Wynand De Beer has written a beautiful book From Logos to Bios. He links diverse ideas from the ancient Greeks and their ideas about mathematics and life with recent evolutionary discoveries like convergence and orthogenesis. He offers a new framework for evolutionary models that recognize the deteriorating state of the Darwinism, replacing it with a more elegant model.
Perry Marshall interviews Wynand, who shares not only surprisingly relevant insights from ancient philosophers, but also...
Many have claimed atheism was only incidental to the operation of communism under Lenin, Stalin and the old Soviet Union. Victoria Smolkin's new book "A Sacred Space is Never Empty" is the first book to closely examine the role of atheism in Russia. She explains why the Soviet government promoted atheism so assiduously and expended great efforts to crush religion. In this conversation, Dr. Smolkin approaches this issue with scholarly precision, and explains the true meaning behind her book's...
For a century, the belief was that genetic information built organisms, never the other way around. A new paper by Denis Noble definitively proves otherwise. The paper is called “Central Dogma or Central Debate.” In this interview, Denis explains the revolution that is going on in genetics.
David Quammen's book "The Tangled Tree: A New History of Life" tells the story of evolution through the eyes of Carl Woese, a not-terribly-famous but truly ingenious revolutionary who flipped evolution on its side, literally 90 degrees. He upended Darwin's famous tree of life, showing that genes can come from almost anywhere. Woese's contributions are believed by some to be as great as Darwin's. The view of evolution that Woese brought truly was a genuine revolution. Here, David Quammen...
Claude Shannon made our modern digital world possible. He wrote a landmark paper called "The Mathematical Theory of Communication" which gave birth to computer networks, cell phones, compact discs, digital recording and video. It also lent huge insights into genetics and biology. Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni have written the first full biography of Claude Shannon and it’s great. It’s called "A Mind at Play: How Claude Shannon Invented the Information Age". In this video, we discuss the quirky...
Did people in the Middle Ages believe the Earth was flat? Were Christians the enemy of Copernicus? Are science and religion enemies? Dr. Ted Davis, professor of the history of science and religion tells us the real story.
What we know about codes has sweeping implications for not only science but philosophy and religion as well. We define terms and make clear who should read this book, and who will likely be too offended to bother reading it.
In four years, my younger brother Bryan went from seminary grad and missionary in China to the doorstep of atheism - and he was dragging me with him. This was an earthquake for everyone in my family, because we’re pastor’s kids.
Because I’m an Electrical Engineer, I decided to let science decide this for me: Does nature really point us to atheism? Or does science favor faith? Darwinian theory is consistently challenged by doctors and engineers. Does that mean the engineers know something the biologists don’t? Or do the biologists know something the engineers don’t know? I resolved to find out. And I also encountered strong evidence for an evolutionary history of the earth.
My first business was building stereo equipment and I was selling my brand in a retail store when I was 17. Later I worked in manufacturing, acoustics, and digital networking. What does engineering tell us about evolution?
100 years ago, biologists discovered they could generate DNA mutations with radiation, which was easy to do. They were excited because they believed they could now accelerate evolution. They tried experiments with fruit flies for decades. They learned a great deal about which genes perform certain functions… but as far as generating evolutionary events, those experiments were a total failure. There had to be something more to evolution that we didn’t understand.
I had a huge epiphany when I realized that everything I knew about 1s and 0s as a communication engineer applied to DNA. This sliced through a LOT of nonsense a lot of people were spouting about evolution. It also indicated who I could safely listen to and what I was likely to find as I dug deeper.
A friend accidentally meets the inventor of digital imaging in an Oregon coffee shop, and the world’s first digital photo is Russell Kirsch’s son Walden in 1957. This sparks insight into the early history of life.
Barbara McClintock discovered corn plants can re-program their own DNA in 1944. But her colleagues thought she was crazy so she took her work underground for 20 years. But she won the Nobel Prize in 1983. Turns out nearly every cell in existence can cut, splice, and re-arrange its DNA - reprogramming itself when times get tough.