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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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The biomorphs are "digital animals...grounded in 1970s assumptions," long outdated. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It is amazing how some in the sciences are so desperate to knock humans off the pedestal of exceptionalism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
I didn't expect to be honored by a 7500-word broadside by philosopher Dr. Vincent Torley, assisted by Dr. Josh Swamidass of Washington University. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
On a new episode of ID Inquiry, biologist Ann Gauger responds to a question from a reader. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The discourse of name-calling is a scourge of public life today, and it's only getting worse. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Nicholas Kristof groups dissent from evolution with racism. Sarah Chaffee
Is it like going to the mall and looking for a pair of pants with the right waist and inseam measurements? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Join us as we celebrate the release of a courageous and pioneering book that articulates a startling and original scientific vision. Evolution News & Views
A case of mistaking geology for intelligent design, with some nuance. Evolution News & Views
What Diogo and Molnar seem to want is a metric with The Human Body as God Would (or Should) Have Made It at one end of the measuring stick. Evolution News & Views
The fact that all this is so far technological fantasy may be its lone saving grace. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It was a telling response, revealing the idiot inside the savant. Brendan Dixon http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Taking aim at biologists who assume the matter of life from nonlife is well in hand, Tour sets out this way. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Look at the photo at the top of this post, and ask yourself: What's the best-engineered object in view? Steve Laufmann
Chemical evolution theories are so unsuccessful, it's time to go back to square one. So say two theorists in America's leading science journal. Evolution News & Views
Without any one of the necessary systems being in place, the whole would fail and calcium control would be lost. Howard Glicksman
This is a warning about investor trawling, media hype, and the realities attendant to regenerative medicine. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Everything in ethics, every single weighty cultural issue I can think of, hinges on the question of biological origins. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Once again the damned-with-faint-praise field of adult stem cell research seems headed toward significant treatment breakthroughs. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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!"