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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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"Your policy banning professors from expressing their views on intelligent design raises many troubling questions." Evolution News & Views
I guess I am a theistic evolutionist when it comes to waterfalls. Granville Sewell
Three unexpected instances of coding have been found in the living world, supporting ID's focus on information in nature. Evolution News & Views
The materialist bias of the producers, editors, and writers of Cosmos is so complete that they couldn't be bothered even to check Wikipedia. Jay W. Richards http://www.discovery.org/p/9
What Can You Do About Cosmos? Support the Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design in the Natural Sciences, of Course
It seems like nowadays every Hollywood entertainer needs his own policy on science education. Kelley J. Unger
You have probably heard that our DNA, the stuff that makes us human, is only 1% different from chimps. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
With an introduction and approbation from President Obama, no less, the new Cosmos updates Carl Sagan's famous franchise. Here's the result. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
You may wish to have access to the antidote handy before grappling with the ailment itself. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
With excitement about the upcoming Fox series Cosmos approaching a peak, we asked our resident physicist, Dr. Rob Sheldon, to comment. Rob Sheldon
Today, materialism of the Carl Sagan variety is overwhelmingly maintained by careful averting of the eyes from counterevidence and counterarguments. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
What happens when engineers try autonomous formation flight? Lots of collisions. Evolution News & Views
Discovery Institute Scholars Predict that, as a Vehicle for Materialism, the New Cosmos Will Be as Screechy as Sagan's Original
For atheists, Darwinists and materialists, the popular 1980 documentary series with Carl Sagan has canonical status. Evolution News & Views
University of Surrey theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili calls it, understandably, "nothing short of miraculous." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
New Atheists like Dawkins and Coyne may just be trying, clumsily, to assume a provocative stance. That's the charitable interpretation, and perhaps it's true. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Sometimes the totalitarianism inherent in atheism doesn't even run deep: it sits right on the surface. Michael Egnor
"Lewis's narrative mounts a deceptively subtle critique of certain Darwinian ways of understanding the place of humanity within the natural order." Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Due to high demand, the Early-Bird Registration Deadline for this fifth annual Westminster Conference has been extended to March 14! Evolution News & Views
Bryan College, named for William Jennings Bryan, wants faculty to sign a statement affirming the historicity of Adam and Eve and denying mankind's descent from animals. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Through genetic sleuthing and surveys, researchers found that humans spread a genetic mutation in horses around the world. Evolution News & Views
Do advances in cosmology, biochemistry, paleontology, and genetics undermine Christian faith, or is there in fact compelling evidence for design in nature? 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.
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!"