Category: academic freedom

Kirk Durston on “God and Science – Is there a Conflict?” . . . food for thought

I think we need to watch a video by Friend of UD, Kirk Durston. But first, a loop-back note: I have been rather busy elsewhere with issues like AS-AD, Kondratiev waves, Hayek’s investment triangle, SD and Schumpeterian creative destruction.(Pardon the resulting absence.) BTW, this line of thought leads me to hold that the oh- so- […] more

“Our professors hate you. But…”

We had an experience a couple years ago where some of the Discovery scientists were traveling with one of our supporters. So that night, we were at this cowboy steakhouse feeding the troops. So I jumped in and offered the Discovery Institute credit card to pay for the Discovery Institute scientists, and this young waitress […] more

My response to NCSE director Ann Reid’s article on Turtles

The new director of the NCSE, Ann Reid, is a fellow alum from the same institution as I, and in addition to my obligation to show her collegial courtesy, I feel in such high profile blog as hers, I should comment with as much eloquence and grace as possible. I would hope any IDists posting […] more

Questions college students should ask science professors

Students who ask science professors certain questions will be the ones who’ll appreciate the weaknesses in various anti-ID or anti-creation theories. Preferably they’ll ask after they’ve gotten an “A” in the class, maybe even after they’ve gotten their diploma. The ideal IDist or creationist student can hopefully score in the 99th percentile on evolutionary tests, […] more

Exploring the Shut Up culture

High culture is firmly in the hands of people who believe that our brains are shaped for fitness, not for truth, and fitness is the doctrine of Shut Up. more

History student/college dropout gets award on April Fool’s day for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

From the National Center for Selling Evolutionism (NCSE) NCSE is delighted to congratulate Zack Kopplin, recently named as the winner of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s 2014 Howard K. Schachman Public Service Award. In a March 24, 2014, press release, Jeremy Berg, president of the ASBMB and director of the University of […] more

You’ve heard it: “The Debate is Over”

Materialism (and a bunch of other isms) simply haven’t performed as promised. Usually, the people they’re trying to shut up are saying so. more

We are blessed you are still with us Allen MacNeill

Allen teaches biology at Cornell, one of the world’s finest academic institutions. He accepts and defends evolutionary biology, but he has also defended the rights, reputation and treatment of ID-sympathetic students. He has done so even at peril to his own standing and reputation. In 2005 the president of Cornell Condemned the Teaching of ID […] more

Our moral and intellectual superiors ask, Can creationists be (allowed to be) scientists?

Should the world believe that people who wanted Nye to shine or just didn’t care much would go to all the trouble of studying each skull shown on the slide, as a YEC did? If McElwee has his way, it won’t just be DeWitt who isn’t (allowed to be) asking any questions. No one will be. more

Some practical reasons why academics cling to dead theories

Screaming anything, including nonsense, helps keep people alive. There is no problem if you don’t mind achieving nothing, or believe there is nothing to be achieved in the long run. more

Does academic “justice” trump academic freedom?

STEM types are not necessarily insulated. There may be no way to tell whether what you are doing falls afoul of someone or other’s sense of justice. more

Kas Thomas still hanging in at BigThink, despite Darwinists’ attacks

He writes, I’m shocked at the degree of intolerance and disrespect shown in some of these comments by Darwinists, who in many cases (it turns out) are anything but open-minded, tolerant, or reasonable. more

Is microbiologist Kas Thomas’s criticism of Darwinism “wrong or outdated”?

Or “horribly ignorant” or “ID creationist gibber*”or a“giant turd in the punchbowl,” as various commenters claim? more

“Intelligent Design is NOT Anti-Evolution” — a guest post

Good day, my name is JoeG and I would like to get something out in the open and hopefully have it become fully understood by everyone. For decades I have been debating against evolutionism and for decades I have been told that my position is “anti-evolution.” I found that strange because my position allows for […] more

Shut up, they explained. But we didn’t. And so …

Evolution News & Views is holding a Censor of the Year contest, featuring hot ticket contenders and asking you to nominate your own. more

Getting cast into outer darkness …

… is the new “thinking for yourself,” it seems. more

Thomas Nagel: “The intelligentsia was so furious [at him] that it formed a lynch mob”

So: Nagel was assailed. And almost everyone else ran. Because only real thinkers have courage. The rest are just tenurebots soaking students for money they can’t afford to get degrees that won’t help them. more

Iowa State U, which dumped astronomer Gonzalez for ID sympathies, gets scammed by fake AIDS research

ISU sure knows how to pick ‘em and how not to. There, you just have to tell people what they want to hear. It’ll be a while before they’ll want to know more. Years, in this case. more

Reflections on self-organization theorist James Shapiro’s tirade on “misquoting science”

Fundamentally, from the Darwin-in-the-schools’ lobby’s perspective, Shapiro is no different from the fellow in Texas who he thinks misrepresented him. Indeed, people have lost their right to teach for less than what Shapiro has already said. If he thinks he can buy safety by attacking that Texan, he is thinking like a newbie. more

This isn’t the way, Amarillo

How seriously can we take Texans’ concerns about Darwin lobby propaganda in school textbooks when an adult student must learn the art of grovelling before anyone who chooses to create a disturbance? About anything, I suppose. more

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