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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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Texas is in the process of streamlining its science standards, which means that Darwinists are ringing alarm bells. Sarah Chaffee
There are numerous unresolved problems for the RNA World thesis. Stephen Meyer mentions many of them. Evolution News & Views
Scientists with no affinity for the design hypothesis admit that the odds against the first life self-assembling are horrendously steep. Evolution News & Views
Once euthanasia forces no longer have to contend with democracy, they show their true authoritarian colors. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
We're now seeing attempts to mimic the natural phenomenon of touch in medical technology. Evolution News & Views
The meeting will explore what can be done within the walls of naturalism or materialism, to fix evolutionary theory. Evolution News & Views
David Moshman helps explain the threat to academic freedom that we see in the study of evolution and intelligent design. Sarah Chaffee
Darwinism is so flexible that it's able to explain almost any zoological phenomenon and its opposite. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
The ribosome, a wonder of the cell, translates messenger RNA into proteins. Prepare to be astonished. Evolution News & Views
Over the years I have explained how scientific materialism and Darwinism have had a dehumanizing impact on us. Richard Weikart
This could be illegal in many places, so the American doctors went to Mexico to do the procedure. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A graduate student in evolutionary biology shared some comments with me about life in the closet. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Michael Zimmerman is concerned about saddling Texas students with "political baggage." I am too. Sarah Chaffee
As biologist Michael Denton explains, evolutionary theory chokes on what is non-adaptive or "beyond-adaptive." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Researchers seeking to explain away the Cambrian evolution without intelligent design are left with a tough choice. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The suicide pushers can say accurately, as in the old Outer Limits TV show, "We are controlling transmission." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A scientific theory cannot be established as valid unless the consequences that follow from it correspond to reality. Lee M. Spetner
Squiggles once attributed to emerging complex animals could have been made by microbes instead. Evolution News & Views
Two internationally influential bioethicists join forces to advocate that society legally coerce doctors to kill. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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!"