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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, 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: HERE FOR PART 2 : #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,...