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Discovery Institute Evolution News & Views
Evolution News and Views (ENV) provides original reporting and analysis about the debate over intelligent design and evolution, including breaking news about scientific research, academic freedom cases, and educational policy issues. ENV also covers how the rest of the newsmedia report on the debate, offering analysis and corrections to major news stories, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at how journalists and news outlets operate when they report on this issue. Movable Type 5.12
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In recent years, biologists have tried to explain human moral, intellectual, and religious capacities in terms of Darwinian evolution. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
The Unofficial Guide to Cosmos tackles the debate between competing pictures of reality: ID versus scientific atheism. You don't need to have seen a single episode to get the most out of it. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In place of natural selection, some evolutionary biologists propose random genetic drift (neutral mutations) to explain the origin of complex biological features. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Naturalism (the view that it's material nature all the way down) hasn't fared much better with human language than with consciousness. Denyse O'Leary
Of course there are many other problems with biological and chemical evolution, but these are some important ones that come up often. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Many Darwin defenders are troubled that credible scientists doubt their viewpoint. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
You can't explain away a complex information system by breaking it up into little information systems. Evolution News & Views
"Back a long time ago, everyone thought the world was square. And this guy, he said it was round? So they burned him." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In some cases, such as the horseshoe crab, the coelacanth, or the ginkgo tree, these species seem to have remained virtually the same for hundreds of millions of years. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Ammonite shells are famous for conforming to the Golden Ratio of the Fibonacci sequence. Evolution News & Views
Dennett makes a comparable error when he identifies an algorithm that will bring you untold riches on the stock market. Tom Bethell
We are in the midst of a revolution in the way we conceive of living things. Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
It is sloppy to use dubious metaphors to describe brains or people. It is egregious to actually believe those metaphors. Michael Egnor
The Evolution Revolution: Physicist Lee Spetner Shows Why Convergence Challenges Neo-Darwinian Evolution
A new book provides some wonderful arguments that challenge common descent and neo-Darwinian explanations of evolution. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Science should turn its attention to where the mysteries are, hoping for understanding. ID promotes that spirit. Evolution News & Views
I cannot think of any major person affiliated with the ID movement who has opposed teaching evolution as a scientific theory. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Far from encouraging skepticism, the mention of "science" can call forth a perilous gullibility. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I'm a fan of much of McGrath's writings, but when it comes to ID, there are problems. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
In the end, as at the beginning, there is information. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Dr. Tour of Rice University, regarded as one of America's fifty top scientists, is quoted about his innocent-sounding discussions with fellow scientists. Bruce Chapman http://www.discovery.org/p/7
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!"