Did Music Evolve?
May 19, 2008
Nature is running a nine-part series on music. The most recent entry by Josh McDermott, psychologist at University of Minnesota, asked how music might have evolved.1 The theme, with variations, is that nobody knows. Music is a uniquely human trait. It is ubiquitous across cultures. Bird songs and animal calls, while musical to […]
Dinosaur Expert Criticizes Uber-Darwinists
More than Biblical Creationists
April 13, 2008
One of the field researchers most identifiable with dinosaurs is Dr. Robert Bakker, a colorful individual who’s had a long friendly rivalry with an equally iconic figure of the modern dinosaur hunter, Jack Horner (e.g., 11/24/2007). Brian Switek interviewed Bakker on the Laelops Science Blog. He introduced him as “one of the most famous paleontologists […]
Darwin and Complexity: Another Genetic Solution?
April 2, 2008
It remains one of the biggest obstacles to belief in evolution that a random, unguided process could build an eye, a wing or any of thousands of complex structures.
Wallace for Darwin Running Mate
March 3, 2008
Shouldn’t Darwin Day be named Darwin-Wallace Day? After all, Alfred Russell Wallace is by most accounts the co-discoverer of natural selection. Papers by Wallace and Darwin were read together at the Linnean Society meeting of 1858, over a year before Origin of Species was published. Some groups are seeking to give Wallace his due in […]
Judgment Day: Will it Be the New Inherit the Wind?
November 14, 2007
The PBS-Vulcan film Judgment Day just aired on national TV (see 10/12/2007) and is sure to represent a new rallying point for both sides of the ongoing controversy over Darwinian evolution that has raged for 148 years. For material on both sides, see the PBS website, which put Intelligent Design on trial, and the responses […]
Are You a Glorified Ape?
September 9, 2007
Evolutionists seem in a bit of a quandary lately. They are convinced that humans evolved from apes, but cannot deny the large cognitive gaps between humans and the alleged nearest ancestors, the great apes. It’s not just a matter of IQ. The social skills, language, reasoning, altruism and empathy humans express have no parallels in […]
Hollywood Film to Expose Darwin Dogma
August 22, 2007
Darwin is going to get a surprise on his birthday next year. Ben Stein is releasing a film on Feb. 12, 2008, entitled “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.” The gift may not be what Darwin wants. The press release subtitle asks, “Whatever happened to free speech?” Apparently Premise Media decided to document the trend among Darwinists […]
Evolutionist Trains Toddler to Adore Darwin
July 3, 2007
Marc Hauser is an evolutionary psychologist at Harvard who believes human morals and language evolved from ape-like ancestors.1 He was interviewed in Current Biology,2 and asked the usual question – and gave the usual answer with a surprising personal twist: Do you have a scientific hero? When my youngest daughter was about three years old, […]
Darwins House: A Religious Shrine?
June 28, 2007
Britain withdrew Darwin’s home, Downe House (outside London), from consideration as a UN World Heritage Site, and Nature seemed downright disappointed.1 An article quoted Darwin scholar James Moore saying, “Muslims go to Mecca, Christians go to Jerusalem, Darwinians go to Downe.” This seems to equate Darwinians with believers in a religion, but Nature quoted this […]
The Evolution of Vomit
June 14, 2007
Upchucking “could have an adaptive value in evolution,” wrote Dan Jones in Nature1 in a news feature about moral psychology. Why are we disgusted at certain things, like maggots and rotting food? Evolution, he asserted without a burp, throwing in disgusting things like OPM and OPI (other people’s morals and other people’s ideologies) — Evolution […]
History Highlight: The Two Wilberforces
February 25, 2007
Those seeing the new movie Amazing Grace (opened Feb 2, 2007) about England’s long political battle to end slavery may not realize the family connection of the film’s hero with the controversy over Darwinism. William Wilberforce, the champion of abolition who brought an end to the slave trade as depicted in the film, had a […]
Darwinist Anti-Creation Tactics Increase in Fervor
October 27, 2006
The consistent popular support for intelligent design and old-fashioned Biblical creationism is not making hard-core Darwinists any more interested in negotiating or debating. Quite the contrary; as the following stories show, their opposition borders on mania and tyranny. Toad in the hole: A blog named Toad in the Hole expresses some of the fervor of […]
Darwin Goes Online
October 19, 2006
A website featuring the complete published works of Charles Darwin went public today at Darwin-Online.org. This adds to an earlier site featuring all of Darwin’s correspondence, at Cambridge. Access is free to the public. Students and researchers will be able to search, compare and cross-check different versions of The Origin of Species and other things. […]
Darwins Yard De-Evolves
July 21, 2006
According to the BBC News biodiversity in Darwin’s yard at Down House in England has declined 15% since he fastidiously catalogued plant species there in 1855. This story signifies nothing significant. Biodiversity naturally declines in some grasslands as forests encroach and a climax community develops. Evolutionists would not expect noteworthy genetic change in just 150 […]
Evolutionists Idolize Darwin Daddy
July 18, 2006
What is it about Charles Darwin? Evolutionists seem to hold this one 19th-century scientist in higher regard than any other man in history. In print or debate, they sometimes criticize anti-evolutionists for attacking “Darwinian” evolution, arguing that evolutionary theory has come a long way since Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species by Natural […]