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Origin of Species

Things Aren't Necessarily What They Seem

William Bynum | Posted 01.06.2013 | Science
William Bynum

The history of science helps explain why the common sense and experiences of our daily lives seem increasingly remote from what contemporary science suggests is actually going on. The more we know, the more mysterious the universe actually seems.

Variation and Selection: What's the Difference? What Are the Issues?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 07.17.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

How could natural selection operate so that "the good ones spread in the population" if there were no positive variants in the first place? That is why I am confounded by Jerry Coyne's comment that he can explain natural genetic engineering by "garden variety natural selection."

What Is the Key to a Realistic Theory of Evolution?

James A. Shapiro | Posted 04.17.2012 | Science
James A. Shapiro

Was Darwin simply mistaken about the gradual nature of hereditary variation? Such ignorance would be unavoidable before we knew about Mendelian genetics and DNA. Or was there a deeper flaw in the theory that he (and Alfred Russell Wallace) propounded?

Adam And Eve Didn't Exist. Get Over It!

Michael Ruse | Posted 08.10.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Organisms evolved from simple forms by natural selection. This includes humans. We are the end result of a long, slow, natural process of development. Moreover, there never was an original pair.

A Reasonable Argument For God's Existence

Rabbi Adam Jacobs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Adam Jacobs

I posit to you that all the evidence points, in an obvious and inextricable way, to a supernatural explanation for the origin of life -- a perfectly reasonable position.

Darwin And Atheism

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

Charles Darwin himself would be embarrassed greatly by atheist flags associated with him, especially atheist flags flown in celebration of his birthday.

Ultimate Acts of Sacrifice: On Bees and Men

Oren Harman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Oren Harman

If nature, as the poet Tennyson had put it, was always "red in tooth and claw", how could one explain benevolence and sacrifice?

Defending Darwin's Legacy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Schweitzer

Just as the majority of people no longer accept the idea of a flat earth, the time has come to credit Darwin's discovery by finally rejecting the notion that faith is equivalent to data.

Are Evolution-Deniers any Different from Holocaust-Deniers, Birthers, or Truthers?

Ali A. Rizvi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Ali A. Rizvi

Would Ben Stein hear out Ahmadinejad on the Holocaust the way Glenn Beck heard Stein out on his anti-evolution film? Fair and balanced, anyone?

Kirk Cameron's 'Origin Of Species' Plan: Ex-Actor To Distribute 50,000 Altered Darwin Books

Nico Pitney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Kirk Cameron, best known for his role in the 1980s sitcom Growing Pains, now spends much of his time advocating for far-right Christian evangelical ca...

Lessons from Darwin - We're Still Evolving

Mike Papantonio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Papantonio

Birds, sea lions, and iguanas take from their surroundings only what they need to live. On the other hand, the more evolved human is locus-like in the way they interact with their community.