Affirmed evolution (and anti-intelligent design) biologist Francisco Ayala has won
the 2010 Templeton Prize
. In 1981, Ayala was a pivotal expert in overturning an Arkansas law
that required the side-by-side teaching of creationism
and evolution. Besides his nationally recognized work in evolution and genetics
, the former Catholic priest has sought to reconcile evolution with religious belief
, noting that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. [more inside]
The Producer Cites Religious Controversy.
The Director points to a recessionary trend against "serious" movies
. A new film about Charles Darwin's life ("Creation
") is reportedly having difficulty finding a US distributor. ( Creation: IMDB / Official Site / Trailer / Spoiler-laden review from Roger Ebert / LA Times review // Darwin: Previously on MeFi).
scientifically summarises the scientific field of Creation Science (warning: science) [transcript]
16% of US science teachers believe human beings have been created by God within the last 10,000 years
. 25% of science teachers spend some time teaching about creationism or intelligent design. 12.5% teach it as a "valid, scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species". 2% say they do not cover evolution at all. Teachers who have taken more science courses themselves devote more time to evolution - "This may be because better-prepared teachers are more confident in dealing with students' questions about a sensitive subject."
The Inner Life of an Intelligently Designed Cell?
Remember The Inner Life of a Cell
animation (discussed here
)? Apparently the Discovery Institute
(recently discussed here
) is showing it in presentations
with a new title and narration, and without attribution.
"Who's afraid of evolutionary biology?"
(I've linked Bede before, but this piece bears a much more important message to Christians who feel it their biblical duty to get hot and bothered over evolution and origin-of-life issues.) Also see a Christian response to "Young Earth" apologetics
, and the Young Earth Argument Index
, both from "Old Earth" Creationists who disagree with 6-Day biblical literalism. (Note that Old Earthers may still be Intelligent Design advocates. Heaping spoonsful of salt
all around.) If that's still too "Christian" for you, Talk.Origins
has a summary of other Genesis interpretations.
Did the discovery of evolution lead to Darwin's agnosticism, as claimed
? Carl Zimmer wonders
. More importantly, can evolution be reconciled
Bush comes out
in favor of teaching "intelligent design
" alongside evolution
in American schools. Is this the latest evidence of the White House willing to champion worthy but controversial ideas that have been sidelined by liberal bias
, or strictly from Paul Krugman's theoretical headline, "Shape of Earth: Views Differ"
? [Meanwhile, elsewhere in the Lone Star State, Texas educators ignite brouhaha by adding Bible study to the public-school curriculum].
Noted British atheist Antony Flew
has changed his mind
, persuaded by scientific evidence that God exists
and that "intelligence must have been involved" in the origin of life. As Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at the University of Reading and the author of several influential books
on the subject of atheism, Flew was once one of rationalism's leading lights. He now compares his beliefs with the predominantly American concept of Intelligent Design
. "My whole life has been guided by the principle of Plato's Socrates: Follow the evidence, wherever it leads," he says.
Ohio school board considers adding "Intelligent Design Theory" to science curriculum.
I wish I could find better links than these. I've been hearing about this on NPR every morning this week, but have been unable to find any news links - I can't even find the Ohio State School Board site. They are debating whether or not to start teaching IDT, which seems to be Creationism with a pseudo-scientific background. Here
is a transcript of comments that were given to the board by John Calvert, J.D., a supporter of IDT. Anybody know any more about this theory?
XP demonstrates "Intelligent design."
You mean they didn't evolve it with genetic algorithms
? Boy, I could swear the past versions were composed of randomly generated code fragments. (Do read the original article