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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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Large mammal brains are amazing, but no less indicative of design is the micro-miniaturization of brainpower in a tiny spider's head. Evolution News & Views
Luskin continues his series discussing the top ten problems with biological and chemical evolution. Evolution News & Views
Today's BreakPoint radio commentary picks up our colleague ENV's recent post, "Some Scientists Say Intelligent Design Isn't Science -- Until They Have to Use It Themselves." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
One section in materialist Edward Slingerland's book is titled "We Are Robots Designed Not to Believe That We Are Robots." Nancy Pearcey
Well, that was a bit of an anticlimax. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I have been warning for several years about how all it will take is one judge to break the species barriers. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Does the octopus look like a descendant of clams and snails? Well, does it? Evolution News & Views
Dr. Denton elaborates on the concept of bottom-up versus top-down causation. Evolution News & Views
How well has evolutionary biology explained the gradual development of the respiratory system? Howard Glicksman
Discovery Institute's Chairman of the Board, Bruce Chapman, asks me how the direction in nature's evolution was imparted. Michael Denton
Casey continues his series discussing the top ten problems with biological and chemical evolution. Evolution News & Views
Medical martyrdom is coming. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Slate Says We're Afraid of Life on Mars -- Right After We Published an Article Explaining Why Martian Life Wouldn't Challenge ID
When it comes to intelligent design, journalists at certain Internet media venues all seem to express themselves in the same way. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
A few points relevant to the new release, "How to Build a Worm," from Discovery Institute. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
Our Discovery Institute colleague Bruce Chapman writes to me to ask the following question. Michael Denton
Speaking with Casey Luskin, Dr. Denton reflects on how major shifts in thinking challenge Darwinian evolution in new ways. Evolution News & Views
The assisted suicide movement is pushing society in a pro-suicide direction. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A membrane machine in some bacteria looks and acts like an armed surface-to-air missile. Evolution News & Views
When certain biologists discuss the early stages of life there is a tendency to think too vaguely. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
I must congratulate Mark Strauss for actually reading the articles at ENV, which not everyone who tries to answer us actually does. Daniel Bakken
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!"