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Joe Sonka reported the other day in Insider Louisville that Ken Ham has now attacked his old friend, Steve Beshear, the governor of Kentucky. As Mr. Sonka puts it, Mr. Ham “penned a fundraising letter last week claiming the governor is launching a ‘massive attack’ on their religious freedom and persecuting his organization ‘because of our Christian message.’” Mr. Ham blames atheists and “secularists” for putting pressure on state government officials and avers that “our... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
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It's time take advantage of today's discount on Center for Science and Culture associate director John West's book The Magician's Twin and its accompanying DVD. Evolution News & Views
The tremendous potential human (and animal) good that could be derived from this research to treat pain justifies the suffering caused to the animals. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The ENCODE Consortium has launched a new data volley, now drawing on the mouse genome. Evolution News & Views
The stereotyped picture of a sea of ponytailed males at the atheist conference is not just a stereotype. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
"It may seem strange to consider the fact that you, as a mammal, have all the known genes required to pattern a feather, and yet you do not look like Big Bird." Michael Flannery http://www.discovery.org/p/471
Astrobiologists have used the term for many decades. This shell encompasses the distance at which a planet in a fairly circular orbit could maintain liquid water on its surface. Daniel Bakken
A Belgian chemist and self-described secular humanist describes his agony at the euthanasia killing of his depressed mother. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
The question is prompted by a review in the Washington Post of E.O. Wilson's latest. Tom Bethell
This is the third in a series of articles for the general public focused on understanding how species are related and how genomic data is used in research. Today, we talk about the challenges of using statistics to analyze phylogenomic data. Suppose you were a door manufacturer trying to figure out the average height of a population living in a certain country. You might conduct an experiment where you ask a group of people... Emily Thompson
… because it (gasp!) uses the word, “abortion.” But wait – there is a glimmer of hope: The new superintendent, who was ordered to offer a plan for redacting the textbooks, says that the books comply with the law already and instead plans to hold a public discussion. Meanwhile, as a service to the affected high-school students, Rachel Maddow has posted the offending page on a blog, ArizonaHonorsBiology.com, which her show apparently owns. If you... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Interesting cloud formation, Boulder, Colorado. The camera is facing south, and the wind is coming from the west, or right. One hour later, in Golden,... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
What a pleasure to settle into a holiday with a good book to read. Better than one book, of course, is two. Why not twelve? Evolution News & Views
A CNN headline claims, "Blame genetics for bad driving, study finds." "Genes for," however, are dangerous words in genetics. Denyse O'Leary
"She is being treated as a prisoner and has to suffer the presence of the public staring at her." Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
An email correspondent pointed out a paper to me, "Structural diversity of bacterial flagellar motors," published by the European Molecular Biology Organization. Michael Behe
Have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Here's How to Say "Thank You" to Your Friends at Evolution News and Views
Somewhere right now a student is looking for top-notch resources to balance what she is learning in her science class about the evolution controversy. Kelley J. Unger
"A Few Years Ago, We Couldn't Have Filled a Kombi": The Brazilian Intelligent Design Adventure
A couple of days ago, I returned from the inaugural congress of the Sociedade Brasileira do Design Inteligente. Paul Nelson http://www.discovery.org/p/45
For Overcoming Students' Intuitions of Design, The American Biology Teacher Suggests Employing Evo-Devo
I just finished reading an article by Kostas Kampourakis and Alessandro Minelli, "Evolution Makes More Sense in the Light of Development." Jonathan Wells http://www.discovery.org/p/41
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the start of World War I -- and this past week provided a terrible reminder that conflicts stirred by the war remain with us. Mike Keas
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.
Darwinian evolution with its blind watchmaker thesis makes me think of a great battleship on the ocean of reality. Its sides are heavily armored with philosophical barriers to criticism, and its decks are stacked with big rhetorical guns ready to intimidate any would-be attackers. In appearance, it is as impregnable as the Soviet Union seemed to be only a few years ago.