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It’s time to abolish “Darwinism”

July 16, 2008 | By | 10 Replies More
It’s time to abolish “Darwinism”

Writing on a NYT blog, Olivia Judson argues that we should abolish “Darwinism.” Here’s what she means: I’d like to abolish the insidious terms Darwinism, Darwinist and Darwinian. They suggest a false narrowness to the field of modern evolutionary biology, as though it was the brainchild of a single person 150 years ago, rather than […]

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Pournography and Denial

June 24, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More
Pournography and Denial

I was surprised yesterday to find a post by Jerry Pournelle (well known SF author and technology columnist) on MensNewsDaily (a starkly conservative news magazine site with pretensions of middle-of-the-roadism). His column, Intelligent Design: Answers and Questions, is openly favorable to the premise that Intelligent Design and Global Warming denial should be taught in science […]

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Teach the Controversy? Amen!

June 17, 2008 | By | Reply More
Teach the Controversy?  Amen!

Absolutely! As long as we teach ALL of the controversies. This is some clever science/religion/humor.

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Historical Contingency Proven in Labs, then Behe blathers.

June 10, 2008 | By | 10 Replies More
Historical Contingency Proven in Labs, then Behe blathers.

In brief, Stephen Jay Gould proposed the idea that evolution is truly stochastic (a particular technical kind of random), that if we started evolution over as of a million years ago, we probably wouldn’t be here in our current form. That is, any evolutionary step is contingent on the history of steps that went before, […]

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You Don’t Believe in Science

June 2, 2008 | By | 14 Replies More
You Don’t Believe in Science

You read that right! No reader of Dangerous Intersection, radical materialist or hard-bitten skeptic believes in science. To say otherwise is to give a false impression of what science actually is. Science is not something in which a person believes or does not believe. Science is not a belief system; it has no holy screeds […]

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Why Must Biblical Literalism Trump Science?

June 2, 2008 | By | 1 Reply More
Why Must Biblical Literalism Trump Science?

For three decades I’ve puzzled about the idea held by Christian Fundamentalists that the Bible must be proven absolutely and literally true in every way, or else Christianity is false. The latter clause being accepted as silly, therefore most science of the 19th and 20th century is patently on the wrong course. I think I […]

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Spear throwing chimps? Yet another example of the diverse cultures of chimpanzees.

June 1, 2008 | By | Reply More
Spear throwing chimps?  Yet another example of the diverse cultures of chimpanzees.

Many people still bristle at the idea that chimpanzees can have “cultures.” The evidence is accumulating, however, as documented in “Almost Human,” an article found in the April, 2008 edition of National Geographic. The article was written by Mary Roach, with incredible photos by Franz Lanting. In 2007, an Iowa State University anthropologist named Jill […]

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Science is Taught Backwards In Schools

May 28, 2008 | By | 4 Replies More
Science is Taught Backwards In Schools

I started thinking about the the “reductionist attitude” in presenting science when I read Erich’s Post To deal with “arrogant” scientists we need to move beyond reductionism and break the “Galilean Spell” (from May 7, 2008). Curricula seem to begin with biology, work through chemistry, and finally introduce physics. If English were taught categorically as […]

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The platypus: a fantastically transitional life form

May 20, 2008 | By | Reply More
The platypus: a fantastically transitional life form

Neil Shubin recently published a book celebrating the discovery of a life form that clearly constitutes a transitional life form: tiktaalik, a fish that crawled out of the water by use of its rudimentary limbs. In a post in which I described Shubin’s book (Your Inner Fish: A Journey Into the 3.5 Billion Year History […]

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