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  • Thanks to Plants, We Will Never Find a Planet Like Earth

    02/08/2012 6:01:06 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Scientific American ^ | 2/1/12 | Mark Fischetti
    Earth's flora is responsible for the glaciers and rivers that have created this planet's distinctive landscapeAstronomers are finding lots of exoplanets that are orbiting stars like the sun, significantly raising the odds that we will find a similar world. But if we do, the chance that the surface of that planet will look like ours is very small, thanks to an unlikely culprit: plants. We all know how Earth's landscape came about, right? Oceans and land masses formed, mountains rose, and precipitation washed over its surface; rivers weathered bare rock to create soil and plants took root. Well, new research...
  • The Line Running from Charles Darwin through Margaret Sanger to Planned Parenthood

    09/22/2015 5:36:25 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 8 replies
    The Stream ^ | 9/7/15 | John West
    Imagine if Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush and Speaker of the House John Boehner both accepted an award named for slave-owner and President of the Confederacy Jefferson Davis.Imagine further that Jeb Bush enthusiastically defended his award by proclaiming: “I am really in awe of Jefferson Davis, and there are a lot of lessons we can learn from his life.”The editorial pages of The New York Times and The Washington Post, not to mention the talking heads at MSNBC and CNN, would likely condemn Bush and Boehner as crypto-racists and insist they return — or trash — their awards.Of course,...
  • Islamist Turkish President Erdogan Says A 'Mastermind' Is Plotting Against Turkey...

    04/14/2015 4:47:03 PM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Memri ^ | 4/14/15
    Since October 2014, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has regularly referred to the concept of a "Mastermind" (ust akil, "supra-intellect," in Turkish) that, he says, is plotting against Turkey. This concept has been applauded by the Islamist pro-AKP media. Erdogan's December 12, 2014 speech, which focused on this "mastermind" concept, inspired the production of a two-hour "documentary" by one of the leading Turkish television channels, the pro-AKP A Haber. The film, titled "The Mastermind," first aired on March 15, 2015 and has been broadcast repeatedly since then; in addition, the Turkish Islamist pro-AKP media are circulating the film on their...
  • On Darwin Day, 5 facts about the evolution debate

    02/12/2015 12:45:36 PM PST · by EveningStar · 32 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | February 12, 2015 | David Masci
    Today is the 206th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, a day now celebrated by some as Darwin Day. Darwin, of course, is best known for his theory of evolution through natural selection. When Darwin's work was first made public in 1859, it shocked Britain's religious establishment. And while today it is accepted by virtually all scientists, evolutionary theory is still rejected by many Americans, often because it conflicts with their religious beliefs about divine creation.
  • Happy Darwin Day?

    02/12/2015 11:35:53 AM PST · by Heartlander · 18 replies
    The Stream ^ | February 12, 2015 | John West
    Happy Darwin Day? If Darwin Day devotees want to be viewed as more than the mere members of a quirky cult, they need to start engaging their thoughtful critics. By John West Published on February 12, 2015 Today is the birthday of Charles Darwin, and enthusiasts around the globe will be marking the occasion with special dinners, lectures, birthday parties and more.Darwin boosters often insist they are inspired simply by a disinterested commitment to science, while their critics are motivated primarily by religion. But Darwin Day festivities make it painfully obvious that many promoters of Darwinian theory are just as interested...
  • The Top Ten Books People Lie About Reading

    02/03/2014 2:13:32 PM PST · by jocon307 · 396 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/16/2014 | Ben Domenech
    Have you ever lied about reading a book? Maybe you didnt want to seem stupid in front of someone you respected. Maybe you rationalized it by reasoning that you had a familiarity with the book, or knew who the author was, or what the story was about, or had glanced at its Wikipedia page. Or maybe you had tried to read the book, even bought it and set it by your bed for months unopened, hoping that it would impart what was in it merely via proximity (if that worked, please email me).
  • Other side of Darwin's life not often documented (wife 'saved his life')

    06/03/2009 8:42:23 PM PDT · by gobucks · 185 replies · 1,833+ views
    San Angelo Standard Times ^ | May 30, 2009 | Fazlur Rahman
    Charles Darwins discovery of evolution is common knowledge but Darwin the person is barely known. Even on his 200th birth anniversary this year he was born in England on Feb. 12, 1809 much has been said about his works but little about his inner life of contrasts. Darwin loved the natural world from childhood. He roamed the wilderness to study insects while neglecting Greek and Latin, the essential subjects. He said of his schooling, I was considered by all my masters and by my Father as a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect. Sent...
  • Will Rep. Paul Broun be Karl Rove's first 'unelectable' target?

    02/06/2013 6:17:26 PM PST · by Hoodat · 32 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | February 6, 2013 | Liz Marlantes
    Karl Rove may be trying to quell conservative concerns that his new political group is really an effort to crush the tea party. But actions will speak louder than words and already, Mr. Rove's group may have a test case on its hands. Rove's Conservative Victory Project has a stated goal of making sure only electable candidates emerge victorious from GOP primaries. But he told Fox News Tuesday: "This is not tea party versus the establishment." So what is it? The campaign of Rep. Paul Broun (R) of Georgia, who on Wednesday filed paperwork to run for the seat...
  • Have Darwinists Finally Found The Missing Link?

    10/28/2012 9:06:23 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 37 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 28, 2012 | JP
    They never stop the God-deniers who worship at the altar of evolution. Who pay homage to their high priest, Charles Darwin. Who continue to place their faith in theories they contend to be indisputable science. The latest example is a new fossil study, published in the journal Science, co-authored by David Green, an anatomy professor at Midwestern University in Illinois, and Zeresenay Alemseged, chair of the anthropology department at the California Academy of Sciences. The study claims that that the 3.3 million-year-old remains of a baby monkey, discovered in Ethiopia, somehow confirm that our early human ancestors swung from...
  • New Chromosome Research Undermines Human-Chimp Similarity Claims

    08/05/2010 1:51:06 PM PDT · by lasereye · 76 replies
    Institution for Creation Research ^ | Apr 1, 2010 | Jeffrey Tomkins, Ph.D., & Brian Thomas, M.S.
    A recent high-profile article in the journal Nature released the results of a study with implications that shocked the scientific community because they contradict long-held claims of human-chimp DNA similarity.1 A previous Acts & Facts article showed that much of the research surrounding the often touted claims of 98 percent (or higher) DNA similarity between chimps and humans has been based on flawed and biased research.2 The problem is that the similarity has been uncertain because no one has performed an unbiased and comprehensive DNA similarity study until now. And the results are not good news for the story of...
  • Clark University's "Freethought Society" promotes racist Charles Darwin

    05/05/2012 8:46:18 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 23 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 5, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    Saturday, May 05, 2012Clark University's "Freethought Society" promotes racist Charles Darwin and the fantasy of Darwinian Evolution I was not surprised to learn that Clark University's "Freethought Society," a student group which is Christianophobic and celebrates mocking Christian belief, promotes Darwin Day. Darwin Day is described as, "..a global celebration of science and reason held on or around Feb. 12, the birthday anniversary of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin." It is most ironic that Darwin Day should be described as a "celebration of science and reason" since Charles Darwin epitomized neither. Darwinian evolution has been thoroughly refuted and has nothing to...
  • A Nationwide Day for Honoring Charles Darwin, but Handled With Caution

    02/16/2011 10:13:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    New York Times ^ | 02/16/2011 | Amy Harmon
    There was trepidation on both sides when a squadron of biologists set out to celebrate Darwin Day in rural America during the weekend. The National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, N.C., which instigated the road trip in the name of scientific outreach, first held a workshop where seven of its Ph.D.s staged role-playing games and practiced debunking misconceptions about evolution without sounding confrontational. The groups small-town hosts took their own precautions. A high school principal in Ringgold, Va., sent out permission slips so parents could opt out of sending their children to the event (two did). A museum vice president...
  • Glenn Beck blames the Holocaust on Charles Darwin ( And the left goes nuts )

    08/22/2010 7:10:42 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 154 replies · 1+ views
    Glenn Beck via Newsvine ^ | August 20th | proglib
    Last night, Glenn Beck blended his anti-progressive polemics with anti-evolution dogma, attacking Charles Darwin as "the father of modern day racism" who "plant[ed] the seed that leads to progressivism, eugenics." He expanded on this critique on the radio this morning, saying that Darwin wrote about "the savages" and announcing: "I understand why Darwin has to be taught in schools now. You have to teach evolution, because if you don't teach evolution, progressivism falls apart." According to Beck and his cohorts, a direct line can be drawn between Darwin, eugenics, and Hitler: "Charles Darwin is the father of the Holocaust."
  • Vestigial Arguments: remnants of evolution?

    12/15/2009 12:00:15 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 3 replies · 387+ views
    Creation Ministries International ^ | June 11, 2008 | Shaun Doyle
    "It is often assumed by the anti-God brigade, though unvoiced, that the designer created everything as we see it today. Within the biblical model, degeneration is expected because of the Fall. The Fall subjected the Creation to bondage to decay (Romans 8:1825), of which mutational degeneration is one example." Vestigial arguments: remnants of evolution by Shaun Doyle The coccyx (tailbone) has long been wrongly thought to be vestigial by evolutionists Vestigial organs have been used as an argument against a designer for many years, and have been used as a major proof of evolution. The vestigial organs argument is merely...
  • The Darwin Anniversary

    11/24/2009 9:27:06 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 193 replies · 4,514+ views
    CMI ^ | November 24, 2009 | Carl Wieland
    Today, November 24, it is exactly 150 years since Charles Darwin published his On the Origin of Species. The world has been gearing up for this second echelon of celebrations for this international Year of Darwin, following on from the 200th anniversary of his birth this last February. Atheists and humanist groups in particular have seemed to be relishing the thought of giving further prominence to the ideas of their patron saint. Their adulation is heightened by their knowledge that...
  • Darwin's Great Blunderand Why It Was Good for the World

    11/22/2009 11:20:19 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 29 replies · 1,351+ views
    discovermagazine ^ | October 27, 2009 | Bruno Maddox
    SCOTLAND. Its a long way from anywhere to this particular spot on the steep flank of the Hill of Bohuntine, gazing east across the great green heathery abyss of Glen Roy to where it admits the mouth of the more gently scooped-out Glen Glaster. Certainly if youre coming from the Statesfrom Petersburg, Kentucky, say, or Dayton, Tennessee, or any other of the thousand places where you would be safer lighting a Marlboro off a burning American flag than being caught with a copy of On the Origin of Speciesyoure going to find it quite a hike. But youll be glad...
  • Rare Charles Darwin book found on toilet bookshelf

    11/22/2009 10:33:03 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 23 replies · 937+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/22/09
    LONDON An auction house says it is selling a rare first edition of Charles Darwin's "On the Origin of Species" found in a family's guest lavatory in southern England. Christie's auction house said Sunday the book one of around 1,250 copies first printed in 1859 had been on a toilet bookshelf at a family's home in Oxford. The book will be auctioned on Tuesday, the 150th anniversary of the publication of the famous work. Christie's said the book is likely to sell for 60,000 pounds ($99,000).
  • "Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone" (another Evo abandons the HMS Beagle)

    11/20/2009 8:17:43 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 19 replies · 948+ views
    Science Literature ^ | November 18, 2009 | David Tyler, Ph.D.
    Not to mince words - the modern synthesis is gone --snip-- "The discovery of pervasive HGT and the overall dynamics of the genetic universe destroys not only the tree of life as we knew it but also another central tenet of the modern synthesis inherited from Darwin, namely gradualism. In a world dominated by HGT, gene duplication, gene loss and such momentous events as endosymbiosis, the idea of evolution being driven primarily by infinitesimal heritable changes in the Darwinian tradition has become untenable." ...
  • News to Note, October 31, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    10/31/2009 8:19:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 6 replies · 678+ views
    AiG ^ | October 31, 2009
    (See all these news nuggets and more by clicking the excerpt link below): 1. BBC News: Darwin Teaching Divides Opinion Darwinism is a controversial topic, and many believe creation should be taught in the classroom. But why is that news? 2. ScienceDaily: Junk DNA Mechanism that Prevents Two Species from Reproducing Discovered Has the U.S. government finally supported creationist research? Alas, no, but the results of a National Institutes of Health study fit squarely within the young-earth creation framework. 3. PhysOrg: Charles Darwin Really Did Have Advanced Ideas about the Origin of Life Charles Darwin was convinced that lifes origin...
  • Atheism: "Camp Quest" - Is Atheism Gettin' 'em While They're Young?

    06/29/2009 3:11:18 PM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 10 replies · 594+ views
    BBC News ^ | Sunday, 28 June 2009 17:01 UK | BBC
    New atheist summer camp launched An atheist summer camp for children set up in Somerset is to offer a "godless alternative" to religious camps. The 24 places on Camp Quest UK, which will be held next month near Bath, have already been booked up. Organisers said the purpose of the camp was to encourage critical thinking and provide children with a summer camp "free of religious dogma". The camp, supported by scientist Richard Dawkins, plans to expand after receiving hundreds of inquiries. The event has been set up by Samantha Stein, a postgraduate psychology student from London. She said: "It...
  • The BBC TV series Darwins Dangerous Idea (caused "Creator to shimmer and vanish like a mirage")

    05/05/2009 6:18:01 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 144 replies · 2,399+ views
    CMI ^ | Philip Bell
    Charles Darwin and his followers have shown how all life on the planet evolved from a single source. The mechanism they call evolution by natural selection means competition, extinction and the emergence of new life forms without the need for a director or conductor. The Creator shimmers and vanishes like a mirage. So says political pundit Andrew Marr, one of the BBCs most senior journalists, in the first of his three BBC2 programmes celebrating evolution and its legacy during the last century and a half. While there was much to agree with in this thought-provoking series, Marr is careful to...
  • Star Children for Darwin

    03/01/2009 10:55:11 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 75 replies · 1,289+ views
    CEH ^ | February 28, 2009
    Star Children for DarwinFeb 28, 2009 Why should we be looking for alien intelligence around other stars when it is right behind your eyeballs? You may not have known that you are a star child, but thats what a leading astronomer called you. As a good star child, you need to pay tribute to Charles Darwin. In New Scientist, Lawrence Krauss called on children of spaceship Earth to Celebrate evolution as only star children can. In this, he tied together the International Year of Astronomy 2009, the 400th anniversary of Galileos first use of the telescope on...
  • Churches celebrating the Year of Darwin: Compromising churchians in self-destruct mode

    02/18/2009 5:20:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 27 replies · 1,101+ views
    CMI ^ | February 19, 2009 | Gary Bates
    For example, Dr Eugenie Scott of the staunchly anticreationist National Center for Science Education (NCSE) revealed their agenda when she said: I would describe myself as a humanist or a nontheist. I have found that the most effective allies for evolution are people of the faith community. One clergyman with a backward collar is worth two biologists at a school board meeting any day! What we [such clergy and atheists] have in common is that we want to see evolution taught in the public schools .4
  • What I Teach My Children About Charles Darwin - On the Bicentennial of his Birth

    02/12/2009 10:12:42 PM PST · by XR7 · 22 replies · 1,008+ views
    VisionForum ^ | 2/12/09 | Doug Phillips
    In 2009, the eyes of the world will turn to commemorate the anniversaries of the births of the two most influential men of the last one thousand years — the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin, and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin. No two men of the past millennium have done more to shape the thoughts of mankind or to affect the political and social destiny of nations than Calvin and Darwin — the former for the glory of God, and the latter for unimaginable evil. The following is a synopsis and excerpt...
  • Science vs. Scripture: An Open Response to Dr. John Ankerberg

    02/05/2009 8:10:48 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 59 replies · 1,757+ views
    ICR ^ | February 4, 2009 | Institute for Creation Research
    In January 2009, ICR received a copy of a recent ministry letter published by television personality Dr. John Ankerberg. For many years, Dr. Ankerberg has skillfully tackled tough issues related to the church, society, the Middle East, and other topics of interest to believers. Christians everywhere need to be informed, challenged, and also taught sound doctrinethere is no substitute for the Bible. However, the January letter from Dr. Ankerbergs television ministry reveals a dangerous trend toward subjugating the accuracy, understandability, and authority of the Bible to the foolish musings of mennamely, scientists who deny that Gods revelation in the book...
  • Charles Darwin, Abolitionist

    02/01/2009 2:48:48 PM PST · by EveningStar · 30 replies · 1,128+ views
    The New York Times ^ | January 29, 2009 | Christopher Benfey
    ...Two arresting new books, timed to coincide with Darwins 200th birthday, make the case that his epochal achievement in Victorian England can best be understood in relation to events involving neither tortoises nor finches on the other side of the Atlantic. Both books confront the touchy subject of Darwin and race head on; both conclude that Darwin, despite the pernicious spread of social Darwinism (the notion, popularized by Herbert Spencer, that human society progresses through the survival of the fittest), was no racist...
  • The Darwingate Papers (Darwin plagiarist, scientific criminal???)

    08/11/2008 3:04:34 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 64 replies · 220+ views
    ARN ^ | August 10, 2008 | David Tyler
    This publication marks the 150th anniversary of the joint presentation of Darwin and Wallace of their thinking about evolution by natural selection to the Linnean Society. The book is a blockbuster because it claims that "Darwin perpetuated one of the greatest crimes in the history of science". It concludes that Darwin plagiarised Alfred Russel Wallace, deceived the world about the maturity of his own ideas before 1858, and, to satisfy his personal need for glory, failed to give credit to scholars who influenced his thinking...
  • Orderly Universe: Evidence of God?

    03/07/2008 4:40:38 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 332 replies · 4,053+ views
    ABC News ^ | March 2, 2008 | John Allen Paulos
    Since writing my book "Irreligion" and some of my recent Who's Counting columns, I've received a large number of e-mails from subscribers to creation science (who have recently christened themselves intelligent design theorists). Some of the notes have been polite, some vituperative, but almost all question "how order and complexity can arise out of nothing." Since they can imagine no way for this to happen, they conclude there must be an intelligent designer, a God. (They leave aside the prior question of how He arose.) My canned answer to them about biological order talks a bit about evolution, but they...
  • Darwins House: A Religious Shrine?

    07/01/2007 1:05:44 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 720+ views
    Darwins House: A Religious Shrine? 06/28/2007 Britain withdrew Darwins home, Downe House (outside London), from consideration as a UN World Heritage Site, and Nature seemed downright disappointed.1 An article quoted Darwin scholar James Moore saying, Muslims go to Mecca, Christians go to Jerusalem, Darwinians go to Downe. This seems to equate Darwinians with believers in a religion, but Nature quoted this proudly. What would be the statement of faith of a Darwinian religion? The article quoted Randal Keynes, great-great-grandson of Darwin and the one who originally submitted the nomination of Downe House to UNESCOs World Heritage Committee for consideration. Keynes...
  • Darwinian Conservatism?

    05/11/2007 12:11:03 PM PDT · by liberty1971 · 29 replies · 581+ views
    Campus Report Online ^ | May 9, 2007 | Wendy Cook
    Could adhering to Darwinism help the conservative cause? Yes, according to Larry Arnhart, who spoke on the topic this week during a heated panel discussion at the American Enterprise Institute. He calls this new way of thinking, Darwinian Conservatism. Conservatives need Darwinsim, explained Larry Arnhart, political science professor at Northern Illinois University and author of Darwinian Conservatism. I say that because George Bushs compassionate conservatism has been an intellectual and political disaster for conservatism. The only escape from that disaster is to revive conservatism as the fusion of libertarianism and traditionalism. Arnhart does admit that the Darwinian Theory is not...
  • Charles Darwin's works go online

    10/19/2006 7:51:47 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 15 replies · 595+ views
    BBC ^ | October 19, 2006 | Staff
    The complete works of one of history's greatest scientists, Charles Darwin, are being published online. The project run by Cambridge University has digitised some 50,000 pages of text and 40,000 images of original publications - all of it searchable. Surfers with MP3 players can even access downloadable audio files. The resource is aimed at serious scholars, but can be used by anyone with an interest in Darwin and his theory on the evolution of life. "The idea is to make these important works as accessible as possible; some people can only get at Darwin that way," said Dr John van...
  • Vatican's Evolutionists

    01/21/2006 7:53:08 PM PST · by Marianland · 33 replies · 991+ views ^ | 01/20/2006 | Rafael Brom
    Vatican's Evolutionists By Rafael Brom Catholics should wonder why Vatican constanly issuing a stout defence of Charles Darwin's Fraudulent Communist Religion "Theory of Evolution". Now we have Vatican's high ranked Cardinal claiming that the Genesis description of how God created the universe and Darwin's theory of evolution were "perfectly compatible" if the Bible were read correctly. Looks like that 150 million martyrs who were tortured and killed by communists since 1917 in the name of "Theory of Evolution" did not read their Bible correctly. I am sure that Vatican's Evolutionists will one day declare St. Peter as the First Communist...
  • Neaderthals At It Again

    01/11/2006 8:42:47 PM PST · by TheClintons-STILLAnti-American · 71 replies · 1,893+ views
    Conservative Battleline Online ^ | January 11, 2006 | Donald Devine
    Neanderthals At It Again H.L. Mencken’s final report from the famous Scopes trial in Dayton Tennessee comes roaring down to us after 80 years as sharply edged as ever: "Let no one mistake [the trial] for comedy, farcical though it may be in all its details.  It serves notice on the country that Neanderthal man is organizing in these forlorn backwaters of the land, led by a fanatic, rid of sense and devoid of conscience.  Tennessee, challenging him too timorously and too late, now sees its courts converted into camp meetings and its Bill of Rights made a mock...
  • The Biological Essence of Communism

    06/17/2005 12:27:21 PM PDT · by Matchett-PI · 91 replies · 1,594+ views
    The Schwartz Report Volume 41, Number 5; May 2001 ^ | May 1, 2001 | Dr. David A. Noebel
    Marxism/Leninism depends on the theory of evolution. Karl Marx made it very clear that Charles Darwins Origin of Species contained the scientific basis for his views on the class struggle. Some even defined Marxism as "Darwinism applied to human society." Just as the theory of evolution explained how man arrived on the scene from a molecule, so the theory also explained how society evolves. The major trouble with Darwin, from the Marxist perspective, is Darwins slow, gradual process of natural selection. Marxist dialectical materialism called for something more than just gradual progression. The dialectic needs a theory with clashes (thesis...
  • Lawyer defends intelligent design - (new "Monkey Trial" coming?)

    05/23/2005 5:32:19 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 74 replies · 1,281+ views
    The social implications of Darwinism have been disastrous, said Richard Thompson, the president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Law Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Nazi Germany used Darwin to justify a master race based on the idea that its survival of the strongest. Thompsons perception that teaching evolution is socially destructive is just one of the reasons why he volunteered to defend the Dover Area School Districts school board and administration against a lawsuit brought against them last December, he said. Eleven parents sued the district, saying a statement issued by the district to ninth-grade biology students that...
  • In Six Days (A Biology PHD looks at Evolution)

    02/17/2005 3:10:32 PM PST · by DannyTN · 293 replies · 3,362+ views
    In Six Days ^ | 02/17/05 | Timothy G. Standish, PHD biology
    Timothy G. Standish, biology First published in In Six Days Science and origins testimony #9 Edited by John F. Ashton Dr. Standish is associate professor of biology at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. He holds a B.S. in zoology from Andrews University, an M.S. in biology from Andrews University, and a Ph.D. in biology and public policy from George Mason University (University of Virginia), Charlottesville, Virginia. He teaches genetics at Andrews University and is currently researching the genetics of cricket (Achita domesticus) behavior. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Reading The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins was a pivotal experience for me. I had...
  • Doubting Darwin

    01/30/2005 9:56:02 PM PST · by freespirited · 96 replies · 1,508+ views
    Newsweek via ^ | 2/7/05 | Jerry Adler
    Ironically, this battle was touched off when Cobb County bought new textbooks that actually covered evolution, after years in which the subject was largely ignored. The same kinds of struggles are cropping up in towns in Wisconsin, Arkansas and elsewhere, as school boards try to implement state curriculum standards mandated by Congress. All sides are keeping a close eye on Ohio, which last year adopted standards including an incendiary phrase about "critically analyz[ing] aspects of evolutionary theory." Kansas, which in the November election handed the anti-evolution forces a 6-4 majority on the state school board, is due to review its...
  • How likely is human extinction?

    04/14/2004 6:15:04 AM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 519 replies · 1,986+ views
    Mail & Guardian Online ^ | Tuesday, April 13, 2004 | Kate Ravilious
    Every species seems to come and go. Some last longer than others, but nothing lasts forever. Humans are a relatively recent phenomenon, jumping out of trees and striding across the land around 200 000 years ago. Will we persist for many millions of years to come, or are we headed for an evolutionary makeover, or even extinction? According to Reinhard Stindl, of the Institute of Medical Biology in Vienna, the answer to this question could lie at the tips of our chromosomes. In a controversial new theory he suggests that all eukaryotic species (everything except bacteria and algae) have an...
  • The Delusion of Darwinian Natural Law

    12/27/2003 12:44:51 AM PST · by bdeaner · 200 replies · 1,714+ views
    Acton Institute ^ | 12/27/03 | Marc D. Guerra
    The Delusion of Darwinian Natural Law Marc D. GuerraIn a short, inconspicuous paragraph in the conclusion to the first edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin speculates that "in the distant future psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation." One hundred and forty years later, Darwin's eerie prediction about the revolutionary effect of his work on human beings' self-understanding seems all too prophetic. After a century of dissemination, the once-novel theory of evolution is widely accepted as established scientific fact. Given the quasi-religious hold...
  • A mystery in black and white: Domesticated animals look - and act - differently ...

    01/29/2003 8:38:42 AM PST · by Prolixus · 39 replies · 961+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 1/28/2003 | Cynthia Mills
    <p>Domesticated animals look - and act - differently from than their wild counterparts. Why?</p> <p>The experiment was derived out of a discussion student Brian Hare had with his adviser, Michael Tomasello, an expert in primate behavior at Emory University. They were talking about how bad chimpanzees were at understanding human social cues. Despite being the heavyweights of animal intelligence, chimps were insensitive to what seemed to be obvious hints: They failed to pick up a cup hiding food even when the experimenter stared at it, pointed to it, and even tapped it. Tomasello wanted to talk about what this meant about the limits of nonhuman intelligence. Hare, a pet owner, had a down-to-Earth response: ''My dogs can do this.''</p>

    10/28/2002 3:50:12 AM PST · by Ready2go · 10 replies · 929+ views
    THE FATHER OF MODERN EDUCATION John Dewey is recognized as the Father of modern education. The N.E.A. gave him high recognition for his works. All he did was made possible by the theory of evolution being so strongly accepted after the writings of Charles Darwin. John Dewey wrote a theory of education and democracy that was based on evolution. The education theories of Dewey would not have been so acceptable to people had it not been for the previous acceptance of Darwin's Theory of Evolution.That theory was widely received around the world. Evolution praises change and declares the highest good...
  • The Facts of Life: Shattering the Myths of Darwinism. A Review.

    07/03/2002 9:53:47 AM PDT · by Tomalak · 361 replies · 1,332+ views
    New Statesman ^ | 28 August 1992 | Richard Dawkins
    Every day I get letters, in capitals and obsessively underlined if not actually in green ink, from flat-earthers, young-earthers, perpetual-motion merchants, astrologers and other harmless fruitcakes. The only difference here is that Richard Milton managed to get his stuff published. The publisher - we dont know how many decent publishers turned it down first - is called Fourth Estate. Not a house that I had heard of, but apparently neither a vanity press nor a fundamentalist front. So, what are Fourth Estate playing at? Would they publish - for this book is approximately as silly - a claim that the...