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  • INTELLIGENT DESIGN POLL (Gallup, via NRO: "God Had No Part - 12%")

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

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

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

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

    10/07/2005 4:03:19 AM PDT · by gobucks · 257 replies · 3,612+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | 7 Oct 2005 | Douglas Kern
    It doesn't matter if you like it or not. It doesn't matter if you think it's true or not. Intelligent Design theory is destined to supplant Darwinism as the primary scientific explanation for the origin of human life. ID will be taught in public schools as a matter of course. It will happen in our lifetime. It's happening right now, actually. Here's why: 1) ID will win because it's a religion-friendly, conservative-friendly, red-state kind of theory, and no one will lose money betting on the success of red-state theories in the next fifty to one hundred years. I've said it...
  • Intelligent Design Advocates Fight Back

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

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

    09/30/2005 2:09:51 PM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 599 replies · 7,114+ views
    http://www.pfm.org/AM/Template.cfm?Section=BreakPoint1&Template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=169
    It's amazing that these Darwinian Fundamentalists claim they're for science only to turn around and try to destroy any contrary theories or evidence. They're really getting desperate, the ID movement really has them rattled. **** September 30, 2005 It’s happening again: another scientist, another academic institution, another attempt to stifle freedom of thought. The “Darwinist inquisition,” as a Discovery Institute press release calls it, is as predictable as it is relentless. This time the setting is Iowa State University. One hundred twenty professors there have signed a statement denouncing the study of intelligent design and calling on all faculty members...
  • In defense of science

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

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

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

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

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

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

    09/27/2005 7:22:58 PM PDT · by gobucks · 30 replies · 845+ views
    Macon Telegraph (Knight Ridder) ^ | 27 Sept 2005 | Robert Boyd
    At the heart of the argument over teaching evolution in the classroom is the claim that some scientists, not just religious believers, support the concept of "intelligent design." Advocates of intelligent design argue that living things are too complex to be explained by natural forces alone. Therefore, they say, only a higher power - God or an unnamed "designer" - could create life and empower it to evolve into the myriad species of organisms on Earth today. The vast majority of working scientists contend that biological evolution is an established fact supported by overwhelming evidence. They say that evolution's mechanism...
  • Lawyers fire opening shots in Intelligent Design case

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

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

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

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

    09/27/2005 9:10:31 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 703 replies · 6,023+ views
    York Dispatch ^ | 9/27/05 | Christina Kauffman
    Dover Area School District's federal trial began yesterday in Harrisburg with talk ranging from divine intervention and the Boston Red Sox to aliens and bacterial flagellum. After about 10 months of waiting, the court case against the district and its board opened in Middle District Judge John E. Jones III's courtroom with statements from lawyers and several hours of expert testimony from biologist and Brown University professor Kenneth Miller. On one side of the aisle, several plaintiffs packed themselves in wooden benches behind a row of attorneys from the American Civil Liberties Union, Pepper Hamilton LLC and Americans United for...
  • On second day, evolution trial [Dover, PA] delves into topic of faith

    09/27/2005 9:21:27 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 176 replies · 2,063+ views
    The Intelligencer (PA) via phillyBurbs ^ | 27 September 2005 | MARTHA RAFFAELE
    HARRISBURG, Pa. - The second day of a trial over what students should be told about evolution and alternative views of life's origins veered briefly into a discussion of faith. Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller, a witness for eight families suing the Dover Area School District for introducing the concept of "intelligent design," was asked by a school attorney whether faith and reason are compatible. "I believe not only that they are compatible but that they are complimentary," said Miller, who had earlier volunteered that he was a practicing Roman Catholic. Pressed on that point, Miller was asked why a...
  • With world watching, trial starts

    09/26/2005 12:14:08 PM PDT · by Right Wing Professor · 105 replies · 1,811+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 9/26/2005 | CHRISTINA KAUFFMAN
    Members of the national and international press gathered outside the federal courthouse in Harrisburg this morning for the start of a trial that could determine the fate of intelligent design in public school. The BBC, London Guardian and People magazine were among news agencies outside the courtroom, where the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover began at 9 a.m. Julian Borger, a Washington-based reporter for the Guardian, said the interest in the United Kingdom is in the American school system. He said people in the UK don't have the ability to vote on what is or isn't taught in school. "There...
  • Creationism, Intelligent Design, and Evolution

    09/26/2005 12:03:20 PM PDT · by DallasMike · 55 replies · 1,112+ views
    Stingray blog ^ | 09/26/2005 | Michael McCullough
    On Sunday September 25th, the Washington Post published a story called "In Evolution Debate, Creationists Are Breaking New Ground." Out of all the potential stories about Christians out there -- murderous persecutions in China, enslavement of Christians in Africa, the role of Christians in the Katrina cleanup -- the Washington Post chose to write this one.Young Earth Creationists hold a very narrow construct of the Bible and claim that the earth is only 6,000 or so years old. I don't buy into that construct for the following scientifuc reasons: We have earthly evidence that contradict the idea of a 6,000-year...
  • New Analyses Bolster Central Tenets of Evolution Theory

    09/26/2005 3:27:53 AM PDT · by Crackingham · 212 replies · 2,653+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2005 | Rick Weiss and David Brown
    When scientists announced last month they had determined the exact order of all 3 billion bits of genetic code that go into making a chimpanzee, it was no surprise that the sequence was more than 96 percent identical to the human genome. Charles Darwin had deduced more than a century ago that chimps were among humans' closest cousins. But decoding chimpanzees' DNA allowed scientists to do more than just refine their estimates of how similar humans and chimps are. It let them put the very theory of evolution to some tough new tests. If Darwin was right, for example, then...
  • Dispute over evolution goes on trial in U.S. court

    09/26/2005 1:53:21 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 403 replies · 3,486+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | September 26, 2005 | Arthur Hirsch
    A Pennsylvania school district's use of "intelligent design" in its high school biology curriculum goes on trial in federal court today in the nation's first legal challenge to the idea, which contends that evolutionary theory alone does not explain how life on Earth took shape. The lawsuit, brought by 11 parents in the Dover Area School District, attacks as unconstitutional the year-old policy of telling ninth-grade biology students that Charles Darwin's theory of evolution "is not a fact. Gaps in the Theory exist for which there is no evidence." School officials also recommend a book on intelligent design, or ID....
  • The Problem With Evolution

    09/26/2005 5:44:09 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 340 replies · 6,041+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/25/05 | Edward L. Daley
    Charles Darwin, the 19th century geologist who wrote the treatise 'The Origin of Species, by means of Natural Selection' defined evolution as "descent with modification". Darwin hypothesized that all forms of life descended from a common ancestor, branching out over time into various unique life forms, due primarily to a process called natural selection. However, the fossil record shows that all of the major animal groups (phyla) appeared fully formed about 540 million years ago, and virtually no transitional life forms have been discovered which suggest that they evolved from earlier forms. This sudden eruption of multiple, complex organisms is...
  • In Evolution Debate, Creationists Are Breaking New Ground

    09/25/2005 7:45:55 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 316 replies · 3,699+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Sunday, September 25, 2005 | Michael Powell
    PETERSBURG, Ky. -- The guide, a soft-spoken fellow with a scholarly aspect, walks through the halls of this handsome, half-finished museum and points to the sculpture of a young velociraptor. "We're placing this one in the hall that explains the post-Flood world," explains the guide. "When dinosaurs lived with man." A reporter has a question or two about this dinosaur-man business, but Mark Looy -- the guide and a vice president at the museum -- already has walked over to the lifelike head of a T. rex, with its three-inch teeth and carnivore's grin. "We call him our 'missionary lizard,'...
  • Science Fiction (Leftists worry IDers are using Leftist tactics to win 'Intelligent Design fight)

    09/19/2005 6:01:22 PM PDT · by gobucks · 158 replies · 2,177+ views
    TNR ^ | September 9, 2005 | Noam Scheiber
    In 1993, the journalist Jonathan Rauch published a book called Kindly Inquisitors, in which he catalogued contemporary threats to the Enlightenment tradition of seeking truth through logical or empirical discourse. One of Rauch's points was that, while this (classical) liberal system for amassing knowledge appeared to be under attack from both the religious right and the multicultural left, in fact the two groups were making a version of the same argument: Mainstream science didn't accord their beliefs the respect they deserved, whether it was creation science on the one hand or feminist or Afro-centric science on the other. Rauch's book...
  • The trouble with Darwin (Bush's I.D. comments changed Australia's Educational Landscape)

    09/24/2005 7:20:09 AM PDT · by gobucks · 318 replies · 2,982+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | 24 Sept 2005 | Damien Murphy
    The brawl between evolutionists and religious neo-conservatives over how life began is coming down to the survival of the slickest. For about 150 years Charles Darwin's evolution theory has held sway. But a new American theory, intelligent design, is getting a lot of press as scientists and intellectuals rush to the barricades to dismiss intelligent design as little else than "creationism" rebadged. Already a DVD featuring American scientists claiming intelligent causes are responsible for the origin of the universe and life has become Australia's biggest-selling religious video and intelligent design is starting to permeate school courses. Next year, hundreds of...
  • Ultimate thread on Dover, Pennsylvania's Evolution v. Intelligent Design trial

    09/23/2005 5:18:19 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 37 replies · 1,453+ views
    National Center for Science Education ^ | 23 September 2005 | Staff
    The trial in Kitzmiller v. Dover, the first legal challenge to the constitutionality of teaching "intelligent design" in the public schools, is scheduled to begin in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on September 26, 2005, and the media are already focusing attention on the case. As the York Dispatch (September 23, 2005) reports, journalists from The New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, and National Public Radio have already reserved space in the courtroom; Court TV sought but was denied permission to televise the trial. Paula Knudsen of the ACLU remarked, "It's the first time ["intelligent design"] has ever been in...
  • Intelligent designers down on Dover

    09/22/2005 6:53:07 AM PDT · by Right Wing Professor · 403 replies · 4,325+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 9/20/2005 | CHRISTINA KAUFFMAN
    Theory's largest national supporter won't back district The Dover Area School District and its board will likely walk into a First Amendment court battle next week without the backing of the nation's largest supporter of intelligent design. The Discovery Institute, a Seattle-based nonprofit that describes itself as a "nonpartisan policy and research organization," recently issued a policy position against Dover in its upcoming court case. John West, associate director of Discovery's Center for Science & Culture, calls the Dover policy "misguided" and "likely to be politically divisive and hinder a fair and open discussion of the merits of intelligent design."...
  • Intelligent Design: An Ambiguous Assault on Evolution

    09/22/2005 4:15:34 AM PDT · by SeaLion · 173 replies · 1,636+ views
    LiveScience.com ^ | 22 September 2005 | Ker Than
    Editor's Note: This article is the first in a special LiveScience series about the theory of evolution and a competing idea called intelligent design. TODAY: An overview of the increasingly heated exchange between scientists and the proponents of intelligent design. COMING FRIDAY : Proponents argue that intelligent design is a legitimate scientific theory, but a close look at their arguments shows that it doesn't pass scientific muster. Science can sometimes be a devil's bargain: a discovery is made, some new aspect of nature is revealed, but the knowledge gained can cause mental anguish if it contradicts a deeply cherished belief...
  • Intelligent design? Not on this campus [Pennsylvania]

    09/21/2005 2:55:25 AM PDT · by SeaLion · 91 replies · 1,576+ views
    The Daily Pennsylvanian ^ | 21 September 2005 | Trang Do
    Intelligent design? Not on this campus Talk of evolutionary challenge absent from Penn courses; most want to keep it that way By Trang Do September 21, 2005 Penn offers over 30 courses focused on evolution, and countless others cover the theory in some respect. What Penn does not offer, however, is a course exclusively covering intelligent design. As the movement to incorporate the religion-based explanation of life into classrooms across the country has gained momentum, Penn professors have been largely resistant to teaching the concept. The absence of intelligent design -- which makes the assertion that certain features of an...
  • Darwin Goes to Church

    09/20/2005 5:35:52 PM PDT · by curiosity · 455 replies · 4,136+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 9/18/2005 | Rev. Henry G. Brinton
    Most adult Sunday school classes don't raise eyebrows, but my church is planning to hold one that's sure to. It's called "Evolution for Christians," and it will be taught this winter by David Bush, a member of the church I lead, Fairfax Presbyterian. David is an articulate government retiree who has been interested in this topic for nearly two decades, teaches a class on theories of the origins of life every five years or so, and once again has really done his homework. His view is that science and religion answer two different sets of questions about creation, with science...
  • Challenged by Creationists, Museums Answer Back

    09/20/2005 7:02:45 AM PDT · by Right Wing Professor · 1,271 replies · 11,251+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 9/20/2005 | CORNELIA DEAN
    ITHACA, N.Y. - Lenore Durkee, a retired biology professor, was volunteering as a docent at the Museum of the Earth here when she was confronted by a group of seven or eight people, creationists eager to challenge the museum exhibitions on evolution. They peppered Dr. Durkee with questions about everything from techniques for dating fossils to the second law of thermodynamics, their queries coming so thick and fast that she found it hard to reply. After about 45 minutes, "I told them I needed to take a break," she recalled. "My mouth was dry." That encounter and others like it...
  • Intelligent design [was] old news to Darwin

    09/13/2005 4:15:07 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 1,514 replies · 17,651+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 13 September 2005 | Tom Hundley
    So what would Charles Darwin have to say about the dust-up between today's evolutionists and intelligent designers? Probably nothing. [snip] Even after he became one of the most famous and controversial men of his time, he was always content to let surrogates argue his case. [snip] From his university days Darwin would have been familiar with the case for intelligent design. In 1802, nearly 30 years before the Beagle set sail, William Paley, the reigning theologian of his time, published "Natural Theology" in which he laid out his "Argument from Design." Paley contended that if a person discovered a pocket...
  • Professor Limbaugh Debunks Junk Earth Science (Creation/evolution linked to environmentalism)

    09/06/2005 7:02:43 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 113 replies · 3,316+ views
    Rush Limbaugh | August 10, 2005 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: We go to Whitney in Roanoke, Virginia. I'm glad you held on, Whitney. Thanks for your patience. CALLER: Oh, thanks for having me. RUSH: You bet. CALLER: I had a rational and intelligent argument, but now I'm a little nervous. I'm not sure how I'm going -- ha! ha! -- to present it, but it seems like to me that you just dismiss the environmental concerns just right offhand, and what I'm trying to figure out is: Are you dismissing the harbingers of doom and gloom themselves, or the environmental concern? RUSH: Uhhh. Am I just missing...
  • One side can be wrong: 'Intelligent design' in classrooms would have disastrous consequences

    09/06/2005 5:11:42 AM PDT · by billorites · 257 replies · 2,740+ views
    Guardian UK ^ | September 1, 2005 | Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne
    It sounds so reasonable, doesn't it? Such a modest proposal. Why not teach "both sides" and let the children decide for themselves? As President Bush said, "You're asking me whether or not people ought to be exposed to different ideas, the answer is yes." At first hearing, everything about the phrase "both sides" warms the hearts of educators like ourselves. One of us spent years as an Oxford tutor and it was his habit to choose controversial topics for the students' weekly essays. They were required to go to the library, read about both sides of an argument, give a...
  • School board: Intelligent design isn't

    09/05/2005 4:12:05 PM PDT · by Right Wing Professor · 452 replies · 4,050+ views
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | September 5, 2005 | Mike Cronin
    Buttars' pitch can't sway unanimous 'no' vote To borrow a line from Dorothy: We're not in Kansas anymore. Unlike the Kansas School Board, which earlier this summer approved allowing educators to teach theories in addition to evolution that explain life on Earth, the Utah Board of Education on Friday unanimously approved a position statement supporting the continued exclusive teaching of evolution in state classrooms. Only two people out of the dozens who attended Friday's meeting sided with Sen. Chris Buttars, R-West Jordan, and his proposal to allow teaching "intelligent design" as a theory to explain the origins of life. Intelligent...
  • Cardinal Ratzinger's Thoughts on Evolution An Excerpt From "Truth and Tolerance"

    09/03/2005 8:32:59 AM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 33 replies · 817+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | ROME, SEPT. 1, 2005 | Cardinal Ratzinger
    Cardinal Ratzinger's Thoughts on Evolution An Excerpt From "Truth and Tolerance" ROME, SEPT. 1, 2005 (Zenit.org).- Cardinal Christoph Schönborn's July 7 editorial in the New York Times entitled "Finding Design in Nature" provoked a flurry of reactions, both supportive and critical. Requests have begun to arrive in Rome for Benedict XVI to make some sort of clarification on the Church's stand regarding evolution. The following text, delivered in 1999 as part of a lecture at the Sorbonne in Paris by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger (the future Benedict XVI) and subsequently published in the 2004 book "Truth and Tolerance" (Ignatius), can give...
  • Poll: Public divided on evolution

    09/01/2005 1:00:04 PM PDT · by joyspring777 · 117 replies · 1,337+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 9-1-05 | Will Lester
    WASHINGTON - Americans are divided over whether humans and other living things evolved over time or have existed in their present form since the beginning of time, according to a new poll. People on both sides of that argument think students should hear about various theories, however. Nearly two-thirds of those in a Pew Research Center poll, 64 percent, say they believe "creationism" should be taught alongside "evolution" - a finding likely to spark more controversy about what is taught in the schools. That controversy could be related to the difficulty of measuring public sentiment about teaching evolution, creationism or...
  • Intelligent design becomes 'universal debate'

    09/01/2005 8:52:24 AM PDT · by Para-Ord.45 · 88 replies · 1,023+ views
    http://www.wnd.com/ ^ | August 31, 2005 | REID FORGRAVE
    ...he co-authored with theologian Jay W. Richards called "The Privileged Planet." The book claims that Earth is so unique, it must have been created by an "intelligent designer." One Iowa State professor, Hector Avalos, accused Gonzalez of having a hidden religious agenda...Gonzalez's academic archenemy at Iowa State is Hector Avalos, an associate professor of religious studies at Iowa State who is also the faculty adviser for the ISU Atheist and Agnostic Society. "I didn't expect this level of vitriol," he says after hanging up. "This level of intense hostility, just knee-jerk emotional response from people...."
  • Evolutionapalooza in The New York Times [Huge attention from MSM]

    09/01/2005 8:03:13 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 597 replies · 5,237+ views
    A major three-part series in The New York Times, running August 21-23, 2005, was devoted to the ongoing evolution/creationism struggle in the political, the scientific, and the religious sphere. Accompanying the series in addition were a William Safire "On Language" column investigating the etymology of "intelligent design" and "neo-creo" and a marvelous editorial column by Verlyn Klinkenborg on deep time and evolution. (In a further acknowledgement of the importance of the issue, the Times's website now has a special section devoted to its evolution coverage.) Overall, despite a number of minor errors, the series succeeded in portraying "intelligent design" as...
  • Teaching Science (Another Derbyshire Classic!)

    08/30/2005 9:31:31 AM PDT · by RightWingAtheist · 436 replies · 4,140+ views
    National Review Online ^ | August 30 2005 | John Derbyshire
    Catching up on back news this past few days — I was out of the country for the first two weeks of August — I caught President Bush's endorsement of teaching Intelligent Design in public school science classes. "Both sides ought to be properly taught," President Bush told a reporter August 2, "so people can understand what the debate is all about." This is Bush at his muddle-headed worst, conferring all the authority of the presidency on the teaching of pseudoscience in science classes. Why stop with Intelligent Design (the theory that life on earth has developed by a series...
  • Intelligent Design to be Taught in Australian Schools - Opponents Furious

    08/30/2005 8:11:27 AM PDT · by dukeman · 223 replies · 2,595+ views
    SYDNEY-- After decades of teaching the theory of Darwinian evolution as though it were established fact, school boards in Australia may rethink their approach. The Intelligent Design (ID) theory is making inroads with formerly skeptical members of the scientific community now that the mathematical improbability of the random and spontaneous generation of life has been more thoroughly analyzed. Australian Federal Education Minister Brendan Nelson told reporters earlier this month that ID would have a place with Darwinism should parents or schools be interested. This announcement coincides with an attempt by researchers at Harvard University to debunk the Intelligent Design theory,...
  • Paleoanthropology: Start Over? (Open ended storytelling pawned as science)

    08/27/2005 9:08:20 AM PDT · by bondserv · 229 replies · 2,161+ views
    Creation-Evolution Headlines ^ | 8/22/05 | Creation-Evolution Headlines
    Paleoanthropology: Start Over?   08/22/2005     The September issue of National Geographic, featuring the African continent, has arrived in homes.  On page 1, Joel Achenbach of the Washington Post wrote about the quest for early man, asking, “Are we looking for bones in all the right places?”  The bulk of the article describes the “messy” story of human origins.  It used to be clean-cut, he said, but no longer: Scientists are good at finding logical patterns and turning data into a coherent narrative.  But the study of human origins is tricky: The bones tell a complicated story.  The cast of...
  • Show Me the Science [Critique of Intelligent Design, by Daniel Dennett

    08/28/2005 2:14:36 PM PDT · by AZLiberty · 483 replies · 5,523+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 28, 2005 | Daniel C. Dennett
    ... Is "intelligent design" a legitimate school of scientific thought? Is there something to it, or have these people been taken in by one of the most ingenious hoaxes in the history of science? Wouldn't such a hoax be impossible? No. Here's how it has been done. ...
  • Intelligent design - coming to a school near you

    08/28/2005 4:07:56 AM PDT · by snarks_when_bored · 106 replies · 1,639+ views
    The New Zealand Herald ^ | August 27, 2005 | Chris Barton
    Intelligent design - coming to a school near you   David Jensen says the evolutionists' perspective relies on unproven scientific facts and theories. Picture / Greg Bowker   27.08.05   By Chris Barton   Science teachers say it has no place in the classroom. Christian educators say children shouldn't be denied alternative views. Science teachers retaliate that it's not science, it's religion behind a mask and they don't want a bar of it. Christian educators argue they can teach it alongside traditional science, so what are science teachers so afraid of? Science teachers' blood begins to boil. "It's not...
  • Can You Believe in God and Evolution?

    08/28/2005 6:57:43 AM PDT · by Skylab · 177 replies · 2,726+ views
    TIME ^ | Sunday, Aug. 07, 2005 | DAVID VAN BIEMA
    Can You Believe in God and Evolution? Four experts with very different views weigh in on the underlying question. By COMPILED BY DAVID VAN BIEMA >FRANCIS COLLINS Director, National Human Genome Research Institute I see no conflict in what the Bible tells me about God and what science tells me about nature. Like St. Augustine in A.D. 400, I do not find the wording of Genesis 1 and 2 to suggest a scientific textbook but a powerful and poetic description of God's intentions in creating the universe. The mechanism of creation is left unspecified. If God, who is all powerful...
  • ID: What’s it all about, Darwin?

    08/26/2005 8:57:58 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 331 replies · 3,535+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | August 26th, 2005 | Dennis Sevakis
    My mother says she is a Darwinist. I’m not sure of all the things that could or should imply. I take it to mean the she does not believe that the Cosmos and all that it contains is the result of the will of a Supreme Being. Nature just exists and that is all there is to it. Asking what is the purpose of human existence is a nonsense question. It has no meaning. As we have no conscious origin, we have no conscious destination. Hence no purpose. This idea is quite troubling to many humans as we are quite...