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  • Does Science Have a Magisterium?

    12/10/2009 4:24:15 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 134 replies · 2,686+ views
    The American ^ | December 9, 2009 | Jay Richards
    At National Review Online, conservative curmudgeon John Derbyshire has weighed in on the Climategate scandal by encouraging conservatives not to jump on the anti-science bandwagon. I share his worry and find his advice is good so far as it goes; but I think Derbyshire’s defense of science might actually encourage the skepticism he wants to prevent. Most of the trouble comes from his invocation of the word “science,” and his claim that science has a magisterium.His article is called “Trust Science.” I’m not sure what that means. What is “science,” and how do we “trust” it? Imagine if someone said:...
  • New species evolve in bursts - Red Queen hypothesis of gradual evolution undermined.

    12/10/2009 9:27:01 AM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies · 1,758+ views
    Nature News ^ | 9 December 2009 | Kerri Smith
    New species might arise as a result of single rare events, rather than through the gradual accumulation of many small changes over time, according to a study of thousands of species and their evolutionary family trees. This contradicts a widely accepted theory of how speciation occurs: that species are continually changing to keep pace with their environment, and that new species emerge as these changes accrue. Known as the 'Red Queen' hypothesis, it is named after the character in Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There who tells a surprised Alice: "Here, you see, it takes...
  • Biologic InstituteDesign without a Designer? (Hold onto your hat!!! Evos invite IDers to...)

    12/10/2009 11:03:19 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 32 replies · 1,185+ views
    Biologic Institute ^ | December 9, 2009 | Douglas Axe
    Last February I mentioned the events that would commemorate the life and work of Charles Darwin in 2009. I had no idea at the time that I would be invited to participate in one of these events. But there I was, precisely 150 years after On the Origin of Species first appeared, seated with other scientists in front of a packed room that featured, among other interesting things, a life-sized model of a baleen whale. The venue was the National Museum of Natural History in Stuttgart, Germany, and the occasion was a panel discussion titled Design without a Designer? [1]...
  • What Defines an Organism? Biologists Say 'Purpose.'

    12/10/2009 8:12:50 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 308 replies · 3,639+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 10, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    David Queller and Joan Strassmann, evolutionary biologists at Rice University, recently proposed a new way to describe what makes an organism a unified whole. They defined an organism as an entity made up of parts that cooperate well for an overall purpose, and do so with minimal conflict. But how do parts like these get together, and where does purposeful behavior come from?...
  • Environmental change via biosphere feedback mechanisms (can ID help check climate alarmists?)

    12/10/2009 7:24:11 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 9 replies · 746+ views
    Science Literature ^ | December 10, 2009 | David Tyler
    With millions of eyes on Copenhagen, this seems an appropriate time to ask whether ID thinking has any relevance to understanding the Earth's environment. Can design concepts help us weigh the diverse and often conflicting messages? I think ID is helpful, because features of the Earth's environments and ecologies start to take on new meaning. In this blog, I am thinking particularly of negative feedback mechanisms. Human design engineers will use negative feedback to promote stability and positive feedback to amplify an input signal. They select the mechanisms they need to achieve the desired effect. By analogy, if the Earth...
  • New Finch Species Shows Conservation, Not Macroevolution

    12/09/2009 6:13:57 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 665+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 9, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    Darwins finches are a variety of small black birds that were observed and collected by British naturalist Charles Darwin during his famous voyage on the H.M.S. Beagle in the early 1800s. Years later, Darwin argued that subtle variations in their beak sizes supported his concept that all organisms share a common ancestor (a theory known as macroevolution). The finches, whose technical name is Geospiza, have since become classic evolutionary icons...
  • Why Richard Dawkins wont debate William Lane Craig

    12/09/2009 10:58:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies · 1,234+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | 12/9/2009 | William Dembski
    William Lane Craig is not only one of the worlds leading Christian apologists but he has actually made outstanding original contributions to philosophy. Yes, Craig publishes popular-level books. Unlike Dawkins, however, who in 20-years plus has been purely a popularizer (of Darwinian evolution, materialist science, and atheism), Craig continues to publish at the highest levels of the academy addressing scholars of the highest caliber (and gaining their respect). Dawkins, by contrast, increasingly appeals to the lowest common denominator. Its in this light that Dawkins glib dismissal of Craig should be viewed: CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE SHORT VIDEO OF DAWKIN's...
  • Can Evolution Explain Altruism in Our Children?

    12/08/2009 7:52:39 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 69 replies · 1,806+ views
    ICR News ^ | December 8, 2009 | Brian Thomas, M.S.
    esearch has shown that humans like to help, even before they are old enough to have been taught how to do so. This innate characteristic distinguishes humans from their supposed closest evolutionary family member, the chimpanzee, which doesnt demonstrate the same altruistic behavior. In studies on the subject, at only 18 months old, toddlers were observed to consistently aid unrelated adults in simple tasks such as opening a door or picking up a clothes pin. Researchers assumed then that altruism, or unselfish concern for the welfare of others, evolved early in humans. But does this conclusion necessarily follow from the...
  • Michelle Obama racism rowwhats it based on?

    12/08/2009 5:54:56 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 67 replies · 2,622+ views
    CMI ^ | December 8, 2009 | David Catchpoole, Ph.D.
    This recent BBC News header[1] was typical of the news headlines worldwide on the story: Michelle Obama racist image sparks Google apology Apparently, the image referred to was a photograph of Mrs Obama that had been manipulated to give her the facial features of a monkey. I say apparently, because the mock-up photo no longer appears as the #1 ranking on Googles list of image search results for Michelle Obama.[2] It is very clear however from the news reports of the race row[3] that in the last days that the picture was Google-accessible, it stirred many people. Such was the...
  • The Totalities of Copenhagen

    12/08/2009 12:58:20 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 629+ views
    Uncommon Descent ^ | December 8, 2009 | William Dembski
    The Totalities of Copenhagen William Dembski Bret Stevens article today in the WSJ, The Totalities of Copenhagen, again shows the strong parallels between the global warming debate and the evolution debate, especially with the proclivity of AGW and evolution advocates to quash all dissent. Consider, from his piece, the following characteristics of the AGW advocates: ...
  • Science Cannot Police Itself

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

    12/07/2009 7:30:12 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 170 replies · 3,384+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Brett W. Smith
    The current treatment of young-age creationists in the scientific community and society at large is unfair and unwise. Scientists and philosophers of science, including old-age creationists and naturalists, should respect youngage creationists as legitimate contributors to science. Young-age creationists offer to the current origins science establishment a competing rational viewpoint that will augment fruitful scientific investigation through increased accountability for scientists, introduction of original hypotheses and general epistemic improvement...
  • 2009 Daniel of the Year (World Magazine Selects Stephen C. Meyer, Proponent of Intelligent Design)

    12/07/2009 10:43:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies · 539+ views
    WORLD MAGAZINE ^ | 12/2009 | Marvin Olasky
    Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, fights to show that all lives have eternal value because they are the work of a Creator and not the product of chance. WORLD's 12th annual Daniel of the Year does not save lives abroad, as Britain's Caroline Cox and Sudan's Michael Yerko do. Nor does he regularly save lives of the unborn, as Florida's Wanda Cohn does through her pregnancy center work. No, Stephen C. Meyer, director of the Discovery Institute's Center for Science and Culture, fights to show that those lives have eternal value because...
  • Commenter Nails the Central Issue in ClimateGate: the Rigging of Peer-Review

    12/07/2009 9:34:57 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 18 replies · 1,067+ views
    Evolution News & Views ^ | December 4, 2009 | Michael Egnor
    The pro-global warming blog Climate Change Denial is spinning like a top. Devastated by the revelation of pervasive fraud in climate science, the warmists are clearly dazed and grasping at any tactics that might salvage their ideological hijacking of science, now laid bare. In their latest post, "Swiftboating the Climate Scientists", they ignore the transparent scientific misconduct and fraud revealed in the highest eschalons of climate science, and accuse the skeptics of attacking climate science for base ideological motives. The term "swiftboating" alone is risible and actually revealing; warmists are nearly all leftists, still simmering over the implosion of the...
  • Raising the Banner for Creation Truth (according to the evos, these men and women aren't scientists)

    12/07/2009 8:33:19 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 234 replies · 3,999+ views
    ICR ^ | December 2009 | Various Authors
    Dr. Henry M. Morris founded the Institute for Creation Research in 1970 with a vision to uncover and present evidence for the accuracy and authority of the Bible. For almost 40 years, ICR has distinguished itself as the leader in creation science research and education, ably assisted by the many fine scientists whom God has led to work here. These men and women have dedicated their training and skills to raising the banner for the truth of our Creator God. We would like you to meet our current on-site scientists and hear their thoughts on the purpose, significance, and importance...
  • Illustrations of Ancient Humans Skew Facts - BTMS Gets it Wrong Again

    12/07/2009 2:23:10 AM PST · by Natural Law · 37 replies · 1,724+ views
    Institute for Creation Research ^ | Dec. 7, 2009 | Brian Thomas
    Museums and textbooks often use artistic renderings to estimate what a fossilized animal or plant may have looked like when it was alive. These images by paleoartists put flesh and faces on skeletal structures, and they can influence public perception of early human history more than the actual scienceparticularly in regards to human evolution.
  • Evolutionary Explanations Assume Evolution Explains

    12/06/2009 7:20:24 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 155 replies · 3,050+ views
    CEH ^ | December 4, 2009
    Dec 4, 2009 The facility with which some evolutionary biologists appeal to almost magical powers of evolution to explain anything and everything is revealed in some recent science articles. Whatever needs explaining is due to evolution evidence or not. These four examples can be considered representative of the genre...
  • Global Warming Quandary Resolved

    12/06/2009 4:38:34 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 15 replies · 1,255+ views
    Darwin's God ^ | December 6, 2009 | Cornelius Hunter, Ph.D.
    New research out this week has resolved a long-standing, and important, quandary about the causes of global warming. While several models point to anthropogenic CO2 and other greenhouse gases as the leading cause of global warming, the warming trends do not quite match the history of anthropogenic CO2. In fact, shrinking glaciers and other undeniable evidences of warming trace back to about the mid seventeenth century. But this predates the significant rise in anthropogenic CO2 that came later in later centuries. Now environmental researchers have solved the puzzle...
  • Birth control leader Margaret Sanger: Darwinist, racist and eugenicist

    12/06/2009 3:25:47 PM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 320 replies · 4,457+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    Margaret Sanger was the founder of Planned Parenthood, the leading organization advocating abortion in the United States today. Darwinism had a profound influence on her thinking, including her conversion to, and active support of, eugenics. She was specifically concerned with reducing the population of the less fit, including inferior races such as Negroes. One major result of her lifelong work was to support the sexual revolution that has radically changed our society...
  • News to Note, December 5, 2009: A weekly feature examining news from the biblical viewpoint

    12/05/2009 10:29:38 AM PST · by GodGunsGuts · 12 replies · 695+ views
    AiG ^ | December 5, 2009
    Read the following mini-stories and much more by clicking the excerpt link below: 1. The Times: Evidence of Life on Mars Lurks Beneath Surface of Meteorite, Nasa Experts Claim 2. PhysOrg: Super-River Formed the English Channel 3. Wired: Theres No Such Thing as a Simple Organism 4. ScienceDaily: Study Pits Man Versus Machine in Piecing Together 425-Million-Year-Old Jigsaw 5. PhysOrg: Bacterial Gut Symbionts Are Tightly Linked with the Evolution of Herbivory in Ants 6. And Dont Miss . . .