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Subtract an innovation and evolution takes off running. Just ask the non-adhesive geckos. Evolution News & Views
This could be the definitive proof that Karl Marx was wrong that capital shapes consciousness. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"There are no weaknesses in the theory of evolution." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Happy New Year! Our #1 Evolution Story of 2014: New Paper from Biologic Institute, "Shared Evolutionary History or Shared Design?"
The paper is the closing chapter of our long-term study of bacterial enzymes to determine if they can be coopted to new functions. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
The wisdom of the ancients is being confirmed, not refuted, by the discoveries of modern science. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
#2 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Now with More Doubt! Meyer's Landmark Is Back in a New Edition, Replying to the Critics
It's a mantra among defenders of orthodox Darwinian theory: There is no debate about evolution. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I believe the unremitting assault on unique human value -- animal rights, nature rights, transhumanism, bioethics -- aims to break the spine of Judeo-Christian moral philosophy. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Neil Shubin and his team are at it again, suggesting that Tiktaalik was a fish with a "wrist." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
#3 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Cosmos Finale Takes One Last Shot at the Privileged Planet Thesis
It was a fitting end, in keeping with what we've seen already in the series. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Though among the simplest of organisms, Bacteria synthesize hundreds of different organic compounds. The genes for these chemical factories defy evolutionary ancestry. Evolution News & Views
#4 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: A Key Inference of The Edge of Evolution Has Now Been Experimentally Confirmed
Darwinian theory proposes that the astoundingly intricate machinery of the cell developed step by tiny step, by natural selection acting on random mutation. Michael Behe
#5 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Whale Hips, Another Icon of Darwinian Evolution, Takes a Hit
In the case presented by advocates of Darwinian evolution, vestigial organs are a star in the firmament, frequently and gloatingly pointed to. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
#6 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Phys.org Says the Argument for Suboptimal Design of the Eye "Is Folly"
A Darwinian paradigm assumes that biological systems are cobbled together haphazardly by natural selection over eons of unguided descent with modification. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Don't miss a nifty Wall Street Journal piece today, that's important too, by our friend Eric Metaxas. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The most ambitious venture so far may be New York Times columnist David Brooks's novel The Social Animal, about an evolutionarily happy couple. Denyse O'Leary
#7 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Ciliate Organism Undergoes "Scrambled Genome" and "Massive...Rearrangement"
A goal-directed creative process like ID can shed light on the mystery of the Oxytricha trifallax genome. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Merry Christmas! Here's #8 of Our Top Evolution Stories of 2014: State-Run Museum Covered Up Collaboration with Atheist Groups
The New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science (NMMNHS) worked with atheist groups to put on 2014 Darwin Day events that included anti-religious lectures. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
On Christmas Eve, I wish those of our readers who are Christians a very merry and meaningful holiday. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Julian Savulescu represents all that I find so objectionable about the mainstream bioethics movement. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
After watching the debate, I was reminded of what attracted me in the first place to the approach to investigating origins represented by the theory of intelligent design. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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 Jonathan Wells:
These critics include embryologists, paleontologists, biochemists, molecular biologists, medical doctors, philosophers, and even lawyers. Unfortunately, the North American science-and-religion establishment has largely turned a deaf ear to these critics, preferring instead to abandon classical theology and embrace metaphysical materialism and moral relativism. But I see the situation as analogous to the last years of Soviet communism. A small, powerful elite controls all the official information outlets while the evidence against the official position swells quietly, like a wave building offshore. Someday soon, to the surprise of many people in academia and the media, the wave will break. I predict that the Darwinist establishment will come apart at the seams, just as the Soviet Empire did in 1990.Link