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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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Readers may wonder why 10 out of 10,000 planets observed have been "Earth-like" in the "habitable zone," whereas 8.8 billion are extrapolated/calculated to exist. Rob Sheldon
Consider this book an invitation to think more deeply about the growing power of science in the public square by drawing on the timeless wisdom of C.S. Lewis. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
The National Science Foundation and U.S. Navy funded what amounts to de facto ID science. Evolution News & Views
Counter the History Deniers: Get Out the Word on Alfred Russel Wallace; We've Got the Resources You Need
The whitewashing of Wallace's later, more mature view on design in nature is a key point in the Darwin defense strategy. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"Evolution has this catch-22: Nothing evolves unless it already exists." Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
A strikingly rare and powerful example of real intellectual integrity, his life is not only a historical and scientific lesson but an important personal one. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Today on the Medved Show, David Berlinski Asks: Is Western Civilization Getting Progressively More Civilized -- Or Less?
Harvard evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker is a darling of the New Atheists, not least Jerry Coyne who lovingly nicknames him "Pinkah." Evolution News & Views
I guess a tale really does improve in the telling. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The only realistic resolution favorable to materialism would be offered by the hope, still elusive, of a signal from space. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Recently we received an e-mail inquiring about a couple of critical Amazon reviews of Science and Human Origins, one by Paul McBride and another by Jon F. Peters. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Given Wallace's subsequent turn to proto-intelligent design, imagine if thing had been different at the start and Wallace had received all due credit for the theory he and Darwin conceived. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In an unexpected reversal, European ethicists are worried about what America is doing. Evolution News & Views
Of course I've seen it before -- but wow, I'm reminded both of the power of its message and beauty of the production itself. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Could exoplanets support life that has a different chemical composition? Absent details about the composition, who knows? Denyse O'Leary
Weikart's most recent publication makes the position of the history deniers untenable. Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
This should help put things in context the next time Coyne claims that there's "lots" of evidence for Darwin's theory. Michael Egnor
For Telling the Truth About Alfred Russel Wallace, Historian Michael Flannery Is Slandered as a "Denialist"
George Beccaloni, Flannery's prominent antagonist in the battle over Wallace's legacy, prefers to "ignore" Wallace's turn toward proto-intelligent design. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
A Lapse in Watchfulness: New York Times Admits Neo-Darwinism Faces a "Paradigm Shift" Over "Failure" to Explain Body Plans
A colleague has pointed out to me a 2007 article in the Times that I hadn't previously seen. The author is Smithsonian paleobiologist Douglas H. Erwin. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Why do they keep funding it? Same reason we fund evolutionary biology. Rob Sheldon
Current Biology Paper's Assumptions and Methodology Dramatically Underestimate "Rates of Change" in the Cambrian Explosion
While Stephen Meyer pointed out this paper's most fundamental flaw, there are many other deficiencies. I focus on nine total in this article. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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