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In Anticipation of Darwin Day, What Would Charles Darwin Say About "Censor of the Year" Jerry Coyne?

Darwin favored acknowledging the existence of other views, hearing them out, and responding substantively. His legacy has been co-opted, overwhelmingly, by folks who think otherwise. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Here's an Interesting and Worthwhile Scientific Volume Advocating, and Challenging, "Intelligible Design"

A thoughtful work like this, with contributors from a variety of scientific fields, shows that design in nature is being debated -- and advocated -- by scientists and scholars around the world. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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IDiots on Twitter

AE Public Forum - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:49
Post by Henry J
Twittering?

If it wouldn't be an insult to birds, I'd say something about bird-brains here...
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DI EN&V

AE Public Forum - Fri, 2014-02-14 04:48
Post by sparc
New footage from the DI summer school:



But are they really educating [quote]the Next Generation of Scientists and Scholars![quote]
According to World Magazine they are rather preaching the choir.
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DI EN&V

AE Public Forum - Fri, 2014-02-14 01:00
Post by midwifetoad
Quote (Freddie @ Feb. 13 2014,08:15)What's up with that picture of Meyer?  Looks like he is squeezed into a suit 4x too big for his head ... if I didn't know better i'd say that had been photo-shopped badly!
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IDiots on Twitter

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 22:32
Post by J-Dog
@ #DUM4EVR @#Tard4All
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BIO-Complexity

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 22:32
Post by REC
Wonder what happened to the follow-up on this one:

Quote These translation products, called vector proteins, are functionless unless they form legible Chinese characters, in which case they serve the real
function of writing. This coupling of artificial genetic causation to the real world of language makes evolutionary experimentation possible in a context where innovation can have a richness of variety and a depth of causal complexity that at least hints at what is needed to explain the complexity of bacterial proteomes. In order for this possibility to be realized, we here provide a complete Stylus genome as an experimental starting point.

Kinda goofy, but they built a 70,000 word genome. Not a small amount of work. This was done and written up by May 2011. And then, did they try to 'evolve' it?

Guesses:
1) They did, it works, shhh....
2) DI gets into a fight: providing a fitness landscape is "smuggling information" in even though that is exactly what the environment does in evolution, crap our analogy defeats our point...shh
3) The Chinese speaker bailed
4) The bug evolved into the prolific writings of VJTorley, translated and dumped onto UD for us.

Link
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Wildlife

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 16:31
Post by Robin
Quote (Freddie @ Feb. 12 2014,15:38)So glad this thread has gone active again ... super pictures these past few days.  Living here in the South of England, there's not much opportunity to get out right now unless you have a boat and like taking pictures of lakes.  

I bought myself a Canon 100mm f2.8 macro lens for Christmas, with an OEM ring flash (not an LED knock-off) so i've been playing around with that combination learning how to take macro shots.  

All of these are handheld at 1/200th with the flash, most I think are between f11 and f22 to get some decent depth given that the macro lens has an extremely shallow DoF at f8 and below.  This all makes for a challenge, of course.  I've now got a monopod coming in the post (by canoe, probably) just to hopefully increase the 'good' shot ratio.  Also ordered a macro slider so I can try out some focus stacked shots with my tripod.

These couple are from a frosty morning in early January.
Cool macros Freddie! I'm thinking about getting a similar lens myself. You've definitely got me thinking about it again with these!
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Wildlife

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 16:29
Post by Robin
Quote (Albatrossity2 @ Feb. 12 2014,13:26)Yeah, it's been cold here too!


Eastern Screech-owl, pondering the 12 inches of snow under its roost


Yellow-rumped Warbler, looking at the icy water in the bird bath.
Wow! Nice David! I can't get a good close shot of our Yellow-Rumped Warbler like that. She won't come close enough to me.

And I really like the Screech Owl!
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BIO-Complexity

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 16:00
Post by stevestory
Quote (sparc @ Feb. 13 2014,00:16)No new articles. Still, D. Klinghoffer is celbrating Bio-Complexity's 4th birthday

[mibad--meant to reply but hit Edit instead. -Steve]
Quote Happy Darwin Day! To Celebrate, Go Review Four Years of BIO-Complexity
David Klinghoffer February 12, 2014 3:34 AM
Why not? It sure won't take long  
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IDiots on Twitter

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 14:19
Post by k.e..
Twitter = crack cocaine for trolls & a sink hole for ID rubes.

good luck to them

If you are wondering where those boat loads of cartel $ are ending up ask those bill shredders and launderers on Wall St.
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DI EN&V

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 14:15
Post by Freddie
What's up with that picture of Meyer?  Looks like he is squeezed into a suit 4x too big for his head ... if I didn't know better i'd say that had been photo-shopped badly!
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BIO-Complexity

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2014-02-13 14:10
Post by k.e..
Tard to ass resuscitation....where's Joe?
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The Existence of God in Contemporary Cosmology

ARN ID Update - Wed, 2014-02-12 03:59

The new big debate might be multiverse cosmologist Sean Carroll vs. Christian apologist William Lane Craig (who dismisses multiverses). It is sponsored by Greer Heard Point Counterpoint Forum. February 21-22, live streaming.

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Darwin or Bust: New Statues for Darwin Day Illustrate Intelligent Design, Not Evolution

ARN ID Update - Wed, 2014-02-12 03:52

University College London wanted to honor the father of evolutionary theory on his 205th birthday, but they couldn't seem to do it without intelligent design.

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REASONS: Conversations on Science and Faith

ARN ID Update - Wed, 2014-02-12 03:46

The goal of REASONS 2014 will be to demonstrate the beautiful compatibility and synergy of the natural sciences and orthodox Christianity.

Speakers at this Houston area event include...

Stephen C. Meyer
William A. Dembski
John G. West
Bruce L. Gordon
Nancy R. Pearcey

And Houston Baptist University Faculty:

Holly E. Ordway
Melissa Cain Travis

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Here's an Interesting and Worthwhile Scientific Volume Advocating, and Challenging, "Intelligible Design"

ARN ID Update - Wed, 2014-02-12 03:37

An endorsement on ENV of the book, which is a collection of philosophical, historical, mathematical, and scientific essays on design in nature. Many of the chapters are written by scientists from outside the United States, with Spain being especially well represented, who are friendly to intelligent design. However, not all of the chapters defend ID. Some of the authors critique ID, or claim it's impossible to scientifically detect design in nature. But even the criticisms are thoughtful, making this volume a worthy addition to anyone's collection of ID-related books.

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SD panel kills bill on teaching intelligent design

ARN ID Update - Wed, 2014-02-12 03:23

A South Dakota senator on Thursday killed his proposal that would have allowed teachers to discuss whether a higher power played a role in creation, saying it was too poorly written to pass.

The Senate Education Committee voted to kill the measure, which sought to ensure teachers could tell students about intelligent design, the belief that a higher power must have had a hand in creation because life is too complex to have developed through evolution alone.

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Antiscience bill in Virginia dies

Virginia's House Bill 207 died in the House Education Committee on February 11, 2014, when a deadline for bills to pass their house of origin passed. 

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AIBS opposes Oklahoma's antiscience bill

The American Institute of Biological Sciences expressed its opposition to Oklahoma's Senate Bill 1765 (document), which, if enacted, would deprive administrators of the ability to prevent teachers from miseducating students about "scientific controversies."

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