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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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A Big Problem for Common Descent: Hundreds of "Active 'Foreign' Genes" Don't Fit the Standard Evolutionary Phylogeny
The transfer of genes between organisms living in the same environment is known as horizontal gene transfer (HGT). Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
We have all heard too often that human beings are a mere speck in a cosmos that never cared about us. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
A single-celled organism is like a microscopic island of life, in that it can get what it needs to live from the surrounding water. Howard Glicksman
I wonder: Has TED ever had anyone defend the unique value of human life? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
There's a cute exchange at the beginning between Becky Norton Dunlop, Heritage's VP for External Relations, and Dr. West over the hundred-plus pages of footnotes at the end of his book. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
George Gilder calls it a "masterpiece" that "expounds what is the most important discovery of 20th-century science." This is definitely one to let all your friends know about. Evolution News & Views
Judith Shulevitz contributes regular op-eds to the New York Times on "feminism, culture, and science." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
In Seattle? Join Us Thursday as Geneticist Michael Denton Speaks on "The Place of Life and Humanity in the Cosmos"
Are humans the accidental products of a blind and uncaring universe? Or are they the beneficiaries of a cosmic order that was planned beforehand to help them flourish? Evolution News & Views
Streaming Live at Noon Eastern, John West at the Heritage Foundation on "Scientism in the Age of Obama"
Find the link here. Evolution News & Views
"Solution" to an Origin of Life Puzzle Highlights the Need for Careful Planning by an Intelligent Investigator
A new paper in Nature Chemistry claims to show that many building blocks of life could have been created through organic chemistry on the early Earth. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
I searched the WDSD website, and found not one mention of eugenic abortion that kills 90 percent of Down babies in the US. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
If you grew up among Generation Xers and Millennials as I did, then you probably loved watching Bill Nye the Science Guy on TV. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Avian flight justifiably merits our admiration. But the small critters that buzz about us are no less wondrous in their construction; maybe more so. Evolution News & Views
Because it must follow the rules, the cell needs many different innovations to be able to take control. Howard Glicksman
The hometown team, the Darwin Dreamers, have been down on their luck ever since that pep talk about a "warm little pond." Evolution News & Views
Long ago, I warned that legalizing assisted suicide would lead to "organ harvesting as a plum to society." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Another Successful Prediction of Intelligent Design: Cell Paper Reports Functions for Synonymous Codons
ID expects that we should find deeper and deeper layers of function in biology, which by the same token represents a big problem for Darwinian evolution. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Denton helps his audiences step back and see things from a certain distance, granting an important perspective we'd likely otherwise miss. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
There is no general agreement among advocates of ID as to exactly where, when, or how design was manifested in the history of life. Granville Sewell
Eighteen percent of patient deaths come either from lethal injection/assisted suicide or from being put into a deep coma and left to die. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
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.
Behind this student movement is a more general intellectual movement that will bear fruit in the coming century. It is a bit thin on the ground for now, but so was the Christian faith in the first century. Materialism as a philosophy is superficially powerful but moribund, as we saw when the Soviet Union collapsed without a struggle a decade ago. Methodological naturalism is a branch on the materialist tree that will lose its power to intimidate when the tree is known to be hanging in midair.