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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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In his New York Times column recently, Nicholas Kristof offered "A Confession of Liberal Intolerance." Sarah Chaffee
Science journalist John Horgan makes the great distinction between skepticism directed at "soft" versus "hard" targets. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Some of the most numerous, best-decorated and ecologically important animals on earth are just now catching the attention of scientists. Evolution News & Views
Joshua Swamidass is a reputable scientist at Washington University, a passionate Christian speaking to other passionate Christians. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
There could be secret communications in soft drinks, coffee, and mouthwash. Evolution News & Views
The idea is laughable. Even Darwinists seem to understand this. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Control is the key to life. But how does the body achieve it? Howard Glicksman
Religious associations of scientific views on origins should not be constitutionally fatal, but rather should be considered an "incidental effect." Sarah Chaffee
Roasting other subjects and individuals, Oliver goes for the jugular. Not so when it comes to scientists. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The Jacobins are loose and they take no prisoners. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Galloping Flagella and Cilia Railroads -- Getting Ready to Celebrate Twenty Years of Darwin's Black Box
New findings show that Behe's intelligent design thesis is stronger than ever. Evolution News & Views
Todd Butterfield talks with Dr. Jonathan Wells about a common myth surrounding the theory of evolution. Evolution News & Views
In a section that spans an impressive 76 pages with 380+ footnotes, Luskin documents numerous historical associations. Sarah Chaffee
Right now. You can do it. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Will doctors prescribe poison to their terminally ill patients, if asked? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Courts typically ignore anti-religious historical associations with Darwinism. Sarah Chaffee
As Michael Denton makes clear, the use of fire by humans was a development prepared for in the very fabrication of the cosmos. Evolution News & Views
A high school student asked Denton what originally "sparked" his interest in fire. Janine Solfelt
Journalist Daniel Engber discusses the theory that Charles Darwin engaged in intellectual theft or plagiarism. Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Last month we noted two news stories that signal major changes ahead. 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!"