A Flea Circus of Small Animal Acrobats

animals, BBC, Cosmos (series), crustaceans, Current Biology, Darwinian theory, dragonflies, flea circus, Harikumar Suwa, Imperial College London, Intelligent Design, Italy, North Carolina, roundworms, Sandeep Eswarappa, spiders, tardigrades, The Conversation, The Scientist, University of Trento, UV light, water bears
Small animals amuse and amaze scientists who take a close look at them in action. Sometimes it requires a high-speed camera to analyze the trick. Source
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Michael Ruse on Purpose: The Flies in the Ointment

abstract thought, art, C.S. Lewis, Daniel Everett, Darwin Industry, Darwinian theory, Darwinism as religion, Evolution, Faith & Science, Frederic Harrison, hedgehog, human exceptionalism, John Henry Bridges, mathematics, Michael Ruse, music, Noam Chomsky, On Purpose, Pirahã people, Richard Dawkins, scientific reductionism, South America, The Selfish Gene, Thomas Henry Huxley, Whiggishness
Ruse’s chronological snobbery might be forgiven if the claims he makes for Darwinism can be unequivocally substantiated. Source
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More Dispatches from the Science/Religion Classroom

consciousness, cosmology, Darwinian theory, Darwinians, Evolution, Faith & Science, fine-tuning, Francis Collins, geneticists, mathematics, methodological naturalism, natural selection, origin of life, particle physics, Philip Davies, population genetics, Richard Goldschmidt, Richard Lewontin, The Goldilocks Enigma, The Language of God, universe
Students are adept at spotting the incongruities, double standards, and tendentious arguments that often accompany methodological naturalism. Source
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How to Destroy Love with Darwinism

Alice in Wonderland, alleles, altruism, antelopes, ants, behavior, behaviorism, biology, bioRxiv, bonobos, cooperation, Darwinian theory, Evolution, game theory, genetic determinism, Green Beard hypothesis, Kaleda K. Denton, kin selection, Lausanne University, leaping, lions, Love, pandemic, Red Queen hypothesis, slime molds, watchman crow
When Darwin proposed a new view of biology based on chance, he cheapened everything, including our most precious human values. Source
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Can Natural Reward Theory Save Natural Selection?

alleles, animals, Burgess Shale, Cambrian Explosion, cotton, Darwinian theory, ecosystems, Evolution, foresight, fossil record, John Rust, Macroevolution, materialism, molecular machines, Monopoly, natural selection, Owen M. Gilbert, oxygen, pseudoscience, Rethinking Ecology, selection pressure, teleology, The Origin of Species, Thomas Malthus, University of Texas
An evolutionist dismantles natural selection, then tries to rescue it with his own theory. It won’t work. Source
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Literary Naturalism and a Time Machine

"survival of the fittest", 2001: A Space Odyssey, civilization, Culture & Ethics, Darwinian materialism, Darwinian theory, Émile Zola, Evolution, extinction, George Eliot, H.G. Wells, humans, Jack London, literature, mutation, natural science, natural selection, naturalism, Paul Bowles, Robert Ardrey, Sam Peckinpah, science fiction, screenwriters, sheep, Stanley Kubrick, Stephen Crane, The Paris Review, The Sheltering Sky, The Time Machine, The Wild Bunch, Theodore Dreiser, Thomas Hardy, violence
The sun is burning out, and life on Earth is heading for extinction. This aptly conveys Darwinian materialism’s vision of a meaningless universe. Source
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Excerpt: Letter to the Journal of Chemical Education

A Mousetrap for Darwin, biochemical pathways, Darwinian theory, Darwinism, DNA, Evolution, Intelligent Design, Journal of Chemical Education, Junk DNA, letter to the editor, molecular machinery, philosophy journals, polymerase, random mutation, science journals, Scientific American, Skeptics, students
Unlike philosophy journals — or high school newspapers — many science journals are unwilling to publish responses by people attacked in their pages. Source
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Sorry, Origin-of-Life Researchers, But Bubbles Are Not Cells

Aleksandr Oparin, Alexander Marras, Ann Gauger, Argonne National Laboratory, bubbles, Charles Thaxton, Chemistry, coacervates, Darwinian theory, Dean Matthew Tirrell, Elena dos Santos, Encyclopedia Britannica, Evolution, Frankenstein, Geppetto, Illustra Media, Intelligent Design, Marxists, Nature (journal), Nature Communications, origin of life, Penn State, Pinocchio, replication, RNA, RNA world, Sam Sholtis, Sidney Fox, Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer, The Mystery of Life’s Origin, University of Basel, University of Chicago
Oparin is back. Some origin-of-life researchers are using his coacervate theory without giving him credit or realizing they are retreading dead-end ideas. Source
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