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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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When the heart cannot meet the metabolic needs of the body it is said to be in heart failure. Howard Glicksman
A freshwater fish cannot just swim out into the ocean unprepared. Major physiological changes have to take place first. Evolution News & Views
Dr. Hunter critically examines 22 fundamental predictions of evolutionary theory. Evolution News & Views
We're aware that our audience is diverse, including readers who have followed the ID debate for decades and others who are brand new to it. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Let's say they just suddenly stopped one day, awakening as from a brain fog of misty narratives and just-so stories? Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Hitler's Religion discusses the pantheism, worship of nature, and the role of Darwinism in Hitler's thought. Evolution News & Views
Anti-human exceptionalism is becoming epidemic. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Life begins at conception. That's settled science and settled medical practice. Michael Egnor
If dogs do it, and the pigeons just on the other side of my office window, why not human beings? It doesn't get any more elemental than this. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Like a clueless homeowner, evolution has no foresight and does not know there is a big payoff just two mutations away. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Small, light, and relatively cheap, drone technology is revolutionizing moviemaking. Evolution News & Views
To the extent that epigenetics casts doubt on simplistic Darwinian or other schemes of evolution, its main role may be that of "spoiler." Denyse O'Leary
These days, new genomes of different types of organisms are being sequenced and published on a regular basis. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Imagine you are trying to get into a saloon through its swinging door. Howard Glicksman
Dr. Berlinski discusses the origin and nature of mathematics with CSC Research Coordinator Casey Luskin. Evolution News & Views
Even when unacknowledged, ID is too significant to disregard. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Researchers sampled ancient water trapped for 1.5 billion years around what were deep-sea hydrothermal vents two kilometers under the earth's surface. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Researchers have now used skin cells to build a rudimentary human brain. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Complexity and convergence are not what Darwin would have expected for these fascinating creatures that rival mammals in intelligence. Evolution News & Views
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!"