Yes, Extraordinary Claims Require Extraordinary Evidence — Let’s Hear Some for Darwinian Evolution

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Carl Sagan famously said, “I believe that the extraordinary should be pursued. But extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence.” Source
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Why High School Biology Made Me Angry (And Why I Like It So Much Better Now)

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Your own body has something like 30 trillion cells in it. That’s 30 trillion large cities’ worth of complexity. Source
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By Design: Storytelling Reveals Human Exceptionalism

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That humans enjoy being made to wait seems to have been deliberately built into us. It’s unique in nature, an intelligent design. Source
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Is the End of Science Near?

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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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Human Origins: All in the Family

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If a Neanderthal walked down the street, appropriately dressed, you probably wouldn’t notice. Source
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Reeves: A Rising Star Describes a Biological Revolution

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“Engineers more easily recognize impressive design because they have actually tied to build stuff.” Source
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New from Science Uprising — Artificial Intelligence, Creativity, and the Human Difference

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Creativity, not mere copying or following commands, entails thinking “outside the box.” That’s how it can surprise us with genuine novelty. Source
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Hyping Artificial Intelligence with Seductive Optics and the Frankenstein Complex

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Some of the panicky AI-will-take-over-the-world talk grows out of seductive optics — that is, the AI packaging. Source
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From Darwinists, a Shift in Tone on Nanomachines

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The shift in tone from then to now is remarkable. What happened to the awe these systems used to inspire? Source
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