Alfred Russel Wallace’s Bicentennial Year: A Cause for Celebration and for Sadness

Alfred Russel Wallace, Andrew Berry, Arthur Conan Doyle, bicentennial, Charles Smith, Chemistry, Contributions to the Theory of Natural Selection, cosmology, Darwinism (book), Elusive Victorian, Evolution, George Beccaloni, Heretic in Darwin’s Court, In Darwin’s Shadow, intelligent cause, Intelligent Design, intelligent evolution, James T. Costa, Lord Rayleigh, Man’s Place in the Universe, Martin Fichman, Michael Shermer, Nature's Prophet, Origin of Species, Peter Raby, Radical by Nature, Revolt of Democracy, Richard Dawkins, Ross A. Slotten, Social Environment and Moral Progress, spiritualism, that biology, The Geographical Distribution of Animals, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Wonderful Century, The World of Life, Tropical Nature, Usk, Wales, William Crookes, William Fletcher Barrett, William James, William Paley
All the hyperbole shows the fix is in — Wallace has been made safe for scientism and Darwinian reductionism. The academy can breathe easy. Source
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The Sense of Hearing Is a Masterpiece of Engineering

articular bone, auricle, birds, cerebral cortex, ceruminous glands, cochlea, columella, deafness, ear, ear canal, eardrum, electrical signals, Engineering, equilibrium, fish, foresight, hair cells, hearing, Howard Glicksman, Human Origins, incus, Intelligent Design, malleus, middle ear, nasopharynx, natural selection, ossicles, outer ear, oval window, pinna, quadrate bone, reptiles, saccule, sound waves, stapes, Steve Laufmann, tectorial membrane, temporal bone, temporal lobes, tympanic membrane, utricle, vertebrates, vibrations, Your Designed Body
It strains credulity to suppose that an unguided process of random variation sifted by natural selection could assemble such a delicately arranged system. Source
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The New Post-Junk-DNA Paradigm of Molecular Biology: RNA Genes

anomalies, BioEssays, biology, brain function, dogma, epigenetic information, Evidence, Evolution, evolutionary theory, function, gene regulation, genes, genetic programming, geochemical anomalies, inheritance, Intelligent Design, John Mattick, Junk DNA, molecular biology, non-coding DNA, paradigm shift, RNA genes, Thomas Kuhn, transgenerational memory
RNA genes have many functions but a large proportion entail gene regulation-related functions that fall within the category of epigenetics. Source
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Tomorrow: Webinar with Maverick Scientist Forrest Mims

aerosol optical thickness, Center for Science and Culture, column water vapor, Discover Magazine, Facebook, Forrest Mims III, Geronimo Creek Observatory, Intelligent Design, Life Sciences, livestream, Make: Magazine, Mauna Loa Observatory, Maverick Scientist, NASA, NOAA, ozone layer, personal computer, photosynthetic radiation, Radio Shack, science fair, Science Probe, seeing aid, Smithsonian Institution, solar ultraviolet radiation, Texas, Texas A&M University, Total Ozone Portable Spectrometer, webinar
Prepared to be entertained — and inspired — by the man who describes his life as “one continuous science fair project.” Source
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Alfred Russel Wallace: A Life in Science, Rediscovered

A Narrative of Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro, Alfred Russel Wallace, botany, Charles Darwin, Charles Lyell, Evolution, H.M.S. Beagle, Intelligent Design, Island Life, Joseph Conrad, Joseph Hooker, Linnean Society, Malay Archipelago, Michael Flannery, Nature's Prophet, Palms of the Amazon and Rio Negro, Robert Chambers, Samuel Stevens, Sarawak Law, Somerset Maugham, South America, The Malay Archipelago, Use, Vestiges of the Natural History of Creation, Walter Henry Bates
Despite the notoriety of Wallace in his own day, he remains a comparatively obscure figure in the history of biology. Source
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Happy Thanksgiving! Here Are Michael Denton’s Top 3 Reasons for Optimism About ID

academia, brain, Darwinism, Evolution, Fornace, gratitude, Harvard University, ID movement, Intelligent Design, Italy, James Tour, Lee Cronin, materialism, matter, Michael Denton, mind, Minding the Brain, origin of life, Scuola di Filosofia di Fornace, Thanksgiving, The Miracle of Man
One reason, he says, is the “relentless” growth of the ID movement, in academia and around the world. This conversation is itself evidence on the latter point. Source
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Design: A Scientific Proxy for Intelligence

Antarctica, arson, biology, carbon dioxide, Dead Sea Scrolls, design detection, Evolution, geological history, Greenland Ice Sheet Project, intelligence, intelligent agency, Intelligent Design, Lake Vostok, magnetic field, Michael Egnor, minds, natural forces, Paul Nelson, probability, shales, water, Willaim Dembski
The Dead Sea Scrolls are an example of a design artifact for which intelligence is inferred as the source. Source
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