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Beware movements that engineer words to further their agenda. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
This is the second in a series of articles for the general public focused on understanding how species are related and how genomic data is used in research. Today, we talk about phylogenomics, the application of whole genome sequencing to understand evolutionary relationships among species. DNA Chemical Structure. Source: Madeleine Price Ball The haploid human genome is 3.2 billion DNA bases long, and each base can be one of four nucleotides: A, T, C, and... Emily Thompson
Or, as Right-Wing Watch puts it, Neo-Confederate Republican Michael Peroutka Wins Maryland Election. Mr. Peroutka operates the family foundation that donated the allosaurus fossil to the Creation “Museum,” as we reported here. I will not synopsize the Right-Wing Watch article, but I think that you will find that being a neo-Confederate is the least of Mr. Peroutka’s problems; if he is not completely crackers, he is giving a convincing imitation.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
I started this post thinking I’d write a review of Andreas Wagner’s recent book “Arrival of the Fittest: Solving Evolution’s Greatest Puzzle” (links below), an engrossing book about how biological innovation arises from the structure of metabolic, genotype, and protein networks, and how robustness–the stability of phenotypes in the face of underlying genetic variability–is critical in evolutionary innovations. But there are several excellent reviews already out there, so another would be redundant. I’ll mention only... Richard B. Hoppe
Plants have sex? Yes, they totally do. A brief overview: Plants have female reproductive organs (carpels) and male reproductive organs (stamens), but several different ways of determining sex. There are two main groups of seed-producing plants. Gymnosperms are plants without covered seeds, and include those that produce cones. Gymnosperms and are split with about 75% exhibiting monoecy (having male and female sex organs on the same plant), and 25% exhibiting dioecy (having separate male plants and... M. Wilson Sayres http://mathbionerd.blogspot.com
Photograph by Tony Gamble. Photography contest, Honorable Mention. Phelsuma laticauda – gold dust day gecko.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Well, maybe not pray, but certainly adopt a suitably worshipful attitude while venerating an icon of materialism. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Contrary to what many in our culture think, being a biologist is not the secular equivalent of religious ordination. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Living Waters will explore remarkable evidence for intelligent design revealed in the lives of aquatic animals including dolphins and humpback whales. Evolution News & Views
Good grief. Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen has written a ridiculous column about Brittany Maynard. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Bill Nye's new book is out this week, Undeniable: Evolution and the Science of Creation. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
We live in an exciting age when we can begin to answer one of the most profound questions of the ages. Daniel Bakken
The notion that mutation and selection really aren't blind and undirected is a faith-statement for which they can provide no supporting evidence. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Post-Election Special: The Evolutionary Psychologist Knows Why You Vote -- and Shop, and Tip at Restaurants
The most popular naturalist account today is that a non-human past accounts for our minds, attitudes, values, beliefs, and behavior. Denyse O'Leary
"The multiverse idea is baroque, unnatural, untestable and, in the end, dangerous to science and society." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
A National Review editorial published today begins as follows. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Well over a year since Darwin's Doubt was published, Darwinists still can't seem to find any better explanation for the Cambrian explosion than oxygen levels. Evolution News & Views
The handicapped and the melancholy are next. Michael Egnor
Progress depends on the young, biologists whose names you’ve not yet heard whispered. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Words lose their meaning. Definitions are blurred. Nothing can really be discussed. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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!"