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"When you don't know what something is, you have to consider everything," says Johns Hopkins physicist Simeon Bird. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
Much of modern research on animal "language" reminds me of a remark by one of my favorite comedians. Michael Egnor
"Common science," akin to common sense, is what protein chemist Douglas Axe calls an activity we've all grown up doing. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
You've heard of the genome. Get ready for the proteome. Evolution News & Views
Texas is in the process of streamlining its science standards, which means that Darwinists are ringing alarm bells. Sarah Chaffee
There are numerous unresolved problems for the RNA World thesis. Stephen Meyer mentions many of them. Evolution News & Views
Scientists with no affinity for the design hypothesis admit that the odds against the first life self-assembling are horrendously steep. Evolution News & Views
Once euthanasia forces no longer have to contend with democracy, they show their true authoritarian colors. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
Photograph by Barbara Gilman. Notophthalmus viridescens – red eft, Monroe, New York. The red eft is a juvenile stage of the eastern newt. We used to see many of them in that area, but now they have become uncommon. While we are on the subject of evolution, eft and newt, the words, share a common ancestor. The middle English word for newt was ewte, depending whose spelling you like, and I assume the double-u was... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
Of course, it never really disappeared, as Michael Zimmerman notes in an article in the Huffington Post this past week. I will not go into detail, but according to Professor Zimmerman, a committee of the Texas State Board of Education had voted 6-2 to remove four standards that had been added in 2009, more or less at the last minute. Suffice it to say that the standards had been supported by Don McLeroy when he... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
NCSE informs us that Cope vs. Kansas State Board of Education, which we reported on here and here, has been appealed to the US Supreme Court. The Court of Appeals had upheld the District Court’s earlier dismissal of the case, largely on the basis of standing. Here, with permission, is NCSE’s report on the appeal: COPE et al. v. Kansas State Board of Education et al., the creationist lawsuit seeking to reverse Kansas’s 2013 decision... Matt Young http://www.mines.edu/~mmyoung
We're now seeing attempts to mimic the natural phenomenon of touch in medical technology. Evolution News & Views
The meeting will explore what can be done within the walls of naturalism or materialism, to fix evolutionary theory. Evolution News & Views
David Moshman helps explain the threat to academic freedom that we see in the study of evolution and intelligent design. Sarah Chaffee
Darwinism is so flexible that it's able to explain almost any zoological phenomenon and its opposite. Jonathan Witt http://www.discovery.org/p/97
The ribosome, a wonder of the cell, translates messenger RNA into proteins. Prepare to be astonished. Evolution News & Views
Over the years I have explained how scientific materialism and Darwinism have had a dehumanizing impact on us. Richard Weikart
This could be illegal in many places, so the American doctors went to Mexico to do the procedure. Wesley J. Smith http://www.nationalreview.com/human-exceptionalism
A graduate student in evolutionary biology shared some comments with me about life in the closet. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
Michael Zimmerman is concerned about saddling Texas students with "political baggage." I am too. Sarah Chaffee
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!"