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A Christian nursing home is threatened with the loss of charitable tax status if administrators refuse to permit assisted suicide. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
"Their performance is ridiculous compared with these birds," a Swedish scientist told a reporter. Evolution News & Views
For the world's tallest skyscraper, the inspiration from a desert flower was not merely aesthetic or ornamental. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Vox repeats the mistake of many media sources, mischaracterizing an academic freedom law as authorizing instructors to teach creationism. Sarah Chaffee
Evolve brains in the Cambrian explosion? Just assume they come in with a bang. Somehow. Evolution News & Views
New technologies could have a huge impact on perceptions of what it means to be human. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Critiques and challenges to Darwin's Black Box are in the yard waste bin of biology. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Not one of these myriad galaxies would exist without fantastically precise cosmological fine-tuning. Sarah Chaffee
Some reviewers of Darwin's Black Box raised philosophical objections. I will discuss several of these. Michael Behe http://www.discovery.org/p/31
Pelecanus erythrorhynchos – American white pelican, Walden Ponds, Boulder, Colorado, July 16, 2016. Mea culpa: The birds were just beyond the limit of my equipment, but this was the first time I recall seeing pelicans so late in the season and certainly the first time I have seen a juvenile. It may be sampling error – I do not visit Walden Ponds every week – but I wonder whether they are changing their migration... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Jason Rosenhouse is calling it a day. His EvolutionBlog is ceasing publication. Jason is one of the veterans in the evolution/creationism wars, dating back to his postdoc at Kansas State around 14 years ago, when he got involved with the Kansas Board of Education’s efforts to pollute the teaching of biology with creationism. While Jason blogged on other topics–chess, religion, math–for our purposes here let it be remarked that Jason is one of the most... Richard B. Hoppe
Dan Phelps, who visited the Ark Park on opening day, has published a longer account, Kentucky Gets an Ark-Shaped Second Creation “Museum” on the website of the National Center for Science Education. The article has lots of detail and many more interesting pictures than we ran on PT. One section that especially amused me was the Ark Park’s attack on what you might call cutesy children’s books that tell the Noah story – which Mr.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Theoretical physicist Sabine Hossenfelder neatly dismisses media hype about a "multiverse." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Here's a helpful concept from investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Even most atheist biologists grant that living things, including human beings, appear intelligently designed. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
Geologists found Ediacaran fossils in Nevada and studied the classic strata in Australia more carefully. Evolution News & Views
Neo-Darwinism leads us to expect more than just change over time in the fossil record. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
In a short feature, the insurgent ID advocate describes his childhood and family and religious background. Evolution News & Views
The New York Times was quick to minimize the significance of the discovery. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
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!"