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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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Prolific author Aidan Nichols is former John Paul II Memorial Lecturer in Roman Catholic Theology at Oxford and currently prior of the Dominican house in Cambridge. Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Problem 3: Step-by-Step Random Mutations Cannot Generate the Genetic Information Needed for Irreducible Complexity
Most everyone agrees that Darwinian evolution works well when each small step along an evolutionary pathway provides a survival advantage. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
If tomorrow's history books lionize him as a visionary leader of freedom, the culture of the West will be as dead as Kevorkian's 130 "patients." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Why is it, one might ask, that genetic reductionism lives on, despite its odiousness? Michael Egnor
British geneticist J. B. S. Haldane said, we are told, that he would risk his life for two brothers or eight cousins. Denyse O'Leary
"Nature is capable of more than we realize," a biochemist says. Evolution News & Views
We can make no real progress in understanding the mind while we hold to concepts that are nonsense. Michael Egnor
Cells die for many reasons -- they die to give shape to our fingers and toes, they die to produce our nervous system, and more. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
That Christmas Day article by Eric Metaxas in the Wall Street Journal continues to stir discussion and denunciation. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
David Berlinski's Daughter, Claire, Reports on Being Present Moments After Today's Paris Terror Attack
As Claire notes, she was late for an appointment -- which, had she been on time, would have put her right at the scene of the attack as it was happening. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
On the Origin of Life, Salon Says "Creationists" Are Running Scared Due to "Brilliant New Science"
Headline writers for Salon have a fondness for attributing extreme states of mind to Darwin skeptics. Evolution News & Views
Subtract an innovation and evolution takes off running. Just ask the non-adhesive geckos. Evolution News & Views
This could be the definitive proof that Karl Marx was wrong that capital shapes consciousness. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"There are no weaknesses in the theory of evolution." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Happy New Year! Our #1 Evolution Story of 2014: New Paper from Biologic Institute, "Shared Evolutionary History or Shared Design?"
The paper is the closing chapter of our long-term study of bacterial enzymes to determine if they can be coopted to new functions. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
The wisdom of the ancients is being confirmed, not refuted, by the discoveries of modern science. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
#2 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Now with More Doubt! Meyer's Landmark Is Back in a New Edition, Replying to the Critics
It's a mantra among defenders of orthodox Darwinian theory: There is no debate about evolution. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
I believe the unremitting assault on unique human value -- animal rights, nature rights, transhumanism, bioethics -- aims to break the spine of Judeo-Christian moral philosophy. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Neil Shubin and his team are at it again, suggesting that Tiktaalik was a fish with a "wrist." Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
#3 of Our Top Ten Evolution Stories of 2014: Cosmos Finale Takes One Last Shot at the Privileged Planet Thesis
It was a fitting end, in keeping with what we've seen already in the series. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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!"