Shout it from the rooftops! Researchers from Oxford University have discovered that unitary pseudogenes play a role in regulating gene expression. As I predicted in my book Who Was Adam?, if Reasons … more
Town and court criers gain the attention of a crowd by calling out “Oyez! Oyez! Oyez!” (akin to the cry “Hear ye!”) before announcing official proclamations, news, and even … more
On Monday, guest writer and visiting scholar Hugh Henry discussed research into the effects of radiation on the human body. Despite our fear of radiation, it seems that God has designed the human … more
A feature article in the August 2012 issue of Scientific American trumpets a scary warning: “Deadly Rays from Clouds—Thunderstorms Give Out Powerful Blasts of X-Rays and Gamma … more
Editors aren’t Borgs. Honest. But we often stress that resistance to saving multiple versions of the same document is futile. This practice might seem redundant and unnecessary, but when an … more
Bruno Laeng and Tor Endestad, “Bright Illusions reduce the Eye’s Pupil,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA 109 (2012): 2162-2167 more
On Monday I discussed a recent report on the human pupil and how the research shows that so-called “bad” designs are often, in fact, optimally designed. Although skeptics like to point to … more
Less-than-optimal designs seem to fit better with an evolutionary explanation. But as a new report on the human pupil demonstrates, most supposed shoddy mechanisms turn out to be optimally designed … more
You might have seen MSNBC, "Predators Essential for Life’s Diversity" Mar 10, 2012; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/46711473/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.T2Idi3nNmEV more
An impacted wisdom tooth is painful. The agony it causes, however, is not confined to the poor person destined for oral surgery. It also creates discomfort for Christian apologists.
Skeptics often … more
MSNBC, "Wisdom teeth hurt? Blame your ancient ancestors" Nov 21, 2011; http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/45390966/ns/technology_and_science-science/#.Ts03A1bNlPE more
Fox News, "9 Useless Body Parts" Oct 14, 2011; http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/10/14/useless-body-parts/ more
Arguing against human-Neanderthal interbreeding; Getting back to irreducible complexity; Automatic physical constants? Choking = bad design? more
PNAS, "The former annotated human pseudogene" Aug 26, 2011; http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2011/08/25/1103605108.full.pdf+html?sid=709316aa-b9c9-4a87-9e55-945d3db68212 more
Fuz Rana’s Top Five Reasons
1. “Bad designs” turn out to be good. Biological systems that seem poorly designed present a significant challenge to the case for design. Why would an … more
Science Daily, "Missing DNA Helps Make Us Human," Mar 09, 2011; http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/03/110309131934.htm more
Nobody likes it when insult is added to injury. But when injury is compounded by inflammation, it is often fatal.
Researchers recently made progress in their understanding of the causes of … more
I’m sure many of you have seen a reference at one time or another to “The Department of Redundancy Department.” 1
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It goes without saying that redundancy … more
My back hurts this morning—another unwanted sign that my 50th birthday is rapidly approaching. And my eyesight—where are those reading glasses?
The human body is an amazing thing but, as … more
Do you remember the movie Dave?
In this romantic comedy, the president of the United States suffers a stroke while having an extramarital affair and is in a coma. The chief of staff cooks up a scheme … more