Who Really Inherited Darwin’s Legacy? You Might Be Surprised to Learn

first_img A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man David KlinghofferSenior Fellow and Editor, Evolution NewsDavid Klinghoffer is a Senior Fellow at Discovery Institute and the editor of Evolution News & Science Today, the daily voice of Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture, reporting on intelligent design, evolution, and the intersection of science and culture. Klinghoffer is also the author of six books, a former senior editor and literary editor at National Review magazine, and has written for the Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Seattle Times, Commentary, and other publications. Born in Santa Monica, California, he graduated from Brown University in 1987 with an A.B. magna cum laude in comparative literature and religious studies. David lives near Seattle, Washington, with his wife and children.Follow DavidProfileTwitter Share Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share TagsAdam SedgwickCambridge UniversityCenter for Science & CultureCharles DarwinCNSNewscreationismDarwin DayDarwinian theorydebateDebating Darwin’s Doubtdistracted walkingevolutionfootballfree speechgreat evolutionary firewallHarvard UniversityHerman BoumaID the Futureintelligent designIt’s Still Debatable!John WestJonathan WittKarl NageliLouis AgassizMichael BeheNational Science Teaching AssociationOn the Origin of SpeciesSarah Chaffeescience teachingSt. LouisUniversity of Munichzoos,Trending Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Free Speech Who Really Inherited Darwin’s Legacy? You Might Be Surprised to LearnDavid KlinghofferFebruary 12, 2020, 1:38 PM Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Herman Bouma directs the National Association for Objectivity in Science. He came to my attention last year when Sarah Chaffee reported here and here on his experience being strong-armed and tossed out by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA) at their conference in St. Louis. His offense? Merely showing up for a scheduled and approved presentation he was set to deliver to anyone interested in attending. NSTA officials and security guards hustled him out.Darwin and His ApostlesThe presentation was supposed to be in praise of Charles Darwin for Darwin’s willingness to engage respectfully with critics. Bouma recalls the incident in an article today for CNSNews, for Darwin Day. Bouma makes a great point about the difference between Darwin himself and his latter-day apostles (as, remarkably, some call themselves):Darwin took great care to reply thoughtfully to the scientific arguments against his theory and, by the time of the sixth edition of his book [On the Origin of Species] in 1872, approximately one-third of the book consisted of his response to numerous scientific arguments against his theory (all of which still have merit today).Darwin clearly took his critics seriously, and did so even though most were proponents of design. He never considered the theory of design to be unscientific and in fact stated that it “has been ably maintained by many authors.” (Even he theorized that the first forms of life were the result of design.) Darwin treated his critics with respect, referring to them as “the most eminent paleontologists” and “our greatest geologists”. Darwin acknowledged that there were “a crowd of difficulties” with his theory and that a number of objections carried great weight.For example, one objection was based on the existence in certain insect communities of sterile females which “often differ widely in instinct and in structure from both the males and fertile females, and yet, from being sterile, they cannot propagate their kind.” Darwin stated that this difficulty “at first appeared to me insuperable, and actually fatal to the whole theory.”Darwin’s response to his critics makes clear that he was interested in carrying on a civilized and rational debate, taking his critics’ objections seriously and responding to them not with deprecation, but with evidence and logic. In this respect, Darwin is an example for all to follow today. Unfortunately, many in science education today strongly oppose the mention of any arguments against the theory of natural selection.You know what? Darwin is indeed “an example for all to follow today.” This may sound surprising from a proponent of intelligent design. But think about it: by the sixth edition of On the Origin of Species, Darwin was devoting a third of his text to engaging seriously with critics. He recognized that there were strengths and weaknesses, as we say today, to his theory. Bouma mentions a few of the leading design advocates at the time — Louis Agassiz at Harvard, Adam Sedgwick at Cambridge, Karl Nageli at the University of Munich. Darwin “took great care” to respond to able scientists like these.A Reversed SituationNotice how the situation has reversed itself. Darwin’s apostles generally brush off criticism, caricaturing it as “creationism,” taking shelter behind the “great evolutionary firewall” in the scientific literature. Or they pay lip service to the merit of debate. Bouma mentions a publication from the NSTA, the national education group that shut him down at the St. Louis conference. The title: It’s Still Debatable! Using Socioscientific Issues to Develop Scientific Literacy, K–5. What’s debatable? From the book description:It’s Still Debatable! encourages scientific literacy by showing you how to teach the content and thinking skills K–5 students need to explore real-world questions like these:Is football too dangerous for kids?Do we need zoos?Should distracted walking be illegal?At the core of the exploration is the Socioscientific Issues Framework. It uses debatable, science-related societal questions, or socioscientific issues, to address science content, help children learn to apply the content, and encourage them to become informed citizens.Ah, you see, it’s fine to debate about football, zoos, and distracted walking. What about the origins of life and of biological complexity? Now, that’s a different matter. Just raising the issue, as Bouma did, will get you frogmarched out of a science teaching conference.No “ID Firewall”Meanwhile it is ID scientists like Michael Behe who are, in a sense, the real inheritors of Darwin’s legacy. As Professor Behe mentioned in a recent ID the Future podcast with host Jonathan Witt, his next book is devoted entirely to exchanges with serious critics. Over at his newly expanded website, Behe has an extensive page with numerous links to articles devoted to his replies to critics of his most recent book, Darwin Devolves. Dr. Behe has, in this way, been following in Darwin’s path for decades. For design scientists today, there’s no “ID firewall” to hide behind. They would disdain to take shelter there if there were.So, today is Darwin Day, the birthday of Charles Darwin. What’s the best way to celebrate? John West was not being facetious earlier today when he suggested that the best birthday gift you can give to the great man is a contribution to Discovery Institute’s Center for Science & Culture. It is proponents of ID who are carrying on the truest, most noble aspect of Darwin’s legacy. For your $25 gift, you will receive a downloadable copy of a book I edited, with an appropriate debate theme, the 380-page Debating Darwin’s Doubt. Please consider taking Dr. West’s advice now.Photo credit: Ryan McGuire via Pixabay. Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Recommended “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidelast_img read more

Bill Cosby Issues Statement, Protesters Expected At Cobb Show

first_img ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party 0:55 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List An audio version of this story.0:55Bill Cosby is scheduled to perform at Cobb Energy Center on Saturday night.And not everyone is happy.Some protesters plan on showing their opposition to the legendary comedian.“We are using our right to free speech to tell the world the truth of these women and people can decide for themselves,” says Brandy Betts, with the group We Support the Survivors of Bill Cosby.Some of those protesters on Saturday will be alleged victims of Cosby.Cosby has been accused of sexual assault by dozens of women; although he’s never been charged with any sort of crime.This week he issued a video statement to his fans in metro Atlanta from a PR firm briefly explaining why he’ll be taking the stage.“I’m going to perform because I love it when you laugh,” he says. “I love it when you smile.  I love it.”Other cities have recently canceled Cosby shows because of the allegations. For Whom The Bell Rings Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Share Related Storieslast_img read more

Confirmed COVID Case Closes East Hampton Schools Wednesday

first_imgA second coronavirus case at the East Hampton elementary school has led to the entire school district closing Wednesday.In an email Tuesday afternoon, Adam Fine, the assistant district superintendent, said there was a confirmed case at the John M. Marshall Elementary School, the second in less than one week. On Saturday, Fine said the school had its first confirmed case, but determined no students or staff needed to be quarantined.While Suffolk County Department of Health, again, advised school officials quarantining students and staff was not necessary, all three schools in the district were being closed out of an abundance of caution, he said. Students and staff will remain home and students will receive instruction remotely on Wednesday.The latest student, whose age and grade was not disclosed publicly, did not come in close contact with any staff or students, Fine said, adding that close contact is defined as being within six feet of another person for 10 minutes.The school was not required to have students and staff quarantine because of the precautions in place at JMMES, Fine said. “This includes required face coverings, social distancing and plexiglass barriers,” he said.“Contact tracing has been completed by school personnel for up to 48 hours before the student exhibited any symptoms,” he [email protected] Sharelast_img read more

Search expands for missing sailors from USS John McCain

first_imgU.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Christian Senyk/Released(NEW YORK) — The Navy announced it is expanding its search for 10 missing sailors from the USS John S. McCain on Wednesday just hours after the commander of the 7th Fleet was relieved of duty.Ten sailors are missing after the USS John S. McCain collided with a commercial vessel on Monday. The Navy said Tuesday the remains of “a number” of the missing sailors were found within the ship but had yet to be identified.Additional divers will join the search area east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, where the ship originally crashed into the tanker, according to a statement. The Royal Malaysian Navy recovered the remains of a sailor in that location on Tuesday. The Navy also said it will continue to search within the USS John S. McCain itself.#USSJohnSMcCain Update: Divers continue to search the ship for the missing. At sea, the search area is expanding. https://t.co/EThaNhWpP0 pic.twitter.com/BpR12oFYzq— 7th Fleet (@US7thFleet) August 23, 2017The U.S. Navy announced early Wednesday it had relieved from duty the three-star admiral in charge of the U.S. 7th Fleet after a string of four accidents this year, including Monday’s disaster. Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin was removed and replaced by Phil Sawyer, the Navy announced.Seven sailors were killed in a similar accident in June when the USS Fitzgerald collided with a container ship. In May, the USS Lake Champlain, a guided missile cruiser, collided with a fishing boat in the Sea of Japan. The USS Antietam ran aground off the coast of Japan in February.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Powered by WPeMatico Relatedlast_img read more

Cape Town: design as vehicle for change

first_img24 January 2014Cape Town is gearing up to take full advantage of its status as World Design Capital in 2014. With more than 450 officially recognised projects and hundreds of open events, it’s going to be a busy year for the city’s residents. But what does the title mean for the city, a victim of old-style apartheid urban planning and one marked by historical divides?What is World Design Capital?Every two years, the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID) selects a World Design Capital in recognition of a city’s efforts to use design for social, cultural and economic development.It is not a conventional design competition, but rather about design in its broadest sense, and about designing better cities for people.The title gives Cape Town a chance to showcase its achievements and aspirations through a year-long programme of design-led events and activities.“A World Design Capital is not a status designator, rather a state of being,” the ICSID judges say. “It is defined by the commitment that a city has made to use design to reinvent itself. Sustainable results or a commitment to develop the city are visible and a changing attitude is detectable.”Previous “title holders” are Turin (2008), Seoul (2010) and Helsinki (2012).The ICSID is an international non-governmental organisation established in 1957 that aims to protect and promote the profession of industrial design.Why did Cape Town win?Cape Town won the 2014 bid against fierce competition from rival shortlisted cities, Bilbao and Dublin. It is the first African city to do so.In its favour was that the city’s bid was not about Cape Town claiming that it was already an established design capital, but instead acknowledged that it is using “design thinking” as a tool for transformation.The city’s theme – “Live Design. Transform Life” – focuses on the role that design can play in social transformation in the city. Cape Town has considerable design resources that can be directed towards addressing the legacies of the city’s apartheid past, especially at dealing with the vast imbalances that exist in the society.Projects included are those that bridge historic divides, reconnect the city in structure and in spirit, rebuild social and economic inclusion, and reposition Cape Town for a sustainable future.“Design needs humanity: it needs to offer real solutions for real problems,” Martin Darbyshire of the ICSID said. “Cape Town has demonstrated a deep understanding of this in its in bid by using the World Design Capital to change the legacy of design in its city. Social transformation precedes economic transformation and Cape Town put design in the centre of the solution for social transformation.”Who is Cape Town Design?The City of Cape Town won the honour for 2014, and established Cape Town Design (CTD), a not-for-profit, independent implementing agency.Cape Town Design is governed by an inclusive board made up of members from local and national government, key tertiary educational institutions, creative organisations within Cape Town and independent leaders in the broader design community.The city is providing funding through a three-year grant to implement, run and wind down the 2014 programme. CTD has been tasked with raising additional funds through various private channels.What does it all mean for Cape Town?World Design Capital forms part of a broader vision to transform Cape Town – through design – into a sustainable, productive African city, bridging historic divides and building social and economic inclusion.Cape Town will use the opportunity to identify, nurture and promote projects that offer tangible evidence of how design can improve lives.As the first African city to be selected as World Design Capital, Cape Town will be a focal point for the international design community in 2014. It will use the spotlight to highlight the creativity of the city, country and continent through a year-long programme of events and projects.The city will play host to a number of World Design Capital signature events during the year, including an international design exhibition, a design policy conference, and a design gala.This will not only boost visitor numbers to the city, but will also create opportunities for the city’s creative community to get involved as exhibitors, speakers delegates, partners and suppliers.World Design Capital 2014 will help reposition the Mother City as far more than a city of beauty and leisure tourism, but as a global innovator in socially transformative design.“Now, in a milestone year when South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, Cape Town will become a proactive case study in using design-enabled thinking and practices to achieve a sustainable, inclusive and more liveable African city,” Cape Town Design says. “It will nurture designs that bridge historic divides, reconnect the city in structure and spirit, rebuild social and economic inclusion and reposition Cape Town for a better future.”What can I look forward to?By getting the city’s communities excited by and involved in the potential of World Design Capital 2014, creativity and design can be used to address and solve every day problems.The City of Cape Town itself is also embedding design thinking into its organisational structures to plan for an increasingly urban future.A dynamic programme of projects, activities and events has been put together under the theme, “Live Design. Transform Life”.The programme has been divided into seven “clusters”: community upliftment, sustainability, education, lifestyle, business, transport and social cohesion.Around 460 projects and initiatives have been selected to be part of the official programme.On the web: www.wdccapetown2014.comOn Twitter: @WDC2014, #WDC201On Facebook: www.facebook.com/WDC2014SAinfo reporter. Sources: World Design Capital Cape Town 2014 and City of Cape Townlast_img read more

Rising costs to hit falling fares.

first_imgAirlines filled a record percentage of seats in May as passenger demand remained strong and airfares in the second quarter fell about 6 per cent compared to last year.Global demand for the month grew by 7.7 per cent as the load factor rose 1.2 percentage points to post a new May record of  80.1 per cent. That was down on the 10.9 per cent growth recorded in April but still ahead of the long-term average.The International Air Transport Association said the six per cent drop in fares compared to the second quarter last year contributed to about two-fifths of the growth.But there is some bad news: the degree of fare stimulus is about half what it was in 2016 and IATA is expecting it to fade due to rising airline cost pressures and softening business confidence.Nonetheless, the airline umbrella group is still expecting good demand in the upcoming peak travel months of July and August.“Passenger demand is solid,’’ IATA director general Alexandre de Juniac said in a statement. “And we don’t foresee any weakening over the busy summer months in the Northern Hemisphere.“But the rising price of fuel and other input costs is likely to see airlines’ ability to stimulate markets with lower fares taper over the coming months.’’“In parallel, rising trade protectionism and barriers to travel are worrying trends that, if unchecked, could impact demand.’’Global International traffic rose 7.7 per cent in May while worldwide domestic demand rose 7.9 per cent.Above average international growth was seen in the Asia-pacific (10.5 per cent), Latin America (9.3 per cent) Africa (11.7 per cent) and Europe (7.5 per cent).North America came in at 4.8 per cent while Middle East carriers hit an eight-year low of 3.7 per cent growth compared to May last year.“Although year-to-year comparisons are distorted by the strong performance for the same period a year ago, the slow-down also reflects the ban on the carriage of large portable electronics devices in the cabin from 10 airports in the region to the US, as well as a wider impact on inbound travel to the US from the Trump Administration’s proposed travel bans,’’ IATA said of the Middle Eastern figures.“Passenger traffic growth in the Middle East to North America market was already slowing in early-2017. But RPKs fell again in April (-1.2%) for just the second time since at least 2010.“In view of the recent Supreme Court ruling, these impacts could continue. By comparison, the route to and from Europe has continued to trend upwards this year.”On the domestic front,  China, India and Russia remained the growth leaders while Japan saw a 10.3 per cent year-over-year surge against “a robust economic backdrop’’.Growth in Australian domestic traffic remained subdued at 1.0 per cent with capacity down 3.1 per cent.last_img read more

Call for crackdown on killer lithium batteries

first_imgThe potential impact of a lithium battery fire. Photo: FAA International carriers are moving to crack down on potentially deadly lithium-ion batteries dispatched by rogue manufacturers.Consumer demand for lithium batteries is growing by 17 percent annually but the International Air transport Association warns that the number of incidents involving counterfeit or undeclared batteries from unscrupulous manufactures has also risen.READ: FAA chief confirms MAX grounding will stretch into 2020Lithium batteries are a fire risk and a danger to aircraft if not handled properly.Watch this sobering US Federal Aviation Administration video of a simulated aircraft fire caused by lithium batteries: The International Air Transport Association wants governments to crack down on manufacturers of counterfeit batteries as well as mislabelled and non-compliant shipments.It is teaming Global Shippers Forum (GSF), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) and the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) to boost efforts on the issue.The four organizations have urged governments to introduce significant fines and penalties for those who try to circumvent the rules about the transport of lithium batteries.They argue abuses of dangerous goods shipping regulations put passenger and aircraft safety at risk and should be criminalized.The campaign includes a new incident reporting and alert system for airlines as well as an industry awareness campaign on the dangers of shipping dodgy lithium batteries.It also supports an initiative presented to the International Civil Aviation Organization that would see co-operation between aviation security, manufacturing standards, customs and consumer protection agencies.“Dangerous goods, including lithium batteries, are safe to transport if managed according to international regulations and standard,’’ said IATA senior vice president airport, passenger, cargo and security Nick Careen.“But we are seeing an increase in the number of incidents in which rogue shippers are not complying. The industry is uniting to raise awareness of the need to comply.“This includes the launching of an incident reporting tool so that information on rogue shippers is shared. And we are asking governments to get much tougher with fines and penalties”last_img read more

15 days ago​Liverpool coach Achterberg: Alisson has changed Anfield mindset

first_img​Liverpool coach Achterberg: Alisson has changed Anfield mindsetby Ansser Sadiq15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool coach John Achterberg has many positive things to say about the club’s no.1 goalkeeper Alisson Becker.The Brazilian joined last summer from the Reds on the back of high profile howlers from their top two keepers the previous season.He came in and immediately showed his quality, with the club winning the Champions League in his first campaign.And coach Achterberg believes Alisson’s presence has made the Anfield crowd positive about the team’s defence.”I was convinced that if we are going to spend money then Alisson was the No.1 I would sign,” he told the Liverpool Echo.”Obviously what he has done up to now, it has worked out. You’re looking around at the way we play and his movements and you have to say he is the No.1.”Looking at Premier League level, he has worked out this move himself with the qualities he has shown over the years. Obviously these moves need to come off, because you look at David de Gea (at Manchester United), it took one or two years before he was at his level and had the trust.”He only came back into the Manchester United side because the other goalkeeper got injured.”So you don’t have a lot of time to settle because the talking is there all the time and I think Ali and the boss have changed the way the crowd are really with the way they manage and play. Now the crowd is positive from the first second and are not worried if the ball is in the air or the box.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Plaxico Burress Is Tweetstorming After Michigan State’s Win Over Ohio State

first_imgPlaxico Burress close up picture.plaxico burress tweets after michigan state winMichigan State alum Plaxico Burress is tweetstorming again, but this time around, he’s singing a much different tune. Burress, who infamously went on a ridiculous rant after the Spartans’ loss to Nebraska earlier this year, is currently taking on all comers on Twitter. He’s very excited that Michigan State beat Ohio State.YEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015I TOLD YALL! #gostate— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015ITS A GREAT DAY TO BE A SPARTAN!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015Ohio St fans, THANK YALL FOR COMING OUT. GOODNIGHT!— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 21, 2015By the way, We should be #1 in the country, but unfortunately we were cheated a few weeks ago in Lincoln. But, we will take it.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Michigan State basketball should also be on their way to the top 4. We beat Kansas, North Carolina lost today, and Duke lost last week. Hmm— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I wish y’all could see me doing the George Jefferson. Hahahhahaha #movingonup— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Go State! Hahhahaha. He mad RT @cam2cocky: @TevonD @plaxicoburress ceo of a self inflicted gun shot wounds attorneys office— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015It’s a reason why Notre Dame took us off the schedule. Haha.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015We’d love to play those guys! Haha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I guess Oregon and Ohio St aren’t quality. RT @croner2110: @plaxicoburress @PeteSampson_ MSU has yet to beat a proven quality— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015I love when I get Notre Dame fans attention! Haha Didn’t know you guys were following me so close. And ladies. Haha #gostate— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Hahahha RT @rawdog_rANDYs: @plaxicoburress you’re trash. Shut up— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Everybody mad because we beat the defending Nat’l Champions. Haha #gostate hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Haha. Everybody so serious and just laughing. Haha. Something tells me some of you never played football before.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Where I come from a win is a win! RT @Mrcoffey33: @plaxicoburress dude that was the ugliest game ever— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015This is so much fun! Hahaha— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Then why are you following me? Haha RT @21cavsallday: @plaxicoburress nobody loves you.— Plaxico Burress (@plaxicoburress) November 22, 2015Plaxico’s alma mater is in the driver’s seat in the Big Ten East. He appears to like that.last_img read more