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Can We Solve the Mystery of the Origin of Life by Creating Life in the Lab?

Origin-of-life projects continue to head off in dozens of directions to nowhere. Denyse O'Leary
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Jay Richards take on Cosmos and Newton

ARN ID Update - Thu, 2014-03-27 02:20

In ENV, Jay Richards opines that "host Neil deGrasse Tyson and the Cosmos producers have enshrouded this basic science with the same materialist narrative we've come to expect. Pre-modern peoples universally see false patterns and portents in the heavens, and invariably see the irregular specter of comets as portents of doom. We get the stereotypical contrast between a "prescientific world ruled by fear" - signaled by a cartoon drawing of a malevolent figure wearing a bishop's miter - and the emergence of modern science, which finally delivered us from such obscurantism."

"This way of framing the history of science, however, requires a great deal of distortion and misrepresentation, especially when it comes to the figure of Isaac Newton. With Newton, the Cosmos writers encountered a dilemma: Either ignore his frankly religious and theistic view of reality, or misrepresent and compartmentalize it. They chose the latter course.

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Shock-absorbing 'goo' discovered in bone

ARN ID Update - Thu, 2014-03-27 02:13

ScienceDaily reports "New findings show that much of the mineral from which bone is made consists of 'goo' trapped between tiny crystals, allowing movement between them. It is this flexibility that stops bones from shattering."

"Latest research shows that the chemical citrate - a by-product of natural cell metabolism - is mixed with water to create a viscous fluid that is trapped between the nano-scale crystals that form our bones. This fluid allows enough movement, or 'slip', between these crystals so that bones are flexible, and don't shatter under pressure. It is the inbuilt shock absorber in bone that, until now, was unknown."

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Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson: Same Old Product, Bright New Packaging

ARN ID Update - Wed, 2014-03-26 03:25

Here is the review of the first episode of Cosmos by Casey Luskin of the Discovery Institute. The next two episodes have not been much better.

"If there was any doubt that the rebooted Cosmos series...would be politically charged and have a materialistic ideological message, consider what viewers saw in its first 60 seconds. The initial opening featured President Obama, with the Presidential Seal in the background, giving a statement endorsing the new series praising "the spirit of discovery that Carl Sagan captured in the original Cosmos." That's not necessarily bad, except for what happened next. Immediately following President Obama's endorsement, the show replayed Carl Sagan's famous materialistic credo from the opening of the original Cosmos series, stating: "The cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be." Does it violate the separation of church and state for the President of the United States to be portrayed seemingly officially endorsing Sagan's materialistic philosophy? Is this what President Obama intended when he promised in his first inaugural address to "restore science to its rightful place..."

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All Is Fair in Novels About Evolution and Intelligent Design?

ARN ID Update - Wed, 2014-03-26 03:09

I bought and read "The Explanation for Everything" by Lauren Grodstein a few months ago. I hoped it would be a balanced approach to the debate. I was sorely disappointed.

Now, Kelley J. Unger of Discovery Institute has read the book, and provides a great review: "I've just read a new fiction book that has won praise from critics, Lauren Grodstein's The Explanation for Everything. In the marketing materials provided by Algonquin Books, the author is lauded for not taking sides in the evolution debate. She says herself that she wants to "figure out why people believe what they believe." But as one reads the book it's evident that she is indeed taking sides, doesn't fully develop why her characters believe what they believe, and certainly hasn't fully investigated the theory of intelligent design."

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Intelligent Design Basics

ARN ID Update - Sun, 2014-03-23 13:42

In this post in Uncommon Descent I (Eric Anderson) want to consider a fundamental aspect of intelligent design theory: the concept of "information'.

This is centrally relevant to the intelligent design concept of "complex specified information". Attempts have been made by ID critics to derail ID by critiquing each of these three words: complexity, specification and information. Indeed, it is not uncommon to see long, drawn-out, battles over these terms in an attempt to avoid getting to the central issue of whether design can be detected.

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Jerry Coyne Admits that Intelligent Design Is Science -NOT

ARN ID Update - Sun, 2014-03-23 13:37

In ENV, Casey Luskin writes that..."Jerry Coyne is playing more games, constantly pretending that we have "admitted" intelligent design is religious when we criticize Ball State University (BSU) for being "anti-religious." In his post, Coyne was responding to a letter I published in the Muncie Star Press explaining the anti-religious nature of the book What's Your Dangerous Idea?."

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Dr. David Snoke, pt. 2

ID the Future - Sun, 2014-03-23 04:43
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, hear more from physics professor Dr. David Snoke. Dr. Snoke gives a brief review of Stephen Meyer's Darwin's Doubt, offers advice to students who are open to intelligent design theory...
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All Is Fair in Novels About Evolution and Intelligent Design?

I've just read a new fiction book that has won praise from critics, Lauren Grodstein's The Explanation for Everything. Kelley J. Unger
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Jerry Coyne Admits that Intelligent Design Is Science

Actually, he doesn't -- but saying he does is about as accurate as saying, as Coyne writes in a post today, that "Casey Luskin admits that Intelligent Design is religious." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Prominent Columnist for Indiana's Largest Newspaper Weighs in on the Ball State Affair

Allowing the triumph of bullies to stand unchallenged is an encouragement to bullying -- a theme in international news today, of course. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Nature: Galápagos Finch "Species" Can Interbreed

The Galápagos finches are often touted as a great example of an adaptive radiation, showing how new species can arise through evolutionary processes. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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The Myth of Science's Neutrality

"Science is made by people with interests, intentions and ambitions; and it's funded by governments and companies with agendas." Evolution News & Views
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Dr. David Snoke, pt. 1

ID the Future - Fri, 2014-03-21 06:41
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. David Snoke, a professor of physics and President and Founder of the Christian Scientific Society, is on the show to talk with Research Coordinator Casey Luskin. Listen in as...
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Ball State University: Why It Matters

What is academic freedom? For one, it's a real thing, real as in we didn't make it up here at Discovery Institute. Joshua Youngkin http://www.discovery.org/p/501
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Not So Simple: Fruit Fly ENCODE Arrives

Unexpected complexity, what did you expect? Meanwhile, the transcriptome of another "simple organism," the sea anemone, was studied by researchers. Guess what? Evolution News & Views
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Should Advocating Intelligent Design Be a Criminal Offense?

Given the premises of men like Torcello, Prothero and Coyne, the question is simply prudent to ask. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Rosenhouse & Coyne LLP: Internet Lawyers

Did Discovery Institute state that intelligent design is religion? No, that did not happen. What happened was this. Joshua Youngkin http://www.discovery.org/p/501
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Good for Them: National Center for Science Education Decries "Anti-Religious Bias," "Slipshod History of Science" in Cosmos

But other Darwin defenders seem to confirm Dembski's predicted "zero-concession policy," refusing to admit when their own camp makes a mistake. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Bang for the Buck: What the BICEP2 Consortium's Discovery Means

The measurement of CMB polarization is a crowded field, and they wanted to be the first to publish. Rob Sheldon
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