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On even the slightest pretexts, science reporting seeks to undermine the exceptional place of human beings in nature. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The ENCODE project found that 80 percent of the human genome is biochemically functional -- with 100 percent functionality in sight. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
The next regional premiere takes place on Friday, August 7, here in Seattle. Evolution News & Views
Hear the first edition of a new segment of our popular podcast in which ID scholars answer your questions about intelligent design and evolution. Evolution News & Views
Just as a car's performance depends on its engine size and efficiency, so too the body's heart function must meet certain objective parameters. Howard Glicksman
Transhumanists, you gotta love them. Or pity their withered view of the importance of humanity. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Casey Luskin interviews University of British Columbia philosopher Richard Johns about his paper in the journal Synthese. Evolution News & Views
I coined the term to describe the practice of well-off Westerners who travel to poor countries to exploit the destitute for body parts and functions. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
University of Chicago biochemist James Shapiro, not a design theorist, offers four kinds of rapid, evolutionary change that Darwin "could not have imagined." Denyse O'Leary
The best way to study the operation of these structures is to treat them as engineered systems that are designed with some kind of a purpose. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
FreedomFest is a libertarian-themed confab each year that draws a huge following. Evolution News & Views
This is not a threat to wave away as idle or insignificant. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Specific arrays of electrons can represent apples and all sorts of things, according to the input and output of programmers and users of the machine. Michael Egnor
Humans are omnivores and our young need the nutrients readily supplied by meat and other animal-based products. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Why don't materialists seem to think through the consequences of their claims? Evolution News & Views
Dr. Cornelius Hunter discusses how evolutionists have relied heavily on "sheer dumb luck" to explain complex features in biology. Evolution News & Views
Jefferson not only believed in intelligent design, he insisted it was based on the plain evidence of nature, not religion. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
If the current Darwinian theory were in such good shape, why do so many people keep wandering off into heresy? Evolution News & Views
I am not involved in the same-sex marriage debate. I want both sides on that contentious issue to agree with me on human exceptionalism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
For the body to survive, the system that controls potassium must inherently "know" what is needed and do it naturally. Howard Glicksman
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!"