Neutral theory and non-Darwinian evolution for newbies, Part 2

[cross posted at CEU IDCS, Neutral theory and non-Darwinian evolution for newbies, Part 2] Part 1 laid out the claim that most nucleotides in populations cannot as a matter of principle be under strong selection, but must be neutral. MOST certainly does not mean ALL. Clearly some deleterious traits if they appear would be lethal, […] more

Science neither disproves God nor proves Darwin?

Are times changing? Do people no longer need to make ritual obeisance before Darwin, just to record some fact or make some point or other? Wow. more

Branko Kozulic Responds

Dr. Kozulic has requested UD to post the following response to Dr. Torley’s recent retraction vis-à-vis the fixation issue: Since my reputation is at stake, I kindly ask you to make my position public in another post at Uncommondescent under the title: ‘When I am not wrong’, with the following text: Dr. Kozulic would like […] more

Making up missing links with plaster and body parts from other creatures

If you can’t find a missing link, just make one up with plaster and body parts and put it in museums. I don’t think the deception was deliberate in as much as it was self-deception and they just added plaster to conform a land fossil to look like a whale. The two scientists who found […] more

1,177 human orphan genes removed by evolutionists from databases

Here is a case of evolutionary bias causing misrecognition of orphan genes in humans. Orphan genes are presumed protein coding genes that exist in only one species and have such non-similarity to anything in any other species they are called orphans (a play on words of the ORF acroym for Open Reading Frame). This came […] more

A question of bias

In a recent post, Professor Moran issued me with a challenge: Vincent, let’s test your honesty. Considering the two sides of this debate, do you honestly think that evolutionary biologists are more likely — or at least as likely — to be swayed by ideological bias and emotion as the creationists who argue against evolution? […] more

Skeptical mathematician on the decade’s biggest change in physics

Peter Woit: As we learn more about the Higgs the lesson seems to be that this sector of the Standard Model behaves in the simplest way possible. more

An ID and creationist underground resource:

Are you an ID proponent, a creationist, a recovering Darwinist wanting to fellowship with your fellow outcasts from the church of Darwin? For the creationists at UD wanting more than just ID but some undiluted creationism with not as much theology and solicitation for money, might be for you. One of UD’s own, JoeCoder, […] more

Branko Kozulic responds to Professor Moran, Part II

I would like to thank Professor Moran for kindly addressing the issues raised in my previous post, “Branko Kozulic responds to Professor Moran”. The answers did help me clarify some points that I was struggling with, in my thinking. In this reply, I am speaking in my own name only. (Note by vjtorley: I have […] more

Maybe we WILL have to see this film

A film like God’s Not Dead that introduces fundamental physics as something other than a vehicle for crackpot cosmology must have something going for it. more

Neutral theory and non-Darwinian evolution for newbies, Part 1

[cross posted at CEU IDCS Neutral theory and non-Darwinian evolution for newbies, Part 1 ] The Darwinian view: Natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinising, throughout the world, the slightest variations; rejecting those that are bad, preserving and adding up all that are good; silently and insensibly working, whenever and wherever opportunity offers Charles Darwin […] more

We bought the future, but had to take it back

Despite the warnings of writers like Appleyard, there is certainly a market for future-flavoured Kool-Aid. more

Friend Terry Mirll’s prize-winning sci-fi story now available

“Astrafugia” is identified as science fiction. By contrast, multiverse proponents insist their work is non-fiction, in defiance of all literary conventions. more

“Our professors hate you. But…”

We had an experience a couple years ago where some of the Discovery scientists were traveling with one of our supporters. So that night, we were at this cowboy steakhouse feeding the troops. So I jumped in and offered the Discovery Institute credit card to pay for the Discovery Institute scientists, and this young waitress […] more

Former #1 science blog responds to questions posted at UD

The Happy Atheist PZ Myers’ blog was once the world’s most visited science blog. He then migrated his blog toward other issues like freethought and became involved in some of the most entertaining internet dramas like Elevator Gate. He actually took time as a science professor to answer questions intended for science professors: No not […] more

The ridiculous level of uncertainty in the field of human evolution

Maybe we can swallow hard and believe falsehoods out of a misguided sense of loyalty to science. But how can we believe contradictory nonsense? more

The Nelson-Velasco debate: Here is the Debate Within the Debate

I hope readers have taken in the Nelson-Velasco debate from last month which can be seen here. It is a couple of hours with extremely knowledgeable and well-spoken philosophers advocating opposing views. But as in the greater, on-going origins debate, the crucial points are often unspoken and between the lines. While Nelson and Velasco talked biology, […] more

When science is useless: on the lack of scientific demonstration for unguided nature

“Unguided natural processes.” If you follow Intelligent Design at all – or even just follow the yammerings of the crazier Gnu atheists – you’ve probably come across that term, or something like it in the past: the claim or idea that such and such natural processes occur utterly apart from any plan or direction. Behe […] more

Fri Nite Frite: That Burmese python you tried to lose somewhere…

Report: To the researchers’ surprise, the snakes figured out which way was home, and they stayed on track for months … more

Is the multiverse detectible, BBC asks?

How did science get to be about this kind of stuff? When did the words: How, exactly? get lost? more

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