Category: Intellectual freedom

Did PZ Myers have anything to do with vanishing newspapers?

But students, why ARE you reading the paper anyway? Just ask PZ, Sage of Morris, Minnesota, what to think. more

The Bad Effects of Methodological Materialism

Thought you all might be interested in a new essay of mine on whether or not we should teach our students methodological materialism. 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

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

Remaking the human race, iteration # [lost count of the bodies a while back … ]

Curiously, it was another Russian, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who got it right. more

Correction: It was the New York Times that called the Mann-Steyn case the new Scopes Trial

Trust us, the backstory is better than Hollywood, and includes a scientist’s elastic efforts to associate himself with a Nobel Peace Prize. 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

Can Chaos Create?

Or does the observed biochemical complexity imply design? Dr. Granville Sewell finds: Intelligent design theories gaining steam in scientific circles “The debut at #7 on the New York Times best seller list last July of Stephen Meyer’s new book Darwin’s Doubt is evidence that the scientific theory of intelligent design (ID) continues to gain momentum. […] more

Is there evidence that we have free will?

Random Brain Waves Save Free Will? The debate continues with a new publication. But the new study by Han-Gue Jo and colleagues of Freiburg makes a strong case that the “RP” is not really a ‘thing’ at all. They say that, in the two seconds before a button press, you see both negative and positive […] 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

Civil liberties crusader defends Richard Dawkins on … civil liberties

Just why Dawkins, who doesn’t apparently believe in free will, thinks the nanny state is a problem, is unclear. But who cares? 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

But what happens when you try praying to science?

Why would anyone waste time on a study that demonstrates that when people are under threat, they turn to what they really believe? more

Does world famous cosmologist Stephen Hawking believe in intellectual freedom?

Maybe not. more

Where do the world’s atheists live? You’d be surprised

The unfreer the nation, the more atheists? more

Darwinism: Learn nonsense under tyranny and pay for the rest of your life?

How things have changed since the days you went to school to learn how to think. more

Yet another life form survives long after it should have been extinct

Oooh, bad, bad, bad, when it might mean doubting Darwin, the greatest mind that ever accidentally evolved. more

Academy turning on Thomas Nagel big time, for not spouting nonsense against design in nature

Thought crime: Nagel really got their noses out of joint by sympathizing with theorists of intelligent design. more

Slate.com in a Dither Over non-Repeal of LSEA

Slate.com is all upset that repeal of the Louisiana Science Education Act of 2008 was was rejected yet again in a 3-2 vote in the State Senate. 19 year old Rice University Student Zack Kopplin has been leading the charge to get this “outrage” done away with once and for all, with help from the […] more

Ben Carson on Education

Denyse O’Leary has a piece that may interest UD readers at TheBestSchools.org: Readers may remember Ben Carson, the gifted neurosurgeon who failed Political Correctness 101 at Emory University and then gently but pointedly attacked PC in his commencement address. Carson’s sin was to point out that Darwin’s theory of evolution offers no firm basis for […] more

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