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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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There is a little mathematics game that people sometimes play. You start with x=0, do some long, complicated algebraic manipulations, and end up with x=1. Granville Sewell
Birds have brains as well equipped and organized as those of primates. Evolution News & Views
In truth, there are only individual fields of study, some of which deserve being called sciences, while others arguably do not. Ralph Dave Westfall
The kidney may not be as sophisticated as the brain or the liver, but it definitely has a lot of roles to play. Howard Glicksman
It is not a word that rolls easily off the tongue. But I am at a loss for one that better describes the atheists Daniel Jackson describes. Brendan Dixon http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Can it really be true that we are still talking about Harambe the gorilla, who died on May 28? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Philosopher Vincent Torley (and Professor Josh Swamidass) have been trying to persuade me that common descent is the only rational view to affirm. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Here's the very bad news: California has legalized assisted suicide. What's the somewhat good news? Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
It was at Cambridge University that Dr. Meyer incubated his Darwin skepticism and began to develop his arguments for ID. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I'll make this simple. The evidence for synteny in opossums and chickens is good. Surprised? Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
An eloquent post from Terry Teachout, the Wall Street Journal theater critic, might as well be a commentary on Doug Axe's observations this morning. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
People aren't stupid. Science is a public enterprise, and public acceptance has always been its most significant seal of approval. Douglas Axe http://biologicinstitute.org/
Even deer know how to respond to the silent force surrounding the earth. Evolution News & Views
This is teleological thinking. Somewhere Aristotle is smiling. Cornelius Hunter
There has been an ongoing discussion between Dr. Vincent Torley, a philosopher, and myself on the subject of pseudogenes, synteny, and common descent. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Highly ordered structures with "defect engineering" can enhance the properties of materials, including the wings of butterflies. Evolution News & Views
Watch this parody of a TED talk. It's very funny, and true, but also suggests a more serious point. Evolution News & Views
A paper about DNA expression refers to its grammar and syntax. How far can we take the comparison to written text? Evolution News & Views
Joseph LeConte, professor of geology at the University of California, provides an insight into the way most scientists think about evolution. Granville Sewell
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!"