The Kansas State Board of Education will hear from scientists and scholars next week about how best to present evolution in the classroom. If you are not testifying to the board, there is still a significant role for you to play in the wider debate. Namely, write supportive letters to the editor to appear during […]
ID gets prime time in Brazil
I’ve always been troubled by the claim that Mt. Rushmore was carved by sculptors. After all, where did the sculptors come from?
Scientists know that natural selection can explain the awe-inspiring complexities of organisms, and should be prepared to explain how. But attacking or dismissing intelligent design is likely to aggravate the rift between science and faith that causes students to become interested in intelligent design in the first place.
From a colleague: A 3-member Committee of The Kansas State School Board will conduct hearings in Topeka next week, and possibly the week after, to evaluate proposed changes to the state science standards. Thursday through Saturday next week, May 5-7, the Committee will hear testimony from scientists, philosophers and educators who think the standards should […]
…the very foundation of science in the United States is at risk…
Their simple, idiotic credulity as a populace would have been the envy of Lenin. That is the tragic paradox. The Land of the Free, telly and burgerfed, has become the Land of the Credulous Moron.
One of my favorite over-the-top quotes about the power of natural selection comes from novelist Barbara Kingsolver. According to her, natural selection is Ã¢â‚¬Å“the greatest, simplest, most elegant logical construct ever to dawn across our curiosity about the workings of natural life. It is inarguable, and it explains everything.Ã¢â‚¬Â (Small Wonder, 2002). Another Kingsolver, however, […]
We are not some casual and meaningless product of evolution. Each of us is the result of a thought of God. Each of us is willed, each of us is loved, each of us is necessary.
Although the phrase Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcreation scienceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ carries disreputable connotations because of its frequent use by some religious fundamentalists, we truly need some Ã¢â‚¬Ëœcreation scienceÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ (in the other sense of that phrase) as a major component of evolutionary theory.
What follows is a story from Science on the controversy in Kansas over the teaching of evolution. Notice how the story is framed in terms of “Science” versus “Intelligent Design.” One thing it might interest you to know is that the meeting in question took place at a church (it was held at the Plymouth […]
Interesting paper on randomness and information theory: Using Information Theory Approach to Randomness Testing http://arxiv.org/abs/cs.IT/0504006. B. Ya. Ryabko and V.A. Monarev
Hubert Yockey attended the 1996 Mere Creation conference at Biola University. At that conference he and I discussed his role in the ID movement. He described himself as an outsider who could do more good for ID by maintaining his intellectual independence and directing his energies at refuting the evolutionary reductionists than by explicitly making […]
YesterdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Nature has, on page 24 of the advertisement section, an announcement requesting grant proposals for the John Templeton FoundationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s “Purpose in the living world” research programme, titled “The Emergence of Biological Complexity” (for more go here and here). Purpose? Biological complexity? Evidence of fine-tuning in biological complexity? All in one breath? This may not […]
“You know, you are going to have to get past those reservations if you want to pursue a career in this field. It just isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t possible to succeed in Marine Science if you do not accept the theory of evolution.”