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Boastful Origin-of-Life Claims Conceal Contradictions
November 14, 2017
The latest speculations about life’s origins always overlook the most essential component: the origin of biological information. Suggestive catch-phrases are no substitute for demonstration. Evolutionary scientists employ stock phrases like “missing link” and “RNA world” and “prebiotic soup” that conceal, rather than illuminate, the actual chemical problems getting from molecules to life. The so-called “building […]
Media Go Nuts Over Alleged Tyrannosaur Missing Link
March 16, 2016
From a few bone fragments and lots of imagination, reporters lit the fireworks and marching bands to spin stories for Darwin.
Neanderthal News and the Limits of Organic Material Survival
May 13, 2015
Red blood cells and DNA samples raise questions about the decay time of soft tissue and genetic material.
New 'Missing Link' Claim Imagines Human Face on a Fish
September 28, 2013
The Darwin-drenched phrase "missing link" popped up again, this time in a story that claims humans got their faces from a fish.
Junk Science Gets Good Press if It Supports Darwinism
September 13, 2013
The headlines for some scientific news stories might leave philosophers of science wagging their heads. Few, though, are the reporters willing to call something really dumb, or at least questionable—especially if it appears to support evolution.
Hopping Fish and Other Darwin Mysteries
December 12, 2011
The chieftans of evolutionary theory insist that their doctrines have come a long way since Darwin. Discoveries in molecular biology, population genetics, biogeography, paleontology have left the Victorian concepts of evolution outdated and antiquated, they would say. Yet a look at the evolutionary literature shows otherwise. Simplistic just-so stories, Darwinian phrases like “survival of the fittest” and “missing link,” iconic fossils, and antiquated principles continue to be the rule, as the following articles illustrate.
Media Respond Predictably to Latest Ape-Man
September 8, 2011
A new law of nature has been revealed: the Law of Predictable Media Reactions to Missing Link Announcements. Once again, the science news media have gone ape over the latest bone story emerging from the paleoanthropology industry. In keeping with tradition, reporters are saying this will “rewrite the steps of our evolution.” And once again, a contender gets his 15 minutes of fame, showered in media hype. If the LPMR law holds, we can expect to see his claim discredited when the next contender gets his or her turn.