In today’s Phys.Org, we find an article giving the latest results from Deep Ocean temperature measurements of the North Atlantic. These measurements feature a new method of obtaining both temperature and CO2 levels. What is the long term trend telling us about our future? What about the dramatic shifts in deep ocean temperatures? Were they Read More…
Robert J. Marks on “machines with minds” vs. the real-life dweebs in his evolutionary programming:
A machine mind didn’t “just evolve” in this experiment; it was programmed in — even if its output was a surprise. The same is likely true of the human mind.
New university in Texas, aiming to restore scholarly debate, surviving so far
From a university trying out intellectual freedom: “The disarming power of culture was palpable. Students who had learned to hold their tongues in college classrooms poured forth their souls once the cork of wariness was unstopped. “
Robert J. Marks: 4. How Almost All Numbers Can Encode the Library of Congress
Re math: Almost every number between zero and one, randomly chosen by coin flipping, will at some point contain the binary encoding of the Library of Congress. That’s why infinity is a concept in math but not in the real world. Note: You should ask, how do we come to have concepts that are not part of the real world?
At Eurekalert: Connectivity of language areas unique in the human brain
“Neuroscientists have gained new insight into how our brain evolved into a language-ready brain. Compared to chimpanzee brains, the pattern of connections of language areas in our brain has expanded more than previously thought. “
At Evolution News: Conservation of Information — The Theorems
William Dembski: “And no, Darwinian evolution cannot, according to the conservation of information theorems, create information from scratch.”
At Mind Matters News: 2. Infinity illustrates that the universe has a beginning
The absurdities that an infinite past time would create, while not a definitive mathematical proof, are solid evidence that our universe had a beginning.
At Panda’s Thumb: Worry that the U.S. Supreme Court will rule for creationism
For some, tormenting themselves with this stuff probably seems to make more sense than confronting the fact that Darwinism (which is generally what they mean by “evolution”) isn’t as widely believed as it used to be within biology. Never mind what a judge thinks should be taught to kids in school.
At Evolution News: Conservation of Information — The Idea
The importance of “conservation of information” can’t be overstated. The inability of nature to ratchet up information by any natural process in the universe is a hardwired property of the way the universe works.
Are We Free?
There is a constant struggle in every man’s heart between what he does and what he knows he should do. Freud and the Apostle Paul wrote about this conflict in the following famous passages: Thus the ego, driven by the id, confined by the super-ego, repulsed by reality, struggles to master its economic task of Read More…
At Mind Matters News: Can we eliminate the idea of function from the study of life?
The term “function” in life forms is linked historically with the idea that life forms show evidence of design. Therefore, philosopher Emmanuel Ratti and molecular biologist Pierre-Luc Germain argue, biologists shouldn’t use it … The problem with their position is not that it is opposed to intelligent design theory but that it is in conflict with the self-evident nature of life forms.
Remember when the lab-leak theory of COVID-19 was “just a conspiracy theory”?
Matt Ridley: We don’t say this virus definitely jumped out of a laboratory, but we do say that if there is one city in the world where a laboratory leak of a novel SARS-like virus from bats would be most likely to happen, it would be Wuhan.
At Mind Matters News: Why free will is philosophically and scientifically sound
Takehome: Neurosurgeon Michael Egnor points out that, though free will may be unpopular with atheist thinkers like biologist Darwinian evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne, science doesn’t refute it.
At Socrates in the City: Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer Tackle Science and God
Meyer is author of “The Return of the God Hypothesis: Three Scientific Discoveries that Reveal the Mind Behind the Universe.” Eric Metaxas is a radio talk show host and author of Is Atheism Dead?
At Mind Matters News: The Software of the Gaps: An excerpt from Non-Computable You
Robert J. Marks reminds us of the tale of the boy who dug through a pile of manure because he was sure that … underneath all that poop, there MUST surely be a pony!