Evolution’s Demigods: Reviewing the Tour vs. Cronin Debate

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Says Brian Miller, “What a lot of origin-of-life people do is talk about natural selection as a demigod with creative agency." Source
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Debate Review: Jim Tour vs Lee Cronin at Harvard

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In 2021, chemist Dr. Lee Cronin declared publicly that “Origin of life research is a scam.” He later said he was only joking. Source
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Moran: Sternberg and Behe “Appear to Know More About Evolution than Their Opponents”

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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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In Debate on Intelligent Design, Critic Cites Dragon Legend to Justify Evolution’s Failures

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It is, as Professor Behe acknowledges, a charming tale, but not very relevant as far as the details of the scientific debate go. Source
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Postcard from São Paulo: Intelligent Design Sung to a New Tune in Brazil

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The theme of the conference was familiar to us, but I’d like to think that we’ve heard it sung to a new tune in more ways than one.  Source
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Exposing Professor Dave’s Playground Tactics and Citation Bluffing Blitz

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It’s true that sometimes it can be hard to tell that serious problems remain unsolved until you drill down into the scientific details. Source
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