Archive for the ‘Science’ Category

Youtube of the Moment – Phylogeny Challenge

Monday, May 16th, 2011

Fascinating stuff.

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Nuclear Power vs Green Strategy

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

I absolutely love this topic. Basically, how to live with reusable and renewable energy and how to care for our environment are very important. However, it’s my growing opinion that nuclear energy has been given an undeservedly poor reputation. Nuclear power might be the cleanest energy we have available, period.

I’m not going to make big primary claims because I haven’t followed the discussion for as long as I’d like. I think nuclear power is the underdog and the right answer. And I keep reading blogs related to that. Here’s an exerpt from George Monbiot’s blog:
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Cycling Evolution

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Let’s say for the sake of argument that some people still don’t believe in evolution. Such a person is surely uninformed and either skeptical or a victim of confirmation bias. If a person had time to pursue a college or better course involving biological sciences, they are going to come face to face with the reality of the present day best explanation for modern lifeforms. That result is insured, the question is how should the rest of us non-scientists approach the subject of evolution.
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Evolving Organs: Irreducibly Complex?

Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

I have a blog post called “Curing the Controversy.” It has an ongoing comments dialog between me and a reader who apparently does not buy into evolution. We got to this step where he asks me to illustrate the development of one organ as an argument for evolution.

Being a good Samaritan, I start googling around and I see what he may have seen. There’s plenty of data about how an eye could be formed in steps so that the eye is not irreducibly complex, but so far, I haven’t seen the history of an organ laid out over a tree of life, one in which many steps have been confirmed. So then I start looking for evolution of the heart and in a parallel I see early stages of the organ in mollusks, more development in reptiles through birds arriving at the four chambered mammal heart. From what I gather, the original circulatory system developed to pump nutrients throughout an organism and not necessarily oxygen (so early heart users didn’t suffocate while passing on their genes).
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Curing the Controversy: What is Evolution Anyway?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

I mentioned in the last post that I need to establish four points for you in regards to evolution.

I need to establish for you fine readers:

  • What Evolution Is.
  • What smaller or more specific theories or facts are incorporated by Evolution
  • How we know evolution is not disputed or How much of evolution is up for debate and how much is established
  • How we can trust scientists to be honest with us on this subject

So today we look into what evolution is.
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Evolution: The Seth-approved Investigation

Tuesday, October 19th, 2010

I say evolution is a theory and essentially a fact that is not in dispute by scientists. But what does this mean? To be fair, it’s not exactly clear at a glance how far evolution goes. Metaphorically, all sorts of things adapt and modify is evolution just another way of saying that?

It’s very reasonable for people to be confused about evolution as anything but the political opposite to Creationism.

I need to establish for you fine readers:

  • What Evolution Is.
  • What smaller or more specific theories or facts are incorporated by Evolution
  • How we know evolution is not disputed or how much of evolution is up for debate and how much is established
  • How we can trust scientists to be honest with us on this subject

Otherwise, we don’t know what we’re talking about and we have reason to use our critical thinking to disavow support for evolution.

Stay tuned as I come back with these answers including sources and expert wisdom.

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Ask A Scientist: A New Response

Thursday, October 14th, 2010

I mentioned in the earlier Ask A Scientist post about emailing the staff of the University of Wisconsin’s Genetics program when some evolution theory debunker claimed to have a Ph. D from that exact department AND still thought evolution was wrong. I believe it is possible to have a good education and still end up in a quite erroneous position but I took some time to check into the University of Wisconsin to see if Mr. Debunker was representing a consensus I had never heard of because my support for the big details of evolutionary theory is based on the belief that scientists in general also support evolutionary theory. Undercutting my belief, will cause me to re-evaluate evolutionary theory. Failing to undercut my belief will discourage me from dealing with the specific complaints Mr. Debunker lodged against evolutionary theory.

You’re seeing this update because another Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin responded as well. Dr. Baum is a biologist. Mr. Debunker was claiming Genetics. Dr. Baum is quoted in full below. Again, I think it’s a big positive deal that professionals are willing to take time out to confirm my suspicions knowing that there is already a lot of good and relevant science information already on the internet. And I don’t think I’m putting many words in his mouth when I suggest he is aware that there is a lot of faulty information out there as well.

In summary, asking a scientist is such a good idea sometimes you get more than one legitimate expert taking the time to address your question. Also, thanks Dr. Baum! His email closes out this post.
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Ask A Scientist: Remember the Internet

Friday, October 8th, 2010

You’ve probably noticed a theme of evolution on my site these past few days. The theme arose because on a comment section for stuff related to atheists, a dispute about evolution arose. I have my opinion, the dissenters have theirs. And I thought, “Geez, why can’t I just email a scientist?” Well it turns out, scientists have noticed our dilemmas. When I emailed the folks, they did respond!
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