Category Archives: evolution

Another Republican politician ducks question of whether he accepts evolution; making a full slate of GOP candidates who won’t affirm the truth of evolution

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker, a diehard conservative, is being bruited about as a possible Republican presidential candidate in 2016. Given that, it’s appropriate for us to examine his views about evolution, which are, after all, a touchstone of how far a man’s religious belief—or pandering to his constituency—blinds him to obvious scientific truth. Of course […]

Vatican newspaper screws up the theory of evolution before criticizing it

Is the Vatican down with Darwin? I don’t think so. Apologists often argue that many churches have no problem with evolution, trotting out the Catholic Church as an example.  Well, that’s not quite true. The Church has sort-of endorsed evolution, but it also endorses the historical reality of Adam and Eve as our ancestors, and also accepts human […]

Where did bedbugs come from?

Human bedbugs, Cimex lectularius, are “true bugs,” that is, insects in the order Hemiptera. They are an infernal pest, sucking the blood out of people and leaving a nasty, itchy rash. (I was bitten only once, but it was in a fleabag hotel in Peru, and there were many bites all over me, with the rash […]

Evolution funnies

The latest Herman strip, drawn by Jim Unger, shows us one way of accommodationism. And it comes perilously close to those theistic evolutionists—including both scientists and creationists—who accept evolution but say that God either set up the process so that it would be guaranteed to produce Homo sapiens (the view of Simon Conway Morris, whose theory we discussed […]

Simon Conway Morris’s new book on evolutionary convergence. Does it give evidence for God?

The eminent paleobiologist Simon Conway Morris, who did seminal work on the Burgess Shale Fauna, has a new book out. Published on January 19, it’s called The Runes of Evolution: How the Universe Became Self-Aware. And it was published by Templeton Press, which should tell you something about its contents.   Now the subtitle does seem […]

A Lego Beagle (Darwin’s): Vote for it!

I don’t know how long Lego sets have been around, as I didn’t have them as a kid (I made do with Lincoln Logs, Erector Sets, and Tinkertoys). But they’re how a favorite among kids, and I like the idea of multi-use toys that you can make many things with. Legos can also come in specialized […]

“Unchanging bacteria” revisited: dreadful science reporting in The Washington Post

It’s a sad situation that the only newspaper in the U.S. that still has a full science section is the New York Times (it’s on Tuesday), and even much of that is devoted to “health”.  Other papers seem to act as “article aggregators,” with poorly-trained science journalists simply accepting a new finding at face value based […]

Darwin Day 2015 at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin (and at the University of Southern Mississippi)

by Greg Mayer (and Professor Ceiling Cat): Darwin Day, Feb. 12, is fast approaching, so start making your plans now. The Dinosaur Discovery Museum in Kenosha, Wisconsin will be holding its event this coming Saturday, February 7, from noon to 5 PM. There will be educational displays (including live herps), activities for children, videos about […]

A new paper claims that evolution has stopped in a bacterial species. Is it true?

Several readers called my attention to a new paper by J. William Schopf and colleagues in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (reference below; free download at link), a paper that has also gotten a great deal of attention in the press. Last week a journalist asked me to comment on it, but I was […]

Teacher recommends lying to to get Christians and Muslim students to accept evolution

Reader Diane G. called my attention to a new (and badly misguided) article in The Humanist, the publication of the American Humanist Society. Written by Susan Corbett, who has taught science all over the world, it’s called “How to teach evolution to Christians and Muslims.” Sadly, Corbett’s way of teaching evolution is not only an affront to real […]


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