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What Good Is Half A Brain

I recently wrote a post for NeuroLogica in which I discuss the latest transitional fossil find – a pinniped (seal, sealion, walrus) ancestor that was able to walk on land (a walking seal). One commenter simply asked “what good is half a flipper.” At first I assumed the question was tongue-in-cheek, but on second thought [...]

Bias and Denial in Science

SGU listener, Brandon, recently sent in this question:

Hello all, just want to say I really enjoy the show. I had a quick question/comment on the homeopathy discussion during the most recent podcast. While criticizing the dubious homeopathic studies, Dr. Novella stated that the Cochrane Collaboration was putting in charge of these studies ideological advocates. [...]

The Scientism Straw Man

Scientism is the belief that science can and will discover the answers to all questions, that there are no inherent limits to the ability of science to solve all problems. In my experience it is a trait rarely seen in working scientists, but often accused as a way of dismissing scientific criticism.

A recent editorial [...]

Macro Microbes Rewrite Evolution?

Recently, biologist Mikhail Matz and colleagues were looking in the Bahamas for fish that glow in the dark but instead they found a single-celled critter that may re-write some of the evolution textbooks.

What they found is called a Gromia Sphaerica; a giant single-celled protozoan the size of a grape. These distant relatives of microscopic [...]

Darwinists of the World Unite!

I’ve been watching this debate between creationism and evolution for the last 3 years.  (Yes, I’m a noob.)  And one questions always pops up in my head, although it might seem like an irrelevant question to the debate, it bugs me. 

Why does it seem that the word “Darwinism” and its other variations bothers so [...]