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Ever wonder what major and highly original scientific advocates of intelligent design think of each other's work? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
If you don't like seeing lots of snakes moving very fast, don't watch this. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The Royal Society meeting may have been short on scientific fireworks, but "Beyond Materialism" was a great success. Evolution News & Views
Tom Wolfe disputes Chomsky on whether language is "biological" and therefore the product of Darwinian forces. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
For a wrap-up of the Royal Society gathering, let's turn again to our confidential scientists on the scene. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
One ID-friendly scientist turned out to be a fiend with his iPhone camera. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Note his succinct running commentary. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Scientists have demonstrated that paralysis caused by spinal cord injury might be overcome with brain implants. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Below is a list of annotated bullet points plus some commentary summarizing it. Michael Behe http://www.discovery.org/p/31
Animals and plants show tremendous varieties of colorful patterns and shades. Evolution News & Views
Research by German scientists involved bacteria that tossed aside an ability, to their advantage. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"The mere fact that there's literature does not prove [an] idea," says protein chemist Douglas Axe. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
A familiar canard is that intelligent design isn't science because it makes no testable claims or predictions. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
The EES folks haven't solved Darwin's problem for him. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Visibly agitated scientists clash. "Not God -- we're excluding God," says one speaker. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
Day 2 at the Royal Society: A "Knee-Jerk" Jab at Intelligent Design, Applause for "Marginalized Ideas"
We could do without the applause. But how about letting advocates of "marginalized ideas" speak? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
ID sympathizers at the meeting "wonder whether we should all have some kind of signal...rub the left nostril twice perhaps?" David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"Bigger issue...is that none of these additions enable the theory to explain how genuinely new things originate." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
There's no pleasing some people. Evolution News & Views
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!"