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Evolutionary biology must explain how life actually works, not just how it looks. Howard Glicksman
Those who pushed the hype about embryonic stem cell therapies have themselves to blame for the apparent proliferation of stem cell fraud. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Chrysemys picta – painted turtle, Walden Ponds Wildlife Habitat, Boulder, yesterday. See also here.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
School’s out, and I discovered a new website, TheTorah.com, which appears to be a project of a group of Modern Orthodox Jews to promulgate their acceptance of higher criticism (also called historical criticism). In other words, these are scholars who practice Orthodox Judaism but are not Biblical literalists. Their website proclaims a need for a “historical and contextual approach” to Torah study. Amen, and good luck to them! Most of the articles on the Website... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
The majority of U.S. medical schools do not require evolutionary biology as a prerequisite for acceptance and do not offer courses dedicated to the subject. But as we talked about last time, adopting an evolutionary perspective on medical issues can potentially give new insights into disease treatment, prevention, and diagnosis. Where do we and should we begin to teach this kind of thinking? What resources are available to teachers and students to learn about... Emily Thompson http://cartwrig.ht/people/
From David Young on Facebook: Number nerd warning: Today at 8:25.5 pm (local time) it will be 5 / 10 / 15 20 : 25 : 30.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
“Measles vaccine protects against other deadly diseases,” proclaims an article in ScienceInsider. In reality, the protection is indirect: Getting measles disposes you to getting other potentially fatal diseases over the next several years. Evidently, measles, unlike, for example, whooping cough, not only weakens your immune system but also makes it “forget,” so you may even contract a disease that you already had and thought you were immune to. (As an aside, though it was supposedly... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Francie Diep is perplexed: "We assumed such [Darwin-doubting] beliefs would be unusual among doctors." Not so, she discovered. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
They call it rite mirabile, a "miraculous web" -- the secret to thermal regulation in many animals. Evolution News & Views
Now there's a revolutionary scientific point of view! Granville Sewell
Yesterday, the New York Times Magazine had a front-page story touting the suicide of a woman with Alzheimer's. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
DID is the only comprehensive curriculum that presents both the biological and cosmological evidence in support of the theory of intelligent design, at a layperson's level. Evolution News & Views
Check this out from Yale University, likening evolution to a "house of cards." Yes, you read that right. Evolution News & Views
The punishment, alas, will not nearly fit the crime. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Listen: Humans Display Many Behavioral and Cognitive Abilities that Offer No Apparent Survival Advantage
Casey Luskin concludes his series discussing the top ten problems with biological and chemical evolution. Evolution News & Views
I've noticed in our science coverage here lately has been an appeal to evolution advocates to exercise a little of that overlooked virtue. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In dealing with the laws of nature, our body is constantly losing water, mainly through respiration, perspiration, and the formation of urine. Howard Glicksman
Here I conclude the series I began to address the white space in evolutionary thinking. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Listen: Neo-Darwinism Has a Long History of Inaccurate Predictions About Vestigial Organs and "Junk DNA"
This series is based upon Casey Luskin's chapter in the volume More than Myth, edited by Paul Brown and Robert Stackpole (Chartwell Press, 2014). 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!"