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Human Nature

Conventional wisdom holds that the murder rate has plummeted since the Middle Ages; humankind is growing more peaceful and enlightened; manis shortly to be much improved — better genes, better neural circuits, better biochemistry; and we are approaching a technological singularity that well may usher in utopia. Human Nature eviscerates these and other doctrinesof a contemporary nihilism masquerading as science. In this …

The Real Truth About Jonathan Wells

Since the publication of Icons of Evolution (2000), biologist Jonathan Wells has been subjected to a smear campaign by Darwin-only lobbyists, who have attacked everything from Dr. Wells’s integrity as a scholar to his personal religious beliefs. This fact sheet rebuts some of the most outrageous smears. Read More ›

Mere Theistic Evolution Cannot Be (and Never Was) Mere

Churchill and Murray (2019) criticize my chapter on common descent in Theistic Evolution (2017) for what they argue is its illicit extension of doubts about universal common descent (UCD) to the theory of evolution itself. This criticism is groundless. I take pains to distinguish UCD from “evolution,” because the latter is defined in 2019 not by a univocal or canonical scientific theory, …

Bandwidth (September 2005)

T he shriek of Katrina’s 140 mph winds and rat-a-tat-tat of its driving, torrential rain left in its tumultuous wake a coast silenced by vast devastation. Darkness ruled not just night but day, as the electric grid crash darkened shelters and the lights of fiber-optic cable went off in an instant. Cell towers fell, broadcast stations were yanked off the air, and the voices of a great city fell silent. The city, and parts of the Gulf Coast as well, simply dropped off the globally networked web of voice, data and video communications that define societal participation in the Information Age. The sounds that most often reached one’s ears, besides the voices of reporters talking into portable microphones, were those of whirring helicopter blades and episodic cracks of gunfire.

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Not Making the Grade

In 2000, Jonathan Wells published a review of biology textbooks in their treatment of the ― icons‖of evolution.i Wells applied criteria to 10 then-current biology textbooks in their coverage of common lines of evidence used to support evolution. This updated 2011 textbook review applies Wells‘ evaluation criteria of the icons to 22 recent biology textbooks, all published since 2005. The average publication year …

The Scientific Controversy Over the Cambrian Explosion

Darwin called his theory “descent with modification.” The phrase reflected Darwin’s belief that all organisms are modified descendants of a common ancestor that lived in the distant past. The only illustration in Darwin’s book The Origin of Species shows the “tree of life” pattern one would expect to find in the fossil record if his theory were true. The common ancestor Read More ›

Genetic analysis of coordinate flagellar and type III regulatory circuits in pathogenic bacteria

Abstract: The bacterial flagellum represents one of the best understood molecular machines. Comprised of 40 parts that self-assemble into a true rotary engine, the biochemistry and genetics of these systems has revealed an unanticipated complexity. An essential component to assembly is the subset of parts that function as a protein secretory pump to ensure and discriminate that the correct number …

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Zombie Science Files

More than fifteen years ago, CSC biologist jonathan Wells leveled an attack against 10 outdated defenses of Darwinism in Icons of Evolution. His book made quite an impact, becoming a classic of the intelligent design movement and even forcing some textbook publishers to remove grossly inaccurate illustrations and examples from their textbooks. But the trouble with icons is that, like zombies, they Read More ›