Category Archives: evolution

Bill Nye revises his anti-GMO views

Since I’ve criticized Bill Nye for his scientifically unjustified warnings about GMOs (genetically modified organisms; see here and here for my earlier posts), I thought it only fair to add that he now seems to have modified those views. According to Dan Arel, Nye’s walked back his unwarranted fears, which of course could have been influential given his […]

Adam Gopnik: Why we should quiz politicians about their views of evolution

In honor of Darwin Day, writer Adam Gopnik penned a piece at the Nov. 19 Daily Comment site at the New Yorker: “The evolution catechism.” It’s about why politicians should be asked what they think about evolution: that is, whether they accept it or not. Some writers have argued that that question should be off limits, for who cares if […]

Cultural commentator Philomena Cunk discusses evolution

by Matthew Cobb We can all learn something from this video: [JAC: After some puzzlement and quizzing of Dr. Cobb, I found out that this is a spoof of Brian Cox’s television series “Wonders of Life,” and the presenter is the comedian Diane Morgan, who uses the name Philomena Cunk. It was created by satirist Charlie Brooker. […]

A tail of moths and bats: a novel anti-predator trait

The Saturniidae is a large family of moths (ca. 2300 species), and is also a family of large moths, including some of the world’s biggest and most beautiful. Here’s one of them: the luna moth (Actias luna); this one’s a female. Notice two features of this insect: the long “tails” on the rear wing, and the eyespots on […]

In which I defend evolution but claim that denying it is not the same thing as denying gravity or relativity

The Washington Examiner is a conservative website, so when one of its reporters, Eddie Scarry, called me yesterday to talk about Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s refusal to give his viewpoint on evolution, I asked if Scarry was himself against evolution. After receiving his assurances that he wasn’t, we then had a long conversation about Walker, and, in […]

PuffHo excoriates Scott Walker for ducking questions about evolution

. . .and with help from Professor Ceiling Cat! Yesterday I had a long chat (while sitting in the Atlanta airport) with Jonathan Cohn, formerly with The New Republic and now with PuffHo. He wanted to know, vis-à-vis Republican governor’s Scott Walker’s ducking of questions about evolution, about what the theory of evolution really said […]

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 […]

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