FAQ: The Cambrian Explosion Is Real, and It Is a Problem for Evolution

biology, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrian News, Critical Transitions in Nature and Society, Darwin's Doubt, Ediacaran fauna, Evolution, Evolution News, FAQ, fossil record, genetic information, Graham Budd, Intelligent Design, Jerry Coyne, Martin Scheffer, Nick Matzke, oxygen, paleobiology, paleontology, Precambrian, Professor Dave, scientific literature, Sören Jensen, Stephen Meyer
An email correspondent who is friendly to intelligent design (ID) recently wrote us asking how to respond to common objections to ID arguments about the Cambrian explosion. Source
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Geneticists Puzzled by Octopus’s Unique Genes: Seem to Have Appeared Out of Nowhere

Alison Abbott, Biomimetics, California two-spot octopus, cephalopods, convergence, cuttlefish, Darwin's Doubt, David Klinghoffer, Dennis Normile, distributed networks, Evolution, genes, giant squid, hydrothermal vents, Intelligent Design, Living Waters, mimic octopus, molecular clock, Mollusca, narrative gloss, Nature (journal), Nautilus, neo-Darwinian processes, Octopus bimaculoides, Paul Nelson, propulsion, reflectins, Richard Sternberg, soft robots, Stephen Meyer, triumphalism, University of Chicago
“Evolution of novel genes”? Isn’t that the question at hand? Where do novel genes come from? Source
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Stephen Meyer and Company Answer Questions about Science and Faith

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The conference was jointly sponsored by Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture and Westminster Theological Seminary. Source
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“Lying on the Internet”? Debunking Dave Farina on Stephen Meyer

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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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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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Evolution Is Not Like Physics

Animal Algorithms, asymmetric information flow, biology, Boyle’s Law, Casey Luskin, Darwin's Doubt, E = mc2, Eigen catastrophe, Elliott Sober, Eric Cassell, Ernst Mayr, Erwin Schrödinger, Eugene V. Koonin, Evolution, Granville Sewell, gravitation, Isaac Newton, Kirk Durston, National Academy of Sciences, National Institute for Biotechnology Information, naturalism, neo-Darwinian theory, No Free Lunch, physics, Physics, Earth & Space, PNAS, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, punctuated equilibria, Richard Weikart, RNA, Signature in the Cell, Stephen Meyer, thermodynamics, vitalism, Vitaly Vanchurin, William Dembski, Yuri I. Wolf
A new theory of evolution extends Darwinian processes, making them into physical laws based on “learning theory.” Source
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Was Spriggina an Evolutionary Ancestor of Arthropods?

Allison C. Daley, arthropods, bilateral symmetry, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrian News, Darwin's Doubt, Ediacaran Period, Evolution, fossil record, genetic evidence, Greg Edgecombe, Günter Bechly, Intelligent Design, Mark McMenamin, Marten Scheffer, neo-Darwinian mechanisms, paleontology, Precambrian fossil, Princeton University Press, Science Uprising, Simon Conway Morris, Spriggina, Stephen Meyer, Sven Jorgen Birket-Smith
For those wedded to an evolutionary interpretation of life’s history, the fossil and genetic evidence leave the origin of arthropods a major mystery.  Source
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Smithsonian Glosses Over the Cambrian Explosion

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The nation’s museum cannot ignore the collection of fossils Walcott sent them from the Burgess Shale. But can they explain them away? Source
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Arthropod Architects Amaze Engineers

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They appear in the early Cambrian fossil record: the first examples of the most diverse phylum on earth. Who knew their skills would become the envy of human engineers? Source
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