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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 a rare rebuttal to animal rights ideology, Philosophy Today has published a piece by Rhys Southan, apparently a reformed animal rights believer. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The flagellum, ATP synthase, and a gliding motor: that's three independent, irreducibly complex rotary engines in some of the "simplest" living things. Evolution News & Views
On Academic Freedom Bills and More, Here's Why I Rarely Trust Reporters: The Case of Patrick Anderson
Yesterday a reporter at the Argus Leader in South Dakota called to interview me. We discussed a bill that's recently been submitted in his state. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
This is what it would sound like.... David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
As Alfred Russel Wallace observed, "Such a simple fact as the existence of flying fish [i.e., the Exocoetidae family] could never be proved, if Hume's argument is a good one." Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
The origin of whales has been called a "poster child for macroevolution." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
In case you wondered if Townes's comment on intelligent design was just a stray remark not representative of his general thinking, read on. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Dr. Denton shows how the universe is the splendid and fantastically intricate setting specifically designed for a precious jewel. Evolution News & Views
Join Us for the 2015 Westminster Conference on Science and Faith! And Don't Miss the Early Bird Special
The conference will feature renowned Oxford University mathematics professor John Lennox and Discovery Institute geneticist Michael Denton. Evolution News & Views
Dr. Townes compared ID's scientific credibility, which he said appears to be "quite real," with "fantastic" speculations about a multiverse. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Let's hope that Canadians see through the pretense. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The humble jellyfish doesn't just drift with the waves. It knows where it is and where its neighbors are. Evolution News & Views
This argument of the peripatetic pagan became a cornerstone of the Christian, Jewish, and Islamic understanding of the mental powers of the soul. Michael Egnor
Far from perpetuating the caricature of science versus faith, these results fit well with a theistic view of the universe. Daniel Bakken
Ann Gauger recently wrote an excellent piece about interpreting scientific writings minus all the unnecessary evolutionary gloss. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
"They must be dealt with appropriately, since, representing the fruit of natural selection, they are to be regarded as the core of a new Jewish revival." Michael Egnor
Academic freedom bills are only intended to cover topics that are already in the curriculum. Topics that are not in the curriculum (like intelligent design) are not covered by such legislation. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
It is remarkable how much damage has been done to our understanding of our world by materialist metaphysics. Michael Egnor
Each year, evolution enthusiasts, evangelizing atheists, and Religious Left activists celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday, February 12, as "Darwin Day." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In Light of New BIO-Complexity Paper, Maintaining Neo-Darwinism Means Rejecting Established Methods of Historical Science
The typical response from evolutionists is that perhaps ancient enzymes were different, and more readily mutable to acquire new functions. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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!"