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May 2014: Events that made a difference to ID

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Further to April 2014 (and to Barry’s suggestion that readers kindly remember Uncommon Descent in their year end giving – via the Donate button (our Christmas stocking – tax receipt) on the main page):

My sense is that we are making some headway against what Leon Wieseltier has referred to as Darwinist dittoheads, and I’d like to point to some more stories, this time from May 2014, that explain why:

As it happens, so much has begun to happen, that we can only point to various peaks now. In May, we began to talk about Nicholas Wade’s Troublesome Inheritance book, about how Darwinism emphasizes racial differences:

Wade, a prominent science writer, insists Darwinian evolution is ongoing, and wants to revive the “conversation” about race.

Geneticists use code words for race, he says. (Here’s an excerpt from the book.)

Well, it gets better. Did you know that creationists are liberals? Or something?

Real Clear Science surprised us by weighing in with the idea that race is real but racism is wrong. Some of us wondered: Does it mean that as long as you front Darwin, you can be a racist while saying racism is wrong?

Anyway, Britain’s Spectator called the whole thing “Darwin’s unexploded bomb.”.

Rod Dreher weighed in, expressing unease about even reading the book, as if some big truth we couldn’t accept were to be found therein. Never heard what it was.

BUT then things took a really odd turn: It turned out that everyone who  doubts Wade’s race theories is a creationist. Or a mind-body dualist. And a cultural Marxist, even. Look, we honestly didn’t know … We ended up wondering if racism is the new cool?

The News desk still gets unsolicited e-mails from the proponents of human biodiversity, which sounds like racism with a trust fund, and that pretty much sums up their relationship with us.

Scientific American, it turned out, didn’t like the Kleagle much. (We would have bet against their hitting it off, if asked, and cleaned up – but more on that later.)

Maybe we should have anticipated this uproar because Columbia mathematician Peter Woit had to take to the ‘Net months earlier to advertise the fact that he is NOT a creationist just because he doubts crackpot cosmology. But we admittedly didn’t guess it would go any further than him.

Yet Wade ended up getting compared to a creationist himself.

Hey, is “creationist” the new “think for yourself and let others do the same”? In that case, definitely, have some creationists in your portfolio, including Stephen Jay Gould.

Here’s Tom Bethell’s view, and here is Slate’s (neither agreed with the book’s view). Also, more from Slate. Here’s a roundup of reviews, another here  And then there was the Descent of Mann. Here’s PZ Myers on the subject (customary profanity warning). Here’s New Statesman. And Fred Reed.

Wow. Darwinism is really showing its wrinkles, isn’t it? Everyone is a creationist or might as well be one now.

Meanwhile, a kids’ book was hailed as an antidote to creationism., presumably therefore to liberalism (?). If not …

See also:

January 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  (My sense is that we are making some headway against what Leon Wieseltier has referred to as Darwinist dittoheads.)

February 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  We are definitely past having to care what Christians for Darwin think.

March 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  Old, taken-for-granted “truths” are collapsing; an information theory approach may help us forward.

April 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  Despite these developments, naturalists would prefer chaos and nonsense to signals that point away from naturalism.

June 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  In June we began to think seriously about William Dembski’s then upcoming Being as Communion, a more philosophical look at design in nature

July 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  Among many other events, a UD Post where a famous chemist says no scientist understands “macroevolution” passed 200,000 views.

August 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  Famous Darwin follower, Jerry “Why evolution is true” Coyne, was really mad that information theorist William Dembski is allowed to speak at his fort, Fort Chicago University

September 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  It was becoming obvious that no one who knows the facts need be defensive about doubting the naturalist spin.

October 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  Even establishment science media are now moving to recognize the problems with Darwinian evolution theory.

November 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  Not only has the kill-ID bomb not exploded, but lots of people besides us are beginning to notice that fact.

December 2014: Events that made a difference to ID  Fake Facebook pages started in an attempt to discredit ID theorists. (People fake Rolexes, not Timexes.)

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7 Replies to “May 2014: Events that made a difference to ID

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    rvb8 says:

    Leon Wiesletier, former editor of The New Republic; circulation, formerly 50,0000.

    “We reject Wade’s implication that our findings substantiate his guesswork.” A quote from the people (population geneticists)whose work Wade seriously bastardizes.

    Rod Dreher annoyed Denyse by morphing into Eastern Orthodoxy away from her Catholicism and saying that, “sexual abuse of minors is facilitated by a secret, powerful network of gay priests.”

    This grab bag of unsubstantiated factoids, and half espoused thought is the end of year contribution, to what exactly?

    Never in the course of human endevour has so little been achieved, by so few, for so little attention. Roll on 2015.

    Underachievement, thy name is ID. I feel another banning coming on.

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    News says:

    rvb8, you are probably right about the banning, but principally for the sin of mind-reading.

    I either didn’t know or had forgotten that Dreher had been Catholic.

    If he really said something as silly as that about gay priests, I have less reason to hold him in respect, but had never heard it before. (I always deduct 10 respect points if people believe in conspiracies, because it can almost always be explained by mere confluence of interests and events).

    Yes, there ARE conspiracies out there (cf 9-11) but they are not common, rarely large, and do not remain secret for very long.

    As the Chinese define it: Secret = known by only one person

    Tell you what, rvb8, I will give you one more chance to grow up. Use it wisely.

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    bornagain77 says:

    While racism certainly predated Darwinism, Darwinism made it possible to be an ‘intellectually fulfilled racist’. Darwin infamously stated,

    “At some future period, not very distant as measured by centuries, the civilised races of man will almost certainly exterminate, and replace, the savage races throughout the world. At the same time the anthropomorphous apes, as Professor Schaaffhausen has remarked, will no doubt be exterminated. The break between man and his nearest allies will then be wider, for it will intervene between man in a more civilised state, as we may hope, even than the Caucasian, and some ape as low as a baboon, instead of as now between the negro or Australian and the gorilla”
    ? Charles Darwin, The Descent of Man, 1874, p. 178
    The racist implications of several common atheist beliefs – December 17, 2014 (with Denton’s ‘Privileged Species’ trailer)

    In fact the ‘pseudo-scientific racism’ Darwinism engendered was so insidious, and obvious, that Darwinism can be traced back as a primary root cause for the NAZI holocaust:

    From Darwin to Hitler – video

    The Role Of Darwinism In Nazi Racial Thought – Richard Weikart – October 2013
    Excerpt: The historical evidence is overwhelming that human evolution was an integral part of Nazi racial ideology.

    Historian Paul Johnson is Darwin’s Latest Biographer — and a Pretty Devastating One – David Klinghoffer – October 14, 2012
    Excerpt: “Both Himmler, head of the SS and Goebbels, the propaganda chief,” were students of Darwin, ,,,
    Hitler apparently carried the theory of natural selection “to its logical conclusion.” “Leading Communists,” moreover, “from Lenin to Trotsky to Stalin and Mao Tse-tung” considered evolution “essential to the self-respect of Communists. … Darwin provided stiffening to the scaffold of laws and dialectic they erected around their seizure of power.”
    Even Stalin,, “had Darwin’s ‘struggle’ and ‘survival of the fittest’ in mind” when murdering entire ethnic groups, as did Pol Pot,,,
    ,,the “emotional stew” Darwin built up in Origin played a major part in the development of the 20th century’s genocides.,,,
    No one who is remotely thoughtful blames Charles Darwin “for millions of deaths.” But to say, as Johnson does, that Darwin’s theory contributed to the growth of a view of the world that in turn had horrendously tragic consequences — well, that’s obviously true, it did. We have documented this extensively here at ENV, as have historians including our contributor Richard Weikart (Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress, From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany, Socialist Darwinism: Evolution in German Socialist Thought from Marx to Bernstein).
    There is, or should be, nothing controversial about this (fact of history).

    Yet contrary to what Darwin presupposed, it is found that the differences between individuals in a population are far greater than differences between populations:

    Genetic Similarities Within and Between Human Populations – 2007
    Excerpt: The proportion of human genetic variation due to differences between populations is modest, and individuals from different populations can be genetically more similar than individuals from the same population. Yet sufficient genetic data can permit accurate classification of individuals into populations.

    As well, as would be expected if humans were created, genetic diversity of Africans is greater than any other population:

    “We found an enormous amount of diversity within and between the African populations, and we found much less diversity in non-African populations,” Tishkoff told attendees today (Jan. 22) at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Anaheim. “Only a small subset of the diversity in Africa is found in Europe and the Middle East, and an even narrower set is found in American Indians.”
    Tishkoff; Andrew Clark, Penn State; Kenneth Kidd, Yale University; Giovanni Destro-Bisol, University “La Sapienza,” Rome, and Himla Soodyall and Trefor Jenkins, WITS University, South Africa, looked at three locations on DNA samples from 13 to 18 populations in Africa and 30 to 45 populations in the remainder of the world.-

    New analysis provides fuller picture of human expansion from Africa – October 22, 2012
    Excerpt: A new, comprehensive review of humans’ anthropological and genetic records gives the most up-to-date story of the “Out of Africa” expansion that occurred about 45,000 to 60,000 years ago.
    This expansion, detailed by three Stanford geneticists, had a dramatic effect on human genetic diversity, which persists in present-day populations. As a small group of modern humans migrated out of Africa into Eurasia and the Americas, their genetic diversity was substantially reduced.

    At the 48:00 minute mark of the following video, Dr. Robert Carter comments on the surprising findings he found in his detailed analysis of the genetic diversity of humans:

    The Non-Mythical Adam and Eve – Dr. Robert Carter – 2014 video

    related quote:

    “What’s remarkable about this is how closely everyone is related to each other. On a genealogical level, everyone in Europe traces back to nearly the same set of ancestors only a thousand years ago,” …. “…such close kinship likely exists in other parts of the world as well.”
    (Genes show one big European family, May 7, 2013)

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    bornagain77 says:

    In fact, contrary to what Hitler (and Darwin) would have presupposed, (and as Dr. Carter pointed out in his preceding video), the mutations that differentiate Europeans from Africans are found to be detrimental mutations and are not found to be beneficial mutations:

    Human Genetic Variation Recent, Varies Among Populations – (Nov. 28, 2012)
    Excerpt: Nearly three-quarters of mutations in genes that code for proteins — the workhorses of the cell — occurred within the past 5,000 to 10,000 years,,,
    “One of the most interesting points is that Europeans have more new deleterious (potentially disease-causing) mutations than Africans,”,,,
    The amount variation or mutation identified in protein-coding genes (the exome) in this study is very different from what would have been seen 5,000 years ago,,,
    The report shows that “recent” events have a potent effect on the human genome. Eighty-six percent of the genetic variation or mutations that are expected to be harmful arose in European-Americans in the last five thousand years, said the researchers.
    The researchers used established bioinformatics techniques to calculate the age of more than a million changes in single base pairs (the A-T, C-G of the genetic code) that are part of the exome or protein-coding portion of the genomes (human genetic blueprint) of 6,515 people of both European-American and African-American decent.,,,

    Daily thought: blue eyes and other gene mutations, April 25, 2013
    Excerpt: “Research on blue-eyes has led many scientist to further affirm that humans are truly mere variations of the same origin. About 8% of the world’s total population has blue eyes so blue eyes are fairly rare. In fact, blue eyes are actually a gene mutation that scientist have researched and found to have happened when the OCA2 gene “turned off the ability to produce brown eyes.”

    Excerpt: The melanin in the skin is produced by melanocytes, which are found in the basal layer of the epidermis. Although, in general, human beings possess a similar concentration of melanocytes in their skin, the melanocytes in some individuals and ethnic groups more frequently or less frequently express the melanin-producing genes, thereby conferring a greater or lesser concentration of skin melanin. Some individual animals and humans have very little or no melanin synthesis in their bodies, a condition known as albinism.

    Are Wisdom Teeth (Third Molars) Vestiges of Human Evolution? by Jerry Bergman – December 1, 1998
    Excerpt: Curtis found that both predynastic Egyptians and Nubians rarely had wisdom teeth problems, but they often existed in persons living in later periods of history. He concluded that the maxillary sinus of the populations he compared were similar and attributed the impactions he found to diet and also disuse causing atrophy of the jaws which resulted in a low level of teeth attrition. Dahlberg in a study of American Indians found that mongoloid peoples have a higher percentage of agenesis of third molars then do other groups and few persons in primitive societies had wisdom teeth problems. As Dahlberg notes, third molars were ‘very useful in primitive societies’ to chew their coarse diet.

    In fact, much contrary to what Darwin (and Hitler) would have thought, humanity on a whole is Devolving instead of Evolving

    If Modern Humans Are So Smart, Why Are Our Brains Shrinking? – January 20, 2011
    Excerpt: John Hawks is in the middle of explaining his research on human evolution when he drops a bombshell. Running down a list of changes that have occurred in our skeleton and skull since the Stone Age, the University of Wisconsin anthropologist nonchalantly adds, “And it’s also clear the brain has been shrinking.”
    “Shrinking?” I ask. “I thought it was getting larger.” The whole ascent-of-man thing.,,,
    He rattles off some dismaying numbers: Over the past 20,000 years, the average volume of the human male brain has decreased from 1,500 cubic centimeters to 1,350 cc, losing a chunk the size of a tennis ball. The female brain has shrunk by about the same proportion. “I’d call that major downsizing in an evolutionary eyeblink,” he says. “This happened in China, Europe, Africa—everywhere we look.”

    Cro Magnon skull shows that our brains have shrunk – Mar 15, 2010 by Lisa Zyga
    Excerpt: Using new technology, researchers have produced a replica of the 28,000-year-old brain and found that it is about 15-20% larger than our brains.

    Scientists Discover Proof That Humanity Is Getting Dumber, Smaller And Weaker By Michael Snyder, on April 29th, 2014
    Excerpt: An earlier study by Cambridge University found that mankind is shrinking in size significantly.
    Experts say humans are past their peak and that modern-day people are 10 percent smaller and shorter than their hunter-gatherer ancestors.
    And if that’s not depressing enough, our brains are also smaller.
    The findings reverse perceived wisdom that humans have grown taller and larger, a belief which has grown from data on more recent physical development.
    The decline, said scientists, has happened over the past 10,000 years.

    Human face has shrunk over the past 10,000 years – November 2005
    Excerpt: Human faces are shrinking by 1%-2% every 1,000 years. What’s more, we are growing less teeth. Ten thousand years ago everyone grew wisdom teeth but now only half of us get them, and other teeth like the lateral incisors have become much smaller. This is evolution in action.”

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    bornagain77 says:

    of related note:

    “Neanderthals are known for their large cranial capacity, which at 1600cc is larger on average than modern humans.”

    Of note, Aboriginals, who have a distinctive brow ridge which Darwinists perceive as ‘archaic’, have been severely abused in the past because of Darwinism:

    Australian Aboriginal with prominent brow ridge – picture

    Aboriginal peoples
    Excerpt: Because Aboriginals have slightly larger eyebrow protrusions, a more downwardly slanted jaw and a smaller brain volume than Western peoples, they were thought to be living examples of transitional species. In order to produce proofs of evolution, evolutionist paleontologists together with fossil hunters who accepted the same theory dug up Aboriginal graves and took skulls back to evolutionist museums in the West. Then they offered these skulls to Western institutions and schools distributing them as the most solid proof of evolution.
    Later, when there were no graves left, they started shooting Aboriginals in the attempt to find proof for their theory. The skulls were taken, the bullet holes filled in and, after chemical processes were used to make the skulls look old, they were sold to museums.
    This inhuman treatment was legitimated in the name of the theory of evolution. For example, in 1890, James Bernard, chairman of the Royal Society of Tasmania wrote: “the process of extermination is an axiom of the law of evolution and survival of the fittest.” Therefore, he concluded, there was no reason to suppose that “there had been any culpable neglect” in the murder and dispossession of the Aboriginal Australian.5

    Also of note: The I.Q. tests, that have shown supposed large differences in the intelligence between races of humans, are all shown to be biased by overlooked environmental factors:

    Myth: The black/white IQ gap is largely genetically caused.
    Fact: Almost all studies show the black/white IQ gap is environmental.
    (i.e. children from an enriched learning environment always perform equally well on I.Q. tests, no matter what their race may be.)

    Dr. Ben Carson is a prime example of overcoming strong peer pressure (environment) trying to tell him to neglect his education:

    Gifted Hands – The Benjamin Carson Story – movie

    It is also interesting to point out that the materialistic philosophy has an extremely difficult time assigning any proper value to humans in the first place, i.e. Just how do you derive value for a person from a philosophy that maintains transcendent values are illusory?:

    How much is my body worth?
    Excerpt: The U.S. Bureau of Chemistry and Soils invested many a hard-earned tax dollar in calculating the chemical and mineral composition of the human body,,,,Together, all of the above (chemicals and minerals) amounts to less than one dollar!

    I would like to think that people intuitively know that they are worth far more value than a dollar?!? Yet, as pointed out, on materialism you have the ‘resale value’ of less than one dollar!
    Of course, in the marketplace some arrangements of matter carry more value than others because of the craftsmanship inherent within how the matter is arranged. But materialists deny that there is any true craftsmanship within humans. We are merely the happenstance product of a lucky series of accidents! Thus, why should any person’s particular arrangement of material carry any more value than any other particular arrangement of matter since any person’s arrangement of matter is just a happenstance accident and was not the work of a craftsman (i.e. fearfully and wonderfully made)?

    The Heretic – Who is Thomas Nagel and why are so many of his fellow academics condemning him? – March 25, 2013
    Excerpt: Nobody thinks his daughter is just molecules in motion and nothing but; nobody thinks the Holocaust was evil, but only in a relative, provisional sense. A materialist who lived his life according to his professed convictions—understanding himself to have no moral agency at all, seeing his friends and enemies and family as genetically determined robots—wouldn’t just be a materialist: He’d be a psychopath.

    Verse and Music:

    Genesis 1:27
    So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

    MercyMe – Beautiful – music

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    rvb8 says:

    Thank you Denyse. I will not use bad language. I will not miss quote. I will not egregiously attack stupid ideas, unless they are facile.

    I still understand that I will be gone from here soon, if only for the fact that I continually point out that ID has done nothing, ever.

    But please keep posting about the devastating near collapse of science. (You will note I don’t say neo-Darwinism). BA will assist, and Barry will talk about a grandson who can read the Bible, and understands its message.(If I could borrow the grandson Barry that would be good, because I’ve read that book cover to cover, and still have absolutely no idea if it’s good or bad).

    Happy New Year all:)

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    News says:

    rvb8, not knowing your standards, who can say whether you should think the Bible a good book or bad one?

    But I can spare you one error in future: Catholics regard Orthodox communions as actual churches, because their bishops were ordained, bishop to bishop, from the time of the apostles.

    Protestant churches are called “ecclesial communities,” meaning people who meet in fellowship to worship God as Christians. But no claim is or can be made regarding their provenance.

    Of course a local ecclesial community might feature such Christians as would put the Catholic church to shame. But that isn’t the same thing as provenance.

    So apart from being a failed effort at mind reading, your assumption that I would be deeply offended with a Catholic who went Orthodox shows a lack of information.

    (Actually, I would not personally make it my business if Dreher became a Hindu, but would not expect you to have noticed that.)

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