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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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Geneticist Dan Graur of the University of Houston is implacably opposed to intelligent design. Evolution News & Views
Earlier, Evolution News responded helpfully to a question from a correspondent. Here are more. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
An enormous literature exists about the implausibility of point-mutation-by-point-mutation transitions between adaptive peaks. Evolution News & Views
It is no secret that the media refuse to call the pro-life movement, the "pro-life" movement. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Rare privilege carries with it exceptional responsibility. That's a frightening idea for some. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Darwinian expectations are frustrated by reality. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Picture being frozen solid for thirty years, then defrosted, and feeling fine. Now try account for that power in evolutionary terms. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
David Snoke discusses the "physicality of information" and a frequently encountered stumbling block in dialogues with theistic evolutionists. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Dr. Snoke's comments as a physicist are particularly helpful and illuminating. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
One can only dunk the opposition to a viewpoint for so long. Sooner or later, the critique will come up for air. Evolution News & Views
Here come four exciting discussions of science against the backdrop of ultimate questions about humankind's place in the universe. Evolution News & Views
Perhaps the parallel between what Michael Denton calls "non-adaptive order" in biology, and the art of the Baroque, goes a little further. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Mississippi Legislators Should Drop Academic Freedom Bill or Make Clear It Doesn't Permit Creationism
To clear up confusion about HB 50, Discovery Institute has sent a letter to the Mississippi House Education Committee. Sarah Chaffee
There is no reason for believing the major Type-defining homologs, such as the feather, were achieved gradually via functional continuums. Michael Denton
To digest and absorb life's necessary nutrients, the gastrointestinal system depends on many parts working together. Howard Glicksman
Buck v. Bell was one of the most pernicious Supreme Court decisions ever written. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Is It a "Pumpjack"? An "Unsewing" Machine? In Search of the Right Metaphor for a New Molecular Wonder
It's mind-boggling. Could humans duplicate every part of a factory while it is in full operation? Evolution News & Views
The gravity waves detected at LIGO were produced by the collision of black holes about a billion years ago. Bruce Gordon
A colleague forwards to me a confused article dealing with "antievolution state laws," aka academic freedom legislation. 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!"