David Berlinski Crosses Swords with Pharyngula’s PZ Meyers

David Berlinski sent me the following e-mail this morning and encouraged me to share it here. The exchange below comes after the recent publication of David’s op-ed in the Wichita Eagle. Someone named PZ Myers posted an indignant response to my op-ed piece to the Panda’s Thumb. Our correspondence follows. By all means post it to the Discovery Institute’s web site. Best, D Dear Dr. Myers: I read with interest your criticisms of my little op-ed piece for the Wichita Eagle; and very indignant they were. Your references to my most recent book, “The Secrets of the Vaulted Sky”, were, however, in error, the result, no doubt, of the fact that you have not read the book, and, I am Read More ›

ENV Server Switch

Apologies for the blog’s outages yesterday. We’re updating our servers and software and some downtime is inevitable. Previously, this blog was accessible at both http://evolutionnews.org, and at http://www.discovery.org/scripts/blogs/csc.php. However, only http://evolutionnews.org now points to this page so be sure to update any bookmarks you may have. Thanks for your patience.

U.S. District Court Judge Goes Through the Motions in Dover

Last week U.S District Court Judge John E. Jones III issued a memorandum and order in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District. Kitzmiller is the lawsuit brought by the ACLU against the school board in Dover, PA, for its policy requiring students in science class be read a statement by administrators mentioning both intelligent design and problems with evolution. Discovery Institute’s prior press release concerning the Dover School Board policy can be found here. Judge Jones’ memorandum and order concerned two pre-trial motions, namely; (1) a motion of the Rutherford Institute to intervene as a third-party in the lawsuit on behalf of Dover parents; and (2) the motion to dismiss by the Defendant Dover Area School District Read More ›

Washington Post’s Absent-Minded Reporter?

In a blog post a couple of weeks ago, I wondered aloud whether the Washington Post’s Peter Slevin would fairly report on our lengthy conversation about public policy battles over evolution. Well, Slevin’s article is out, and now I know. In my previous post, I listed six main points from our interview and asked whether Slevin would accurately convey the points. Slevin basically ignored most of what I told him (in fact, I’m not even quoted in the story). Instead, he misleadingly stitched together some quotes from my colleague Steve Meyer all the while ignoring most of what Steve told him as well. (See here for a discussion of how Slevin mischaracterized Steve’s comments.) As I indicated earlier, I liked Read More ›

Has the Kansas AP hired the NCSE?

The Associated Press (AP) in Kansas must have hired the National Center for Science Education to edit news reports on that state’s evolution controversy. Why else would the Kansas AP continue to pass off the following biased and inaccurate definition of intelligent design theory as an impartial description of the differences between design and Darwinian evolution: Evolution says species change in response to environmental and genetic factors over the course of many generations. Intelligent design, a form of creationism, holds there’s evidence of an intelligent design behind the origin of the universe, the formation of the Earth and biological change. There are at least two things egregiously wrong with the above paragraph. First and foremost, intelligent design is NOT “a Read More ›