Old Wine in New Bottles: How Darwin Recruited Malthus to Fortify a Failed Idea from Antiquity

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It was undoubtedly a tremendous philosophical coup for Darwin whose knowledge of formal philosophy was limited. Source
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Brain Scientist: Consciousness Didn’t Evolve; It Creates Evolution

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Donald Hoffman says that even the Big Bang must be understood in a universe where consciousness is fundamental. Source
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Jerry Coyne — An Evolutionist and His Ideology

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At least some others have the courage to stand for what they believe even in the face of potential criticism. Source
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There Is No Settled “Theory of Evolution”

biology, common descent, convergence, debates, directed mutations, Erik Svensson, Evolution, evolutionists, gradualism, just-so stories, lineage-specific biology, Lund University, multiverse, mutations, natural selection, naturalism, random causes, rapid divergence, saltationism, science, textbooks, The Conversation
What is evolution? In other words, what is core to the theory — and not forfeitable? It’s naturalism. Period. Source
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Does a New Scientific Study Offer Evidence of Life after Death?

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Maybe there is no evolutionary explanation. There is certainly no discernible natural-selection benefit. Source
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Language: Darwin’s Eternal Mystery

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A whole host of “certified geniuses” have failed to crack the human language problem, and this must count as a blow to Darwinian ideas of evolution. Source
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