Several years ago, PZ Myers inaugurated what he called “Paul Nelson Day” (April 7), his annual lampooning of me for my failure to articulate the concept of “ontogenetic depth.”
As soon as I read the paper’s abstract, my pulse quickened.
A highly enriched soup of proteins and nucleic acids will never form a functional cell, even if lipid bilayer membranes were provided to help these materials become organized.
Although their offices are located only one block apart on the University of Chicago campus, the biological perspectives of Jerry Coyne and Jim Shapiro might as well be located in different galaxies.
Methodological naturalism — the philosophical doctrine that scientific explanations must refer only to natural causes — is the central and most controversial concept in all discussions of evolution, creationism, and intelligent design.