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  • New species of dinosaur found in eastern Utah rock

    02/23/2010 2:19:37 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 24 replies · 712+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 23, 2010 | MIKE STARK
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Fossils of a previously undiscovered species of dinosaur have been found in slabs of Utah sandstone that were so hard that explosives had to be used to free some of the remains, scientists said Tuesday. The bones found at Dinosaur National Monument belonged to a type of sauropod—long-necked plant-eaters that were said to be the largest animal ever to roam land. The discovery included two complete skulls from other types of sauropods—an extremely rare find, scientists said.
  • Four-legged Creatures Emerged Earlier than Thought

    01/09/2010 10:05:58 AM PST · by null and void · 28 replies · 518+ views
    Scientific Computing ^ | 1/9/10 | Raphael G. Satter
    The water-dwelling ancestors of modern-day mammals, reptiles and birds emerged onto land millions of years earlier than previously believed, researchers report. A set of fossilized footprints show that the first tetrapods — a term applied to any four-footed animal with a spine — were treading open ground 397 million years ago, well before scientists thought they existed. An expert unconnected with the research said the find would force experts to reconsider a critical period in evolution when sea-based vertebrates took their first steps toward becoming dinosaurs, mammals and — eventually — human beings. "It blows the whole story out of the water, so to speak," said Jenny...
  • First Molars Provide Insight Into Evolution of Great Apes, Humans

    01/03/2010 10:10:25 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 111 replies · 1,559+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Arizona State University, via EurekAlert
    The timing of molar emergence and its relation to growth and reproduction in apes is being reported by two scientists at Arizona State University's Institute of Human Origins in the Dec. 28 online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). From the smallest South American monkeys to the largest African apes, the timing of molar development and eruption is closely attuned to many fundamental aspects of a primate's biology, according to Gary Schwartz, a researcher at the Institute of Human Origins and an associate professor in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change in...
  • Junk Science Exposed In Evolutionary Theory

    12/17/2009 3:15:42 PM PST · by ezfindit · 88 replies · 2,029+ views ^ | 12/16/2009 | Babu G. Ranganathan
    Millions of high school and college biology textbooks teach that research scientist Stanley Miller, in the 1950’s, showed how life could have arisen by chance. Nothing could be further from the truth. Miller, in his famous experiment in 1953, showed that individual amino acids (the building blocks of life) could come into existence by chance. But, it’s not enough just to have amino acids. The various amino acids that make-up life must link together in a precise sequence, just like the letters in a sentence, to form functioning protein molecules. If they’re not in the right sequence the protein molecules...
  • New Finch Species Shows Conservation, Not Macroevolution

    12/09/2009 6:13:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 665+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 9, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    “Darwin’s finches” are a variety of small black birds that were observed and collected by British naturalist Charles Darwin during his famous voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle in the early 1800s. Years later, Darwin argued that subtle variations in their beak sizes supported his concept that all organisms share a common ancestor (a theory known as macroevolution). The finches, whose technical name is Geospiza, have since become classic evolutionary icons...
  • The Beringer Hoax [Archaeology's Hoaxes, Fakes, and Strange Sites]

    12/07/2009 7:25:30 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 575+ views
    Archaeological Institute of America ^ | December 2009 | editors
    Single-minded and with a high opinion of his scholarly abilities, Beringer was wide open for a simple, but devastating hoax... Beringer "wholly, publicly committed himself to the belief that fossils were merely the capricious fabrications of God, hidden in the earth by Him for some inscrutable purpose; possibly, thought Beringer, merely for His own pleasure; possibly as a test for human faith" and proceeded to write a book on them... historians Melvin E. Jahn and Daniel J. Woolf, who in 1963 produced the first English translation of Beringer's book, showed the truth behind the tale lies not in farcical student...
  • Why young-age creationism is good for science

    12/07/2009 7:30:12 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 170 replies · 3,384+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Brett W. Smith
    The current treatment of young-age creationists in the scientific community and society at large is unfair and unwise. Scientists and philosophers of science, including old-age creationists and naturalists, should respect youngage creationists as legitimate contributors to science. Young-age creationists offer to the current origins science establishment a competing rational viewpoint that will augment fruitful scientific investigation through increased accountability for scientists, introduction of original hypotheses and general epistemic improvement...
  • Scientists Back Off of Ardi Claims (Evos give climate-hoaxers a run for their money...LOL!)

    12/04/2009 8:07:39 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 665 replies · 7,523+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 4, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    In May 2009, a remarkably well-preserved extinct primate, nicknamed “Ida,” was hailed as one of the most important fossil finds ever. It had features that some interpreted as a link between two primate body forms. At the time, ICR News suggested that its evolutionary significance was far overblown, predicting that the scientific consensus would offer retractions. Those retractions came three months later, confirming that the fossil―called Darwinius―was really just an extinct lemur variety...
  • Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science

    12/03/2009 8:35:52 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 371 replies · 5,254+ views
    CMI ^ | December 1, 2009 | Dave Woetzel
    Evolutionists retreating from the arena of science --snip-- Today, the Darwinian scientific consensus persists within almost every large university and governmental institution. But around the middle of the 20th century an interesting new trend emerged and has since become increasingly established. Evolutionary theorists have been forced, step by step, to steadily retreat from the evidence in the field. Some of the evidences mentioned earlier in this article were demonstrated to be frauds and hoaxes. Other discoveries have been a blow to the straightforward expectations and predictions of evolutionists. Increasingly, they have been forced to tack ad hoc mechanisms onto Darwin’s...
  • Scientists unite for science curriculum

    09/30/2008 7:21:06 PM PDT · by Soliton · 88 replies · 1,196+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Sept. 30, 2008 | KELLEY SHANNON
    AUSTIN — Scientists from Texas universities on Tuesday denounced what they called supernatural and religious teaching in public school science classrooms and voiced opposition to attempts to water down evolution instruction. The newly formed 21st Century Science Coalition said so far it has 800 members who have signed up online. "Texas public schools should be preparing our kids to succeed in the 21st century, not promoting political and ideological agendas that are hostile to a sound science education," said David Hillis, a professor of integrative biology at the University of Texas at Austin. The State Board of Education is considering...
  • Science Museums Adapt in Struggle against Creationist Revisionism

    07/14/2007 10:33:34 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 632 replies · 6,055+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 12, 2007 | Elizabeth Landau
    Madonna and Bon Jovi are no match for Hawaiian flies when it comes to karaoke hits at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. In a popular exhibit activity, visitors attempt to mimic the unique courtship calls of different species of Hawaiian Drosophila, a group of 800 different flies that may have evolved from a single species. Fly karaoke is part of "Explore Evolution," a permanent exhibit currently at Nebraska and five other museums in the Midwest and Southwest...that explores evolutionary concepts in new ways. Such an activity is a far cry from the traditional way science museums have...
  • Q & A Marc Hauser (Darwinist pulls "cheap trick" on own daughter)

    07/06/2007 11:37:41 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 30 replies · 1,131+ views
    Current Biology ^ | July 3, 2007
    When my youngest daughter was about three years old, I pulled a cheap trick on her, teaching her that whenever I asked “Who's the man?”, she should reply “Darwin!” She does this quite well now. It is hard to imagine any living biologist not thinking that Darwin IS the man, and I am certainly no different. But I have a different hero, and for a slightly different set of reasons. The man is Noam Chomsky. Like Darwin, Chomsky raised a set of questions that literally turned around a discipline, and opened the door to several new disciplines. In Chomsky's case,...
  • The One Percent Myth, and the Open Puzzle of Macroevolution

    07/02/2007 12:18:45 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 22 replies · 1,284+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | July 2, 2007 | Paul Nelson
    Once upon a time, Mary-Claire King and the late Allan Wilson published a paper — that became a widely-cited classic — about the genetic similarity of chimps and humans. “Evolution at Two Levels in Humans and Chimpanzees,” Science 188 (1975):107-116 was, alas, cited far more for proving the genetic near-identity of chimps and humans than for its much more interesting, deeper and more disturbing message...
  • Darwin’s House: A Religious Shrine?

    07/01/2007 1:05:44 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 720+ views
    Darwin’s House: A Religious Shrine? 06/28/2007 Britain withdrew Darwin’s home, Downe House (outside London), from consideration as a UN World Heritage Site, and Nature seemed downright disappointed.1 An article quoted Darwin scholar James Moore saying, “Muslims go to Mecca, Christians go to Jerusalem, Darwinians go to Downe.” This seems to equate Darwinians with believers in a religion, but Nature quoted this proudly. What would be the statement of faith of a Darwinian religion? The article quoted Randal Keynes, great-great-grandson of Darwin and the one who originally submitted the nomination of Downe House to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee for consideration. Keynes...
  • Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure (he needs our help!)

    05/17/2007 12:23:30 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 17 replies · 513+ views ^ | May 17, 2007 | Staff
    Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure Despite Exceeding Standard Requirements By: Staff Discovery Institute May 14, 2007 Ames, IA – Astronomer and professor Dr. Guillermo Gonzalez, co-author of The Privileged Planet and an advocate of the scientific theory of intelligent design, has been denied tenure by Iowa State University even though he has met or exceeded every required standard for tenure approval. “The denial of tenure to Dr. Gonzalez is blatant discrimination and violates both academic freedom and free speech,” said Dr. John G. West, associate director of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. Dr. Gonzalez is a senior fellow...
  • Intelligent Design Scientist Denied Tenure at Iowa State (what you can do to help!)

    05/16/2007 11:02:33 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 74 replies · 1,188+ views
    Me | May 16, 2005 | Me
    I found the following form letter on a website, copied and pasted it, and sent it to the president of Iowa State University. The emailed me back (probably with a form letter). But the point is, they are responding (and therefore keeping track)!!! Below is the letter I sent and their response. See reply #2 for a link for background info. on Dr. Gonzalez--GGG ---------------------------- To: Subject: Guillermo Gonzalez Tenure Ruling President Gregory L. Geoffroy, I am disappointed at the University's denial of Guillermo Gonzalez tenure application. Despite the fact that Dr. Gonzalez has 68 peer-reviewed publications, he seems...
  • Richard Dawkins on why religious faith tends to create more evil people than, say, Stalinism

    How do you answer critics who say your book ignores the evils of anti-religious ideologies such as Stalinism? It's a misunderstanding. I never simply list evil deeds by evil people. There are evil deeds done by the non-religious as well as the religious. But that's not really the point. The point is whether religious faith is more likely to make people evil — and I suspect it is. Of course, not every religious person does bad things. But I think if you are brought up to think there is something called faith that cannot be questioned, and that it is...
  • NYT- Religion Not Source of 'Moral Codes'

    10/31/2006 6:13:36 AM PST · by Mobile Vulgus · 51 replies · 1,054+ views ^ | 10/31/06 | warner todd huston
    The Times sets their premise quite straightforwardly with their very first sentence in a recent discussion of a new theory on the source of morals being promulgated by Harvard biologist, Marc D. Hauser. Who doesn’t know the difference between right and wrong? Yet that essential knowledge, generally assumed to come from parental teaching or religious or legal instruction, could turn out to have a quite different origin. What follows is several slaps at religion, the Times asserting that religion has nothing to do with morals short of serving as "social enforcers of instinctive moral behavior". But the Times seems not...
  • The ayatollah of atheism and Darwin’s altars

    05/27/2006 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 282 replies · 3,695+ views
    Catholic Educators Resource Center ^ | 5/27/08 | PAUL JOHNSON
    How long will Darwin continue to repose on his high but perilous pedestal? I am beginning to wonder. Few people doubt the principles of evolution. The question at issue is: are all evolutionary advances achieved exclusively by the process of natural selection? That is the position of the Darwinian fundamentalists, and they cling to their absolutist position with all the unyielding certitude with which Southern Baptists assert the literal truth of the Book of Genesis, or Wahabi Muslims proclaim the need for a universal jihad against ‘the Great Satan’. At a revivalist meeting of Darwinians two or three years ago,...
  • But Is It Science?

    08/18/2005 5:16:50 PM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 121 replies · 1,537+ views
    NRODT via John Derbyshire's official website ^ | February 14 2005 | John Derbyshire
    This year contains two notable scientific anniversaries. The one most widely mentioned is the centenary of Albert Einstein’s three trailblazing papers in the German scientific journal Annalen der Physik on the nature of matter, energy, and motion. Those papers opened up broad new territories for exploration by physicists. The discoveries that followed, and the technology that flowed from those discoveries, helped shape the whole 20th century. Radiation therapy and nuclear weapons, the laser and the personal computer, global positioning satellites and fiber-optic cables — all trace at least part of their lineage to Einstein’s papers. The 20th century was the...