Minimum Genome Doubles
March 31, 2006
How many genes does a bacterium need to live? Evolutionists interested in the origin of life have been trying to determine the minimal genome for life. Those estimates may have been way too low, say researchers from the University of Bath. Though they did not supply a number, they estimate the required number of genes […]
How Dry I.D.
March 27, 2006
Greg Schirf of Wasatch Brewery is riding the wave of publicity over the intelligent design controversy in Utah. He came out with a new “intelligently designed” beer: Evolution Amber Ale. The press release expresses his alarm over the alleged erosion of separation of church and state, but how serious (or sober) he was may be […]
New Book: Traipsing Into Evolution
March 23, 2006
The Discovery Institute has published a new book, Traipsing Into Evolution, analyzing the Dover decision. (Traipsing is defined as walking or traveling about without apparent plan but with or without a purpose.) An article on Evolution News introduces the contents, and describes the authors: “The book was written by David K. DeWolf, professor of law […]
Dry-Marsers Score Points
March 23, 2006
Those looking for water on Mars in hopes that life would grow in it had some setbacks this week. National Geographic and Mars Daily reported on work by Gwendolyn Bart (U of Arizona) who found gullies on the moon similar to those on Mars thought to be formed by water. Since the moon never had […]
Stromatolites Can Form By Non-Biological Processes
March 22, 2006
Exclusive Stromatolites have been Exhibit A for stories of the rise of life on the early earth. These column-shaped rocks found in Precambrian strata are usually assumed to be evidence of microbial mats that grew upward as sediment slowly accumulated on top of them. Scene 1 is usually Shark’s Bay in Australia, where stromatolites form […]
Can Scientific Journals Perpetuate False Ideas?
March 17, 2006
An unusual paper appeared in PNAS this week.1 Four social scientists from Columbia and Yale argued that scientific papers can actually perpetuate false ideas rather than correct them. The abstract says that an influential paper can generate momentum that becomes merely cited as fact by subsequent authors: We analyzed a very large set of molecular […]
The Darwin Empire Strikes Back
March 14, 2006
It would seem the ID republic is imprisoned on its own ice-world of Hoth, scrambling to escape as the empire has mobilized its machinery against the rebels. The AAAS, for instance, held its “Evolution on the Front Line” event in St. Louis and has posted its weaponry on its Center for Public Engagement with Science […]
The Astrobiology Sky Is Falling
March 13, 2006
Rocco Mancinelli (Principal Investigator, SETI Institute) made an impassioned plea on Space.com for continued funding of astrobiology projects, calling threatened funding cuts a “national disaster” if not reversed. And what is astrobiology? He defined it as “the study of the origin, evolution, distribution, and future of life in the universe.” His reasons for keeping astrobiology […]
Analysis: The Dover Decision
March 10, 2006
Dr. Kevin L. Anderson of the Creation Research Society wrote an analysis of Judge Jones’ decision in the Kitzmiller v. Dover School District case. Since this appeared in a members-only newsletter, Creation Matters, we sought and obtained permission to reproduce it: Click Here. A very different view was expressed by David Johns (School […]
Anti-ID Media Resorts to Mockery, Misrepresentation
March 2, 2006
Evolution News, a blog of the Discovery Institute ID think tank, was launched in 2004 to try to correct misrepresentation in the media. It never seems to have a shortage of material (see their 3/2/2006 post). Even though the Discovery Institute maintains public documents on its website defining what intelligent design is and what it […]
Whats Darwin Got to Do With It?
February 28, 2006
Is evolutionary theory useful? We saw Donald Kennedy et al. claiming last week (see 02/24/2006) that doctors need training in evolutionary thinking. This week, Christopher Beard (U of Pittsburgh Medical Center) claimed that a study of dinosaur evolution can help doctors understand human lower back pain (see EurekAlert). These, however, are announcements after the fact. […]
Darwinists Rattle Sabers Against I.D.
February 24, 2006
Has there ever been a controversy among scientists more acrimonious than the current one over intelligent design? It seems all the big science Goliaths are determined to eradicate intelligent design from the earth, yet the I.D. Davids are standing their ground. “History is written by the victors,” wrote Henry Gee in Nature this week (see […]
Stupid Evolution Quote of the Week: Better Living Through Chemistry
February 18, 2006
Joel Achenbach (Washington Post) got a page in the March 2006 National Geographic. His short piece on chemical evolution was juxtaposed (whether intentionally or not we do not know) against a news item on archaeology announcing the discovery of a new Dead Sea Scroll – the first found in 40 years – a fragment from […]
Bloviating on I.D. Is It Garrulous?
February 17, 2006
TV commentator Bill O’Reilly has brought two obscure words to the attention of his viewers: ”bloviating” (discoursing at length in a pompous manner) and “garrulous” (wordy and rambling, tiresomely talkative). A number of talking heads and writing hands have taken to bloviating about intelligent design (ID) recently. Readers may wish to get out their blovimeters […]
Alien Engineering: Is It Intelligent Design?
February 16, 2006
The SETI Institute finished airing a 2-part series on the History Channel called Alien Engineering (it will be rebroadcast on Feb. 18). The series, featuring SETI Institute scientists Seth Shostak and Frank Drake, asks the following questions: Prepare for an exercise in imagination. Suppose that an alien spacecraft crashed in the desert and we humans […]