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The stereotyped picture of a sea of ponytailed males at the atheist conference is not just a stereotype. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"It may seem strange to consider the fact that you, as a mammal, have all the known genes required to pattern a feather, and yet you do not look like Big Bird." Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Astrobiologists have used the term for many decades. This shell encompasses the distance at which a planet in a fairly circular orbit could maintain liquid water on its surface. Daniel Bakken
A Belgian chemist and self-described secular humanist describes his agony at the euthanasia killing of his depressed mother. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The question is prompted by a review in the Washington Post of E.O. Wilson's latest. Tom Bethell
What a pleasure to settle into a holiday with a good book to read. Better than one book, of course, is two. Why not twelve? Evolution News & Views
A CNN headline claims, "Blame genetics for bad driving, study finds." "Genes for," however, are dangerous words in genetics. Denyse O'Leary
"She is being treated as a prisoner and has to suffer the presence of the public staring at her." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
An email correspondent pointed out a paper to me, "Structural diversity of bacterial flagellar motors," published by the European Molecular Biology Organization. Michael Behe
Looking Forward to Thanksgiving? Here's How to Say "Thank You" to Your Friends at Evolution News and Views
Somewhere right now a student is looking for top-notch resources to balance what she is learning in her science class about the evolution controversy. Kelley J. Unger
"A Few Years Ago, We Couldn't Have Filled a Kombi": The Brazilian Intelligent Design Adventure
A couple of days ago, I returned from the inaugural congress of the Sociedade Brasileira do Design Inteligente. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
For Overcoming Students' Intuitions of Design, The American Biology Teacher Suggests Employing Evo-Devo
I just finished reading an article by Kostas Kampourakis and Alessandro Minelli, "Evolution Makes More Sense in the Light of Development." Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I -- and this past week provided a terrible reminder that conflicts stirred by the war remain with us. Mike Keas
Everyone is welcome to an opinion. But when it comes to subjects with no data, does a famous scientist's opinion count for more than John Q. Public's? Evolution News & Views
Mathematician Granville Sewell has argued in these pages that evolutionary theory is at crosscurrents with the second law of thermodynamics (the law of entropy), dooming it to failure. Evolution News & Views
History tells us clearly that Utopianism is one of humankind's most dangerous propensities. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Reader's Guilty Confession: I Have Re-Shelved Stephen Meyer's Books at Barnes & Noble "Quite a Few Times"
While understandable, nobody should be moving copies of pro-ID books around the shelves at your favorite bookstore. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's "Death with Aesthetics." The death pushers are causing more harm than they will ever know. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
It seems the decision to put Meyer in the Christianity section and Dawkins's God Delusion under Science was not made locally. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Bill Nye, among others, has speculated that "We May Discover Life on Europa." Daniel Bakken
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.
Behind this student movement is a more general intellectual movement that will bear fruit in the coming century. It is a bit thin on the ground for now, but so was the Christian faith in the first century. Materialism as a philosophy is superficially powerful but moribund, as we saw when the Soviet Union collapsed without a struggle a decade ago. Methodological naturalism is a branch on the materialist tree that will lose its power to intimidate when the tree is known to be hanging in midair.