Crick on DNA as text

His March 19, 1953 letter to his son Michael: Well worth pondering. END

Husband of new US education secretary once promo’d ID in schools?

First: So? From Rebecca Klein at Huffington Post: While running for governor of Michigan in 2006, Dick DeVos ― whose wife, Betsy, is now President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for U.S. secretary of education ― said that schools should have the option of teaching intelligent design alongside evolution. … To be sure, DeVos’ comments were made 10 […]

Oxford conference to examine questions around fine-tuning of universe, Physics of Fine-Tuning, Crete, June 19-22 2017

Here. Our goal is to consolidate the idea of fine-tuning across disciplines such as biology, chemistry, and physics. Fine-tuning is often deemed a fact and used to reach grandiose metaphysical conclusions by philosophers, theologians, and even physicists, without a proper understanding of the underlying assumptions entailed by these arguments. As a consequence the physical and […]

Doug Axe vs Keith Fox: Is design in nature undeniable?

Douglas Axe, author of Undeniable, debates theistic evolutionist and biochemist Keith Fox debate the question at Unbelievable (radio). Fox is Director of the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion, Cambridge. The comments are fascinating insofar as they reveal the obvious superiority of fully naturalist atheism to “theistic evolution.” If we can see no intelligence behind or […]

Forever frozen: What happens when people stop believing in the existence of the soul

Or the mind, or the immateriality or consciousness or the resurrection of the dead… From Helen Thomson at New Scientist: “WE’RE taking people to the future!” says architect Stephen Valentine, as we drive through two gigantic gates into a massive plot of land in the middle of the sleepy, unassuming town that is Comfort, Texas. […]

Oldest alphabet from 4 millennia ago might be somewhat like Hebrew?

That would make it and other very ancient documents possibly decipherable. From Bruce Bower at ScienceNews: The world’s earliest alphabet, inscribed on stone slabs at several Egyptian sites, was an early form of Hebrew, a controversial new analysis concludes.Israelites living in Egypt transformed that civilization’s hieroglyphics into Hebrew 1.0 more than 3,800 years ago, at […]

We still don’t know what nearly half the chromosome does

From Robby Berman at BigThink: While it’s true that every chromosome contains some of 25,000 genes, it now turns out to be the case that this is only a little more than half the story. Computer modeling has revealed that up to 47% of each chromosome is an enigmatic sheath-like substance called the “chromosome periphery,” […]

Evidence for self-organization? Microbe redesigned core metabolic pathways

From ScienceDaily: Researchers have developed a computer model which takes into account hundreds of genes, chemical reactions, and compounds required for the survival of Prochlorococcus, the most abundant photosynthetic microbe on the planet. They found that Prochlorococcus has made extensive alterations to its metabolism as a way to reduce its dependence on phosphorus, an element […]

Hubert Yockey, 1916-2016, and His Contributions to the Intelligent Design Movement

I was sad to recently realize that Hubert Yockey passed earlier (in January) this year. Hubert Yockey, though he personally was against Intelligent Design, made many contributions to science that many of us within the ID community view as pro-ID work. I wanted to take a moment to appreciate and reflect on his contributions as […]

Fidel Castro passes on

Overnight, his brother and successor Raul announced the death of the former longest serving non-royal head of a state. While we must condole with those who mourn, we must also recognise his very mixed legacy, as a Communist dictator leading a state that — per fair comment — has been very un-free and hampered in […]

Peer review: NgAgo gene editing method not replicated

From Kerry Grens at The Scientist: Researchers continue to fail in reproducing a new gene-editing technique called NgAgo, for Natronobacterium gregoryi Argonaute, an endonuclease. In a report published last week (November 15) in Protein & Cell, scientists from the U.S. and China working independently found no evidence that NgAgo could manipulate DNA sequences.“Some of us […]

Astrophysicist: “A vibrant scientific culture encourages many interpretations of evidence”

From Avi Loeb at Nature, on the achievements and limitations of Mayan astronomy: So why, I wondered, didn’t the Mayans go further and infer aspects of our modern understanding of astronomy? They determined the orbital periods of Venus, Mars and Mercury around the Sun, but Earth was at the centre of their Universe. I came […]

Origin of diaphragm pushed back about 50 million years

From ScienceDaily: The researchers conclude that already the least common ancestor of caseids and mammals had a diaphragm more than 300 million years ago — that is about 50 million years earlier than previously assumed. An efficient respiratory system is intertwined with the evolution of warmbloodedness, which in turn molded our entire behavior. This assumed […]

Could there be a new particle hiding in 1990s-era data?

From Jesse Emspak at LiveScience: From 1989 to 2000, the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) operated an atom smasher called the Large Electron-Positron Collider (LEP), in which particles were sent crashing into one another at near light speed. A restudy of the data from the now-dismantled LEP collider could prove a hint or just […]

Darwinism validated not by evidence but “by simplistic games models borrowed from 1940s economics”

From John Hands at Science Focus: At a landmark international conference recently [7-9 November] organised by the Royal Society and the British Academy, several speakers called for a revision of the theory of biological evolution that has been largely unquestioned in the UK and the USA for around 70 years. This paradigm – a combination […]

Free Live Interactive Webinar Later Today With Dr. Douglas Axe – now linked here!

Later today, Dr. Douglas Axe of the Biologic Institute will be presenting to the Apologetics Academy, a weekly free, live interactive webinar with top scholars representing positions from across the theological and philosophical spectrum. Normally, the webinar takes place on Saturday. However, this week, Dr. Douglas Axe will be speaking today, Friday. His topic is […]

Michael Denton’s Evolution (Still) a Theory in Crisis a Spectator “Best Book”?

From David Klinghoffer at Evolution News & Views: Wow, congratulations to Discovery Institute biologist Michael Denton! He has won richly deserved praise in the London Spectator. In a feature highlighting “The best and worst books of 2016,” with choices from a panel of contributors, the distinguished literary critic A.N. Wilson selects Evolution: Still a Theory […]

The alt right, popular media, and Darwin

From Denyse O’Leary (O’Leary for News) at MercatorNet: Anyone not committed to Darwinian survival of the fittest cannot be ‘alt right’. I wrote the piece because I had been following the alt right (human biodiversity studies, etc.) for a while on account of a curious incident: An alt right group was promoting a book, Troublesome […]

New Scientist frets over future backlash against science

By 2076. From Michael Brooks at New Scientist: Will we still love technology when robots have taken our jobs, or when insurance companies demand huge premiums because humans are the most dangerous drivers on the roads? Will people smash up self-driving taxis, just as Luddites attacked automated looms? In some small, angry pockets, the backlash […]

Royal Society Meet: No “fisticuffs”; serious questions smothered instead

More meetings planned. Snatches from science writer Carl Zimmer at Quanta: While Noble was struggling to respond, Shuker went back to the paper on an iPad. And now he read the abstract in a booming voice. ‘Our results demonstrate that natural selection can rapidly rewire regulatory networks,’” Shuker said. He put down the iPad. “So […]

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