We're now embarking on Part II of the book, entitled "All Things (re) Considered". After laying some of the foundations of genetics in Part I, now Jeanson reviews Darwin's evidence that he presented in On the Origin of Species to argue for evolution. Over the forthcoming 3 chapters Jeanson will tackle geography, ancestry, and timescales, … Continue reading Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 3: Darwin 1, Old-Timey Creationists 0.
Here we go for round 2, let's get straight into the chapters. The first focuses on inheritance while the second is about the genetic basis of traits. Chapter 2 - The Secret of Life Jeanson begins by reiterating what he said in the last chapter: species are defined by traits so the question of the … Continue reading Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 2: Darwin didn’t know about chromosomes!
I managed to get my hands on a copy of the latest book that the creationists at Answers in Genesis (AIG) have churned out. What sets this one apart from most of their content is that it's written someone with an impressive qualification in the field - a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology from … Continue reading Reviewing “Replacing Darwin” – Part 1: Introduction and the Introduction
In Part 2 of this series we looked at a first batch of peer-reviewed papers on the DI's list, but found that they didn't really warrant such an honour as they either had nothing at all to do with intelligent design, or at best were only tangentially related. Now we'll move one step up the … Continue reading Reviewing the Intelligent Design Literature – Part 3: Look at the Trees!
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?
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
One of the most common charges levied against evolutionary biology is that it's 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