Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton: Perspectives from Science and Science Fiction

This election has witnessed a lot of firsts. Most recent, as of my writing this, is that the Clergy Letter Project has endorsed a presidential candidate for the first time. You won’t be surprised that the candidate in question is Hillary Clinton. I gather than Donald Trump did not respond to their questionnaire, but Hillary Clinton did. [Read More…]

The Evolution of the Eye

Jim Kidder shared the video above. [Read more…]

I Have This Book (Here’s How I Got It)

The above image comes via a post on Jerry Coyne’s blog, “The Truth About Creationism vs. Evolutionism.” Would it be fair to say that the biggest reasons for the debates about evolution among Christians, and between religious fundamentalists of various stripes and everyone else, stem from people not understanding how either of the two books [Read More…]

Transitional Species (Looking in the Wrong Place)

It is fascinating how much misunderstanding there is about transitional species, in particular among those who criticize science without knowing what they are talking about. If someone you know doesn’t understand this point, please share the above explanation with them! [Read more…]

Ego, Eco, Evo

PZ Myers shared the above image a while back, comparing different ways of viewing the world and our place in it. I’m not sure that they are as incompatible as might be thought. One can recognize that all living things share a history and much else, and yet also treat more complex living things as [Read More…]

Mapping the Origins Debate

I am grateful to IVP for sending me a gratis review copy of Gerald Rau’s book Mapping the Origins Debate. The book’s subtitle refers to the “Beginning of Everything,” but the book in fact looks at a number of quite distinct beginnings – the beginning of the universe, of life, of species, and of humans. Given [Read More…]

Darwin’s Pious Idea

Conor Cunningham’s book Darwin’s Pious Idea is an impressive effort, aimed at challenging the shared view among fundamentalists (whether religious or atheist) of what the implications are of Darwin’s theory of evolution. I am grateful to Eerdmans for having sent me a gratis review copy. The book begins by problematizing the essentialization of many aspects [Read More…]

Ham vs. Nye, Moses, and Jesus

Tyler Franke has offered a comical cartoon version of a debate between Ken Ham, Bill Nye, Moses, and Jesus. Below is a sample. Click through for more. [Read more…]

Problem Solved

Sometimes science does indeed offer a clear answer to a supposedly insoluble problem…   [Read more…]

It’s Time to Think about whether Evolution Really Happened

I’m always surprised at how much rancor is directed toward “creationists”—those who deny that evolution, whether on the macro or micro level, is the best explanation for the diversity of life on our planet. I’m also surprised at how certain many biologists are that evolution occurred (Jerry Coyne, to give a prominent example). Yet although I am the first to [Read More…]