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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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In arguments, the same logical fallacies are committed again and again. Two textbook examples are floridly on display in an article from Psychology Today. Stephen A. Batzer
ENV reported on this earlier, but it merits further consideration. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
For a discussion of the impact of atheism on Poland that will resonate with the Polish people, Jerry should conduct the interview in the town of Katyn. Michael Egnor
Bruce Chapman observes that despite his alma mater's having been named after a preacher, John Harvard, recent sentiment among the faculty goes against Harvard's religious heritage. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Perhaps the Freedom From Religion Foundation should demand that the old man's seated statue be removed from Harvard Yard and the name of the college changed to Pinker. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
John Searle, the eminent professor of philosophy at U.C. Berkeley, once said that "there is a sense in which materialism is the religion of our time." Tom Bethell
It takes guts to empower students to explore hot topics. Sacred cows may be tipped. But there's no learning, and no innovation, without some risk to the status quo. Joshua Youngkin http://www.discovery.org/p/501
Answering some questions about what is actually going on at Ball State and why it matters. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
According to the NCSE, we are "science deniers" or "evolution deniers." I'm calling their bluff. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
It was a superb event and we are grateful to Eric Metaxas and his Socrates in the City staff and founders for making it all possible. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
Hox gene clusters are regulatory elements that switch on genes downstream in embryological development. When you swap one cluster with another, what happens? Evolution? Evolution News & Views
The deterministic denial of free will leads not to utopia but to Dachau. Michael Egnor
I can't help but compare this Unknown Scientist to the well-known "Unknown Comic" from the 1980's. I can picture "Smildon", sitting in his armchair, bag over his head, reciting his "scrupulously fair" review of Darwin's Doubt. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
Instead of addressing, or even accurately representing, Meyer's main argument for intelligent design, Farrell devotes a significant portion of his review to criticizing the book for the alleged misuse of an ellipsis. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Listening to Stephen Meyer on the Michael Medved Show today, I was struck by something. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Amarillo College in Texas recently canceled a course on intelligent design, citing fears that the class would be disrupted by atheist activists. What ever happened to academic freedom? Evolution News & Views
This is just one more example of evolution being treated as a magic wand that generates "exquisitely precise" mechanisms on demand. Evolution News & Views
Evolutionary Anthropologist's Advice: Reject Research Papers if Results Come from Discovery Institute Authors
Someone affiliated with Discovery Institute (or any group friendly to ID) submits a paper, and you immediately toss it in the trash without even taking it seriously. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Quote of the Day: "The Job of a Science Teacher Should Be to Present the Evidence in Favor of Darwin's Beautiful Theory"
You do think our theory is beautiful, don't you? Don't you? Michael Egnor
In a 1970 Smithsonian Magazine article, Isaac Asimov, explained "Remove the sun, and the human brain would not have developed." Granville Sewell
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!"