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John Farrell writes the Progressive Download blog at Forbes.

He is the author of The Day Without Yesterday: Lemaître, Einstein and the Birth of Modern Cosmology, as well as the novel, Doctor Janeway's Plague.

Blog Entries by John Farrell

Evolution and the Catholic Church: Still Unresolved?

(32) Comments | Posted November 14, 2012 | 11:23 AM

The science of evolution poses some thorny problems for Roman Catholic tradition. And those who write about it, especially for a publisher whose books require the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur of a Catholic bishop, have to walk a very fine line indeed between the physical and the metaphysical.

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Intelligent Design: Struggling with Junk DNA

(69) Comments | Posted September 23, 2011 | 11:56 AM

Not two pages into Jonathan Wells' new book, The Myth of Junk DNA, the reader comes across the bold statement that speciation by natural selection has never been observed, and a few pages later that Gregor Mendel, the father of genetics, "found Darwin's theory unpersuasive, and Darwinists ignored...

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Expanding Horizons for Arabic Children

(0) Comments | Posted May 19, 2011 | 3:00 PM

We're accustomed to seeing people reading for pleasure wherever we go: on the subways, in airports, at the beach. We take it for granted: reading as one of our main forms of entertainment. But Rana Dajani, a biologist who spent much of her childhood in the U.S., didn't realize how...

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Intelligent Design: Losing the Catholics

(353) Comments | Posted December 5, 2010 | 9:48 AM

This has not been a good year for the Discovery Institute. I'm sure book sales to their core creationist audience of Biblical literalists are steady. And, as Barbara Forrest has shown, they're hoping the Louisiana State Education Act, which is directly based on their own template for state...

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Five Years After Court Decision, Intelligent Design Advocates Still Arguing

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2010 | 1:10 PM

It's hard to believe it's already five years since the Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District trial was underway at the Federal courtroom in Harrisburg, Pa. There, 11 parents of high school students successfully challenged the attempt of the school board's creationist majority to require that intelligent design be taught...

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Bad Faith (in Science): Darwin as All-Purpose Boogey Man?

(1309) Comments | Posted September 20, 2010 | 1:59 AM

In a press release at the Discovery Institute's Evolution News, Institute Fellow John G. West recently attacked British scientist Denis Alexander for downplaying Darwin's use of the term "survival of the fittest" in his work.

The philosopher Herbert Spencer first coined the term, and Darwin had...

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