Why is a Fly Not a Horse?

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InĀ Why Is a Fly Not a Horse?, published by Discovery Institute Press, editor of the prestigious Italian biology journalĀ Rivista di Biologia, Giuseppe Sermonti, explains why evolution resembles a “paradigm” more than it does an explanation. Scientists assume that the theory and its implications (such as universal common descent) are true, but no one can ever explain the details of precisely why it is. Continue reading “Why is a Fly Not a Horse?”

Getting the Facts Straight: A Viewer’s Guide to PBS’s Evolution

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Accuracy and objectivity are what we should expect in a television documentary – especially in a science documentary on a publicly-funded network. But the PBS Evolution series falls far short of meeting these basic standards. It distorts the scientific evidence, ignores scientific disagreements over Darwin’s theory, and misrepresents the theory’s critics. The series also displays a sharply biased view of religion and seeks to influence the political debate over how evolution should be taught in schools. Evolution presents itself as science journalism, but it is actually a work of one-sided advocacy. Continue reading “Getting the Facts Straight: A Viewer’s Guide to PBS’s Evolution”

Are We Spiritual Machines?: Ray Kurzweil vs. the Critics of Strong A.I.

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Computers are becoming more powerful at an ever-increasing rate, but will they ever become conscious? Artificial intelligence guru Ray Kurzweil thinks so and explains how we will “download” our software (our minds) and “upgrade” our hardware (our bodies) to become immortal — before the dawn of the 22nd century. In this debate with his critics, including several Discovery Institute Fellows, Kurzweil defends his views and sets the stage for the central question: “What does it mean to be human?” Continue reading “Are We Spiritual Machines?: Ray Kurzweil vs. the Critics of Strong A.I.”