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Intelligent Design and
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casting nature in the role of machinery, the notion of Intelligent Design (ID) shows itself to be an
anthropomorphizing tool. The designer-artifact lens through which IDers
see nature projects onto nature the general shape of the human-artifact
relat...

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The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis - a moderate step in the right direction
As we near the end of 2016 a discontent grows among the practitioners of evolution theory. Research results keep outrunning the theory’s capacity to herd them—the results, that is, but the practitioners, too—and corral them inside the Modern Synthesis. Evid...

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The Extended Evolutionary Synthesis - a moderate step in the right direction
We are nearing the end of 2016, and a discontent grows among the practitioners of evolution theory. Research results keep outrunning the theory’s capacity to herd them—the results, that is, but the practitioners, too—and corral them inside the Modern Synthe...

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Mass Media Constitute One Big Selfie?
The author of The Influencing Machine, Brooke Gladstone, works for National Public Radio (NPR), which means that she is linked financially to the patronage of grant-bequeathing foundations, those social-engineering tools wielded by the wealthy, who have an ...

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Intelligent Design: A Case Study in Cherry Picking
Intelligent Design (ID) theory proposes that her complex workings make nature look so much like an artifact that we should take her to be one, one that, according to ID discourse, was willed into being by a pre-existing creative intelligence. This is in dis...

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Is YouTube Selectively Displaying Comments on Videos?
Here is a screenshot that shows the same YouTube page in two browsers: Google Chrome at left and Mozilla Firefox at right (tho which is which is not important - I don't think).  Notice that the comments are for the same video, which is the premier Unspun sh...

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Nature as Machine: Inverting the Assumption
Intelligent Design (ID) advocates call attention to the ways in which nature works. They says it looks like a complex machine. And, they have a point. Photosynthesis in plants, nucleosynthesis in stars, complicated nanoscale assemblies, and so on, make natu...

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But for Adaptations: Inverting the Assumption
Evolution theorists seem to assume that a successful creature marches into its environment equipped with an armamentarium of adaptations. Such a creature inherits its adaptations from its parents. The adaptations bestow fitness upon the creature. This fitne...

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The Twin Phantoms: Genes and Information
Ongoing research in molecular biology has delivered to the world the peculiar finding that the term gene refers to no determinable thing at all.
Gene is an idea. It grew from an assumption. The assumption, implied by the prevailing scientific philosophy of...

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Toward Radical Organicism: A Rant on the Philosophy of Nature as Creature
The processes that operate inside a living cell might tempt us to credit for their organized complexity some kind of executive intelligence. And any such intelligence as might be involved in the metabolic churnings of a cell must reside either beyond this w...
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