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  • Distribution Of Creatures Great And Small Can Be Predicted Mathematically

    07/19/2008 1:02:12 PM PDT · by Soliton · 7 replies · 64+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 7/19/2008
    Now for the first time two SFI researchers explain these patterns within an elegant statistical framework. "The agreement between our model and real-world data is surprisingly close," says SFI Postdoctoral Fellow Aaron Clauset, who, along with SFI Professor Douglas Erwin, presented the findings in a July 18 Science paper. In Clauset and Erwin's model, descendant species are close in size to their ancestors, but with some amount of random variation. But, this variation is constrained, first by a hard limit on how small a species can become, due to physiological constraints, and second by a soft limit on how large...
  • Richard Dawkins slaps creationists into the primordial soup

    07/18/2008 7:56:20 PM PDT · by Soliton · 55 replies · 214+ views
    Times Online ^ | July 19, 2008 | Kate Muir
    Richard Dawkins is that rare specimen, a public intellectual, a knight of the mind who goes into battle against the ignorance and foolhardiness of the populace. Unlike the French, who worship their public intellectuals, giving them pet names such as les intellos, and airing them regularly on serious television and in print, the British like to shove academics into a musty corner, or laugh at them. This was not always the case: the Victorians, with their public lectures and royal societies, gloried in debate and celebrated the thrills of fresh knowledge. The nearest we get to this now is celebrating...

    07/18/2008 1:54:34 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 55 replies · 106+ views
    Scoop ^ | July 2008 | Susan Mazur
    No one knows how life began, but so-called theories of evolution are continually being announced. This book, The Altenberg 16: Will the Real Theory of Evolution Please Stand Up? exposes the rivalry in science today surrounding attempts to discover that elusive mechanism of evolution, as rethinking evolution is pushed to the political front burner in hopes that "survival of the fittest" ideology can be replaced with a more humane explanation for our existence and stave off further wars, economic crises and destruction of the Earth. Evolutionary science is as much about the posturing, salesmanship, stonewalling and bullying that goes on...
  • Huge Flying Reptiles Ate Dinosaurs

    05/27/2008 9:37:16 PM PDT · by pissant · 53 replies · 446+ views
    Live Science ^ | 5/27/08 | jeanna Bryner
    With a name like T. rex, you'd expect to be safe from even the fiercest paleo-bullies. Turns out, ancient, flying reptiles could have snacked on Tyrannosaurus Rex To uncover these feeding habits, Witton and Portsmouth colleague Darren Naish analyzed fossils of a group of toothless pterosaurs called azhdarchids, which are muchbabies and other landlubbing runts of the dinosaur world. A new study reveals a group of flying reptiles that lived during the Age of Dinosaurs some 230 million to 65 million years ago did not catch prey in flight, but rather stalked them on land. Until now, paleontologists pictured the...
  • Thank God for Evolution: The Next Wave of Science and Theology

    07/16/2008 9:02:43 PM PDT · by Liberty1970 · 8 replies · 126+ views
    Bartlett's Blog ^ | 07/16/2008 | Jonathan Bartlett
    I've been reading Michael Dowd's Thank God for Evolution, and at the same time reading about what's going on at the Altenberg 16. It is pretty clear where the next wave of science and theology is going, and sadly, it looks like its going to be another 150 years of chasing our tail. As is starting to be admitted, Darwinism got us nowhere. The point of Darwinism was to remove God entirely from the process of diversification of life, and perhaps even from Creation itself. The hope of Darwinism has always been the three pillars of natural selection: * Heredity...
  • Attack of the Super-Intelligent Purple Space Squid Creators

    07/16/2008 1:01:17 PM PDT · by steve-b · 26 replies · 157+ views
    Reason ^ | 7/15/08 | Ronald Bailey
    ...Near the end of the silly new anti-evolution film, Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed—in which fellow panelist Steve Meyer appeared—host Ben Stein asks Richard Dawkins, who is arguably the best-known living evolutionary biologist on the planet, if he could think of any circumstances under which intelligent design might have occurred. Incautiously, Dawkins brings up the idea that aliens might have seeded life on earth; so-called directed panspermia. This idea was suggested by biologists Francis Crick and Leslie Orgel back in the 1970s. In the film, Stein acts like this is a great "gotcha," like it's the silliest thing he's ever heard....
  • Taking a Cue From Ants on Evolution of Humans

    07/15/2008 8:54:29 PM PDT · by liberallarry · 62 replies · 584+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 15, 2008 | NICHOLAS WADE
    Dr. Wilson was not picking a fight when he published “Sociobiology” in 1975, a synthesis of ideas about the evolution of social behavior. He asserted that many human behaviors had a genetic basis, an idea then disputed by many social scientists and by Marxists intent on remaking humanity. Dr. Wilson was amazed at what ensued, which he describes as a long campaign of verbal assault and harassment with a distinctly Marxist flavor led by two Harvard colleagues, Richard C. Lewontin and Stephen Jay Gould. The new fight is one Dr. Wilson has picked. It concerns a central feature of evolution,...
  • Scientist paved the way for evolution

    07/13/2008 2:47:38 PM PDT · by Soliton · 29 replies · 83+ views
    Times Colonist ^ | July 13, 2008 | Marian Scott
    At long last, the world has recognized the importance of the fossils Dawson discovered a century and a half ago as a young geologist walking along a beach at Joggins, N.S. His finds would inspire Charles Darwin, document the emergence of the world's first reptiles, and supply evidence that reptiles, mammals and birds share common ancestry.
  • New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US [Ecumenical Thread]

    07/11/2008 11:11:46 AM PDT · by Kevmo · 52 replies · 151+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/9/2008 | Amanda Gefter
    New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US New Scientist ^ | 7/9/2008 | Amanda Gefter Posted on Friday, July 11, 2008 4:06:06 AM by Soliton Louisiana is another story. A hub of creationist activism since the early 1980s, it was Louisiana that enacted the Balanced Treatment Act, which required that creationism be taught alongside evolution in schools. In a landmark 1987 case known as Edwards vs Aguillard, the US Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional, effectively closing the door on teaching "creation science" in public schools. ID was invented soon afterwards as a way of proffering creationist concepts...
  • Just the facts: LA law protects teachers who bring scientific evidence against Darwinism. . .

    07/11/2008 8:06:50 AM PDT · by rhema · 136 replies · 210+ views
    WORLD ^ | July 12, 2008 | Mark Bergin
    A bill protecting the critical analysis of evolution by Louisiana public school teachers outraged committed Darwinists last month when it cruised through both houses of the state legislature with overwhelming bipartisan support. Not a single state senator voted against the Science Education Act and just three of 97 state representatives opposed it—this despite strong public relations campaigns condemning the legislation from several high-profile organizations and individuals. In the wake of that crushing defeat, the rhetoric of the bill's opponents morphed into threats of costly lawsuits. The Louisiana Coalition for Science called the development an "embarrassment" and warned that it would...
  • National Geographic Finds Opportunity to Conflate Intelligent Design with Creationism

    07/11/2008 7:21:18 AM PDT · by Soliton · 31 replies · 1,401+ views
    In the past, I have observed that the newsmedia and scientific establishment commonly promote the Darwinist bias against intelligent design (ID), where the media "carefully selects the sources of information it will broadcast to the public on this issue." (To see how various groups in the establishment serve as checkpoints to prevent scientific information that challenges neo-Darwinism from reaching the public, observe the diagram at left.) National Geographic (NG) is doing its job as a media checkpoint, promoting biased information to the public on ID.
  • New legal threat to teaching evolution in the US

    07/11/2008 4:06:06 AM PDT · by Soliton · 237 replies · 153+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 7/9/2008 | Amanda Gefter
    Louisiana is another story. A hub of creationist activism since the early 1980s, it was Louisiana that enacted the Balanced Treatment Act, which required that creationism be taught alongside evolution in schools. In a landmark 1987 case known as Edwards vs Aguillard, the US Supreme Court ruled the law unconstitutional, effectively closing the door on teaching "creation science" in public schools. ID was invented soon afterwards as a way of proffering creationist concepts without specific reference to God.
  • Radical Muslim Funding US Creationist Groups?

    07/11/2008 2:58:10 AM PDT · by pending · 57 replies · 463+ views
    littlegreenfootballs ^ | Thu, Jul 10, 2008 at 9:11:19 pm PDT
    Here’s an interesting article with lots of detail on the Turkish radical Islamic creationist Harun Yahya (real name: Adnan Oktar), who has joined forces with US creationist groups like the Institute for Creation Research, to promote their Dark Ages anti-science agenda around the world: Muslim creationist preaches Islam and awaits Christ. ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Harun Yahya is one of the most widely distributed authors in the Muslim world. He may also be among the most widely criticized Muslim authors in the Western world. His glossy books and DVDs on religion and science sell in Islamic bookshops around the globe. He...
  • Fish fossils plug hole in evolutionary theory

    07/09/2008 9:23:15 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies · 282+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/9/08 | Julie Steenhuysen
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Some odd-looking fish fossils discovered in the bowels of several European museums may help solve a lingering question about evolutionary theory, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday. The 50 million-year-old fossils -- which have one eye near the top of their heads -- help explain how flatfish such as flounder, sole and halibut developed the strange but useful trait of having both eyes on one side. For flatfish, which lie on their sides at the bottom of the sea, this arrangement gives them the use of two watchful eyes. But the trait has posed a problem for evolutionary...
  • Odd Fish Find Contradicts Intelligent-Design Argument

    07/09/2008 5:03:25 PM PDT · by Soliton · 55 replies · 141+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | July 9, 2008 | Anne Minard
    The discovery of a missing link in the evolution of bizarre flatfishes—each of which has both eyes on the same side of its head—could give intelligent design advocates a sinking feeling. CT scans of 50-million-year-old fossils have revealed an intermediate species between primitive flatfishes (with eyes on both sides of their heads) and the modern, lopsided versions, which include sole, flounder, and halibut.
  • ID works in mysterious ways

    07/09/2008 10:10:49 AM PDT · by Soliton · 98 replies · 82+ views
    Ottawa Citizen ^ | July 09, 2008 | Michael Shermer
    Can you believe in God and evolution? Yes, if you keep the two separated in logic-tight compartments. Belief in God depends on religious faith. Belief in evolution depends on empirical evidence. This is the fundamental difference between religion and science. If you attempt to reconcile religion and science on questions about nature and the universe, and if you push the science to its logical conclusion, you will end up naturalizing the deity because for any question about nature - the origins of the universe, life, cells, humans, whatever - if your answer is "God did it," a scientist will ask,...
  • Big brains arose twice in higher primates

    07/09/2008 9:12:45 AM PDT · by decimon · 13 replies · 49+ views
    American Museum of Natural History ^ | Jul 9, 2008 | Unknown
    Large-brained simians of the New and Old Worlds independently arose from smaller-brained ancestorsAfter taking a fresh look at an old fossil, John Flynn, Frick Curator of Paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History, and colleagues determined that the brains of the ancestors of modern Neotropical primates were as small as those of their early fossil simian counterparts in the Old World. This means one of the hallmarks of primate biology, increased brain size, arose independently in isolated groups—the platyrrhines of the Americas and the catarrhines of Africa and Eurasia. "Primatologists have long suspected that increased encephalization may have arisen...
  • Louisiana Confounds the Science Thought Police - Neo-Darwinism is no longer a protected orthodoxy...

    07/08/2008 11:48:40 AM PDT · by neverdem · 182 replies · 467+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 08, 2008 | John G. West
    July 08, 2008, 6:00 a.m. Louisiana Confounds the Science Thought PoliceNeo-Darwinism is no longer a protected orthodoxy in the Bayou State's pedagogy. By John G. West To the chagrin of the science thought police, Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has signed into law an act to protect teachers who want to encourage critical thinking about hot-button science issues such as global warming, human cloning, and yes, evolution and the origin of life. Opponents allege that the Louisiana Science Education Act is “anti-science.” In reality, the opposition’s efforts to silence anyone who disagrees with them is the true affront to scientific...
  • Latest salvo in evolution-versus-creation debate insults the intelligence

    07/08/2008 5:56:27 AM PDT · by Soliton · 53 replies · 76+ views
    Edmonton Journal ^ | July 8, 2008 | Scott McKeen
    The flaw in Charles Darwin's pre-eminent theory is its failure to explain why some humans de-evolve to infant primates when debating the existence of God. Put atheists in the same room as the devout and, well, it's back to the sandbox. (There is a God; no there isn't -- is/isn't, is/isn't, is/isn't.)
  • Evolutionists Fear Academic Freedom

    07/05/2008 5:23:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 142 replies · 652+ views ^ | July 5, 2008 | Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    Celebrate the courage of Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal in the fight for freedom. He has shown tremendous courage in signing the Louisiana Science Education Bill, an important blow for academic freedom. "Our freedom to think and consider more than one option is part of what has given America her competitive edge in the international marketplace of ideas,” said biology scientist Caroline Crocker to the Louisiana House Committee on Education. "The current denial of academic freedom rights for those who are judged politically incorrect may put this in jeopardy.” Crocker was testifying on the bill allowing supplemental materials into Louisiana public...
  • Advocate Newspaper Knowingly Publishes False Information of Evolution

    07/03/2008 9:19:24 PM PDT · by Soliton · 21 replies · 744+ views
    Evolution News ^ | July 3, 2008 | Robert Crowther
    The Advocate newspaper in Baton Rouge Louisiana today published a front page story about Louisiana’s new law regarding teaching of evolution that contains a completely false statement in the lead. The paper reported an unnamed official stated that “Louisiana is the only state in the nation that has enacted a law that could change the way evolution is taught in public schools.” Louisiana recently enacted the Louisiana Science Education Act (LSEA) which protects teachers that encourage critical thinking and objective discussion about evolution and other scientific topics.
  • Case of former state science director stirs evolution debate

    07/03/2008 9:10:12 PM PDT · by Soliton · 62 replies · 982+ views
    News * Austin ^ | 7/3/2008 | Catie Beck
    When a science director loses her job, it seems lots of people have an opinion about it. But after all, it's one woman and one job. "It's because this is really about what kind of education Texas students get in their public schools," Kathy Miller of the Texas Freedom Network said. Evolution supporters like Miller are thinking about the bigger picture in regards to what happened to Comer. The Texas Education Agency told Comer she had failed to remain neutral in the evolution versus creationism debate. "It's kind of like asking the science director to be neutral on whether the...
  • The Universe

    06/29/2008 10:09:33 PM PDT · by tricky_k_1972 · 166 replies · 113+ views
    Myself | 05/29/08 | Richard Jr.
    Looking up to the stars tonight, though the clouds and admiring the Creators work, the Great Engineer, the Creator of all the universe, I can't help but admire his creation and all that it implies. He gave us such a large playground, and if our scientists have interpreted his works correctly, an ever expanding playground. How can we not work to discover his works, his Creation, and how can we not "Read" and "Study" his works in the vast "Teaching" we call his creation, his universe. "Be as smart and cunning as the serpent", he has called us to...
  • Judge to speak on evolution ruling at university program

    06/30/2008 7:05:59 AM PDT · by Soliton · 8 replies · 76+ views
    The Republican Herald ^ | June 30, 2008 | PETER E. BORTNER
    Although it might appear otherwise, U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III does not believe his participation in October in the Year of Evolution program in Philadelphia will promote anything except his judicial service. “I’m not a tout for Charles Darwin,” Jones, of Pottsville, said of the developer of the theory of evolution. “I’m not a scientist.” Jones, who gained worldwide notice for his 2005 ruling that the teaching of the theory of intelligent design was an unconstitutional advancement of religion, will speak on Oct. 13 as part of the citywide program celebrating the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth and...
  • Bobby Jindal Signs Law Allowing Intelligent Design in Louisiana Schools

    06/27/2008 9:40:37 PM PDT · by AKSurprise · 66 replies · 485+ views
    Lifesite News ^ | 06/27/08 | Peter J. Smith
    - Louisiana public school teachers can now educate their students about the theory of intelligent design and scientific criticisms of Darwinian evolutionary theory thanks to a new law signed this week by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. The Louisiana Science Education Act now allows teachers to supplement the state's curricula with additional scientific materials, but groups opposed to any debate over the "origin of the species" have warned that the new law will become the origin of the lawsuits if they believe it facilitates religion. Lawmakers, however, were enthusiastically in favor of the Act signed by Jindal. The state Senate had...
  • Creationist Bill Signed by Jindal

    06/27/2008 2:04:21 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 490 replies · 1,879+ views
    LGF ^ | June 27, 2008
    Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal has signed a stealth creationist bill into law, and American educational standards take a huge step backward: Science law could set tone for Jindal. The creationist front group called the Discovery Institute is quietly crowing, and maintaining the fiction that the bill is not religiously-based.
  • Republicans, Democrats Differ on Creationism

    06/26/2008 10:09:30 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 101 replies · 201+ views
    Gallup Poll ^ | June 20, 2008 | Frank Newport
    PRINCETON, NJ -- There is a significant political divide in beliefs about the origin of human beings, with 60% of Republicans saying humans were created in their present form by God 10,000 years ago, a belief shared by only 40% of independents and 38% of Democrats. Between 43% and 47% of Americans have agreed during this 26-year time period with the creationist view that God created human beings pretty much in their present form at one time within the last 10,000 years or so. Between 35% and 40% have agreed with the alternative explanation that humans evolved, but with God...
  • Fossil is one of earliest four-legged creatures

    06/26/2008 8:24:22 AM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 17 replies · 67+ views ^ | 26 June 2008 | Seth Borenstein
    Scientists unearthed a skull of the most primitive four-legged creature in Earth's history, which should help them better understand the evolution of fish to advanced animals that walk on land. The 365 million-year-old fossil skull, shoulders, and part of the pelvis of the water-dweller, Ventastega curonica, were found in Latvia, researchers report in a study published in today's issue of the journal Nature. Even though Ventastega is probably an evolutionary dead-end, the finding sheds new details on the evolutionary transition from fish to tetrapods. Tetrapods are animals with four limbs and include such descendants as amphibians, birds, and mammals. While...
  • How Darwin won the evolution race

    06/23/2008 9:19:47 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 19 replies · 99+ views ^ | June 22, 2008 | Robin McKie
    It's 150 years since Darwin made one of the the most significant breakthroughs in scientific history - the theory of natural selection. But if it hadn't been for a young ornithologist on the other side of the world, his seminal work might never have appeared. Robin McKie tells the extraordinary story behind The Origin of Species In early 1858, on Ternate in Malaysia, a young specimen collector was tracking the island's elusive birds of paradise when he was struck by malaria. 'Every day, during the cold and succeeding hot fits, I had to lie down during which time I had...
  • What Is Life/Non-life in Nature?

    06/23/2008 3:05:46 PM PDT · by betty boop · 724 replies · 739+ views
    self | June 23, 2008 | Vanity
    What is Life/Non-life in Nature? by Jean F. Drew Everywhere we see the “behavior” of life/non-life (death) in nature; but that doesn’t tell us what life/non-life IS. Darwin’s theory of evolution doesn’t help with this question. It presupposes the existence of life axiomatically, and then proceeds to speak of the origin and evolution of species. Its fundamental assumption is that biological evolution is a wholly naturalistic, material process governed by the laws of physics and chemistry, with random variation and natural selection as the principal drivers of the system. Central to the Darwinist view is that life forms — species...
  • Science teacher dissed evolution

    06/20/2008 5:36:39 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 84 replies · 127+ views
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | June 20, 2008 | Alayna DeMartini
    A Mount Vernon teacher undermined science instruction in the public school district by discrediting evolution in his classroom and focusing on creationism and intelligent design, an investigation has found. Eighth-graders who were taught by John Freshwater frequently had to be re-taught in high school what they were supposed to have learned in Freshwater's class, according to outside investigators hired by the district. For 11 years, other teachers in the school district and people in the community complained about Freshwater preaching his Christian beliefs in class and slamming scientific theories, a school administrator told investigators. "There is a significant amount of...
  • Muslim creationist preaches Islam and awaits Christ (Harun Yahya)

    06/20/2008 4:27:27 PM PDT · by Stultis · 18 replies · 464+ views
    Reuters ^ | 19 June 2008 | Tom Heneghan
    [...] Adnan Oktar -- the 52-year-old Turk behind the pseudonym Harun Yahya -- caught the attention of scientists and teachers in Europe and North America by mass-mailing them his 768-page "Atlas of Creation". His lavishly illustrated book preaches a Muslim version of creationism [...] Well-illustrated and free of theological jargon, they preach that Islam is the one true faith and Darwinism, by undermining religious belief, has led to the discord, atheism, terrorism and extreme political ideologies plaguing the world. [...] JESUS RETURNS AS A MUSLIM [...] Oktar says the "Atlas of Creation" campaign and Harun Yahya publishing empire are part...
  • Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab (Evolution actually observed)

    06/18/2008 8:51:27 PM PDT · by navyguy · 74 replies · 779+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 22:00 09 June 2008 | Bob Holmes
    A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers' eyes. It's the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait. ... Twenty years ago, evolutionary biologist Richard Lenski of Michigan State University in East Lansing, US, took a single Escherichia coli bacterium and used its descendants to found 12 laboratory populations. The 12 have been growing ever since, gradually accumulating mutations and evolving for more than 44,000 generations, while Lenski watches what happens. ... But sometime around the 31,500th generation, something dramatic happened in just one of the...
  • Follow Up to Logical Proof of the Existence of a Divine Creator, Why Atheism is Not Logically Sound

    06/18/2008 1:51:50 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 169 replies · 209+ views
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/18/08 | Yomin Postelnik
    As many readers know, I recently wrote a column titled “Logical Proof of the Existence of a Divine Creator, Why Atheism is Not Logically Sound,” which explored the logical and philosophical case for the Divine. As I painstakingly pointed out in the column, all of the arguments hold true whether one believes in evolution or not. Nonetheless, many chose to attack the column from a scientific standpoint, not by bringing specific examples, but because of the lack thereof. While they entirely missed the meaning of the column, I would still like to address their issues.
  • 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...
  • The Sunset of Darwinism

    06/13/2008 8:50:06 PM PDT · by Coleus · 663 replies · 1,609+ views
    tfp ^ | 06.04.08 | Julio Loredo
    Praised until recently as dogma, Darwin’s theory of evolution is now fading away, discredited by the same science that bore its poisoned fruit. Instead, the Christian vision of a supernatural design is being increasingly affirmed. “Evolution is now a datum proven beyond any reasonable doubt and no longer a theory, it’s not even worth taking the trouble to discuss it.” This is what a spokesman proclaimed at the Festival of Science held in Genoa in November 2005, thereby neglecting a very important aspect of modern science—the need to be open to new perspectives. Instead, the truth is quite the opposite....
  • Legislation opens classroom doors to alternative views of evolution, global warming, cloning

    06/12/2008 4:29:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies · 99+ views
    Grand Rapids Press ^ | 6/12/2008 | Dave Murray
    Teachers shouldn't be prevented from discussing alternative views of evolution, global warming and other controversial topics in their science classes, according to a bill backed by some local lawmakers. But some evolution advocates say identical bills submitted in the state Senate and House are "Trojan horse legislation" intended to open the door to allow schools to teach intelligent design -- a belief that life is the result of a creator -- under the guise of academic freedom. Gregory Forbes, a Grand Rapids Community College science professor, said there is nothing in the bills that demand teaching intelligent design with or...
  • Science Without Experiments - There are no black-and-white answers when we face integrated...

    06/12/2008 12:47:07 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies · 77+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 12, 2008 | Jim Manzi
    June 12, 2008, 9:00 a.m. Science Without ExperimentsThere are no black-and-white answers when we face integrated complexity. By Jim Manzi The idea that that Republicans and conservatives are waging a “war on science” has become a staple of Democratic rhetoric. Hillary Clinton frequently referenced this in her campaign speeches. Chris Mooney, who wrote a book by this name, has an article on it in a recent issue of The New Republic. Daniel Engber has a three-part series on this topic in Slate. This idea has become widespread among liberals — and, unfortunately, many scientists. Mooney’s thesis is that it’s...
  • Bacteria make major evolutionary shift in the lab

    06/10/2008 12:07:34 PM PDT · by mnehring · 161 replies · 372+ views
    A major evolutionary innovation has unfurled right in front of researchers' eyes. It's the first time evolution has been caught in the act of making such a rare and complex new trait. And because the species in question is a bacterium, scientists have been able to replay history to show how this evolutionary novelty grew from the accumulation of unpredictable, chance events.
  • First Shoes Worn 40,000 Years Ago

    06/05/2008 8:01:34 PM PDT · by blam · 78 replies · 1,067+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 6-5-2008 | Maggie Koerth-Baker
    First Shoes Worn 40,000 Years Ago Maggie Koerth-Baker Special to LiveScience Thu Jun 5, 9:05 AM ET Humans started wearing shoes about 40,000 years ago, much earlier than previously thought, new anthropological research suggests. As any good clothes horse knows, the right outfit speaks volumes about the person wearing it. Now, anthropologists are tapping into that knowledge base, looking for the physical changes caused by wearing shoes to figure out when footwear first became fashionable. Turns out, clothes really do make the man (and the woman), at least when it comes to feet. That's because wearing shoes changes the...
  • German neo-Nazis: We're pro-Israel, condemn anti-Semitism

    06/04/2008 6:32:12 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 16 replies · 125+ views
    Ha'aretz ^ | 04/06/2008 | Ofer Aderet
    Nazis against anti-Semitism? As bizarre as that sounds, a group of Germans which calls itself "National Socialists For Israel" launched its Web site in support of Israel. "Stop the hatred of the Jewish people," the Web site reads. "The Jews are a healthy, strong nation." The organization - whose members have yet to reveal themselves to the public - claims that Israel's right to exist is anchored in the principles of social Darwinism, the same principles which the Nazis adopted prior to the Second World War. "Israel earned the right to live among the nations [after emerging] from unending wars,"...
  • Censoring intelligent design

    06/03/2008 7:07:13 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 107 replies · 181+ views
    Creation Ministries ^ | Roger Paull
    One man’s personal experience of state school anti-Christian intolerance in the USA The year was 1996. I had just moved to Arizona with my family, and though as a musician I had some income, it was not enough. So I worked as a substitute elementary school teacher. At the beginning of the day the students would recite the American Pledge of Allegiance. In many schools, students would then recite this well-known excerpt from America’s Declaration of Independence: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable...
  • Lizards Show Proof Of Adaptive Change

    06/03/2008 2:33:27 PM PDT · by Incorrigible · 32 replies · 161+ views
    Newhouse News ^ | 6/2/2008 | Stan Freeman
    Lizards Show Proof Of Adaptive Change By STAN FREEMAN   Italian wall lizards placed on a tiny island in the Adriatic Sea evolved over three decades to adapt to their surroundings.     AMHERST, Mass. — In 1971, five pairs of Italian wall lizards were transplanted by biologists from their home island of Pod Kopiste, in the South Adriatic Sea, to the neighboring but subtly different island of Pod Mrcaru, where none lived, as an experiment in evolution.How, if at all, would these creatures change?Largely insect eaters, the half-foot long reptiles would find themselves on an island where insects were...
  • The Founding Fathers on Creation and Evolution

    05/28/2008 6:09:31 AM PDT · by Sopater · 107 replies · 320+ views
    Wallbuilders ^ | 2008 | David Barton
    While uninformed laymen erroneously believe the theory of evolution to be a product of Charles Darwin in his first major work of 1859 (The Origin of Species), the historical records are exceedingly clear that the evolution-creation-intelligent design debate was largely formulated well before the birth of Christ. Numerous famous writings have appeared on the topic for almost two thousand years; in fact, our Founding Fathers were well-acquainted with these writings and therefore the principle theories and teachings of evolution – as well as the science and philosophy both for and against that thesis – well before Darwin synthesized those centuries-old...
  • Huge hidden biomass lives deep beneath the oceans

    05/24/2008 5:15:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 26 replies · 101+ views
    NewScientist ^ | 22 May 2008 | Catherine Brahic
    It's the basement apartment like no other. Life has been found 1.6 kilometres beneath the sea floor, at temperatures reaching 100 °C. The discovery marks the deepest living cells ever to be found beneath the sea floor. Bacteria have been found deeper underneath the continents, but there they are rare. In comparison, the rocks beneath the sea appear to be teeming with life. John Parkes, a geobiologist at the University of Cardiff, UK, hopes his team's discovery might one day help find life on other planets. He says it might even redefine what we understand as life, and, bizarrely, what...
  • Chimpanzee should be a legal person, animal rights activists say

    05/23/2008 12:04:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 55 replies · 228+ views
    CNA ^ | 5/23/2008
    Strausburg, May 23, 2008 / 02:49 am (CNA).- Animal rights advocates are appealing to the European Court of Human Rights to declare a 26-year-old chimpanzee named Matthew to be a legal person. British teacher Paula Stibbe and activists with the Vienna-based Association Against Animal Factories want to declare Matthew a person so that Stibbe may be appointed his legal guardian if the bankrupt animal sanctuary where Matthew lives in Vienna shuts down, the Evening Standard says. Matthew lives with another chimpanzee and a crocodile in an animal shelter. The shelter requires about $8,000 each month in expenses. While donors have...
  • Giant bacterium carries thousands of genomes - Why does it bother?

    05/10/2008 7:50:45 AM PDT · by neverdem · 54 replies · 76+ views
    Nature News ^ | 8 May 2008 | Heidi Ledford
    It seems like a peculiar case of genomic overkill: a single-celled bacterium has been found that keeps tens of thousands of copies of its genome. The finding sets a record for most genomes per cell, but also poses an obvious question: what could be the advantage of stashing away as much as 200,000 copies of your genome? The number of genome copies in each cell varies by species. Many bacteria have only one copy; most cells in the human body contain two. Plants are notorious for being genomically promiscuous, picking up extra genomes then losing them again in a cycle...
  • Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (review)

    05/08/2008 9:12:10 AM PDT · by steve-b · 63 replies · 85+ views
    The Flick Filosopher ^ | Maryann Johanson
    Nazis! It’s all about Nazis. In a parallel universe even crazier than our own, Ben Stein is making a documentary about how the Nazis utilized the controversial theory of gravity to make bombs that fall from the sky to the earth, and so the theory of gravity must be wrong. But we are here, and here, Ben Stein is telling us with a straight face that because the Nazis thought it would be a good idea to breed people like people breed animals, the theory of evolution must be wrong....
  • Lizards Rapidly Evolve After Introduction to Island

    04/22/2008 10:07:24 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 47 replies · 29+ views
    National Geographic ^ | 21 April 2008 | Kimberly Johnson
    Italian wall lizards introduced to a tiny island off the coast of Croatia are evolving in ways that would normally take millions of years to play out, new research shows. In just a few decades the 5-inch-long (13-centimeter-long) lizards have developed a completely new gut structure, larger heads, and a harder bite, researchers say. In 1971, scientists transplanted five adult pairs of the reptiles from their original island home in Pod Kopiste to the tiny neighboring island of Pod Mrcaru, both in the south Adriatic Sea. Genetic testing on the Pod Mrcaru lizards confirmed that the modern population of more...
  • Don't Doubt It [Darwin and Hitler]

    04/18/2008 10:02:38 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 70 replies · 202+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 18 April 2008 | David Klinghoffer
    But for about ten minutes, Expelled touches on Darwinism’s historical social costs, notably the unintended contribution to Nazi racial theories. That part packs an emotional wallop. It also happens to be based on impeccable scholarship. The Darwin-Hitler connection is no recent discovery. In her classic 1951 work The Origins of Totalitarianism, Hannah Arendt wrote: “Underlying the Nazis’ belief in race laws as the expression of the law of nature in man, is Darwin’s idea of man as the product of a natural development which does not necessarily stop with the present species of human being.” The standard biographies of Hitler...