Category: academic freedom

Bullies R-Us: University ID class cancelled because of hecklers. Did the NCSE have a role?

Highlights from Casey Luskin’s report which you can read here The outline of the story is now, sadly, a familiar one. Professor wants to discuss intelligent design (ID). Intolerant atheists throw a fit. College quickly capitulates to the demands of the atheists. Professor is censored. … According to internal communications, campus administrators feared that disgruntled […] more

FYI-FTR: TSZ post, Sept 12, 2013 describes “creationists” — ENEMIES OF HUMANITY

Sometimes, it is necessary to shine a spotlight on behaviour that is beyond the pale of reasonable civil discourse. Especially if, after repeated attempts to call for correction, we see instead the blog owner — here, EL of TSZ — and others insistently pretending that such falls within the circle of reasonable freedom of expression. […] more

From the latest Salvo: Eric Hedin & the Contested Boundaries of Science

The guy who was not allowed to teach a course that featured information pro design in the universe, but other profs were allowed to teach against it? Background story here. more

Morning coffee audio: Alistair Noble on ID in the UK

from Intelligent Design: The future more

Banned ID content at Ball State U features Oxford math prof John Lennox

To the extent that human beings are regarded simply as one species of primate, academic freedom is a meaningless concept. And making it so is a key achievement of materialist atheism. more

The Fight For Academic Freedom at Ball State University

By now, I’m sure most of you have heard about the academic freedom controversy surrounding Ball State University and the investigation of physics professor, Eric Hedin (pronounced he-deen).  Discovery Institute’s Evolution News and Views has published several stories over the past few weeks, most notably this, this, this and this.  (Articles on the entire saga […] more

If we can’t find common ground, at least let’s find charitable ground

Tania Lombrozo has a great piece up at NPR on why, more importantly than common ground, is charitable ground. more

Free speech campaigner: Today, students rarely assist other students whose rights are violated

Lukianoff: The Hayden Barnes case is not just outrageous because the student was kicked out of college for a collage, it’s outrageous because, as best I can tell, virtually none of his fellow students or professors raised a finger to help. more

Here’s mathematician Granville Sewell on how to challenge a scientific consensus

Come to think of it, Sewell is probably way better known for making us think about the consensus than he would have been if he had just shouted with the noise and not above it, like so many have chosen to do. more

VIDEO: Jon Rittenhouse’s BB ST 450 course lecture on Scientism

Ran across this Biola video lecture (in course BB ST 450) on scientism in a thread from a few months back, HT BA77 as usual. I think it is well worth pondering: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt So, thoughts? END more

Expelled Professor and Microscopist Mark Armitage Responds to his Critics

Mark Armitage has been recently noted here on UD for having possibly been fired from his job for reporting facts that others don’t like. In a recent podcast, PZ Myers takes Armitage’s findings to task: more

Ball State U embarrassment (= asking questions is religion, not science) is U Idaho retro

It all happened in Moscow, Idaho (2005), but with different office furniture. more

FYI-FTR, 5: A BA 77 update — Dr Jerry Bergman lectures on the longstanding career and reputation slaughter of Darwin doubters

BA 77 has found another vid on the Slaughter of the Dissidents that reminds us of what the sort of evo mat promotion stunts we see going on in and around UD can all too often end up as: embedded by Embedded VideoYouTube Direkt A couple of stills can help us understand what Darwinist agit-prop […] more

Here’s one for embattled astronomer Guillermo Gonzalez: Are proposed exoplanets just gas and dust?

When the exoplanet expert takes up his recently announced appointment at Ball U in Indiana (despite controversy), it would be interesting to see him tackle this question: The narrow, sharp-edged and slightly off-centre rings of dust that surround some stars may be the result of interactions between gas and dust, rather than the gravitational effects […] more

Revealing comments on astronomer Gonzalez appointment at Inside Higher Ed …

… are, in some part, a snapshot of the corruption in academic life today. more

Refreshing comments from top science writer on consensus science

Iit reminds us of something a design sympathizer told us when American Scientific Affiliation decided to polish apples for consensus science: more

“Controversial Astronomer” Guillermo Gonzalez Hired at Ball State U (Indiana)

There is nothing particularly controversial about exoplanet finder Gonzalez. The “controversy” was career atheists getting his tenure denied because he thinks the universe shows evidence of design. Most people do. more

The ID views of a signatory of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776

With due respect to our UK colleagues, appropriate for a day celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, the author of the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson, wrote elsewhere: “I hold (without appeal to revelation) that when we take a view of the Universe, in its parts general or particular, it is […] more

The Contempt of PZ Myers

Our old friend PZ Myers holds school boards in utter contempt. In a recent blog post at his widely followed Pharyngula blog site, he takes contemptuous pot shots at the Springboro, OH School Board for having the audacity to even consider a “critical thinking” policy in the curriculum. The Springboro Community City School District is […] more

Yes, the Cornell conference did happen and yes you are free to read the papers

Read the Cornell papers, hate and denounce them if you like, but be grateful if you live in a place where you are allowed to. more

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