In response to Bill’s earlier thread Who said evolution wasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t progressive, to say nothing of warm and fuzzy?, Rob Crowther posted a followup here: Beasts in the Forest. Crowther points out Discovery Institute CSC Fellow Wesley Smith has a quote appearing on Starbuck’s coffee cups.
A. N. Wilson, the epitomy of English snootiness, recently fell for an elaborate prank that he could have avoided if he had drawn a design inference. Note that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Eve de HarbenÃ¢â‚¬Â doesnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t exist either, and the letters in Ã¢â‚¬Å“herÃ¢â‚¬Â name are an anagram for Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ever been had?Ã¢â‚¬Â Why am I being so hard on Wilson? […]
The interesting thing about abiogenesis is that thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no empirical evidence at all to support it yet itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s taught in a vacuum absent any other explanations of how life may have first appeared on this planet.
….if truth be told, evolution hasn’t yielded many practical or commercial benefits. Yes, bacteria evolve drug resistance, and yes, we must take countermeasures, but beyond that there is not much to say. Evolution cannot help us predict what new vaccines to manufacture because microbes evolve unpredictably. But hasn’t evolution helped guide animal and plant breeding? […]
Pearl Jam – Do The Evolution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Sm3trB1fe4. Contrast this with the following music video. You think evolution might be less of a force in this singer’s life? Five For Fighting – The Riddle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rE9KjXGVl3c.
[There’s] a new 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation that approaches the issue of teaching origin-of-life theories in public schools from a new angle . . . Few are aware that the courts have ruled atheism is a religion for the purposes of the First Amendment in 2005 and thought about its implications on the teaching of origin-of-life […]
Apparently, there is a big confab right now at the Vatican to decide what to say about intelligent design vs. evolution. A friend insisted, for some reason, that I offer an opinion. Heck, everyone is doing that, it seems. Ever since Pope Benedict XVI said, in his inaugural mass, that we are not “some casual […]
Let’s face it, the reason Darwinian evolution is so controversial, especially in the public schools, is that it has profound implications concerning who we are, where we came from, and whether or not our lives have ultimate meaning and purpose. This is not the case in chemistry, physics or mathematics. Schoolchildren are not as unperceptive […]
Pope may embrace intelligent design Pope Benedict XVI may reportedly embrace the theory of intelligent design, possibly heralding a fundamental shift in the Vatican’s view of evolution. Philosophers, scientists and other intellectuals are to meet with the pope this week at his summer palace near Rome to discuss the issue, The Guardian reported Monday. Advocates […]
Wired interview with Lee Smolin on his upcoming book: The Trouble With Physics: The Rise of String Theory, The Fall of a Science, and What Comes Next From the interview: “Smolin says that string theory is unconvincing — maybe even nonscientific — and that physicists have embraced it at the expense of other promising research.” […]
Is there another Guillermo Gonzalez in the making? Not quite, but there are some distressing signals coming out of UVa. This time the controversy surrounds the IDEA chapter and its faculty adviser, Bryce Paschal. [For those who may not be aware, UVa is Paul Gross’s school. Gross was co-author of Creationism’s Trojan Horse with Barbara […]
This is the next installment in the series on John Davison’s An Evolutionary Manifesto: A New Hypothesis for Organic Change. In addition to being a professor of biology since 1954, John is one of the few elites with a published pro-ID peer-reviewed paper (see: Prescribed Evolutionary Hypothesis). Dr. Davison’s work is relevant to the ideas […]
My most recent post talked about why Fr. George Coyne was asked to retire from the Vatican Observatory, after his vigorous campaign to oppose the Vatican’s efforts to distance itself from Darwinism (or “evolutionism,” as Cardinal Schoenborn likes to call it). I shouldn’t have to point this out, but hey. Sidelining Fr. Coyne does not […]
From what I can determine from recent pronouncements, the Vatican is not backing off the process of evicting Darwinism (“evolutionism”) as an innocuous belief system that a good Catholic can accept. Here’s Cardinal Schoenborn recently proposingÃ‚Â an evolution debate: Cardinal SchÃƒÂ¶nborn, who sparked a worldwide debate in 2005 with an article in the New York Times […]
Edward Blyth (1810-1873) Of course today, for biologists, Darwin is second only to God, and for many he may rank still higher. — Michael White, 2002
God and science: You just can’t please everyone A Review of Francis Collins’s The Language of God By Steve Fuller From NewScientist 26 August 2006, p. 48. Denying the real conflict between religion and science is a sure formula for confusion, finds STEVE FULLER. ————– Let me start by declaring an interest: I am that […]
Once the discussion of biological origins opens up in the way the good Cardinal proposes (see below), it’s over for standard evolutionary theory. To be sure, the distinction between “evolutionism” as philosophy and “evolution” as science is valid and at first blush may seem like a way to keep evolution safe. But this distinction is […]
[From a colleague who sometimes posts here in the comments:] Like fresh meat tossed into a pit of jackels, Jonathan Wells’ newest book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design has sent the Panda’s Thumb crowd into a feeding frenzy. Right now there are at least 4 opening posts devoted to taking the […]
I can’t begin to describe the amount of mileage I’ve gotten out of Mt. Rushmore for the cause of Intelligent Design. It appears that this well is about to run dry (taken from thebrites.org):