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

Postscript on the Explanatory Filter

first_imgJosh Swamidass wants to revisit some well worn paths: Click here. I’ll pass except to cite Part II (on detecting design) of The Design Revolution and to add, in light of the latter, that I’m happy with the filter and think it holds up nicely. 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 William A. DembskiBoard of Directors, Discovery InstituteA mathematician and philosopher, Bill Dembski is the author/editor of more than 20 books as well as the writer of peer-reviewed articles spanning mathematics, engineering, philosophy, and theology. A past philosophy professor, he retired in 2014 from active research and teaching in intelligent design (ID) to focus on the connections between freedom, technology, and education — specifically, how education helps to advance human freedom with the aid of technology. Bill Dembski is presently an entrepreneur who builds educational software and websites. He lives in Iowa.Follow BillProfileWebsite Share Tagsdesign detectionDouglas Axeevolutionintelligent designJoshua SwamidassPeaceful SciencerepudiationretirementSean McDowellThe Design Revolution,Trending Editor’s note: See Dr. Dembski’s earlier post, “Retirement ≠ Repudiation.” Cross-posted with permission from “Freedom, Technology, Education.” Recommended Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guidecenter_img Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Intelligent Design Postscript on the Explanatory FilterWilliam A. DembskiJune 17, 2020, 5:32 PM Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogoslast_img read more

Ryuichi Funai outclassed by IBF super flyweight champ Jerwin Ancajas

first_img Jerwin Ancajas, Ryuichi funai GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 KEYWORDS STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA – Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai was no match Saturday for International Boxing Federation super flyweight world champion Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines, who comfortably defended his crown in a seventh-round stoppage.While Funai never looked likely to prevent a seventh straight defense by Ancajas, he showed resilience to remain on his feet under an onslaught from the Filipino power puncher at Stockton Arena.center_img RELATED PHOTOS Ancajas was in total control when the ringside doctor ordered a stop to the fight one second into the seventh round.Fighting outside Japan and for a major international title for the first time in his career, the 33-year-old Funai said he had wanted to continue the match.“(The doctor’s stoppage) was a little harsh. Naturally, I thought I could continue fighting as usual. However, it’s also true that I had taken too many punches,” said Funai, who dropped to 31-8 with 22 knockouts.With the TKO victory, the 27-year-old Ancajas improved to 31-1 with 21 KOs. Japan’s Ryuichi Funai (left) defends himself against Jerwin Ancajas of the Philippines during their 12-round Super Flyweight IBF World Title fight in Stockton, California, on Saturday. | AFP-JIJIlast_img read more

Oliseh Gets The Sack At Fortuna Sittard

first_imgDutch club Fortuna Sittard have dismissed former Super Eagles boss Sunday Oliseh from his role as manager.His dismissal was confirmed via a club statement which also revealed that his sack was not unconnected with his behaviour rather than results he oversaw for the second-tier side.The club statement said: “Fortuna Sittard immediately puts his coach Sunday Oliseh on non-active.The club management makes this decision as a result of the repeatedly culpable actions for a longer period by the trainer towards several persons in the organization.Several attempts by the club to move the trainer to other behavior were unfortunately without result, resulting in an unworkable situation.The board of Fortuna Sittard emphasizes that the decision to disband Sunday Oliseh is not motivated by the current sporting performance.Because of his inadmissible actions, the coach has made the cooperation with many people within the organization impossible.From players to employees. Fortuna Sittard regrets the decision but states that the club interest goes above all else.” the statement concluded.RelatedFortuna Sittard Vow To Take Legal Actions Against Oliseh As Dutch Club Deny ‘Illegal Practices’ AccusationFebruary 15, 2018In “Europe”Oliseh Is Still Our Head Coach – Fortuna Sittard Deny Sack RumoursJanuary 30, 2018In “Europe”Oliseh Confirms Fortuna Sittard Suspension; Berates Club For Illegal ActivitiesFebruary 14, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

FORMER HAITI LEADER DEAD

first_img Indian Bazaar Owner dies, family flies in from Bombay Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:baby doc, heart attack, Jean-claude duvalier, port au prince Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppPort au Prince, 04 Oct 2014 – Baby Doc gone at 63. Known “for plunging one of the world’s poorest countries into further despair by presiding over widespread killing, torture and plunder,” Jean-Claude Duvalier died today Oc.tober 4, 2014 at his home in Port au Prince; he had a heart attack.last_img

Suicide a Possibility in Rev Conrad Howells death

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Police reach out to Bahamas hurricane victims Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 Sept 2015 – Suicide a Possibility in Rev. Conrad Howell’s death Suicide may be the reason Rev. Dr. Conrad Howell is dead.Just six days after the prominent reverened was found dead near his Blue Mountain home, police tell media that Rev. Howell’s death has not been classified as a murder. Acting Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams at a press conference this afternoon revealed the findings of the post mortem performed on Wednesday which expose that Rev. Conrad Howell died from “sharp forced injuries to the upper and lower extremities.”The pathologist report found that those injuries punctured Howell’s blood vessels and led to his death. Today, Adams told the media, “there is a strong possibility that the injuries might have been self inflicted.”Police shared that toxicology tests have been performed and will reveal if poisoning was also a factor in Howell’s death. Officials say that evidence was found on the scene. Police also confirm file has been submitted to the coroner’s office to determine if there is a need for a coroner’s inquest.Howell’s family was made aware of the findings before the press conference. Bishop says peace & prosperity is everybody’s responsibility at Law Enforcers Church Service Related Items:conrad howell, rodney adams, suicide Funeral remarks point to a non-suicidal Conrad Howelllast_img read more