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(edited to add a point on Aegirocassis and Parapeytoia) This week, the Discovery Institute Press put out another book called Debating Darwin’s Doubt. I took one for the team and bought it, in part because a a decent chunk of the book is responding to me. I’m pretty sure I’ve never been mentioned so much in a book! Sadly, though, looking through it, almost all of it is material re-hashed from the DI “Evolution News... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
When it comes to the laws of nature, real numbers have real consequences. Just ask the firefighters trying to put out a three-story blaze. Howard Glicksman
Recognizing that life arises from a source of intelligence demands that we respect life: talk, think, feel about it in a spirit of awe. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Photograph by Dan Moore. Photography Contest VII: Winner. Melting of polar ice. Mr. Moore writes, “Our ship got caught in the ice and had to be freed by a Canadian ice breaker. Global warming – what?? Actually, yes – we could not get through because so much ice broke free further north near the polar ice cap and was blown south into the shipping channels.” Mr. Moore will receive a signed copy of Why Evolution... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Spiderman Shpiderman – a penpal of mine, who can identify himself if he likes (I will of course understand if he demurs), asks, There’s a lot of excitement and amazement about the lack of cratering and the height and sharpness of the geological features on Pluto. It appears that, contrary to earlier speculation, Pluto is geologically active and thus geologically young…though “young” in the sense that these features are probably less than 100 million... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
I do not know what to make of this, but UPI reports that a team from the University of Northumbria, “saying they understand solar cycles better than ever, predict that the sun’s normal activity will decrease by 60 percent around 2030 – triggering the ‘mini ice age’ that could last for a decade.” That sentence is unclear, but I presume they mean “normal sunspot activity.” As they do not quite say, the northern hemisphere (at... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Professor Steve Steve informs us of an article Why are pandas so lazy? in Science Now. Professor Steve Steve takes exception to the claim that he is lazy. Yes, it is true that the giant panda’s daily energy expenditure is about 5 MJ: roughly one-third that of a dog and about the same as a three-toed sloth. It is also true that Professor Steve Steve moves slowly and basks a lot in the sun. Why?... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Behe's case for ID goes back nearly twenty years now, yet the objections to it have not evolved much in that time. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Indeed, dogs may be humankind's greatest invention. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
No radio host is more thoughtful, or funnier, than Metaxas. As Eric points out, the Scopes Trial is "ground zero" for the culture war. Evolution News & Views
Berezow is a prominent critic of intelligent design so this should be interesting. Evolution News & Views
Today marks the anniversary of the famous Scopes "Monkey" Trial, decided this day, July 21, 90 years ago in Dayton, Tennessee. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Will an Impending Earthquake "Devastate Seattle"? About That Terrifying New Yorker Article
Something in her tone made me suspicious that Ms. Schulz was maybe playing things up just a little for dramatic effect. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Enjoy the 350+ word vocabulary of Clover, the world's best talking parrot. But of what evolutionary survival value is this ability? Evolution News & Views
Matt Baker thinks he's found a flagellar component that can function outside the flagellar system and that this refutes irreducible complexity. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
The works of Thomas Aquinas are marshaled by some Catholic scholars in defense of theistic evolution. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
The Northwest premiere of the new Illustra Media documentary Living Waters is coming up August 7 in Seattle. Evolution News & Views
Two cases were brought to the European Court of Human Rights, hoping for a Canada-style EU-wide imposition of euthanasia as a fundamental right. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Biophysicist Matt Baker Is an Intelligent Design Critic Who Doesn't Understand Irreducible Complexity
Seeking to counter Behe's argument in Darwin's Black Box, the article purports to explain how the bacterial flagellum is the result of Darwinian evolution. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Like the famed serpent pursuing its own tail, evolution defenders argue in a circle. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Antievolutionists Say the Darndest Things
Antievolutionists often express outrage over alleged incivility from those who oppose their efforts to evade the establishment clause of the First Amendment. But they have no difficulty in dishing out the abuse themselves. Here is a sample from the Invidious Comparisons thread that documents egregious behavior on the part of the religious antievolution advocates.
One thing that Jack Krebs and I agree with is that Pratt can be likened to an outpost under siege in a cultural war.
My wife and I just returned from a trip to Belgium. We visited Bastogne where a few brave Americans of the 101st Airborne Division were surrounded by the German Army during the battle of the bulge. The German attack was led by a crack SS unit that took no prisoners.
What were we fighting against in Bastogne? We were fighting against a Nazi regime that used the philosophy of Naturalism to justify a eugenics program of terrifying proportions. Naturalism is the belief that all phenomena result only from the laws of chemistry and physics and that teleological or design explanations are not valid. Naturalism is not science. It is a belief system.
In the same manner, the defenders in Pratt are fighting against Naturalism, although they may not realize it. Rather than fighting against science, they are actually fighting for science. They are fighting for science that is driven by logic and critical thinking rather than by a philosophy that teaches to the exclusion of all other teachings that we are the products of only chance and necessity. They are fighting for science that is driven by the scientific method rather than science that is driven by a philosophy of Naturalism.
Rather than using logic and good science to support its assault on the brave contingent in Pratt, the KCFS is using tactics one would expect from those that besieged Bastogne: scare tactics, misinformation and no substantive discussion of the real issues.
So, we are back looking at Pratt as the bombs fall. The question is whether the Board and the Community will be supported by the rest of us as they have had the guts that General McAullife and the other brave Americans had that cold winter day in Bastogne 54 years ago. McAullife's reply was very simple when asked to surrender: "Nuts!" McAullife and the 101st were subsequently relieved by elements of Patton's Third Army. In the same way we all need to rise up and put our hands together for the Pratt Board and Pratt Citizens that have just characterized the outrageous censorship by the science establishment as "Nuts!"