US election features fewer media airheads this time out?

Readers, I haven’t heard a single wherewherewheredoeshstandonevolution? from a deeply concerned blonde since before Wisconsin prez hopeful Scott Walker dropped out, some while back. I am agog! Am aghast! Has Bimbo read a book at last? Aw, you know the sort of thing I mean: Here, from Matt Vespa: Time magazine found Walker’s old science […]

Larry Moran needs to do some more reading

I had intended to write a post on whales as products of Intelligent Design. But the whales will have to wait. In the space of just three hours, Professor Larry Moran has put up two remarkably silly posts. And in both cases, Professor Moran could have spared himself the embarrassment if he had done just […]

Censor of the Year: United Methodist Church Commission on the General Conference

From Evolution News & Views: Closed Minds, Closed Doors: United Methodist Church Commission Is Censor of the Year It is unclear who on the Commission participated in deciding to exclude Discovery Institute from the church’s upcoming General Conference, and thereby censor discussion of intelligent design. When we inquired, we were told only that the “leadership” […]

Neuroscience: Hmmmm. Freud’s unconscious returns?

From the Guardian: The reasons are twofold: science and necessity. First, neuroscience has demonstrated conclusively that there’s far more going on in the mind than the owners of those minds are generally aware. Mark Solms, a professor of neuropsychology and psychoanalyst who has pioneered much of the effort to test Freud’s findings against the neuroscientific, […]

High-profile scientists accused of harassment

From Motherboard: Why Are So Many Scientists Harassing Their Students? In the past few months, there have been four separate cases of high-profile scientists accused of harassment, a first-person account of harassment published in the science journal Nature, and multiple cries for greater awareness and reform. There have also been a handful of alarming studies […]

New from MercatorNet Connecting

O’Leary’s new media blog Social media can strengthen families They can help people stay in touch better than any other device invented by human ingenuity. For better or worse. The internet: Privacy fights back It’s worse than we thought. But is Privategrity the answer? Do you know who your teens meet on social media? Maybe […]

AM-Nat 2016 Conference Open for Registration

I am pleased to announce that the Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism 2016 online conference (AM-Nat) is now open for registration. The conference is online, so everyone who wants to attend should be able to do so easily.

Royal Society’s fall evolution rethink meet is progress in science

Suzan Mazur, author of The Origin of Life Circus, interviews British philosopher of biology (U Exeter) John Dupré, on the upcoming Royal Society meeting, New trends in evolutionary biology: biological, philosophical and social science perspectives, at Huffington Post: Since the upcoming Royal Society meeting on evolution paradigm shift is a public one, one of its organizers […]

Slate offers poster child for Christian atheism

Or something. Maybe there’s never much religion news on Superbowl Sunday, so… From Slate, we learn: How an evangelical creationist came to accept evolution. The article focuses on Kramer, 27, who would seem to be a Christian Darwinist: “Kramer found a way to have his faith and Darwin too.” Interesting. Darwin didn’t find the way, […]

Defects of computer models of solar system

Physicist Rob Sheldon writes to respond to the claim that Jupiter does not shield Earth: Kevin Grazier, PhD, at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, describes the study in which he simulated the evolution of tens of thousands of particles in the gaps between the jovian planets for up to 100 million years. Based […]

Vid: Distinguished philosopher on Darwinism undermining itself

A friend draws our attention to Anthony O’Hear: Director of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, editor of the journal Philosophy, author of many books on the subject, and was formerly Government Advisor on Education and Teacher Training. He is a philosopher with a special interest in education. Friend offers some notes to the vid lecture […]

How do dark energy and dark matter relate to ID?

Rob Sheldon writes, in response to a reader who asked that question that it function as a way of getting rid of the idea of design in nature: 1. Dark Energy. Antithetical to ID, dark energy is a proposed, but completely speculative solution to the question of how the universe can appear to be so […]

Atlantic: Phantom limbs explain consciousness

From Michael Graziano at Atlantic: This is called the attention schema theory, a theory that my lab has been developing and testing experimentally for the past five years. It’s a theory of why we insist with such certainty that we have subjective experience. Attention is fundamental. It’s present in almost all animals. To help control […]

Landmark: Nonreplicated research openly identified

By biotech giant AmGen. From Nature News: A biotechnology firm is releasing data on three failed efforts to confirm findings in high-profile scientific journals — details that the industry usually keeps secret. … The idea emerged from discussions at a meeting focused on improving scientific integrity, hosted by the US National Academy of Sciences in […]

BBC: Are humans driving evolution in animals?

From BBC: The intentional selection of the qualities we like (such as flavour and size) in domesticated livestock and cultivated crops has led to descendent animals and plants that differ genetically from their ancestors. This change in gene frequency is evolution, and in this case has come about by a process called artificial selection. Natural […]

Rob Sheldon on dark matter as a “superfluid”

At Aeon, we are asked to consider the “superfluid universe.” Physicist Sabine Hossenfelder offers: Quantum effects are not just subatomic: they can be expressed across galaxies, and solve the puzzle of dark matter Most of the matter in the Universe is invisible, composed of some substance that leaves no mark as it breezes through us – […]

Why do only humans have chins?

The Atlantic says no one knows why. Apparently, it’s not for chewing, finding mates, speaking, or taking punches. [Anthropologist James] Pampush doubts that chins are adaptations at all. He thinks it’s more likely that they are spandrels—incidental features that have no benefits in themselves, but are byproducts of evolution acting upon something else. … A […]

Oscillating heavy particles as Big Bang clock?

From ScienceDaily: While previous experimental and theoretical studies give clues to spatial variations in the primordial universe, they lack the key element of time. Without a ticking clock to measure the passage of time, the evolutionary history of the primordial universe can’t be determined unambiguously. “Imagine you took the frames of a movie and stacked […]

Paper: Jupiter doesn’t shield Earth, comets kickstarted life

From ScienceDaily: Not only is the ‘Jupiter as shield’ concept, implying that the planet shields Earth from comet impacts, not true, but perhaps Jupiter’s most important role in fostering the development of life on Earth was just the opposite — delivering the volatile materials from the outer Solar System needed for life to form. This […]

New study: Contra Darwin, females don’t choose mates

From ScienceDaily: A provocative study by evolutionary biologists takes on one of Charles Darwin’s central ideas: that males adapt and compete for the attention of females because it is the females who ultimately choose their mates and the time of mating. Instead, new research using fruit flies as a representative species indicates that females do […]

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