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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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Summer is upon us. Are you looking for some inconsequential beach reading to flip through half-asleep as you soak up the rays? Evolution News & Views
The euthanasia movement is about killing -- which simply means to intentionally end life -- as a response to human suffering. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Like other examples of academic freedom legislation, LSEA was written to do one thing -- authorize teaching genuine science. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Yes, but the very same approach would justify teaching about intelligent design. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
As a young man Charles Darwin loved music, had a fondness for art, and appreciated fine literature. Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
I wrote previously about a professor (of course!) in the New York Times advocating "pea personhood." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Post-"junk DNA," biologists find new treasures in the non-coding parts of the genome -- creating a need for new ID-friendly metaphors. Evolution News & Views
I wouldn't advise any book author to take a negative review too much to heart. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"Exactly how evolution happened is now a matter of great controversy among biologists." Granville Sewell
If you liked ATP synthase, you're going to love the supercharged model: V-ATPase. Evolution News & Views
If that's not clear, try thinking about it from a public school science teacher's perspective. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Here is a recent letter to the editor in the New York Times, by Dr. M. William Audeh at UCLA School of Medicine. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
I hope this is performance art. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
An emerging science of imitating nature, known as biomimetics, has attracted extensive research and led to new technologies. Evolution News & Views
In Alabama and elsewhere, public school instructors who teach critical thinking skills in the context of biological evolution risk their reputations and careers. Sarah Chaffee
Dembski's informational ontology is clearly not a fringe idea, as evidenced by a book review in Nature. Evolution News & Views
His statement expresses zero moral opposition to the genetic engineering of the human genome. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The picture of human origins is murky, and the evolutionary account is not getting any clearer. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
NCSE is the go-to source for complacent journalists. 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!"