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There's a cute exchange at the beginning between Becky Norton Dunlop, Heritage's VP for External Relations, and Dr. West over the hundred-plus pages of footnotes at the end of his book. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
George Gilder calls it a "masterpiece" that "expounds what is the most important discovery of 20th-century science." This is definitely one to let all your friends know about. Evolution News & Views
Judith Shulevitz contributes regular op-eds to the New York Times on "feminism, culture, and science." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In Seattle? Join Us Thursday as Geneticist Michael Denton Speaks on "The Place of Life and Humanity in the Cosmos"
Are humans the accidental products of a blind and uncaring universe? Or are they the beneficiaries of a cosmic order that was planned beforehand to help them flourish? Evolution News & Views
Streaming Live at Noon Eastern, John West at the Heritage Foundation on "Scientism in the Age of Obama"
Find the link here. Evolution News & Views
"Solution" to an Origin of Life Puzzle Highlights the Need for Careful Planning by an Intelligent Investigator
A new paper in Nature Chemistry claims to show that many building blocks of life could have been created through organic chemistry on the early Earth. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
I searched the WDSD website, and found not one mention of eugenic abortion that kills 90 percent of Down babies in the US. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
If you grew up among Generation Xers and Millennials as I did, then you probably loved watching Bill Nye the Science Guy on TV. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Avian flight justifiably merits our admiration. But the small critters that buzz about us are no less wondrous in their construction; maybe more so. Evolution News & Views
Because it must follow the rules, the cell needs many different innovations to be able to take control. Howard Glicksman
The hometown team, the Darwin Dreamers, have been down on their luck ever since that pep talk about a "warm little pond." Evolution News & Views
Long ago, I warned that legalizing assisted suicide would lead to "organ harvesting as a plum to society." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Another Successful Prediction of Intelligent Design: Cell Paper Reports Functions for Synonymous Codons
ID expects that we should find deeper and deeper layers of function in biology, which by the same token represents a big problem for Darwinian evolution. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Denton helps his audiences step back and see things from a certain distance, granting an important perspective we'd likely otherwise miss. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
There is no general agreement among advocates of ID as to exactly where, when, or how design was manifested in the history of life. Granville Sewell
Eighteen percent of patient deaths come either from lethal injection/assisted suicide or from being put into a deep coma and left to die. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The only one we're aware of is a looming April 7 deadline for applications. Evolution News & Views
Moore has an article in the Washington Times that is worth the attention of genuine skeptics. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
For the Westminster Conference on "Cosmos and Creator," You Can Still Register on the Day of the Event
That's this Friday at 2 pm through Saturday at 4 pm in Bryn Mawr, PA. The conference will feature renowned Oxford University mathematics professor John Lennox and Discovery Institute geneticist Michael Denton. 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.
Dembski, as the director of the center, also commented on the report in a one-paragraph e-mail message following its release. "The report marks the triumph of intelligent design as a legitimate form of academic inquiry. This is a great day for academic freedom," Dembski began. He concluded by observing that "Dogmatic opponents of design who demanded the Center be shut down have met their Waterloo. Baylor University is to be commended for remaining strong in the face of intolerant assaults on freedom of thought and expression."