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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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From our colleague Nancy Pearcey, a reminder of the porousness to each other of science, culture (including philosophy), and earth-shaking events (including world wars). David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It is time to start calling Peter Singer "Professor Death." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Obviously, Stephen Meyer points out, you can't prove a conclusion using an argument that takes the conclusion itself as a given! David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
For a summer holiday destination, our hardworking colleague Casey Luskin selected South Africa. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
There is no reason, based on current "human evolution" claims, to abandon a typical traditional religious or philosophical teaching on the origin, honor, or dignity of human beings. Denyse O'Leary
These are important issues in the study of history, culture, and science, with relevance for our own time. Evolution News & Views
This month marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of the First World War. The conflict took 16 million lives yet its causes remain cloudy to most of us. Evolution News & Views
Why is evolution the default conclusion when perfection is found in the biological world? Evolution News & Views
Zoltan Istvan's advocacy is steeped in the ultimate hopelessness of materialistic atheism -- a cause that he also ably champions. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
At a University of Toronto biologist's blog, named for Darwin's famous "thinking path," the thinking is getting confused. Michael Behe
We noticed that overnight eight 5-star reviews for Stephen Meyer's book Darwin's Doubt were mysteriously erased. Evolution News & Views
The frond-like Ediacaran fauna known as Rangeomorphs had simple colony-like body plans consisting of self-similar branching patterns of tubular units. Evolution News & Views
Suicide advocacy never stops. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Dembski Speaks at the University of Chicago; Mathematician Leo Kadanoff Says Darwinists Need to "Deal with These Questions"
His talk gives a taste of his new book's elegant and accessible argument, a next step forward for the theory of intelligent design. Evolution News & Views
My wife Debra and I have been enjoying the new TNT television crime drama Murder in the First. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Few if any Darwinists think quantitatively about what their theory asks of nature in the way of probability. Michael Behe
Video: Robert Marks Speaking to the American Scientific Affiliation on "Algorithmic Specified Complexity"
William Dembski will be talking at the University of Chicago next week about "Conservation of Information in Evolution Search" -- and Jerry Coyne is steamed. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
They say these systems "evolved," as if that explained it, but the substance of everything else they say points to intelligent design. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
Phys.org: Specialized Retinal Cells Are a "Design Feature," Showing that the Argument for Suboptimal Design of the Eye "Is Folly"
A Darwinian paradigm assumes that biological systems are cobbled together haphazardly by natural selection over eons of unguided descent with modification. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
All of that hype and adulation can push those with weak characters or ruthless ambition over the line. 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.
IDC advocate Phillip E. Johnson:
Gould’s uncomfortable situation reminds me of the self-created predicament of Mikhail Gorbachev in the last years of the Soviet Empire. Gorbachev recognized that something had gone wrong with the Communist system, but thought that the system itself could be preserved if it was reformed. His democratic friends warned him that the Marxist fundamentalists would inevitably turn against him, but he was unwilling to endanger his position in the ruling elite by following his own logic to its necessary conclusion. Gould, like Gorbachev, deserves immense credit for bringing glasnost to a closed society of dogmatists. And, like Gorbachev, he lives on as a sad reminder of what happens to those who lack the nerve to make a clean break with a dying theory.Link