Jonathan Bartlett: Can computers simply evolve greater intelligence, Avida-style?  

The failure to do so is consistent with Bill Dembski’s notion of displacement. Put simply, to develop complex functional systems, you can shift design around but you can’t actually get rid of it.

Source: Jonathan Bartlett: Can computers simply evolve greater intelligence, Avida-style? | Uncommon Descent

Ancestors is a video game that reveals how the first humans evolved

As an academic scientist who researches human evolution, I was surprised to receive an email one day from Patrice Désilets, a top computer game designer responsible for the first two Assassin’s Creed games. He was working on a new game based on our early evolution in Africa, he said, and was using my book The […]

Source: Ancestors is a video game that reveals how the first humans evolved

Naomi Klein, Autism and Climate Activism 

In a recent interview with Amy Goodman, Naomi Klein linked Greta Thunberg’s autism with her powerful commitment to combating climate chaos. In doing so, I believe she promoted a serious misunderstanding about how autism is linked to Greta’s moral clarity on this existential threat. In the interview quoted extensively below, Klein talks about autism and More

Source: Naomi Klein, Autism and Climate Activism – CounterPunch.org

still another useless book on darwinism from Ruse…//Amazon.com: Darwinism as Religion: What Literature Tells Us about Evolution eBook: Michael Ruse: Kindle Store

One can only feel sorry for someone who has written so many bad books on darwinism ending here with the obvious challenge to the ‘darwinian religion’ without seeing that he is a victim
The number or wasted and wrecked careers here is almost disheartening…

see also
https://evolutionnews.org/2019/09/richard-weikart-on-michael-ruse-and-the-darwinian-religion/
https://uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/richard-weikart-darwinian-philosopher-embraces-darwinism-as-a-religion/

Physics envy is a terrible thing, especially in economists 

John Rapley: That’s something that ‘physics envy’ can’t capture – that the social nature of human beings makes any laws of behaviour tentative and contextual. In fact, the very term ‘social science’ is probably best seen as an oxymoron.

Source: Physics envy is a terrible thing, especially in economists | Uncommon Descent

A DNA Glimpse of an Egnimatic Human Relative 

EARLIER THIS YEAR, David Gokhman summoned a ghost. Gokhman, then a Ph.D. student at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was attempting to piece together the skeleton of an enigmatic ancient human known as a Denisovan. But while the Denisovans likely lived in Asia for tens of thousands of years, researchers have only found meager fossil traces—a pinky bone, a skull fragment, a fractured jaw, and a few teeth. To give these specters form, Gokhman instead turned to the most compelling trace of their existence: their ancient DNA. 

Source: A DNA Glimpse of an Egnimatic Human Relative | Portside