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  • Life’s irreducible structure—Part 1: autopoiesis (ID and the Evos make big mistake?)

    08/08/2008 9:26:41 AM PDT · by GodGunsGuts · 125 replies · 196+ views
    Journal of Creation ^ | Alex Williams
    The commonly cited case for intelligent design appeals to: (a) the irreducible complexity of (b) some aspects of life. But complex arguments invite complex refutations (valid or otherwise), and the claim that only some aspects of life are irreducibly complex implies that others are not, and so the average person remains unconvinced. Here I use another principle autopoiesis (self-making)-—to show that all aspects of life lie beyond the reach of naturalistic explanations...
  • Senate sends Jindal bill on evolution

    06/17/2008 8:57:19 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 83 replies · 123+ views ^ | Jun 17, 2008 | WILL SENTELL
    A bill to overhaul the way evolution is taught in Louisiana public schools easily cleared its final legislative hurdle Monday despite threats of a lawsuit. Opponents, mostly outside the State Capitol, contend the legislation would inject creationism and other religious themes into public schools. However, the Senate voted 36-0 without debate to go along with the same version of the proposal that the House passed last week 94-3. The measure, Senate Bill 733, now goes to Gov. Bobby Jindal, who is expected to sign it. Backers said the bill is needed to give science teachers more freedom to hold discussions...
  • Pope prepares to embrace theory of intelligent design

    08/28/2006 12:02:43 PM PDT · by Abathar · 67 replies · 1,586+ views
    Guardian ^ | 08/28/06 | John Hooper
    Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals close to Pope Benedict will gather at his summer palace outside Rome this week for intensive discussions that could herald a fundamental shift in the Vatican's view of evolution. There have been growing signs the Pope is considering aligning his church more closely with the theory of "intelligent design" taught in some US states. Advocates of the theory argue that some features of the universe and nature are so complex that they must have been designed by a higher intelligence. Critics say it is a disguise for creationism. A prominent anti-evolutionist and Roman Catholic scientist,...
  • Austrian cardinal says Darwinism should be studied as science

    08/24/2006 8:37:24 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 89 replies · 1,183+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 24 August 2006 | Staff
    Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn of Vienna said he thought Darwin's theories on evolution deserve to be studied in schools, along with the scientific question marks that remain. It is right to teach "the science of Darwin, not ideological Darwinism," Cardinal Schonborn said Aug. 23. He spoke at a meeting in Rimini sponsored by the Catholic lay movement Communion and Liberation, and his remarks were reported by Italian newspapers. In 2005, Cardinal Schonborn helped fuel the debate over evolution and intelligent design when he wrote in The New York Times that science offers "overwhelming evidence for design in biology." He later...
  • 'Evolution' Study Implies U.S. Science Education Lagging Behind Europe (Creationist disagrees)

    08/21/2006 2:16:59 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 91 replies · 1,469+ views
    Agape Press ^ | August 21, 2006 | Mary Rettig
    (AgapePress) - The president and CEO of a creation apologetics group says the U.S. is ahead, not behind, in science, as claimed by a recent worldwide study on belief in evolution. A researcher from Michigan State University studied beliefs about evolution in 34 countries, including the United States. The study found that in most European countries, at least 80 percent of adults believe in evolution. However, in the U.S. only about 40 percent were whole-hearted believers in Darwin's theory -- and 39 percent called it "absolutely false." Jon Miller, the MSU researcher who conducted the study, attributes his findings, in...
  • Show links Darwin, Hitler ideologiesHolocaust was fallout of evolution theory

    08/19/2006 6:39:43 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 708 replies · 8,094+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | Posted: August 19, 2006 | World Net Daily
    Show links Darwin, Hitler ideologies Holocaust was fallout of evolution theory, says new production -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: August 19, 2006 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2006 Charles Darwin should share with Hitler the blame for the 11 million or more lives lost in the Holocaust, a new television special explains. And, the program says, the more than 45 million American lives lost to abortion also can be blamed on that famous founder of evolutionary theory. The results of Darwin’s theories "This show basically is about the social effects of Darwinism, and shows this idea, which is scientifically bankrupt, has probably been...
  • Review of Godless -- (Centers on Evolution)

    08/17/2006 11:04:51 AM PDT · by publius1 · 535 replies · 7,772+ views
    Powells Review a Day ^ | August 10, 2006 | Jerry Coyne
    Godless: The Church of Liberalism by Ann Coulter Coultergeist A Review by Jerry Coyne H. L. Mencken once responded to a question asked by many of his readers: "If you find so much that is unworthy of reverence in the United States, then why do you live here?" His answer was, "Why do men go to zoos?" Sadly, Mencken is not here to ogle the newest creature in the American Zoo: the Bleached Flamingo, otherwise known as Ann Coulter. This beast draws crowds by its frequent, raucous calls, eerily resembling a human voice, and its unearthly appearance, scrawny and pallid....
  • "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...
  • How to Make Sure Children Are Scientifically Illiterate (Barf Alert)

    08/16/2006 6:42:08 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 663 replies · 7,388+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 15, 2006 | LAWRENCE M. KRAUSS
    Voters in Kansas ensured this month that noncreationist moderates will once again have a majority (6 to 4) on the state school board, keeping new standards inspired by intelligent design from taking effect. This is a victory for public education and sends a message nationwide about the public’s ability to see through efforts by groups like the Discovery Institute to misrepresent science in the schools. But for those of us who are interested in improving science education, any celebration should be muted. This is not the first turnaround in recent Kansas history. In 2000, after a creationist board had removed...
  • Criticism Of Evolution Can't Be Silenced

    08/15/2006 10:11:10 PM PDT · by jla · 356 replies · 3,912+ views
    Eagle Forum ^ | August 16, 2006 | Mrs. Schlafly
    Criticism Of Evolution Can't Be Silenced by Phyllis Schlafly, August 16, 2006 The liberal press is gloating that the seesaw battle for control of the Kansas Board of Education just teetered back to pro-evolutionists for the second time in five years. But to paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of the death of the movement to allow criticism of evolution are grossly exaggerated. In its zeal to portray evolution critics in Kansas as dumb rural fundamentalists, a New York Times page-one story misquoted Dr. Steve Abrams (the school board president who had steered Kansas toward allowing criticism of evolution) on a...
  • How did we get here? (UK sees huge decrease in belief in 'evolution')

    08/15/2006 11:34:34 AM PDT · by gobucks · 225 replies · 2,518+ views
    Guardian ^ | 15 Aug 06 | Harriet Swain
    Evolution is on the way out - more than 30% of students in the UK say they believe in creationism and intelligent design. Harriet Swain reports on a surprising new survey. *snip* This means more than 30% believe our origins have more to do with God than with Darwin - evolution theory rang true for only 56%. Opinionpanel Research's survey of more than 1,000 students found a third of those who said they were Muslims and more than a quarter of those who said they were Christians supported creationism. Nearly a third of Christians and 10% of those with no...
  • 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...
  • Behe Jumps the Shark [response to Michael Behe's NYTimes op-ed, "Design for Living"]

    02/12/2005 4:24:09 PM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 898 replies · 10,263+ views
    Behe Jumps the Shark By P Z Myers Nick Matzke has also commented on this, but the op-ed is so bad I can't resist piling on. From the very first sentence, Michael Behe's op-ed in today's NY Times is an exercise in unwarranted hubris. In the wake of the recent lawsuits over the teaching of Darwinian evolution, there has been a rush to debate the merits of the rival theory of intelligent design. And it's all downhill from there. Intelligent Design creationism is not a "rival theory." It is an ad hoc pile of mush, and once again we catch...
  • Darwinism and the Deterioration of the Genome

    08/07/2006 10:54:34 AM PDT · by Michael_Michaelangelo · 114 replies · 1,976+ views
    True.Origin ^ | 8/7/06 | Jerry Bergman, Ph.D.
    An evaluation of DNA/RNA mutations indicates that they cannot provide significant new levels of information. Instead, mutations will produce degradation of the information in the genome. This is the opposite of the predictions of the neoDarwinian origins model. Such genome degradation is counteracted by natural selection that helps maintain the status quo. Degradation results for many reasons, two of which are reviewed here. 1) there is a tendency for mutations to produce a highly disproportionate number of certain nucleotide bases such as thymine and 2) many mutations occur in only a relatively few places within the gene called “hot spots,”...
  • 10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part I)

    08/03/2006 12:22:06 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 443 replies · 5,322+ views
    Evangelical Outpost ^ | 08/03/2006 | Joe Carter
    10 Ways Darwinists Help Intelligent Design (Part I) ---------------------------------------------- Eighty years after the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, the public still refuses to accept the idea that Darwin’s theory of natural selection is a sufficient explanation for complex biological phenomena. In fact, opinion polls show that fewer people are willing to accept the idea that human beings developed from earlier species than they were just ten years ago. In Britain—a country that is not exactly known for fundamentalist Christianity—fewer than half accept the theory of evolution as the best description for the development of life. (And more than 40% of those polled...
  • What’s the Matter with Kansas? (Dishonest Darwinists coming to a state near you)

    08/03/2006 9:23:14 AM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 319 replies · 3,592+ views
    National Review ^ | 08/03/2006 | David Klinghoffer
    What’s the Matter with Kansas? Dishonest Darwinists -- coming to a state near you. By David Klinghoffer ----------------------------------- State school-board elections don’t normally receive much national media attention. Yet the school-board primary race in Kansas on Tuesday, representing a key front in the Darwin wars, was an exception. Will Darwinism be taught as unquestionable dogma? That’s the question that voters decided. In Kansas, it seems it will. Kansas has been one of five states with biology curricula that include instruction about the evidence both for and against neo-Darwinism, requiring that students learn about the “critical analysis” of evolutionary theory. Darwin...
  • 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...
  • George Gilder, Metaphysic (Derbyshire refutes another creationist)

    07/13/2006 3:18:03 PM PDT · by curiosity · 251 replies · 3,086+ views
    National Review ^ | 7/13/2006 | John Derbyshire
    I seem to have got myself elected to the post of NR’s designated point man against Creationists.* Indignant anti-Creationist readers have urged me to make a response to George Gilder’s long essay “Evolution and Me” in the current (7/17/06) National Review Well, I'll give it a shot. I had better say up front that I am only familiar with George’s work — he has written several books, none of which I have read, I am ashamed to say, since I know he has read one of mine — in a sketchy and secondhand way, so what follows is only a...
  • Creationism taught by design : finding its way into UK university lecture halls

    07/10/2006 12:22:16 PM PDT · by SirLinksalot · 94 replies · 1,149+ views
    Education Creationism taught by design CREATIONISM is finding its way into university lecture halls, raising concerns with some academics that the biblical story of creation will be given equal weight to Darwin’s theory of evolution. Compulsory lectures in intelligent design and creationism are going to be included in second-year courses for zoology and genetics undergraduates at Leeds University, The Times Higher Education Supplement (June 23) reveals. But there’s a twist: lecturers will present the controversial theories as being incompatible with scientific evidence. “It is essential they (students) understand the historical context and the flaws in the arguments these groups put...
  • Evolution can occur quickly and change how populations interact [Lab demonstration]

    07/10/2006 11:21:37 AM PDT · by PatrickHenry · 185 replies · 2,224+ views
    Cornell University ^ | 03 July 2006 | Susan Lang
    Biologists generally accept that evolutionary change can take from decades to millennia, while ecological change can occur over mere days or seasons. However, a new Cornell study shows that evolution and ecology can operate on the same time scale. When evolution occurs so quickly, the researchers conclude, it can change how populations of various species interact. Ecologists need to consider such evolutionary dynamics in their studies because evolution could affect populations being studied. This insight is critical to predicting the recovery time needed for threatened populations or for predicting disease dynamics, says Justin Meyer '04, who conducted the study as...