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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 a previous article I described how theories of innovation provide insight into the limits of natural selection. Brian Miller
I had just witnessed in action what Douglas Axe describes in his book Undeniable as the design intuition. Howard Glicksman
NIH just funded five centers to explore what the "dark matter genome" (the non-protein-coding part) is doing. Evolution News & Views
The often-heard assertion that a scientific "consensus" exists in favor of orthodox Darwinian theory is true only on the surface. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Many pastors, priests, and rabbis, have been captivated by the idea that they can have their cake and eat it too. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
At the University of South Florida, the discussion period was "fantastic," and the time allotted had to be extended. Evolution News & Views
As often happens, Darwinists have things exactly upside-down. Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
German Paleontologist Günter Bechly Joins the Center for Science & Culture as a New Senior Fellow
A dismissive attitude to intelligent design cannot survive a sustained encounter with the best science and scholarship from the ID community. Evolution News & Views
"A Whiter Shade" is, in a real sense, a descendant of Bach's BWV 156, similar to an untold number of other songs that have borrowed from Bach. Walter Myers III
Critical analysis does not entail any discussion of religion. Sarah Chaffee
Darwin Day is coming up -- February 12, aka Academic Freedom Day. Yes, that means we'll be introducing you to a new Censor of the Year. Evolution News & Views
On ID the Future, CSC Senior Fellow Ann Gauger discusses a recent paper in the journal Cell. Evolution News & Views
Dr. Swamidass is an Assistant Professor of Laboratory and Genomic Medicine at Washington University, and a frequent critic of intelligent design. Brian Miller
In his new book, Tom Bethell cites a telling lecture by origin-of-life researcher Nita Sahai. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
My wife was complaining to me today that I don't podcast enough. Hah! Here's a new episode of ID the Future. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Fact Check: No, the Texas Board of Education Has Not Authorized "Creationism" in Its Science Standards
The Texas Board of Education met this past week to discuss the streamlining of its science standards, greeted by much news attention. Sarah Chaffee
This legislation, if passed, would protect teachers who wish to discuss the "scientific strengths and weaknesses of existing scientific theories." Sarah Chaffee
If science ever becomes conflated in the public mind with left-wing advocacy, it will profoundly harm that crucial sector. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Sarah Chaffee and Discovery Institute biologist Ann Gauger have been conducting a multipart conversation about the cell. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The assertion of materialism, which is the foundation of Darwinian theory, runs headlong into what we know about our own inner lives. 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.
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!"