Robert L. Crowther, II

UPDATED: Evolution under siege! Day 54 or “an alarmed science establishment is striking back ”

The USA Today has published an article about the chicken littles at the National Academy of Sciences. Apparently, their pet theory hasn’t been faring so well of late, and they’ve decided to circle the wagons. The article itself isn’t so bad. It’s the comments from the desperate Darwinists that provide any real entertainment. The story opens with this not so stupendous news: “Nearly one-third of science teachers who participated in a national survey say they feel pressured to include creationism-related ideas in the classroom.” Never mind that they’ve mucked up the differences between creationism and other science based theories, and lumped them all together, this is hardly news.

Jonathan Witt

Distinguished Johns Hopkins M.D. Doubts Darwin

Somebody forgot to get the word to Paul McHugh: Respectable intellectuals don’t doubt Darwin–ever! McHugh is a university distinguished service professor of psychiatry and behavioral science at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and former psychiatrist in chief of the Johns Hopkins Hospital. In the new issue of The Weekly Standard, he provides detailed evidence that Darwin’s narrative of the origin of species is in crisis, and that civilized discourse about the growing controversy surrounding his theory is all to the good: Those who would expel all challenges to the Darwinian narrative from the high school classroom are false to their mission of teaching the scientific method. “Scientists as they engage in dialogue with others should abhor attempts to close Read More ›

Robert L. Crowther, II

Who’s Afraid of Intelligent Design? Not the Courageous Mr. Mathews

Washington Post education reporter Jay Mathews is a courageous man to be sure to write an article (“Who’s Afraid of Intelligent Design?”) that goes against the crusade of his employer. Specifically, Mathews argues that

Robert L. Crowther, II

From the I hate Technology Dept.

Thank you for your patience as we’ve been working to upgrade software and hardware for this blog. For several days running we’ve been unable to keep the blog up and running properly, but I’m happy to say that we’ve turned a corner and should soon be running at 100%.

Robert L. Crowther, II

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 ›