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  • Christians Divided Over Earth's Age According to ChristiaNet Poll

    08/14/2007 8:44:03 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 55 replies · 1,069+ views
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 14, 2007 | Staff, the world's largest Christian portal with twelve million monthly page loads, conducted a recent poll asking, "Is the Earth billions of years old?" Regardless the selection of "Yes", "No" or "Unsure", these Christian voters agreed that, "In the beginning God created..." "A point of confusion seems to be whether there is a gap of time between the beginning of universe and the creation of Adam", stated Bill Cooper, President of ChristiaNet. Out of 797 polled, 43% believed the Earth is less than billions of years old. The vast majority of this group felt the Earth is between 6,000 and...
  • Former NASA engineer touts creationism

    08/04/2007 8:55:32 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 128 replies · 1,528+ views
    Galveston Daily News ^ | August 4, 2007 | Rick Cousins
    Tom Henderson is not much of a watchmaker. He shakes a small glass jar containing a tiny metallic gear, a brass bezel, a scarred watch crystal and dozens of other nearly microscopic, shiny objects. But, no watch. He vigorously rattles the container again. Still, no watch. For Henderson, a retired NASA engineer and creationist speaker, that is the point. No watchmaker — no watch. He’s carried the somewhat-out-of favor message of special creation to nine foreign countries in the past several decades because he is convinced that how we believe the world came to be it is important. His is...
  • Society Of Vertebrate Paleontology Speaks Out On Creation Museum

    07/29/2007 2:13:08 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 132 replies · 2,436+ views
    ScienceDaily ^ | July 30, 2007
    Professional paleontologists from around the world are concerned about the misrepresentation of science at the newly opened Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky. The Creation Museum has been marketed to the public as a “reasoned, logical defence” for young-earth creationism by Ken Ham, the President and CEO of Answers in Genesis, which runs the Creation Museum. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, a world-wide scientific and educational organization concerned with vertebrate paleontology, contends that the museum presents visitors with a view of earth history that has been scientifically disproven for over a century...
  • Fossil finds shake up dinosaur theories

    07/22/2007 8:19:41 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 264 replies · 6,396+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | July 19, 2007 | Betsy Mason
    Dinosaur fossils found in New Mexico are challenging the idea that when dinosaurs appeared on the scene some 235 million years ago, they quickly rose to dominate the landscape. Buried among the dinosaur bones, a team led by UC Berkeley paleontologists discovered the remnants of the dinosaurs' predecessors, dinosauromorphs, that lived 15-20 million years after the first dinosaur showed up. "It was very exciting because we knew this was a type of animal that no one thought you'd find anywhere at any time in North America," said paleontologist Randall Irmis, a graduate student at UC Berkeley and lead author of...
  • Big Chicken with Sharp Teeth

    07/21/2007 4:05:25 PM PDT · by rickdylan · 43 replies · 1,084+ views
    I looked for an existing FR thread on this one and didn't find one. There were a couple of threads from a year or so ago describing the original find but nothing on the more recent news. Researchers in 2005 broke a tyrannosaur bone in half to get it on a small helicopter which was all they had available and found soft tissue inside the bone including what looked like raw meet, blood vessels, and blood. More recently, collagen and proteins from this bone have been sequenced and turnout to be altogether similar to those of chickens. The tyrannosaur apparently...
  • Pro-Darwin Biology Professor...Supports Teaching Intelligent Design

    06/23/2007 12:21:46 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 1,634 replies · 13,008+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | June 22, 2007
    Pro-Darwin Biology Professor Laments Academia's "Intolerance" and Supports Teaching Intelligent Design Charles Darwin famously said, "A fair result can be obtained only by fully balancing the facts and arguments on both sides of each question." According to a recent article by J. Scott Turner, a pro-Darwin biology professor at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, New York, modern Neo-Darwinists are failing to heed Darwin's advice. (We blogged about a similar article by Turner in The Chronicle of Higher Education in January, 2007.) Turner is up front with his skepticism of intelligent design (ID), which will hopefully allow...
  • Don't let Darwin make a monkey out of you

    07/17/2007 2:30:26 AM PDT · by balch3 · 115 replies · 2,306+ views
    Crossrhythms ^ | July 16, 2007 | Steve Maltz
    There are plenty of things in this life that we accept as true. Sometimes we grow out of them as we grow up, as in the case of Father Christmas, the tooth fairy and a decent postal service. As we become more aware of the world around us, then some previously accepted truths are discarded. Yet some are not and we go through life believing the same old stuff mainly because nothing else has come along to teach us otherwise. This is fine as long as there's some semblance of truth in what we're believing, but there are some things...
  • Science Museums Adapt in Struggle against Creationist Revisionism

    07/14/2007 10:33:34 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 632 replies · 6,055+ views
    Scientific American ^ | July 12, 2007 | Elizabeth Landau
    Madonna and Bon Jovi are no match for Hawaiian flies when it comes to karaoke hits at the University of Nebraska State Museum in Lincoln. In a popular exhibit activity, visitors attempt to mimic the unique courtship calls of different species of Hawaiian Drosophila, a group of 800 different flies that may have evolved from a single species. Fly karaoke is part of "Explore Evolution," a permanent exhibit currently at Nebraska and five other museums in the Midwest and Southwest...that explores evolutionary concepts in new ways. Such an activity is a far cry from the traditional way science museums have...
  • Teach the controversy ['lawsuit-proof' balanced approach to teaching evolution]

    07/13/2007 2:28:17 PM PDT · by Zender500 · 41 replies · 651+ views
    WORLD ^ | July 21, 2007 | Mark Bergin
    For 15 years Doug Cowan has taught the scientific evidence for and against Darwinism to biology students at Curtis High, a large public school several miles southwest of Tacoma, Wash. Over that time, the popular teacher and athletic coach has drawn periodic criticisms from community activists and local media. But he has faced no lawsuits and never worried over losing his job. Students in Cowan's classes praise his balanced presentation. And parents rarely, if ever, raise objections. "I haven't heard a thing," he told WORLD. "Parents think it's really neat that I'm allowing kids to weigh the evidence from both...
  • I hate green eggs but I love Ken Ham ! (Rebutting critics of the new Creation Museum)

    07/12/2007 7:11:29 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 10 replies · 959+ views
    Worldnetdaily ^ | 07/12/2007 | John Lofton
    By John Lofton I do not like green eggs. But, I love Ken Ham, I do. I do not like green eggs here or there. But, I love Ken Ham anywhere! I do not like green eggs in a box, with a fox, In a house, with a mouse. Green eggs make me sick just to see 'em. But, I love Ken Ham and his (His) museum! I love Ken Ham – president of the Answers In Genesis ministry – because he's a Christian with a brain and he has the guts to defend the faith. I also love him...
  • 24 Observations on the Intelligent Design versus Macro Evolution debate

    07/07/2007 12:58:27 AM PDT · by MatthewTan · 54 replies · 1,153+ views ^ | June 28, 2007 | Pat Sullivan
    24 Observations on the Intelligent Design versus Macro Evolution debate I kicked off quite a firestorm with my recent post on Marketing Darwin. The blogger Orac picked it up, shredded it to pieces, which led to dozens of comments at my blog and his. Smelling fresh blood, Professor PZ Meyers takes me to task, and more comments ensue. Basically, I get trashed really badly. Thank goodness I am secure in my old age! :) I find it all interesting. Many of the commenters raise some really good points, and I agree with some of them. Many though seem to deliberately...
  • Evolution is preposterous

    07/07/2007 2:31:35 AM PDT · by balch3 · 365 replies · 6,653+ views
    The Irish Independent ^ | July 7, 2007 | CIARAN FARRELL,
    Mr Lundbergh is absolutely accurate in his critique of the false pseudo-scientific religion of Darwinism. The hysterical/irrational reaction of its adherents is similar in many ways to the reaction to Pope Benedict's brilliant Regensburg lecture. Such people do not like to have their certainties questioned. For anyone with an open mind, neither historical evidence nor scientific experimentation lend any credibility to this "theory". It remains just that, a preposterous theory, not a matter of fact. It's very much a case of ideology masquerading as science, a crutch for closed minds, an ideology for the deluded. There's nothing concrete or tangible...
  • Surprises in sea anemone genome (More Vindication for Intelligent Design/Creation Science)

    07/06/2007 11:20:54 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 189 replies · 3,537+ views
    The Scientist ^ | July 5, 2007 | Melissa Lee Phillips
    The study also found that these similarities were absent from fruit fly and nematode genomes, contradicting the widely held belief that organisms become more complex through evolution. The findings suggest that the ancestral animal genome was quite complex, and fly and worm genomes lost some of that intricacy as they evolved. It’s surprising to find such a “high level of genomic complexity in a supposedly primitive animal such as the sea anemone,” Koonin told The Scientist. It implies that the ancestral animal “was already extremely highly complex, at least in terms of its genomic organization and regulatory and signal transduction...
  • Evolution as a scientific principle has been seriously challenged

    07/04/2007 5:43:27 PM PDT · by balch3 · 107 replies · 2,439+ views
    Stabroke News ^ | July 4th, 2007 | Roger Williams
    Dear Editor, Reading Kowlessar Misir's letter captioned "Science and Religion are mutually exclusive: belief is a matter of faith!" (07.06.30) is a tortuous journey. Throughout the letter, one senses the difficulty in conceptualizing the big picture, and also a desperate search for meaning. An indication of Misir's dilemma is the fact that, in the tight space of a single page, he asked 21 questions rather than exercise diligence in rationalizing their answers. The reason for this, sadly, is found in the very last line of his effort as he quotes Miller on Darwin, denying the existence of a soul. Could...
  • Michael Behe Responds to Critics of his New Book "The Edge of Evolution"

    06/30/2007 10:08:27 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 862+ views ^ | June 27, 2007 | Michael Behe
    Major reviews of The Edge of Evolution have begun to appear. Because the conclusion of the book is so controversial, it’s no surprise that responses by some Darwinists so far have been pretty emotional and defensive...
  • Darwinism at AEI

    06/27/2007 11:55:52 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 248 replies · 2,882+ views
    Darwinism at AEI By: Tom Bethell American Spectator July 1, 2007 Early in May, the American Enterprise Institute held a debate about Darwinism, a faith embedded in many debates, whether scientific, religious or political. The recent irruption of atheism can be traced to the Darwinian creed, for the well publicized testimonials of Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens all have recourse to Darwinism at various points. It purports to explain how we got here without any need for God or gods. Darwinism is best seen as 19th century philosophy—materialism—dressed up as science, and directed against a theological argument for...
  • An alternative theory on cancer (How Darwinism hinders the "War on Cancer")

    06/27/2007 10:57:15 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 124 replies · 2,763+ views ^ | June 27, 2007
    Thirty-six years into the war on cancer, scientists have not only failed to come up with a cure, but most of the newer drugs suffer from the same problems as those available in the pre-war days: serious toxicity, limited effectiveness and eventual resistance. This is no surprise to University of California, Berkeley, genetics researcher Peter Duesberg, professor of molecular and cell biology. According to his novel yet controversial "chromosomal" theory of cancer, which is receiving increased attention among cancer researchers, each cancer is unique, and there is no magic bullet. "The mutation theory of cancer says that a limited number...
  • Creationism makes a comeback in US

    06/25/2007 5:55:14 PM PDT · by Alien Syndrome · 237 replies · 3,413+ views
    abc news ^ | Mon Jun 25, 2007 11:24am AEST | Mark Simkin
    In the United States the old but bitter debate between evolution and creationism is heating up again. Three of the Republican presidential candidates do not believe in evolution and a high-tech creation museum recently opened in Kentucky. Much of the debate has been fuelled by a book claiming the Grand Canyon, one of America's most well-known landmarks, was carved by Noah's flood rather than erosion. Every national park has at least one gift shop - usually more - selling t-shirts, snow domes, mugs, postcards and books. At the Grand Canyon you will find books on the canyon's history, the canyon's...
  • Can America Survive Evolutionary Humanism?

    06/20/2007 5:24:39 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 578 replies · 5,083+ views
    Mens News Daily ^ | June 19, 2007 | Linda Kimball
    In addition to original Darwinism, today there are two other versions of evolutionary theory: punctuated equilibrium and neo-Darwinism, a revamped version of the original Darwinism. No matter the variant though, evolution serves as the creation myth for the theological and philosophical worldview of Evolutionary Humanism (Naturalism). “Evolution is a religion,” declared evolutionary Humanist Michael Ruse. “This was true of evolution in the beginning and it is true still today…One of the most popular books of the era was ‘Religion Without Revelation,’ by Julian Huxley, grandson of Thomas Huxley…As always evolution was doing everything expected of religion and more.” (National Post,...
  • Jumping 'Junk' DNA May Fuel Mammalian Evolution ('Junk' DNA not junk at all...ID Vindicated Again)

    06/21/2007 5:55:18 PM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 61 replies · 1,318+ views
    Scientific American ^ | April 23, 2007 | JR Minkel
    Tiny, jumping bits of DNA are looking less like genomic junk and more like significant players in mammalian evolution, according to a new analysis...
  • Evolution vs. Intelligent Design : Chesterfield School Board takes up debate on theories of life.

    06/08/2007 10:45:45 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 300 replies · 2,091+ views ^ | 06/05/2007 | Donna Gregory
    How were the oceans, puppies and human beings formed? Was it through evolution, creationism or something in between? It's a heavy topic that's generated debate for years. That discourse landed in Chesterfield School Board members' laps recently when they set about adopting new science textbooks for middle and high schools. At issue was the concept of intelligent design, and why none of the proposed textbooks offered an alternative to evolution for how the universe came to be. Intelligent design proponents urged the School Board to include that theory in the school system's science curriculum so students can consider differing viewpoints...
  • Why I believe in Creation

    06/17/2007 6:54:37 PM PDT · by Rodney King · 715 replies · 9,173+ views
    Worlnetdaily ^ | 12/17/2004 | joe farah
    Why I believe in Creation Posted: December 17, 2004 1:00 a.m. Eastern I was stunned the other day when I asked evolution-believing listeners to my nationally syndicated radio show to call in and tell me why they believed. "Just give me one reason why you accept the theory," I said. "Just give me the strongest argument. You don't have to give me mountains of evidence. Just tell me why I should accept it." Not one evolutionist called in. Meanwhile, the phone banks lit up with dozens of evolution skeptics. Go figure. For more than 40 years, evolution has been taught...
  • Intelligent Design and the Death of the "Junk-DNA" Neo-Darwinian Paradigm

    06/16/2007 1:09:15 AM PDT · by balch3 · 129 replies · 1,908+ views
    Discovery Institute ^ | June 15, 2007 | Casey Luskin
    Two recent news articles are discussing the death of the junk-DNA icon of Neo-Darwinism. Wired Magazine has an article pejoratively titled "One Scientist's Junk Is a Creationist's Treasure" that emphasizes the positive point that intelligent design has made successful predictions on the question of "junk-DNA." The article reports: [A] surprising group is embracing the results: intelligent-design advocates. Since the early '70s, many scientists have believed that a large amount of many organisms' DNA is useless junk. But recently, genome researchers are finding that these "noncoding" genome regions are responsible for important biological functions. The Wired Magazine article then quotes Discovery...
  • China finds new species of big, bird-like dinosaur

    06/13/2007 8:09:23 AM PDT · by EndWelfareToday · 75 replies · 1,411+ views
    Yahoo News/Reuters ^ | Wed Jun 13 | Tan Ee Lyn and Ben Blanchard
    HONG KONG/BEIJING (Reuters) - China has uncovered the skeletal remains of a gigantic, surprisingly bird-like dinosaur, which has been classed as a new species.Eight meters (26 ft) long and standing at twice the height of a man at the shoulder, the fossil of the feathered but flightless Gigantoraptor erlianensis was found in the Erlian basin in Inner Mongolia, researchers wrote in the latest issue of Nature.The researchers said the dinosaur, discovered in April 2005, weighed about 1.4 tonnes and lived some 85 million years ago.According to lines of arrested growth detected on its bones, it died as a young adult...
  • 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,...
  • Science Becoming a Religion

    06/10/2007 6:38:21 PM PDT · by kathsua · 285 replies · 3,581+ views
    Telegraph ^ | June 10, 2007 | ReasonMcLucus
    Empirical science and religion differ in some fundamental ways. Scientists look for questions to ask. Priests (preachers, rabbis, etc) just provide answers. Science has theories that are subject to change. In 1896, physicists believed that atoms were the smallest particles of matter. A year latter J.J. Thomson overturned this theory by reporting his discovery that atoms were actually comprised of smaller charged particles he called "protons", "electrons" and "neutrons". Later research demonstrated that Thomson's particles were comprised of even smaller particles. Religion has truths that are to be accepted without question. Those who question these truths may be treated as...
  • What I Think About Evolution

    06/01/2007 10:57:28 AM PDT · by truthfinder9 · 6 replies · 490+ views
    New York Times ^ | SAM BROWNBACK
    He does a fairly good job explaining the issue, which is unusual for a politician. I'm happy he pointed out the problem of "atheistic theology posing as science." It's usually the evolutionists trying to insert religion, not design scientists. ***** IN our sound-bite political culture, it is unrealistic to expect that every complicated issue will be addressed with the nuance or subtlety it deserves. So I suppose I should not have been surprised earlier this month when, during the first Republican presidential debate, the candidates on stage were asked to raise their hands if they did not “believe” in evolution....
  • Creation Museum Marries Adam, Eve and Dinosaurs

    05/26/2007 9:24:34 AM PDT · by Sleeping Beauty · 358 replies · 5,268+ views
    ABC News ^ | May 25, 2007 | Staff
    Some Scientists Worry That Sophisticated Center Will Distort Children's Views of Science According to an ABC News poll, 60 percent of Americans believe God created the world in six days. In Petersburg, Ky., this weekend, a creation museum is opening that depicts a story far from what you may have learned in science class. Exhibits at almost every natural history museum teach that dinosaurs are millions of years old, and that they died out long before human beings existed. But at the Creation Museum, they say God created dinosaurs and humans at the same time. The Creation Museum, designed by...
  • Evolution Opponent Is in Line for Schools Post

    05/23/2007 8:19:05 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 473 replies · 4,333+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 19, 2007 | CORNELIA DEAN
    The National Association of State Boards of Education will elect officers in July, and for one office, president-elect, there is only one candidate: a member of the Kansas school board who supported its efforts against the teaching of evolution. Scientists who have been active in the nation’s evolution debate say they want to thwart his candidacy, but it is not clear that they can. The candidate is Kenneth R. Willard, a Kansas Republican who voted with the conservative majority in 2005 when the school board changed the state’s science standards to allow inclusion of intelligent design, an ideological cousin of...
  • Academia's Assault on Intelligent Design

    05/28/2007 5:44:20 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 496 replies · 4,923+ views
    Townhall ^ | May 27,2007 | Ken Connor
    There is evidence for intelligent design in the universe." This does not seem like an especially radical statement; many people believe that God has revealed himself through creation. Such beliefs, however, do not conform to politically correct notions in academia, as Professor Guillermo Gonzalez is learning the hard way. An astronomer at Iowa State University, Professor Gonzalez was recently denied tenure—despite his stellar academic record—and it is increasingly clear he was rejected for one reason: He wrote a book entitled The Privileged Planet which showed that there is evidence for design in the universe.& nbsp; Dr. Gonzalez's case has truly...
  • Dinosaurs frolic with Adam and Eve at creationism museum

    05/26/2007 4:48:47 PM PDT · by celmak · 464 replies · 7,713+ views
    afp ^ | may 20, 2007 | Mira Oberman
    PETERSBURG, United States (AFP) - Dinosaurs frolic with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden and an animatronic Noah directs work on his Ark in a multimillion dollar creationism museum set to open next week in Kentucky. Designed by the creator of the King Kong and Jaws exhibits at the Universal Studios theme park, the stunning 60,000 square foot (5,400 square-metre) facility is built for a specific purpose: refuting evolution and expanding the flock of believers in a literal interpretation of the Bible. "You'll get people into a place like this that you can't get into a church with...
  • Dinosaur 'feathers' are no such thing

    05/22/2007 8:36:06 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 177 replies · 3,506+ views ^ | May 23, 2007 | Staff
    The theory that dinosaurs gave rise to birds has been dealt a blow by palaeontologists who have examined critical evidence from a Chinese fossil. The discoverers of the turkey-sized dinosaur Sinosauropteryx say it would have had primitive feathers, supporting the bird-from-dinosaurs theory. But the latest research says these 'proto-feathers' are really frilly structures on the creature's back. Researchers led by South African academic Professor Theagarten Lingham-Soliar at the University of KwaZulu-Natal publish their study in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. The debate focuses on Sinosauropteryx, a fossil found in 1994 by a farmer in Liaoning province, northeastern China....
  • 'Explore as much as we can': Nobel Prize winner Charles Townes on evolution & intelligent design

    05/16/2007 6:54:51 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 654 replies · 7,215+ views
    UC Berkeley News ^ | 06/17/2005 | Bonnie Azab Powell,
    Charles Townes is the Nobel Prize Physics winner whose pioneering work led to the maser and later the laser. The University of California, Berkeley interviewed him on his 90th birthday where they talked about evolution, intelligent design and the meaning of life. I thought this would be good to share... ---------------------------------------- BERKELEY – Religion and science, faith and empirical experiment: these terms would seem to have as little in common as a Baptist preacher and a Berkeley physicist. And yet, according to Charles Hard Townes, winner of a Nobel Prize in Physics and a UC Berkeley professor in the Graduate...
  • Why evolution is a political question

    05/08/2007 9:24:03 PM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 330 replies · 3,504+ views
    Morse Code ^ | May 8,2007 | Chuck Morse
    During the May 3 Republican presidential debate, moderator Chris Matthews asked the candidates “How many of you don’t believe in evolution?” Sen. Sam Brownback, Gov. Mike Huckabee, and Rep. Tom Tancredo all raised their hands indicating that they did not believe in it. Rep. Barney Frank raised the same question in 2004 when he accused me, his opponent that year, of questioning the theory of evolution. Liberals are confident that those who question the theory of evolution will be held up for public ridicule and scorn. Many liberals pride themselves on questioning everything in life except when it comes to...
  • The evolution-creation controversy

    05/11/2007 6:17:56 AM PDT · by Chuckmorse · 19 replies · 822+ views
    Morse Code ^ | May 11, 2007 | Chuck Morse
    The email entering my box has been abusive in response to my column “Why is Evolution a political question (5/8).” I wrote the column in response to the Republican Presidential debate in which moderator Chris Matthews asked the candidates “How many of you don’t believe in evolution?” Apparently, for some, questioning the theory of evolution is a cardinal sin. I’ve written hundreds of columns over the years and no issue causes more gnashing of teeth than questioning the validity of the theory of evolution. Why is that? Two basic factors are at play. Firstly, an examination of the theory of...
  • A Split Emerges as Conservatives Discuss Darwin

    05/05/2007 6:10:09 AM PDT · by shrinkermd · 137 replies · 2,833+ views
    New York Times ^ | 5 May 2007 | Patricia Cohen
    ...On one level the debate can be seen as a polite discussion of political theory among the members of a small group of intellectuals. But the argument also exposes tensions within the Republicans’ “big tent,” as could be seen Thursday night when the party’s 10 candidates for president were asked during their first debate whether they believed in evolution. Three — Senator Sam Brownback; Mike Huckabee; and Tom Tancredo of Colorado — indicated they did not. ...The reference to stem cells suggests just how wide the split is. “The current debate is not primarily about religious fundamentalism,” Mr. West, the...
  • In the beginning (Evolution and religion)

    04/30/2007 1:18:21 PM PDT · by mjp · 137 replies · 1,849+ views ^ | Apr 19th 2007
    The debate over creation and evolution, once most conspicuous in America, is fast going global THE “Atlas of Creation” runs to 770 pages and is lavishly illustrated with photographs of fossils and living animals, interlaced with quotations from the Koran. Its author claims to prove not only the falsehood of Charles Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection, but the links between “Darwinism” and such diverse evils as communism, fascism and terrorism. In recent weeks the “Atlas de la Création” has been arriving unsolicited and free of charge at schools and universities across French-speaking Europe. It is the latest sign...
  • MU professor takes heat for views on ‘intelligent design’

    04/26/2007 9:28:48 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 59 replies · 1,182+ views
    Columbia Tribune News ^ | 04/25/2007 | JACOB LUECKE
    ‘As a theory, I believe that intelligent design fits the evidence of biology better than Darwinian evolution.’ —-- MU Professor John Marshall A Columbia medical professor made his case for scientific acceptance of "intelligent design" last night and found himself taking fire from his peers for his view. John Marshall, a professor of internal medicine at the University of Missouri-Columbia, argued in front of about 100 people in a University Hospital auditorium that mainstream scientists were trying to kick intelligent design "off the playing field of science." At the heart of the argument for design, say proponents, is that elements...
  • Research questions evolution theories

    04/25/2007 6:47:07 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 206 replies · 2,998+ views
    ABC News Online ^ | April 26, 2007 | Staff
    Scientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies believe discoveries about the genetic complexity of coral could rewrite theories about evolution. After identifying about 10,000 genes, they believe coral could contain more genes than humans who posses about 20,000. Coral is considered to be a simple animal. However, Professor David Miller says its genetic complexity challenges the notion that life started out simple then evolved to become more sophisticated. "There's this intrinsic tendency to think about a slow accumulation of complexity and a slow accumulation of genes which have allowed an increased morphological complexity in higher animals...
  • Creation Museum's 1st visitor? Bill Maher

    04/23/2007 1:13:23 AM PDT · by dbehsman · 32 replies · 1,294+ views ^ | 4-16-07 | Jim Fletcher
    The new $30 million, 60,000-square-foot Creation Museum, built on prime real estate near Cincinnati's airport, isn't scheduled to open its doors officially until May 28, but it already had its first celebrity visitor. The facility, the crowning achievement of Answers in Genesis, which defends a biblical worldview including its account of Creation, was visited unexpectedly – and covertly – by comedian Bill Maher, formerly of ABC's "Politically Incorrect" and lately of HBO's "Real Time," and who once said Christians suffer from a neurological disorder. Ken Ham, president of the organization, calls the incident part of "an elaborate media deception." "A...
  • Israeli researchers: 'Lucy' is not direct ancestor of humans

    04/16/2007 8:51:39 AM PDT · by bedolido · 47 replies · 1,775+ views ^ | 4-16-2007 | JUDY SIEGEL-ITZKOVICH
    Tel Aviv University anthropologists say they have disproven the theory that "Lucy" - the world-famous 3.2-million-year-old Australopithecus afarensis skeleton found in Ethiopia 33 years ago - is the last ancestor common to humans and another branch of the great apes family known as the "Robust hominids." The jaw bone of Lucy and the jaw bone of Australopithecus afarensis.
  • Evolution and Eugenics

    04/04/2007 11:09:03 PM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 17 replies · 705+ views
    Ethan Clive Osgoode
    IT IS OFTEN SAID that there is no connection between darwinism and eugenics. In effect, that whatever association darwinians have with eugenics is coincidental and of no importance. It is readily admitted that Galton was a eugenicist, but his teachings were supposedly a personal aberration which did not figure much in the history of darwinism nor in the teaching of evolutionary biology. Horatio Hackett Newman was a Zoologist at the University of Chicago and a scientist of impeccable darwinian credentials. He was an expert witness at the Scopes trial, where he left his stamp on the Darwin debate by introducing...
  • Oregon Biology Teacher Fired Over Bible References

    03/20/2007 2:02:43 PM PDT · by Diago · 187 replies · 4,033+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, March 20, 2007
    During his eight days as a part-time high school biology teacher, Kris Helphinstine included Biblical references in material he provided to students and gave a PowerPoint presentation that made links between evolution, Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood. That was enough for the Sisters School Board, which fired the teacher Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution.
  • Find raises doubts on key theory of human evolution

    04/02/2007 7:10:57 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 86 replies · 2,262+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | April 3, 2007 | JOHN VON RADOWITZ
    A 40,000-YEAR-OLD skeleton found in China has raised questions about the "out of Africa" hypothesis on how early modern humans populated the planet. The fossil bones are the oldest from an adult "modern" human to be found in eastern Asia. They contain features that call into question the widely held view that our direct ancestors completed their evolution in Africa before spreading out into Europe and the Far East. The "out of Africa" hypothesis proposes that all humans alive today are descended from a small group of sub- Saharan Africans who made their way out of the continent about 60,000...
  • Kenyan Christians Want to Stop Museum's Evolution Exhibit

    02/13/2007 9:03:06 AM PST · by scottdeus12 · 15 replies · 522+ views
    Foxnews ^ | 2/7/07 | Associated Press
    NAIROBI, Kenya — Deep in the dusty, unlit corridors of Kenya's national museum, locked away in a plain-looking cabinet, is one of mankind's oldest relics: Turkana Boy, as he is known, the most complete skeleton of a prehistoric human ever found. But his first public display later this year is at the heart of a growing storm — one pitting scientists against Kenya's powerful and popular evangelical Christian movement. The debate over evolution vs. creationism — once largely confined to the United States — has arrived in a country known as the cradle of mankind.
  • Intelligent Design Scientists Will Showcase Evidence Challenging Evolution

    Intelligent Design Scientists Will Showcase Evidence Challenging Evolution at Knoxville Conference KNOXVILLE – What is intelligent design and what scientific evidence supports it? Why is it so controversial? How does it differ from Darwin’s theory of evolution? Is there a purpose to the universe? What new scientific facts are turning evolutionary theories upside down? This one-day conference will answer these and other intriguing questions. The emerging scientific theory of intelligent design is a hot topic at universities and research institutions around the world, and is now the focus of a day-long conference called Darwin vs. Design, coming to the Knoxville...
  • The Coulter Hoax: How Ann Coulter Exposed the Intelligent Design Movement

    03/31/2007 1:48:09 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 449 replies · 9,284+ views
    Talk Reason (from Skeptical Inquirer) ^ | March 14, 2007 | Peter Olofsson
    In the summer of 2006, I heard that a new book called Godless presented an insightful and devastating criticism of the theory of evolution. Although I learned that its author, Ann Coulter, is not a scientist but a lawyer turned author and TV pundit, she nevertheless appeared to be an intelligent and well-educated person, so I started reading. At first I was puzzled. There did not seem to be anything new; only tired and outdated antievolution arguments involving moths, finches, and fruit flies. But it wasn't until Coulter dusted off the old Piltdown man story that I suddenly realized: it...

    03/31/2007 1:09:59 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 142 replies · 1,562+ views
    DARWIN THEORY IS PROVED TRUE! That headline is from the New York Times. Have you seen similar headlines? I have. Many. "New Fossil Find Bolsters Evolution"... "DNA Proves Camels took to the Seas"... "Darwin Vindicated: Top Scientist evolves Yeast into Yeast", and so on. I have seen many such headlines in the media, in the last few years alone. But this is, to the best of my knowledge, the original "Darwin Proved True" headline. One can say, in a sense, that all subsequent "Darwin Proved True" articles evolved from this one, the common ancestor of them all, dated (by carbon...
  • $27 million anti-evolution museum to open soon

    03/26/2007 12:18:38 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 271 replies · 4,224+ views
    Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | March 26, 2007 | Andy Mead
    Tyrannosaurus rex was a strict vegetarian, and lived with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. There were dinosaurs of every kind aboard Noah's ark. Some dinosaurs managed to hang around until just a few hundred years ago. The legend of St. George slaying the dragon? That probably was a dinosaur. Exhibits showing all this and more will be at the Creation Museum, a $27 million religious showcase nearing completion in Northern Kentucky. The museum, in Boone County near the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, is being built by a non-profit group called Answers in Genesis. It is scheduled to...
  • Sisters High School biology teacher fired [Nazi/Planned Parenthood Powerpoint Made Public]

    03/24/2007 10:44:48 PM PDT · by Diago · 130 replies · 4,987+ views ^ | Mar 23,2007 | Alisha Wilson
    Sisters High School biology teacher fired amid controversial curriculum Mar 23,2007 00:00 by Alisha Wilson Board member releases teacher’s powerpoint presentation; says it was a “calculated decision on his part to bend young minds” Kris Helphinstine, a part-time biology teacher at Sisters High School was fired by the school board Monday night for deviating from the curriculum on the theory of evolution after only eight days on the job, four of which were spent teaching his own theories of evolution through a PowerPoint presentation that referenced Nazi Germany and Planned Parenthood. When asked why Helphinstine was dismissed, school board...