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  • For the Science Room, No Free Speech

    01/04/2006 12:55:35 PM PST · by A. Pole · 126 replies · 1,329+ views
    The Chronicles Magazine ^ | Wednesday, December 28, 2005 | William Murchison
    Will the federal courts, and the people who rely on the federal courts to enforce secular ideals, ever get it? The anti-school-prayer decisions of the past 40 years—not unlike the pro-choice-in-abortion decisions, starting with Roe vs. Wade—haven’t driven pro-school-prayer, anti-choice Americans from the marketplace of ideas and activity. Neither will U.S. Dist. Judge John Jones’ anti-intelligent-design ruling in Dover, Pa., just before Christmas choke off challenges to the public schools’ Darwinian monopoly. Jones’ contempt for the “breathtaking inanity” of school-board members who wanted ninth-grade biology students to hear a brief statement regarding Darwinism’s “gaps/problems” is unlikely to intimidate the millions...
  • Is Intelligent Design Theory Scientific?

    12/25/2005 1:41:41 PM PST · by RussP · 401 replies · 4,893+ views ^ | 2005-12-20 | Russ Paielli
    This most elegant system of the sun, planets, and comets could not have arisen without the design and dominion of an intelligent and powerful being. --Sir Isaac Newton, The Principia Is Intelligent Design Theory Scientific? 2005-12-20 -- If you've participated in online debates about the theory of evolution, you know the standard arguments of evolutionists. Their "trump card" is the claim that Intelligent Design (ID) theory is simply outside the realm of science. This claim is not that ID has insufficient empirical corroboration, although they often make that claim too. This claim is that ID is not even a valid...
  • Future of Conservatism: Darwin or Design? [Human Events goes with ID]

    12/12/2005 8:01:43 AM PST · by PatrickHenry · 1,136 replies · 10,029+ views
    Human Events ^ | 12 December 2005 | Casey Luskin
    Occasionally a social issue becomes so ubiquitous that almost everyone wants to talk about it -- even well-meaning but uninformed pundits. For example, Charles Krauthammer preaches that religious conservatives should stop being so darn, well, religious, and should accept his whitewashed version of religion-friendly Darwinism.1 George Will prophesies that disagreements over Darwin could destroy the future of conservatism.2 Both agree that intelligent design is not science. It is not evident that either of these critics has read much by the design theorists they rebuke. They appear to have gotten most of their information about intelligent design from other critics of...
  • Bill Moyers Defends His Liberal Bias

    11/28/2005 2:33:43 PM PST · by Jean S · 34 replies · 3,048+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 11/28/05 | With Carl Limbacher and Staff
    Bill Moyers, the former host of the "Now” program on PBS, brushed aside the claim that his show had a liberal bias, carping that conservative critics unfairly tarred him with the "liberal” brush. Perhaps Moyers forgot that he clearly showed his liberal stripes when he devoted his last "Now” broadcast to a fierce blast at "the right-wing media.” Moyers became embroiled in controversy after Kenneth Tomlinson took over as chairman of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and cited "Now” as a chief reason why he wanted to bring "balance” to public broadcasting with more conservative programming. In an interview with...
  • 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...
  • Kansas University's course about Intelligent Design designed to mock Christian fundamentalists

    11/25/2005 2:12:03 PM PST · by TheDotte · 13 replies · 872+ views
    Lawrence Journal-World ^ | November 24, 2005 | Sophia Maines
    In a recent message on a Yahoo listserv — a venue where groups of people post questions and comments on a particular topic — Paul Mirecki, chairman of KU’s department of religious studies, described his upcoming course “Special Topics in Religion: Intelligent Design, Creationisms and other Religious Mythologies.” “The fundies want it all taught in a science class, but this will be a nice slap in their big fat face by teaching it as a religious studies class under the category ‘mythology,’” Mirecki wrote. He signed the note “Doing my part (to upset) the religious right, Evil Dr. P.”
  • Remembering the "Arashes" of the 1988 Massacre of Iranian Political Prisoners

    08/22/2005 5:30:20 AM PDT · by Ardavan Bahrami · 1 replies · 593+ views
    Azarmehr Weblog ^ | 22 Aug. 2005 | Potkin Azarmehr
    We were in the fourth or fifth grade in the primary school in Iran at the time. It was the Persian literature class. Not a subject that I particularly looked forward to as a child, however that day when the teacher started reading out the poem on the Iranian mythical hero, Arash, by Siavash Kasraii, suddenly I was mesmerized. Contrary to my usual quest for mischief and laughter, this time I was all-ears. A painting of a heroic type figure stretching his bow and arrow to the full, accompanied the text of the poem. Iran had been at war with...
  • Ruins may support tale of Rome's origin (Romulus & Remus Given Boost)

    02/19/2005 11:00:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,362+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/19/05 | Rachel Sanderson
    Italian archaeologists digging in the Forum have unearthed the ruins of a palace they say confirms the legend of Rome's birth -- a discovery that may force the rewriting of Western history. Most contemporary historians dismiss as fable the tale that Romulus founded Rome in 753 B.C. and built a walled city on the slopes of the Palatine hill where he and his twin brother, Remus, were suckled by a wolf in their infancy. Andrea Carandini of Rome's La Sapienza University has spent 20 years trying to prove the skeptics wrong and last month he and his team hit on...
  • INTELLECTUAL BROWNSHIRTS ON THE MARCH AGAIN -- Neverending Illiberality of Radical Feminism!

    02/03/2005 6:55:30 AM PST · by Apolitical · 10 replies · 596+ views
    ICONOCLAST ^ | Yale Kramer
    Pull down the shades! Lock the doors! Hide the books! The intellectual brownshirts are on the march again. This time it's the cadre of women professors who have been outraged by the idea -- by an idea, mind you -- uttered by the head man of Harvard, Lawrence Summers.............
  • Cyclops Myth Spurred by "One-Eyed" Fossils?

    08/10/2004 10:57:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 2,032+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | February 5, 2003 | Hillary Mayell
    The tusk, several teeth, and some bones of a Deinotherium giganteum, which, loosely translated means really huge terrible beast, have been found on the Greek island Crete. A distant relative to today's elephants, the giant mammal stood 15 feet (4.6 meters) tall at the shoulder, and had tusks that were 4.5 feet (1.3 meters) long. It was one of the largest mammals ever to walk the face of the Earth... To paleontologists today, the large hole in the center of the skull suggests a pronounced trunk. To the ancient Greeks, Deinotherium skulls could well be the foundation for their...
  • Ireland Is Lost Island of Atlantis, Says Scientist

    08/06/2004 12:41:50 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies · 3,439+ views
    REUTERS ^ | 8/6/2004 | Kevin Smith
    DUBLIN (Reuters) - Atlantis, the legendary island nation over whose existence controversy has raged for thousands of years, was actually Ireland, according to a new theory by a Swedish scientist. Atlantis, the Greek philosopher Plato wrote in 360 BC, was an island in the Atlantic Ocean where an advanced civilization developed some 11,500 years ago until it was hit by a cataclysmic natural disaster and sank beneath the waves. Geographer Ulf Erlingsson, whose book explaining his theory will be published next month, says the measurements, geography, and landscape of Atlantis as described by Plato match Ireland almost exactly. "I am...
  • Secret History of the Flying Carpet

    07/22/2004 11:26:33 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 27 replies · 8,561+ views
    Iranian Cultural Heritage ^ | 7/21/04 | Iranian Cultural Heritage
    LONG before the broomstick became popular with witches in medieval Europe, the flying carpet was being used by thieves and madmen in the Orient. Factual evidence for what was a long-standing myth has now been found by a French explorer, Henri Baq, in Iran. Baq has discovered scrolls of well-preserved manuscripts in underground cellars of an old Assassin castle at Alamut, near the Caspian Sea. Written in the early thirteenth century by a Jewish scholar named Isaac Ben Sherira,' these manuscripts shed new light on the real story behind the flying carpet of the Arabian Nights. The discovery of these...
  • Reagan and his mythology (Spewing, Hateful Projectile Vomit Alert!!)

    06/07/2004 6:43:19 AM PDT · by GreatOne · 60 replies · 540+ views
    Newsday ^ | June 7, 2004 | Mario "I'm an ignorant commie-liberal" Cocco
    I never cared much for Ronald Reagan, the president. But I must tip my hat to Reagan, the myth.It is Reagan the myth the nation now eulogizes - that political colossus who, his supporters claim, vanquished both the Soviet Union and the liberal welfare state with the certainty of his optimism and the jaunty cock of his head. . .As for the other towering pillar of the Reagan myth - that he single-handedly slew the Soviet bear - there is little, if any, historical support. The Soviet empire was weak and its economy imploding. The scholarly consensus is that Reagan's...
  • Diophantus of Alexandria

    11/18/2003 11:42:36 AM PST · by .cnI redruM · 30 replies · 1,356+ views
    St. Andrews University ^ | 18 Nov 03 | J J O'Connor and E F Robertson
    Diophantus of Alexandria -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Born: about 200 Died: about 284 Previous (Chronologically) Next Biographies Index Previous (Alphabetically) Next Main index -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Diophantus, often known as the 'father of algebra', is best known for his Arithmetica, a work on the solution of algebraic equations and on the theory of numbers. However, essentially nothing is known of his life and there has been much debate regarding the date at which he lived. There are a few limits which can be put on the dates of Diophantus's life. On the one hand Diophantus quotes the definition of a polygonal number from the work...
  • Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras | Mithraism | Ancient Religion

    10/31/2003 6:19:29 PM PST · by ckilmer · 10 replies · 528+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review vol. 20, #5 ^ | September/October 1994 | David Ulansey
    MITHRAISM The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras by David Ulansey Author of THE ORIGINS OF THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES (Oxford University Press, 1991) The following essay is adapted from my article,"Solving the Mithraic Mysteries" Biblical Archaeology Review (vol. 20, #5 [September/October 1994] pp. 40-53) This article is a summary of my book on Mithraism, THE ORIGINS OF THE MITHRAIC MYSTERIES(Oxford University Press, revised paperback, 1991) [To order this book (for $13.95), click here.]   The Encyclopedia Britannica has given this page its "Web's Best Sites" award. The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras (Note: complete documentation for the following essay can be found...
  • Why I Deny Religion, How Silly and Fantastic It Is, and Why I'm a Dedicated and Vociferous Bright.

    07/25/2003 11:27:57 AM PDT · by balrog666 · 362 replies · 548+ views
    The James Randi Educational Foundation ^ | July 25, 2003 | James Randi
    This week's page will be devoted entirely to religion. I've reached the point where I just have to unload on this subject that until now I've felt was just outside of the matters that the JREF handles. Since religion shows up as a part of so many arguments in support of other fantastic claims, I want to show you that its embrace is of the same nature as acceptance of astrology, ESP, prophecy, dowsing, and the other myriad of strange beliefs we handle here every day. Previously, I've excused myself from involved discussions of this pervasive notion, on grounds that...
  • The Electric Universe - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence

    05/03/2003 12:15:24 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 2 replies · 377+ views
    Holoscience. com ^ | 4/9/2003 | Walter Thornhill
    09 April 2003SETI – The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence“Next we come to a question that everyone, scientist and non-scientist alike, must have asked at some time. What is man’s place in the Universe?” The Nature of the Universe, Fred Hoyle. In March this year 13,000 people from across the U.S converged on Philadelphia for the largest meeting of science educators in the world. Many teachers there remarked that their students are always asking about SETI and astronomy. Kids have a keen interest in astronomy and the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. What's out there? Are we alone? The first question we...
  • [ Daily Tolkien ] The Undefinable Shadowland

    01/22/2003 2:56:49 AM PST · by JameRetief · 3 replies · 1,010+ views
    Barrow Downs ^ | July 2, 2000 | Leif Jacobsen
    The Undefinable ShadowlandA Study of the Complex Question of Dualism in J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the RingsLeif Jacobsen In memory of John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, to whom I owe so much The Road ever goes on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow if I can Pursuing it with weary feet, Until it joins some larger way, Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say. Introduction "I dislike Allegory - the conscious and intentional allegory - yet any attempt to explain the...
  • The Never-ending Myths of Racism In Contemporary America.......

    10/22/2002 10:04:00 AM PDT · by Apolitical · 17 replies · 2,553+ views
    The Iconoclast ^ | October 22, 2002 | Unknown
    DAILY NOTEBOOK.... The Iconoclast ( The Never-ending Myths of Racism In Contemporary America........ October 22, 2002: Years ago, the pioneering anti-feminist iconoclast, Christina Hoff Sommers, wrote a series of articles detailing how a number of feminist myths about male "oppression" in our society could be tracked back to purely fictitious charges or doctored statistics repeated a sufficient number of times that they took on a life (or "truth") of their own. Today the same myth-making racket is being practised by the multiculturalism crowd, constantly disseminating mythical tales about nefarious acts of blatant discrimination and bias against blacks or members of...
  • Native American Origins Debated (now with DNA analysis)

    10/12/2002 8:37:42 AM PDT · by Tancred · 28 replies · 2,379+ views
    Tucson Citizen ^ | October 11, 2002 | Paul L. Allen
    <p>Scientists say DNA evidence points to central Siberia while Native Americans say mythology and beliefs are more important.</p> <p>The theory has been around for years. The proof, however, that today's Native American ancestors came here via the Bering Strait and Alaska has been slow to follow.</p> <p>It's now here.</p>