This Is Science? Top Medical Journal Goes After…Capitalism

Australian National University, Big Fossil Fuels, capitalists, China, climate change, commercialism, Culture & Ethics, Economics, fossil fuels, free market, government, health, health equity, ideology, India, Iran, medical journals, Medicine, natural resources, Politics, progressive politics, prosperity, Sharon Friel, The Lancet, Turkey, Vietnam, wokeness
Having strived to transform global warming into a planetary health emergency, it has now published a screed attacking “commercialism” for killing the planet. Source
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How Media Helped to Corrupt Science

academic freedom, Allysia Finley, Anthony Fauci, Ashley Rindsberg, Breakthrough Institute, China, City Journal, climate science, COVID-19, Emily Kopp, First Amendment, free speech, gain-of-function research, Internet, James B. Meigs, Jay Bhattacharya, media, Medicine, Mind Matters, News Media, Patrick Brown, Paul Thacker, science media, skepticism, Stanford University, Tablet, Wall Street Journal, Wuhan
Traditional popular media, science media, and science journalists have all helped create a situation where we can’t afford to Trust the Science! Source
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Fossil Friday: A Popular Just-So Story on the Origin of Bird Flight Bites the Dust

adaptation, aerodynamics, arboreal hypothesis, avian flight, birds, China, Chukar partridge, computer modelling, Confuciusornis, cursorial hypothesis, empirical data, Evolution, flapping, Flight, forelimb, Fossil Friday, fossil record, ichthyosaur, kinematics, Liaoning, mechanics, muscles, paleontology, powered flight, storytelling, WAIR hypothesis, wing-assisted incline running, wings
There is a long-running about whether birds first took off by running and flapping from the ground up, or whether they jumped as gliders from the tree down. Source
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Slavery and the Image of God

abolitionists, Arabs, Charles Finney, China, Christianity, Civil War, Culture & Ethics, Enlightenment, Evangelical Christians, Faith & Science, For the Glory of God, Gregory of Nyssa, image of God, Native Americans, Oberlin College, religious revivals, Rodney Stark, safe houses, Second Great Awakening, slaveholders, slavery, Underground Railroad, United States
America is the only country on Earth to sacrifice hundreds of thousands of its own citizens in a war to end slavery. Source
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All We Need to Do to Give a Robot a Soul Is… (Error 404)

autonomous weapons, Buying God, Capitalism’s Toxic Assumptions, China, consciousness, David J. Gunkel, emotions, Eve Poole, hard problem of consciousness, human beings, ineffability, Intelligent Design, junk code, Leadersmithing, machines, Neuroscience & Mind, Northern Illinois University, personhood, Robot Souls, robots, Russia, Ryota Kanai, sixth sense, soul, Taylor & Francis, TechXplore, The Economist
In reality, programmers don’t leave souls out of robots because they don’t find them useful; they simply and obviously have no idea how to insert them. Source
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Fossil Friday: The Abrupt Origins of Lagomorphs and Rodents

beavers, Carl von Linné, China, comparative morphology, Cretaceous, Dan Graur, Darwinism, Early Paleocene, East Asia, Euarchontoglires, Evolution, Fossil Friday, fossil record, Glires, guinea pigs, gundis, hamsters, hares, incongruence, Lagomorpha, Lagomorphs, mammals, mice, molecular clock studies, Mongolia, Nebraska, Oligocene, Palaeolagus haydeni, Paleocene, PaleoDB, paleontology, pikas, placental mammals, porcupines, rabbits, rats, Rodentia, rodents, squirrels, Systema Naturae, Tübingen
Molecular biologist Dan Graur mentioned his weird idea that guinea pigs are not rodents at a lecture at my university in Tübingen when I was still a student. Source
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“Lying on the Internet”? Debunking Dave Farina on Stephen Meyer

acritarchs, Avalon Assemblage, bilaterians, body plans, Cambrian Explosion, Carl Zimmer, Caveasphaera, China, Cladonia chlorophaea, Cloudina, cnidarians, Darwin's Doubt, Dave Farina, demosponges, Dickinsonia, Doushantuo fossils, embryos, Eumetazoa, Evolution, fossils, Gregory Retallack, Haootia quadriformis, Helicoforamina, homology, Ikaria, Intelligent Design, Internet, Joe Botting, Kimberella, Lantianella, Megasphaera, Metazoa, microfossils, Nama Assemblage, Namacalathus, New York Times, paleontology, Precambrian animals, Professor Dave, Spiralicellula, sponges, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Meyer, straw man, Tribrachidium, Vernanimalcula, White Sea assemblage, Xiuningella, Yilingia, YouTubers
A lot of nonsense gets published in peer-reviewed journals and it needs expertise to separate the wheat from the chaff. Farina lacks any expertise to do this. Source
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This Cambrian Explosion “Explanation” Qualifies as Propaganda

arthropods, brain, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrian News, China, crap theory, Current Biology, Debating Darwin's Doubt, Derek E. G. Briggs, Ediacaran Period, evo-devo, Evolution, fecal material, fossil record, Intelligent Design, Izvestia, Kimberella, morphology, nervous system, newspapers, oxygen level, Palaeophragmodictya, phyla, Pravda, stem taxa, Stephen Meyer, USSR
It’s interesting to see what Derek E. G. Briggs is willing to admit about the Cambrian explosion. Source
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Fossil Friday: Turtles All the Way Down

Acerosodontosaurus, Bavaria, carapax, China, Claudiosaurus, convergence, Eorhynchochelys, Eunotosaurus, Eurysternum wagleri, Evolution, Fossil Friday, fossils, Germany, Intelligent Design, lepidosaurs, Middle Permian, Middle Triassic, Mörnsheim, Neo-Darwinism, Odontochelys, paleontology, Pappochelys, Parareptilia, phylogenetic reconstruction, phylogenomic studies, plastron, Proganochelys, Proterochersis, reptiles, sauropsids, Solnhofen Limestone, tortoises, turtle shell, turtles, Upper Jurassic
Contrary to the gradualistic expectations of Darwin’s theory, the distinct body plan of turtles appeared abruptly in the Late Triassic. Source
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