March 15, 2019

I’m involved with the Phylogeny Explorer Project because I’m fascinated by the systematic classification of life-forms. A few days ago, I posted how I and a few paleontologists once thought that turtles weren’t really reptiles; that they might be the last surviving lineage of Permian para-reptiles, but that subsequent discoveries proved us wrong. However years before that, I made another taxonomic prediction, one that went against the status quo, and this time new evidence suggests that I might be right. A… Read more

March 13, 2019

My first post about reading the Qur’an was on Chapters 1 & 2. My second post and first video chat was on Chapters 96, 68 & 73. My third post and second video chat was on Chapters 74, 111 & 81. My fourth post and third video was on Chapters 87, 92, 89, 93, 94 & 103. Though I will now refer to each chapter as Surah, as they are traditionally called. That makes more sense when so many “chapters” are but a single paragraph. In each… Read more

March 11, 2019

The classification of turtles is one of the oldest and most contentious debates in taxonomy. What are they? Meaning, what is their phylogeny? Not “how did they evolve?” (we’ve figured that out now, I think) but “what did they evolve from?” Several years ago, I gave a presentation making some predictions about how future fossils could confirm whether turtles are just another lineage of Diapsids (like lizards and crocodiles and every other actual reptile alive today) or whether they would… Read more

March 5, 2019

My first post about reading the Qur’an was Chapters 1 & 2. My second post was on Chapters 96, 68 & 73. My most recent post was on Chapters 74, 111 & 81. As each chapter is so short now, I’ll cover maybe a half dozen of them at a time from here on. According to, the next chapter in “order of revelation” is: Chapter 87 Al-A’laa “The Most High”. [Prophet], glorify the name of your Lord the Most… Read more

February 16, 2019

I started reading the Qur’an at Chapter 1, followed of course by Chapter 2. Al-Baqara “The Cow”, which is the longest chapter in the whole book. The others are all quite short. I wrote a blog post about my impression of both of those first two chapters. Then I learned that the Qur’an is not written in “order of revelation”, (I have no idea why, nor how that was determined) and I was told that it is different if read in… Read more

January 19, 2019

Hi, I’m Aron Ra, Director of the Phylogeny Explorer Project, Regional Director of American Atheists, and author of Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism. This video is an open letter to Indiana State Senators, Dennis Kruse and Scott Schneider, and any other legislators who promote teaching “various theories on the origin of life, including creationism” in public schools. First of all, Senators, evolution is not a theory on the origin of life, but religious fundamentalists don’t understand that, and commonly insist that… Read more

January 5, 2019

I’m starting a new experimental video series wherein I’ll read a few chapters of the Qur’an and post my impressions of that here. Then I’ll get on a Google Hangout with some ex-Muslim apostates or preferably practicing Muslims and maybe others who are familiar with the Hadiths and the way that these scriptures are understood in Islam. I’ll invite them to read one of these blog posts and then discuss whichever one on video with me directly. I want to… Read more

December 19, 2018

I recently had a video exchange debate with a convicted fraud and charlatan who calls himself “Dr Dino”. That playlist is here. My opponent, Mr Kent Hovind has no formal education, but he purchased a bogus PhD from an unaccredited degree mill, and has forever since touted the title “doctor” on everything he does. He has a cult following, and all his sycophants call him Doctor Hovind, which is how he typically presents himself. I have too much respect for actual… Read more

October 9, 2018

Post report on the Tetrapod Zoology Conference and PEP update. Hi. I’m Steve (Owen), the project manager for/of (?) the Phylogeny Explorer (Project) – you know, that big web of string that Aron has created, with little knots in it that all have strange Latin names, that he somehow thinks people might be interested in looking at. Yes, that’s the one! But seriously, lots is happening and it’s going to take some time to update you on everything. First, TetZooCon…. Read more

September 26, 2018

A troll on my videos dropped a few attempted stump questions in the comments, but this is an opportunity to share a summary explanation of a topic that often confuses the laity. 1. Are scientific theories ever proven? Not in the mathematics sense that scientists typically use, but they can be in a colloquial sense, if we use the legal definition of “proof” as an overwhelming preponderance of evidence indicating a particular conclusion beyond reasonable doubt. In this sense, we… Read more

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