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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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Discovery Institute Scholars Predict that, as a Vehicle for Materialism, the New Cosmos Will Be as Screechy as Sagan's Original
For atheists, Darwinists and materialists, the popular 1980 documentary series with Carl Sagan has canonical status. Evolution News & Views
University of Surrey theoretical physicist Jim Al-Khalili calls it, understandably, "nothing short of miraculous." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
New Atheists like Dawkins and Coyne may just be trying, clumsily, to assume a provocative stance. That's the charitable interpretation, and perhaps it's true. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Sometimes the totalitarianism inherent in atheism doesn't even run deep: it sits right on the surface. Michael Egnor
"Lewis's narrative mounts a deceptively subtle critique of certain Darwinian ways of understanding the place of humanity within the natural order." Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Due to high demand, the Early-Bird Registration Deadline for this fifth annual Westminster Conference has been extended to March 14! Evolution News & Views
Bryan College, named for William Jennings Bryan, wants faculty to sign a statement affirming the historicity of Adam and Eve and denying mankind's descent from animals. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Through genetic sleuthing and surveys, researchers found that humans spread a genetic mutation in horses around the world. Evolution News & Views
Do advances in cosmology, biochemistry, paleontology, and genetics undermine Christian faith, or is there in fact compelling evidence for design in nature? Evolution News & Views
Of course, these are all things that Darwin skeptics and intelligent-design advocates have been saying for years. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Ribozyme experiments suggest that for life to originate, what was needed was a goal in mind, an agent in charge, with the means to implement a preconceived plan. We have a name for that. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
When it hatches from the egg, it is only a few millimeters long; but inside its tiny head is a wonder of nature that will guide it for thousands of miles -- and challenge scientists to explain it. Evolution News & Views
It's amazing that lots of intellectuals, not excepting ones who really ought to know better, are governed by exactly that consideration. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"I've listened to your stories," says Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, "now I have to listen to the animals." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Current research assumes that life's origin must be a fully natural event, whether it occurs due to an as-yet-unknown law of nature or by chance. Denyse O'Leary
The sheer number of new papers attributing the rise of Cambrian animals to oxygen is weird. Could it be chance that these are all coming out months after the release of Darwin's Doubt? Evolution News & Views
If you like today's economy and want more of the kind of "fun" we have had for the last five years, just follow the green misanthropes. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Before sharing my comment, I'll recount some perhaps relevant background. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Question for a Censor: Should a Teacher Be Punished for Telling Students What the New York Times Said About Evolution in 1980?
Censors like Zack Kopplin oppose legislation like that, claiming they are protecting students from being indoctrinated in "creationism." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
No Laughing Matter: Chatting with NRO, Wesley Smith Emphasizes the Practical Dangers Posed by Environmental Anti-Humanism
We can laugh at "pea personhood," but where's the real danger in the denial of what Wesley calls "human exceptionalism"? Isn't it confined to a silly but ultimately harmless fringe? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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.
Dembski, as the director of the center, also commented on the report in a one-paragraph e-mail message following its release. "The report marks the triumph of intelligent design as a legitimate form of academic inquiry. This is a great day for academic freedom," Dembski began. He concluded by observing that "Dogmatic opponents of design who demanded the Center be shut down have met their Waterloo. Baylor University is to be commended for remaining strong in the face of intolerant assaults on freedom of thought and expression."