Evolutionary biologist explains how studying evolution can help us understand impeachment 

Whatever you think about the potential – likely? – impeachment of Donald Trump (and I’m all for it), this development converges intriguingly with The Goodness Paradox, a fascinating 2018 book by anthropologist Richard Wrangham. In it, Wrangham makes the paradoxical suggestion that socially orchestra

Source: Evolutionary biologist explains how studying evolution can help us understand impeachment – Alternet.org

1 Billion Years of Evolution Illuminated by Genetic Sequencing of 1,100 Plants

Plants are evolutionary champions, dominating Earth’s ecosystems for more than a billion years and making the planet habitable for countless other life forms, including us. Now, scientists have completed a nine-year genetic quest to shine a light on the long, complex history of land plants and green

Source: 1 Billion Years of Evolution Illuminated by Genetic Sequencing of 1,100 Plants

New data on the evolution of plants and origin of species — ScienceDaily

There are over 500,000 plant species in the world today. They all evolved from a common ancestor. How this leap in biodiversity happened is still unclear. Researchers now present the results of a unique project on the evolution of plants. Using genetic data from 1,147 species the team created the most comprehensive evolutionary tree for green plants to date.

Source: New data on the evolution of plants and origin of species — ScienceDaily

 Historical directionality as an indication of teleology

To see teleology in a physical or historical context is a valid argument, correct or not, and requires careful demonstration and proof but its use as an argument for the existence of god is pace kant most probably fallacious: the latter is borders on incoherence and has no stable referents.

The issues of ‘design’, teleology, proofs of the existence of god, and finally ‘intelligent’ design are all different and can’t be safely collated in a typical secular…

Source: secular humanist (and religious) confusion over…//The Teleological Argument – Darwiniana

How Jurassic Plankton Stole Control of the Ocean’s Chemistry 

Evolution is usually depicted as a consequence of the never-ending war between living things — a “Struggle for Existence amongst all organic beings,” as Charles Darwin put it. The physical environment around those living things plays a part, but it’s secondary to the intimate relationships that organisms have with one another. Whether talking about symbioses or the ongoing competitions between species called Red Queen’s races, researchers largely take it for granted that ecological relationships are the primary force of evolution.   

Source: How Jurassic Plankton Stole Control of the Ocean’s Chemistry | Portside

Nathaniel Comfort, fresh off an op-ed in Nature, skewers pop Darwinian Steven Pinker 

It’s getting so that Darwinians are being treated like ordinary folk who could actually be wrong about some things. What is the world coming to? Where is Queen Umpadeedle when they need her?

Source: Nathaniel Comfort, fresh off an op-ed in Nature, skewers pop Darwinian Steven Pinker | Uncommon Descent