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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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An email correspondent pointed out a paper to me, "Structural diversity of bacterial flagellar motors," published by the European Molecular Biology Organization. Michael Behe
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Here's How to Say "Thank You" to Your Friends at Evolution News and Views
Somewhere right now a student is looking for top-notch resources to balance what she is learning in her science class about the evolution controversy. Kelley J. Unger
"A Few Years Ago, We Couldn't Have Filled a Kombi": The Brazilian Intelligent Design Adventure
A couple of days ago, I returned from the inaugural congress of the Sociedade Brasileira do Design Inteligente. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
For Overcoming Students' Intuitions of Design, The American Biology Teacher Suggests Employing Evo-Devo
I just finished reading an article by Kostas Kampourakis and Alessandro Minelli, "Evolution Makes More Sense in the Light of Development." Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I -- and this past week provided a terrible reminder that conflicts stirred by the war remain with us. Mike Keas
Everyone is welcome to an opinion. But when it comes to subjects with no data, does a famous scientist's opinion count for more than John Q. Public's? Evolution News & Views
Mathematician Granville Sewell has argued in these pages that evolutionary theory is at crosscurrents with the second law of thermodynamics (the law of entropy), dooming it to failure. Evolution News & Views
History tells us clearly that Utopianism is one of humankind's most dangerous propensities. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Reader's Guilty Confession: I Have Re-Shelved Stephen Meyer's Books at Barnes & Noble "Quite a Few Times"
While understandable, nobody should be moving copies of pro-ID books around the shelves at your favorite bookstore. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's "Death with Aesthetics." The death pushers are causing more harm than they will ever know. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
It seems the decision to put Meyer in the Christianity section and Dawkins's God Delusion under Science was not made locally. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Bill Nye, among others, has speculated that "We May Discover Life on Europa." Daniel Bakken
Michael Denton Rocks the Museum of Flight as Privileged Species Premieres in Seattle to a Packed House
Imagine you find an elaborately cut key, carry it with you for years, then stick it in a random door lock -- and it opens! David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Nicholas Wade writes about the domestication of the dog from wolves, in East Asia, and the evolutionary question mark that leaves behind. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Thoughtful reader Paul comments on Erik Larson's article "Yes, 'We've Been Wrong About Robots Before,' and We Still Are." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Who would have thought? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
With the landing of a probe on comet 67P, excitement has centered on the idea that life arose in water carried here by comets. Daniel Bakken
At best, closely examining a comet may illustrate a scenario whereby organic molecules were delivered to our planet, or to another. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"Superintelligence" and the supposed "dangers" it poses to humanity are about where the global-warming scare was circa 2005. Erik J. Larson
Privileged Species with Michael Denton, the Antidote to Cosmos, Will Have Its Southern California Premiere on Friday
A gorgeous new documentary investigates the special properties of carbon, water, and oxygen that make human life and the life of other organisms possible. Evolution News & Views
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!"