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  • U.S. Lags World in Grasp of Genetics and Acceptance of Evolution

    08/11/2006 11:54:04 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 193 replies · 4,229+ views
    Live Science ^ | 08/10/06 | Ker Than
    A comparison of peoples' views in 34 countries finds that the United States ranks near the bottom when it comes to public acceptance of evolution. Only Turkey ranked lower. Among the factors contributing to America's low score are poor understanding of biology, especially genetics, the politicization of science and the literal interpretation of the Bible by a small but vocal group of American Christians, the researchers say. “American Protestantism is more fundamentalist than anybody except perhaps the Islamic fundamentalist, which is why Turkey and we are so close,” said study co-author Jon Miller of Michigan State University. The researchers combined...
  • Evolution reversed in mice

    08/07/2006 2:13:03 PM PDT · by Lt_funk · 34 replies · 892+ views
    BBC Online ^ | Aug 7, 2006
    Evolution reversed in mice The mouse looks the same but has an ancient gene US researchers have taken a mouse back in time some 500 million years by reversing the process of evolution. By engineering its genetic blueprint, they have rebuilt a gene that was present in primitive animals. The ancient gene later mutated and split, giving rise to a pair of genes that play a key role in brain development in modern mammals. The scientists say the experiments shed light on how evolution works and could lead to new gene therapy techniques. "We are first to reconstruct an ancient...
  • Probing Question: What happened before the Big Bang?

    08/04/2006 4:26:21 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 520 replies · 9,694+ views
    Pennsylvania State University ^ | 03 August 2006 | Barbara Kennedy
    The question of what happened before the Big Bang long has frustrated cosmologists, both amateur and professional. Though Einstein's theory of general relativity does an excellent job of describing the universe almost back to its beginning, near the Big Bang matter becomes so dense that relativity breaks down, says Penn State physicist Abhay Ashtekar. "Beyond that point, we need to apply quantum tools that were not available to Einstein." Now Ashtekar and two of his post-doctoral researchers, Tomasz Pawlowski and Parmpreet Singh, have done just that. Using a theory called loop quantum gravity, they have developed a mathematical model that...
  • Evolution and the Kansas primaries

    07/14/2006 10:52:22 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 88 replies · 1,317+ views
    As the August 1, 2006, Kansas primary elections approach, evolution is a burning issue. The state board of education is at the center of the furor, of course; in November 2005, the board voted 6-4 to adopt a set of state science standards that were rewritten, under the tutelage of local "intelligent design" activists, to impugn the scientific status of evolution. The standards were denounced by a host of critics, including a group of 38 Nobel laureates (PDF), the National Science Teachers Association, the National Academy of Sciences, the , the American Institute for Biological Sciences, the committee that wrote...
  • Revisiting intelligent design [Ohio's schools]

    07/09/2006 4:41:41 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 159 replies · 1,756+ views
    THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH ^ | 09 July 2006 | Catherine Candisky
    State Board of Education panel may look at guidelines for classroom discussion of science controversies Less than five months after evolution won a round in the State Board of Education, some board members want to reopen the debate. Colleen Grady, a board member from the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville, wants to add guidelines to the state science standards for teaching on such topics as evolution, global warming, stem-cell research and cloning. Grady said she views her proposal as a compromise to ensure that differing views are considered when teaching such hot-button issues. "We would provide a template so schools would...
  • Darwinists Waging War on Kansas, Encouraging Schools To Disobey State Education Guidelines

    07/09/2006 3:41:26 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 45 replies · 957+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | July 7, 2006 | Robert Crowther
    There is a concerted effort underway in Kansas to censor science and undermine the strong science standards adopted there last year. In 2005 the Kansas state board of education (KSBOE) courageously voted to adopt science standards that require students to learn all about evolution, including both the scientific evidence and for and against the theory. That's it. The Board didn't require any alternative theories be taught, just the evidence for and against Darwinian evolution. However there are a number of groups both inside and outside of Kansas that are seeking to stifle discussion in Kansas classrooms of anything critical of...
  • Coulter exposes Darwinism

    07/08/2006 8:00:12 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 546 replies · 6,632+ views
    .renewamerica ^ | July 4 06 | wes vernon
    Virtually all the chattering-class attention has targeted Coulter's comments disparaging the "Jersey Girls" or (this past weekend) a charge that she plagiarized a few sentences. On the latter point, Coulter can defend herself. But a quick scan of one of the sentences in question shows wording that is easily different enough to pass the smell test on that issue. The "Jersey Girls" are four widows whose husbands died on 9/11. Coulter excoriates them for using their family tragedies to promote a left-wing political agenda. Whether one would have used exactly the same words to make the author's point (who can...
  • Intelligent design advocates to campaign in Kansas

    07/07/2006 2:39:21 PM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 309 replies · 2,758+ views
    Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) ^ | 07 July 2006 | Scott Rothschild
    A Seattle-based research group that advocates intelligent design said today it will campaign to educate Kansans that the science standards approved by the State Board of Education are sound. “Kansas citizens need to have accurate information about what the science standards do,” said John West, associate director of the Center for Science & Culture for Discovery Institute. West said the group will start an information campaign over the Internet immediately and possibly start a radio campaign. He declined to say how much the center would spend. The decision puts the Discovery Institute in the center of hotly-contested State Board of...
  • Bill: Science only in science class (Michigan)

    06/30/2006 1:22:51 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 63 replies · 1,093+ views
    The Saginaw News ^ | June 29, 2006 | JUDY PUTNAM
    LANSING -- Lawmakers have booted a plan requiring science teachers to present competing theories of evolution and global warming from legislation after critics said it would require public schools to teach religious theories about creation. The debate is not over. The House Education Committee voted 15-2 Wednesday to forward the bill by Midland Republican Rep. John Moolenaar requiring teachers to use scientific methods to evaluate scientific theories. It passed in an amended form proposed by Richland Republican Rep. Lorence Wenke that deleted examples of global warming and evolution, with support from Bad Axe Republican Tom Meyer and others. Lawmakers still...
  • Confusion at the Times Higher Education Supplement: Intelligent Design Theory is NOT Creationism

    06/30/2006 2:16:06 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 392 replies · 2,986+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | June 29, 2006 | Bruce L. Gordon, Ph.D.
    As we reported earlier this week, there were a number of articles equating intelligent design with creationism in the THES recently. Bruce Gordon, research director for Discovery's Center for Science & Culture, has written the following response to the THES, correcting their mistakes and outlining some of the key points of intelligent design theory. In a spate of articles published on June 23rd in the Times Higher Education Supplement, (here, here, here, here, and here) Jessica Shepherd and Steve Farrar, perhaps unintentionally, have succeeded in spreading the misconception that intelligent design (ID) theory and young earth creationism are so...
  • "Intelligent design" legislation in New York dies

    06/27/2006 3:41:53 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 273 replies · 2,375+ views
    When the New York State Assembly's legislative session ended on June 23, 2006, Assembly Bill 8036 died in committee. If enacted, the bill would have required that "all pupils in grades kindergarten through twelve in all public schools in the state ... receive instruction in all aspects of the controversy surrounding evolution and the origins of man." A later provision specified that such instruction would include information about "intelligent design and information effectively challenging the theory of evolution." The bill was never expected to succeed; its sponsor, Assemblyman Daniel L. Hooker (R-District 127), was reported as explaining that his intention...
  • Evolution: World science academies fight back against creationists

    06/21/2006 8:33:46 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 645 replies · 6,513+ views ^ | 21 June 2006 | Staff
    In a veiled attack on creationism, the world's foremost academies of science on Wednesday called on parents and teachers to provide children with the facts about evolution and the origins of life on Earth. A declaration signed by 67 national academies of science blasted the scriptural teaching of biology as a potential distortion of young minds. "In various parts of the world, within science courses taught in certain public systems of education, scientific evidence, data and testable theories about the origins and evolution of life on Earth are being concealed, denied or confused with theories not testable by science," the...
  • ACLU Demands and Dover Designs [School Board Conspiracy gave ACLU #1M]

    06/17/2006 12:19:17 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 72 replies · 1,524+ views
    American Enterprise Online ^ | June 2006 | Joe Manzari and Seth Cooper
    If the ACLU happens to sue your small hometown and then demands $1 million dollars for their lawyers, would you call them generous and charitable? Strangely enough, that's exactly what they’ve done to the small town of Dover, Pennsylvania. Following the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State's (AUSCS) federal trial court victory in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board (M.D.Penn. 2005), the ACLU recently announced it would "generously" demand only $1 million in costs and attorneys fees. Why $1 million you may ask? According to the ACLU’s Eric Rothschild, “We think it’s important that the public...
  • The ayatollah of atheism and Darwin’s altars

    05/27/2006 3:14:09 PM PDT · by Forgiven_Sinner · 282 replies · 3,695+ views
    Catholic Educators Resource Center ^ | 5/27/08 | PAUL JOHNSON
    How long will Darwin continue to repose on his high but perilous pedestal? I am beginning to wonder. Few people doubt the principles of evolution. The question at issue is: are all evolutionary advances achieved exclusively by the process of natural selection? That is the position of the Darwinian fundamentalists, and they cling to their absolutist position with all the unyielding certitude with which Southern Baptists assert the literal truth of the Book of Genesis, or Wahabi Muslims proclaim the need for a universal jihad against ‘the Great Satan’. At a revivalist meeting of Darwinians two or three years ago,...
  • Intelligent Judging — Evolution in the Classroom and the Courtroom

    05/24/2006 2:05:53 PM PDT · by flixxx · 447 replies · 3,856+ views
    New England Journal of Medicine ^ | 5 25 06 issue | George J. Annas, J.D., M.P.H.
    PDF PDA Full Text Add to Personal Archive Add to Citation Manager Notify a Friend E-mail When Cited E-mail When Letters Appear Find Similar Articles Religious arguments have permeated debates on the role of the law in medical practice at the beginning and the end of life. But nowhere has religion played so prominent a role as in the century-old quest to banish or marginalize the teaching of evolution in science classes. Nor has new genetics research that supports evolutionary theory at the molecular level dampened antievolution sentiment.1 Requiring public-school science teachers to teach specific religion-based alternatives to Darwin's theory...
  • The universe before it began

    05/24/2006 3:59:24 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 125 replies · 3,036+ views
    Seed Magazine ^ | 5/22/06 | Maggie Wittlin
    Scientists use quantum gravity to describe the universe before the Big Bang.Scientists may finally have an answer to a "big" question: If the Big Bang was the beginning of the universe, what could have caused it to happen? Using a theory called "loop quantum gravity," a group led by Penn State professor Abhay Ashtekar has shown that just before the Big Bang occurred, another universe very similar to ours may have been contracting. According to the group's findings, this previous universe eventually became so dense that a normally negligible repulsive component of the gravitational force overpowered the attractive component, causing...
  • (School) Board votes down evolution analysis

    03/10/2006 8:09:38 AM PST · by LouAvul · 225 replies · 2,494+ views
    cnn/ap ^ | 3-10-06
    South Carolina (AP) -- The state Board of Education on Wednesday rejected a state panel's proposal to change high school standards on evolution by calling on students to "critically analyze" the theory. Science teachers had complained that although critical analysis is part of all science, the wording was really a backdoor attempt to force educators to teach religious-based alternatives. In a 10-6 vote, board members agreed. The Education Oversight Committee, a school reform panel made up of lawmakers, teachers, parents and other community members, recommended the change last month. Panel member Senator Mike Fair, R-Greenville, has said it was intended...
  • Churches urged to back evolution

    02/20/2006 5:33:50 AM PST · by ToryHeartland · 2,340 replies · 21,894+ views
    British Broadcasting Corporation ^ | 20 February 2006 | Paul Rincon
    Churches urged to back evolution By Paul Rincon BBC News science reporter, St Louis US scientists have called on mainstream religious communities to help them fight policies that undermine the teaching of evolution. The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) hit out at the "intelligent design" movement at its annual meeting in Missouri. Teaching the idea threatens scientific literacy among schoolchildren, it said. Its proponents argue life on Earth is too complex to have evolved on its own. As the name suggests, intelligent design is a concept invoking the hand of a designer in nature. It's time to...
  • Is ID science or religion?

    01/25/2006 9:27:55 PM PST · by Luis Gonzalez · 232 replies · 2,122+ views ^ | Prof. Phillip E. Johnson
    Prof. Johnson is considered to be the father of the Intelligent Design movement. What follows is known as The Wedge Strategy, authored by Johnson. In the words of the recognized father of the ID movement...ID is religion.
  • WorldWatch - Creation and Evolution in the Schools

    01/19/2006 3:35:07 AM PST · by Mr170IQ · 411 replies · 3,099+ views
    World Watch and The Rhinoceros Times ^ | January 8, 2006 | Orson Scott Card
    Creation and Evolution in the Schools A few years ago it was "Creation Science" they were trying to teach in the schools. Creation Science was an attempt by fundamentalist Christians to give the Genesis account, as interpreted by them, a scientific veneer. But it was only that -- a thin surface -- and any student who actually believed that Creation Science had anything to do with science would have been educationally crippled. Now the controversy is between advocates of the theory of Intelligent Design vs. strict Darwinists. And some people want you to think it's the same argument. It isn't....
  • Calif. School Scraps 'Intelligent Design' [El Tejon litigation]

    01/17/2006 11:24:31 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 450 replies · 3,980+ views
    The Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.) ^ | 17 January 2006 | JULIANA BARBASSA
    A rural school district agreed to stop teaching a religion-based alternative to evolution as part of a court settlement filed Tuesday, a legal group said. Frazier Mountain High School will stop teaching a philosophy class discussing the theory of "intelligent design" this week and won't teach it in the future, said Ayesha N. Khan, legal director for Americans United for Separation of Church and State. Officials at the El Tejon Unified School District were not immediately available for comment. A federal judge in Fresno had been scheduled to hold a hearing Tuesday afternoon on whether to halt the class midway...
  • Cosmic Fingerprints: Evidence of Design Conference, South Carolina

    Cosmic Fingerprints: Evidence of Design RTB Regional Conference February 10-11, 2006 Charleston, SC Has a testable Creation Model solved the mystery of cosmic beginnings? Does the theory of evolution conflict with the most recent scientific data? World renowned astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross and Internationally respected biochemist Dr. Fazale "Fuz" Rana think so. These two scientists have developed a model for creation that is testable, falsifiable and predictive. For the first time in more than 80 years, this innovative approach catapults the evolution/creation debate from science vs. religion to science vs. science. As currently formulated, popular theories of origins are not...
  • Why Are Darwinists So Afraid of Intelligent Design?

    01/16/2006 8:32:58 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 758 replies · 6,068+ views
    Human Events ^ | Jan 17, 2006 | Barney Brenner
    Darwinists must be an endangered species. How else to explain their 80-year need for court protection to ensure their survival? In 1925, an ACLU-driven defense team in the Scopes-Monkey Trial wanted a court to declare that laws forbidding the teaching of evolution were unconstitutional. In recent weeks, in a courtroom in Dover, Pa., the same organization applauded a judge’s ruling that the teaching of ideas contrary to evolution, in this case Intelligent Design, were unconstitutional. The same ACLU that once advocated for free and open discussion in schools is working to see it stifled today. Its website boasts, “Intelligent Design...
  • Rockefeller researchers discover a biological clock within a clock

    01/13/2006 7:25:46 AM PST · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 304 replies · 5,111+ views
    Eurekalert ^ | 1/12/06 | Joseph Bonner
    Just as a pocket watch requires a complex system of gears and springs to keep it ticking precisely, individual cells have a network of proteins and genes that maintain their own internal clock -- a 24-hour rhythm that, in humans, regulates metabolism, cell division, and hormone production, as well as the wake-sleep cycle. Studying this "circadian" rhythm in fruit flies, which have genes that are similar to our own, scientists have constructed a basic model of how the cellular timekeeper works. But now, a new report in this week's issue of the journal Science turns the old model on its...
  • Attorney: Despite Dover Ruling, Intelligent Design Won't Go Away

    01/06/2006 7:47:54 PM PST · by wagglebee · 162 replies · 3,536+ views
    Agape Press ^ | 1/6/06 | Jim Brown
    (AgapePress) - A pro-family attorney is expressing dismay over a Pennsylvania school board's decision to drop a science policy that generated widespread controversy and national media attention. The newly elected Dover Area School Board has voted unanimously to rescind a policy designed to inform students that the theory of intelligent design, or ID, is an alternative to Darwin's theory of evolution.Last month a federal judge declared the Dover Area School District's policy unconstitutional, saying it violated the Establishment Clause, or separation of church and state. Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center, says the...
  • Revote today [Dover, PA school board]

    01/03/2006 12:12:37 PM PST · by PatrickHenry · 1,069 replies · 8,643+ views
    York Daily Record [Penna] ^ | 03 January 2006 | TOM JOYCE
    Also today, Dover's board might revoke the controversial intelligent design decision. Now that the issue of teaching "intelligent design" in Dover schools appears to be played out, the doings of the Dover Area School Board might hold little interest for the rest of the world. But the people who happen to live in that district find them to be of great consequence. Or so board member James Cashman is finding in his final days of campaigning before Tuesday's special election, during which he will try to retain his seat on the board. Even though the issue that put the Dover...
  • Creation evangelist derides evolution as ‘dumbest’ theory [Kent Hovind Alert!]

    12/17/2005 3:58:48 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 2,128 replies · 37,347+ views
    University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Post ^ | 17 December 2005 | Kayla Bunge
    A former high school science teacher turned creation science evangelist told an audience at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee last Tuesday that evolution is the “dumbest and most dangerous theory on planet Earth.” Kent Hovind, founder of Creation Science Evangelism, presented “Creation or Evolution … Which Has More Merit?” to a standing-room only audience in the Union Ballroom on Dec. 6. The event was sponsored by the Apologetics Association, the organization that brought Baptist minister Tim Wilkins to UWM to speak about homosexuality in October. No debate challengers Members of the Apologetics Association (AA) contacted biology, chemistry and geology professors at...
  • There is no proof that we evolved from apes. Period

    12/15/2005 9:10:41 AM PST · by flevit · 543 replies · 10,494+ views
    the Sunday Telegraph ^ | 9/11/05 | Vij Sodera
    Simon Schama appears to have little understanding of biology (Opinion, September 4). With an ostrich mindset that tries to ignore reality, pseudo-scientists continue in the vain hope that if they shout loud and long enough they can perpetuate the fairy story and bad science that is evolution. You don't have to be a religious fundamentalist to question evolution theory - you just have to have an open and enquiring mind and not be afraid of challenging dogma. But you must be able to discern and dodge the effusion of evolutionary landmines that are bluster and non sequiturs. No one denies...
  • Hume, Reid, and Signs of Intelligence

    12/04/2005 12:42:42 PM PST · by Tribune7 · 19 replies · 835+ views ^ | By William A. Dembski
    Didn't David Hume demolish not just the design argument for the existence of God but any sort of inference to design based on features of the natural world? David Hume's critique of intelligent design is vastly overrated. Nevertheless, his critique, especially at the hands of his contemporary disciples, has been highly effective at shutting down discussion about design. I want here to review Hume's critique, indicate how modern disciples have updated it, and then describe the response to Hume by his contemporary Thomas Reid. That response in my view is decisive. Would that more philosophers studied it. Hume did not...
  • University Cancels Class on Creationism [Professor Paul Mirecki, chairman of religious studies...]

    12/01/2005 11:47:39 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 96 replies · 1,982+ views
    University Cancels Class on Creationism By JOHN MILBURN, Associated Press Writer 19 minutes ago A University of Kansas course devoted to debunking creationism and intelligent design has been canceled after the professor caused a furor by sending an e-mail mocking Christian fundamentalists. Twenty-five students had enrolled in the course, "Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationism and Other Religious Mythologies," which had been scheduled for the spring. Professor Paul Mirecki, chairman of religious studies, canceled the class Wednesday, the university said. Mirecki recently posted an e-mail on a student organization forum in which he referred to religious conservatives as "fundies"...
  • Don’t Fear the Designer

    12/01/2005 1:35:18 PM PST · by wallcrawlr · 326 replies · 4,844+ views
    NRO ^ | 12.01.05 | Tom Bethell
    My new book, The Politically Incorrect Guide to Science, addresses many topics, ranging from endangered species to the alleged warfare of religion and science. But two in particular have repeatedly come up in radio interviews: global warming and intelligent design (I have chapters on both). Most on the Right are agreed on global warming: It's mostly politics dressed up as science. But what about intelligent design? On this, conservatives are divided. Many — dare I call them the rank and file? — are skeptical about evolution and, I sense, are willing to throw it overboard. Others — I'll call them...
  • Christians can't afford to oppose evolution [says evangelical-biologist]

    11/28/2005 3:40:35 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 490 replies · 6,432+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 27 November 2005 | Richard Colling
    The fuel driving this science education debate is easy to understand. Scientists are suspicious that Christians are trying to insert religious beliefs into science. They recognize that science must be free, not subject to religious veto. On the other hand, many Christians fear that science is bent on removing God from the picture altogether, beginning in the science classroom--a direction unacceptable to them. They recognize that when scientists make definitive pronouncements regarding ultimate causes, the legitimate boundaries of science have been exceeded. For these Christians, intelligent design seems to provide protection against a perceived assault from science. But does it...