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Stairway to Gilligan’s Island: Jason Rosenhouse and Auguste Comte on Theology v. Science

At EvolutionBlog, Jason Rosenhouse takes after theology’s shell game: If theology must change every time scientists achieve consensus on something, then what good is it? If it is only allowed to make assertions about things that are completely divorced from … Continue reading

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Is the Jesus of John’s Gospel Anti-Science?

In the Gospel of John, the apostle Thomas is famously (or rather, infamously) held up as a bad example to followers of Jesus, for he insisted upon evidence for Jesus’s resurrection.  Look again at the famous passage from the Gospel of John … Continue reading

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Biologist Darrel Falk: Torn Between Two Lovers (Biblical Literalists and Science-Oriented Atheists)

At a recent posting on the BioLogos website, the president of the BioLogos Foundation, Darrel Falk—who is both a Christian and a biologist—explains why he is not a young earth creationist: [To be a young earth creationist] is to reject the richness of the … Continue reading

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The Goddess Fortuna: Thinking about Darwinian Contingency Metaphorically

I really think that Fortuna should be the matron goddess of all who have tried to absorb the full import of evolutionary contingency. Below, for example, is a painting of Fortuna by Henri Gascar, circa 1670. In this painting, Fortuna … Continue reading

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Equal time alongside global warming: biblical armageddon theory comes to the classroom

Teach the controversy? I love the science-and-religion-in-harmony diorama at the 1:20 mark. Did you catch it? It has two smiling scientists and a priest glibly declaring—“We can all agree”—as a meteor hurdles toward Earth.

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Survival of the Physics: Quantum Darwinism?

Have you ever heard of quantum Darwinism? It’s not a form of New Age woo, but something that physicists are seriously exploring. This yesterday at PhysOrg.com: The basis of almost any theoretical quantum-to-classical transition lies in the concept of decoherence. … Continue reading

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The inane “reasoning” that supports the recent claim that Noah’s ark has been found

Don’t believe the hype? Yesterday, some media outlets reported that Noah’s ark may have been found somewhere in the Ararat mountains, and they quoted one of the lead discoverers as being “99 percent” certain that what was discovered is the legendary vessel. … Continue reading

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Lee Berger: the Donald Johanson of the 21st century?

Back in the 1970s, Donald Johanson famously discovered Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis). And this past week, Lee Berger announced the discovery of what may prove to be an even more dramatic hominid find, a creature that he has dubbed Australopithecus sediba. I can’t, … Continue reading

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Move over Adam and Eve? With the recent fossil discovery at the Denisova cave, there is evidence of a fifth human species (now extinct) that inhabited the Earth just 30,000 years ago

Denisova cave poses yet another big problem for biblical literalists, for as recently as 30,000 years ago it appears that homo sapiens were very, very far from alone, but had at least five non-extinct and closely related human cousin species that we shared … Continue reading

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Evolutionary Biologist Francisco Ayala on Stephen Meyer’s “Signature in the Cell”

Evolutionary biologist, Francisco Ayala of UC Irvine, read Stephen Meyer’s Signature in the Cell (2009), and raises some interesting issues and asks some rather telling questions: The human genome includes about twenty-five thousand genes and lots of other (mostly short) … Continue reading

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Jerry Coyne’s “Why Evolution is True”: Intelligent Design in Checkmate?

I’ve finally gotten around to reading atheist biologist Jerry Coyne’s book, Why Evolution is True (Viking, 2009), and if you follow this blog, you know that, as a religion-friendly agnostic, I’m not always sympatico with Coyne’s most strident and obnoxious atheist postings at his blog … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Intelligent Design Watch: Thomas Nagel Nails It

In his new collection of essays (just released by Oxford University Press), Thomas Nagel’s essay on Intelligent Design is included. In that essay, Nagel makes a striking and ironic observation about ID’s relation to science. Since ID is the inverse … Continue reading

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Today’s Atheist Parable (Refuted?): To What Shall We Liken an Amino Acid?

Forget the mustard seed. Behold the amino acid, the building block of the protein, lifeless in itself, and yet, given enough time and chance, it self assembles into the greatest tree of all: the Tree of Life. So is the … Continue reading

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New Atheist Heat Rises on Philosopher, Thomas Nagel, for Praising Stephen Meyer’s ID Book, “Signature in the Cell” (2009)

Atheist philosopher, Thomas Nagel, is drawing rhetorical heat from his fellow atheists outraged over his naming of Stephen Meyer’s, Signature in the Cell (2009), as one of the year’s top books. University of Chicago biologist, Jerry Coyne, calls the book that Nagel … Continue reading

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Is Genesis 1 in Accord with Scientific Observation?

Yes. A very particular scientific observation, in fact. The author of the first chapter of Genesis clearly based his narrative on something that he had empirically observed: the world appears to be composed of two things: stage elements (light, darkness, … Continue reading

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Creation vs. Evolution Watch: A Trojan Horse at UCLA?

This past week a group of Evangelicals came onto the UCLA campus in Westwood and gave away 2000 free copies of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species (1859). But, as usual, there is a catch to such things. The edition of … Continue reading

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This is the Person Republicans Are Putting Forward for President in 2012?

Fruitfly research in France! Liberals are just so crazy!!!!

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Is Evolution Full of Gaping Explanatory Holes? And Does It Function as an Ideology?

I think that these two questions, when answered with two yeses, represent the thrust of what Intelligent Design proponents are up to in their critiques of evolution, as William Dembski recently (and concisely) stated at his blog: The theory [of evolution] purports … Continue reading

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For Halloween, a Super Freak Comes to the Rescue (of Evolution)?

Sometimes we think that if we could just have a stunning visual demonstration of something we believe in, that it would convince the nonbelievers in our midst. So it is that alien enthusiasts fantasize about UFOs on the White House lawn, and Evangelical … Continue reading

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Strict Materialism, Intelligent Design, and a Potential Crime Scene (by Way of Analogy)

Barry Arrington is an intelligent design advocate, and he recently offered a detective analogy for thinking about the tensions between strict materialists and intelligent design advocates. His analogy seems pretty sound to me. Imagine a scene where someone is killed … Continue reading

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