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The stereotyped picture of a sea of ponytailed males at the atheist conference is not just a stereotype. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"It may seem strange to consider the fact that you, as a mammal, have all the known genes required to pattern a feather, and yet you do not look like Big Bird." Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Astrobiologists have used the term for many decades. This shell encompasses the distance at which a planet in a fairly circular orbit could maintain liquid water on its surface. Daniel Bakken
A Belgian chemist and self-described secular humanist describes his agony at the euthanasia killing of his depressed mother. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The question is prompted by a review in the Washington Post of E.O. Wilson's latest. Tom Bethell
This is the third in a series of articles for the general public focused on understanding how species are related and how genomic data is used in research. Today, we talk about the challenges of using statistics to analyze phylogenomic data. Suppose you were a door manufacturer trying to figure out the average height of a population living in a certain country. You might conduct an experiment where you ask a group of people... Emily Thompson
… because it (gasp!) uses the word, “abortion.” But wait – there is a glimmer of hope: The new superintendent, who was ordered to offer a plan for redacting the textbooks, says that the books comply with the law already and instead plans to hold a public discussion. Meanwhile, as a service to the affected high-school students, Rachel Maddow has posted the offending page on a blog, ArizonaHonorsBiology.com, which her show apparently owns. If you... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Interesting cloud formation, Boulder, Colorado. The camera is facing south, and the wind is coming from the west, or right. One hour later, in Golden,... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
What a pleasure to settle into a holiday with a good book to read. Better than one book, of course, is two. Why not twelve? Evolution News & Views
A CNN headline claims, "Blame genetics for bad driving, study finds." "Genes for," however, are dangerous words in genetics. Denyse O'Leary
"She is being treated as a prisoner and has to suffer the presence of the public staring at her." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
An email correspondent pointed out a paper to me, "Structural diversity of bacterial flagellar motors," published by the European Molecular Biology Organization. Michael Behe
Looking Forward to Thanksgiving? Here's How to Say "Thank You" to Your Friends at Evolution News and Views
Somewhere right now a student is looking for top-notch resources to balance what she is learning in her science class about the evolution controversy. Kelley J. Unger
"A Few Years Ago, We Couldn't Have Filled a Kombi": The Brazilian Intelligent Design Adventure
A couple of days ago, I returned from the inaugural congress of the Sociedade Brasileira do Design Inteligente. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
For Overcoming Students' Intuitions of Design, The American Biology Teacher Suggests Employing Evo-Devo
I just finished reading an article by Kostas Kampourakis and Alessandro Minelli, "Evolution Makes More Sense in the Light of Development." Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I -- and this past week provided a terrible reminder that conflicts stirred by the war remain with us. Mike Keas
Everyone is welcome to an opinion. But when it comes to subjects with no data, does a famous scientist's opinion count for more than John Q. Public's? Evolution News & Views
Mathematician Granville Sewell has argued in these pages that evolutionary theory is at crosscurrents with the second law of thermodynamics (the law of entropy), dooming it to failure. Evolution News & Views
History tells us clearly that Utopianism is one of humankind's most dangerous propensities. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Reader's Guilty Confession: I Have Re-Shelved Stephen Meyer's Books at Barnes & Noble "Quite a Few Times"
While understandable, nobody should be moving copies of pro-ID books around the shelves at your favorite bookstore. 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!"