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When sperm meets egg, something wonderful happens: "It is beautiful to see, orchestrated much like a symphony." Evolution News & Views
It's difficult to imagine much stronger words from a more prestigious collection of experts. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
In materialist neuroscience, metaphors pass for metaphysics. Michael Egnor
I known, I know, it's only a movie. If you've seen it then I hope that the following will make perfect sense to you. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
These iridescent jewel-like flyers, that adorn our gardens and sip from our feeders, give more evidence of design than we were previously aware. Evolution News & Views
The mainstream media sure do love anti-human exceptionalism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A conceptual morass besets neuroscience. Michael Egnor
"Earthlike exoplanets" are a favorite subject of science and popular media reporting. Daniel Bakken
Scientists sent a drill to the lowest depths under the sea ever reached, and found a surprise: living organisms. Evolution News & Views
I'm reminded of a phrase from one of my favorite songwriters, Paul Simon, in "The Boxer": "I've squandered my resistance for a pocket full of mumbles." Michael Egnor
The late Richard John Neuhaus famously wrote this of bioethicists. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Here are five resources on science and faith you might want to include in your gift-giving this month. John G. West http://www.discovery.org/p/18
Newly Discovered Convergent Genetic Evolution Between Bird and Human Vocalization Poses a Severe Challenge to Common Ancestry
Everyone is familiar with the striking ability of certain birds (such as parrots) to vocalize speech, much as humans do. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Sentences that convey different ideas may have similar structures, but when we write a sentence we start with the idea, not the sentence structure. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Intelligence, as denoted in "artificial intelligence," corresponds roughly to what Aristotle meant by intellect and will. Michael Egnor
We knew the nucleus had to be organized into compartments with particular chromosomes taking up particular regions. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
It's long been known that the Cambrian explosion isn't the only explosion of organisms in the fossil record. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
That would be Eric Metaxas, who combines illumination with much amusement. Evolution News & Views
The past five months, I've been trying to change the head gasket on a 2001 Chrysler PT. Rob Sheldon
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!"