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This review was originally posted by Brian Switek on Laelaps Since the early 20th century, at least, young earth creationists have attempted to blame Charles Darwin for genocide, world wars, and whatever political movements seemed most threatening at one time or another (i.e. communism). What Darwin is faulted with changes with the times, but most…

Originally published on Pharyngula When I was growing up, I had no introduction to evolutionary theory. Sure, I assumed it was true, and I went through the usual long phase of dinosaur fandom, but I was never taught anything at all about evolution throughout my grade school education, and what little I did know was…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 15, 2009, at 12:05 PM Ancestors are important. We like to know where we came from and what sort of legacy our forebears left, but it has only been recently that we have been able to trace the concept of “ancestor” through the depths of geological strata. I…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 10, 2009, at 11:14 AM In 1857 Richard Owen proposed that our species, Homo sapiens, belonged to a distinct subclass separate from all other primates. He called this new group the Archencephala and based it as much upon human powers of reason as minute neuroanatomical differences between apes…

Originally posted by Brian Switek On March 8, 2009 6:32 PM On November 8, 1882 the paleontologist O.C. Marsh, popular minister Henry Beecher, industrialist Andrew Carnegie, and other influential men of the late 19th century converged on Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York. They were there to toast Herbert Spencer, the social scientist who had gone…

Originally posted by John Lynch On March 6, 2009, at 1:17 PM This being the bicentenary of Darwin’s birth – and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his masterwork – many folks seem to have the goal of reading Origin for the first time. Generally speaking the first edition of 1859 (or the second…

Originally published by Greg Laden On February 6, 2009 11:14 PM It’s out! Evolution vs. Creationism: An Introduction (Second Edition) is now available on line and in bookstores (or at least it is being shipped out as we speak). This is the newly revamped edition of Genie Scott’s essential reference supporting the Evolutionist Perspective in…

Freaks of Nature, by Mark Blumberg

Review by John Wilkins, from Evolving Thoughts Originally published on February 3, 2009, at 11:38 AM “Freaks of Nature: What Anomalies Tell Us About Development and Evolution” (Mark S. Blumberg) This book came to me well recommended, and as far as the content goes, I am very impressed. The writing style, however, and the intended…

Review by John Lynch, from Stranger Fruit Originally posted on: January 16, 2009 12:56 PM It is always cute when the anti-evolutionists (in all their guises) try to do history; witness here, for example. Veteran observers are not surprised to find them trying to warp history (see here, here, here & here for that). Nowhere…