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Discovery Institute Evolution News & Views
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research, academic freedom cases, and educational policy issues. ENV also covers how the rest of the newsmedia report on the debate, offering analysis and corrections to major news stories, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how journalists and news outlets operate when they report on this issue. Movable Type 5.12
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Now, in the wake of the Brittany Maynard media frenzy, meet Maggie Karner. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
President Deborah Haarsma suggests that I mischaracterized the perspective of the organization's reviewers in my response to them. Stephen C. Meyer http://www.signatureinthecell.com
The residents of the city are slowly running out of food and water and are in desperate need of new supplies to stay alive. Howard Glicksman
In dispelling the enigma of the Cambrian explosion, this research does not seem to hold out much promise. Evolution News & Views
Presumed consent apparently works well in Spain and some other more communitarian-oriented countries, but it would be a disaster here. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
"Consider that science is a portion of history but not the reverse." Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
A cover story for New Scientist reports, "First human head transplant could happen in two years." Michael Egnor
It's not possible to remind yourself too often how evolutionary thinking ramifies through the culture. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"There are infinitely more ways to get it wrong than to get it right." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The treatment of infectious diseases with antibiotics is a superb example of intelligent design principles applied to medical research. Michael Egnor
Engineers and physicians have a special place in the community of thinkers and scholars who have elaborated the argument for intelligent design. Howard Glicksman
Let The New Yorker's Adam Gopnik Read Our Series on the 10 Top Problems with Darwinian Evolution, and Then Give Us His Thoughts
What is the nature of the "debate" around Darwinism? That's a question worth talking about. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The morality of the 21st century will depend on how we respond to a simple but profound question. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Cell division is mind numbing in complexity. One incredibly complex task is duplicating the power plants of the cell, the mitochondria. Evolution News & Views
This Weekend in California, Paul Nelson Will Speak on the "God of the Gaps" Challenge and the Explanatory Superiority of Design
You've heard the objection: The theory of intelligent design is nothing but a "God of the Gaps" argument. Evolution News & Views
Political scientist Dr. West will be taking to the skies and roads next month. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
At BreakPoint Radio today, John Stonestreet has an excellent commentary, highlighting John West's new expanded edition of Darwin Day in America. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Take a sheet of rubber and pull the sides till it buckles in the middle. Presto! A vertebrate! Evolution News & Views
It's the organism controlling the DNA, not the DNA controlling the organism. Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
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!"