Why we are living with Darwinism and why it matters…

This is part of a series which will review the history of why and how we are presently living with Darwinism and it will address why it matters. It is a historical overview and assessed in the light of to-day's scientific understanding of the deeper complexities of life... Darwin wrote in a 27 May 1855…

Darwinian Evolution is depressing: the scientific alternatives are a breath of fresh air

    Below is a recent blog from Huffington Post (UK) which tells us to buck up, and just because evolution is so random & meaningless, doesn't have to make life meaningless too- after the article I leave a comment which I hope you might enjoy... The article is as follows: "Evolution Doesn't Make Life…

Shrinking helped dinosaurs and birds to keep evolving

yes, perhaps they never all became extinct, some just got smaller

After Big Bang

Although most dinosaurs went extinct 65 million years ago, one dinosaur lineage survived and lives on today as a major evolutionary success story — the birds. A study that has ‘weighed’ hundreds of dinosaurs suggests that shrinking their bodies may have helped the group that became birds to continue exploiting new ecological niches throughout their evolution, and become hugely successful today.

Dinosaur phylogeny showing nodes with exceptional rates of body size evolution. Credit: Benson RBJ, Campione NE, Carrano MT, Mannion PD, Sullivan C, et al. (2014) Rates of Dinosaur Body Mass Evolution Indicate 170 Million Years of Sustained Ecological Innovation on the Avian Stem Lineage. PLoS Biol 12(5): e1001853. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001853 Dinosaur phylogeny showing nodes with exceptional rates of body size evolution.
Credit: Benson RBJ, Campione NE, Carrano MT, Mannion PD, Sullivan C, et al. (2014) Rates of Dinosaur Body Mass Evolution Indicate 170 Million Years of Sustained Ecological Innovation on the Avian Stem Lineage. PLoS Biol 12(5): e1001853. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1001853

An international team, led by scientists at Oxford University and the Royal Ontario Museum, estimated the body mass of 426 dinosaur species based on the thickness of their leg bones. The team found that dinosaurs showed rapid rates of body…

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Acid bath offers easy path to stem cells

Now if conditions were very acidic in the primordial pond? What could they begin turning into? Obviously not mammalian parts yet – after all, their software program would not have become that advance yet…. what about an amoeba? You have to learn to crawl before you walk and to walk before you can run. Just a thought after reading this article and thinking about an alternative to Darwinian Theory of Evolution.

After Big Bang

Just squeezing or bathing cells in acidic conditions can readily reprogram them into an embryonic state.

In 2006, Japanese researchers reported1 a technique for creating cells that have the embryonic ability to turn into almost any cell type in the mammalian body — the now-famous induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. In papers published this week in Nature2, 3, another Japanese team says that it has come up with a surprisingly simple method — exposure to stress, including a low pH — that can make cells that are even more malleable than iPS cells, and do it faster and more efficiently.

“It’s amazing. I would have never thought external stress could have this effect,” says Yoshiki Sasai, a stem-cell researcher at the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, Japan, and a co-author of the latest studies. It took Haruko Obokata, a young stem-cell biologist at the same centre…

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