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  • Life’s irreducible structure—Part 1: autopoiesis (ID and the Evos make big mistake?)

    08/08/2008 9:26:41 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 125 replies · 196+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Alex Williams
    The commonly cited case for intelligent design appeals to: (a) the irreducible complexity of (b) some aspects of life. But complex arguments invite complex refutations (valid or otherwise), and the claim that only some aspects of life are irreducibly complex implies that others are not, and so the average person remains unconvinced. Here I use another principle autopoiesis (self-making)-—to show that all aspects of life lie beyond the reach of naturalistic explanations...
  • Senate sends Jindal bill on evolution

    06/17/2008 8:57:19 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 83 replies · 123+ views ^ | Jun 17, 2008 | WILL SENTELL
    A bill to overhaul the way evolution is taught in Louisiana public schools easily cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday despite threats of a lawsuit. Opponents, mostly outside the State Capitol, contend the legislation would inject creationism and other religious themes into public schools. However, the Senate voted 36-0 without debate to go along with the same version of the proposal that the House passed last week 94-3. The measure, Senate Bill 733, now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is expected to sign it. Backers said the bill is needed to give science teachers more freedom to hold discussions...
  • Pope prepares to embrace theory of intelligent design

    08/28/2006 12:02:43 PM PDT · by Abathar · 67 replies · 1,586+ views
    Guardian ^ | 08/28/06 | John Hooper
    Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals close to Pope Benedict will gather at his summer palace outside Rome this week for intensive discussions that could herald a fundamental shift in the Vatican's view of evolution. There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory of "intelligent design" taught in some US states. Advocates of the theory argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex that they must have been designed by a higher intelligence. Critics say it is a disguise for creationism. A prominent anti-evolutionist and Roman Catholic scientist,...
  • Austrian cardinal says Darwinism should be studied as science

    08/24/2006 8:37:24 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 89 replies · 1,183+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 24 August 2006 | Staff
    Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna said he thought Darwin's theories on evolution deserve to be studied in schools, along with the scientific question marks that remain. It is right to teach "the science of Darwin, not ideological Darwinism," Cardinal Schonborn said Aug. 23. He spoke at a meeting in Rimini sponsored by the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, and his remarks were reported by Italian newspapers. In 2005, Cardinal Schonborn helped fuel the debate over evolution and intelligent design when he wrote in The New York Times that science offers "overwhelming evidence for design in biology." He later...
  • 'Evolution' Study Implies U.S. Science Education Lagging Behind Europe (Creationist disagrees)

    08/21/2006 2:16:59 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 91 replies · 1,469+ views
    Agape Press ^ | August 21, 2006 | Mary Rettig
    (AgapePress) - The president and CEO of a creation apologetics group says the U.S. is ahead, not behind, in science, as claimed by a recent worldwide study on belief in evolution. A researcher from Michigan State University studied beliefs about evolution in 34 countries, including the United States. The study found that in most European countries, at least 80 percent of adults believe in evolution. However, in the U.S. only about 40 percent were whole-hearted believers in Darwin's theory -- and 39 percent called it "absolutely false." Jon Miller, the MSU researcher who conducted the study, attributes his findings, in...
  • Show links Darwin, Hitler ideologiesHolocaust was fallout of evolution theory

    08/19/2006 6:39:43 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 708 replies · 8,094+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Posted: August 19, 2006 | World Net Daily
    Show links Darwin, Hitler ideologies Holocaust was fallout of evolution theory, says new production -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: August 19, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 Charles Darwin should share with Hitler the blame for the 11 million or more lives lost in the Holocaust, a new television special explains. And, the program says, the more than 45 million American lives lost to abortion also can be blamed on that famous founder of evolutionary theory. The results of Darwin’s theories "This show basically is about the social effects of Darwinism, and shows this idea, which is scientifically bankrupt, has probably been...
  • Review of Godless -- (Centers on Evolution)

    08/17/2006 11:04:51 AM PDT · by publius1 · 535 replies · 7,772+ views
    Powells Review a Day ^ | August 10, 2006 | Jerry Coyne
    Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter Coultergeist A Review by Jerry Coyne H. L. Mencken once responded to a question asked by many of his readers: "If you find so much that is unworthy of reverence in the United States, then why do you live here?" His answer was, "Why do men go to zoos?" Sadly, Mencken is not here to ogle the newest creature in the American Zoo: the Bleached Flamingo, otherwise known as Ann Coulter. This beast draws crowds by its frequent, raucous calls, eerily resembling a human voice, and its unearthly appearance, scrawny and pallid....
  • "Killer" Fossil Find May Rewrite Story of Whale Evolution (Again)

    08/16/2006 6:35:40 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 60 replies · 1,998+ views
    National Geographic ^ | August 16, 2006 | James Owen
    The discovery of a bizarre species of fossil whale from Australia with huge eyes and flesh-ripping jaws provides valuable new insights into the evolution of whales, researchers say. The previously unknown species lived about 25 million years ago and was an early ancestor of modern baleen whales, which feed by filtering plankton from seawater. This group includes the blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit the planet. But the newfound predatory whale likely hunted sharks and other fish despite its relatively small size and suggests that baleen whales weren't always the toothless gentle giants we see in our oceans...
  • How to Make Sure Children Are Scientifically Illiterate (Barf Alert)

    08/16/2006 6:42:08 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 663 replies · 7,388+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 15, 2006 | LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS
    Voters in Kansas ensured this month that noncreationist moderates will once again have a majority (6 to 4) on the state school board, keeping new standards inspired by intelligent design from taking effect. This is a victory for public education and sends a message nationwide about the public’s ability to see through efforts by groups like the Discovery Institute to misrepresent science in the schools. But for those of us who are interested in improving science education, any celebration should be muted. This is not the first turnaround in recent Kansas history. In 2000, after a creationist board had removed...
  • Criticism Of Evolution Can't Be Silenced

    08/15/2006 10:11:10 PM PDT · by jla · 356 replies · 3,912+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | August 16, 2006 | Mrs. Schlafly
    Criticism Of Evolution Can't Be Silenced by Phyllis Schlafly, August 16, 2006 The liberal press is gloating that the seesaw battle for control of the Kansas Board of Education just teetered back to pro-evolutionists for the second time in five years. But to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the movement to allow criticism of evolution are grossly exaggerated. In its zeal to portray evolution critics in Kansas as dumb rural fundamentalists, a New York Times page-one story misquoted Dr. Steve Abrams (the school board president who had steered Kansas toward allowing criticism of evolution) on a...
  • How did we get here? (UK sees huge decrease in belief in 'evolution')

    08/15/2006 11:34:34 AM PDT · by gobucks · 225 replies · 2,518+ views
    Guardian ^ | 15 Aug 06 | Harriet Swain
    Evolution is on the way out - more than 30% of students in the UK say they believe in creationism and intelligent design. Harriet Swain reports on a surprising new survey. *snip* This means more than 30% believe our origins have more to do with God than with Darwin - evolution theory rang true for only 56%. Opinionpanel Research's survey of more than 1,000 students found a third of those who said they were Muslims and more than a quarter of those who said they were Christians supported creationism. Nearly a third of Christians and 10% of those with no...
  • U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution

    08/11/2006 11:54:04 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 193 replies · 4,229+ views
    Live Science ^ | 08/10/06 | Ker Than
    A comparison of peoples' views in 34 countries finds that the United States ranks near the bottom when it comes to public acceptance of evolution. Only Turkey ranked lower. Among the factors contributing to America's low score are poor understanding of biology, especially genetics, the politicization of science and the literal interpretation of the Bible by a small but vocal group of American Christians, the researchers say. “American Protestantism is more fundamentalist than anybody except perhaps the Islamic fundamentalist, which is why Turkey and we are so close,” said study co-author Jon Miller of Michigan State University. The researchers combined...
  • Behe Jumps the Shark [response to Michael Behe's NYTimes op-ed, "Design for Living"]

    02/12/2005 4:24:09 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 898 replies · 10,263+ views
    Behe Jumps the Shark By P Z Myers Nick Matzke has also commented on this, but the op-ed is so bad I can't resist piling on. From the very first sentence, Michael Behe's op-ed in today's NY Times is an exercise in unwarranted hubris. In the wake of the recent lawsuits over the teaching of Darwinian evolution, there has been a rush to debate the merits of the rival theory of intelligent design. And it's all downhill from there. Intelligent Design creationism is not a "rival theory." It is an ad hoc pile of mush, and once again we catch...
  • Darwinism and the Deterioration of the Genome

    08/07/2006 10:54:34 AM PDT · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 114 replies · 1,976+ views
    True.Origin ^ | 8/7/06 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    An evaluation of DNA/RNA mutations indicates that they cannot provide significant new levels of information. Instead, mutations will produce degradation of the information in the genome. This is the opposite of the predictions of the neoDarwinian origins model. Such genome degradation is counteracted by natural selection that helps maintain the status quo. Degradation results for many reasons, two of which are reviewed here. 1) there is a tendency for mutations to produce a highly disproportionate number of certain nucleotide bases such as thymine and 2) many mutations occur in only a relatively few places within the gene called “hot spots,”...
  • 10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part I)

    08/03/2006 12:22:06 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 443 replies · 5,322+ views
    Evangelical Outpost ^ | 08/03/2006 | Joe Carter
    10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part I) ---------------------------------------------- Eighty years after the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the public still refuses to accept the idea that Darwin’s theory of natural selection is a sufficient explanation for complex biological phenomena. In fact, opinion polls show that fewer people are willing to accept the idea that human beings developed from earlier species than they were just ten years ago. In Britain—a country that is not exactly known for fundamentalist Christianity—fewer than half accept the theory of evolution as the best description for the development of life. (And more than 40% of those polled...
  • What’s the Matter with Kansas? (Dishonest Darwinists coming to a state near you)

    08/03/2006 9:23:14 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 319 replies · 3,592+ views
    National Review ^ | 08/03/2006 | David Klinghoffer
    What’s the Matter with Kansas? Dishonest Darwinists -- coming to a state near you. By David Klinghoffer ----------------------------------- State school-board elections don’t normally receive much national media attention. Yet the school-board primary race in Kansas on Tuesday, representing a key front in the Darwin wars, was an exception. Will Darwinism be taught as unquestionable dogma? That’s the question that voters decided. In Kansas, it seems it will. Kansas has been one of five states with biology curricula that include instruction about the evidence both for and against neo-Darwinism, requiring that students learn about the “critical analysis” of evolutionary theory. Darwin...
  • Evolution and the Kansas primaries

    07/14/2006 10:52:22 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 88 replies · 1,317+ views
    As the August 1, 2006, Kansas primary elections approach, evolution is a burning issue. The state board of education is at the center of the furor, of course; in November 2005, the board voted 6-4 to adopt a set of state science standards that were rewritten, under the tutelage of local "intelligent design" activists, to impugn the scientific status of evolution. The standards were denounced by a host of critics, including a group of 38 Nobel laureates (PDF), the National Science Teachers Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the , the American Institute for Biological Sciences, the committee that wrote...
  • George Gilder, Metaphysic (Derbyshire refutes another creationist)

    07/13/2006 3:18:03 PM PDT · by curiosity · 251 replies · 3,086+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/13/2006 | John Derbyshire
    I seem to have got myself elected to the post of NR’s designated point man against Creationists.* Indignant anti-Creationist readers have urged me to make a response to George Gilder’s long essay “Evolution and Me” in the current (7/17/06) National Review Well, I'll give it a shot. I had better say up front that I am only familiar with George’s work — he has written several books, none of which I have read, I am ashamed to say, since I know he has read one of mine — in a sketchy and secondhand way, so what follows is only a...
  • Creationism taught by design : finding its way into UK university lecture halls

    07/10/2006 12:22:16 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 94 replies · 1,149+ views
    Education Creationism taught by design CREATIONISM is finding its way into university lecture halls, raising concerns with some academics that the biblical story of creation will be given equal weight to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Compulsory lectures in intelligent design and creationism are going to be included in second-year courses for zoology and genetics undergraduates at Leeds University, The Times Higher Education Supplement (June 23) reveals. But there’s a twist: lecturers will present the controversial theories as being incompatible with scientific evidence. “It is essential they (students) understand the historical context and the flaws in the arguments these groups put...
  • Evolution can occur quickly and change how populations interact [Lab demonstration]

    07/10/2006 11:21:37 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 185 replies · 2,224+ views
    Cornell University ^ | 03 July 2006 | Susan Lang
    Biologists generally accept that evolutionary change can take from decades to millennia, while ecological change can occur over mere days or seasons. However, a new Cornell study shows that evolution and ecology can operate on the same time scale. When evolution occurs so quickly, the researchers conclude, it can change how populations of various species interact. Ecologists need to consider such evolutionary dynamics in their studies because evolution could affect populations being studied. This insight is critical to predicting the recovery time needed for threatened populations or for predicting disease dynamics, says Justin Meyer '04, who conducted the study as...
  • Darwinists Waging War on Kansas, Encouraging Schools To Disobey State Education Guidelines

    07/09/2006 3:41:26 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 45 replies · 957+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | July 7, 2006 | Robert Crowther
    There is a concerted effort underway in Kansas to censor science and undermine the strong science standards adopted there last year. In 2005 the Kansas state board of education (KSBOE) courageously voted to adopt science standards that require students to learn all about evolution, including both the scientific evidence and for and against the theory. That's it. The Board didn't require any alternative theories be taught, just the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution. However there are a number of groups both inside and outside of Kansas that are seeking to stifle discussion in Kansas classrooms of anything critical of...
  • Intelligent design advocates to campaign in Kansas

    07/07/2006 2:39:21 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 309 replies · 2,758+ views
    Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) ^ | 07 July 2006 | Scott Rothschild
    A Seattle-based research group that advocates intelligent design said today it will campaign to educate Kansans that the science standards approved by the State Board of Education are sound. “Kansas citizens need to have accurate information about what the science standards do,” said John West, associate director of the Center for Science & Culture for Discovery Institute. West said the group will start an information campaign over the Internet immediately and possibly start a radio campaign. He declined to say how much the center would spend. The decision puts the Discovery Institute in the center of hotly-contested State Board of...
  • Evolution and Me - Information Theory and Irreducible Complexity

    07/04/2006 8:44:17 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 570 replies · 6,753+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 17, 2006 | George Gilder
    Editors Note: Discovery senior fellow, technology guru and conservative economist George Gilder has a major essay in the new issue of National Review, entitled “Evolution and Me: Darwinian Theory has Become an All-Purpose Obstacle to Thought Rather than an Enabler of Scientific Advance.” The piece offers a unique and fresh perspective on the issue of materialism vs. design and is a breakthrough description of the case against Darwinism and for intelligent design based largely on information theory and our understanding of information in the age of supercomputing and instant information delivery. It turns out that Darwin’s theory is especially vulnerable...
  • The Fish That Shoots Down Evolution

    07/04/2006 8:42:50 AM PDT · by DouglasKC · 432 replies · 9,351+ views
    Vertical Thought Magazine ^ | June 2006 | Mario Seiglie
    The Fish That Shoots Down Evolution This unusual fish uses a specialized system to blast insects out of the air. How could this evolve slowly over time when there is no survival advantage without the whole system working perfectly? by Mario Seiglie In Asia, Africa and Australia lives a remarkable creature, the archerfish, that shoots down its prey from the air above it with a burst of water. It uses its tongue and the top of its mouth to form a groove similar to a gun barrel. Then, by compressing its gills, it squirts water up to six feet with...
  • Addressing the public about science and religion

    06/30/2006 6:48:31 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 563 replies · 4,076+ views
    Physics Today ^ | July 2006 | Murray Peshkin
    I have been speaking to diverse small groups about science and religion in the context of the ongoing national debate about the teaching of evolution in our public schools. The response to my talks has been almost uniformly positive. It would be useful for other physicists to do as I have been doing. My audiences have been service clubs such as Rotary, high-school and college students of science and science journalism, a school-based community event, a League of Women Voters chapter, a Unitarian church, and a microscopy club. They have ranged from a dozen to some 60 or 70 people....
  • Bill: Science only in science class (Michigan)

    06/30/2006 1:22:51 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 63 replies · 1,093+ views
    The Saginaw News ^ | June 29, 2006 | JUDY PUTNAM
    LANSING -- Lawmakers have booted a plan requiring science teachers to present competing theories of evolution and global warming from legislation after critics said it would require public schools to teach religious theories about creation. The debate is not over. The House Education Committee voted 15-2 Wednesday to forward the bill by Midland Republican Rep. John Moolenaar requiring teachers to use scientific methods to evaluate scientific theories. It passed in an amended form proposed by Richland Republican Rep. Lorence Wenke that deleted examples of global warming and evolution, with support from Bad Axe Republican Tom Meyer and others. Lawmakers still...
  • Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think [Book Review]

    06/28/2006 5:16:22 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 57 replies · 1,052+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | 28 June 2006 | Nicholas Wade (reviewer)
    Thirty years ago, the young Richard Dawkins set out to explain some new ideas in evolutionary biology to a wider audience. But he ended up restating Darwinian theory in such a broad and forceful way that his book has influenced specialists as well.  "Richard Dawkins: How a Scientist Changed the Way We Think" is a collection of essays about Dawkins' book "The Selfish Gene" and its impact. [snip] The biologists have copious praise for Dawkins's work of synthesis, while the writers remark on his graceful and vivid style. It is quite surprising for anyone to be commended from such opposite...
  • Why Do Students Reject Evolution? It's the Science!

    06/29/2006 9:55:17 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 603 replies · 6,001+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | June 28, 2006 | Casey Luskin
    Why Do Students Reject Evolution? It's the Science! Despite the Darwinist community's long-standing campaign to help the public come to the "correct" view that "evolution and religion are compatible," public skepticism of evolution remains high. (See this link for documentation.) This would logically lead one to the conclusion that there are other factors besides religion that drive skepticism of evolution. Perhaps, one might even suggest, for many people the issue has a lot to do with science! Recently I was told about a 1997 article in Scientific American which reported a study conducted by Brian Alters on students' reasons for...
  • Evolution's Lonely Battle in a Georgia Classroom (Times cries a river over persecution of evolution)

    06/28/2006 10:14:06 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 500 replies · 5,742+ views
    The New York Times ^ | June 28, 2006 | MICHAEL WINERIP
    OCCASIONALLY, an educational battle will dominate national headlines. More commonly, the battling goes on locally, behind closed doors, handled so discreetly that even a teacher working a few classrooms away might not know. This was the case for Pat New, 62, a respected, veteran middle school science teacher, who, a year ago, quietly stood up for her right to teach evolution in this rural northern Georgia community, and prevailed. She would not discuss the conflict while still teaching, because Ms. New wouldn't let anything disrupt her classroom. But she has decided to retire, a year earlier than planned. "This evolution...

    06/27/2006 5:06:32 AM PDT · by 7thson · 712 replies · 7,821+ views
    Ann Coulter states in her book on page 201 - Darwin’s theory of evolution says life on Earth began with single-celled life forms, which evolved into multicelled life forms, which over countless aeons evolved into higher life forms, including man, all as the result of the chance process of random mutation followed by natural selection, without guidance or assistance from any intelligent entity like God of the Department of Agriculture. Which is to say, evolution I the eminently plausible theory that the human eye, the complete works of Shakespeare, and Ronal Reagan (among other things) all came into existence purely...
  • "Intelligent design" legislation in New York dies

    06/27/2006 3:41:53 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 273 replies · 2,375+ views
    When the New York State Assembly's legislative session ended on June 23, 2006, Assembly Bill 8036 died in committee. If enacted, the bill would have required that "all pupils in grades kindergarten through twelve in all public schools in the state ... receive instruction in all aspects of the controversy surrounding evolution and the origins of man." A later provision specified that such instruction would include information about "intelligent design and information effectively challenging the theory of evolution." The bill was never expected to succeed; its sponsor, Assemblyman Daniel L. Hooker (R-District 127), was reported as explaining that his intention...
  • Earliest hominid: Not a hominid at all?

    06/19/2006 7:08:06 PM PDT · by Marius3188 · 81 replies · 1,713+ views
    University of Michigan News Service ^ | June 19, 2006 | Laura Bailey
    ANN ARBOR, Mich.—The earliest known hominid fossil, which dates to about 7 million years ago, is actually some kind of ape, according to an international team of researchers led by the University of Michigan. The finding, they say, suggests scientists should rethink whether we actually descended from apes resembling chimpanzees, which are considered our closest relatives. U-M anthropologist Milford Wolpoff and colleagues examined images and the original paper published on the discovery of the Toumaď cranium (TM 266) or Sahelanthropus tchadensis, as well as a computer reconstruction of the skull. Two other colleagues were actually able to examine the skull,...
  • Americans Review Evolution, Creationism

    10/23/2005 12:30:47 AM PDT · by md2576 · 78 replies · 1,364+ views
    Angus Reid Global Scan ^ | October 23, 2005 | Angus Reid Global Scan
    A majority of adults in the United States support the views of creationism, according to a poll by Gallup released by CNN and USA Today. 53 per cent of respondents say God created human beings in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so.Conversely, 31 per cent of respondents believe human beings have developed over millions of years from less advanced forms of life with God guiding this process, while 13 per cent think God had no part in the development of man.Charles Darwin’s "The Origin of Species" was first published in 1859. The book...
  • INTELLIGENT DESIGN POLL (Gallup, via NRO: "God Had No Part - 12%")

    10/13/2005 10:23:56 AM PDT · by Diddle E. Squat · 111 replies · 2,563+ views
    National Review Online's "The Corner" - 8:21am post ^ | 10/13/05 | Byron York, citing Gallup
    A new Gallup survey asks the question: Which of the following statements comes closest to your views on the origin and development of human beings: Human beings have evolved over millions of years from other forms of life and God guided this process; human beings have evolved over millions of years from other forms of life, but God had no part in this process, or God created human beings in their present form exactly the way the Bible describes it? And the poll results are: Evolved, God guided: 31% Evolved, God had no part: 12% God created exactly as Bible...
  • Intelligent Design Debate Brews

    10/12/2005 2:23:17 AM PDT · by mlc9852 · 30 replies · 625+ views ^ | October 12, 2005 | RONNIE BLAIR and ALLYSON BIRD
    TAMPA - When the Pinellas County school district's science supervisor, Bob Orlopp, met with his science teachers before the school year began, he made sure they had one thing clear: Intelligent design is not science. Three days later, on Aug. 1, President Bush endorsed intelligent design -- the view that life is too complex to have happened by chance -- as a supplement to evolution that should be taught in school.
  • Backward, Christian Soldiers! (Intel-Design supporters equivalent to 'Holocaust Deniers')

    10/10/2005 4:59:55 PM PDT · by gobucks · 63 replies · 1,186+ views
    New York Magazine ^ | 17 Oct 2005 Issue | Kurt Andersen
    Why must intelligent design be stopped? Because this—God forbid—could be the moment when the theocratization of America makes a real advance. Will the Yankees win the pennant and the World Series? Don’t know, don’t really much care. It’s the same with religion: I just don’t get it. There may be a God or—I was raised Unitarian—an oversoul or divine oneness of creation, but I have no conviction one way or the other, nor any itch to shuck off my uncertainty in favor of either atheism or firm belief. I realize I’m a freak, entirely out of step with the mainstream....
  • Evolution of faith

    10/09/2005 5:43:11 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 9 replies · 446+ views
    York Daily Record ^ | 10/9/5 | Lauri Lebo
    In the Harrisburg federal courtroom, he sits in a pew behind the plaintiffs. At a different time in his life, he might have been on the opposite side of the courtroom, behind the people who want intelligent design in Dover Area High School science classes. That was back when he tithed money to creationists and believed Jews were going to hell. Now, he wears a tie depicting man evolving from his apelike ancestors. Dr. Burt Humburg shakes his head. An internal medicine resident at Penn State’s College of Medicine in Hershey, he talks about his personal evolution. And he talks...
  • Intelligent Design Advocates Fight Back

    09/29/2005 6:22:55 PM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 190 replies · 2,945+ views
    Associated Press ^ | September 29. 2005 | JOHN HANNA
    A group of Nobel Prize winners should have done more homework before criticizing proposed science standards in Kansas, advocates of the guidelines said in a letter Thursday. Intelligent design advocates pushing new standards, which would expose students to more criticism of evolution, say the laureates' complaints are an attempt to suppress debate on the issue. The letter was signed by Bill Harris, a professor of medicine at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and Greg Lassey, a former middle school science teacher, who helped draft the disputed language. "We all want good standards," the letter said. "However, demeaning rhetoric that does...
  • ‘Why?’ versus ‘How?’ [evolution trial in Dover, PA, end of week one]

    10/01/2005 5:09:16 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 263 replies · 3,314+ views
    York Daily Record ^ | 01 October 2005 | LAURI LEBO
    Professor focused on intelligent design as theology, not science, at Dover trial Friday. HARRISBURG — If there is a God, then he could have made the monkey and the human with similar genetic material. In the fifth day of Dover Area School District’s trial over intelligent design, John Haught, a Georgetown University theology professor, agreed that was true. So, the idea that “we came from some monkey or ape is conjecture at this point?” Dover’s lead attorney Richard Thompson asked Haught under cross-examination. Haught disagreed. In a First Amendment battle in U.S. Middle District Court in Harrisburg, the Dover district...
  • The ‘Darwinist Inquisition’ Starts Another Round

    09/30/2005 2:09:51 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 599 replies · 7,114+ views
    It's amazing that these Darwinian Fundamentalists claim they're for science only to turn around and try to destroy any contrary theories or evidence. They're really getting desperate, the ID movement really has them rattled. **** September 30, 2005 It’s happening again: another scientist, another academic institution, another attempt to stifle freedom of thought. The “Darwinist inquisition,” as a Discovery Institute press release calls it, is as predictable as it is relentless. This time the setting is Iowa State University. One hundred twenty professors there have signed a statement denouncing the study of intelligent design and calling on all faculty members...
  • In defense of science

    09/29/2005 11:51:48 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 51 replies · 826+ views
    Oral arguments began this week on a lawsuit by 11 parents in Dover, Pa., seeking to reverse the local school board’s decision to teach “intelligent design” in the system’s biology classes. The school board argues that its decision is an issue of “academic freedom.” But the 11 parents reply that the “intelligent design” curriculum is a strategy by the Christian right to repackage “creationism” in order to smuggle it into the public schools in violation of the First Amendment requirement for separation of church and state. The trial in a Harrisburg, Pa., court is being called “Scopes II,” referring to...
  • Witness: intelligent design has identified God as designer

    09/28/2005 8:56:34 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 211 replies · 2,188+ views
    Supporters of intelligent design argue the concept is not religious because the designer is never identified. But this morning, in the third day of testimony in a federal court case challenging the Dover school district’s inclusion of intelligent design in biology class, an expert for the plaintiffs pointed to examples where its supporters have identified the designer, and the designer is God. Robert Pennock, a Michigan State University professor of the philosophy of science, pointed to a reproduction shown in court of writing by Phillip Johnson, a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley and author of books including “Darwin...
  • Poll: Most doctors (63%) favor evolution theory over I.D. (However, Protestant Doctors...)

    09/29/2005 4:52:20 AM PDT · by gobucks · 38 replies · 921+ views
    Phys Org ^ | 28 September 2005 | Physic
    A national survey of 1,472 physicians indicates more than half -- 63 percent -- believe the theory of evolution over that of intelligent design. The responses were analyzed according to religious affiliation. When asked whether they agree more with intelligent design or evolution, 88 percent of Jewish doctors and 60 percent of Roman Catholic physicians said they agree more with evolution, while 54 percent of Protestant doctors agreed more with intelligent design. When asked whether intelligent design has legitimacy as science, 83 percent of Jewish doctors and 51 percent of Catholic doctors said they believe intelligent design is simply "a...
  • Witness: 'Intelligent Design' doesn't qualify as science [Day 4 of trial in Dover, PA]

    09/29/2005 3:36:00 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 560 replies · 7,081+ views
    Sioux City Journal ^ | 29 September 2005 | Staff
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- The concept of "intelligent design" is a form of creationism and is not based on scientific method, a professor testified Wednesday in a trial over whether the idea should be taught in public schools. Robert T. Pennock, a professor of science and philosophy at Michigan State University, testified on behalf of families who sued the Dover Area School District. He said supporters of intelligent design don't offer evidence to support their idea. "As scientists go about their business, they follow a method," Pennock said. "Intelligent design wants to reject that and so it doesn't really fall...
  • Ex-Teacher Testifies in Evolution Case [Day 3 of trial in Dover, PA]

    09/28/2005 4:11:22 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 300 replies · 3,890+ views
    The Intelligencer (PA) via phillyBurbs ^ | 28 September 2005 | MARTHA RAFFAELE
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - A former physics teacher testified that his rural school board ignored faculty protests before deciding to introduce the theory of "intelligent design" to high school students. "I saw a district in which teachers were not respected for their professional expertise," Bryan Rehm, a former teacher at Dover High School, said Tuesday. Rehm, who now teaches in another district, is a plaintiff in the nation's first trial over whether public schools can teach "intelligent design." Eight Dover families are trying to have the controversial theory removed from the curriculum, arguing that it violates the constitutional separation of church...
  • Why scientists dismiss 'intelligent design' - It would ‘become the death of science’

    09/28/2005 6:31:31 AM PDT · by gobucks · 273 replies · 3,423+ views
    MSNBC ^ | 23 Sept 2005 | Ker Than
    (snip) But in order to attract converts and win over critics, a new scientific theory must be enticing. It must offer something that its competitors lack. That something may be simplicity (snip). Or it could be sheer explanatory power, which was what allowed evolution to become a widely accepted theory with no serious detractors among reputable scientists. So what does ID offer? What can it explain that evolution can't? (snip) Irreducible Complexity (snip) Darwin himself admitted that if an example of irreducible complexity were ever found, his theory of natural selection would crumble. "If it could be demonstrated that any...
  • Lawyers fire opening shots in Intelligent Design case

    09/27/2005 9:05:12 AM PDT · by laney · 24 replies · 439+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Sept 27th, 2005
    The opening shots were fired on Monday in the first court trial to scrutinise the Intelligent Design movement. ID proposes that life is so complex it cannot have emerged without the guidance of an intelligent designer - it is seen as a religion-friendly alternative to Darwin’s theory of evolution. “It is going to be the role of the plaintiffs to argue that ID is a form of religious advocacy,” says Eugenie Scott of the US National Center for Science Education in Oakland, California, which is advising the plaintiffs. “The defence will argue that ID is actually science and is valid....
  • Court Case Threatens to 'Drag Science into the Supernatural'

    09/22/2005 8:25:42 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 414 replies · 3,703+ views ^ | 9/22/05 | Ker Than
    A court case that begins Monday in Pennsylvania will be the first to determine whether it is legal to teach a controversial idea called intelligent design in public schools. Intelligent design, often referred to as ID, has been touted in recent years by a small group of proponents as an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution. ID proponents say evolution is flawed. ID asserts that a supernatural being intervened at some point in the creation of life on Earth. Scientists counter that evolution is a well-supported theory and that ID is not a verifiable theory at all and therefore has...
  • Defending “design” in Dover, Pennsylvania (A creationist perspective - for a change)

    09/27/2005 10:17:40 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 151 replies · 1,593+ views
    Answers in Genesis ^ | September 26, 2005 | Pam Sheppard,
    Defending “design” in Dover (Pennsylvania, USA) School policy that questions Darwin and informs about intelligent design goes to federal courtby Pam Sheppard, staff writer, AiG,USASeptember 26, 2005The debate over how origins should be taught in America’s public school science classes takes center stage in US federal court today (September 26) where the idea of intelligent design will be the main act. While no cameras will be allowed in the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania courtroom, much international attention will be focused on the case of Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District [see previous web article Will intelligence prevail in Dover, PA?].During...
  • Trial Over 'Intelligent Design' Resumes

    09/27/2005 9:12:23 AM PDT · by Junior · 79 replies · 859+ views
    AP - Science ^ | 2005-09-27 | MARTHA RAFFAELE
    Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller, the first witness called Monday by lawyers suing the Dover Area School District for exposing its students to the controversial theory, sprinkled his testimony with references to DNA, red blood cells and viruses, and he occasionally referred to complex charts on a projection screen.Even U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III was a little overwhelmed."I guess I should say, 'Class dismissed,'" Jones mused before recessing for lunch.Dover is believed to be the nation's first school system to mandate students be exposed to the intelligent design concept. Its policy requires school administrators to read a brief...