Inherit The Footage: ABC Rehashes Old Stories
In order to cash in on the nation’s current interest in the debate over evolution — thanks to Kansas’ adoption of new science standards and the Dover school board trial — this evening ABC’s World News Tonight strung together disparate clips and previous footage to once again spin out the old yarn that this is just a religious issue. Yawn. (If you’re still interested see our report on the original airing of this story back in September.) But, if you’re interested in seeing a report that truly delves into the issue — from both sides — check out CBS’s News Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. Here’s an objective report from a crew that took the issue seriously and rather than Read More ›
UPDATED: Discovery Institute Welcomes Pope’s Embrace of “Intelligent Project” in Comments Related to Evolution
UPDATE: It turns out to be an “intelligent plan”The Pope’s statement (see below) at his weekly address was even stronger than first reported. ZENIT reports: “When the Pontiff finished his address, he put his papers to one side and commented on the thought of St. Basil the Great, a Doctor of the Church, who said that some, “deceived by the atheism they bear within them, imagined the universe deprived of a guide and order, at the mercy of chance.” “I believe the words of this fourth-century Father are of amazing timeliness,” said Benedict XVI. “How many are these ‘some’ today?” “Deceived by atheism, they believe and try to demonstrate that it is scientific to think that everything lacks a guide Read More ›
Kansas Set to Allow Teaching of Scientific Criticisms of Evolution in Public Schools
Discovery Institute praised the proposed science standards because they expand the information presented to students about biological and chemical evolution by including some of the scientific criticisms of these theories. The standards also recommend the adoption of a definition of science that is consistent with the definition of science used by most by other states. The standards do not propose teaching intelligent design theory.
Minnich vs Harvey: “The witness is smarter than the lawyer”
In the end, very few of Mr. Harvey’s questions had any bearing on constitutional issues, apart from the fact that he helped Minnich further demonstrate that ID is based upon empirical evidence and does not try to answer religious questions.
The Truth About Discovery Institute’s Role in the Dover Intelligent Design and Evolution Trial
Although Discovery Institute believe teaching about intelligent design is constitutionally permissible, we think mandating intelligent design politicizes what should be a scientific debate and harms the efforts of scientists who support design to gain a fair hearing in the scientific community.