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  • Ministers to ban creationist teaching aids in science lessons (In the UK)

    12/07/2006 11:43:55 AM PST · by SirLinksalot · 8 replies · 452+ views
    THE GUARDIAN ^ | 12/07/2006 | James Randerson, science correspondent
    Ministers to ban creationist teaching aids in science lessons · Schools will be told not to use special pack · Intelligent design group asks for meeting The government is to write to schools telling them that controversial teaching materials promoting creationism should not be used in science lessons. The packs include DVDs and written materials promoting intelligent design, a creationist alternative to Darwinism, that were sent to every school in the country by the privately-funded group Truth in Science. Advocates of the theory argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex that they must have been...
  • Adam or ape? OCUB exhibit purports to disprove evolution

    12/02/2006 9:47:17 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 123 replies · 2,476+ views
    Times-Mail ^ | December 1, 2006 | MIKE RICKETTS
    BEDFORD — Doug Garrett knows that when the latest display in the Land of Limestone Museum at Oakland City University Bedford is unveiled next week, he will be branded a “Christian kook” by some. He also knows that the number of visitors coming to the small Christian university will likely grow exponentially from the 1,000 or so it currently sees in a year. Neither notoriety nor attention sent the 35-year educator on a mission that required thousands of hours of research and three years of his life to pit creationism vs. Darwinism. Those who subscribe to Darwin’s Theory of Evolution...
  • More Atheist Evangelism

    11/21/2006 8:47:29 AM PST · by Theo · 4 replies · 345+ views
    Touchstone Magazine's Mere Comments Blog ^ | November 20, 2006 | James M. Kushiner
    Logan Gage, whom I met last month in Washington, and who works for the Discovery Institute, makes what I think is a solid point here at the DC Examiner.com, about "Evangelical Atheists." On that note, see this link at Discovery about an anti-ID talk given last week at the University of California at San Diego by Robert Pennock, paid for by the Council of Provosts of the university. What's interesting about this is that all first-quarter freshman are required to attend. Who says mandatory chapel can't be held at public universities? I've noticed, too (I'd have to be asleep not...
  • Darwin's Conservatives: The Misguided Quest

    11/13/2006 2:07:20 PM PST · by My2Cents · 205 replies · 2,675+ views
    In the last couple of years, a number of conservative writers have urged conservatives to embrace Darwin's theory of evolution. Some of these "Darwinian conservatives" have even argued that Darwinism will help rescue conservatism. I happen to think that that the Darwinian conservatives are wrong, and in a new book to be released this month, I explain why. The book is titled Darwin's Conservatives: The Misguided Quest, and it is being published this month by Discovery Institute Press. Below is an excerpt from the book's introduction. * * * * * * *DARWIN'S CONSERVATIVES: THE MISGUIDED QUEST INTRODUCTION The debate...
  • Does Accepting Evolution Matter?

    11/10/2006 6:34:33 AM PST · by truthfinder9 · 20 replies · 930+ views
    Does Accepting Evolution Matter? A recent admission by a well-known evolutionary biologist takes the steam out of a common charge made against intelligent design by some scientists. Evolutionary biologists frequently express concern that if intelligent design (or creationism) were taught in public schools alongside the theory of evolution, it would lead to a decay of science literacy and place the US at an economic disadvantage compared to the rest of the world. But as Jerry Coyne acknowledges in a recently published book review, "If truth be told, evolution hasn?t yielded many practical or commercial benefits? Evolution cannot help us predict...
  • Illegal Border Crossings: Evolution and Intelligent Design

    11/10/2006 4:11:16 PM PST · by curiosity · 24 replies · 776+ views
    The Cornel Daily Sun ^ | Nov. 7, 2006 | Richard A. Baer
    It has been almost a year since Hunter Rawlings gave his important speech on intelligent design and evolution. But the issue is still being widely discussed at Cornell. As a Christian, I believe that God is the Creator of heaven and earth, including human beings. At the same time I consider evolution to be the best scientific theory we currently have for explaining the origin of species, and I do not think intelligent design (“ID”) qualifies as legitimate science.How these two assertions fit together I shall not address here. Suffice it to say that the relationship between science and religion...
  • Scientists Endorse Candidate Over Teaching of Evolution ("Scientists" trying to influence election)

    10/26/2006 10:18:07 PM PDT · by balch3 · 54 replies · 942+ views
    New York Times ^ | October 26, 2006 | Cornelia Dean
    In an unusual foray into electoral politics, 75 science professors at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland have signed a letter endorsing a candidate for the Ohio Board of Education. The professors’ favored candidate is Tom Sawyer, a former congressman and onetime mayor of Akron. They hope Mr. Sawyer, a Democrat, will oust Deborah Owens Fink, a leading advocate of curriculum standards that encourage students to challenge the theory of evolution. Elsewhere in Ohio, scientists have also been campaigning for candidates who support the teaching of evolution and have recruited at least one biologist from out of state to help....
  • Ancient Fish Fossil May Rewrite Story of Animal Evolution

    10/19/2006 7:10:13 PM PDT · by SubGeniusX · 31 replies · 1,348+ views
    National Geographic ^ | October 18, 2006 | John Roach
    That transition from water to land has long fascinated scientists, but the fossil record of how it occurred is still incomplete. The new finding suggests that certain aspects of tetrapod ears and limbs can be traced much further back in "fishy looking" fish than had been previously known, says John Long, head of sciences at Museum Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. "They were just cunningly disguised in the fossil record by their more fishlike overall features," he said in an email interview. "They tell us that evolution progresses steadily but often hides the evidence until a really well preserved fossil like...
  • Is Intelligent Design Theory Scientific?

    10/01/2006 4:18:53 PM PDT · by RussP · 409 replies · 3,163+ views
    Russ Paielli ^ | 2006-10-01 | Russ Paielli
    ----cut---- The notion that Intelligent Design theory is fundamentally "unscientific" is based on the philosophy originated by Karl Popper (1902-1994), who postulated a set of rules for science known as "Falsificationism." The main idea is that a hypothesis or theory does not qualify as "scientific" unless it is "falsifiable" (which is independent of whether it is actually "true" or "false"). Popper is revered by evolutionists, but certainly even they would agree that we should not blindly accept his word as revealed truth. So let us consider some of the implications of his "falsifiability" criterion. ----cut---- The ultimate irony here is...
  • A Mathematician's View of Evolution

    09/20/2006 9:51:34 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 695 replies · 6,776+ views
    A Mathematician's View of Evolution Granville Sewell Mathematics Dept. University of Texas El Paso The Mathematical Intelligencer 22, no. 4 (2000), pp5-7 Copyright held by Springer Verlag, NY, LLC In 1996, Lehigh University biochemist Michael Behe published a book entitled "Darwin's Black Box" [Free Press], whose central theme is that every living cell is loaded with features and biochemical processes which are "irreducibly complex"--that is, they require the existence of numerous complex components, each essential for function. Thus, these features and processes cannot be explained by gradual Darwinian improvements, because until all the components are in place, these assemblages are...
  • Biologist says evolution, religion can coexist

    09/09/2006 8:39:07 PM PDT · by curiosity · 347 replies · 4,057+ views
    Lawrence Journal World ^ | 9/8/06 | Kenneth Miller
    “In the final analysis (God) used evolution to set us free.” Brown University biologist Kenneth Miller used this quote from his book “Finding Darwin’s God” as a central point in his speech about simultaneously believing in evolution and religion. Miller spoke to more than 500 people Thursday evening in the Kansas Union Ballroom. He testified for the pro-evolution side in the recent lawsuit against the Dover, Pa., school district, where a federal judge ruled against the district’s teaching of intelligent design in biology classrooms. He said it was creationism in disguise. Conservatives on the Kansas State Board of Education approved...
  • Evolution debate rears head again in Ohio

    09/06/2006 9:20:08 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 271 replies · 2,784+ views
    Reuters ^ | September 6, 2006 | Andrea Hopkins
    CINCINNATI (Reuters) - Americans who question evolution are testing a new tactic in Ohio, arguing that schools should be required to discuss all controversial issues from creation to stem cell research and global warming. In what critics on Wednesday called a new attempt to bring religion into the classroom, the Ohio State Board of Education will consider a proposal next week that would oblige schools to teach critical thinking in all subjects. The proposal, to be discussed on Monday by a school board subcommittee in Columbus, is the latest gambit by those who believe Darwin's theory of evolution should be...
  • No Shift in Church's Position on Evolution, Jesuit Says

    09/07/2006 10:43:46 AM PDT · by curiosity · 46 replies · 715+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 9/7/2006 | Catholic News Service
    A participant at the Pope's closed door symposium on creation and evolution, Jesuit Fr Joseph Fessio, has denied speculation about a change in the Church's teaching on evolution, saying nothing presented at the meeting broke new ground and that American debates on Intelligent Design did not feature in discussions. Catholic News Service reports that the annual gathering of former doctoral students of Pope Benedict, which was hosted in part by the Pontiff at his summer villa in Castel Gandolfo, outside Rome, discussed the relationship among faith, reason and science. This year's topic was "Creation and Evolution," and one of the...
  • A Design for Life (Kenneth Miller on Catholicism and ID)

    09/04/2006 12:14:53 PM PDT · by curiosity · 20 replies · 614+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 9/1/2006 | Kenneth Miller
    Advocates of American-style "intelligent design" (ID) have had a tough year. Their anti-evolution arguments have been soundly rejected by the scientific community, they lost spectacularly in a highly-publicised federal trial on the issue of ID in schools, and most recently the voters in Kansas rejected ID school board candidates in a statewide election. So they may surely be forgiven for hoping that Pope Benedict's discussions on evolution this month with his former students could bring some rare good news.
  • Muddling science at parks and museums

    08/29/2006 9:20:46 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 373 replies · 5,929+ views
    National Center for Science Education ^ | August 29, 2006 | Staff
    Challenges to evolution education occur in informal learning environments as well as the public schools, as "Muddling science at parks and museums," published in the August 2006 issue of Geotimes, reiterates: As reported in the December 2005 Geotimes, some parks and museums have stepped up to the task to make evolution understandable, so as not to be confused with religious beliefs such as 'intelligent design,' which holds that the complexity of life is evidence that something intelligent must have designed it, and 'young-Earth creationism,' which holds that God created Earth and life about 6,000 years ago. Despite these efforts, however,...
  • "Dodos" debate evolution ('Film' examines the issue more palpably)

    08/12/2006 8:42:32 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 213 replies · 3,112+ views
    The Seattle Times ^ | Friday, August 11, 2006 | David Postman
    A leading group of scientists says "antievolutionism" remains active in part because academics are seen as "lost in a pampered world of irrelevancies, unwilling or unable to come out of the ivory tower." Randy Olson has left the tower behind. A Harvard-trained evolutionary biologist, Olson left academia for Hollywood. He's made a documentary, "Flock of Dodos: The Evolution-Intelligent Design Circus," not to take on intelligent design — which he clearly thinks is a ridiculous theory — but to prod scientists to find a way to talk about evolution that doesn't make them sound like "arrogant jerks." His tack is to...
  • "Killer" Fossil Find May Rewrite Story of Whale Evolution (Again)

    08/16/2006 6:35:40 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 60 replies · 1,998+ views
    National Geographic ^ | August 16, 2006 | James Owen
    The discovery of a bizarre species of fossil whale from Australia with huge eyes and flesh-ripping jaws provides valuable new insights into the evolution of whales, researchers say. The previously unknown species lived about 25 million years ago and was an early ancestor of modern baleen whales, which feed by filtering plankton from seawater. This group includes the blue whale, the largest animal ever to inhabit the planet. But the newfound predatory whale likely hunted sharks and other fish despite its relatively small size and suggests that baleen whales weren't always the toothless gentle giants we see in our oceans...
  • 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...
  • In evolution, Americans are big non-believers

    08/11/2006 5:18:29 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 839 replies · 10,844+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | Friday, August 11, 2006 | SCOTT ROBERTS
    It's a statistic that would have Charles Darwin turning in his grave - more than one third of Americans don't believe in evolution, according to a new study. After tabulating surveys that covered 34 countries, researchers at the University of Michigan have found that U.S. citizens are much less likely to accept Darwinism than Europeans and the Japanese. The study, published in Friday's issue of the journal Science, found that in countries like Iceland, Sweden, Denmark and France, at least 80 per cent of adult believe that humans evolved from other species. In Japan, 78 per cent of adults believe...
  • 10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part III)

    08/08/2006 10:18:00 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 16 replies · 859+ views
    Evangelical Outpost ^ | 08/08/2006 | Joe Carter
    10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part III) [Note: This is the third part in the list of ways in which neo-Darwinist critics are helping to promote the theory of intelligent design.] SEE HERE FOR PART 1: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-chat/1677236/posts HERE FOR PART 2 : http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1679245/posts #8 By separating origins of life science from evolutionary explanations. – Nature is too complex to be encompassed in any one field. That is why it’s necessary for scientific disciplines (physics, biology, chemistry) to be broken down into sub-disciplines (cosmology, zoology, biochemistry, etc.). But while most scientists may not have no problems thinking in unconnected categories,...
  • Google Search Trends Show Danes, Australians, Canada Interested in Intelligent Design

    06/16/2006 10:49:26 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 331 replies · 5,322+ views
    Just out of curiosity, I did a little research about Google trends to see which countries other than the USA are interested in the issue of Intelligent Design vs. Evolution. SEE THE RESULT HERE : http://www.google.com/trends?q=Intelligent+Design&ctab=0&geo=all&date=all Now, Click on the “regions” tab. What is interesting is... it shows that our good ally in the War on Terror, Australia has about half the searches for Intelligent Design that we do. But please note that Australia’s population is about 20 million. The USA on the other hand has about 280 million people. This shows that Australia's INTEREST for ID is about 6...
  • 10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part II)

    08/07/2006 9:08:55 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 18 replies · 922+ views
    The Evangelical Outpost ^ | 08/07/2006 | Joe Carter
    10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part II) [Note: This is the second part in the list of ways in which neo-Darwinist critics are helping to promote the theory of intelligent design.] See : 10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part I) #6 By invoking design in non-design explanations. Anyone who wonders why so many people find intelligent design explanations plausible need only to listen to scientific community discuss the evolutionary process. Scientists have a complete inability to talk about and explain processes like natural selection without using the terms, analogies, and metaphors of design and teleology. Take, for instance,...
  • The Human Factor: A man of science face Darwin and the Deity(Book by Head of Human Genome Project)

    08/07/2006 10:27:04 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 118 replies · 1,704+ views
    Weekly Standard ^ | 08/06/2006 | David Klinghoffer
    The Human Factor :A man of science face Darwin and the Deity. by David Klinghoffer The Language of God A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief by Francis S. Collins Free Press, 304 pp., $26 ------------------------------------- Head of the Human Genome Project, Francis Collins is among the country's foremost author ities on genetics, a staunch Darwinist, and a prominent critic of Intelligent Design. He's also an evangelical Christian who dramatically describes the moment he accepted Jesus as his personal savior. If that sounds like it might be a paradox, read on. Collins was hiking in the Cascade Mountains of western Washington...
  • Evolution issue tips board’s balance [Kansas school board election]

    08/02/2006 3:46:10 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 176 replies · 2,889+ views
    Lawrence Journal-World (Kansas) ^ | 02 August 2006 | Sophia Maines
    Darwin won. Moderate Kansas State Board of Education candidates pulled off a victory Tuesday, gathering enough might to topple the board’s 6-4 conservative majority. A victory by incumbent Janet Waugh, a Democrat whose district includes parts of Lawrence, and wins by Republican moderates in two districts previously represented by conservatives left the tables turned heading into the Nov. 7 general election. “If we change the board around, we’ll be able to make decisions that we think are right for our students,” Lawrence school board member Craig Grant said. Grant had worked to defeat the conservatives who attracted international attention and...
  • Evolution Opponents Lose in Kan. Primary

    08/02/2006 7:46:35 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 59 replies · 1,167+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Wednesday, August 2, 2006 | JOHN HANNA
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- Conservative Republicans who pushed anti-evolution standards back into Kansas schools last year have lost control of the state Board of Education once again. The most closely watched race was in western Kansas, where incumbent conservative Connie Morris lost her Republican primary Tuesday. The former teacher had described evolution as "an age-old fairy tale" and "a nice bedtime story" unsupported by science. As a result of Tuesday's vote, board members and candidates who believe evolution is well-supported by evidence will have a 6-4 majority. Evolution skeptics had entered the election with a two-person majority.
  • LA Times Columnist Slams Intelligent Design as a "Ruse" and a "Ploy"

    07/30/2006 12:56:40 PM PDT · by infoguy · 311 replies · 3,329+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 30 July 2006 | Dave Pierre
    Under the corrupt cloak of a "book review," this Sunday's Los Angeles Times (July 30, 2006) continues its underhanded and one-sided assault on the theory of intelligent design (ID). "The language of life," by Robert Lee Hotz*, is a review of three new works that attack intelligent design. The review was promoted on the top of the front page of the "Sunday preview" edition under the heading, "Less than 'intelligent design': Darwin's believers debunk the theory." And rather than providing its readers an honest critique, the Times' "review" is nothing less than a full-on Darwin propaganda piece. Hotz begins his...
  • Evolution Debate Not Settled by Election

    08/02/2006 5:52:44 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 57 replies · 4,062+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | August 2, 2006 | JOHN HANNA
    TOPEKA, Kan. -- Upcoming changes to the state school board mean Kansas is likely to return to evolution-friendly education standards _ yet remain mired in a fight over how the theory is taught in classrooms. Conservative Republicans lost control of the State Board of Education on Tuesday only nine months after they enacted science standards expressing doubt about evolution. Critics saw the standards as an attack on science, and Kansas was held up to international ridicule. The conservative majority was 6-4 going into this year's election. Moderate Republicans unseated one conservative and captured a seat held by a retiring conservative...
  • Can You Believe Both the Bible and Evolution?

    07/22/2006 6:04:06 PM PDT · by DouglasKC · 184 replies · 2,033+ views
    Good News Magazine ^ | July 2006 | John Ross Schroeder
    Can You Believe Both the Bible and Evolution? A number of the world's mainstream religions have come to accept Darwinian evolution as the explanation for our existence. But does Darwinism really square with the Scriptures? Beyond Today TV Who Invented Life?   by John Ross Schroeder Are we the sons and daughters of Adam and Eve or did God guide our journey into existence by the forces of evolution? The wisdom of this world, particularly in Europe, is increasingly embracing the idea that we can accept both the teachings of the Bible and the theory of evolution. But are they...
  • McCain Does Manhattan, By the Issues (McCain's ambiguous support of intelligent design)

    07/18/2006 4:07:23 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 13 replies · 397+ views
    The New York Sun ^ | July 18, 2006 | IRA STOLL
    Add the Manhattan Institute to Iowa and New Hampshire on the list of early proving grounds for presidential candidates — at least the Republican ones. Senator McCain visited New York City yesterday to offer his views on Israel, government spending, Charles Darwin, and campaign finance and in so doing became the latest of the 2008 presidential hopefuls to address the city's conservative think tank, which has also heard recently from Mayor Giuliani and from Governor Romney of Massachusetts. [Snip] Responding to a question about a report that he thinks "intelligent design" should be taught in schools, the senator mocked the...
  • Technology Design or Evolution?

    07/15/2006 9:42:19 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 16 replies · 577+ views
    Technology Review ^ | July 11, 2006 | Steve Jurvetson
    Many of the most interesting problems in computer science, nano-technology, and synthetic biology require the construction of complex systems. But how would we build a really complex system -- such as a general artificial intelligence (AI) that exceeded human intelligence? Some technologists advocate design; others prefer evolutionary search algorithms. Still others would conflate the two, hoping to incorporate the best of both while avoiding their limitations. But while both processes are powerful, they are very different and not easily combined. Rather, they present divergent paths. Designed systems offer predictability, efficiency, and control. Their subsystems are easily understood, which allows their...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Evolution and Me - Information Theory and Irreducible Complexity

    07/04/2006 8:44:17 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 570 replies · 6,753+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 17, 2006 | George Gilder
    Editors Note: Discovery senior fellow, technology guru and conservative economist George Gilder has a major essay in the new issue of National Review, entitled “Evolution and Me: Darwinian Theory has Become an All-Purpose Obstacle to Thought Rather than an Enabler of Scientific Advance.” The piece offers a unique and fresh perspective on the issue of materialism vs. design and is a breakthrough description of the case against Darwinism and for intelligent design based largely on information theory and our understanding of information in the age of supercomputing and instant information delivery. It turns out that Darwin’s theory is especially vulnerable...
  • Explain evolution's weakness (Op-Ed: Why are evolutionists threatened by balanced teaching?)

    07/03/2006 3:39:27 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 31 replies · 601+ views
    The Bulletin (Oregon) ^ | July 3, 2006 | Pete Chadwell
    Recently, the state of South Carolina joined Minnesota, Pennsylvania, Kansas and New Mexico by approving statewide science standards which require a critical analysis of evolution in science classrooms. In these five states the standard-issue Darwinian evolution will still be taught, but with an interesting twist which ought to raise some eyebrows - the scientific WEAKNESSES of Darwinian theory will ALSO be disclosed. In a country where ideals such as free speech, diversity, balance and tolerance are preached constantly, the remaining states DO NOT ALLOW the scientific weaknesses of Darwinian evolution to be presented in our public school science classrooms. This...
  • Brain Food (Amazingthing about Godless is the amount of intellectual meat Ann Coulter has packed...)

    06/30/2006 12:42:04 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 663 replies · 6,842+ views
    The American Prowler ^ | 6/30/2006 | Richard Kirk
    The most amazing thing about Godless is the amount of intellectual meat Ann Coulter has packed into its pages. Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter (Crown Forum, 310 pages, $27.95) What's most amazing about Ann Coulter's book, Godless: The Church of Liberalism, is the amount of intellectual meat she packs into 281 breezy, barb-filled pages. Among the topics the blonde bomb-thrower discusses in some depth are the following: liberal jurisprudence, privacy rights and abortion, Joe Wilson's modest career and inflated ego, and the solid record of failure in American public schools. The topics of Intelligent Design and Darwinism,...
  • 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...
  • Why Do Students Reject Evolution? It's the Science!

    06/29/2006 9:55:17 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 603 replies · 6,001+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | June 28, 2006 | Casey Luskin
    Why Do Students Reject Evolution? It's the Science! Despite the Darwinist community's long-standing campaign to help the public come to the "correct" view that "evolution and religion are compatible," public skepticism of evolution remains high. (See this link for documentation.) This would logically lead one to the conclusion that there are other factors besides religion that drive skepticism of evolution. Perhaps, one might even suggest, for many people the issue has a lot to do with science! Recently I was told about a 1997 article in Scientific American which reported a study conducted by Brian Alters on students' reasons for...
  • Judge Jones: Ordeal 'surreal' (Federal judge in Dover evolution edict)

    06/25/2006 4:22:02 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 320 replies · 3,795+ views
    York Daily Record ^ | 6/23/06 | Tom Joyce
    Early in U.S. District Judge Jones III's appearance on WITF-TV's "Smart Talk" program Thursday night, host Nell McCormack Abom asked him about the time that's passed since his brush with York County. "It's been a surreal experience," Jones replied. Jones rendered a decision in the Dover Area School District's "intelligent design" case in December. He ruled that former school board members were trying to introduce religious education into a public school science curriculum under the guise of teaching an alternate scientific theory. That decision brought him international fame and recognition of both the positive and negative variety, including a mention...
  • 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...
  • Education panel approves wording on biology standards [South Carolina]

    06/13/2006 8:13:19 AM PDT · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 24 replies · 422+ views
    TheState.com ^ | 6/13/06 | AP
    COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state Education Oversight Committee approved high school biology standards Monday that require students to "critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory." The wording of standards had caused an impasse between the committee and the state Board of Education. Education Board members and state Education Superintendent Inez Tenenbaum worried the change would open the door to teaching alternative theories such as intelligent design. Under the wording approved Monday, students would have to understand how scientists use data to critically analyze the theory. "Scientific inquiry is taught at every grade level and in every discipline," Education Department spokesman Jim...
  • SBC Committee Member Agrees With Call for Public School 'Exit Strategy'

    06/11/2006 9:04:11 PM PDT · by balch3 · 38 replies · 1,165+ views
    Agape Press ^ | June 6, 2006 | Jim Brown
    AgapePress) - A second member of the Resolutions Committee for the upcoming Southern Baptist Convention meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina, says the denomination needs to consider developing a plan to remove its children from America's public schools. The SBC Resolutions Committee will meet Thursday to begin poring over resolutions that have been submitted for consideration next week. Among them is a proposal authored by Dr. Bruce Shortt and Executive Committee member Roger Moran that calls on the denomination to develop an "exit strategy" from public schools. While second-year committee member Ida South of Mathiston, Mississippi, would not comment on the...
  • PBS to shine light on Dover design case

    05/16/2006 10:20:14 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 30 replies · 747+ views
    The York Dispatch ^ | 16 May 2006 | KATHY STEVENS
    In an attempt to better define science, evolution and intelligent design, filmmakers are preparing a documentary that reviews lessons delivered last year in U.S. Middle District Court in Harrisburg. Crews from "NOVA," a popular PBS science television series, will be in Dover, York and Harrisburg this summer conducting interviews and obtaining footage for a two-hour show centered on Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District. [Link to text of opinion: Kitzmiller et al. v Dover Area School District et al.] Barbara Moran, senior researcher for Boston-based "NOVA," said crews paid attention to the trial and interest grew with each...
  • Pitt anthropologist thinks Darwin's theory needs to evolve on some points

    05/29/2006 11:47:16 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 170 replies · 2,028+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Monday, May 29, 2006 | Mark Roth
    Darwin was wrong, and his modern-day adherents perpetuate his mistakes. That sounds like the opening salvo of an advocate for Intelligent Design or some other religiously driven critique of the theory of evolution. But it actually summarizes the ideas of Jeffrey Schwartz, a noted anthropologist at the University of Pittsburgh and one of a growing group of critics of standard Darwinian theory. Most of the recent publicity Dr. Schwartz has received has focused on his role in creating life-sized replicas of George Washington for display at Mount Vernon. Much of his career, though, has been devoted to human evolution and...
  • Science ability drops in U.S. high schools

    05/28/2006 6:31:38 AM PDT · by billorites · 34 replies · 699+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | May 25, 2006 | Sam Dillon
    The first science test administered in five years across the United States shows that achievement among high school seniors has declined across the past decade, even as scores in science rose among fourth-graders and held steady among eighth-graders, the U.S. Department of Education has reported. The falling average science test scores among high school students, announced Wednesday, appeared certain to increase anxiety about American academic competitiveness and to add new urgency to calls from President George W. Bush, governors and philanthropists like Bill Gates for an overhaul of American high schools. The drop in science proficiency appeared to reflect a...
  • Mike [Bloomberg] throws left at foes of evolution - Hits pols pandering to GOP base

    05/27/2006 8:24:23 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 125 replies · 1,453+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | May 26, 2006 | GREG WILSON
    BALTIMORE - Mayor Bloomberg lashed out against conservatives yesterday for ignoring science and common sense on issues like stem-cell research, global warming and even evolution. Making his latest foray into national issues, the mayor blamed ideologues for trying to drag the nation back decades by disputing scientifically proven facts. "Today we are seeing hundreds of years of scientific discovery being challenged by people who simply disregard facts that don't happen to agree with their agendas," he told medical graduates of his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. The pointed comments came just a day after Bloomberg made national news with his...
  • The battle heats up (Evolutionists are fed up, and they aren't going to take it anymore)

    05/27/2006 4:15:39 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 91 replies · 1,285+ views
    Answers in Genesis ^ | May 27, 2006 | Ken Ham
    AiG’s Dr. David Menton, because of his scientific credentials, was able to sit in on some very revealing meetings in St. Louis. He told me, “Evolutionists have had it with biblical literalists, and they’re not going to take it anymore.” Dr. Menton had just attended the annual conference of the world’s largest scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). It featured a number of sessions on creation/evolution and how to combat creationists. Dr. Menton told me, “What I heard is of great importance to all who are concerned about biblical Christianity and the future of education...
  • 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,...