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Archives for March, 2006

Still alive

I’ve been quiet the past week for a number of reasons. While course & talk preparation and more general bits & pieces have kept me busy, a huge part of my spare time (such as it is) has been given away to activities related to hiring a new lecturer here at the College. That has…

Evolution and Cancer

Jonathan Wells wrote a paper a while back that proposed a “ID-derived” explanation for cancer. I’ve written about that before (here, here , here, here, and here) as have others. Thus, this is of interest: In a study published online today in Nature Genetics, Carlo Maley, Ph.D., a researcher at The Wistar Institute, and his…

I couldn’t resist

From the wonderful Benson.

In which I am cryptic

Since GrrlScientist asked; a mere 6.25% – ten time less than her and five times less than Janet. Confused? Don’t be.

I just dont care …

The DI is crowing that their next update to the “Dissent from Darwinism” list will feature 600 PhD’s. They highlight a letter sent by William Hart, a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mathematics at University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (they omit the visiting piece, I wonder why?). In any case, Hart says: I am a PhD mathematician…

On beliefs, theories, and facts

Like PZ, I too received a copy of What We Believe but Cannot Prove: Today’s Leading Thinkers on Science in the Age of Certainty [amaz] a few weeks back. Also like PZ, I was taken with Ian McEwan’s entry (see PZ’s post for that). I also liked this comment from Seth Lloyd: Unlike mathematical theorems,…

On Wittgenstein

I recently finished a biography of Ludwig WIttgenstein and came away thinking that, while the man was probably brilliant, he was not by any means a person who was easy to know. That aside, I started to read his first work, Tractus Logio-Philosophicus (1921/2), and immediately realized I was way out of my depth, particularly…

How did water evolve?

The South Carolina schools system is in a worse state than I ever expected. Carol Crooks, of Greer SC, opines: The theory of evolution does not and cannot explain so much about the universe that we know. For instance, when and how did water evolve? How does it happen that gravity can hold us to…

Essentialism and Evolution

I have to admit to having taught students that essentialism – the belief that species have an essence and thus could not evolve – was prevalent prior to Darwin. This was something I got from reading the writings of Ernst Mayr. Now along comes John Wilkins who argues “essentialism in biology postdates Darwin, and was…

Vibrant young democracy at work

George says: “The Afghan people are building a vibrant young democracy that is an ally in the war on terror – and America is proud to have such a determined partner in the cause of freedom.” Meanwhile, back in Kabul: An Afghan man is being prosecuted in a Kabul court and could be sentenced to…