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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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Some of the best science may involve the unearthing of dormant truths. Wilson applies a helpful formulation to this -- "scientific regress." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
If Professor Haarsma's name sounds familiar that may be because he is the husband of BioLogos president Deborah Haarsma. Winston Ewert
The thyroid function of our earliest ancestors must have followed the Goldilocks principle by being just right so they could survive. Howard Glicksman
Experimenting with children's natural mental inclinations to bring about a predetermined conclusion -- sounds like brainwashing, doesn't it? Sarah Chaffee
Absurd habits of thinking can collapse on themselves, suddenly, like the Dutch tulip mania of the 17th century. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Australia's migratory moth points to realities of superfluous design. Evolution News & Views
Evidently not, because atheists and theistic evolutionists keep pumping them out, as they've done for ten years now since the Dover decision. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The system our body uses to control its core temperature demonstrates irreducible complexity. Howard Glicksman
If we demote ourselves into just another animal in the forest, that is precisely how we will act. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
There is no doubt that a unique deep structure underlies the languages of all members of our species, modern Homo sapiens. Michael Denton
It's hard enough to keep accurate time, but what do you do when some other process tries to throw your clock off? Evolution News & Views
Look ma, no embryonic stem cells in sight. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
This is where the next generation of ID scientists and scholars will emerge, as our experience with past graduates has already confirmed. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"Evolution is the greatest killer of belief that has ever happened on this planet," says an evolutionist. Richard Weikart
I'd be curious to read P.Z. Myers's response to Richard Dawkins v. Steve Meyer. Let him defend his fellow atheist. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's a cliché that loathing other people is something we do to prop up our own sagging sense of self-worth. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
A common objection to neo-Darwinian evolution highlights the fact that the theory is based to a large extent on chance events, or chance in general. Wolf-Ekkehard Lönnig
Instead of arguing with figures in the world of ID science and scholarship, what do they do? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
From the earliest days of civilization, humans have considered themselves exceptional among living creatures. 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!"