Latest Blog Posts on the Evolution Debate
As I mentioned in my previous blog entry , the theory of evolution is far from "a theory in crisis," and is in fact fully accepted by the overwhelming majority of scientists worldwide. Within the U.S. alone (where belief in creationism is widespread among the public), polls indicate that about 95% of scientists generally, and over 99% of scientists actually working in relevant fields such as li ...
By Deepak Chopra, MD, FACP, Menas Kafatos, Ph.D., Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor in Computational Physics, Chapman University, and Rudolph E. Tanzi, Ph.D., Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). What would it take to make the universe a living thing? What woul ...
[caption id="attachment_1990" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Am I the only one who had to take care of one of these my eighth grade year?"] [/caption] Some of my regular readers may be amused to learn that I actually got the eighth grade science award. (I guess I took extra good care of my egg baby or something.) Somewhere in high school, I, like many other adolescent girls, fell aw ...
[caption id="attachment_340" align="alignright" width="300" caption="There are different ways to look at things"] [/caption] There have been a handful of times in my life when I felt like certain things were 'given' to me by a higher power, and all I had to do was get it out and written down. This is one of those pieces. I originally 'received' this, right after my 'Gnostic Theism; Or, Digi ...
Because suffering is part of human life, everyone asks why it exists, and the answers we give to ourselves make a great deal of difference. Explanations lead to action, for one thing. Billions of people choose religion as a way to accept suffering or to try and escape it. In the first post of this series we began with the opposite of religion, however. The modern tendency, deeply influenced by sc ...
In our touring debates on science versus spirituality, Caltech physics professor Leonard Mlodinow and I take turns claiming to be the underdog. This is never more confusing than when it comes to debating Darwinism. Evolution has been a wedge issue for a century and a half. Biologists consider Darwin's concept of the evolution of species incontrovertible; indeed, it may be the single greatest idea ...
Students have a right to question "evolutionary pseudo-science" and "evolutionary dogma," according to the "Question Evolution" campaign and should be encouraged to do so, says Louis Sheldon of the Traditional Values Coalition. The coalition is offering brochures, caps and t-shirts announcing kids' opposition to Charles Darwin and the theories of evolution. Kids should be challenged to questio ...
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