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Category Archive: Evolution

Aug 15 2013

Jaclyn Glenn is smarter than Ray Comfort

OK, that’s not saying much. Lots smarter. Here she takes apart his stupid video.

Aug 09 2013

Scientology’s views on evolution

historyofman

I had a conversation with Tony Ortega about L. Ron Hubbard’s book, A History of Man: Antediluvian Technology. He is the author of a blog, Tony Ortega on Scientology, and he had cruelly sent me a copy Hubbard’s book specifically to inflame my already enlarged outrage gland. The post there emphasizes everything Hubbard got wrong …

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Aug 07 2013

ENCODE has its defenders!

Worst evolution diagram ever

You know I was really pissed off at the crap ENCODE was promoting, that the genome was at least 80% functional and that there was no such thing as junk DNA. And there have been a number of better qualified scientists (like W. Ford Doolittle and Dan Graur and many others) who have stood up …

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Jul 31 2013

Creationists are history denialists

My upcoming visit to Houston to join Aron and others in protesting Texas creationism is smoking all kinds of interesting characters out of the woodwork. Meet Dr. David Shormann (the “Dr.” must be his first name, he sure flings the title about), who has apparently been a person of some influence in shaping the Texas …

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Jul 27 2013

Historical and observational science

Dealing with various creationists, you quickly begin to recognize the different popular flavors out there. The Intelligent Design creationists believe in argument from pseudoscientific assertion; “No natural process can produce complex specified information, other than Design,” they will thunder at you, and point to books by people with Ph.D.s and try to tell you they …

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Jul 11 2013

Short, sharp summary

Larry Moran has a simple list of the 5 basics you need to understand about junk DNA. It’s short and sweet; I’d like to see a creationist, who are often weirdly antagonistic to the whole idea of junk DNA, deal with these basic facts before they start ranting against the observations and conclusions. Genetic Load …

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Jul 02 2013

The MFAP Hypothesis for the origins of Homo sapiens

I know you’re thinking we’ve had more than enough discussion of one simplistic umbrella hypothesis for the origin of unique human traits — the aquatic ape hypothesis — and it’s cruel of me to introduce another, but who knows, maybe the proponents of each will collide and mutually annihilate each other, and then we’ll all …

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Jun 29 2013

Last chance for the soggy apes

(via Thai Panda)

I’m getting more than a little tired of the long-running wrangle on the wet ape hypothesis thread. I’m closing it and opening a new thread here, with a few rules: No more pointless dismissals of comments from either side as mere opinion or evidence-less, even if they are. Absolutely NO copy-pasting of arguments from other …

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Jun 27 2013

It’s a species-wide problem!

The results of a world-wide analysis of violence against women reveals that it’s common, it’s widespread, and it’s serious. Three in ten women worldwide have been punched, shoved, dragged, threatened with weapons, raped, or subjected to other violence from a current or former partner. Close to one in ten have been sexually assaulted by someone …

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Jun 25 2013

It’s summer head-asplodey time!

Gang, don’t try this at home. I’m a trained professional, so I can get away with it, although I do face extreme risk of brain damage. I am reading two books at once. OK, that part isn’t too scary, I’m actually just alternating between the two — an hour with one at lunch time, an …

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