Science & Evolution
Posted 9/27/13 at 7:04 AM | Michael Bresciani |
“Modern secular education and propaganda and indoctrination are birds of a feather” Anon
The Evolution V. God video is only a bit over thirty minutes in length, but it is one of the most power packed blows to the evolutionary model produced in this decade.
Having seen the video several times wasn’t enough for this writer, I began combing the tweets, and blogs to see the people’s reaction. While many believers were delighted with it, the indoctrinated and dyed in the wool evolutionists, in large part, resorted to degrading and nasty remarks often aimed at Ray Comfort.
Arguments against Comfort’s conclusions were almost non-existent because Comfort questioned only those who are Darwinists. They did not fare well, although they remained dignified they were unable to give a defense of something they had swallowed hook, line and sinker, with no serious thought to the other side of the argument. FULL POST
Posted 9/25/13 at 11:08 PM | Olabode Ososami
Thinkers may not be your first selection in election choices noting as someone said “it is much easier to educate a doer than to activate a thinker” … but we continue to observe that our world is continually shaped by thinkers and their ideas whether for good or evil. Another friend wonders why we need ponder on thoughts that will come to nothing … only that they often do not. It took over a century for us to move from freudian redefinition of sexuality and related thoughts of freedoms to today when Pope Francis, the 266th and current Pope of the Catholic Church says the Church must stop “obsessing” over homosexuality, abortion, and contraception. Nor can we blame thinkers that originate religions but must still admit perhaps unintended consequence as we read of another chilling and symbolic terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya. The latest thought-bomber must be the highly respected Stephen Hawking who says individuals should have the right to choose how to die. FULL POST
Posted 9/23/13 at 10:15 PM | Mike Keas |
Today you'll get an update on two recent popular publications about intelligent design: The Discovery Intelligent Design curriculum and the best-selling book Darwin's Doubt.
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Across the country kids are in another round of science classes. In most cases, when origins questions are addressed, students will be exposed to a selective presentation of the available evidence guided by a materialist philosophy. In that biased environment, Darwinism will look like the only reasonable option for the origin of the major kinds of life. We can do better than that, but how?
Although you may feel powerless to change the government educational system, you can at least empower your students to get the full picture of relevant and age-appropriate scientific data.
To point you in one promising direction, here are excerpts of a recent press release about the Discovering Intelligent Design curriculum.
Nature gives positive scientific evidence of intelligent design, and now parents and educators can share that evidence with students. Discovering Intelligent Design is a remarkable new curriculum that makes the science of intelligent design accessible for young people, from advanced middle school to high school ages and up. FULL POST
Posted 9/22/13 at 6:46 PM | Karen Farris |
Now folks who struggle to remember passwords or those who have to carry access cards can avoid this hassle and wear a temporary tattoo on their forearm or wrist.
These “epidermal electronics” allow users to take advantage of an incredibly resilient patch of digital sensors. A tiny patch allows them to be a walking “authentication token”.
These tiny tattoos are also capable of detecting health data such as heart activity, muscle movements, hydration levels and body temperature. And get this: when the tattoo is applied to the throat, the highly intricate sensors can detect muscle movement and speech—potentially allowing the tattoos to become a wireless hands-free tool.
Studies on larger digital tattoos have shown that brain signals can be picked up by the patch and “mind-controlled” commands such as flying a remote-control plane or drone can be completed. FULL POST
Posted 9/20/13 at 6:43 PM | Mike Keas |
Although in prior posts we've discussed the precise formulation of the scientific inference to intelligent design in information theoretic terms, sometimes it helps just to see the overwhelming indications of design in the biological world. We will look at two examples of the ingenious coordination of parts to achieve higher functional aims, one at the biomolecular level, and another at the anatomical level of insect hind limbs (see the tiny gears recently discovered by UK scientists).
Watch this animation of protein construction by means of DNA-mRNA-tRNA (etc.) information processing. An amazing series of assembly line steps, all controlled by precise information processing guidance, enables the cell to construct certain proteins from packets of information stored in DNA. This animation is especially significant because it conveys what is happening in real time. Also keep in mind that many of the actual (real biological) details are left out in order to simplify the animation-programming task. The commentary below the ENV posting of this video provides many of those details that were glossed over in the animation. I will use this animation for years to come as I teach this part of my introductory biology course. FULL POST
Posted 9/17/13 at 12:44 PM | Christian Post Guest Voices |
By Christopher Westley
Earlier this year, the distinguished Harvard biologist, E.O. Wilson wrote of the limitations of mathematics in the sciences in the Wall Street Journal. This native son of Mobile, Alabama — better known elsewhere as the Father of Sociobiology — argued that the ability to formulate conceptual contributions to science does not stipulate mathematical expertise or even a mathematical component. Wilson concluded, “[f]ortunately, exceptional mathematical fluency is required in only a few disciplines, such as particle physics, astrophysics and information theory. Far more important throughout the rest of science is the ability to form concepts, during which the researcher conjures images and processes by intuition.” Wilson himself noted that he never learned calculus until his early 30s — after achieving tenure at Harvard — and he bemoans the loss in scientific knowledge that results when its would-be contributors choose other careers due to deficient mathematical training. FULL POST
Posted 9/12/13 at 10:33 PM | Mike Keas |
The president of Ball State University (BSU) has had a week to contemplate a 10-page letter from Discovery Institute that documents a serious violation of academic freedom regarding classroom discussion of intelligent design. We have heard no BSU response yet. What's all the fuss about, and what can you do to help promote academic free speech at BSU and beyond?
In a message to faculty and staff on July 31, BSU President Jo Ann Gora declared that science faculty can't discuss intelligent design in science classes. She even banned all BSU faculty from expressing support for intelligent design in any BSU class, even in a comparative religion course. This gag order on those who think there is evidence of intelligent design in nature assumes two things:
The second assumption is obviously antithetical to academic freedom. For example, historians who teach about the founding documents of various religions should be free to discuss both the evidence for and against the historical reliability of those documents. We shall not discuss this issue further in this blog.
President Gora's executive action was spurred by outside pressure regarding BSU physicist Eric Hedin's "Boundaries of Science" section of Honors 296 (Inquiries in Physical Sciences), which includes discussion of the arguments for and against intelligent design. We shall focus on BSU interdisciplinary science courses that are in the same series of honors classes as Dr. Hedin's.
Let's grant for the sake of discussion that intelligent design (ID) is a religious idea that interacts with scientific evidence. I've explained earlier how ID counts as a legitimate scientific theory, but let's put all that aside for now. Even if ID is what President Gora claims (a religious idea popularly associated with the study of nature), there are still good grounds for allowing discussion of ID in a science course, especially in course that is designed to offer an interdisciplinary introduction to science in relation to non-scientific components of culture. FULL POST
Posted 9/7/13 at 10:21 PM | Mike Keas |
A July 16, 2013 paper in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Richard Lenski and colleagues, "Experiments on the role of deleterious mutations as stepping stones in adaptive evolution," seeks to establish a more important evolutionary role for harmful mutations by means of a computer simulation. Thanks goes to the National Science Foundation (your tax dollars) for funding Lenski's decade-long computer game (using "Avida" pictured here). What intellectual return have we received from this investment? Unfortunatetly, not much.
Whether the "digital organisms" generated by such programs have any connection to the real world is highly unlikely, especially when human beings are rewarding them by design. The digital organisms live as long as the programmers let them. They don't have to find food. They don't have to endure the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Anyway, what does a logic routine in a computer have to do with building a trilobite? FULL POST
Posted 9/7/13 at 8:15 PM | Mike Keas |
In a comment on my last blog Hraefn refers to this statement from me: "God, if he exists, is the ultimate uncaused cause (self-existent being).” Hraefn responds (emphasis mine):
Why must the creator of the universe, if such exists, be uncaused? By demanding that "God" be uncaused by definition, you are simply raising the (wholly unmet) burden of proof on yourself. I would suspect that few, if any, atheists would accept theist definitions as in any way binding on themselves or view the demand that we reject an uncaused universe, but blindly accept an uncaused creator of the universe, as anything other than a form of special pleading. If God can be uncaused then why can't the universe? Admitedly, a pantheist would likely look at all of this, smirk and say God is the universe, so why are you arguing which is uncaused (which would most likely offend both theist and atheist).
I aim to understand the views of those with whom I disagree, and this includes understanding the way that these folks define the basic terms of their theory. If I'm going to critique a theory, I ought to first grasp it as it is articulcated by its well credentialed proponents. I hope that critics of theism would extend the same generosity and mutual respect. In this spirit I wrote "God, if he exists, is the ultimate uncaused cause (self-existent being).” No thought-control demands are operating here, just an offer to get a crucial idea on the table for critical examination. One can understand the terms of an opponent's theory (even using terms as defined by the other guy), but then disagree respectfully with that theory. It's a free world. Hopefully we can remain civil in our discussion of competing theories about the meaning of life. FULL POST
Posted 9/5/13 at 5:07 PM | CP Blogs |
The Drudge Report is carrying this headline: "PHOTOS: Primates share 98.7% of human DNA -- right down to hair loss..."
Drudge links to a London Daily Mail article which features an impressive collection of photos of bonobos.
The bonobo is one of six ape species. The others are the Bornean orangutan, chimpanzee, eastern gorilla, Sumatran orangutan and western lowland gorilla.
There is a disagreement over the interpretation of the data used to make this claim of 98.7% shared DNA.
The Institute for Creation Research reports that "the popular press did not highlight the most significant results of the bonobo genome research. The gene sequences that were similar between humans and apes showed significant levels of a phenomenon called incomplete lineage sorting (ILS). This means that the gene sequences did not consistently match up with the predicted evolutionary tree." FULL POST