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Visiting a Mayan temple, Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb had a revelation. Evolution News & Views
When we hear Darwinian evolution invoked, it's typically to explain how complex contrivances are built. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Ron Capshaw chides fellow atheists, "normally rational," who "throw up their hands and seek a supernatural explanation for [Hitler]." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Following the publication of Darwin's Black Box, web-savvy fans of natural selection set up extensive, sophisticated sites to dispute the book. Michael Behe http://www.discovery.org/p/31
James Hutton, the father of modern geology, first propounded the idea. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
In order to receive a patent, the subject of the protection must be a human invention. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The Times is more polite than I am; today it ran an article Doubts about the promised bounty of genetically modified crops, by Danny Hakim. Well, I read the article and looked more closely at the supporting material, Broken promises of genetically modified crops, by Karl Russell and Danny Hakim, and I frankly have no doubts. As Mr. Hakim writes, An analysis by The Times using United Nations data showed that the United States and... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Categories: Pro-Science News
If you don’t know about this year’s CSICON, check it out! There are several evolution-related talks, including Richard Dawkins (4:00 Friday Oct. 28th), Eugenie Scott (9:00 AM Saturday, Oct. 29th, “Sins of Evolution Education”) and Bertha Vazquez (9:30 AM Sat., “The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES)”). There is a paper session on Sunday, October 30th. At 9:45 AM I’ll be presenting “ War of the Weasels: An Update on Creationist Attacks on Genetic... Dave Thomas http://www.nmsr.org
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Animal rights activists -- as distinct from animal welfare -- want to end all domestication. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Like Sherlock Holmes's dog that did not bark in the night, the RS meeting is noteworthy for those speakers who were not invited. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
Zack Kopplin is a self-described "investigative journalist and activist" who specializes in slinging the scare word "creationist" around. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Discovery Institute biologists Jonathan Wells and Ray Bohlin discuss the curious topic of "Darwinian medicine." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
You can start getting up to speed on the ID revolution now -- past, present, and future. And yes, the past matters. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's another rotary engine but smaller than the flagellum. And instead of powering bacteria, it powers you. Evolution News & Views
Amanda Glaze seems like a personable, sympathetic, and intelligent woman who would make an excellent teacher. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Nature lets slip a comparison between what biochemical engineers make and what blind nature supposedly accomplished. Evolution News & Views
Compare the flagellum with top Olympic swimmers, with a goldfish, and a sailfish. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
A Christian nursing home is threatened with the loss of charitable tax status if administrators refuse to permit assisted suicide. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
"Their performance is ridiculous compared with these birds," a Swedish scientist told a reporter. 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!"