Darwin Is on the Roof — New Book from Michael Behe, Out Today

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The public is being prepared very slowly for the demise of Darwinian evolutionary theory. It wasn’t planned this way, but it is how things are playing out. Source
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Animals Set World Records

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Some of the most unexpected animals, many of them tiny, are capable of world-record feats. Source
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Sorry, Origin-of-Life Researchers, But Bubbles Are Not Cells

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Oparin is back. Some origin-of-life researchers are using his coacervate theory without giving him credit or realizing they are retreading dead-end ideas. Source
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When “Science” Becomes a Cult

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The problem comes when, in order to win our acceptance, double-talk is used to pretend that a cult is something other than what it is. Source
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Design on Time — Paley’s Watch Was Inside Him

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Watches are everywhere on the heath. Look up, look down, look inside; biology runs on time. Source
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Censors Claim Teachers “Advocate Evolution” More Now Than in 2007 — Don’t Believe It

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How likely are biology teachers with doubts about Darwinism to participate in a survey by an organization instrumental in attacking Darwin-doubting teachers? Source
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Zombie History — Using Galileo to Whack Intelligent Design

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A useful myth is hard to put down. The Galileo myth gives a premiere illustration. Ever since John William Draper and Andrew Dickson White fostered the “warfare thesis” of “science vs religion” in the late 19th century, appealing to the Galileo affair as the example par excellence, historians have had little luck convincing the scientific establishment that their version of the Galileo story is flawed. Fortunately, we have the new book by Michael Keas to help set the story straight: Unbelievable: 7 Myths About the History and Future of Science and Religion. Keas traces the development of the warfare thesis through the 19th century. Despite being largely discredited by historians, the warfare thesis lives on into our time. For instance, Mario Livio has a new book out, Galileo and the…
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A Disappointing Decade for the Study of Human Evolution

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The 2010s was a bad decade for the study of human evolution. Smithsonian Magazine recently published an article titled “These are the Decade’s Biggest Discoveries in Human Evolution.” It opens by saying: Human evolution is one of the most vibrant areas of scientific investigation. In the past decade we’ve seen many discoveries that add to our understanding of our origins. To mark the 10th anniversary of the Smithsonian’s “David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins,” here are some of the biggest discoveries in human evolution from the last 10 years. What are the big discoveries of the decade? Did they reveal new and compelling evidence that humans evolved from lower primates? Some of these big discoveries actually turn out to be instances where the evidence for human evolution weakened, and the rest…
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An Astronomer Considers the Origin of Life, with Sobering Results

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Live Science reports: Is life a gamble? Scientist models universe to find out Scientists suspect that the complex life that slithers and crawls through every nook and cranny on Earth emerged from a random shuffling of non-living matter that ultimately spit out the building blocks of life. Even so, the details to support the idea are lacking. But researchers recently got creative in figuring out the probability of life actually emerging spontaneously from such inorganic matter — a process called abiogenesis. In the study, Tomonori Totani, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Tokyo, modeled the microscopic world of molecules across the epic scale of the entire universe to see if abiogenesis is a likely candidate for the origin of life. He was essentially looking at whether there were…
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