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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...