Archive for July, 2011
Anders Behring Breivik, a Norwegian right-wing extremist, confessed to be the perpetrator of the dual terrorist attacks in Norway on 22 July 2011. The attach included the bombing of government buildings in Oslo, causing eight deaths, and a mass shooting at a camp of the Workers’ Youth League (AUF) of the Labour Party on the island of Utøya, where he killed 69 people. Others are still missing.
In his 1518-page “European Declaration of Independence,” Breivik reveals himself as a champion of modern biology and the scientific worldview, listing The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin as one of his most “important” books. (p. 1407)
“Social-darwinism was the norm before the 1950”, Breivik laments. “Back then, it was allowed to say what we feel. Now, however, we have to disguise our preferences to avoid the horrible consequences of being labeled as a genetical preferentialist.” (p. 1227) Continue reading
After taxing on the runway for years, the fossil record flight is finally off the ground. Over the past 150 years, since the publication of The Origin of Species, paleontologists have passionately searched the planet, and beyond, for evidence in the fossil record to document the evolution life. The flight is now in the air with the all the fossil record evidence available to document the history of life on the Earth safe and secure in the plane’s cargo-hold.
Fossils provide the only direct record of ancient life.
Charles Darwin in The Origin of Species hoodwinks natural selection with alternating unlimited and limited power. Natural selection was Darwin’s “grand” natural law acting through the ages giving rise to ever increasing complex forms of life. This essence of the concept is captured in the title: The Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
Natural selection, the proposed natural law driving the progress of evolution, was envisioned by Darwin, on the one hand, with powers like that of a deity: It has been said that I speak of natural selection as an active power or Deity; but who objects to an author speaking of the attraction of gravity as ruling the movements of the planets?
The following is a book review by Lisa Lewis on Darwin Then and Now, The Most Amazing Story in the History of Science recently published in the May-June 2011 issue of Home School Enrichment Magazine:
“Looking for a textbook that teaches your high school science students about the fallacies of the theory of evolution? Darwin, Then and Now challenges the evolutionary theory with a critical examination of the science and history of evolution. Written by Professor Richard William Nelson, this book is an in-depth study of the most amazing story in the history of science, the rise of the evolutionary theory. Darwin, Then and Now, is a must-read for the home school science student. Continue Reading
Charles Darwin in a letter Joseph D. Hooker in February 1871 speculated that life might have originated in “some warm little pond, with all sorts of ammonia and phosphoric salts, light, heat, electricity, &c., present, that a proteine compound was chemically formed ready to undergo still more complex changes”. The search for the origin and essence of life continues.
Central to the origin of life issue is the question, what is life? The journal Astrobiology in December 2010 featured a collection of essays on the topic “What is Life?” organized by David Deamer of the University of California, Santa Cruz, by asking the question, “Can life be defined?” Continue Reading