For His Birthday, Darwin Loses His Tree
January 22, 2009
The “tree of life” is the central icon of Darwinism. Charles Darwin’s only illustration in the Origin of Species was a drawing of organisms descending from a common ancestor in a branching tree pattern. It has been reproduced, expanded, embellished and decorated into a primal symbol of what science believes about biology. Why, then, are […]
Darwin Blogs on Origin of Life
January 14, 2009
He may not blog himself, but Darwin has disciples who blog for him. There’s bound to be a lot of blogging this year with Darwin’s 200th birthday next month and the 150th anniversary of the Origin of Species this November. Science began a blog called Origins with some entries from their Jan 8 issue. Two […]
Darwin Missed the Pink Iguanas
January 6, 2009
The news media are excited about pink iguanas found in the Galapagos Islands. The rare type was discovered accidentally in 1986 but received almost no attention till now. Reports with pictures can be found on Live Science, PhysOrg, New Scientist and the BBC News, based on the paper by Gentile et al in PNAS.1 […]
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 […]