Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Daily Wrap-Up

The Demise of Another Evolutionary Link:
A4_Press_ReleaseArchaeopteryx Falls From Its Perch: "A few days ago we saw Ida fall from her overhyped status as an ancestor of humans. Now some scientists are claiming that Archaeopteryx should lose its status as an ancestor of modern birds. Calling Archaeopteryx an 'icon of evolution,' the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) borrows a term from Jonathan Wells while reporting that '[t]he feathered creature called archaeopteryx, easily the world's most famous fossil remains, had been considered the first bird since Charles Darwin's day. When researchers put its celebrity bones under the microscope recently, though, they discovered that this icon of evolution might not have been a bird at all.'"

A positive review of James Le Fanu’s new book How Science Rediscovered the Mystery of Ourselves: “Le Fanu's point is that science has set out to explain human life and its origins but has in fact failed in that quest and has succeeded only in emphasizing that life is indeed a mystery and we a mystery to ourselves. This, in turn, leaves us free to wonder at the astounding marvels of creation and, above all, at what a piece of work we humans are.”

An interview with Darwin skeptic David Berlinski: “There is nothing wrong in principle with scientific endeavors that are infused by faith and a sense of humility toward larger possibilities…We are not going to adopt sharia law because an astronomer who is open to these ideas begins to make important discoveries.”

Larry Auster and Michael Hart discuss Darwinism: Even though Mr. Hart supports Darwinism, he is frank about its limitations. For example, he admits, “The evidence that it accounts for macroevolution (the formation of new species, families, or phyla), is inconclusive, and indeed there are observations that seem to contradict it.”


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