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Brandon Haught at Florida Citizens for Science does a deeper dive on the educational assessments coming out of the Florida Department of Education (DOE). The DOE says that student performance in science improved by a percentage point this past year. Haught shows that they redefined science performance in order to have an improvement, no matter how slight.... Wesley R. Elsberry http://www.antievolution.org
Categories: Pro-Science News
This is teleological thinking. Somewhere Aristotle is smiling. Cornelius Hunter
There has been an ongoing discussion between Dr. Vincent Torley, a philosopher, and myself on the subject of pseudogenes, synteny, and common descent. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
Highly ordered structures with "defect engineering" can enhance the properties of materials, including the wings of butterflies. Evolution News & Views
Watch this parody of a TED talk. It's very funny, and true, but also suggests a more serious point. Evolution News & Views
A paper about DNA expression refers to its grammar and syntax. How far can we take the comparison to written text? Evolution News & Views
Joseph LeConte, professor of geology at the University of California, provides an insight into the way most scientists think about evolution. Granville Sewell
By using Tim's case, we will see what would have happened to our earliest ancestors without any one of them. Howard Glicksman
The biomorphs are "digital animals...grounded in 1970s assumptions," long outdated. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
It is amazing how some in the sciences are so desperate to knock humans off the pedestal of exceptionalism. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
I didn't expect to be honored by a 7500-word broadside by philosopher Dr. Vincent Torley, assisted by Dr. Josh Swamidass of Washington University. Ann Gauger http://www.biologicinstitute.org/people
On a new episode of ID Inquiry, biologist Ann Gauger responds to a question from a reader. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
The discourse of name-calling is a scourge of public life today, and it's only getting worse. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Nicholas Kristof groups dissent from evolution with racism. Sarah Chaffee
Is it like going to the mall and looking for a pair of pants with the right waist and inseam measurements? David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Join us as we celebrate the release of a courageous and pioneering book that articulates a startling and original scientific vision. Evolution News & Views
A case of mistaking geology for intelligent design, with some nuance. Evolution News & Views
Chrysomela sp. – leaf beetle. Thanks to a volunteer at BugGuide for the identification.... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Categories: Pro-Science News
What Diogo and Molnar seem to want is a metric with The Human Body as God Would (or Should) Have Made It at one end of the measuring stick. Evolution News & Views
The fact that all this is so far technological fantasy may be its lone saving grace. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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!"