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The key to science: experimental evidence

  If it disagrees with the experiment, it’s wrong! — Richard Feynman (1964) Two different experiments are among others from the Vosshall lab that show the theory of evolution is wrong. 1) This experiment links induced mutations in olfactory receptor…
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Ecological adaptations reported as evolution in insects and mammals

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Evolution of mosquito preference for humans linked to an odorant receptor Excerpt: “Our results also provide insight into the molecular basis of behavioural evolution.” See their diagram in Extended Data Figure 3: Amino acid differences of major Or4 protein alleles….
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Nothing new under the sun, except pseudoscientific nonsense

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On the Importance of Being a Methodological Naturalist Posted on November 5, 2014 by David Sloan Wilson Excerpt: “…consider the flying spaghetti monster, a deity invented to poke fun at religion. It is ridiculous, but is there any way to prove…
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We need pattern recognition, not a prologue

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Prolegomenon “a preliminary discussion…; a prologue.” “… we need a mapping from genotype to phenotype, from phenotype to what is selected, and from what is selected to the new genotype (Lewontin, 1961). — cited in Prolegomenon to patterns in evolution…
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Sexual differentiation of cell types in plants

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Antheridiogen determines sex in ferns via a spatiotemporally split gibberellin synthesis pathway Excerpt: “Homosporous ferns have evolved a mechanism to favor cross-fertilization by controlling the sex ratio among individuals or prothalli within the population with the aid of antheridiogens. Antheridiogens…
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Start signal for RNA-mediated events

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Start signal for transcription of stressed genes identified Excerpt 1): “…stress is “a psychological and physical reaction to external stimuli…” My comment: Identification of the start signal associated with stress does not link it to mutations and natural selection in…
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No understanding of biodiversity

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No single explanation for biodiversity in Madagascar Excerpt: “The study is part of a larger body of research aimed at identifying the climate, geology and other features of the environment that help bring new species of plants and animals into…
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Understanding physical forces of ecological variation and adaptation

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Discovery of new subatomic particle, type of meson, to ‘transform’ understanding of fundamental force of nature   Excerpt: “Because the Ds3*(2860)ˉ particle contains a heavy charm quark it is easier for theorists to calculate its properties. And because it has…
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Eliminating evolutionary theory

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Does evolutionary theory need a rethink? Excerpt 1) “…the theory neglects key processes, say Kevin Laland and colleagues.” My comment: “Olfaction and odor receptors provide a clear evolutionary trail that can be followed from unicellular organisms to insects to humans…
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Did parental love evolve separately in birds and mammals?

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EDUCATION: SEXUALITY EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES Excerpt: Romantic (erotic) love, an important component of human reproductive and sexual behavior, has its origins in parenting behavior. In reptiles, there is neither parental care nor an affectionate or affiliative bond between…
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