Fossil Friday: The Abrupt Origins of Treeshrews (Scandentia) and Colugos (Dermoptera)

Alfred Brehm, arboreal animals, bats, chimeras, colugos, Cretaceous Period, Cynocephalidae, Darwinian predictions, Darwinian theory, Early Eocene, Euarchotoglires, Eudaemonema webbi, Evolution, flying lemurs, Fossil Friday, fossil record, Galeopithecidae, Late Paleocene, Micromomyidae, Microsyopidae, Mixodectidae, Myanmar, North America, Pakistan, Paleocene, Paleogene, paleontology, phylogenetics, Plagiomenidae, plagiomenids, Plesiadapiformes, primates, Ptilocercidae, Thailand, treeshrews, Volitantia, Western Canada
Even as a paleontologist I admit that calling this a real scientific discipline seems like an insult to sciences like physics or chemistry or molecular biology. Source
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The Elephant in the Science Lab

Albert Einstein, ammonia, biochemistry, biology, Carl Woese, Chemistry, DNA, electrical charge, Evolution, H2O, hydrogen, inorganic chemistry, Intelligent Design, Isaac Newton, lipids, macromolecules, model, molecular biology, molecules, oxygen, physics, proteins, purpose, RNA, science, science of purpose, Senses, Tinkertoys, water
I have been seeking to describe the science of purpose. Now it is worth getting down to the basics of what science actually is and how it works. Source
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New Exhibition on the Bible and Science Opens in Nation’s Capital

Anthony Schmidt, Arno Penzias, Arthur Holly Compton, Bible, biology, Buzz Aldrin, Cambridge University, Catholic priest, Charles Townes, communion, cosmology, Culture, Deborah Haarsma, DNA, Evolution, Faith & Science, Fred Hoyle, Georges Lemaître, Guillermo Gonzalez, humans, Intelligent Design, James Gordon, Jeffrey Williams, Johannes Kepler, John Ray, Leslie Wickman, Melissa Cain Travis, Museum of the Bible, Nancy Pearcey, Nicholas Copernicus, Nobel Prize, On the Revolutions of the Heavenly Spheres, Ota Benga, Pentateuch, Physics, Earth & Space, Psalms, Robert Jastrow, Science and Scripture, Signature in the Cell, St. George Jackson Mivart, Stephen Meyer, The Wisdom of God Manifested in the Works of Creation, Thinking God’s Thoughts, Total Truth
Tracing the development of science over two millennia, the exhibition challenges a popular misconception about the relationship between the Bible and science. Source
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Fossil Friday: Fossil Sea Cows and the Abrupt Origin of Sirenia and Desmostylia

Afrotheria, Calvert Marine Museum, common descent, Darwinism, Desmostylia, dugongids, dugongs, elephants, Embrithopoda, Eocene, Evolution, Fossil Friday, fossil record, Ishatherium subathuensis, Jamaica, Lincoln Creek Formation, mammals, manatees, Paleocene, PaleoDB, paleontology, Pezosiren, Proboscidea, protosirenids, science, sea cows, Sirenia, sirenians, Steller’s sea cow, synapomorphies, Tethytheria, Washington State, whales
So, is every thing OK with Darwinism after all? No so fast. Actually, there are some problems that do not square well with a Darwinian scenario. Source
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Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

abiogenesis, Alphonse de Candolle, Aristotle, atheists, atomism, Charles Bradlaugh, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Christianity, complexification, David Hume, Edward Aveling, Epicurus, Erasmus Darwin, Evolution, Friedrich Engels, Georges Cuvier, Gertrude Himmelfarb, Greece, Homo sapiens, Intelligent Design, Karl Marx, Law of Correlation, Lucretius, Matthew Arnold, Middle Ages, natural selection, Origin of Species, Patrick Matthew, Plato, Poor Law, Rome, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas Malthus, transhumanism, Unmoved Mover, Victorian England, William Paley
It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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Is the End of Science Near?

bureaucracy, Carlson School of Management, citation data, Elon Musk, Evolution, Future Perfect, John Horgan, Kelsey Piper, NASA, National Academy of Science, Nature (journal), Neuroscience & Mind, PubMed, Research, Rob Sheldon, science, Scientific American, Space Physics, Technology, The Edge, The End of Science, Tibi Puiu, University of Minnesota, Vox
A study in the premier science journal notes the long term falling off of truly original findings, as opposed to endless citations of others’ findings. Source
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Possible Cave “Proto-Writing” Challenges Slow Evolution of Human Consciousness

Ben Bacon, birth cycle, cave paintings, consciousness, Durham University, Europe, Evolution, Human Origins, humans, hunter-gatherers, Ice Age, Live Science, Melanie Chang, Neanderthals, paleontology, Paul Pettitt, Portland State University, reproductive cycles, science, University College London
London-based wood carving conservator Ben Bacon has, with academic colleagues, shaken up Ice Age paleontology. Source
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Brain Scientist: Consciousness Didn’t Evolve; It Creates Evolution

Big Bang, cognitive science, computer, computers, conscious realism, consciousness, Darwinian evolution, David Chalmers, desktop, Donald Hoffman, electronics, Evolution, evolutionary biologists, Evolutionary Game Theory, mind-body problem, natural selection, Neuroscience & Mind, physicalists, pixels, Robert Lawrence Kuhn, science, University of California, Visual Intelligence, voltage
Donald Hoffman says that even the Big Bang must be understood in a universe where consciousness is fundamental. Source
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