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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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#6 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Phys.org Says the Argument for Suboptimal Design of the Eye "Is Folly"
A Darwinian paradigm assumes that biological systems are cobbled together haphazardly by natural selection over eons of unguided descent with modification. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Don't miss a nifty Wall Street Journal piece today, that's important too, by our friend Eric Metaxas. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The most ambitious venture so far may be New York Times columnist David Brooks's novel The Social Animal, about an evolutionarily happy couple. Denyse O'Leary
#7 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Ciliate Organism Undergoes "Scrambled Genome" and "Massive...Rearrangement"
A goal-directed creative process like ID can shed light on the mystery of the Oxytricha trifallax genome. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Merry Christmas! Here's #8 of Our Top Evolution Stories of 2014: State-Run Museum Covered Up Collaboration with Atheist Groups
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) worked with atheist groups to put on 2014 Darwin Day events that included anti-religious lectures. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
On Christmas Eve, I wish those of our readers who are Christians a very merry and meaningful holiday. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Julian Savulescu represents all that I find so objectionable about the mainstream bioethics movement. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
After watching the debate, I was reminded of what attracted me in the first place to the approach to investigating origins represented by the theory of intelligent design. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
#10 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: A Stunning New Illustration of Intelligent Design in the Cell
The staff of Evolution News & Views wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year! Evolution News & Views
Gilder on Privileged Species, a "Masterpiece" that "Expounds What Is the Most Important Discovery of 20th-Century Science"
Whoa, film and book reviews don't come any more enviable than this. Evolution News & Views
In a mall in Madison, Wisconsin, five-year-old Virginia hops up on the lap of Atheist Santa, the jolly old elf from the reality-based community. Michael Egnor
On the multiverse, string theory, and more, two reputable astronomers take their colleagues to task for engaging in fact-free speculation. Evolution News & Views
Indifference is the enemy of maintaining a righteous society and there is nothing funny about erasing human exceptionalism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Paper Suggests Catch 22: Neo-Darwinism Faces Either a Massive Molecular Clock Misfire, or a Major Biogeographical Conundrum
Molecular clocks are notoriously unreliable indicators of a lineage's evolutionary age. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
A Yale clinical neurologist drinks the Artificial Intelligence Kool-Aid. Michael Egnor
When sperm meets egg, something wonderful happens: "It is beautiful to see, orchestrated much like a symphony." Evolution News & Views
It's difficult to imagine much stronger words from a more prestigious collection of experts. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
In materialist neuroscience, metaphors pass for metaphysics. Michael Egnor
I known, I know, it's only a movie. If you've seen it then I hope that the following will make perfect sense to you. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
These iridescent jewel-like flyers, that adorn our gardens and sip from our feeders, give more evidence of design than we were previously aware. 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.
IDC advocate Mark Hartwig:
The intimidation tactics, however, signal something important about Darwinists. That "something" was explained in an insightful little piece by one A.J. Obrdlik. Published in 1942, it was a study of "gallows humor" in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. In that article, Obrdlik made a very keen observation:
Gallows humor is a reliable index of the morale of the oppressed whereas the reaction to it on the part of the oppressors tells a long story about the actual strength of the dictators: If they can afford to ignore it, they are strong; if they react wildly with anger, striking their victims with severe reprisals and punishment, they are not sure of themselves, no matter how much they display their might on the surface.
With the growing success of the Wedge, I'm sure we're going to see a lot more of this stuff. But Darwinist tactics will become a lot less intimidating as people realize that they signify not strength but panic.Link