Reviewing the Intelligent Design Literature – Part 2: Why Are These Here?

Reviewing the Intelligent Design Literature – Part 2: Why Are These Here?

This is the second post in my series reviewing the Discovery Institute's (DI) list of peer-reviewed papers that they say "support the theory of intelligent design". In Part 1 I narrowed down the list from 123 publications to 55 papers, and in this part of the series I'll cut away a few more - 5 … Continue reading Reviewing the Intelligent Design Literature – Part 2: Why Are These Here?

Reviewing the Intelligent Design Literature – Part 1: Trimming the Fat

Reviewing the Intelligent Design Literature – Part 1: Trimming the Fat

I've decided to undertake a little project. The Discovery Institute (DI) maintains a bibliography of "peer-reviewed publications supporting Intelligent Design", last updated July of 2017. It lists 123 scientific publications that the DI claims are supportive of Intelligent Design (ID). It also lists 8 philosophy publications, but that's not my area of "expertise", and I … Continue reading Reviewing the Intelligent Design Literature – Part 1: Trimming the Fat

Applications of Phylogenetics in Medicine and Public Health

Applications of Phylogenetics in Medicine and Public Health

One of the most common charges levied against evolutionary biology is that its a useless science with no applications in the real world. If this was true it wouldn't do anything to tarnish the validity of the evolutionary biology research, despite what many anti-evolutionists would have you believe. After all, the mark of a valid … Continue reading Applications of Phylogenetics in Medicine and Public Health

Chromosome 2 Fusion and Bayes Theorem: Addendum

In the final hours of 2016, I published a blog post discussing the fusion of human chromosome 2 and its implications for evolution versus creationism in the light of Bayesian probabilities. I walked through the simple maths demonstrating that contrary to what might seem intuitive, the fusion does in fact lend evidentiary support in favour … Continue reading Chromosome 2 Fusion and Bayes Theorem: Addendum

Testing a Strong Prediction of Universal Common Ancestry

Testing a Strong Prediction of Universal Common Ancestry

In 2013, a paper was published by researchers from New Zealand in the journal PLOS ONE  entitled "Beyond Reasonable Doubt: Evolution from DNA Sequences". After reading it recently, I was surprised to find that it seems to have flown under the radar in popular science circles. I couldn't find any references to the article in … Continue reading Testing a Strong Prediction of Universal Common Ancestry

Alcohol Tolerance in Fruit Flies: A Classic Case of Molecular Adaptation Refuted

Alcohol Tolerance in Fruit Flies: A Classic Case of Molecular Adaptation Refuted

Two weeks ago, an article was published online in the inaugural issue of the new journal Nature Ecology & Evolution entitled "Experimental test and refutation of a classic case of molecular adaptation in Drosophila melanogaster". As the title suggests, the article soundly refutes a classic example of molecular adaption that was first established in a seminal paper by McDonald and … Continue reading Alcohol Tolerance in Fruit Flies: A Classic Case of Molecular Adaptation Refuted