Friday Mar 7
First Study of the Evolution of Memes On Facebook
KentuckyFC writes "The way memes evolve on Facebook is startlingly similar to the way genes evolve on Earth .
Religious based bigotry: no bueno
There was Chuck Todd interviewing Gov. Mike Pence, R-Indiana, who looked elegant and refined in a nice suit.
Creationism, evolution or intelligent design?
<![CDATA[Q: If God created the heavens, the earth, all creatures and man in seven days, where do the dinosaurs fit in? We know from the fossil record that man and dinosaurs were segregated by millennia. - K. A: I've wanted to write about evolution, creationism and intelligent design for some time, so thank you for your abiding interest in the Bible and dinosaurs that offers me this opportunity. Young-earth creationists believe that the world was, indeed, created in just seven days some 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. This falls 4.5 billion years short of the actual age of the earth, and 65 million years short of the actual age of the dinosaurs. Francis Beckwith, Professor of Philosophy and Church-State Studies at Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in an article in the fine journal First Things, sharpens your comment about dinosaurs by quoting scientist Kurt Wise: "Either the Scripture was true and evolution was wrong, or evolution was true and I must toss out the Bible . ... It was there that night that I accepted the Word of God and rejected all that would ever counter it, including evolution. With that, in great sorrow, I tossed into the fire all my dreams and hopes in science." Instead of focusing on whether or not Wise made the right choice, I'd rather ask if he was correct in believing that there are only two choices: creationism or evolution. One suggestion for a third choice that doesn't require throwing either faith or science into the dustbin of history is called intelligent design. ID promises a middle ground by asserting that evolution is true, but that it reflects the work of an intelligent designer, who is obviously God. God created evolution so that it could eventually evolve us. Scientists have condemned intelligent design. Richard Dawkins wrote in his 2006 book, "The God Delusion:" "Darwin and his successors have shown how living creatures, with their spectacular statistical improbability and appearance of design, have evolved by slow, gradual degrees from simple beginnings. We can now safely say that the illusion of design in living creatures is just that - an illusion." My take on all of this is that Darwin's hypothesis was more theory than scientific fact because it can't explain the evolution of human consciousness, and that intelligent design is more religious belief than scientific fact because it can't explain how intelligent design works. Each side got some things right and some things wrong. I believe that evolutionists are right in reminding us that the Bible is not a science textbook. The Bible is both very young and very old. The young parts are the teachings of love and forgiveness, justice and compassion, honesty and courage. The old parts are the belief in a geocentric universe, the belief that the earth sits on wooden pillars in a great ocean (what does the ocean sit on?) and the belief that all this happened 5,774 years ago on Oct. 23 at 10:30 a.m. Some things must change over six millennia, and science is one of them. Tethering our faith to ancient and discredited science only assures us of an ancient and discredited religion. I believe that the creationists and the intelligent design-ites are right in pointing out the utter uniqueness of human consciousness - something that appears nowhere else in nature. Our brains are products of evolution, but not how we think or pray or forgive or love. Evolution may be responsible for the goo in our bodies, but not for the good in our lives. The forces that have shaped us operate in ways evolutionary biologists can't fully describe or comprehend. The laws of nature explained by evolution are not only insufficient, but they are also the opposite of who and what we truly are as spiritual beings. Even ID gets this wrong. Only faith gets it right. Nature is bloody and amoral, and at our best we are compassionate and reflective. As Tennyson wrote of the bloody nature of nature, "so red in tooth and claw," in his poetic masterpiece, "In Memoriam," a decade before Darwin's masterpiece, "On the Origin of Species," was published: "Are God and Nature then at strife, "That Nature lends such evil dreams? ... "Though careless with individual lives, she seems careful with the type, But no: "From scarped cliff and quarried stone, she cries, "'A thousand types are gone. I care for nothing, all shall go.'" I believe in God and Tennyson. I believe that the workings of nature don't fully describe the workings of God. While the Bible cannot pinpoint the proper age of the dinosaurs, no evolutionary theory can explain the origin of the human soul. Both are true and both are incomplete. The higher purpose of our human existence is with God, and the way to God is a way that no scientist can begin to understand or describe. (Send questions only to The God Squad via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
I4U Future Technology News
The Real Evolution Debate: Is It All Just Natural Selection?
With all the recent attention given to the debate over evolution and creationism, you'd never know that a much more interesting debate has been going on for decades amongst evolutionary biologists.
Laboratory Network .com
Sysmex America Introduces Next-Generation WAMa Decision Support...
Sysmex America, Inc., a global leader in medical diagnostic testing equipment and healthcare information systems technology, today announced the introduction of an enhanced version of Sysmex WAM Decision Support Software for the Clinical Laboratory.
The Village Voice
Intelligent Design: John Fraser's Secret to Success Is Continuous Evolution
It's been six years since John Fraser first opened the doors to Dovetail , the Upper West Side restaurant that's both a neighborhood joint and an international destination, and it's success is as much a product of its owner's unrelenting drive to grow and evolve as it is a testament to his immense talent.
ACLU warns North Little Rock School District about creationism teaching
The ACLU's Arkansas affiliate has sent a warning to the North Little Rock School District about teaching of creationism in public school classes.
Hyundai reveals aircraft-inspired Intrado fuel cell concept
The Intrado is a vision of a car that's 'easy to use, intuitive to interact with, and readily adaptable to the varying demands of their busy, active lifestyles.'
The Washington Post
You just cana t win with some people
The title of your piece could have been, what happens when a Christian majority try to impose creationism That you choose to go with Islam is prejudice; perhaps one day you will be able to see that and atone for your sin Eugene Volokh teaches free speech law, religious freedom law, church-state relations law, a First Amendment Amicus Brief Clinic, ... (more)
Victor Dominocielo: Religion in the Science Classroom an Evolutionary Challenge
Around this time of year, biology curriculums nationwide usually turn their focus toward the central tenant of all life on earth, Charles Darwin's scientific theory of Evolution by natural selection.
Letter: Examining Darwin's theory
In Dr. Mark Larson's Feb. 13 column defending Darwinism, he notes that "we teach evolution [because] it is the best scientific explanation for ... life."
Thief Launch Video Unveiled
Square Enix has released a new video for Thief , the latest installment in the series which redefined the first person games with the introduction of stealth based gameplay.
Another Anti-Science Bill
The Oklahoma House could consider a bill today that if signed into law would undermine science education in the state's classrooms, especially the teaching of evolution theory.
Texas Board Of Ed, Gubernatorial Candidates Want God In Public Schools, Says Survey
Candidates for the Texas State Board of Education want to bring big changes to the state's schools -- regardless of whether or not those changes are constitutional.
Author's Spotlight: The Visitor's Report, by Robert Vanderzee, Port St. Lucie
A: Approaching the universe and the fate of the human race in an extraordinarily unique way, "The Visitor's Report" stands apart as a terrific addition to any reader's collection.
Lawmaker wants to ban teaching of evolution, without parental permission
About 1/2 of Americans don't believe in evolution. Some don't even believe that viruses mutate or evolve, so they must wonder how they get sick every year.
National Review Online
Big Transhumanist Believes in Intelligent Design
Transhumanism is a materialist religion that seeks to find transcendence and immortality through technology and the fashioning of a "post-human species."
Thief Lockdown Mission Playthrough Released
Square Enix has launched a gameplay movie for Thief , the latest installment in the series which redefined the first person games with the introduction of stealth based gameplay.
Charleston City Paper
The long defeat: Sen. Mike Fair's fight against evolution in S.C. schools
Professor and biologist Robert Dillon refers to Sen. Mike Fair's questioning of biology teaching standards as "his latest shenanigans."
Naples Daily News
The Darwinian evolution: Upcoming speaker series to explore topic
Michael Behe, Ph.D., an American biochemist, author and intelligent design advocate will speak on "Intelligent Design and Irreducible Complexity," Feb. 27. James Kurth, Ph.D., Claude Smith Professor of Political Science at Swarthmore College, in Pennsylvania will speak about "Political Darwinism," on March 20. A perennial hot button topic in ... (more)