Archives for July, 2006

What Real Science Looks Like

Following up on yesterday’s post, the July 21 issue of Science also contained this review article, entitled “Evolution of the Molecular Machines for Protein Import into Mitochondria.” The authors write: Here we look at how protein import pathways were established to create mitochondria. The protein import pathway is driven by a set of molecular machines,…

The Future of Darwinism

While the blathering know-nothings of ID pound their chests and predict the imminent demise of Darwin, real scientists are look to the future. A recent conference at Trinity College in England explored the future of Darwinian thinking in biology. Eors Szathmary (coauthor, with John Maynard Smith, of the excellent book The Major Transitions in Evolution)…

Dickens on Evolution

During those rare moments when I am not doing mathematics or blogging, I am usually reading. I read a lot of nonfiction, mostly books related in some way to science or mathematics. I also read a lot of fiction, and here I generally stick to a steady diet of mysteries, horror, science fiction and political…

Phony Outrage and Senator Schumer

Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) made the following statement on the floor of the Senate last Tuesday. He was speaking in support of federal funding for stem cell research: Substantively, there is no doubt this is the right thing to do. But I put it in a broader context. There is a group of people of…

Ruse on Religion

Michael Ruse has this interesting op-ed in the Florida newspaper The Tallahassee Democrat. He begins: This has been a good year for evolutionists. First, at the end of 2005, a judge in Pennsylvania – a conservative appointed by President George W. Bush – decreed that so-called Intelligent Design Theory is not genuine science and hence…

Cats That Look Like Hitler

You be the judge.

A Clarification

In my recent post criticizing John McCain for his remarks about teaching ID, I quoted the following remark, from the article in the New York Sun reporting on McCain’s speech: Responding to a question about a report that he thinks “intelligent design” should be taught in schools, the senator mocked the idea that American young…

Greetings, Kos Readers

Well, it’s amazing what a link from Kos can do. EvolutionBlog has received over 7000 hits today. And the day is young! Greetings to all the new readers.

The State of ID Research

How bad have things gotten for the ID side? Completely unable to make good on their promise to generate any ID based research, they have now taken to outright lying about the work done by real scientists. Okay, so maybe they’ve been doing that for quite some time. Still, William Dembski’s latest blog entry strikes…

As incredible as it seems, there are still those among us who think it clever and above it all to say that in America there is only the Republicrat Party. If you’re one of those people who persist in saying that there is no difference between the parties, I would urge you to read this…

Bush Vetoes Stem-Cell Bill

Almost as if to confirm what I wrote in yesterday’s post, President Bush vetoed the stem-cell bill. The New York Times has the basic facts. I won’t rehash here the utter vacuity of the arguments made by the anti-stem cell crowd. I would like to point out, however, that after the Presidetn made his appalling…

One of the more annoying fictions promoted by the media is the one about John McCain being a moderate. A plain-speaking independent who states it plain and calls it the way he sees it. Of course, it’s long been obvious to anyone who’s been paying attention that he’s a staunch right-winger, but don’t tell that…

Mader on ID

Recemtly there was a bit of a kerfuffle over at Virginia Commonwealth University regarding the bioogy textbook Essentials of Biology, Sylvia Mader. An adjunct biology professor at VCU protested that the book gave short shrift to evolution and was soft on creationism. I’ve not managed to locate a copy of the book for mysel, but…

Like all sensible people, I’m a huge fan of George Carlin. I regard him as the very best stand-up comedian, ever. Not only are his routines funny and insightful, but they are delivered so skillfully that you can learn a lot about good public speaking simply by studying his technique. I often tell people that…

Mark Chu-Carroll joins the discussion with this interesting post. But if you look at my writing on this blog, what I’ve mainly done is critiques of the IDists and creationists who attempt to argue against evolution. And here’s the important thing: the math that they do – the kind of arguments coming from the people…