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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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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
At San Jose State University, Dr. Denton spoke on: "Nature's Fitness for Advanced Life Forms: Defending the Anthropocentric Vision." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
In this series so far, we've looked at what makes up the human cell and what it needs to do to stay alive. Howard Glicksman
In the Current Evolution Debate, Don't Let Darwinists Tell You the History of Their Idea Is Irrelevant
Ideas have consequences, but they also have a certain cross-generational integrity. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Google is a business and a very successful one, where the people actually in charge want to make money. Erik J. Larson
The atmosphere on Mars is "incompatible with life." But a baby? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A concern shared by many people today is over whether or not it's wise to send messages into deep space. Evolution News & Views
So maybe bubbles with nitrogen-based membranes could form on Titan. Exciting, right? Evolution News & Views
Additional treasure has been found in "junk DNA" -- this time in the repetitive sequences dubbed "jumping genes." Evolution News & Views
Suppose some guy told you that natural processes could make a functioning television. Michael Behe http://www.discovery.org/p/31
Once in a while, when the world is too much with me and I need a little entertainment, I turn to transhumanism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A massive attack of high-energy electrons slammed against the Earth's magnetic field last October, but most people didn't even notice. Evolution News & Views
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
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!"