“Lying on the Internet”? Debunking Dave Farina on Stephen Meyer

acritarchs, Avalon Assemblage, bilaterians, body plans, Cambrian Explosion, Carl Zimmer, Caveasphaera, China, Cladonia chlorophaea, Cloudina, cnidarians, Darwin's Doubt, Dave Farina, demosponges, Dickinsonia, Doushantuo fossils, embryos, Eumetazoa, Evolution, fossils, Gregory Retallack, Haootia quadriformis, Helicoforamina, homology, Ikaria, Intelligent Design, Internet, Joe Botting, Kimberella, Lantianella, Megasphaera, Metazoa, microfossils, Nama Assemblage, Namacalathus, New York Times, paleontology, Precambrian animals, Professor Dave, Spiralicellula, sponges, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Meyer, straw man, Tribrachidium, Vernanimalcula, White Sea assemblage, Xiuningella, Yilingia, YouTubers
A lot of nonsense gets published in peer-reviewed journals and it needs expertise to separate the wheat from the chaff. Farina lacks any expertise to do this. Source
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Rare Earth: How Vital Minerals “Evolve”

astrobiology, Astrobiology Magazine, biological activity, calcium, carbon, Carnegie Institute, chlorine, Dirk Schulze-Makuch, earth, elements, hydrogen, intelligence, Intelligent Design, magnesium, Mars, microbes, minerals, NASA, nitrogen, origin of life, oxygen, phosphorus, Physics, Earth & Space, potassium, Robert Hazen, selenium, Stephen Jay Gould, sulfur, The Privileged Planet, Titan, Washington State University
It's intriguing that life as we know it depends on a seemingly un-natural distribution of minerals. Source
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Fossil Friday: A Fossil Butterfly Lookalike

apomorphies, beetles, Brazil, butterflies, butterflies of the Jurassic, convergence, Crato Formation, Darwinism, design pattern, Fossil Friday, fossil record, genetic predispositions, insects, Intelligent Design, Kalligrammatidae, lacewing, Lower Cretaceous, Lower Jurassic, Makarkina adamsi, Makarkina kerneri, mouthparts, natural selection, neuropterans, paleontology, science, Simon Conway Morris, Stephen Jay Gould, tape of life, University of Tübingen, wing span
An intelligent design paradigm can easily accommodate convergences as a natural consequence of a designer reusing the same ideas in different constructions. Source
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Can Materialistic Models Accommodate the Scientific Data?

cancer, cancer cluster, chance, cosmic fine-tuning, data, Evolution, evolutionary biologists, fossil record, geological time, Intelligent Design, materialistic science, multiverse, Niles Eldredge, paleontology, punctuated equilibrium, Stephen Jay Gould, The Positive Case for Intelligent Design (series)
Would you believe someone who claimed that fairies and leprechauns were caught on video, but they are too small or too fast to be seen? Source
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Smithsonian Glosses Over the Cambrian Explosion

animals, Anomalocaris, behaviors, brains, Burgess Shale, Cambrian Explosion, Cambrian News, Canada, cell types, Charles Darwin, Charnia, China, Darwin's Doubt, Dickinsonia, Ediacarans, Evolution, Fossil Hall, fossil record, Hallucigenia, Intelligent Design, mollusks, National Museum of Natural History, Opabinia, organs, oxygen, paleontology, Pikaia, Smithsonian Institution, Spriggina, Stephen Jay Gould, Stephen Meyer, Thomas Woodward, tissue types, Tribrachidium, trilobites, Wiwaxia
The nation’s museum cannot ignore the collection of fossils Walcott sent them from the Burgess Shale. But can they explain them away? Source
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Fables of Evolutionary Psychology (aka Sociobiology)

Charles Darwin, Chemistry, Evolution, evolutionary psychology, How I Came to Take Leave of Darwin (series), Louis Pasteur, macromutations, Mars, micromutations, Niles Eldredge, paleontology, Paul Davies, sociobiologists, sociobiology, Stanley Miller, Stephen Jay Gould, Steve Stewart-Williams, Viking mission, Whack-a-Mole, William Harvey
Evolutionary psychologists are prone to make up just-so stories which are then passed off as being entirely veridical. Source
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Is Genesis “Mytho-History”? As a Guide to Scripture, William Lane Craig’s Book Falls Short

Adam and Eve, Ancient Near East, biblical flood, Christianity, Denisovans, dinosaurs, Evolution News, Exodus, Faith & Science, Genesis, gospels, Hebrew, hominids, Homo sapiens, Human Origins, In Quest of the Historical Adam, John Oswalt, Mesopotamia, Middle East, mytho-history, Neanderthals, Noah's Ark, Old Earth Creationists, Persian Gulf, Review of Craig's In Quest of the Historical Adam (series), Satan, scripture, Stephen Jay Gould, The Panda’s Thumb, William Laine Craig, Young Earth Creationists
As an old earther, I was dismayed by Craig’s failure to engage with common old earth interpretations of Genesis. Source
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