Tag Archives: Darwinism

Jonathan Wells on Whale Evolution

Some thought-provoking observations on whale evolution by biochemist Jonathan Wells (a Berkeley graduate and vocal skeptic of strict philosophical naturalism): In the case of the Durrett and Schmidt (2008) paper, evolutionary biologist Richard von Sternberg has applied the equations employed in that … Continue reading

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What is Humanism, and Where is 21st Century Atheism Taking Us, Really?

Just as Unitarianism is the featherbed for catching the falling Christian (Erasmus Darwin), humanism is the featherbed for catching the falling atheist. What humanism functions to conceal for the squeamish atheist and agnostic (and I am one of those squeamish agnostics) is … Continue reading

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What Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini Got Wrong: Boston Review is Tough on Fodor and Piatelli-Palmarini’s New Book

Fodor and Piatelli-Palmarini’s new book, What Darwin Got Wrong, gets a scathing thumbs down from two philosophers:  Fodor and Piattelli-Palmarini are not biologists. Fodor is a leading philosopher of mind and cognitive scientist, best known for his ideas about the … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Watch: A Caution about Jumping to Conclusions

Abiogenesis (how life may have come from nonlife) continues to be a thorny problem for science, but ID people and creationists should be careful about running too quickly to the conclusion that the problem is insoluble. I was reminded of this … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Intelligent Design Watch: Can Natural Selection Acting on Random Mutations Account for the Origin of Species?

Catholic biochemist, Michael Behe, thinks not, and Evangelical philosopher, William Lane Craig, in this YouTube clip, clearly and admirably sets out, in broad outline, Behe’s doubts:

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Ethics and War in a Secular Age

Decoupling religion from war is not an easy thing. The poet Stephen Spender, in reflecting upon World War II, wrote these lines (in his poem, “Rejoice in the Abyss”): Against an acrid cloud of dust, I saw The houses kneel, … Continue reading

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Is Strict Evolutionary Naturalism Primarily a Scientific or a Philosophical Idea?

Those who follow this blog know what I think about this (strict evolutionary naturalism is primarily a philosophical position), but Phillip Johnson and William Provine debated the issue back in 1994 at Stanford University, and I think the exchange is … Continue reading

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Eugenics is Fun! Genetic Tracking of Children in Chinese Summer Camps!

According to this rather sunny CNN report from China, the genetic tests applied to these summer camp toddlers “work even on newborns!” Gee. That means, of course, that the tests could also be applied to preborns, doesn’t it? Did you notice that the … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation: Asa Gray, in the “Atlantic Monthly” for June, 1860, Reviewed Darwin’s “Origin of Species” and Clearly Explained Why Science Can Never Be Satisfied with a Supernatural Explanation of Origins

Below is one of the clearest “apologies” for the separation of science from the supernatural that I have ever encountered—and it was written a hundred and fifty years ago. In June of 1860, Asa Gray, in The Atlantic, reviewed favorably … Continue reading

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Social Policing and Trust Building in Groups: Two Things That Religion is Good For?

Jesse Bering, in Scientific American, reports on a small academic workshop on religion that he attended in Edinburgh, Scotland last week.  He offers a brief synopsis of some of the speculation surrounding the evolution of religion that the academics kicked around. Here are two … Continue reading

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THE TIC, TIC, TIC, TIKTAALIK OF EVOLUTIONARY TIME

Apparently some graduate students, with a bit of time on their hands, made an appreciative song for their favorite transitional fossil:

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Creation v. Evolution Metaphor Watch: Do We “Know” That The Earth Is Old, and That Plants and Animals Have Changed Over Time, or Do We Just Have a “Theory” About These Two Things? The Problem of Factive Verbs.

In June of 2006, when 68 national and international science academies, including the US National Academy of Sciences, put out a strongly worded statement saying, in essence, that we know that the earth is old and that plants and animals … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Evolution a Frog-to-Prince Fairytale Fit Only for Nursery Children?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: Is Darwin’s “Struggle for Existence” Economic Malthusianism Writ Large?

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Evolution v. Creation Metaphor Watch: The First Big Salvo in the Metaphor War Comes From Darwin’s “Origin of Species” (1859)

Given that most people do not have advanced degrees in mathematics or the sciences, debates and discussions surrounding evolution and creationism appear in the public square in the form of competing metaphors, similes, and extended analogies. In other words, we use … Continue reading

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Old Drawing of Native Americans Hunting Deer

Native Americans hunting in camouflage.

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