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  • 'Big Bang' in Britain over Creationism

    09/23/2008 8:49:33 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 33 replies · 228+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Sept. 22, '08 | Al Webb
    One of the world's leading biologists, who is also an ordained Anglican priest, has sparked uproar in both religious and scientific circles by campaigning to teach creationism, along with evolution and the "Big Bang" theory in science classrooms. Creationism, an issue that has triggered furious debates in churches, schools and even courts in the United States, rejects Charles Darwin's theory of evolution and holds that God created the universe and all that goes with it - most of all, man - in six days. The Rev. Michael Reiss has truly stirred the pot - and the fury of his fellow...
  • Brunswick school board to consider creationism teaching

    09/17/2008 8:43:45 AM PDT · by Soliton · 56 replies · 567+ views
    Star News Online ^ | September 16, 2008 | Ana Ribeiro
    The Brunswick County school board is looking for a way for creationism to be taught in the classroom side by side with evolution. "It's really a disgrace for the state school board to impose evolution on our students without teaching creationism," county school board member Jimmy Hobbs said at Tuesday's meeting. "The law says we can't have Bibles in schools, but we can have evolution, of the atheists." When asked by a reporter, his fellow board members all said they were in favor of creationism being taught in the classroom. The topic came up after county resident Joel Fanti told...
  • Creationism and the advance of counterknowledge

    09/16/2008 1:11:04 PM PDT · by js1138 · 81 replies · 2,331+ views
    Telegraph ^ | Friday, September 12, 2008 | Damian Thompson
    The 21st century is plagued by wild speculation and fantasies dressed up in graphs and tables and diagrams to look like independently verifiable fact. For example, Muslim lobbyists are currently pouring millions of pounds into producing bogus "atlases of creation", lavishly decorated with photographs and charts "proving" that every living species was created at the same time. This material is currently being delivered free of charge to schools all over Europe. If it emanated from fundamentalist Christian America, I suspect it would be dumped in the wastepaper basket. But schools are more wary of offending the views of Muslim or...
  • Scientists discover 120 million year-old ant

    09/16/2008 10:05:02 AM PDT · by null and void · 36 replies · 214+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Sep 16, 2008 11:48am EDT | Reporting by Josie Cox, Editing by Mark Trevelyan
    BERLIN (Reuters) - German biologists have discovered a new species of ant they believe is the oldest on the planet, dating back around 120 million years. Researchers from Karlsruhe's Natural History Museum found the 3-millimeter-long (0.118 inch) insect in the Amazon rainforest in 2007, and hope it will shed light on the early evolution of ants. "It's by far the most spectacular find of my 26-year career," said museum biologist Manfred Verhaagh on Tuesday. A new species of Martialis heureka, a blind, subterranean, predatory ant, in an undated photo. German biologists have discovered a new species of ant they believe...
  • Prominent Atheist Professor Thomas Nagel Calls Intelligent Design Scientific and Constitutional

    09/15/2008 6:28:32 AM PDT · by big black dog · 25 replies · 1,729+ views
    Prof. Thomas Nagel, a self-declared atheist who earned his PhD. in philosophy at Harvard 45 years ago, who has been a professor at U.C. Berkeley, Princeton, and the last 28 years at New York University, and who has published ten books and more than 60 articles, has published an important essay, "Public Education and Intelligent Design," in the Wiley InterScience Journal Philosophy & Public Affairs, Vol. 36, issue 2, on-line at http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/118493933/home (fee for access US $29.95). Prof. Nagel's paper is a significant and substantial opening, at America's highest intellectual level, that encourages all intelligent, educated, informed individuals — particularly...
  • Leading scientist urges teaching of creationism in schools

    09/11/2008 12:26:35 PM PDT · by Schnucki · 16 replies · 221+ views
    Times Online ^ | September 11, 2008 | Lewis Smith
    Creationism should be taught in schools as a legitimate point of view to stop religious children losing interest in science lessons, a leading Royal Society scientist has urged. Rev Professor Michael Reiss, director of education at the Royal Society and a biologist, said teachers should discuss Creationism openly in science classes. He said one in 10 pupils have Creationist beliefs and he maintained it would be self-defeating to dismiss them all as wrong and misguided. Far better, he told the British Association conference, to treat Creationism as a “world view” rather than a “misconception”. His comments, however, provoked a vociferous...
  • Are You Too Dumb to Understand Evolution?

    09/11/2008 9:55:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 2,063 replies · 2,504+ views
    CreationEvolutionHeadlines ^ | September 10, 2008
    Sept 10, 2008 — Astrobiologist David Deamer believes that life can spontaneously emerge without design, but he thinks lay people are too uneducated to understand how this is possible, so he gives them the watered-down version of Darwin’s natural selection instead, which he knows is inadequate to explain the complexity of life. That’s what he seemed to be telling reporter Susan Mazur in an interview for the Scoop (New Zealand). Is the lay public really too dense for the deeper knowledge of how evolution works?...
  • Water Bears' Able To Survive Exposure To Vacuum Of Space

    09/09/2008 1:28:33 PM PDT · by Soliton · 15 replies · 286+ views
    Science Daily ^ | Sep. 9, 2008
    New research by Ingemar Jönsson and colleagues published in the September 9 issue of Current Biology, a Cell Press journal, shows that some animals —the so-called tardigrades or 'water-bears'— are able to do away with space suits and can survive exposure to open-space vacuum, cold and radiation.
  • Gene regulation makes the human - A stretch of non-coding DNA revs up genes during development

    09/06/2008 1:48:05 PM PDT · by neverdem · 2 replies · 244+ views
    Science News ^ | September 4th, 2008 | Rachel Ehrenberg
    Genes alone don’t make the man — after all, humans and chimps share roughly 98 percent of their DNA. But where, when and how much genes are turned on may be essential in setting people apart from other primates. A stretch of human DNA inserted into mice embryos revs the activity of genes in the developing thumb, toe, forelimb and hind limb. But the chimp and rhesus macaque version of this same stretch of DNA spurs only faint activity in the developing limbs, reports a new study in the Sept. 5 Science. The research supports the notion that changes in...
  • Viva la Evolution?

    09/03/2008 3:47:09 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 195 replies · 677+ views
    CreationOnTheWeb ^ | September 3, 2008 | David Anderson
    Darwinism is ultimately the creation story of naturalism and atheism...
  • Fundamental Evolution

    09/01/2008 12:21:56 PM PDT · by Forscher · 31 replies · 228+ views
    Vanity | Forscher
    Fundamental Evolution: a Biologist reads Genesis Everybody should read the Bible. Several times. When I was a child, I had to: my mother insisted. So I read. But soon I became so entangled with who begat unpronounceable who, I lost interest. For a time I struggled with seemingly endless tales of pillage, rape, massacre, genocide, and tedious ritual, but eventually I put the book on the shelf, and there it remained for thirty years. The Jehovah's Witnesses drove me back to scripture. My wife and I were living in the Florida Keys. Every so often a group of earnest ladies...
  • Monkeys experience joy of giving, too, study finds

    08/26/2008 5:27:52 AM PDT · by Brainhose · 10 replies · 209+ views
    Reuters ^ | Today | Brainhose
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Monkeys can experience the joy of giving in much the same way as humans do, U.S. researchers reported on Monday. Tests in capuchin monkeys showed the animals consistently chose to share food with another monkey if given the option, suggesting they are capable of empathy, the team at the Yerkes Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta found. "They seem to care for the welfare of those they know," Frans de Waal, director of the Living Links Center at Yerkes, said in a statement. His team tested eight female brown capuchin monkeys in pairs. They could choose...
  • The “conflict lies in perception”: Evolution and Creationism

    08/23/2008 6:42:59 PM PDT · by Soliton · 36 replies · 384+ views
    IT Wire ^ | 08/22/2008 | William Atkins
    The introduction of the article states, “Having moved to the United States in 1961, he [Francisco Ayala] was shocked when, in the mid-1970s, California sought to introduce an antievolution curriculum into its public schools. How could this be, in the most scientifically advanced country in the world? His bewilderment led Ayala to a lifelong study of how evolution is, or is not, taught in public schools.” In The New York Times article, “Roving Defender of Evolution, and of Room for God,” it is said, “Dr. Ayala, a former Dominican priest, said he told his audiences not just that evolution is...
  • What Darwin Didn't Know

    08/23/2008 8:21:11 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 52 replies · 639+ views
    What Darwin Didn't Know an RTB conference in our nation's capital. February 12, 2009 marks Charles Darwin’s 200th birthday and the 150th anniversary of his book, On Origin of Species. People worldwide will engage in Darwin Day celebrations honoring Darwin’s influence on science and culture. The Reasons to Believe, Washington D.C, Network and Christ Church on Embassy Row are proud to announce an RTB Regional Conference addressing this all-important event. Hear RTB scholars Fuz Rana, Kenneth Samples, Jeff Zweerink and Hugh Ross present the latest evidence that challenges Darwinism and supports the Christian faith. October 24-25 2008 Register at http://www.cconembassyrow.com/rtb.html...
  • Dinosaurs helped build the pyramids, school director says

    08/22/2008 6:29:13 PM PDT · by Ron Jeremy · 86 replies · 2,574+ views
    Malta Today ^ | today | Raphael Vassallo
    Dinosaurs helped build the pyramids, school director says Raphael Vassallo Far from becoming extinct 65 million years ago, the dinosaurs actually co-existed with early humans, and even helped in the construction of the pyramids. This is the word of Vince Fenech, Evangelist pastor and director of a fully licensed, State-approved Creationist institution which admits children aged between four and 18. “Of course the ‘dinoceros’ existed (as Fenech pronounces the word). It is mentioned in the Book of Job. They were used to help build the pyramids,” he says, adding that this latter observation is only “his personal belief”, and that...
  • New UW Research Reveals How Male Sex Traits Evolved

    08/21/2008 2:23:46 PM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 14 replies · 127+ views
    Madistan.com ^ | August 21, 2008 | Shawn Doherty
    Few things seem so silly as a peacock preening its gaudy tail or an elk clanking through the trees with its cumbersome antlers or even a male human displaying his hairy chest, but now we know that these secondary sexual characteristics have evolved because they attract mates, and in the animal kingdom, procreation leads to better odds of survival. These days, the study of evolution has shifted from the question of why such male traits exist to what makes them work and where they came from. In Thursday's edition of the science journal Cell, a team lead by world-renowned University...
  • State science standards in election spotlight (ID/Creation Kansans need to vote!)

    08/18/2008 9:35:10 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 1,152 replies · 1,947+ views
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | August 1, 2008 | LORI YOUNT
    With five seats on the State Board of Education up for grabs this year, education advocates say how children learn about evolution hangs in the balance -- and who voters choose could affect Kansas' national reputation. A frequent flip-flop between moderate and conservative majorities on the 10-member board has resulted in the state changing its science standards four times in the past eight years. Conservatives have pushed for standards casting doubt on evolution, and moderates have said intelligent design does not belong in the science classroom. In 2007, a new 6-4 moderate majority removed standards that called evolution into question....
  • Scientists: Nature's Fundamental Laws May Be Changing

    08/12/2008 8:56:29 PM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 43 replies · 238+ views
    ScienceLive via Fox News ^ | July 13, 2006 | Michael Schirber
    Public confidence in the "constants" of nature may be at an all-time low. Recent research has found evidence that the value of certain fundamental parameters, such as the speed of light or the strength of the invisible glue that holds atomic nuclei together, may have been different in the past. "There is absolutely no reason these constants should be constant," says astronomer Michael Murphy of the University of Cambridge. "These are famous numbers in physics, but we have no real reason for why they are what they are." The observed differences are small — roughly a few parts in a...
  • Microbes, by latitudes and altitudes, shed new light on life's diversity

    08/11/2008 3:24:00 PM PDT · by Soliton · 109+ views
    Microbial biologists, including the University of Oregon's Jessica L. Green, may not have Jimmy Buffett's music from 1977 in mind, but they are changing attitudes about evolutionary diversity on Earth, from oceanic latitudes to mountainous altitudes. In two recent National Science Foundation-funded papers in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Green and colleagues show that temperature, not productivity, primarily drives the richness of bacterial diversity in the oceans, and that life, both plant and microbial, by altitude in the Rocky Mountains may be close, but not exactly, to what biologists have theorized for years. Swedish naturalist and botanist...
  • 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...
  • Evolution as Described by the Second Law of Thermodynamics

    08/11/2008 11:22:05 AM PDT · by Soliton · 73 replies · 2,223+ views
    Physorg.com ^ | August 11, 2008 | Lisa Zyga
    By viewing evolution as the motion of energy flows toward a stationary state (entropy), evolution can be explained by the second law of thermodynamics, a law which conventionally describes physical systems. In this view, a cheetah serves as an energy transfer mechanism, and beneficial mutations allow the animal to transfer more energy within its environment, helping even out the energy.
  • Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed - DVD (Release Date: October 21, 2008)

    08/10/2008 3:54:03 PM PDT · by Recovering_Democrat · 55 replies · 479+ views
    Big Science has expelled smart new ideas from the classroom. What they forgot is that every generation has its rebel! Attacked by pro-evolution scientists and others, this film, Expelled exposed the prejudice leveled against scientists who reject Darwinian thinking, and took almost $8 million at the box office at around 700 theaters earlier this year, making it the 12th most successful documentary of all time.
  • Medved on Intelligent Design: It's Not a Theory

    08/10/2008 3:50:04 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 185 replies · 703+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | August 10, 2008
    Last November, radio host Michael Medved was made a Senior Fellow at the anti-evolution “think tank” known as the Discovery Institute, and he has some rather interesting things to say about “intelligent design:”
  • Intelligent debate

    08/10/2008 4:30:27 AM PDT · by Soliton · 113 replies · 317+ views
    August 10, 2008 ^ | Roger Palfree
    Gods, fairies, magic and the like are ways of saying "we don't know," and one simply can't base a scientific theory on a set of assumptions that includes "and something we don't know, but you can imagine it to be anything you like, happens here." Science is a discipline, a rewarding endeavour to understand things in relation to other things and their interactions. The theory of evolution is not a belief; it is a scientifically useful model. As more data support it, it might be a threat to certain beliefs, but it is not a threat to belief in a...
  • Solar System Is Pretty Special, According To New Computer Simulation

    08/08/2008 4:47:51 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 20 replies · 47+ views
    Science Daily ^ | August 8, 2008 | Staff
    ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2008) — Prevailing theoretical models attempting to explain the formation of the solar system have assumed it to be average in every way. Now a new study by Northwestern University astronomers, using recent data from the 300 exoplanets discovered orbiting other stars, turns that view on its head. The solar system, it turns out, is pretty special indeed. The study illustrates that if early conditions had been just slightly different, very unpleasant things could have happened -- like planets being thrown into the sun or jettisoned into deep space. Using large-scale computer simulations, the Northwestern researchers are...
  • 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...
  • Uncommon Earth - Simulation shows the solar system could only form under rare conditions

    08/07/2008 9:57:23 PM PDT · by neverdem · 108 replies · 207+ views
    Science News ^ | August 7th, 2008 | Ashley Yeager
    Goldilocks isn’t the only one who demanded everything to be “just right.” The Earth and its fellow seven planets also needed perfect conditions to form as observed, and those right conditions occur rarely, a new computer simulation shows. The new simulation, described in the Aug. 8 Science, is the first to trace from beginning to end how planetary systems form from an initial gas disk encircling a baby star. “The really striking result of the new model is how chaotic and even violent the average story of a planet’s birth is,” says Edward Thommes, an astrophysicist now at the University...
  • YOUR VIEWS: Call to teach biblical creation as science

    08/07/2008 11:37:27 AM PDT · by Soliton · 18 replies · 69+ views
    The News Letter ^ | 06 August 2008
    A DUP MLA has sparked controversy calling for creationism to be taught alongside evolution in science classes. Education Committee chair Mervyn Storey's demand comes amid fresh debate over the origins of mankind, in the run-up to the 150th anniversary of Charles Darwin's famous work On the Origin of Species
  • Canadians Choose Evolution Over Creationism

    08/07/2008 11:33:35 AM PDT · by Soliton · 17 replies · 94+ views
    Angus Reid Global Monitor ^ | August 07, 2008
    (Angus Reid Global Monitor) - Roughly three-in-five adults in Canada side with the theory of evolution, according to a poll by Angus Reid Strategies. 58 per cent of respondents believe human beings evolved from less advanced life forms over millions of years. Conversely, 22 per cent of respondents think God created human beings in their present form within the last 10,000 years, while 20 per cent are not sure. Charles Darwin’s "The Origin of Species" was first published in 1859. The book details the British naturalist’s theory that all organisms gradually evolve through the process of natural selection. Darwin’s views...
  • Ben Stein Gets 'Expelled' on Blu-ray

    08/07/2008 11:17:53 AM PDT · by Donald Rumsfeld Fan · 36 replies · 76+ views
    HIGH-DEF DIGEST ^ | Wed Aug 06, 2008 | HIGH-DEF DISC NEWS
    Bringing the intelligent design debate to high-def, Vivendi Visual has announced an October Blu-ray release for Ben Stein's controversial documentary 'Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.' Drawing lines in the intelligent design versus evolution debate (with Stein falling squarely on the side of the former), 'Expelled' was praised by religious leaders and condemned by scientists in equal measure. Released through the Vivendi Visual Entertainment label, the company has set a October 21 Blu-ray release for the incendiary doc, day-and-date with the standard DVD.
  • ‘Slow Life’ and its Implications

    08/07/2008 8:52:36 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 12 replies · 281+ views
    Imagine a form of life so unusual that we cannot figure out how it dies. That’s exactly what researchers are finding beneath the floor of the sea off Peru. The microbes being studied there — single-celled organisms called Archaea — live in time frames that can perhaps best be described as geological. Consider: A bacteria like Escherichia Coli divides and reproduces every twenty minutes or so. But the microbes in the so-called Peruvian Margin take hundreds or thousands of years to divide. “In essence, these microbes are almost, practically dead by our normal standards,” says Christopher H. House (Penn State)....
  • Viruses can catch colds, says study that redefines life itself [Virophages]

    08/06/2008 7:29:38 PM PDT · by GraniteStateConservative · 15 replies · 119+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | Aug 6, 2008 | Roger Highfield
    The debate about what counts as a living thing is fuelled today by the discovery of the first virus that is able to fall "ill" by being infected with another virus. Viruses are glorified scraps of genetic code that are exquisitely designed to pirate a host to reproduce: the common cold virus needs cells in the nose and respiratory tract to reproduce, before being spread with a sneeze. But the discovery of a giant virus that itself falls ill through infection by another virus seems to suggest they too are alive, highlighting how there is no watertight definition of what...
  • Richard Dawkins: Muslim parents 'import creationism' into schools

    08/03/2008 12:39:37 PM PDT · by Soliton · 49 replies · 162+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 03 Aug 2008 | Duncan Gardham
    "Most devout Muslims are creationists so when you go to schools, there are a large number of children of Islamic parents who trot out what they have been taught," Prof Dawkins said in a Sunday newspaper interview. "Teachers are bending over backwards to respect home prejudices that children have been brought up with. The Government could do more, but it doesn't want to because it is fanatical about multiculturalism and the need to respect the different traditions from which these children come." Prof Dawkins, professor for the public understanding of science at Oxford University, is author of books including the...
  • Variations on a Theme

    08/03/2008 6:35:22 AM PDT · by Soliton · 44+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | 3 August 2008 | Michael A Bell
    Shubin, who is Provost of the Field Museum and Robert R. Bensley Professor and Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy at the University of Chicago, is one of the discoverers of Tiktaalik, the 375-million-year-old fossil believed to be a "missing link" between fish and the first land vertebrates, or tetrapods. The book is a strange brew that combines his professional interests- developmental biology, human and comparative anatomy, molecular biology and paleontology-with a memoir of his career. Nevertheless, it goes down well, leaving the reader thirsty for more.
  • Why We Must Teach Evolution in the Science Classroom [Ecumenical Thread]

    08/02/2008 5:57:18 PM PDT · by Kevmo · 139 replies · 276+ views
    Red Orbit ^ | August 2, 2008 | Laura Lorentzen
    Posted on Saturday, August 02, 2008 8:44:19 AM by Soliton don't remember when I first learned about the theory of evolution, but nowadays I find myself reading of it a great deal in the popular press and hearing it discussed in the media. As my daughter enters elementary school, I find myself anxious to discuss with her teachers what they will cover in science class and where in their curriculum they plan to teach evolution. OUR COUNTRY HAS LAWS THAT SEPARATE church and state. Public institutions like schools must be neutral on the subject of religion, as required by the...
  • TX: Rock-solid proof? (Fossil find may point to ID)

    08/01/2008 3:47:08 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 53 replies · 558+ views
    Mineral Wells Index ^ | July 28, 2008 | David May
    Rock-solid proof? July 28, 2008 09:49 am — By David May editor@mineralwellsindex.com A slab of North Texas limestone is on track to rock the world, with its two imbedded footprints poised to make a huge impression in scientific and religious circles. The estimated 140-pound stone was recovered in July 2000 from the bank of a creek that feeds the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas, located about 53 miles south of Fort Worth. The find was made just outside Dinosaur Valley State Park, a popular destination for tourists known for its well-preserved dinosaur tracks and other fossils. The limestone contains...
  • Rock-solid Proof? (Man and Dinosaur Walked the Earth Together?)

    07/31/2008 6:20:38 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 183 replies · 2,181+ views
    mineralwellsindex.com ^ | July 28, 2008 | David May
    A slab of North Texas limestone is on track to rock the world, with its two imbedded footprints poised to make a huge impression in scientific and religious circles. The estimated 140-pound stone was recovered in July 2000 from the bank of a creek that feeds the Paluxy River near Glen Rose, Texas, located about 53 miles south of Fort Worth. The find was made just outside Dinosaur Valley State Park, a popular destination for tourists known for its well-preserved dinosaur tracks and other fossils. The limestone contains two distinct prints – one of a human footprint and one belonging...
  • Evolution hot campaign topic

    07/31/2008 6:35:55 AM PDT · by Soliton · 4 replies · 119+ views
    The Topeka Capital-Journal ^ | July 31, 2008 | Barbara Hollingsworth
    Ask Republican candidates for the Kansas State Board of Education about the issues they think are most important and you will hear about the teacher shortage or engaging students with vocational education. On the campaign trail, however, many voters are using evolution as their litmus test.
  • Christopher Hitchens—blind to salamander reality (evolutionists "desperate")

    07/30/2008 7:56:37 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 196 replies · 448+ views
    CreationOnTheWeb ^ | July 28, 2008 | Jonathan Safarti
    Feedback archive → Feedback 2008 Christopher Hitchens—blind to salamander reality A well-known atheist’s ‘eureka moment’ shows the desperation of evolutionists In a recent article in the leftist online magazine Slate, prominent atheistic journalist Christopher Hitchens (b. 1949) thinks he has found the knock-down argument against creationists and intelligent design supporters. Fellow misotheist Richard Dawkins (b. 1941) and another anti-theist Sir David Attenborough (b. 1926) agree. Not surprisingly, there have been questions to us about this, so Dr Jonathan Sarfati responds. As will be seen, their whole argument displays ‘breathtaking inanity’ and ignorance of what creationists really teach, and desperation if...
  • Rock solid proof?

    07/28/2008 2:17:21 PM PDT · by Soliton · 148 replies · 383+ views
    The limestone contains two distinct prints — one of a human footprint and one belonging to a dinosaur. The significance of the cement-hard fossil is it shows the dinosaur print partially over and intersecting the human print. In other words, the stone’s impressions indicate the human stepped first, the dinosaur second.
  • Tanzania: Prehistoric Footprints Stir Fresh Controversy

    07/27/2008 10:38:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies · 124+ views
    The Citizen (Dar es Salaam) ^ | Monday, July 21, 2008 | Zephania Ubwani
    Archaeological experts are divided on a plan to exhume the hominid footprints at Laetoli for public display, some arguing that this could lead to erosion of the rare imprints. The 3.6 million- year old footprints, discovered in 1978, have since the 1990s been reburied for protection while a replica of the original cast is on display at the site. Government authorities recently intended to exhume the oldest known footprints of human ancestors for public view in order to attract more tourists and researchers... With the assistance of scientists from Getty Conservation Institute of Los Angeles in the US, the track-way...
  • Penn and Teller Take On Creationism

    07/27/2008 8:34:47 AM PDT · by rosenfan · 11 replies · 378+ views
    Little Green Footballs ^ | July 26, 2008
    It’s our favorite libertarian-ish anti-idiotarian magicians, with a whole episode of Bullsh*t! devoted to ... yes ... creationism and its repackaged descendant, “intelligent design.” (Screams and pandemonium ensue.) Featuring footage from the Creation Museum, and interviews with some people whose names are often invoked during the LGF Evolution Wars, including Duane Gish of the Institute for Creation Research. The 3-part show carries a mild language warning; if you’ve ever seen Penn and Teller, you know what to expect.
  • Evolving Toward a Compromise

    07/26/2008 2:32:47 AM PDT · by Soliton · 3 replies · 31+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | July 26, 2008 | Amy Binder and John H. Evans
    A proposal before the Texas Board of Education calls for including the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution in the state's science curriculum. This initiative is understood by supporters and opponents to be a strategic effort to get around First Amendment restrictions on teaching religion in science class. The proposal is a new round in an old debate, and, if it fails, creationists will innovate once again, just as they have since the 1920s.
  • The Origin and Extinction of Species

    07/25/2008 2:26:42 PM PDT · by Soliton · 63 replies · 114+ views
    The American Chronicle ^ | July 25, 2008 | Darrell Williams
    Understanding the origin and extinction of species is of paramount importance to our own existence and survival. Unfortunately, the vast majority of humans understand neither. About 90% of humankind professes to adhere to a religious philosophy that has absolutely no interest or concern in understanding the most fundamental ecological relationships that exist in nature. Human failure to respect this relationship has resulted in human failure in our own stewardship of our own planet.
  • Presenting Proof of Creation is Possible

    07/24/2008 8:44:05 AM PDT · by scottdeus12 · 14 replies · 118+ views
    Scienceray ^ | 3/4/08 | Andy N
    A non religious or Biblical presentation that gives proof Creation is both logical and reliable. This proof however is right before our eyes ever day. I recently wrote an article commenting on a group of aggressive atheists who I feel were making much ado about nothing. Although many readers misunderstood the point I was making it inspired me to write this article based on the responses of that article.
  • The creation of Creationism

    07/23/2008 4:11:44 PM PDT · by Soliton · 38 replies · 69+ views
    Timesonline ^ | July 23, 2008 | John Habgood
    Creationism is much more specific and much less plausible. Its central claim is that the precise mode of creation has been revealed in the Bible, and follows the pattern set out in the first chapter of Genesis. In thus identifying God’s action with a particular series of events and a particular timetable, rather than as the ultimate mystery underlying all reality, it lays itself open to the possibility of direct conflict with alternative scientific explanations. The main motive for risking this potential conflict has been to uphold belief in the verbal inerrancy of the Bible, and the literal interpretation of...
  • Election may create new challenge to evolution

    07/21/2008 5:59:31 PM PDT · by Soliton · 7 replies · 52+ views
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | July 21, 2008 | Scott Rothschild
    In the State Board of Education races, simple math could start another round in the long-running fight in Kansas about evolution. Five seats on the 10-member board are up for election this year, and of those, three are held by moderates who are not seeking re-election. Moderates now hold a 6-4 advantage over social conservatives on the board, so flipping one of those moderate seats to a conservative would create a 5-5 tie. Flipping two moderate seats would produce a conservative majority and could renew the battle against evolution that has brought attention to Kansas several times during the past...
  • Professor Antony Flew reviews The God Delusion (World's foremost former atheist critiques Dawkins)

    07/20/2008 3:48:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies · 327+ views
    BeThinking.org ^ | July 2008 | Antony Flew
    On 1st November 2007, Professor Antony Flew’s new book There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed his Mind was published by HarperOne. Professor Flew has been called ‘the world's most influential philosophical atheist’, as well as ‘one of the most renowned atheists of the 20th Century’ (see Peter S. Williams’ bethinking.org article “A change of mind for Antony Flew”). In his book, Professor Flew recounts how he has come to believe in a Creator God as a result of the scientific evidence and philosophical argument. Not surprisingly, his book caused quite a stir – as can...
  • How your behaviour can change your children’s DNA

    07/19/2008 6:15:55 PM PDT · by fontoon · 29 replies · 145+ views
    www.timesonline.co.uk ^ | July 20, 2008 | The Sunday Times
    New research into inheritance shows we can alter family traits for better or for worse. Jonathan Leake reports For Beatrix Zwart being young means having fun. She works hard, and out of hours she plays hard — including plenty of nights on the town with her friends. “I lead a similar lifestyle to a lot of young professionals in Britain and I don’t intend to have any children until I’m well into my thirties,” said Zwart, a 25-year-old Belgian who lives in London. “I’ve never really thought my lifestyle now could have any effect on my future children or grandchildren.”...
  • Inquiry into evolution yields advances today

    07/19/2008 1:09:26 PM PDT · by Soliton · 13 replies · 19+ views
    MLive.com ^ | July 19, 2008 | Margaret Beison
    Many people mistakenly believe evolution concerns only past events. As science unlocks the mysteries of evolutionary processes, it simultaneously unlocks other mysteries, including genetic disorders and birth defects. One example is the human disorder ectodermal dysplasia, which can lead to fewer teeth, missing hair and the inability to sweat. "Eda" is the name of the gene responsible for this rare condition. It directs the production of a protein that works as a signal to modify the activity of other developmental genes during embryonic growth.