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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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Today, Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be declared a saint by the Catholic Church. Michael Egnor
Bioethicists would require doctors to perform community service for their thought crime and to attend reeducation classes. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Until now, biology has been deformed by the requirement that all answers be framed in materialist terms. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The question of medical conscience -- as a subset of religious liberty -- is going to be one of the most contentious issues facing us in the next decade. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Unless they've kept up with the debate, readers of Dr. Venema's latest for BioLogos might think ID advocates never thought of his objection. Evolution News & Views
Just right off the bat it happens, "immediately," as one paleontologist puts it in amazement: genetic code, proteins, photosynthesis, the works. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The ubiquitous attacks on human exceptionalism are one of the current age's worst decadent tendencies. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
"Heisenberg would have never done quantum mechanics without being full of philosophy." Sarah Chaffee
Both humans and other animals use signs. Signs are things that direct attention to something else. Michael Egnor
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!"