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You might think that the culture that allowed Nazism had been fully examined already. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
Louis, obviously a bright young man, really does think this is sound reasoning. Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Hey, "These Sequences May Not Be Junk, After All"! Nature and Heredity Report Function for Non-Coding DNA
When we look for function, we find it, and when we don't look for function, someone else finds it. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
A reader asks for a response to the following challenge to the theory of intelligent design. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Surely, on a scale of parental concerns, McDonald's for lunch is nothing compared to getting exterminated by the cool logic of a future computer. Erik J. Larson
Time is the latest journalistic offender, with a piece looking back at the magazine's historical stories. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Enviable designs in plants and animals are creating a gold rush for scientists and engineers -- all thanks to evolution's designing prowess, so we're told. Evolution News & Views
How has evolution shaped our view of humanity? Nancy Pearcey
One of the critical requirements for sustainable fires, sufficiently hot to smelt metal ores, is wood. Michael Denton
"Machine rights"? I have to confess, when I read articles like this I have an almost visceral reaction. Erik J. Larson
It's hard to make a defensible argument in favor of censorship. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Here's an opportunity to compare design science with its materialist competition. Which makes the more plausible case? Evolution News & Views
We still have too much work to do in the realm of human rights to worry about machines. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A Big Problem for Common Descent: Hundreds of "Active 'Foreign' Genes" Don't Fit the Standard Evolutionary Phylogeny
The transfer of genes between organisms living in the same environment is known as horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
We have all heard too often that human beings are a mere speck in a cosmos that never cared about us. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
A single-celled organism is like a microscopic island of life, in that it can get what it needs to live from the surrounding water. Howard Glicksman
I wonder: Has TED ever had anyone defend the unique value of human life? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
There's a cute exchange at the beginning between Becky Norton Dunlop, Heritage's VP for External Relations, and Dr. West over the hundred-plus pages of footnotes at the end of his book. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
George Gilder calls it a "masterpiece" that "expounds what is the most important discovery of 20th-century science." This is definitely one to let all your friends know about. Evolution News & Views
Judith Shulevitz contributes regular op-eds to the New York Times on "feminism, culture, and 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!"