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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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Recently, I participated in good faith in an open forum blog discussion at the National Center for Science Education site. Stephen H. Webb
Muscles as thin as a human hair help wings flap fifty times in the blink of an eye. Evolution News & Views
Radical misanthropic environmentalism serves a fearsome, destructive god. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A Matter of Considerable Gravity: On the Purported Detection of Gravitational Waves and Cosmic Inflation
Theophobic scientific materialists must come to terms with what is, for them, a worldview-defeating fact. Bruce Gordon
If the values of Julian Savulescu and other neo-eugenicists prevail, we will descend into tyranny. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Darwinians treat rational debate like a game, and they treat playing games as a matter of life or death. Stephen H. Webb
The "whale of the Cambrian," a large filter-feeding anomalocarid, has been brought to science's attention. Evolution News & Views
While Cosmos is simply ignoring the life-friendly fine-tuning of our planet, other scientists see it as an important question to investigate. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
In the booming field of biomimetics, there's no thought of dysteleology. Evolution News & Views
The resulting story is a tricky mix of honest and not-so-honest reporting that is bound to mislead people. Joshua Youngkin http://www.discovery.org/p/501
According to NIH Director Francis Collins, authors can access the program for a nominal fee (subsidized by their federal research funding). Evolution News & Views
Driven by a materialistic agenda, Cosmos shuts up as haunted the tabooed territory of religion's positive influence on the development of science. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Confronted with the message being broadcast each week on Cosmos, this couldn't more timely. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Who knew? Evidently, it's OK now to ignore Darwinism and speak of "design features" in living cells. Evolution News & Views
The irony of intolerant atheists is remarkable. Are you puzzled by this? Don't be. Michael Egnor
Having heard the rumors that the Russell Crowe $130 million extravaganza was distinctly anti-human and radically environmentalist, I decided to check it out. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
It is depressing indeed if a major concern is, "What will the creationists say?" Denyse O'Leary
Among some anti-humanists, a wistfulness for "monsters." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
It's a commonplace, but still true: Despite its pose as a counterweight to faith, materialism is weirdly like a religion. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's only when the scientific details are elided or distorted, or creatively reimagined, that materialism can still stand up in light of what we now know. 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!"