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By David MacMillan. 8. New perspective. I think there are several different varieties of creationism activists. Some are obsessed with the presumed negative effects of evolution and secular humanism. Some are driven by suspicion for science and the certainty that a conspiracy must be afoot. Some use creationist apologetics to make themselves feel smarter and better-informed than the general public. Some are genuinely interested in science and want to know the truth. I’d be lying... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Stephen Meyer debates Michael Shermer, founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, on the question: Should scientists be skeptical about Darwinian evolution? The debate extends into the topics of whether we should...
"'Reverse engineering' would seem to imply that there was 'engineering' in the first place." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
As a media vehicle, the series is much less "educationally driven" than it is message-driven. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
What does a powdered orange drink have to do with Dembski's argument that information underlies material reality rather than the other way around? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
When Biologists Think Like Engineers: How the Burgeoning Field of Systems Biology Supports Intelligent Design
What if many scientists are doing this and they don't even realize it? Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Is an apology from Behe's critics then forthcoming? In a world where debates were conducted with the goal of discovering truth rather scoring points, it sure ought to be. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Yet Again, Answering Paleontologist Donald Prothero on the Duration of the Cambrian Explosion; Plus Bonus "Taradiddle" Alert
I just checked Prothero's review of Darwin's Doubt and noticed that he tacked on an undated Postscript. This guy takes the cake. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
As I noted here at ENV on Monday, a recent paper confirms a key inference I made in 2007 in The Edge of Evolution. Michael Behe
The reference to counting has to do with seven wonders of science that Ell reasoned point to a creative intelligence guiding the origins of the cosmos and of life. Evolution News & Views
Candidly, we weren't expecting to be credited with Germany's victory in this year's World Cup. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Phylum Placozoa contains one member, but it has a body plan, six cell types, and a complex genomic toolkit. Evolution News & Views
Photograph by Al Denelsbeck. Photography contest, Winner. Our congratulations to Al Denelsbeck, the winner of the latest Panda’s Thumb photography contest with his remarkable photograph “Parasitized moth larva.” “Flightless cormorant,” by Dan Moore, was second. We will award Mr. Deneslbeck a book generously supplied by NCSE. Acharia stimulea – saddleback caterpillar moth larva, which has been parasitized by a species of Braconid wasp, of the superfamily Ichneumonoidea. Mr. Denelsbeck writes, “Darwin, of course, made a... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, hear a discussion about a video recently released by Discovery Institute--The Workhouse of the Cell: Kinesin--that reveals the awe-inspiring inner workings of the cell. Kinesins are motorized transport machines that...
"Horror" refers to things that should not be because they violate profound assumptions about life, death, society, relationships, the world, or the cosmos. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Dr. Shermer is founding publisher of Skeptic magazine, under whose auspices he published an over-the-top review of Dr. Meyer's book, Darwin's Doubt. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's part of my job as a human exceptionalism apologist to see movies that try to tear down the unique value of human life. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Darwinian theory proposes that the astoundingly intricate machinery of the cell developed step by tiny step, by natural selection acting on random mutation. Michael Behe
A news article at Nature, "Oxygen fluctuations stalled life on Earth," is remarkable for skirting the main issue, the primary enigma. 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!"