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Creationism piece no way to honor Darwin's birthday (Letter to the editor of the Boston Globe)
Boston Globe ^ | 7/20/2009 | Steven Pinker

Posted on 07/20/2009 8:07:23 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

SHAME ON you for publishing two creationist op-eds in two years from the Discovery Institute, a well-funded propaganda factory that aims to sow confusion about evolution. Virtually no scientist takes “intelligent design’’ seriously, and in the famous Dover, Pa., trial in 2005, a federal court ruled that it is religion in disguise.

The judge referred to the theory’s “breathtaking inanity,’’ which is a fine description of Stephen Meyer’s July 15 op-ed “Jefferson’s support for intelligent design.’’ Well, yes, Thomas Jefferson died 33 years before Darwin published “The Origin of Species.’’ And Meyer’s idea that the DNA code implies a code maker is just a rehash of the ancient “argument from design’’ - that an eye implies an eye maker, a heart implies a heart maker, and so on. Darwin demolished this argument 150 years ago.

In a year in which other serious publications are celebrating the bicentennial of Darwin’s birth and the sesquicentennial of “Origin,’’ the Globe sees fit to resurrect his long-buried opposition.

The advantage that traditional newspapers have over the Internet competition is quality control. If the Globe repeatedly gives its imprimatur to the latest nonsense from an anti-science lobbying organization, what’s the point of going to it for reliable, intelligent commentary?

Steven Pinker

Cambridge

The writer is a professor of psychology at Harvard.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: creationism; darwin; evolution; evospeculation; intelligentdesign; junkscience; sciencefiction; spontaneouslifers

1 posted on 07/20/2009 8:07:24 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

The above letter relates to this thread in FR :

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2294080/posts


2 posted on 07/20/2009 8:08:35 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

So... can rocks turn into people, or not? Inquiring minds want to know!


3 posted on 07/20/2009 8:09:45 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Migraine
So... can rocks turn into people, or not? Inquiring minds want to know!

I don't know about rocks, but primordial slime apparently can -- given enough time.
4 posted on 07/20/2009 8:11:18 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

INTREP


5 posted on 07/20/2009 8:11:39 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: SeekAndFind
so Boston Globe people just accepted a union negotiation so they could keep their jobs.... ‘tis a shame... I would love to see this disgusting piece of trash be put in the trash finally
6 posted on 07/20/2009 8:11:39 PM PDT by bareford101
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To: SeekAndFind

I have stood on Darwin’s grave in Wesminster Abbey....Darwin is no longer evolving!


7 posted on 07/20/2009 8:15:44 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: SeekAndFind

I have stood on Darwin’s grave in Wesminster Abbey....Darwin is no longer evolving!


8 posted on 07/20/2009 8:15:52 PM PDT by Doctor Don
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To: SeekAndFind
Some of us may have come from apes (cough cough Michelle) but I did not.
9 posted on 07/20/2009 8:17:13 PM PDT by ryan71 (We're in deep kimchi!)
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To: SeekAndFind
The advantage that traditional newspapers have over the Internet competition is quality control.

LOL.

10 posted on 07/20/2009 8:18:47 PM PDT by FTJM
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To: SeekAndFind

Isn’t Pinker the one who advocated post-birth abortions?


11 posted on 07/20/2009 8:24:21 PM PDT by DrewsDad (Did he say hope and change or rope and chains?)
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To: SeekAndFind
"Darwin demolished this argument 150 years ago."

Darwin had no idea of the complexity of cellular biology. It is fantastically complex. This is why noted atheist Anthony Flew recently switched sides in the debate and now believes that the universe and life can only be reasonably explained by intelligent design:

"The second [reason for belief in ID]was my own insight that the integrated complexity of life itself – which is far more complex than the physical Universe – can only be explained in terms of an Intelligent Source. I believe that the origin of life and reproduction simply cannot be explained from a biological standpoint despite numerous efforts to do so."

http://www.tothesource.org/10_30_2007/10_30_2007.htm


12 posted on 07/20/2009 8:31:31 PM PDT by garjog (Used to be liberals were just people to disagree with. Now they are a threat to our existence.)
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daRwin was a DOOFUS


13 posted on 07/20/2009 8:34:19 PM PDT by raygunfan
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To: ryan71
Some of us may have come from apes (cough cough Michelle) but I did not.

You not only came from apes, you are in fact a great ape.

There is no other choice other than alien life form.

If you are an alien life form, you would be caged and studied, not using a computer on the internet.

14 posted on 07/20/2009 8:37:28 PM PDT by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: raygunfan
daRwin was a DOOFUS

Which of his books have you read?

15 posted on 07/20/2009 8:57:54 PM PDT by freespirited (Honk if you miss Licorice.)
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To: garjog
Darwin had no idea of the complexity of cellular biology. It is fantastically complex.

Which is why it's fantastic that, without any knowledge of genetics or cell biology, Darwin nevertheless got it right. What's amazing is how right he was, given how little information he had access to. Today we understand how evolution's course is writ across the genome.

This is why noted atheist Anthony Flew recently switched sides in the debate and now believes that the universe and life can only be reasonably explained by intelligent design:

Flew is a philosopher of religion, not a scientist. Try again.

16 posted on 07/20/2009 8:59:23 PM PDT by Alter Kaker (Gravitation is a theory, not a fact. It should be approached with an open mind...)
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To: SeekAndFind
but primordial slime apparently can

Yep, they evolved into lawyers and politicians.

17 posted on 07/20/2009 9:07:35 PM PDT by Krodg
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To: SeekAndFind

A little dyslexic on the initials. I was thinking of Peter Singer instead of Steven Pinker.


18 posted on 07/20/2009 9:34:31 PM PDT by DrewsDad (Did he say hope and change or rope and chains?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Judges & Celebrities: Is there anything they don’t know?


19 posted on 07/20/2009 9:43:30 PM PDT by rom (Obama '12 slogan: Let's keep on hopin'!)
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To: Migraine
So... can rocks turn into people, or not? Inquiring minds want to know!

Can clay be turned into people, or not?

20 posted on 07/20/2009 10:28:28 PM PDT by bezelbub
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To: bezelbub

can nothing plus time equal something???


21 posted on 07/20/2009 11:42:08 PM PDT by Beamreach (what is truth, Jesus Christ is truth, and truth shall set you free!!)
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To: bezelbub
Can clay be turned into people, or not?

Yes, because subtly and metaphorically, you've adduced the hand of God.

22 posted on 07/21/2009 7:16:32 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: DrewsDad
Isn’t Pinker the one who advocated post-birth abortions?

Apparently so.

Read this page

It says :

"According to Steven Pinker's articles in today's New York Times Magazine, the tendency for some young women to kill one-day-old infants (neonaticide) may be built into "the biological design of our parental emotions."

Neolithic women might have decided to cut their losses early on and let sickly infants, or those not promising to make it to adulthood, die rather than waste their time raising it. Such women mentally dealt with the decision as an unavoidable tragedy, but one necessary at the time.

After a lengthy discussion of the topic the author concludes with the inference that society will become more merciful to those teenagers who dump their kids in garbage cans once society understands why "the anguished girls" felt they had no choice but to do what they did.
23 posted on 07/21/2009 9:42:02 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: Migraine
So... can rocks turn into people, or not?

I think it has to be dust.

24 posted on 07/21/2009 7:20:59 PM PDT by Oztrich Boy (In Soviet Russia, Sarah Palin's house can see YOU)
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