Renewed Search for ET – $100M Initiative

Today, Yuri Milner and Stephen Hawking announced a $100M initiative to seek extraterrestrial life, injecting renewed energy (and funds) into the hunt for life (specifically, intelligent life) beyond our fair planet. Although this has been a decades-long area of research and interest, with the SETI institute playing perhaps the most important role in recent years, […]

Extra DNA a “spare tire” for genome?

From ScienceDaily: Carrying around a spare tire is a good thing — you never know when you’ll get a flat. Turns out we’re all carrying around “spare tires” in our genomes, too. Today, in ACS Central Science, researchers report that an extra set of guanines (or “G”s) in our DNA may function just like a […]

Epigenetics could be the new “buzzword scienceyness”?

But Darwinism, the ultimate in scienceyness, gets a pass? Legal enforcement? From The Guardian: Lots of real scientific terms – such as “neuro” or “nano” – get borrowed for a spot of buzzword scienceyness. Epigenetics is a real and important part of biology, but due to predictable quackery, it is threatening to become the new […]

Cosmologist tells us how time got its arrow

Lee Smolin, a cosmologist at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, informs us via PBS, I believe in time. I haven’t always believed in it. Like many physicists and philosophers, I had once concluded from general relativity and quantum gravity that time is not a fundamental aspect of nature, but instead emerges from another, deeper […]

ID: Podcasts with Nancy Pearcey on finding truth

Truth? That’s only if you assume that your brain is shaped for truth, not mere fitness. A friend kindly writes to say that Nancy Pearcey … has done two excellent podcasts with ID the Future about her new book Finding Truth:Five Principles for Unmasking Atheism, Secularism, and Other God Substitutes: Is Human Reason Reliable? Interview […]

Rob Sheldon on “constructor theory”

Physicist Sheldon kindly writes to discuss the latest attempt to make a dollar out of fifteen cents: That is, to address design in nature according to purely physical principles that leave out information. It’s a poorly written article, but the concepts are coming from “Category Theory”, which was highlighted in Jonathan Wells recent article on the […]

Altruism is simpler than we thought?

From Eurekalert: The reason people act altruistically is well contested among academics. Some argue that people are innately selfish and the only way to override our greedy tendencies is to exercise self-control. Others are more positive, believing that humans naturally find generosity rewarding and that we only act selfishly when we pause to think about […]

Hot news: Theory solves origin of life

The constructor theory (Life without design), here. Okay, it’s Saturday in much of the world and you were out doing chores; not to worry: Given that life isn’t the output of an intentional design process, but evolved, how could living things have evolved given these design-free laws of physics? Darwin’s theory addresses this problem, explaining […]

Help wanted ad: Monitor circuit between Dawkins’ Send button and Twitter

John Paul Pagano, geek on Twitter, asks, Can someone finally take conservatorship of Richard Dawkin’s Internet access? Please? in relation to Dawkins’ tweet: A pleasure to be invited to @JulianAssange_’s birthday party in the Ecuadorian Embassy where he is confined. Julian Assange? WikiLeaks founder. I (O’Leary for News) would like to know what is so […]

Should we explore the universe?

Commentator Mark Davis says we should: This week is a perfect time to stoke the dormant embers of the wonder we once felt. A vehicle crafted by human hands has just left the solar system after visiting Pluto, sending us crisp photographs of a world 3 billion miles away. Just 50 short years ago, we […]

Long canines and butt heads in 270 myo herbivore?

Butt heads like deer? Further to Oldest animal sperm to date, from ScienceDaily: “It is incredible to think that features found in deer such as the water deer, musk deer and muntjacs today were already represented 270 million years ago,” says Cisneros. The researchers found the Tiarajudens’ marginal teeth are also located in a bone […]

Oldest animal sperm to date

From 50 million years ago. Found in Antarctica inside a fossilized worm cocoon. From Nature: The researchers do not know what kind of worm left the sperm. Scanning electron microscope images show helical structures resembling drill-bits and beaded tails, which are characteristic of sperm produced by crayfish worms, leech-like creatures that live on freshwater lobsters. […]

An interview with a post-modern, truth-optional scientist

Anyone remember Stapel?: Some readers will recall the case of the Dutch psychologist Diederik Stapel, former dean of the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences at Tilburg University, who was publicly exposed in 2011 for faking his data in several dozen published papers about human behavior that had made him famous – and who, after […]

David M Raup 1933-2015

U Chicago News obit: University of Chicago paleontologist David Raup, SB’53, an innovative authority on evolution and mass extinctions, died of pneumonia July 9 in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. He was 82. Raup’s former students and colleagues uniformly praised his unique creativity along with his astute capabilities as an academic adviser, senior colleague and paleontological statesman. […]

Mathematician Peter Saunders on Darwinism and epigenetics

Huffington Post interview with Suzan Mazur, author of The Origin of Life Circus: One of Peter Saunders’ principal research interests is explaining the properties of complex nonlinear systems, and he’s long been a critic of the Modern Synthesis. But Saunders, Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at King’s College London, thinks that at least some of the […]

Pants in knot II: Creationism growth sparks concern in Ivy League

A friend writes re a 2014 Johns Hopkins book, Creationism in Europe, “It’s nice to know you’re wanted:” For decades, the creationist movement was primarily fixed in the United States. Then, in the 1970s, American creationists found their ideas welcomed abroad, first in Australia and New Zealand, then in Korea, India, South Africa, Brazil, and […]

Pluto has ice mountains?

So says the New Horizons flyby: A new close-up image of an equatorial region near the base of Pluto’s bright heart-shaped feature shows a mountain range with peaks jutting as high as 11,000 feet (3,500 meters) above the surface of the icy body. The mountains on Pluto likely formed no more than 100 million years […]

The Day the Music Died

In the age of on-line entertainment and instant information it was, perhaps, possible to live without knowing about the carnage going on around us, but the video of evolutionist Deborah Nucatola casually and callously explaining the crushing of innocent babies and harvesting their young bodies leaves us forever without excuse. Between gulps of red wine […]

When I first heard about the Cuckservatives…

… here, I (O’Leary for News) would have just hit Delete except for one thing: I’d heard from the Dark Enlightenment* before when they were promoting science writer Nicholas Wade’s apparent defense of Darwinian evolution-based racial theories in Troublesome Inheritance Well, their latest is The cuckservative is often fanatically in favor of transracial adoption. He sees […]

Lunch with Dr. Nucatola

Evolutionary thought’s insistence that the world arose spontaneously is our modern-day version of Epicureanism. The idea was then, and continues to be today, motivated by metaphysics, not science. From a scientific perspective the idea is clearly false. That was understood by philosophers of antiquity, but it is understood all the more clearly today. Simply put, […]

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