Nick Matzke posted Entry 1821 on December 22, 2005 03:18 PM.
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Cover of Science magazine, Dec. 23, 2005Science has just named its top breakthrough for 2005. You get one guess after this hint: it starts with “E.” That’s right, it’s evolution, and it is based on all of the remarkable advances in evolution in 2005, such as the comparison of the human and chimpanzee genomes, which just happens to have been featured in the Kitzmiller trial. I’m still hoping Science reprints a chunk of Jones’s opinion, like they printed the McLean opinion in 1982.

Update: The full issue is now online. Holy moly, Jawless Fish Have Form of Adaptive Immunity. That’s big news if you’re into that kind of thing.

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Comment #64207

Posted by Tim Hague on December 22, 2005 4:30 PM (e)

Pretty ironic timing. Evolution is the top science in the same week that ID is ruled not to be science at all.

Talk about rubbing it in a bit!

Comment #64210

Posted by steve s on December 22, 2005 4:37 PM (e)

I know Charlie Wagner will be disappointed. He was hoping this would be the year for Nelson’s Law.

Comment #64212

Posted by Russell on December 22, 2005 4:45 PM (e)

Not bad for a crumbling, failed theory in crisis, teetering on the verge of collapse, desperately being propped up by an effete and obsolete priesthood intent on hiding the increasingly self-evident truth from an increasingly savvy public whose eyes and minds have been opened by those selfless crusaders for Truth, Science and the American Way at the Discovery Institute!

Comment #64240

Posted by justawriter on December 22, 2005 6:43 PM (e)

Just a non-substantive quibble on the lamprey story, but didn’t flight evolve four times? Insects, bats, birds and pterosaurs?

Quibble, quibble.

Quibble.

Comment #64260

Posted by Andrea Bottaro on December 22, 2005 7:54 PM (e)

Dang! Now there’s another irreducibly complex system of rearranging immune receptor genes for which we have no detailed evolutionary pathway! We better go get Calvin’s and Hobbes’ box from the attic. Worked pretty well last time…

Comment #64266

Posted by Steve S on December 22, 2005 8:20 PM (e)

Comment #64212

Posted by Russell on December 22, 2005 04:45 PM (e) (s)

Not bad for a crumbling, failed theory in crisis, teetering on the verge of collapse, desperately being propped up by an effete and obsolete priesthood intent on hiding the increasingly self-evident truth from an increasingly savvy public whose eyes and minds have been opened by those selfless crusaders for Truth, Science and the American Way at the Discovery Institute!

don’t forget all the Waterloos we’ve experienced, and the longtime crumbling of our Berlin Wall.

Comment #64270

Posted by Lenny's Pizza Guy on December 22, 2005 8:43 PM (e)

justawriter quibbled:

Just a non-substantive quibble on the lamprey story, but didn’t flight evolve four times? Insects, bats, birds and pterosaurs?

Heck, given that gravity is “just a theory,” what’s remarkable is that flight hasn’t evolved many more times.

And you oughta see Lenny, um, take off after one of my well-flung double-cheese pizza…!

Comment #64280

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on December 22, 2005 9:27 PM (e)

And you oughta see Lenny, um, take off after one of my well-flung double-cheese pizza…!

Back in my younger days, I made many many flights. To tremendous heights.

Most of them without ever even leaving the ground. :>

DISCLAIMER: For all the young kids in the audience, do NOT spend your youth the way *I* did, or you will end up just like I have —- and you do NOT want that. ;>

Comment #64287

Posted by Lenny's Pizza Guy on December 22, 2005 9:49 PM (e)

And you may also wish to consider seriously careers with better long-term economic prospects than pizza delivery*.

Not that it can’t be entertaining at times.

But then you don’t have to be a pizza delivery person to be entertained by the hilarity of IDers’ reaction to Dover.

——-
* (Or installation of prescription lenses into diving masks, for that matter!)

Comment #64291

Posted by the pro from dover on December 22, 2005 10:06 PM (e)

It is pertinent now to educate the PT on the Ellerbee Test. This is how you tell if Lenny’s pizza guy has sprinkled oregano or “oregano” on your Pizza. Take any Grateful Dead live album (dont worry they released 6.023x10 to the 23rd powers worth of them) order your pizza, listen to any track and you’ll notice that nobody in the band is playing the same part of the same song at the same time! Then have a slice or six of pizza, play the track again and you’ll be astonished how gifted and together they sound…they can even sing! In fact Lenny’s pizza guy says Lenny enjoys his pizza so much that he’s confessed to have fallen in love with Carol! Can a PT nuptual be far behind?

Comment #64296

Posted by k.e. on December 22, 2005 10:27 PM (e)

oooooohhh ….>>>the pro from dover
Sounds mysteriously Old Testament to me…Imagine the gnawing and the gnashing and the self gflagellation and the gslapping in the face and the gkneeing in the family jewels when Lenny hit the ground after so much magical musing in the Music of the Sphere’s.Still if Carol eat some of that pizza followed by some fermented fruits….. kosher of course……

Comment #64455

Posted by Andrew McClure on December 23, 2005 1:54 PM (e)

Justawriter:

Don’t forget “ballooning” spiders, flying squirrels, flying fish (okay, maybe these last two are more of a glide, but still), dandelion seeds and other airborne seeds and spores… umm… hmm. Am I missing anything still?

Comment #64523

Posted by 'Rev Dr' Lenny Flank on December 23, 2005 4:56 PM (e)

Single-celled organisms were “flying” long before any of those. Not much of a controlled flight, though. ;>