iOS app Android app

Darwinian Evolution

Replace the Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism): An Interview With Denis Noble

Suzan Mazur | Posted 07.09.2014 | Science
Suzan Mazur

Denis Noble's understanding of music is clearly reflected in the elegance with which he communicates science. Maybe that's partly why he was invited to China to talk about evolution and the need to move beyond neo-Darwinism. (Noble prefers the term "modern synthesis.")

The Occasional Evolutionist (Part 2)

Ann Reid | Posted 06.18.2014 | Science
Ann Reid

Unlike human engineering, which aims for optimal efficiency, failsafe design, and continual progress, evolution has no point. "Whatever works!" might be considered its rallying cry. This leads to some stunning examples of apparently gross and, from a human point of view, tragic waste. To illustrate, I give you the turtles of Heron Island.

Is Darwin Threatened by Cocaine-Addicted Rats?

Nessa Carey | Posted 03.09.2013 | Science
Nessa Carey

Using experimental systems where male rats can self-administer cocaine, researchers found that the sons of the cocaine-using fathers were resistant to the allure of cocaine. These results seem counterintuitive from a scientific viewpoint.

Evolution And The Catholic Church: Still Unresolved?

John Farrell | Posted 01.14.2013 | Religion
John Farrell

The science of evolution poses some thorny problems for Roman Catholic tradition. But a new book gives me hope the topic will be more deeply explored by Catholic theologians (and publishers) in the future.

America's Darwin Problem

Kenneth R. Miller | Posted 04.11.2012 | Science
Kenneth R. Miller

Our Darwin problem is really a science problem. The easier it becomes to depict the scientific enterprise as a special interest immersed in the culture wars, the easier it becomes to reject scientific findings. We see this everywhere in American culture and politics today.

Intelligent Design: Struggling with Junk DNA

John Farrell | Posted 11.23.2011 | Books
John Farrell

It's simply bizarre to read an author who rejects one of the bedrock principles of Darwin's theory -- common ancestry, but is happy to cite evidence for common ancestry when convenient to his argument.

Rethinking Evolution

Deepak Chopra | Posted 08.11.2011 | Healthy Living
Deepak Chopra

Even 10 years ago, a scientist who took consciousness seriously risked career suicide. But there is no getting around the bald fact that every human experience occurs in consciousness.

Evolution And Christianity: Did We Arrive By Chance?

Michael Ruse | Posted 07.27.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

It is important to see if any shade of modern thought about the evolution of humans suggests that our appearance was inevitable. And I think Christians have still got a problem here.

Bad Faith (In Science): Darwin As All-Purpose Boogey Man?

John Farrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
John Farrell

The Discovery Institute now resorts to the only strategy they have left to undermine science and science education: smear the character and the motives of the founders of evolutionary biology.

A Darwinian Can Be a Christian, Too

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Those of us who think that science and religion can be reconciled need to keep searching for a satisfactory solution to the puzzle of the necessity of humans and the non-directionality of Darwinism.