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A Christmas Bonus

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Despite some people begging for coal, I just didn’t feel right without doing something like a real fisking. So I thought I’d write a little about some recent papers by some of the more prominent cdesign proponentists. However, since this is just a bonus, I won’t do a full-on…

Since Ed is in Vegas again, I offered to put up some guest posts to help alleviate the terrible burden being placed on him. And today being Darwin Day, I thought I’d put up a post on evolution. As a consequence of lacking data supporting their own explanations, creationists, like other denialists, have to rely…

Let’s take a break from litigation and turn our eyes on ligation. The type of ligation I am talking about is connecting two strands of nucleic acids (RNA in this case; a similar process with the same name takes place with amino acids) to make a longer strand. This is an important concept in origins-of-life…

Science Avenger has an excellent post about evolution and social Darwinism and why, in reality, social Darwinism is anti-evolutionary. He makes several very good points, the first of which is that the phrase “survival of the fittest” is really a misnomer that often leads to muddled thinking: It is simplistic and misleading to talk of…

I’m working my way through a pre-publication copy of a book called God and Country: America in Red and Blue, by Sheila Kennedy. This book examines many of the culture war issues in America and starts from the premise that we must recognize that on many of those issues, the two sides begin from radically…

Recovering Ancient Proteins

Researchers have managed to reconstruct a protein from a T. Rex fossil and in the process they’ve provided more evidence for the bird/dinosaur link. Researchers have decoded proteins from a 68 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, the oldest such material ever found. The unprecedented step, once thought impossible, adds new weight to the idea that today’s birds…

Joel at Dembski’s Home for Wayward Sycophants has a loopy post about a report out of London that some teachers are avoiding controversial subjects like the holocaust and the crusades for fear of offending the sensibilities of some religious minorities. The government report out of England says: “Staff may wish to avoid causing offence or…

Bad Anti-Evolution Arguments Again

Remember that webpage I spent some time fisking the other day with the bad anti-evolution arguments? Well some of my readers went over there and engaged the writers directly and boy are they getting the runaround. The hand-waving is rather fascinating to watch. For instance, Rich Hughes gave a couple of rather detailed posts disproving…

More on Kenya and Hominid Fossils

Wired has a report on the attempt by Kenyan Pentecostals to get an exhibit of hominid fossils removed from the national museum there. It contains this idiotic quote: “We are objecting to the message that the fossil exhibits represent the scientific evidence of human evolution,” said Bishop Boniface Adoyo, chairman of the Evangelical Alliance of…

The Middle East Times has a report on the attempt by Pentecostals in Kenya to do away with an exhibit at their national museum of some of the world’s most important hominid fossils: “When museums put it out there that man evolved from apes, theologically they are affecting many people who are Christians, who believe…