Intelligent design news and discussion for July 1st to August 9th, 2011.
Did the ID movement miss me whilst I was gone? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t pretend to believe I’m important enough to be noticed, so I’ll leave that there. But then again, I don’t blog to necessarily be noticed and to directly engage with the ID crowd: I blog in order to disseminate correct information and to share a passion for science and demonstrable truth (as tacky as that phrase is - I apologise).
So, yes, this is a TWiID [...]
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Emails. I get them, sometimes. They’re mostly corrections (usually minor, thank goodness), links to things I might find interesting and/or undeserved thanks for what I write, but sometimes I get questions or challenges, usually from ID proponents and creationists. Because the emails are relatively infrequent, I’m happy to respond, but I often feel like I could educationally capitalise on the time I spend writing them by posting the original email and my response to the blog
Everyone does eventually, and when they do, the International Society for the Study of Origins of Life will be there for them – with 214 pages of abstracts (PDF) from their 2008 symposium.
It’s a fascinating read for those interested in current abiogenesis hypotheses and models, but be warned: you’ll need to search for keywords of interest (like “ribozyme” or “hydrothermal”) if you want to move around the document quickly, there’s just too much in there!
Hat-tip to Cassandra’s Tears for forcing me to happily [...]
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Today science’s link is Exploring Life’s Origins.
Every once in a while you come across an effort at science communication that really knocks you off your feet. Exploring Life’s Origins (ELO) is one such effort. In fact, it’s not accurate to describe it as merely an “effort” – it’s a masterpiece.
In collaboration with Jack Szostak (co-winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine, and Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School), Janet Iwasa produced ELO as a way to “use molecular illustration and [...]
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Intelligent design news from the 29th of September to the 5th of October, 2010.
Another week, another round of blog posts by intelligent design proponents. Much like last week, it’s more of the same – in fact, the ID movement revolves around a series of patterns that someone can easily identify if they have spent time sussing them out. One common pattern starts off with the “Scientific Study X supports ID because it goes against a tenant of ‘Darwinism’ that we have arbitrary defined as necessary for its continuation as [...]
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…such as Denyse O’Leary and basically every other member of the Discovery Institute (run-of-the-mill creationists might find this applicable to themselves as well):
If certain origin of life experiments are invalid because they involve intelligent agents setting their starting conditions to certain levels of complexity, are historical re-enactments and museum exhibits also invalid?
Both involve humans setting up conditions in order to observe what happened when those conditions existed in the past, even though direct overseeing intelligence was not responsible for their previous occurrence in history.
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Christmas and New Years got the better of me for the past two weeks, but I’m going to make it up to you with nothing but news stories about evolution. I do treat you well, don’t I?
- Prions capable of evolution (Now you have even more reason to be hysterically scared about prion diseases…)
- Even killer whales cannot escape the pull of evolution (Soon they’ll be evolving into the fabled human-eating niche!)
- Eight percent of the human genome is bornaviral in [...]
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Denyse O’Leary, one of the common contributors to the pro-ID blog Uncommon Descent, has a regular competition that she runs every once in a while, called the Uncommon Descent Contest. Inventive title, but that’s beside the point. It’s up to No. 9 at the moment, and with a copy of Stephen C. Meyer’s Signature in the Cell up for grabs, I’m not surprised it’s lasted this long.
The contest works as follows: O’Leary asks a question to the blog’s community related to evolution and intelligent design. For example, [...]
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After I finished the DNA Predictions on Cornelius Hunter’s Darwin’s Predictions website, I felt something lacking in my life. It felt as if I had a large, Cornelius-shaped hole in my Internet experience. I was craving his wit, his sense of humour, his unique writing style that always had me coming back for more. Yes, I realised I was totally addicted to bass him. So, without wasting any time, expect perhaps spending quite a few hours at school and sleeping, I’ve come back to fulfil [...]
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This breakdown is more from Cornelius Hunter’s Darwin’s Predictions website, focusing on the last of his DNA predictions, this time about the fundamental molecular processes of the cell and how predictions made about them by Darwinian evolution have been thoroughly falsified. This is true? Is it even a prediction of evolutionary theory like Cornelius says it is? We shall see, we shall see…
Article link: DNA Predictions: Fundamental molecular processes, by Cornelius Hunter