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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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We are often told that "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution." Evolution News & Views
Catholicism focuses with extreme concentration on the unique dignity and value of man. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
"Sometimes the most life-changing events come out of the most ordinary moments." Evolution News & Views
Wesley Smith writes today at First Things on "My New Tattoo." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Save the Date! Premiere of Living Waters: Intelligent Design in the Oceans of the Earth, at Seattle's McCaw Hall on August 7
Our friends at Illustra Media have produced a series of fantastic documentaries revealing the evidence for intelligent design, from the cosmic down to the microscopic level. Evolution News & Views
An oak is an oak whether acorn or tree. A human is human whether fetus, child, or adult. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
This is precisely how the horrors of the Netherlands were unleashed. Unless stopped on appeal, it will be worse in South Africa. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Curiously, the blast from biologist and blogger PZ Myers avoids engaging Discovery Institute's Paul Nelson on teleology except to flatly deny it. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
It's the iron (Fe) in the hemoglobin molecule to which O2 actually attaches and enables it to be transported in the blood. Howard Glicksman
The theory of first steps may be true of quitting cigarettes or going on a diet. Evolution News & Views
Without this "homochirality," proteins would never fold properly into functional structures, thus posing another chicken-and-egg problem for origin-of-life research. Evolution News & Views
What Discovery Institute biologist Jonathan Wells calls the "myth of junk DNA," long a favorite with advocates of unguided evolution, isn't quite dead and buried. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Casey Luskin discusses differences between vertebrate embryos and how they contradict the predictions of common ancestry. Evolution News & Views
Cognitive scientist Steven Pinker recently told CNN, "We don't throw virgins into volcanoes any more." No? Why not? Denyse O'Leary
We can't have expensive old people hanging around using up resources (that their enterprise and hard work helped generate!). Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Here's an update on science news about the workings of living cells. Evolution News & Views
Conservation of information shows that either design or the original configuration of the universe must account for the complexity of life. Winston Ewert
The granting of personhood to animals will lower the status of persons more than it will raise the status of animals. Michael Egnor
First of all, human memory is not computer storage. Erik J. Larson
Launching a new series at IDTF, Andrew McDiarmid addresses an often-heard claim. 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!"