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Professor Steve Steve’s cousin, Dr. Steffi Steffi, a lesser giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca minor), was in Peru on December 21, 2005, and she read about the previous day’s decision in the Times Digest. Here she looks with pleasure at the announcement by Wesley Elsberry in The Panda’s Thumb on December 20 and a longer article by Laurie Goodstein in the Times the following day.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
On PhyloWiki, I have just posted a page of bonus material on the Science paper “The Evolution of Antievolution Policies After Kitzmiller v. Dover.” Highlights include: pre-print text (for those without university access to Science or ScienceExpress) supplemental material & data (also archived at Science, but may not be generally available until the article moves from ScienceExpress to Science A version of the phylogeny that is CC BY-SA 4.0 licensed (for those of you who... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
(Update: paper preprint and bonus material available free here) It appears that John West and the Discovery Institute skipped past reading the Science paper and went straight to accusing the author of misconduct. So much for “Academic Freedom”! I don’t even think they read the Supplemental Material, and I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t understand if if they did. It’s conceivable they aren’t up on the latest in phylogenetic methods and their applications. In any event,... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported yesterday that the University of Salzburg has posthumously rescinded an honorary doctorate it had awarded to the ethologist Konrad Lorenz because of what Haaretz called “his fervent embrace of Nazism.” Some people consider Lorenz, the man who famously got a gaggle of geese to imprint on him, to be the father of ethology. Haaretz says, Lorenz describes himself as “always a National Socialist.” He says his work “stands to serve... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
(Update: paper preprint and bonus material available free here) It is 7 am in Australia, but this is finally out on Thursday afternoon in the U.S.…just in time for the tenth anniversary of Kitzmiller v. Dover! I will do a longer post a little later, but for now - be sure to check out the Supplemental Material! Matzke, Nicholas J. (2015). “The evolution of antievolution policies after Kitzmiller v. Dover. Science, Published online Dec. 17,... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
Over at Elizabeth Liddle’s “The Skeptical Zone” (TSZ) blog, Salvador Cordova had something to say about being banned from the “Uncommon Descent” (UD) blog, now being managed (loosely speaking) by Barry K. Arrington. Arrington did something for Cordova that he doesn’t do for most people banned from UD, which was to send Sal an explanatory letter, which Sal included in his TSZ post. I’ll quote it below the fold.... Wesley R. Elsberry http://www.antievolution.org
The tenth anniversary of the Kitzmiller v. Dover decision, which came out on December 20, 2005, is right around the corner. There have already been some good retrospectives, including a series of pieces by the York Daily Record, another series in Reports of the National Center for Science Education, and a “What If Intelligent Design Had Won?” discussion by Eugenie Scott and Kenneth Miller in York College, Pennsylvania, in November. There will undoubtedly be more... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
Toxicodendron rydbergii – western poison ivy, South Boulder Creek Trail, Boulder, Colorado, September, 2015. Poison ivy is red only in the fall.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
This has been obvious from the start, but as far as I know it has taken 10 years for the ID guys to finally admit it. Winston Ewert writes at the Discovery Institute blog: However, Felsenstein and English note that a more realistic model of evolution wouldn’t have a random fitness landscape. Felsenstein, in particular, argues that “the ordinary laws of physics, with their weakness of long-range interactions, lead to fitness surfaces much smoother than... Nick Matzke http://www.talkdesign.org
Eli Kintisch at Science magazine has put together a remarkable collage called After Paris: The rocky road ahead. Rocky indeed! The upper left graph shows steadily rising global emissions of carbon dioxide, with not even a glitch after the Kyoto meeting. The projections after the Paris meeting are not comforting either, unless we undertake a massive effort. But now look at the lower-right graph. Does anyone believe that we – that is, the world –... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Toxicodendron radicans rydbergii – western poison ivy, South Boulder Creek Trail, Boulder, Colorado, July, 2015. As I was taking the picture, a little voice approached me and asked, “Do you know —? Is that —? Could that be —? Poison ivy?” Yes, and it was one of the lushest fields of poison ivy I have seen this side of New Jersey, growing right along the trail. You can identify it because it has 3... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
From William Dembski’s new blog, for November 9th: In the last few years, my focus has switched from ID to education, specifically to advancing freedom through education via technology. All my old stuff on ID is on the present site (it was previously at DesignInference.com, which is no more), and can be accessed by clicking on “Design” in the main menu. I still have a few ID projects in the works, notably second editions... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
Good article in Slate, Evolution Is Finally Winning Out Over Creationism, by Rachel Gross. I have not checked the surveys myself, but Gross reports, The people responsible for this shift are the young. According to a recent Pew Research Center report, 73 percent of American adults younger than 30 expressed some sort of belief in evolution, a jump from 61 percent in 2009, the first year in which the question was asked. The number who... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Excellent article, What Ken Ham Isn’t Telling You About Ark Encounter Funding, by Tracey Moody, regarding the financing of the Ark Park. Much is already known to PT readers, but the iceberg is bigger than we thought. Besides for-profits masquerading as nonprofits, it appears that the Ark Park is eligible for tax-increment financing, whereby the Ark Park (or some incarnation thereof) receives a loan that is paid back (if at all) by property taxes. The... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Ten Myths About Dover: #1, "Judge Jones Addressed the Actual Theory of ID, Not a Straw Man"
Contrary to what you hear from the media, from evolution activists, and from Darwin defenders in academia, ID's big day in court has not yet come. Sarah Chaffee
Will you help support the scientists working to disseminate the evidence about intelligent design in nature? Please donate now. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
Ten Myths About Dover: #2: "Judge Jones Is a Brilliant, Neutral Legal Scholar Who Figured Out ID"
Jones's extensive copying and the errors this introduced should undermine confidence in his ruling. Sarah Chaffee
Ten Myths About Dover: #3, "Intelligent Design Has No Peer-Reviewed Research or Publications"
In the Kitzmiller v. Dover ruling, Judge Jones claimed that ID "has not generated peer-reviewed publications." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Responding to students who attack intelligent design is tricky. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Free Digital Book: Traipsing Into Evolution: Intelligent Design and the Kitzmiller vs. Dover Decision
Ten years ago, an activist federal judge in Pennsylvania tried to kill intelligent design by court order. 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.
IDC advocate Jonathan Wells:
These critics include embryologists, paleontologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, medical doctors, philosophers, and even lawyers. Unfortunately, the North American science-and-religion establishment has largely turned a deaf ear to these critics, preferring instead to abandon classical theology and embrace metaphysical materialism and moral relativism. But I see the situation as analogous to the last years of Soviet communism. A small, powerful elite controls all the official information outlets while the evidence against the official position swells quietly, like a wave building offshore. Someday soon, to the surprise of many people in academia and the media, the wave will break. I predict that the Darwinist establishment will come apart at the seams, just as the Soviet Empire did in 1990.Link