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Friday, September 14, 2007

Evolution in the light of intelligent design encyclopedia - new entries

Coelacanth Devonian coelacanth find fills gap. "The find is significant for consigning an extensive discussion of coelacanth and lungfish fins to the filing cabinet of history."

Earth as privileged planet "Theories of how planetary atmospheres formed will need to be reappraised. The findings create yet more problems for OOL research. In other contexts, finding water outside the Earth has been used to raise expectations of finding life, but at least that does not arise here. However, it is worth contrasting this point with some of the more sensational media reports ... "

Form, theory of form The modern synthesis (neo-Darwinism) has not given us a theory of form.

Hot Jupiters

Kelvin "As a physicist, Kelvin sought to develop quantitative, rather than qualitative, science and he found himself in conflict with geologists who wanted an Earth with "no vestige of a beginning."

Orchids "on the basis that the "rate of orchid evolution" exhibited by the subtribe Goodyerinae is almost zero, the comment of the lead author is probably correct: "The dinosaurs could have walked among orchids."

Origin of life research - examples of flawed thinking (David Tyler)

Peppered Moth controversy
"Is it scientifically defensible to find an example of natural selection within a population of an animal, and then use this as an evidence for evolutionary transformation from the first single cell to the extraordinary diversity of life that we find in the biosphere?" (David Tyler)

Privileged Planet hypothesis Earth as privileged planet: In light of 2007 find, "Theories of how planetary atmospheres formed will need to be reappraised. The findings create yet more problems for OOL research. In other contexts, finding water outside the Earth has been used to raise expectations of finding life, but at least that does not arise here. However, it is worth contrasting this point with some of the more sensational media reports ... "


Sci Phi Show, featuring Australia's Jason Rennie, offers podcasts featuring major players pro and con intelligent design (O'Leary)

These entries will be added to the Evolution in the light of intelligent design Encyclopedia.

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