Miserable Creatures

Imagine if atheistic materialism was actually true and humans are nothing more than biological automatons – complexly programmed and reactive robots that behave and think in whatever manner happenstance chemical interactions dictates at any given time.  Let’s think about what would actually mean. There would be no way for a biological automaton to determine whether […]

The intelligent design of beer

Before we get back to our sober coverage, from Ewen Callaway at Scientific American: Geneticists have traced the history of beer’s most important ingredient: yeast. By sequencing the genomes of nearly 200 modern strains of brewer’s yeast, the research reveals how, over hundreds of years, humans transformed the wild fungus Saccharomyces cerevisiae into a variety […]

Cosmologist Luke Barnes on fine-tuning of the universe

From Wintery Knight: Atheist Luke Muehlhauser interviews well-respect cosmologist Luke Barnes about the fine-tuning argument, and the naturalistic response to it. … In one of my funniest and most useful episodes yet, I interview astronomer Luke Barnes about the plausibility of 11 responses to the fine-tuning of the universe. Frankly, once you listen to this […]

September 12, 1683: Jan Sobieski Day . . .

For, on that day, Poland — personally led by its king — rode to the rescue of our Civilisation at the gates of Vienna. (Details — and movie, here; also see on Complacency Day, here.) Be it solemnly moved that from this day forward, we shall remember: Complacency Day, Sept 10; 9/11-01, Sept 11; Sobieski […]

Great Video of Bacterial Resistance Evolution

This is a great video, and all those with interest in biological evolution should watch it.

Templeton: Write about harmonies between science and religion, $10,000

From Columbia mathematician Peter Woit at Not Even Wrong: One of the main goals of the foundation is to bring together science and religion. Among the many things they are funding to accomplish this is a $871,000 grant to Arizona State University to fund Think Write Publish Fellowships in Science and Religion. If you’re a […]

AM-Nat Biology Abstracts Due October 28th

Just a reminder to those wanting to present at the AM-Nat (Alternatives to Methodological Naturalism) Biology conference, abstracts are due October 28th.

Doug Axe: Every reason for optimism on deepest questions in biology

From the conclusion of Douglas Axe’s Undeniable: That the deepest questions in biology have not yet been answered means they are still asking to be answered. Anyone who cares to examine the facts carefully will see that the old answers were wrong. They have now been erased, in our minds anyway, and we must sit […]

Tom Wolfe on Evolution as a Theory of Everything

From Tom Wolfe’s The Kingdom of Speech, By now, 2014 [when Chomsky’s critic Everett appeared], Evolution was more than a theory. It had become embedded in the very anatomy, the very central nervous system of all modern people. Every part, every tendency, of every living creature had evolved from some earlier life form—even if you […]

Scientific American: Chomsky largely overturned

From Paul Ibbotson and Michael Tomasello at Scientific American: The idea that we have brains hardwired with a mental template for learning grammar—famously espoused by Noam Chomsky of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology—has dominated linguistics for almost half a century. Recently, though, cognitive scientists and linguists have abandoned Chomsky’s “universal grammar” theory in droves because […]

New ID book by Marks, Dembski, Ewert announced at Amazon

Here: Science has made great strides in modeling space, time, mass and energy. Yet little attention has been paid to the precise representation of the information ubiquitous in nature. Introduction to Evolutionary Informatics fuses results from complexity modeling and information theory that allow both meaning and design difficulty in nature to be measured in bits. […]

Dr. Darwin will see you now

From Denyse O’Leary at Salvo: In 2008, Robert Perlman, who taught courses in evolutionary medicine at the University of Chicago, complained in the Review, “This spring, under the chairmanship of Edmund Pellegrino, the Council [President’s Council on Bioethics] published a reader, ‘Human Dignity and Bioethics’, to expand and clarify the concept of human dignity. The […]

Denton’s Fire-Maker documentary now features book

Here. Fire-Maker Book: How Humans Were Designed to Harness Fire and Transform Our Planet (The Privileged Species Series) Paperback – July 18, 2016 From computers to airplanes to life-giving medicines, the technological marvels of our world were made possible by the human use of fire. But the use of fire itself was made possible by […]

“Complacency Day” — Sept 10, 2001 — plus 15 years

I briefly discuss here. Notice the 100-year global subjugation map I first found online on an IslamIST site on the following day: And also, this sketch of history from the 630’s on (i.e. the last IslamIST 100-year expansion): Sky News coverage on that fateful following day: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Note, too, this outline […]

DNA: Giraffes are four separate species?

From Chris Woolston at Nature: Researchers previously split giraffes into several subspecies on the basis of their coat patterns and where they lived. Closer inspection of their genes, however, reveals that giraffes should actually be divided into four distinct lineages that don’t interbreed in the wild, researchers report on 8 September in Current Biology1. Previous […]

Brain connections “more sophisticated than thought” (straight face here)

Hello, base, do we have a connection? The human brain is said by many to be the most sophisticated known item in the universe. Never mind, from ScienceDaily: Inhibitory connections between neurons act as the brain’s brakes, preventing it from becoming overexcited. Researchers thought inhibitory connections were less sophisticated than their excitatory counterparts because relatively […]

Leaf-tailed gecko looks like whatever it needs to

Okay, dead leaves: See also: A moth’s wings feature two flies picking at a pile of bird dropping. It should be harder to be a Darwinist than our culture makes it. Follow UD News at Twitter!

Can particles that don’t exist reshape reality?

So reports Andrea Taroni at New Scientist: Chances are, too, you’re nowhere near the vision of particles painted by our best picture of how they work, quantum theory. This says that despite making up stuff that definitely has a size – ourselves, the paper or screen you’re reading this on – particles occupy a point […]

Darwinismo v. Diseno: no es un debate complicado

Para nuestros lectores bilingues (se que tenemos algunos), un video que demuestra que el debate no es nada complicado: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Here is the English version, highlighted earlier at UD: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt Y en el caso poco probable que alguien se interesa en saber en que he trabajado los […]

First transitional land fossils never walked on their legs?

From ScienceDaily: This week in the journal Nature, a team of researchers from Uppsala University in Sweden, the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) in France and the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom shows that fossils of the 360 million-year-old tetrapod Acanthostega, one of the iconic transitional forms between fishes and land animals, are […]

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