Archive for juin 2007


« A man has no reason to be ashamed of having an ape for his grandfather. If there were an ancestor whom I should feel shame in recalling, it would rather be a man, a man of restless and versatile intellect, who, not content with an equivocal success in his own sphere of activity, plunges into scientific questions with which he had no real acquaintance, only to obscure them by an aimless rhetoric, and distract the attention of his hearers from the real point at issue by eloquent digressions and skilled appeals to religious prejudice. » –

And he didn’t even knew about 🙂

Il parlait en fait de … Il doit être un des modèles de Jean.

Thomas Henry Huxley


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Fast-Reproducing Microbes Provide a Window on Natural Selection, by Carl Zimmer

In the corner of a laboratory at Michigan State University, one of the longest-running experiments in evolution is quietly unfolding. A dozen flasks of sugary broth swirl on a gently rocking table. Each is home to hundreds of millions of Escherichia coli, the common gut microbe. These 12 lines of bacteria have been reproducing since 1989, when the biologist bred them from a single E. coli. “I originally thought it might go a couple thousand generations, but it’s kept going and stayed interesting,” Dr. Lenski said. He is up to 40,000 generations now, and counting.

« We cannot haul 10,000 generations into the laboratory » disait l’autre et Jean Staune approuvait 😉 , heu non, il disait « Cela veut dire que le est d’accord avec « 

Bien sûr, personne n’avait prévenu Lenski qui bêtement a continué au delà des 10000 générations. et avec des résultats en plus ! Merde alors…

In that time, the bacteria have changed significantly. For one thing, they are bigger — twice as big on average as their common ancestor. They are also far better at reproducing in these flasks, dividing 70 percent faster than their ancestor. These changes have emerged through and , and Dr. Lenski and his colleagues have been able to watch them unfold.

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blog against theocracy , Next: July 1-4

A blogswarm is where a group of bloggers from all venues agree to post on the same topic. Our loosely framed topic for this swarm is « the separation of Church and State is patriotic. » But this is about blogging, and we’re not trying to herd anyone. Post on church/state separation, against theocracy, and you’re participating.

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UK Gov boots back into ‘religious’ margins

The government has announced that it will publish guidance for schools on how creationism and intelligent design relate to science teaching, and has reiterated that it sees no place for either on the science curriculum.

It has also defined « Intelligent Design », the idea that life is too complex to have arisen without the guiding hand of a greater intelligence, as a religion, along with « creationism ».


I really don’t understand why ‘religious’ rathe than plain religious in the title 😛

Something equivalent should be done in France, by the way 🙂

HT: PZ Myers

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Bill should be

…more careful and try to understand what he is reading.

Just go there and read his interpretation of 11297.

In fact, I hope that the Council will promote this report as much as possible. You must be an idiot to understand it as Dembski did. We didnt’ needed confirmation about Bill’s capacities of understanding but he kindly provide some more.

Anyway, ID isn’t a « hate crime » is just a crime against logics.

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by ,
PNAS May 15, 2007 vol. 104 suppl. 1 8567– 8573

’s greatest contribution to science is that he completed the by drawing out for biology the notion of nature as a system of matter in motion governed by natural laws. With Darwin’s discovery of natural selection, the origin and adaptations of organisms were brought into the realm of science. The adaptive features of organisms could now be explained, like the phenomena of the inanimate world, as the result of natural processes, without recourse to an . The Copernican and the s may be seen as the two stages of the one Scientific Revolution. They jointly ushered in the beginning of science in the modern sense of the word: explanation through natural laws. Darwin’s theory of natural selection accounts for the ‘‘design’’ of organisms, and for their wondrous diversity, as the result of natural processes, the gradual accumulation of spontaneously arisen variations (mutations) sorted out by natural selection. Which characteristics will be selected depends on which variations happen to be present at a given time in a given place. This in turn depends on the random process of mutation as well as on the previous history of the organisms. Mutation and selection have jointly driven the marvelous process that, starting from microscopic organisms, has yielded orchids, birds, and humans. The theory of evolution conveys chance and necessity, randomness and determinism, jointly enmeshed in the stuff of life. This was Darwin’s fundamental discovery, that there is a process that is creative, although not conscious.

Il n’y a rien de nouveau dans cet essai de FJ Ayala, mais il est bien écrit, un résumé intéressant qui pourra servir d’amorce pour les discussions avec les jeunes qui sont en train d’apprendre. Bien sûr in serait recommandé pour JS et VF, mais je crois que c’est peine perdue que de le leur proposer. JS ne comprendrait pas de toute façon et je doute que VF veuille le lire; mais VF devrait le lire, conseil amical et sans aucune ironie.

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How many honorary doctorates does Judge Jones have now?:

« ID is the intellectual elite’s equivalent of leprosy. » 

write Dembski. You may just read : ID is the intellectual’s equivalent of leprosy. You don’t need scoring more then 100 90 in a IQ test to understand how IDiot ID is ;-)And other diseases of the same kind exist, say tuberculosis, isn’t Jean ?And by the way, to answer the titles question: not enough! 

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