"Political debates surrounding climate change and creationism are now making their way into America's schools, as more states are deciding whether to adopt or reject new common science standards "that put a greater emphasis on controversial topics like global warming and evolution," according to US News and World Report (June 20, 2014).
John Freshwater’s petition for a writ of certiorari has been placed on the SCOTUS docket for a September 29, 2014, conference....
Richard B. Hoppe
Photograph by Gerry L. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Pan troglodytes – common chimpanzee....
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin interviews Cecil Phillips, who tells the story of how he was expelled from Americans United for Separation of Church and State because he was a scientific skeptic of...
Yes, John Farrell, "Mr. Ellipsis," the punctuation maven, I'm looking at you.
I will have more to reveal tomorrow.
Engineers wanted to mimic the birds. They are finding out how hard that is.
Evolution News & Views
The topics will range from human origins to genetic determinism and moral responsibility to the question of how science is possible in the first place.
The edge of evolution lies where reasonably probable, random mutation-selection runs out of steam and "dumb luck" (or purposeful design) takes over.
If new, separate human species are not found, perhaps they can be argued into existence.
Disclosure: I am a researcher who worked with NOC at the US Navy Marine Mammal Program. Smithsonian Magazine ran an article by Charles Siebert titled, “The Story of One Whale Who Tried to Bridge the Linguistic Divide Between Animals and Humans”. This was ostensibly about the work Dr. Sam Ridgway and others at the US […]
By David MacMillan. 4. Transitional fossils. One of the most common and most frustrating creationist objections to evolution is the claim that there are no “missing links” or “transitional fossils” required by evolution. This claim is made without qualification, particularly in presentations to lay or church audiences. As unthinkable as it might seem, creationists really do believe that transitional fossils simply do not exist. On this basis, they conclude that evolution must be false. They...
A report this morning on NPR asks, “Is collecting animals for science a noble mission or a threat?” The question is left unanswered, but the reporter notes that collecting specimens from small, isolated, and endangered species can be counterproductive, at best. Ben Minteer, an author of the Science article that inspired the NPR report (not to mention a rebuttal by around 120 other scientists), recommends photographs and DNA samples in lieu of specimens, but other...
I’ve a brief new article in the new Skeptical Inquirer (July/August 2014) regarding Casey Luskin’s botched attack on the second episode of Cosmos. Here it follows - your comments are welcomed. Fox TV’s Seth McFarlane has joined with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and Ann Druyan, Carl Sagan’s widow and collaborator, to continue Sagan’s marvelous Cosmos series of decades ago. The new series is a splendid blend of homage to Sagan’s original one with dazzling...
Recurvirostra americana – American avocet, Walden Ponds, Boulder, Colorado....
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin and Andrew McDiarmid continue their discussion of the recent TV series Cosmos. Hear why the show's treatment of the history of science attracted much criticism from science historians,...
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Meyer talks with The Universe Next Door host Tom Woodward about his new book Darwin's Doubt, discussing his recent debate with paleontologist Charles Marshall about the causes of the...
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. Jonathan Wells continues his discussion with Casey Luskin about his recently published paper, "Membrane Patterns Carry Ontogenetic Information That Is Specified Independently of DNA." In previous podcasts, Dr. Wells...
"Meyer was WORLD's Daniel of the Year in 2009, shortly after he published his previous big book, Signature in the Cell."
Evolution News & Views
Some scientists think an incredible string of luck, analogous to making a series of very lucky bets, is the explanation for why we are here.