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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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Fossil extinction rates are smoothed over tens of millennia, whereas today's extinction rates are spiky. Rob Sheldon
It's worth noting how certain ideas tend to hang together. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I believe that we are in the midst of a broad push, across different sectors of society, to make suicide more palatable and normalized. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Following a moving target in near darkness: just one example of natural visual feats performed by the smallest animal brains. Evolution News & Views
Seeking to Vilify Doubters, New York Times Now Opts for "Denier" Over "Skeptic "
It is disturbing to see so highly regarded a newspaper embrace intimidation, calling it "accuracy." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Unlike materialists, who MUST find a naturalistic explanation for everything in nature, intelligent design is without bias. Evolution News & Views
You may have noted that one of the sources of the claim is Paul Ehrlich. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
I am both pleased and disturbed by the Pope's encyclical. Michael Egnor
Stephanie Keep, editor of Reports of the National Center for Science Education, is all atwitter about what she calls "science denialism." Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
The Indiana University evolutionary biologist is an often-scathing critic of the abuse of natural selection in biological explanation. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
I follow transhuman comings and going, often with great amusement. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A computer model mimics Darwinian evolution and offers a solution to how flatworms regenerate missing parts. Is it innovation by blind processes? Evolution News & Views
There's a strange ethical tenet in the media that holds that when it comes to ID, you can assert anything that seems expedient. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
New science paradigms inevitably face strong resistance from adherents to older theories Evolution News & Views
A biology graduate student and alumnus of our Summer Seminar on Intelligent Design contacted me to ask a good question. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
"Willful Ignorance"? Lee McIntyre Misrepresents Our Position on Intelligent Design in Public Schools
Dr. McIntyre claims to be nothing less than an authority on the defense of truth. Sarah Chaffee
Biologist in TEDx Talk: Life's "Complex Interacting Molecular Machines" Appear "Built by an Engineer"
I don't think that Stephen Larson is pro-intelligent design, which makes his descriptions of biology all the more striking. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
This past weekend Seattle enjoyed gorgeous weather, and my wife and I took a kid from our church hiking near a local creek. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Dr. Brian Mattson of Dead Reckoning.tv discusses intelligent design with Casey Luskin. 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!"