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Items 1


Is Evolution a theory in crisis?  Is Darwinism a plot and conspiracy? On the contrary, evolutionary theory is robust with applications to most areas of our lives. Watch Sloan Wilson explain how this theory has amazing explanatory power and is now finally moving into the social sciences and even to the study of religion.


Evolution for Everyone

(YouTube: 56 min.)





How sure are you of your conclusions about life and its events?  We are only as good as our sources of information. Go ahead, take the quiz (Christian Science Monitor).


Are you smarter than a Fox News viewer? How about a CNN viewer?


Nazi references in the media:  Fox News and rebuttal to Fox claims.


Fox News caught in deceptive broadcast


Another deceptive broadcast: Palm trees in Wisconsin?


Also: "Should anyone be wondering, a lot of those "professional" signs are being created by MATC's graphic design instructors. As a recent graduate of the program, I'm still in touch with a lot of them. It has nothing to do with union organization, just angry teachers who happen to have suitable skills for this sort of thing."


Glenn Beck and Nazi References






But, what if you are a creationist?

(The real problem?)


"But, what if you are a creationist? Let's say that you are a member of Biblical literalist church, one that adheres to young earth creationism. The perceived costs[6] of giving up your creationist beliefs become quite significant, such as potential alienation from family, loss of friends, damage to business contacts, exclusion from community events - essentially the destruction of your entire social network. Oh, yeah, and your previous beliefs may create the lingering fear that you are now damned for all eternity.


Would you be willing to risk all that over a point of scientific accuracy that seems to have little immediate relevance to most people?


While we may be offering the best scientific answer to explain the diversity of our world, we are not simultaneously offering to replace what they risk losing. Some people will courageously take the leap into a more scientific worldview, but we are probably safe in assuming that those folks are the exception, not the rule."


Full short article here --- Link   I'll Trade You An Evolutionay Theory For Your Creationism, by Josh Witten.  Jan. 12, 2011





A Tale of Three Creationists, Part 1


What would you think of a Christian Ph.D. biologist and geneticist who accepts the evidence for evolution but then rejects it in favor of Young Earth Creationism based solely on his desire to keep his Biblical faith?


"Evolution is not a theory in crisis. It is not teetering on the verge of collapse. It has not failed as a scientific explanation. There is evidence for evolution, gobs and gobs of it. It is not just speculation or a faith choice or an assumption or a religion. It is a productive framework for lots of biological research, and it has amazing explanatory power. There is no conspiracy to hide the truth about the failure of evolution. There has really been no failure of evolution as a scientific theory. It works, and it works well. (Emphasis in the original)"


"Creationist students, listen to me very carefully: There is evidence for evolution, and evolution is an extremely successful scientific theory. That doesn't make it ultimately true, and it doesn't mean that there could not possibly be viable alternatives. It is my own faith choice to reject evolution, because I believe the Bible reveals true information about the history of the earth that is fundamentally incompatible with evolution. I am motivated to understand God's creation from what I believe to be a biblical, creationist perspective. Evolution itself is not flawed or without evidence. Please don't be duped into thinking that somehow evolution itself is a failure. Please don't idolize your own ability to reason. Faith is enough. If God said it, that should settle it. Maybe that's not enough for your scoffing professor or your non-Christian friends, but it should be enough for you. (Emphasis in the original)"


"A very popular argument is that similarity does not necessarily indicate common ancestry but could also imply common design … While this is true, the mere fact of similarity is only a small part of the evolutionary argument. Far more important than the mere occurrence of similarity is the kind of similarity observed. Similarity is not random. Rather, it forms a detectable pattern with some groups of species more similar than others. As an example consider a 200,000 nucleotide region from human chromosome 1. When compared to the chimpanzee, the two species differ by as little as 1-2%, but when compared to the mouse, the differences are much greater. Comparison to chicken reveals even greater differences. This is exactly the expected pattern of similarity that would result if humans and chimpanzees shared a recent common ancestor and mice and chickens were more distantly related. The question is not how similarity arose but why this particular pattern of similarity arose. To say that God could have created the pattern is merely ad hoc"


"Since that paper, my assessment of the issue has not changed, and despite my explanation that common design is (to borrow a phrase from Venema's paper) "enormously strained and severely ad hoc," creationists continue to pretend that common design explains homology. Nevertheless, I remain confident that a satisfactory creationist explanation will be found. Naive? Maybe."


Evolutionary theist Dennis Venema quoting young earth creationist and biologist Todd Wood.  Full Biologos article, Jan. 7, 2010  Link


What does this say about the ability of evidence and logic to be the deciding factor in decisions regarding truth, even among persons trained in the sciences? If we can't rely on facts and evidence, what can we rely on? What would happen to our legal system if we thought like this?  What does this say about faith - is it something to be desired?




~ Biomed