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But of course he was referring to the odds that the universe is an artificial computer simulation by advanced aliens. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Emerging by the billions next month, this year's 17-year cicada brood offers ways to contrast evolutionary and design theories. Evolution News & Views
The importance of the epigenome -- with its crucial role in gene expression -- is that it lies beyond the reach of the random genetic variation. Evolution News & Views
Mathematicians told biologists, "It looks like the math is not going to cooperate" with evolutionary theory. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Rather than being earned, linguistic capacity was given. Michael Denton
The Wistar conference, which opened in Philadelphia on April 25, 1966, was the beginning of the end for neo-Darwinism. Evolution News & Views
The system that regulates our core temperature seems to naturally know how to get the job done. Howard Glicksman
Countless people use the following rationale to justify saying there was no need for an intelligent designer behind life. Kirk Durston
Every few years we are treated to glowing news stories about how Darwin's iconic finches are still evolving that, as usual, are full of hype. Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
Researchers glimpse hints at the sun compass Monarch butterflies use for navigation, but many mysteries remain. Evolution News & Views
As Templeton commits $8.7 million to an "evolution rethink," don't let anyone tell you the evolutionary paradigm isn't in serious turmoil. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Celebrity scientist Michio Kaku is the latest to throw his support behind the "Terminator is coming" mantra. Brendan Dixon http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Penfield began his career as a materialist, convinced that the mind was wholly a product of the brain. He finished as an emphatic dualist. Michael Egnor
With the approaching premiere of Fire-Maker, we asked Dr. Denton for his comments on a well-timed research article. Michael Denton
"Many universities are redoubling their efforts to diversify their faculties in response to last fall's wave of protests," says Georgetown's John Hasnas. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
When Oswald Spengler read Darwin's Origin, he thought the conflation of biology and economics reeked of the English factory. Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
As cultures around the world have recognized, fire is the key to human creativity. Evolution News & Views
Says...Michael Shermer, no less? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A recent study shows that scientists are viewed as "amoral" by most of society. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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!"