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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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Meyer does not fail to mention the small shelly fossils and he does not exaggerate the brevity of the Cambrian explosion. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
On the Medved Show's Science & Culture Update, We'll Be Talking Today About the Critical Reception of Darwin's Doubt
It would be very welcome to hear some smart Darwinist call up the show and try to tell Steve Meyer why the case his book makes doesn't hold water. Step right up, guys. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The Darwinian view of the human race as domesticated animals in need of breeding is well entrenched in the halls of science and government. Michael Egnor
The reason this is making headlines is because the researchers found a few skulls in a single location, and they think they can assign them all to the same species. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Positive psychology is essentially the science of misappropriations from serious science to dignify humbug. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
He has a superb essay in the Huffington Post titled "Are We Observing Extraterrestrial Intelligence Without Realizing It?" Michael Egnor
PZ's advocacy of atheism keeps his readers carefully in the dark about what smart, sincere religious people believe, and what other ideas (like ID) that he doesn't like are about. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
The finiteness of the universe is extremely disturbing to materialists, who want an infinite universe to avoid ever having to discuss a creator. Rob Sheldon
The "Not Tonight Dear Because I've Got an Impacted Third Molar" Theory of Natural Selection
This swill is what passes for evolutionary biology in the 21st century. Michael Egnor
What help has materialism been in understanding the universe's beginnings? Denyse O'Leary
From the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, with my commentary. Michael Egnor
It's surely not a coincidence that this season in science-journal publishing we've seen a variety of attempts to solve the enigma that Stephen Meyer describes in his new book, Darwin's Doubt. Evolution News & Views
An otherwise scientifically sound paper might not be cited for reasons that are political, not scientific. In the intelligent-design movement, we've seen this many times. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
As a journalist who has covered the intelligent design controversy for 12 years, I ended up asking a question repeatedly: What exactly has materialism done for science? Denyse O'Leary
In 2011, Dr. Alvin Plantinga, the foremost living Christian philosopher, released his book Where the Conflict Really Lies. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
Jerry is so blinkered by his materialist metaphysics that he can't admit the obvious. Michael Egnor
After decades of cultural blunders, atheists are increasingly aware of the need to improve public relations. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
According to Charles Marshall, I argue "that paleontologists are unable to explain the Cambrian explosion, thus opening the door to the possibility of a designer's intervention." Stephen C. Meyer http://www.signatureinthecell.com
Scientism will die a natural death, as any complex organism without a brain inevitably does. Michael Egnor
This just in from ASBMB Today, the official magazine of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Michael Behe
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!"