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On April 15, 2005 Dr. Dembski posted the first post to UD.  5,449 posts and five years later we are stronger than ever.  I am pleased to report that with over 10,000 daily readers we are serving tons of lurkers, the real audience of all of the posts and the debate back and forth.   Thank you to all who have made this site such a success (including those of our opponents who show up and engage with us respectfully).  Here’s to many more years of service!

BTW, just in time for our birthday, we are moving up the server ladder in an effort to improve our download times, etc.  The upgrade should be complete in a couple of days.  Let us know how it’s working.

BTW2:  The new server is TWICE as expensive as the old one.  If you enjoy this site, you can use the button on the right of the screen to send us a birthday gift.  Thank you.

BTW3:  The birthday gifts are already starting to arrive.  THANK YOU!!!

Off topic: Unbelievable Podcast: John Lennox and Paul Davies semi-debate: What does it take for life to get going in our universe? Is there intelligence in the stars or right under our nose? Renowned astrophysicist Paul Davies chats to Oxford Professor of Mathematics John Lennox. A popular science author, Davies is also the Chair of the SETI post detection task force. His latest book "The Eerie Silence" which marks SETI's 50th anniversary examines the likelihood of the universe producing life elsewhere. John Lennox is a Christian Mathematician and philosopher. He is the author of "God's Undertaker: has science buried God?" and has debated Richard Dawkins on several occasions. Davies' work on the fine tuning of the universe for life has been sympathetic to theism. In this programme Lennox challenges Davies to look to design not just in cosmology but in the cell. They also chat about what the discovery of ET would mean for Christian theology. http://www.premierradio.org.uk/shows/saturday/unbelievable.aspx Also of interest to all the mathematicians that are on UD: Dangerous Knowledge 1 of 2 - video http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8492625684649921614# In this one-off documentary, David Malone looks at four brilliant mathematicians - Georg Cantor, Ludwig Boltzmann, Kurt Gödel and Alan Turing - whose genius has profoundly affected us, but which tragically drove them insane and eventually led to them all committing suicide. The film begins with Georg Cantor, the great mathematician whose work proved to be the foundation for much of the 20th-century mathematics. He believed he was God's messenger and was eventually driven insane trying to prove his theories of infinity. bornagain77
Have any of you seen this clip or perhaps the whole movie? Arrington? dembski? others? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlZtEjtlirc Richard Dawkins says it may be possible that an intelligent designer may have created the universe. He just doesn't believe that it could have been God. wagenweg
YaY!! Happy Birthday UD, and a BIG, BIG thanks to all those who post articles and comments here daily. I refer people to this blog *all the time*. I found another biology teacher just yesterday who supports ID, so I sent him the link to UD as well as EN&V. KEEP UP THE AWESOMENESS!!! FtK
Barry: Happy Birthday. It's far easier for opponents (I suppose I am considered to be in that category, despite my belief that design arguments can be made from nature) to dialogue here these days, for which I convey my thanks. The absence of a certain arrogant administrator, who answered respectfully worded arguments with insults and whose finger was always on the trigger, is noted with appreciation. That much heat rarely generates any light; it all comes out as noise, and dissonant enough to turn away anyone with a discriminating ear. Thank you for getting rid of the noise. Perhaps you will also accept as a present, the spirit (if not necessarily the entire content) of Karl Giberson's recent post at BioLogos: http://biologos.org/blog/through-a-glass-darkly-blog/ Ted Davis
As one of those 10,000+ lurkers, Happy Birthday! Keep up the good work! Jack Golightly
The BEATLES birthday song http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjF1bG5LUcs bornagain77
Congrats! Here is to another five years of discovery and truth! IRQ Conflict

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