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The Brights are feeling the holiday spirit. Michael Egnor
The common theme among each of these "solutions" to Darwin's dilemma is that none of them explain the origin of biological information. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Along with those we've already discussed in this series, further parameters must be added to the list of conditions for a life-supporting planet. Daniel Bakken
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Human logic goes where our first principles and fundamental premises take it. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Historian of science Emerson "Tom" McMullen at Georgia Southern University (GSU) is in hot water for criticizing Darwinian evolution in class. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
The number 1.618 pops up everywhere. Two scientists think it unifies all of science. Evolution News & Views
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Explore the science and artistry of butterflies, how butterflies challenge Darwinian evolution, and how they point to intelligent design. Evolution News & Views
Here's what I observed at a religion and transhumanism conference back in May. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
For a planet to be habitable, its star must also meet certain standards. Daniel Bakken
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What could it mean to say that God "used evolution" to create the world? Evolution News & Views
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Three scientists challenge the claim that undirected natural selection is capable of building a human being. Evolution News & Views
A model of optimal signaling networks in noisy environments finds that cells meet the highest standard, achieving the optimum accuracy and efficiency according to "design principles." Evolution News & Views
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The tremendous potential human (and animal) good that could be derived from this research to treat pain justifies the suffering caused to the animals. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The ENCODE Consortium has launched a new data volley, now drawing on the mouse genome. Evolution News & Views
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
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!"