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  • United Methodist Church Displays Intolerance by Banning Intelligent Design from General Conference

    The slogan of the United Methodist Church (UMC) is "Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors." But UMC officials are now under fire for being closed-minded and intolerant after they banned Discovery Institute, from sponsoring an information table at the denomination's upcoming General Conference in May. Intelligent design is the idea that life and the universe show evidence of being the result of purposeful design rather than unguided processes. "Preventing United Methodist leaders from even hearing about intelligent design isn't open-minded. It's intolerant and exclusionary," said Dr. John West, Vice President of Discovery Institute. "Maybe United Methodist officials should change their...
  • If National Review Wants Scientists To Take Conservatives Seriously, Jettison Discovery Institute

    08/01/2013 10:44:40 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Science 2.0 ^ | August 1, 2013 | Hank Campbell
    If National Review Wants Scientists To Take Conservatives Seriously, Jettison The Discovery Institute How would editors at National Review regard the credibility of a controlled market publication that had its economic policy articles written by astrologers using the stars as their evidence? They might not like it but so what? Can they prove astrologers can't make economic policy? No, it's just flawed logic, sort of like me challenging someone to prove I am not an alien from space. That is the problem with National Review paying someone from the Discovery Institute to spout anti-science nonsense about 35-year-old science under the...
  • “Signature of Controversy,” Stephen Meyer, et al. – Free eBook Download

    05/17/2010 9:26:50 AM PDT · by MarianoApologeticus · 6 replies · 154+ views
    True Freethinker ^ | May 15, 2010 AD | Mariano Grinbank
    Signature of Controversy is a new e-book that counter-argues to criticism of Stephen Meyer’s book Signature in the Cell. It consists of various essays by David Berlinski, David Klinghoffer, Casey Luskin, Paul Nelson, Jay Richards, Richard Sternberg and Stephen Meyer. Here is a paragraph from the intro: Published in 2009, Signature in the Cell: DNA and the Evidence for Intelligent Design is recognized as establishing one of the strongest pillars underlying the argument for intelligent design. To call the book fascinating and important is an understatement. No less interesting in its way, however, was the critical response and it is...
  • Science Cannot Police Itself

    12/08/2009 8:26:34 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 67 replies · 1,673+ views
    Discovery News ^ | December 7, 2009 | Bruce Chapman
    In his new book, The Deniable Darwin (Discovery Institute Press, 2009), published just before the ClimateGate scandal broke, mathematician David Berlinski explained that scientists should not be trusted to check themselves--no more than anyone else on the planet, and maybe less so, since grant money is involved. Now he writes on his blog, "I Told You So." From The Deniable Darwin: My own view, repeated in virtually all of my essays, is that the sense of skepticism engendered by the sciences would be far more appropriately directed toward the sciences than toward anything else. It is not a view that...
  • A "God Gene"? Or Spiritual Heliotropism?

    06/10/2009 12:40:43 PM PDT · by Dov Shalom · 289+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | Tuesday June 9, 2009 | David Klinghoffer
    Marvin Olasky spoke at the Discovery Institute yesterday and I had the opportunity to bounce off him a small heresy I've been cultivating. Olasky is the editor of World Magazine, a conservative Christian biweekly that I admire, and provost of King's College, a Christian college headquartered in New York City's Empire State Building. In his speech he made the case strongly that conservatives and especially conservatively inclined religious folks make a strategic error when they retreat from combat and engagement with the world and seek instead to wall themselves off in monasteries, figuratively speaking -- communities isolated from the sin-tainted...
  • Eugenic Darwinism

    06/13/2007 11:59:38 AM PDT · by LUMary · 96 replies · 1,100+ views
    Eugenic Darwinism by: Wendy Cook, June 04, 2007 Charles Darwin is partly to blame for eugenics, according to Discovery Institute senior fellow John West. Merriam-Webster’s defines eugenics as “a science that deals with the improvement (as by control of human mating) of hereditary qualities of a race or breed.” Darwin said that because of our sense of compassion we couldn’t simply follow the dictates of reason and get rid of the unfit, “but he certainly provided the logical basis for why we should do so and later the eugenicists quoted this passage and they weren’t quoting it out of context,...
  • Few Biologists but Many Evangelicals Sign Anti-Evolution Petition

    02/21/2006 4:17:18 PM PST · by MRMEAN · 77 replies · 1,166+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Published: February 21, 2006 | By KENNETH CHANG
    In the recent skirmishes over evolution, advocates who have pushed to dilute its teaching have regularly pointed to a petition signed by 514 scientists and engineers. The petition, they say, is proof that scientific doubt over evolution persists. But random interviews with 20 people who signed the petition and a review of the public statements of more than a dozen others suggest that many are evangelical Christians, whose doubts about evolution grew out of their religious beliefs. And even the petition's sponsor, the Discovery Institute in Seattle, says that only a quarter of the signers are biologists, whose field is...
  • Over 500 Scientists Proclaim Their Doubts About Darwin’s Theory

    02/20/2006 7:57:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 228 replies · 3,711+ views
    The Scientific Dissent From Darwinism list is now located at a new webpage, SEATTLE — Over 500 doctoral scientists have now signed a statement publicly expressing their skepticism about the contemporary theory of Darwinian evolution. The statement reads: “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.” The list of 514 signatories includes member scientists from the prestigious US and Russian National Academy of Sciences. Signers include 154 biologists, the largest single scientific discipline represented on...
  • Discovery's Creation [The rise & fall of the Discovery Institute]

    02/01/2006 6:32:25 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 419 replies · 4,085+ views
    Seattle Weekly ^ | 01 February 2006 | Roger Downey
    A Seattle think tank launched the modern intelligent-design movement with a simple memo. The idea has evolved into a media sensation. And the cause has mutated beyond rational control. In 1998, members of a Seattle nonprofit think tank drafted a secret five-year plan with an ambitious goal: to "defeat scientific materialism" and "replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God."By the end of the stated five-year period, the benevolent conspirators had seen much of their goal accomplished. There was widespread public debate with materialist Darwinists. Dozens of books had been published presenting...
  • Answering Back to the News Media, Using the Internet

    01/02/2006 4:25:30 AM PST · by infocats · 48 replies · 1,636+ views
    New York Times ^ | January 2, 2006 | KATHARINE Q. SEELYE
    Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel, or so goes the old saw. For decades, the famous and the infamous alike largely followed this advice. Even when subjects of news stories felt they had been misunderstood or badly treated, they were unlikely to take on reporters or publishers, believing that the power of the press gave the press the final word. The Internet, and especially the amplifying power of blogs, is changing that. Unhappy subjects discovered a decade ago that they could use their Web sites to correct the record or deconstruct articles to expose...
  • Darwinism Completely Refutes Intelligent Design

    12/27/2005 2:13:35 PM PST · by tbird5 · 244 replies · 3,349+ views
    SPIEGEL ^ | December 26, 2005 | DANIEL DENNETT
    Intelligent Design is once again making headlines in the United States. But what is the attraction? Daniel Dennett spoke with SPIEGEL about the attraction of creationism, how religion itself succumbs to Darwinian ideas, and the social irresponsibility of the religious right in America SPIEGEL: Professor Dennett, more than 120 million Americans believe that God created Adam our of mud some 10,000 years ago and made Eve from his rib. Do you personally know any of these 120 million? Dennett: Yes. But people who are creationists are usually not interested in talking about it. Those who are actually enthusiastic about Intelligent...
  • Dover and the scientific landscape

    12/24/2005 10:43:36 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 70 replies · 1,224+ views
    Ars Technica ^ | 23 December 2005 | John Timmer
    The verdict [PH here: the journalist means "judgment"] rendered in the Dover case has been echoing around on news and commentary sites for several days now, and a few themes are emerging. Many are upset about the scope of the legal arguments, and there's a smattering of complaints about the social implications. From a science point of view, the interesting thing about the case was that it was the first time that the relative merits of intelligent design (ID) and evolutionary theory were put before a dispassionate observer, who was tasked with evaluting them. Experts, including the most prominent pro-ID...
  • Dover Intelligent Design Decision Criticized (Discovery Institute reaction)

    12/20/2005 9:07:12 AM PST · by Senator Bedfellow · 284 replies · 2,641+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | December 20, 2005 | Discovery Institute Staff
    SEATTLE — "The Dover decision is an attempt by an activist federal judge to stop the spread of a scientific idea and even to prevent criticism of Darwinian evolution through government-imposed censorship rather than open debate, and it won't work," said Dr. John West, Associate Director of the Center for Science and Culture at Discovery Institute, the nation's leading think tank researching the scientific theory known as intelligent design. “He has conflated Discovery Institute’s position with that of the Dover school board, and he totally misrepresents intelligent and the motivations of the scientists who research it.” “A legal ruling can't...
  • Intelligent Design Grounded in Strong Science

    12/17/2005 9:55:08 PM PST · by Coleus · 9 replies · 562+ views
    CBN News ^ | Gailon Totheroh
    SEATTLE, Washington - The Dover, Pennsylvania school board is on trial in the state capitol. Their crime? They wanted to tell high school students once a year that evolution is only a theory. They also wanted to mention an alternate theory: Intelligent Design, or ID. That was too much for some parents. They sued, claiming ID is religious and therefore illegal in school. The judge will decide the case in the next few weeks. So is ID really just religion in disguise? Do both biology and astronomy support ID? And who are these people promoting ID? To answer those questions,...
  • The Idea of the (Feminized) University

    12/17/2005 4:49:21 AM PST · by Tom D. · 50 replies · 2,568+ views
    National Review ^ | December 16, 2005 | George Gilder
    CULTURE WATCH The Idea of the (Feminized) University Coeds are one thing . . . GEORGE GILDER Why would any self-respecting boy want to attend one of America’s increasingly feminized universities? Most of these institutions have flounced through the last forty years fashioning a fluffy pink playpen of feminist studies and agitprop “herstory,” taught amid a green goo of eco-motherism and anti-industrial phobia. They routinely showcase such trendy trumperies as The Vagina Monologues, while sacrificing thousands of men’s athletic teams at the altar of Title IX. They happily open their arms to the recruiting efforts of gay and lesbian student...
  • Intelligent Design could be a bridge between civilizations.

    12/01/2005 11:06:53 AM PST · by atlaw · 84 replies · 1,692+ views
    NRO (nationalreviewonline) ^ | December 01, 2005 | Mustafa Akyol
    When President Bush declared his support for the teaching of Intelligent Design (ID) theory in public schools along with Darwinian evolution, both he and the theory itself drew a lot of criticism. Among the many lines of attack the critics launch, one theme remains strikingly constant: the notion that ID is a Trojan Horse of Christian fundamentalists whose ultimate aim is to turn the U.S. into an theocracy. In a furious New Republic cover story, "The Case Against Intelligent Design," Jerry Coyne joins in this hype and implies that all non-Christians, including Muslims, should be alarmed by this supposedly Christian...
  • Intelligent Design Grounded in Science

    11/13/2005 6:07:54 AM PST · by NYer · 621 replies · 5,854+ views
    CBN ^ | November 2005 | By Gailon Totheroh – SEATTLE, Washington - The Dover, Pennsylvania school board is on trial in the state capitol. Their crime? They wanted to tell high school students once a year that evolution is only a theory. They also wanted to mention an alternate theory: Intelligent Design, or ID. That was too much for some parents. They sued, claiming ID is religious and therefore illegal in school. The judge will decide the case in the next few weeks.So is ID really just religion in disguise? Do both biology and astronomy support ID? And who are these people promoting ID?To answer those questions,...
  • Discovery Institute and Thomas More Law Center Squabble in AEI Forum

    10/26/2005 12:36:08 PM PDT · by jennyp · 330 replies · 4,358+ views
    NSCE ^ | 10/23/2005 | Nick Matzke (transcriptionist)
    On October 21, the American Enterprise Institute sponsored a forum titled "Science Wars" that focused on the intelligent design/evolution controversy. Among the participants in the forum were the Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, Richard Thompson, and Mark Ryland, Director of the Discovery Institute's Washington office. During the course of the discussion, Ryland claimed that the Discovery Institute had "never set out to have school boards" teach intelligent design. He was swiftly corrected by Thompson, who held up a copy of the Discovery Institute's "Intelligent Design in Public School Science Curriculum: A Guidebook" by Steven Meyer and David...
  • Discovery Institute's “Wedge Document” How Darwinist Paranoia Fueled an Urban Legend

    10/07/2005 7:48:04 PM PDT · by Heartlander · 594 replies · 5,619+ views
    Evolution News ^ | 10/07/05 | Staff
    Discovery Institute's “Wedge Document”: How Darwinist Paranoia Fueled an Urban Legend In 1999 someone posted on the internet an early fundraising proposal for Discovery Institute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture. Dubbed the “Wedge Document,” this proposal soon took on a life of its own, popping up in all sorts of places and eventually spawning what can only be called a giant urban legend. Among true-believers on the Darwinist fringe the document came to be viewed as evidence for a secret conspiracy to fuse religion with science and impose a theocracy. These claims were so outlandish that for...
  • Profs should protect Rice's intelligent design (barf alert)

    09/02/2005 7:29:00 PM PDT · by Right_at_RiceU · 12 replies · 553+ views
    The Rice Thresher ^ | September 2, 2005 | Evan Mintz
    In his Call to Conversation, President David Leebron made the case for increasing Rice’s size. Students are quick to attack any increase in size, because our small size and tight-knit community make Rice great. Unfortunately, size is also one of our weaknesses, as was made obvious to me over the summer when the Discovery Institute — a conservative organization leading the war against evolution, with no relationship to the television network — released a list of 400 scientists who question Darwinism. The “Scientific Dissent from Darwinism” stated: “We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural...