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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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Science media are excited about a new "spiky monster worm" from China, named Collinsium ciliosum. Evolution News & Views
The supposed vestigial organ may provide a "safe house" for beneficial bacteria. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Casey Luskin wraps up his interview with Lönnig, retired geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research in Germany. Evolution News & Views
An artistic achievement, featuring Biologic Institute evolutionary biologist Richard Sternberg and Discovery Institute philosopher of biology Paul Nelson. Evolution News & Views
Researcher Almost Admits, then Quickly Retracts, that "Intelligent Design" Is Needed to Explore Origin of Life
Here is a video of a lecture, delivered last year at Case Western University, by University of Akron origin-of-life researcher Nita Sahai. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
A while back, I started a series here called "Science Fictions" that I began by asking a simple question. Denyse O'Leary
"The film shows how scientific ideology fused with government power can have devastating consequences for human liberty and human dignity." Evolution News & Views
A friendly scientist contacted me recently with a good question. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Plants look smart not because they possess intelligence, but because intelligence has been programmed into their responses to stimuli. Evolution News & Views
Here is another yearning attempt by the scientific community to elevate the capacities of animals to approach those of human beings. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Our friend the Seattle radio host David Boze has been traveling in England and sent along some interesting holiday snaps. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
There's already an element of the fairy tale in the beguiling Darwinian story of evolution. Evolution News & Views
Now it seems that limits to evolution have become an argument for evolution. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
They explored how the nematode worm C. elegans orients itself to the earth's magnetic field. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Casey Luskin talks about ID research at Biologic Institute, where scientists are testing the cooption model of the evolution of new proteins. Evolution News & Views
We affectionately call this the "Judge Jones Said It, I Believe It, That Settles It" approach to ID. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
The pro-Darwin media love to print triumphalist articles, declaring on the thinnest of evidence that "creationists" are deathly scared of the latest science. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
If I were Jindal and a reporter questioned me about my state's "anti-science" education policy, here's what I would say. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Fossil extinction rates are smoothed over tens of millennia, whereas today's extinction rates are spiky. Rob Sheldon
It's worth noting how certain ideas tend to hang together. 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!"