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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 the years that followed 1859, the impact of evolutionary thinking seeped across the culture of Europe and America. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Your taxpayer dollars will be going toward research on preconditioning young minds to accept evolution. Sarah Chaffee
Could it be that life is so unlikely as to require a designer's guidance for it to come into existence? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
A folk objection to Darwinian theory is not as naïve at it might at first seem. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Conventional scientific wisdom says that warm-blooded animals evolved from cold-blooded ones. Howard Glicksman
To understand migration by the earth's magnetic field, biologists may have to extend knowledge of electromagnetic theory into quantum mechanics. Evolution News & Views
Once set in motion, it never stops expanding. Thus we now see the push in the Netherlands to euthanize children. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
It should be the facts that drive startling conclusions, not the theory that's supposed to explain the facts. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
If these flying mammals were as big as F-22's, we wouldn't stand a chance in a dogfight. Evolution News & Views
This from researchers at the University of the Witwatersrand sounds promising. Evolution News & Views
Why not grapple with a fellow evolutionary biologist, like Richard Sternberg? Evolution News & Views
Darwinism undercuts human reason. That's bad news for science. Sarah Chaffee
New research seems to supports a notion first proposed more than a century ago by a great German morphologist. Michael Denton
It is always fun to see what our resident technology-worshipping religious fanatics are up to. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
But of course he was referring to the odds that the universe is an artificial computer simulation by advanced aliens. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Emerging by the billions next month, this year's 17-year cicada brood offers ways to contrast evolutionary and design theories. Evolution News & Views
The importance of the epigenome -- with its crucial role in gene expression -- is that it lies beyond the reach of the random genetic variation. Evolution News & Views
Mathematicians told biologists, "It looks like the math is not going to cooperate" with evolutionary theory. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Rather than being earned, linguistic capacity was given. Michael Denton
The Wistar conference, which opened in Philadelphia on April 25, 1966, was the beginning of the end for neo-Darwinism. 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!"