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#10 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Michael Denton's Peer-Reviewed Paper on the Fitness of the Biosphere

We offer to our wonderful readers a countdown of the past year's Top 10 stories reflecting the most exciting and important development in the evolution debate, concluding on New Year's Day. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Why Eugenics? Maybe Something Happened in 1859?

In the view of Darwinist historian Alan Shapiro, those of us who observe that eugenics is critically dependent on the Darwinian view of human origins are mistaken. Michael Egnor
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Celebrate Kitzmas Christmas with Discovering Intelligent Design

Today is the 8th anniversary of the Kitzmiller v. Dover ruling, the first (and only) court case to assess the constitutionality of teaching intelligent design in public schools. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Mathematics as a Frontier for Intelligent Design

Scientism is the project of attempting to convince people that nothing is really veiled from us. What you see is what you get: blunt, dead matter. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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"Bah! Humbug!" How Darwin Stole Christmas...

Will you help us rescue our culture from the Darwinist Grinches, the Scrooges of modern materialism? John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
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Codes Within Codes: How Dual-Use Codons Challenge Statistical Methods for Inferring Natural Selection

It boggles the mind to think about how such "codes within codes" could evolve by random mutation and natural selection. But that's not all. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 03:11
Post by N.Wells
Gary, Happy Christmas and all that, but your ways of hyphenating and non-hyphenating have never been acceptable.  I share your preference for double quotes to distinguish them from apostrophes, but this has not been an issue, so why are you raising it, except to distract people from the many failures in your writing that are under discussion.

Really, take your sentence, "You are attempting to speak for scientists who do not benefit from all in cognitive science being proudly ignored at the K-12 level by self-appointed science-censors in it who want to control how the “I” word is used in the public school science classroom."  Your sentence suffers from multiple errors of fact.  First, no scientists think that anyone benefits from ignoring everything in cognitive science.  Second, no one is trying to speak for those non-existent scientists.  Third, no one is trying to "control the use of the word "intelligence" in the way that you appear to be implying: all educators are trying to get students to use words properly and to provide definitions wherever there might be doubt or the writer wishes to use a nonstandard usage (if you'd been paying attention, you would have noticed that we've been asking you to stick to standard usage (and just one usage) AND/OR provide operational definitions that allow us to figure out what the heck you are talking about.  Beyond all that, just try to diagram your sentence in a way that explains what "in it" is supposed to be referring to.  It is (just barely) possible that you know what you meant to say in that rat's-nest, but I assure you that the rest of humanity is making guesses in the dark about your intentions.

Your idiosyncratic hyphenation and your weird phrasings and abundant grammatical errors just add to your sudden shifts in what words are supposed to mean, creating the result of constantly derailing your readers and severely impeding their comprehension.  The purpose of writing is communication, including transference of comprehension from you to your audience.  To the extent that you are managing any communication, that happens more in spite of your writing than because of it.  That is not good.
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 02:54
Post by GaryGaulin
Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 25 2013,15:55)Gary's mental state is a mystery. He must get some kind of benefit from telling himself he is doing Important Science Work That is Being Suppressed. But we don't know much beyond that.
I'm talking about spreading scientific misinformation and stereotypes through classrooms, that make it impossible for reason to prevail.

But here's one from Panda's Thumb that I wanted to make sure to mention, because it's a welcome sign, indicating your side of the issue is getting closer to reality:

How the great scientists reasoned: book review

It's scientifically unethical to send a person endlessly running in circles by demanding “falsification” and other tactics to brush-off entire theories. But if you actually believe that's the way science works then it seems the opposite.
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 02:50
Post by CeilingCat
I must have friended BA77 once or something.  I always see his latest shenanigans when I log onto Facebook.

This time he actually has something that's interesting - the 75 best pictures of the year:

http://www.artfido.com/blog.......or-2013

Thank you Philip and Merry Christmas to you too.
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 02:12
Post by GaryGaulin
Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 25 2013,15:55)mentally figuring out where he needed hyphens and didn't use them, and where he used them and shouldn't have,
And on hyphens: I have way more to worry about than the latest proper etiquette, which apparently does not join words into one with them anymore.
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 01:45
Post by GaryGaulin
Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 25 2013,15:55)mentally figuring out where he needed hyphens and didn't use them, and where he used them and shouldn't have,
The way I was taught to punctuate:
Quote John's “Hi Ya'll” isn't “kosher”.

The new way that's being taught on the internet:
Quote John's 'Hi Ya'll' isn't 'kosher'.

I fail to see any improvement in readability. In fact it looks ridiculous to me.
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Wed, 2013-12-25 23:21
Post by fnxtr
Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 25 2013,14:03)   Quote But there is no other way I know of to safely get all of science back on track again, after such a divisive conflict, that's "real" too.

One Man....
...in a world...
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Wed, 2013-12-25 22:19
Post by stevestory
Gary reminds me of my sophomore thermodynamics prof at NCSU. He said shortly after he got to NC State, he found a couple of nutjob 'science' manifestoes in his department mail. He skimmed them, saw they were deranged nonsense, and threw them in the trash. Wacko stuff, he said. "Proofs" that Relativity is wrong, or evolution is Rong because SLoT, or that the earth is really 6000 years old, etc. then the next week, he got a few more, same thing, tossed them in the trash. Week after, same thing, more gibberish manifestoes. Finally, he got a little exasperated, and went and found the dept. secretary, and said, "You know, this is a big physics faculty (~30, it's a big engineering school), don't give me all the nutcase submissions, spread em out around the whole department."

and she replied, "I do."
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Wed, 2013-12-25 22:03
Post by stevestory
Quote But there is no other way I know of to safely get all of science back on track again, after such a divisive conflict, that's "real" too.

One Man....
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Wed, 2013-12-25 21:55
Post by stevestory
Gary's mental state is a mystery. He must get some kind of benefit from telling himself he is doing Important Science Work That is Being Suppressed. But we don't know much beyond that.

His sentences are more parsable if you read them a few times, mentally figuring out where he needed hyphens and didn't use them, and where he used them and shouldn't have, and trying to figure out what the subject was when he leaves it off the front of the sentence.

take that line "You are attempting to speak for scientists who do not benefit from all in cognitive science being proudly ignored at the K-12 level by self-appointed science-censors in it who want to control how the “I” word is used in the public school science classroom."

after reading it about 5 times, I've teased out the structure. He seems to be saying:

1) scientists would benefit from 'all in cognitive science'
2) but it's been blocked from K-12 science classrooms
3) by us, the censors
4) while we are pretending to speak for said scientists

None of this makes any sense, but that seems to be what he's attempting to communicate in that rambling mess of a sentence.
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Wed, 2013-12-25 19:33
Post by NoName
I wonder if Gary isn't exhibiting a new-to-medical-psychology syndrome.  Clearly, he's not quite aphasic.  But the quality of his written speech suggests a difficulty perhaps best called 'antiphasic'.  He can take perfectly sensible words, and occasionally phrases, and render them purest gibberish.
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Wed, 2013-12-25 18:05
Post by stevestory
Quote (GaryGaulin @ Dec. 25 2013,02:40)But to help answer stevestory: You are attempting to speak for scientists who do not benefit from all in cognitive science being proudly ignored at the K-12 level by self-appointed science-censors in it who want to control how the “I” word is used in the public school science classroom.
LOL. Yeah buddy. That sure helped.
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Why Organized Science Longs for Extraterrestrial Life

ARN ID Update - Thu, 2013-12-19 03:49

A great article by Tom Bethell in ENV...

Read...

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From Nature Magazine...If our planet

ARN ID Update - Thu, 2013-12-19 03:44

From Nature Magazine...If our planet were just a little closer to the Sun, a runaway greenhouse effect would render it unliveable, a climate model suggests. The simulation, which helps to define the inner edge of a star system?s 'habitable zone', drastically reduces the fraction of Sun-like stars that might harbour a rocky planet suitable for life, according to some scientists. But others note that the model, although detailed, might be too restrictive because it applies only to Earth-like planets on which water is abundant.

Of course we are also asked to believe that the right planet, just at the right distance from its star, will naturally generate life from non-living chemicals...

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This isn't the way - Amarillo

ARN ID Update - Thu, 2013-12-19 03:35

What happened here is that a group of adults can?t have a class taught by a qualified person on a topic that interests them in a suitable public venue because an individual is allowed to shut it down?just by scaring people by making a scene.

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