a rehash of old news, which I covered over a year ago. However, I was deeply heartened to read that Professor Moran regards the British government’s decision to ban the teaching of “any doctrine […]

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