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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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The authors say that they are going to explain how longer RNA sequences arise from shorter ones and how the ability to replicate emerges. OK, let's hear it. Evolution News & Views
Recently, University of Chicago biologist Jerry Coyne embarked on a "BBQ, Evolution, and Atheism" speaking tour of the Southeast. P.J. Levi
Here we see how Darwinian evolutionists, when they put a design hat on, ask questions that propel science forward. Evolution News & Views
That list is a thorn in the side of those who say there's no scientific debate over whether evolution works in a completely naturalistic fashion. Joshua Youngkin http://www.discovery.org/p/501
This year's theme is "How Did It All Begin?" and features speakers such as renowned Oxford mathematics professor John Lennox and leading intelligent design theorist Stephen C. Meyer. Evolution News & Views
Plasticity refers to the ability of animal bodies to remarkably adapt themselves to challenges that otherwise you might expect to be catastrophic. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In The New Republic, Leon Wieseltier Blasts "Darwinist Dittoheads" for Policing Thomas Nagel's "Heresy"
This goes way beyond wishful thinking. There really does seem to be a transition going on, a veil of ignorance and denial pierced by Nagel's book. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The final burst of insight was delivered to James Watson in the morning, February 28, 1953. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Evolutionists wrongly argue that ID can't be true because some designs are not optimal. But there might be a perfectly intelligent reason for some suboptimal designs in nature.... Evolution News & Views
Kenneth Miller seems to assume that if a designer had anything to do with the origin of species, then we should see evidence in the fossil record that someone waved a magic wand. Granville Sewell
And that's a good thing. 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!"