A Logical Leap

Opportunity and Curiosity Rock Abrasion ToolsFor Wednesday Jason Lisle provides a surprisingly up-to-the-minute article, Washing Machines on Mars, opening:

Several news outlets yesterday heralded early reports from NASA that the Curiosity rover on Mars has found evidence that the red planet could have supported primitive life.

Lisle cites three headlines: NASA: Yes, Mars could have hosted life; Mars had the right stuff for life, scientists find; and Wow! Ancient Mars Could Have Supported Primitive Life, NASA Says. If you haven’t heard the news you should probably go read one or two of those. Where do washing machines come in to it? Continue reading

There is no Life on Mars

We have all been waiting for the reactions of the various creationist groups to the recent Mars Science Laboratory landing. While both Answers in Genesis and the Discovery Institute have taken the ‘there’s no life there – but if there is we’re still not wrong’ line, the ICR has previously stated that it is firmly convinced that life on Earth is the only life. Today Rhonda Forlow, in a post entitled Ask Dr. Rhonda – Life on Mars on her Science Essentials blog, states bluntly:

Q: Is there life on Mars?

A: No. Earth was uniquely and specially created for life, not Mars.

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Give it Up, Scientists!

The actual title of Thomas’ article for August 6 is Useless Search for Evolution of the Human Brain, but the sentiment is clear. Now, I’m sure we can all agree that if you’re going to publish an article slighting an entire area of scientific study as “useless,” putting it out 30 minutes before a 1-tonne car rockets down onto the surface of another planet ranks high on the list of worst possible moments. But then again ignoring the rover completely may well be their best option there.

Thomas begins his poorly-timed article with:

Evolutionary scientists do not know how the human brain’s ability to process language supposedly evolved from a non-speaking ancestor. Recent technological advances have enabled scientists to explore this subject in new ways, and one researcher’s review reveals two flaws that underpin the whole research effort.

Todd M. Pruess’ article (which is both open access and quite informative) actually suggests a new experimental paradigm. Continue reading