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Some 150 members of the Discovery Society, including speakers and staff, are finding that there is more to the island expanses of Southeast Alaska than can be covered in a week. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
Evolutionary Studies Suggest that Atheists, Whatever They Say to the Contrary, Really Do Believe in God
Why should anyone feel "existential dread" in the first place, if not for the fact that we long for something greater and beyond our mortal lives? Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
The efficiency of hummingbird wings beats our most advanced microhelicopters. Evolution News & Views
A British philosopher seeks to deliver animals from the endless torment of "blind Darwinian processes." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
These sleek creatures got together in a fantastic and beautiful flash mob off the coast of Baja California. Why? To have a blast. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Darwinian evolutionists are scrambling to explain why prime genetic molecules do not reflect common ancestry. Evolution News & Views
The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority, in a unanimous vote, gave preliminary approval to $18 million in tax incentives for the Ark Park. In what you might call an unusual piece of reverse evolution, Lawrence O’Donnell last night made a monkey of Ken Ham, Biblical literalists, and the Tourism Authority. The “tape” is 8 min long and worth every moment. Unfortunately, it will not be the last word on the Ark Park.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Photograph by Dan Moore. Photography contest, Second Place. Phalacrocorax harrisi – flightless Galápagos cormorant. Mr. Moore writes, “Having made its way to a small set of islands we now call the Galápagos and given sufficient food and no predators, the cormorant had no need to fly, so over the years lost its full-feathered wings. Its bright-orange companion is Grapsus grapsus – the Sally Lightfoot crab.”... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
What we got from NCSE: We’re gearing up for this month’s webinar, which will cover how to use online petitions as an organizing tactic, and how to make the most of them. We’ll demo some of the software people use, talk about how to write a great petition, and talk about how to use the resulting list of supporters to grow your groups and fight science denial. We’ll talk a bit about building and maintaining... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Stephen Meyer continues to discuss the new epilogue in Darwin's Doubt that addresses criticisms of the book. Meyer addresses paleontologist Charles Marshall's critical review of Darwin's Doubt, and explains why...
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin reports on a 2009 peer-reviewed paper arguing for the irreducible complexity of two systems vital to bird flight -- feathers and the avian respiratory system. The author, Leeds...
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Stephen Meyer is on The Universe Next Door, talking with host Tom Woodward about criticisms of his latest book, Darwin's Doubt--now released in paperback with a new epilogue in which...
She takes off from Dawkins's recent, how shall we put it, philosophizing on Twitter. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Jason Rosenhouse insists that "Human origins have no implications for the value of human life." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
However you define the term "theory," it's good pedagogy to approach controversial scientific claims like biological evolution in a skeptical, scientific spirit. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Oxford University researchers say that only 8.2% of our DNA is likely to be functional. The rest is "junk." Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
So, You Think Someone's View on Origins Has No Bearing on Questions About "Meaning and Value"?
To Wesley Smith's excellent comments about Jason Rosenhouse on assisted suicide, I would only add this. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I am not sure why so many "science" bloggers and writers want to opine on ethics. Perhaps having to be objective and purely evidence based gets boring. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
I discovered the assisted suicide death cult when my friend Frances killed herself under the influence of the Hemlock Society, since evolved into Compassion and Choices. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Video: Stephen Meyer on How Charles Marshall, in Defending Darwinism, Was Forced to Violate a Key Scientific Tenet
Darwinism provides scientists with a filter for screening out inadmissible answers to questions about life's history. It thus creates a realm of forbidden science. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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!"