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Like many artists and intellectuals of his era, Walt Disney was smitten by the theory of evolution. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
Best of Behe: Blind Evolution or Intelligent Design? An Address at the American Museum of Natural History
Let's begin with a sketch of the design argument. Michael Behe http://www.discovery.org/p/31
A curious anniversary falls this weekend. Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
This year the United Methodist Church denied Discovery Institute's application simply to have a table with information about ID at their General Conference. Donald McLaughlin http://www.discovery.org/p/611
In Supporting Discovery Institute This Christmas Season, Please Consider All That Hangs in the Balance
Scientists, media commentators, and clergy are fooling themselves when they reassure you it's perfectly plausible that "God used evolution." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Sociologist Steve Fuller's theme is what he calls "post-truth." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The point is to shut down discussion and intimidate dissenters without admitting that that is what you are doing. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It's a remarkable and telling thing about human creativity that ideas come to us so often not through a step-by-step process but in an instant. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Here are some new findings about humpback whales, those gentle giants of the living waters that everyone adores. Evolution News & Views
Many Artificial Intelligence researchers wrongly believe that intelligence arises from the application of algorithms. Brendan Dixon http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Efforts continue to permit human gestation outside a woman's body. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Someone once quipped that Disney harbored "19th-century emotions in conflict with a 21st-century brain." John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
By making an end-of-year donation, you can reach millions of Evolution News readers and social media users. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
The event vindicated a major and provocative claim in Stephen Meyer's book Darwin's Doubt. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Something is wrong when a university objects to any probing of the textbook view, on evolution or in any other field. Sarah Chaffee
A Team Lead on the Cassini mission to Saturn, Coppedge shared videos on intelligent design with colleagues. Workplace hysteria ensued. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Once, anatomy was assumed to account for their surprising reticence. No longer. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
No living cell we know of produces carbon-silicon bonds, but scientists "evolved" a way to make cells produce them. Evolution News & Views
I have come to the conclusion that "the scientists" believe themselves entitled to do what they want, in the way they want. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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!"