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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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"Is it appropriate for a state-funded museum to join forces with organizations such as the Humanist Society and the Freedom from Religion group to promote an anti-religious agenda?" Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
The lipids (fats) that comprise the cell membrane and organelle membranes are finely tuned to their function, built by elaborate machines, and assisted by a host of other molecules. Evolution News & Views
If the terms of this story were reversed -- a state-run museum joins with Christian groups to bash atheism or other religious beliefs, then covers its tracks when challenged -- you'd never hear the end of it. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Recounting an exchange he once had with bioethicist Peter Singer, Lennox pointed out that atheists have a belief system too, that is to say a faith. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
Yes, John Farrell, "Mr. Ellipsis," the punctuation maven, I'm looking at you. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Did a State-Run New Mexico Science Museum Coordinate with Atheist Groups for 2014 Darwin Day -- and Then Cover It Up?
I will have more to reveal tomorrow. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Engineers wanted to mimic the birds. They are finding out how hard that is. Evolution News & Views
The topics will range from human origins to genetic determinism and moral responsibility to the question of how science is possible in the first place. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
The edge of evolution lies where reasonably probable, random mutation-selection runs out of steam and "dumb luck" (or purposeful design) takes over. Michael Behe
If new, separate human species are not found, perhaps they can be argued into existence. Denyse O'Leary
"Meyer was WORLD's Daniel of the Year in 2009, shortly after he published his previous big book, Signature in the Cell." Evolution News & Views
Some scientists think an incredible string of luck, analogous to making a series of very lucky bets, is the explanation for why we are here. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
It's a stretch to call a tube-like burrow in the Ediacaran evidence of a bilaterian ancestor of humans. Evolution News & Views
Digital cameras, and cell phone cameras, of course, are the result of millions of years of blind and unguided evolutionary processes, not intelligent design. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Amazing. Hard to sort out how it happened, isn't it? Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
It's like some of these guys are conducting a disputation in their head against the ghost of childhood religion. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"Argument and debate are common in science yet are virtually absent in science education." Joshua Youngkin http://www.discovery.org/p/501
It's like the note from the doctor or your mom that gets you out of school on the day of the big test. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
You don't need "conscious evolution" to appreciate nature or want to protect it. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
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!"