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Mutational pathways to functional variants are accessible in theory more than in practice. Evolution News & Views
One of the most severe biogeographical puzzles for Darwinian theory is the origin of South American monkeys, called "platyrrhines." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
A Firewall Between Science and Culture? Questions and Answers with John West, Author of Darwin Day in America
"Darwin Day provides a metaphor for how our public policy and culture have been influenced by Darwinian biology and similar kinds of reductionist science." Evolution News & Views
Brain death is an easy diagnosis to make (I've made it hundreds of times). Michael Egnor
Researchers at Tel Aviv University were not planning on shaking a pillar of Darwinism when they found something interesting. Evolution News & Views
Four pandas in a captive breeding population have died of canine distemper, one is “stable,” and four are “sick,” according to an article in today’s Science magazine. The pandas have been quarantined, and close contact with tourists, who may carry the disease, has been eliminated. The authorities have also repaired fences to keep dogs out. There is, fortunately, no indication that the disease has spread to a wild breeding population, which is apparently on the... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Photograph by Jim Foley. Chelepteryx collesi – white-stemmed gum moth, Canberra, Australia. Mr. Foley writes, “The caterpillar is about 12 cm long! Yet another member of the Australian fauna you don’t want to mess with. … We seem to have more venomous stuff than most places: lots of snakes, stonefish, spiders, jellyfish, blue-ringed octopus, etc., not to mention the crocodiles and sharks.”... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
A somewhat outraged (but entirely justified) article by Timothy Egan in the Times reminded me of an interview I heard the other day on Fresh Air. First, the Egan article: Mr. Egan is properly outraged at the New York Attorney General’s finding that dietary “supplements” sold by major retailers often contain none of the “active ingredient.” Sorry, the scare quotes are mine, not Mr. Egan’s, but I think they are entirely apt. Indeed, the fact... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
The tenth annual Evolution Weekend, February 13-15, is almost upon us. To check out what’s going on in your neighborhood, click here. This year’s theme is Science and Religion in Dialogue: Past, Present, and Future. The Evolution Weekend website notes, Evolution Weekend is an opportunity for serious discussion and reflection on the relationship between religion and science. An ongoing goal has been to elevate the quality of the discussion on this critical topic, and to... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Political scientist John G. West explores the misuse of science in American culture during the Obama years. Evolution News & Views
How and why the euthanasia monster broke its fetters to turn the Netherlands into ground zero for the culture of death. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Biology textbooks typically portray the embryos of different groups of vertebrates as starting off development in a highly similar fashion, reflecting common ancestry. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Earlier this week, my colleague Casey Luskin reported on the academic freedom bill being considered by the South Dakota legislature. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
Did Abe Lincoln really read and admire Darwin's On the Origin of Species? In a word, no. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
National Catholic Register: "The Notion of Intelligent Design Is the Logical Complement of Scientific Research"
Darwin Day 2015 is a good day to be Catholic -- or I imagine it must be for our Catholic colleagues and readers. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I think Father Polvani has been reading Steve Meyer's books. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
For Darwin Day, John West writes over at The Stream about a common misunderstanding. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
What other television series can you think of that opened with an endorsement by the President of the United States? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
From Sticky Barnacles to Battery-Powered Dogs, Biomimetics Offers More Powerful Testimony to Intelligent Design
My little daughter is dejected because the sole on her favorite pair of boots keeps falling off. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
John West on Atheist Philosopher Thomas Nagel's "Simple but Profound Objection to Darwinism"
Tomorrow is Darwin Day, which we celebrate here as Academic Freedom Day. 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.
IDC advocate Mark Hartwig:
The intimidation tactics, however, signal something important about Darwinists. That "something" was explained in an insightful little piece by one A.J. Obrdlik. Published in 1942, it was a study of "gallows humor" in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation. In that article, Obrdlik made a very keen observation:
Gallows humor is a reliable index of the morale of the oppressed whereas the reaction to it on the part of the oppressors tells a long story about the actual strength of the dictators: If they can afford to ignore it, they are strong; if they react wildly with anger, striking their victims with severe reprisals and punishment, they are not sure of themselves, no matter how much they display their might on the surface.
With the growing success of the Wedge, I'm sure we're going to see a lot more of this stuff. But Darwinist tactics will become a lot less intimidating as people realize that they signify not strength but panic.Link