Untangling “Professor Dave’s” Confusion about the Cambrian Explosion

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We have seen the absurdly low quality of this individual’s video. But there is much more. I have added timecodes in square brackets for easier reference. Source
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Debunking “Professor Dave’s” Hit Piece Against Stephen Meyer

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This YouTube video runs to about an hour and a quarter, so I will be answering him once again in a series, minute by minute. Source
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How Octopuses Got So Smart? “Junk DNA”

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Jumping genes used to be dismissed as junk DNA which in turn was held to be slam-dunk evidence for unguided evolutionary processes. Source
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Brain Size Doesn’t Determine Intelligence

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Brains are not simple, so many “just common sense” theories have fallen by the wayside. Source
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Are Birds Really Smarter than Reptiles?

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Scientists clash over how to measure animal intelligence: brain volume, brain organization, numbers of neurons…? Source
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The Remarkable Things We’re Learning About Bird Intelligence

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These findings are only among birds that have actually been studied; most birds have not been studied for intelligence. Source
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