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Scientism Fails Another Defense

A physicist's latest attempt to justify scientism reveals a deplorable ignorance of history, logic and philosophy of science.

Crazy Convergences Distort Darwinism

Get a load of this: Darwinians claim that complex features arose independently multiple times by an unknown process called "convergent evolution."

Fossil Flaw Tosses Years of Evolutionary Research

Fossils may be real, but the methods used to analyze them have come under fire, with implications for Darwinian theory.

Evolution: A Theory in Constant Revision

Darwinian evolution survives by constant patching of weaknesses in its web of belief.

Darwinism Evolves to Elude Falsification

The flexibility of Darwinian stories can be seen in two recent escape mechanisms.

Media Perpetuates Lazy Thinking

Lazy reporters don't do their homework, two critics in different fields complain.

You Can Trust Scientists (to Be Fallible)

With theory overturns like these, one gets to wonder about the privileged status of scientists in our culture.

Cosmologists Need New Physics

More new observations don't fit current cosmological theory.

Rock Art Is Not a Pterosaur

When new information falsifies your hypothesis, you accept it and move on. Darwinians need to learn that, too.

Pluto Is Young

The New Horizons science team is stunned by surface features on Pluto and its large moon Charon that cannot be billions of years old.

Genetic Evolution Falsified

Hundreds of your genes work just fine in yeast and plankton, after supposedly a billion years of evolution separating us.

Fudging Evolution to Avoid Falsification

Evolutionary theory follows Finagle's Rule #4: "Draw your curves, then plot your data."

Two Billion Years and No Evolution

It would seem Darwinism has been falsified by evidence for organisms that never evolved for "two billion years" but some call this a vindication for Darwin.

Crooked Scientists Get Rehab

For those who trust scientists, it may come as a shock that some bad apples are getting rehab.

Another Phylum Found in Cambrian Explosion

Fossils of members of phylum entoprocta, known from the Jurassic, are now found now found in Cambrian strata in abundance.

Arsenic Life Isn't

Remember the claim in 2010 that living organisms were discovered using arsenic instead of phosphate? Further tests show it was not the case.

Questioning the Dino-Bird Hypothesis

The scientific consensus has pretty much declared it a fact of natural history that birds evolved from dinosaurs. One evolutionary professor remains a gadfly, though. He contests the evidence on which the hypothesis is based, and also believes his maverick position is growing.

Hear Ye: Another Darwinian Prediction Falsified by Fossils

In a classic test of evolutionary “post-diction” (predicting what should be found in the fossil record), scientists made a bold prediction of what insect ears would look like before the evolution of bats. Believing that the presence of bats, a new predator with sonar, would spur the evolution of insect ears, the scientists predicted that earlier insects would have less-developed ears, or none at all. Then they found exceptionally-preserved insect fossils from the Green River formation in Wyoming, and compared the fossil evidence with their prediction. What was found?

Human Variability Can Be Rapid

All living humans are interfertile – one species by definition. People from all parts of the globe can marry and have children, even though global travel is relatively recent in human history. Yet we know there is considerable variability between tribes and nationalities. Does this variability take millions of years? Does it lead to the origin of new human species? Recent evidence shows that variations can be rapid, both genetic and acquired, without reducing interfertility.

Evolution Fits Any Data

At first blush, it might seem a wonderful thing when many different kinds of evidence can be explained by one simple, elegant theory. Actually, though, too much confirmation can be a theory’s downfall. When a theory explains too much – even opposite things – it really explains nothing. For instance, everything in the universe can be explained by the phrase, “Stuff happens.” Such a theory is useless, even if true. That’s why any theory that explains too much should be looked at askance. Here are some recent observations offered in support of the theory of evolution:

A Tale of Two Pollens

Ambiguity is a bad word in science. Scientists want to be objective. To scientific realists, scientific truth is “out there” in the world, waiting to be discovered. The 20th century tempered scientific realism somewhat from its extreme form (scientism, the belief that science is the only reliable guide to truth). Knowledgeable scientists are more or less aware of the role of paradigms, social pressure and webs of belief that can affect interpretations of scientific data. But there is still a widespread perception that science “finds” truth in the world. Whether that happens can be pondered while exploring two recent stories about fossil pollen that arrived at opposite conclusions: one (by evolutionists) that supports old-earth geology (and “climate change” politics), and one (by creationists) that undermines it, finding fundamental biases among evolutionists who refuse to accept the implications of the data.