10.20.2015

“How often have I said to you that when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth?”  —Sherlock Holmes

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Last week we looked at some of the reasons why creationists can’t stop talking about the Cambrian explosion. Today let’s look at a new paper published in Science1 that explores possible causes of the Cambrian explosion, the seminal diversification of animal life that began about 530 million years ago. As we’ll see, the way scientists think about the causes of the Cambrian explosion has little in common with the way creationists think about it.

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stephen jay gouldToday (10 September) is Stephen Jay Gould's birthday. He would have been 72.

SJG was an inspiration to many, and especially to me; my fascination with geology was spurred, in no small part, by his writings. With his untimely passing, we lost a great scientist and a great science communicator. NCSE's Project Steve is named in his honor.

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The Texas State Board of Education has nominated several well-known creationists to review high school biology textbooks. Our friends at the amazing and indefatigable Texas Freedom Network have written with alarm about this developing situation. The state board, after hearing from their reviewers, will vote this November to adopt certain science textbooks for Texas’ vast market.

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