Life Without Purpose — The Fundamental Flaw

Alan Watts, Aristotle, biology, biomolecules, Charles Darwin, CHNOPS, embryogenesis, emergence, Etienne Gilson, Evolution, From Aristotle to Darwin and Back Again, function, Galileo Galilei, Intelligent Design, Isaac Newton, life, Life Sciences, Nicolaus Copernicus, origin of life, parts, primordial soup, science of purpose, structure, telos, The Book, Thomas Aquinas, whole, Zen masters
The fundamental flaw in the conventional approach to understanding life is that we think we can fully understand the whole by looking at the individual parts. Source
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Moran: Sternberg and Behe “Appear to Know More About Evolution than Their Opponents”

biology, Charles Darwin, constructive neutral evolution, David Klinghoffer, debates, Dragon, ENCODE, Evolution, genetic drift, Intelligent Design, Junk DNA, Laurence Moran, Malgorzata Moczydlowska-Vidal, Michael Behe, Michael Lynch, Michael Ruse, natural selection, Poland, Richard Dawkins, Richard Sternberg
The whole point of selection was to bias or direct the deliverances of chance variation, so that “luck” didn’t have to do all the work. Source
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What’s Driving Darwin’s Driverless Car?

"survival of the fittest", abductive inference, adaptation, blind drivers, CELS, Charles Darwin, Charles Kocher, Columbia University, Current Biology, Darwinian Evolution Machine, driver, driverless car, Engineering, equilibrium, Eric Anderson, Evolution, fitness ratcheting, fitness valleys, golfers, gravity, Herbert Spencer, ignition, Intelligent Design, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Ken Dill, Mars, Mars rovers, molecular machines, New Zealand, orbits, planets, PNAS, rollercoaster, Science Advances, Second Law of Thermodynamics, selective pressure, software, sponges, TEDx talk, University of Otago, University of Sydney, Victoria University, water
What drives natural selection? Evolutionary forces. What are evolutionary forces? They’re what drive natural selection. Source
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What “Resurrecting” the Woolly Mammoth Would Mean for Darwinism

artificial wombs, biological information, Charles Darwin, Colossal Biosciences, dodo, elephant, embryos, Evolution, Financial Times, gene editing, George Church, ghost lineages, horizontal gene transfer, inheritance trees, Intelligent Design, pig organs, Pleistocene Park, Sergey Zimov, Siberia, Tasmanian tiger, Texas, viruses, woolly mammoth
Intelligent design would become the most likely hypothesis to abductively explain the data of life's history. Source
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The Return of Natural Theology

Brian Miller, Charles Darwin, chemicals, Energy, entropy, evolutionary theory, Faith & Science, God's Grandeur, ID The Future, Intelligent Design, materialism, materialists, multiverse, natural processes, natural theology, order, origin of life, Pat Flynn, philosophers, Philosophy for the People, Podcast, reason
Influenced by a long line of materialist thinkers, Charles Darwin proposed the mechanism of natural selection as a substitute for God. Source
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The Problem of Pain: Julian Huxley, Magnus Carlsen, and the Meaning of Life

Atheism, atheists, Charles Darwin, chess, chessboard, Evolution, Faith & Science, fossils, Intelligent Design, Julian Huxley, Lex Fridman, Magnus Carlsen, Meaning, meaning of life, meaninglessness, Norway, origin of life, Origin of Species, pain, paleontologists, religion, Thomas Henry Huxley, University of Chicago
In a conversation with Lex Fridman, Magnus Carlsen betrays no sense of empathy for how his view that life is an accident might negatively impact others. Source
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Self-Referential Absurdity in a Theory of Consciousness

blindness, Charles Darwin, consciousness, Euler's Identity, Evolution, evolutionary epistemology, Ezequiel Morsella, intelligence, Intelligent Design, Leonhard Euler, materialists, mathematics, mind, Nancy Pearcey, Neuroscience & Mind, rationality, Richard Dawkins, San Francisco State University, self-referential absurdity, self-referential fallacy, Theodosius Dobzhansky, William Provine, zombies
Leonhard Euler was known to work out complex derivations in his head while blind. Of what possible use was this ability for survival? Source
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The Other Unsolved Problem of Evolution

aquatic bladderworts, BioCosmos, carnivorous traps, Charles Darwin, chemical processes, duplication errors, Evolution, Evolution News, Heinz-Albert Becker, Intelligent Design, irreducibly complex systems, Model T, Model U., Model V, origin of life, peer-reviewed literature, replication, self-replicating machines, self-replicators, Technology, trigger hairs, Wolf-Ekkehard Lӧnnig
"With all our advanced technology, we are not close to producing human-engineered self-replicating machines." Source
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