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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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We read Lewis as a friendly uncle; we need to encounter him as a fiery prophet. James A. Herrick
If you could pose any question to Dr. Dawkins, what would it be? Let me know your answers. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
What do you get for the person who has everything -- everything, that is, except for a complete library of intelligent design-related resources in various media? Janine Dixon
The default of speaking decently in public goes by the boards with an alarming frequency among those who give up on the idea of an "overruling intelligence" that guides life. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
There are at least twenty reasons politicians should be wary of scientific claims, three scientists explain in Nature. Evolution News & Views
Unintended Consequences: How Hostile Responses to Darwin's Doubt Turned a Thoughtful Reader Against Darwinian Evolution
A bumper sticker I've seen around in Seattle protests the War on Terror, warning that "We're making enemies faster than we can kill them..." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Anti-ID geologist Donald Prothero is apparently no longer an active professor at Occidental College. But he's certainly making good use of his newly found free time. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
An important security mechanism for Internet authentication has been busted, but it didn't happen by unguided material processes. Evolution News & Views
If naturalism is true, then we ought not to trust our capacity for reason, and so, ought not to trust arguments in favor of naturalism. Jay W. Richards http://www.discovery.org/p/9
Every month, we hear of a planet or moon capable of supporting hype. Denyse O'Leary
It's worth recalling, if just a mite belatedly with respect to the 50th anniversary of his death, Huxley's well-known work of science fiction. Evolution News & Views
We laugh at speculation about natural selection for smaller breasts, but most of us don't understand equally ridiculous speculation about remingtonocetids, ambulocetids, and protocetids. Michael Egnor
It's hard not to see this, in some karmic sense, as a rebuke to the ongoing buzz about how many "Earth-like" planets people think are out there. Evolution News & Views
As a science journalist, Ms. Pennisi has more than once stuck her finger in the eye of evolution's ancient régime. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
While research giveth understanding, it sometimes also taketh it away -- revealing that what we thought we know ain't really so. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
By highlighting the all-too-human frailties of modern science, Lewis made his most important contribution to the evolution debate. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
Richard Lenski's work represents a baleful portent for any theory of evolution that relies exclusively on blind, undirected processes. Michael Behe
Lewis first read French philosopher Henri Bergson during World War I while recovering from shrapnel wounds, and the experience was profound. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
Today on the Michael Medved Show, John West Will Discuss C.S. Lewis's Views on Evolution, Intelligent Design
For Lewis, the evolution debate was much more than academic. Evolution News & Views
Oh, now this has got to be a bit of a disappointment, including for the manufacture of a certain high-priced outdoor clothing brand. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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!"