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Laurence A. “Larry” Moran
Worked at University of Toronto
Attended Carleton University (Ottawa)
Lives in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
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Jesus and Mo on Wednesday
This one is from five years ago, reposted today at eggs2 .
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Branko Kozulic has questions about fixation
Branko Kozulic is trying to understand how so many neutral alleles could be fixed in the human and chimpanzee populations (species) over the past five million years. He's not happy that Vincent Torley conceded the point that it was possible. There are two r...
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Critical thinking and standardized tests
Lawyer Barry Arrington has posted a link to an article that compares scores on standardized tests (LSAT) with undergraduate discipline. It also looked at university GPA. That article is: The best prospective law students read Homer . Look at the chart below...
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On the frustration of trying to educate IDiots
Theme Mutation -definition -mutation types -mutation rates -phylogeny -controversies The Intelligent Design Creationists are remarkably ignorant about evolution so, over the past two decades, we have tried to explain a little bit about modern concepts of ev...
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How can IDiot students stump science professors?
The Intelligent Design Creationists tell us repeatedly that they have a valid scientific theory of design. The reality is that 99.9% of everything they say is an attack on science and evolution. They don't have any answers themselves and they desperately wa...
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Yes, the thing about all those questions is that they don't refute evolution at all, they are just nitpicking at details with specialized questions. I couldn't answer half of those because I'm not an expert in those fields. However to an average church goer with little scientific knowledge, the questions sound intelligent. All they need to do is sew the seeds of doubt in the uneducated.

I had a guy last night mock evolution. After asking him to show me how to date the Earth to 6,000 years, he had to invoke the old "God changed the rate of the flow of time/radioactive decay" ...etc. The quicker you can get them to admit their core belief, the better. Then you can tell them to not bother giving scientific explanations since God can do anything.

By the way, I enjoy all of your posts!
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What would happen if Intelligent Design Creationists understood evolution?
There's an interesting phenomenon taking place over on one of the main Intelligent Design Creationist websites. It started when a philosphopher, Vincent Torley, tried to understand how the sequences differences between chimpanzees and humans could be explai...
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Why creationists think they are more open-minded than scientists
Vincent Torley was initially very skeptical when I described the differences between human and chimpanzee genomes and explained that those differences could be accounted for by evolution. He didn't want to believe that was true because it didn't fit into hi...
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You have more patience than me. Whew.... 
Well, creationists ARE more open to pseudoscience than scientists!
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On being outed as a closest Darwinist, again
I can understand why the Intelligent Design Creationists want to label me as a Darwinist, but John Wilkins? What's his motive? He writes [ Closet Darwinism, and definitions ], Larry’s argument is roughly this: modern evolutionary theory includes a host of i...
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+Laurence A. Moran Typo in the title? "closest" or "closet" ?
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On being "outed" as a closet Darwinist
There is no universally agreed upon definition of "Darwinism" but many of us think it refers to a view of evolution that emphasizes natural selection as the dominant mechanism of evolution. That's why I don't call myself a "Darwinist." What Is Darwinism? Wh...
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Alan Sokal explains the scientific worldview
As most of you know, I prefer a broad definition of science as a way of knowing. I usually refer to it as a way of knowing based on rational thinking, evidence, and healthy skepticism but there are many other ways of expressing the same idea. However you sa...
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I'm a Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Toronto interested in biochemistry, molecular evolution, and science education. I'm one of the authors of "Principles of Biochemistry" (5th edition)—one of the leading introductory college biochemistry textbooks.
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  • Carleton University (Ottawa)
    Biology, 1964 - 1968
  • Princeton University
    Biochemistry, 1968 - 1974
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