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Doctor “Doom” Pianka – St. Edwards Transcript

Transcript of St. Edwards Speech MP3 of Seguin-Gazzette Question Stand by for a transcript of the Lamar speech (at the Texas Association of Scientists ceremony) which I’m given to understand makes the St. Edwards speech look rather tame. My take on the St. Edwards speech is it paints Pianka as an alarmist crackpot, and nothing Read More…

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Texas Governor Rick Perry Compares Pianka’s Views to Hitler’s

The Gazette-Enterprise The very same day TAS declared its stance, Kathy Walt, press secretary for Gov. Rick Perry, expressed disdain over what Pianka calls his “doomsday talk.” Walt called the scientist’s viewpoints “abhorrent” and likened them to Hitler’s “hate-filled Third Reich.” While some have described Pianka’s words as hyperbole, the governor’s office’s distaste was plainspoken. Read More…

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Pianka’s Prediction

While reading about Pianka I noticed one statement related to Intelligent Design that has been overlooked amidst the furor: “Although [Ebola Zaire] Kills 9 out of 10 people, outbreaks have so far been unable to become epidemics because they are currently spread only by direct physical contact with infected blood. However, a closely-related virus that Read More…

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The Darwin Gene/Meme?

The following text and image were sent to me by colleague and fellow Darwin-doubter Stu Harris. It’s well known that people tend to look like or take on the visage of their pets, pop heroes and spiritual mentors. Daniel Dennett is apparently not immune to this process. Over the years he has more and more Read More…

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Religion in Public School Classrooms? Two Can Play That Game!

Keith Burgess-Jackson at AnalPhilosopher has this to say about militant anti-religious atheists and their treatment of ID as a pernicious threat to be kept out of public school classrooms at all costs: Leftist Hostility to Religion Michael Ruse, like me, is (1) a philosopher, (2) a Darwinist, (3) an atheist, and (4) a respecter of Read More…

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A Chimp’s Loss is Our Gain?

http://www.umich.edu/news/index.html?Releases/2006/Feb06/r021406 Researchers who speculate about human origins have come up with three main scenarios for how we ended up with our unique traits, Zhang said. The first possibility is that we acquired completely new genes that other apes don’t have. Another is that some of our genes have taken on different functions through mutation. It’s Read More…

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Ancient Complex Mammal: ~164 Million Years

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/short/311/5764/1068b Mesozoic mammals have been thought to have been small, nocturnal, and confined to a few niches on land until the demise of the dinosaurs 65 million years ago. Most are recorded by isolated jaw fragments or teeth. Ji et al. (p. 1123; see the cover and the Perspective by Martin) now describe a Jurassic Read More…

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Playing Devil’s Advocate: Sudden Origins and Irreducible Complexity

One thing that has always irked me is that rarely on this site do we find any critics of ID attempting to challenge the tools/methods of ID directly. For example, one could claim that “CSI isn’t a reliable indicator of intelligence” or “the explanatory filter breaks down under certain conditions” or “ID regularly produces false Read More…

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Behe Responds to Judge Jones

http://www.discovery.org/scripts/viewDB/filesDB-download.php?command=download&id=697 Behe covers several sections in detail but here is the overall summary at the end: The Court’s reasoning in section E-4 is premised on: a cramped view of science; the conflation of intelligent design with creationism; the incapacity to distinguish the implications of a theory from the theory itself; a failure to differentiate evolution Read More…

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Jeffrey H. Schwartz’s Sudden Origins

http://www.umc.pitt.edu:591/m/FMPro?-db=ma&-lay=a&-format=d.html&id=2297&-Find Schwartz hearkens back to earlier theories that suggest that the Darwinian model of evolution as continual and gradual adaptation to the environment glosses over gaps in the fossil record by assuming the intervening fossils simply have not been found yet. Rather, Schwartz argues, they have not been found because they don’t exist, since evolution Read More…

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Ruse Interview in Dallas Daily News

Michael Ruse: Darwinist talks with Points about ID and evolution in the classroom 03:36 PM CST on Sunday, January 29, 2006 Do you think there is anything at all to the intelligent design argument from irreducible complexity? No. I think it’s “creationism lite” tarted up to look like science to get around the constitutional separation Read More…