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Though among the simplest of organisms, Bacteria synthesize hundreds of different organic compounds. The genes for these chemical factories defy evolutionary ancestry. Evolution News & Views
#4 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: A Key Inference of The Edge of Evolution Has Now Been Experimentally Confirmed
Darwinian theory proposes that the astoundingly intricate machinery of the cell developed step by tiny step, by natural selection acting on random mutation. Michael Behe
#5 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Whale Hips, Another Icon of Darwinian Evolution, Takes a Hit
In the case presented by advocates of Darwinian evolution, vestigial organs are a star in the firmament, frequently and gloatingly pointed to. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
#6 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Phys.org Says the Argument for Suboptimal Design of the Eye "Is Folly"
A Darwinian paradigm assumes that biological systems are cobbled together haphazardly by natural selection over eons of unguided descent with modification. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Don't miss a nifty Wall Street Journal piece today, that's important too, by our friend Eric Metaxas. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The most ambitious venture so far may be New York Times columnist David Brooks's novel The Social Animal, about an evolutionarily happy couple. Denyse O'Leary
#7 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Ciliate Organism Undergoes "Scrambled Genome" and "Massive...Rearrangement"
A goal-directed creative process like ID can shed light on the mystery of the Oxytricha trifallax genome. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Merry Christmas! Here's #8 of Our Top Evolution Stories of 2014: State-Run Museum Covered Up Collaboration with Atheist Groups
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) worked with atheist groups to put on 2014 Darwin Day events that included anti-religious lectures. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
On Christmas Eve, I wish those of our readers who are Christians a very merry and meaningful holiday. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Julian Savulescu represents all that I find so objectionable about the mainstream bioethics movement. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
After watching the debate, I was reminded of what attracted me in the first place to the approach to investigating origins represented by the theory of intelligent design. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
#10 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: A Stunning New Illustration of Intelligent Design in the Cell
The staff of Evolution News & Views wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Evolution News & Views
Gilder on Privileged Species, a "Masterpiece" that "Expounds What Is the Most Important Discovery of 20th-Century Science"
Whoa, film and book reviews don't come any more enviable than this. Evolution News & Views
In a mall in Madison, Wisconsin, five-year-old Virginia hops up on the lap of Atheist Santa, the jolly old elf from the reality-based community. Michael Egnor
On the multiverse, string theory, and more, two reputable astronomers take their colleagues to task for engaging in fact-free speculation. Evolution News & Views
Indifference is the enemy of maintaining a righteous society and there is nothing funny about erasing human exceptionalism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Paper Suggests Catch 22: Neo-Darwinism Faces Either a Massive Molecular Clock Misfire, or a Major Biogeographical Conundrum
Molecular clocks are notoriously unreliable indicators of a lineage's evolutionary age. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
A Yale clinical neurologist drinks the Artificial Intelligence Kool-Aid. Michael Egnor
When sperm meets egg, something wonderful happens: "It is beautiful to see, orchestrated much like a symphony." Evolution News & Views
It's difficult to imagine much stronger words from a more prestigious collection of experts. 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!"