Category: Intellectual freedom
|January 29, 2016||Posted by DonaldM under Creationism, Culture, Darwinism, Design inference, Evolution, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, Naturalism, Philosophy, Politics/policy and origins issues, Religion, Science|
I’ve already written here about the recent dust-up between the United Methodist Church (UMC)and Discovery Institute. Being involved with this has caused me, as a United Methodist, to take a closer look at some of the official statements of the UMC on science. As regular UD readers will likely know, the church has banned Discovery […]
|December 22, 2015||Posted by News under Adminstrative, Intellectual freedom, Media, News|
For reader info, in case it happens when you try to access Uncommon Descent or a page here: The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has approved the use of HTTP status code 451. The code alerts readers when a page has been blocked for legal reasons or censored. The code number was inspired by Fahrenheit […]
|October 3, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Atheism, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
Here: Dawkins worries about the way US university campuses are becoming places for unlearning liberty. Well yes, but neither Dawkins nor Maher seems able or willing to understand that progressivism is not about liberty; it is about control of an increasingly subject and dependent population. They congratulate themselves on being “liberals,” but might find out […]
|July 24, 2015||Posted by kairosfocus under Atheism, Free Speech, Intellectual freedom, Laws, Religion, Science, Philosophy and (Natural) Theology, Science, worldview issues/foundations and society|
Carpathian, sadly but predictably, in the face of remonstrance has continued his attempts to support ghettoising, stigmatising and silencing the voice of the Christian in public; making himself a poster-child of a clear and present danger to liberty in our time. For example: >>Religious activities should all be private. Any prospects for religious conversion should […]
|June 8, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, News|
… can afford so many administrators and pump up grades? And the problem of burgeoning bureaucracy helps explain some worrying trends, foremost being a perceptible decline in academic standards over time (it’s evident in grade inflation; there are three times as many Oxford Firsts now as there were 30 years ago) and — a lesser […]
|May 14, 2015||Posted by News under Atheism, Intellectual freedom, News|
Every so often, we get to the bottom of the In Bin. It’s how we know Earth has a centre, for sure. Anyway… Openly secular? Which means what, exactly? Chopping down the municipal Christmas tree? All the trouble today comes to people who just want to follow their faith in peace, but can’t. Meanwhile, she […]
|May 3, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
Science, like all disciplines today, is coming under heavy demands for censorship. People who used to be called dissenters or dissidents are now “denialists.” In short there is One Right Answer, to which no research not sponsored by an Establishment can add. But the history of science progress feature a grand parade of witnesses called […]
|April 13, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
Here: As Scruton notes: “Moral relativism clears the ground for a new kind of absolutism. The emerging curriculum in the humanities is in fact far more censorious, in crucial matters, than the one that it strives to replace.” But this isn’t just about the handful of protests the student clubs get up to. The problem […]
|March 30, 2015||Posted by News under Culture, Darwinism, Intellectual freedom, News|
He likes Ayaan Hirsi Ali Yeah, yeah, that guy, still selling Darwin’s used cars [!]. But never mind, get this—he likes Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Below is Hirsi Ali’s interview with Megyn Kelly on Fox News. Kelly did a far better job than Jon Stewart, who tried to argue that Islam is no worse than any […]
|March 24, 2015||Posted by News under academic freedom, Intellectual freedom, Philosophy, Science|
In his first inaugural address, President Obama pledged to “restore science to its rightful place.” But has the Obama Administration restored science or abused it? In this talk based on the expanded paperback edition of his book Darwin Day in America (ISI Books, 2015), political scientist John G. West will examine how the Obama Administration […]
|March 5, 2015||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, Media|
From Darwin Day in America (with Afterword): The very issue Holdren was testifying about—climate change—provides a disturbing example of the growing effort to treat scientific dissent as heresy. One of America’s leading daily newspapers, the Los Angeles Times, announced in 2013 it would no longer publish letters to the editor that expressed skepticism about the […]
|January 30, 2015||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, News|
If you need trigger warnings, trust me, you do not need university. Save the money for cosmetic surgery instead.
|January 29, 2015||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, News|
In an emergency, it finally became possible in Canada to talk beyond the secular burkha of political correctness.
|December 11, 2014||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, News|
This is not the worldview of the pom pom-shaking science writer who no longer needs to hear both sides.
|December 3, 2014||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, Intelligent Design, News, Physics|
I can be an anti-reductionist without being an anti-realist, and Pigliucci’s dabbling with vitalism is logically unnecessary.
|December 3, 2014||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, News, Philosophy, Science|
Yes, but you must be allowed to think that, Massimo, without getting your head bashed in.
|November 12, 2014||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, News|
As it will to every other controversy.
|November 8, 2014||Posted by News under Creationism, Culture, Darwinism, Intellectual freedom, News|
Sorry, it’s no secret: You can have conformity or creativity; not both.
|July 29, 2014||Posted by News under Intellectual freedom, News|
He has such difficulty calling the new “Shut up, they explained” culture what it is: Mediocrities with tenure, thugs in office, and cowards on the Board.
|July 26, 2014||Posted by News under Climate change, Intellectual freedom, News|
The article offers damning specifics about how universities and science organizations apply completely different standards, depending on politics