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Brachystola magna

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Photograph by Ralph Arvesen. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Brachystola magna – plains lubber, or western lubber..... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Science is not about certainty

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That is the title of an interesting article in The New Republic by the theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli. I read it mostly because it had been quote-mined by Elizabeth Mitchell here. Professor Rovelli’s article was perhaps a bit windy, and I could take issue with some of his discussion, but it was not all that hard to understand. One of his main points is that science has been extremely successful and any new theory will... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Happy Jason Lisle Day!

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Note: This is a guest-post by DiogenesLamp. He has cross-posted it at WordPress and Blogger versions of his blog. I have BLEEPed a few things as PT is supposed to be in part an educational resource. – Nick Matzke Happy Jason Lisle Day! Today is the second anniversary of the day when Jason Lisle, director of what passes for research at ICR (Institute for Creation Research), promised he would explain why his alleged solution to... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
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No, the human Y chromosome does not look like a "Y"

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A friend brought this 2012 news article about the evolution of the rhesus monkey Y chromosome to my attention. The primary work itself is about characterizing the gene content of the rhesus Y chromosome (a laborious, and necessary task). This particular write-up, however, is slightly frustrating for some of the (wrong) assumptions it makes, but most noticable is the image: The picture of the “X and Y” chromosomes where the X chromosome, presumably, looks like an X, and... M. Wilson Sayres http://mathbionerd.blogspot.com
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Alluvial fan

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Alluvial fan created by the torrential rainfall 1 year ago, as seen from the Visitor Center, Trail Ridge Road, Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, September, 2014. The meander at the bottom of the screen passes through the bed of Fan Lake, which was formed in 1982 when the Lawn Lake Dam burst and inundated the City of Estes Park.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Pushing Back Against Human "Dignity Deniers"

Human dignity should not need defending. But Jefferson's "self-evident" truths are deemed so no longer. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Now It's Whale Hips: Another Icon of Darwinian Evolution, Vestigial Structures, Takes a Hit

In the case presented by advocates of Darwinian evolution, vestigial organs are a star in the firmament, frequently and gloatingly pointed to. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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War on Humans: To Love and Care, or Kill?

Sometimes I think the new ethic is to put the very sick out of our misery. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Leading Theistic Evolutionist Darrel Falk, Past BioLogos President, Praises Darwin's Doubt

Much to the credit of our friends at BioLogos, some spokesmen for the theistic evolutionary view have sought to engage in constructive dialogue with advocates of ID. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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You're Invited! More than 100 Churches and Other Groups Will Co-Host "Science and Faith" Simulcast on Sunday, September 21

Nearly a third of Christian young people think "churches are out of step with the scientific word we live in," and a quarter of them believe "Christianity is anti-science." Evolution News & Views
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Metaspriggina Revisited: Darwin Defender Strains at a Rabbit but Swallows a Camel

It's fun to watch PZ Myers dance around the implications of a vertebrate fish in the Cambrian. Evolution News & Views
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Is Intelligent Design a Circular Argument? A Conversation with Atheist Activist Matt Dillahunty

Over the past weekend, I called into the Atheist Experience, a TV show based in Austin, Texas. Jonathan M. http://www.intelligentdesign.org
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Darwin's "Horrid Doubt": The Mind

While Darwin may have doubted the fully naturalized mind and felt horrid, most latter-day supporters believe and feel good. Denyse O'Leary
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In Berlin, a Memorial to German Euthanasia Victims

Do you want to know what keeps me up at night? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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No! Really? Living Ediacarans?

Some unusual marine organisms don't seem to fit anywhere in the animal classification scheme. Evolution News & Views
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What Shall We Call Our Transhumanist Future?

Members of the materialist religious denomination of futurists, often known as transhumanists, are having a bit of a tussle. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Biology's Quiet Revolution

Huge unanswered questions remain, and they will only be answered by going beyond the discredited myth that "DNA makes RNA makes protein makes us." Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
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Are Biologists Rejecting Neo-Darwinian Evolution?

Many examples could be cited where evolutionary biologists are specifically critiquing the core tenets of neo-Darwinism. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Alternative Splicing: The Film Editor of the Genome

Combinatorial flexibility adds another level of complexity to an already super-complex genome. Evolution News & Views
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Still Awaiting Engagement: A Reply to Robert Bishop on Darwin's Doubt

What matters is whether any of these theories can explain what needs to be explained: the origin of novel animal body plans and the biological information necessary to produce them. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
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