Certain segments of Western civilization are into masochistic self-flagellation and societal bondage.
Wesley J. Smith
Importantly, none of the critics of the bill denied that there are legitimate scientific controversies around biological and chemical evolution.
If a particular view of human nature consistently produces bad results among normal human beings, is that not evidence against its correctness?
Wyoming's House Bill 23 (PDF) was passed by the Senate on a 27-3 vote on February 12, 2015. The bill would allow the state to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards by repealing a footnote in the state budget for 2014-2016 that precluded the use of state funds for "any review or adoption" of the NGSS.
Montana's House Bill 321, which purports to "encourage critical thinking regarding controversial scientific theories" such as "biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, random mutation, natural selection, DNA, and fossil discoveries," was tabled in the House Education Committee on February 9, 2015.
South Dakota's Senate Bill 114 is out of commission, following a February 10, 2015, hearing in the Senate Education Committee.
Utah's new state standards for middle school science education are on hold, reports the Salt Lake Tribune (February 9, 2015) — and evolution and climate change may be the reason.
Arizona state representatives Andrew Sherwood and Rebecca Rios, sponsors of the resolution
House Resolution 2002 (PDF), introduced in the Arizona House of Representatives on February 9, 2015, would, if enacted, express the House's recognition of February 12, 2015, as International Darwin Day.
Senate Resolution 66 (PDF), introduced in the United States Senate on February 4, 2015, would, if passed, express the Senate's support of designating February 12, 2015, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of "Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to celebrate the achievements of reason, science, and the advancement of human knowledge."
House Resolution 67 (PDF), introduced in the United States House of Representatives on February 2, 2015, would, if passed, express the House's support of designating February 12, 2015, as Darwin Day, and its recognition of "Charles Darwin as a worthy symbol on which to focus and around which to build a global celebration of science and humanity intended to promote a common bond among all of Earth's peoples."
Wave 3, which appears to be Channel 3 in Louisville, Kentucky, reported yesterday that the Ark Park indeed plans to sue the state over tax incentives that were denied last month. Wave 3 reports, Lawyers say this encounter is about to make an appearance in court and it’s all over tax incentives. The lawyer for the Ark Encounter says it will sue the state in federal court to try to regain the rebates it believes...
At Jerry Coyne’s bl*g Why Evolution Is True he has a new post calling attention to a web site on The Third Way of Evolution. It was apparently put up last year by James Shapiro, Denis Noble, and Raju Pookottil. It presents statements by 43 people expressing their view that a new Way of Evolution is needed. It has apparently been up for over 8 months, but only recently was mentioned by Denyse O’Leary at...
What comes to mind when you think about insects? For a lot of people, the word sends a shiver up their spine as they imagine the tiny, creeping legs, buzzing wings, stinging tails, and biting fangs. But what those people may not know is that insects comprise one of the most important classes of animal; there are more species of insect than any other animal group, and they can claim being the first animals...
When fossils failed to demonstrate that animals evolved from a common ancestor, evolutionary scientists turned to another type of evidence.
The Cardinal John J. O'Connor award of Legatus, the national organization of lay Catholics, was given in Naples, Florida, on Saturday.
Faced with the same urgent challenge, could I speak about it so bravely and positively as he did just now? I don't think so.
Our friend and frequent ENV contributor Jay Richards is awesomely gifted.
In a rare rebuttal to animal rights ideology, Philosophy Today has published a piece by Rhys Southan, apparently a reformed animal rights believer.
Wesley J. Smith
The flagellum, ATP synthase, and a gliding motor: that's three independent, irreducibly complex rotary engines in some of the "simplest" living things.
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