Antiscience beliefs and U.S. politics

Many of us were disappointed not to see any serious mention of scientific issues in the recent U.S. presidential debates. Global warming, for example, was never discussed at all, even in the last debate on foreign policy, where it would have naturally fit.

After all, even the U.S. military has now recognized the reality of

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Can evolution generate truly novel features?

Introduction

One central issue in the debate over Darwinian evolution is the question of evolutionary novelty — can evolution produce truly novel features? Creationist and intelligent design writers have insisted that whereas minor changes may occur within an established “kind,” nothing fundamentally new can come through “random” or “undirected” evolution [Dembski2002].

Specific examples of evolutionary

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