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New York Times: When Politics Gets in the Way of Science

We continually see unscientific assertions among the Times's own writers about a simple matter easily discerned from any embryology textbook. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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Neanderthal Man: The Long-Lost Relative Turns Up Again, This Time with Documents

Obviously, each new find will change the picture of Neanderthal communities a bit, but there is no consistent evidence for them as an "other species." Denyse O'Leary
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Flap over creationist cartoon shown in high-school class

Panda's Thumb - Mon, 2014-07-07 06:24
This cartoon Ken Ham, The Lie: Evolution, illustrations by Steve Cardno (Master Books, 1987). See also here. was shown as part of an otherwise innocuous PowerPoint presentation to a freshman biology class at Grady High School in Atlanta and caused a bit of a flap, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The teacher and the district science coordinator apparently refused interviews, but the student newspaper reports, based on interviews with students, that the teacher did not... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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For First Amendment Purposes, Is Atheism a Religion?

Now getting courts to enforce this is another matter. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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We Hold These Truths to Be Self-Evident

On Independence Day, it's appropriate to review the sources of our rights as citizens. Stephen C. Meyer http://www.signatureinthecell.com
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On Independence Day, Recalling the Intelligent-Design Views of the Man Who Wrote the Declaration of Independence

Jefferson argued for his belief in a pervasive "design" behind nature, "without appeal to revelation" -- that is, from a scientific not a religious perspective. Evolution News & Views
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Michael Flannery, Writing from Edinburgh, Offers a Nice Puzzle

"As you look at the cliff ask yourself, is the difference between the products of chance and necessity so easily distinguished from those that have been intelligently designed?" David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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Great Apes Cannot Be Slaves

The words we use matter. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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The Turing Test Is Dead. Long Live the Lovelace Test.

Recently, a computer program pretending to be a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy named Eugene Goostman was hailed as the first to pass the Turing test. Robert J. Marks II
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Reply to Rick Warren and Other Clergy Re Hobby Lobby and Federal Grants

W.R. Elsberry's The Austringer - Fri, 2014-07-04 14:14
Rick Warren and others sent the most genteel invitation to perpetuate rank discrimination to President Obama this week. It is really quite eloquently stated. It asks that religious groups receiving federal grant money be allowed to continue discriminating against LGBT people, as a waiver from rules that would apply to others receiving those grants. My […]
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Understanding creationism, VI: An insider's guide by a former young-Earth creationist

Panda's Thumb - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:14
By David MacMillan. 6. Genetic evidence. Revised July 4, 2014. Perhaps one of the clearest and most obvious confirmations of evolution is the convergence between the evolutionary paths of descent determined by fossil evidence and the phylogenetic tree generated by algorithms analyzing genetic information. Because the tree of universal common descent is real, not invented, it leaves the same fingerprint in every part of nature that life touches. Matching trees can be found in global... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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State-Run Museum Helps Atheist Groups Attack Religion, pt. 2

ID the Future - Thu, 2014-07-03 16:14
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future Casey Luskin continues his discussion with New Mexico resident Mike Edenbum about the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science's alleged cover-up of their co-sponsoring of religion-bashing events. Edenbum...
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The Turing Test is Dead. Long Live the Lovelace Test.

Recently, a computer program pretending to be a 13-year-old Ukrainian boy named Eugene Goostman was hailed as the first to pass the Turing test. Robert J. Marks II
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On July 11, Apes Will Join the War on Humans

The new Planet of the Apes movie sounds like a midsummer night's dream for biologist Eric Pianka, known for musings about what might prove lovable about an ebola pandemic. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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If Nature's Designs Weren't So Good, Engineers Wouldn't Be Rushing to Imitate Them

From cells to seeds to humans, there's no organism that is escaping the envy of bioengineers. Evolution News & Views
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"Creationism comes to the county fair"

Writing in the July 2014 issue of the American Geoscience Institute's magazine Earth, Scott K. Johnson relates his experience in engaging in evolution outreach in a not-so-usual venue: at his local county fair.

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Science standards on hold in Wyoming

The Wyoming state board of education voted on July 1, 2014, to recommend a halt to the development of a new set of science standards for the state, according to Wyoming Public Media (July 1, 2014). 

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NCSE weighs in on Nye-Ham debate

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:44
A follow-up on the Nye-Ham debate in the Reports of the National Center for Science Education: Andrew J. Petto said it wasn’t a real debate, which is sort of true, but the most interesting observations, to me, were those made by John W. Patterson. Prof. Patterson, an engineering professor, correctly gives Ken Ham credit for not obfuscating, for not pretending that creationism is based on anything but his interpretation of the Bible. He thinks that... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Photo Contest VI: Finalists

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:44
Here are the finalists of the 2014 photography contest. We received approximately 24 photographs from 10 photographers, somewhat fewer than in previous years. Most of the pictures were excellent, and we had to enlist our wife to help narrow the number of finalists to 5. To choose the finalists, we considered what we thought were the scientific and pictorial qualities of the photographs, and also attempted to represent as many photographers and present as much... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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Science flexes its Bicep – perhaps prematurely

Panda's Thumb - Wed, 2014-07-02 11:44
You may get an idea how science really works from an article by Boston science writer Kate Becker in today’s Boulder Daily Camera. (I think the column is exclusive to the Daily Camera.) Becker describes the Bicep2 experiment, which looked for evidence of cosmic inflation by examining the polarization of the cosmic background radiation. The authors of the paper announced its conclusion before the paper had been submitted for review; since then, others have criticized... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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