Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Obeying a Law for Forced to Comply?

Originally Posted: Monday, September 26, 2005, 7:32:00 PM

On Friday, September 23, 2005 I had the honor of attending a lecture given by Dr. Russell Hittinger, Ph.D., a professor of philosophy at the University of Tulsa. Dr. Hittinger's lecture was on his book First Grace: Rediscovering the Natural Law in a Post-Christian World.

During his lecture, Hittinger pointed out that if a law cannot bind, then there exists no law. We are sometimes, compeled to follow laws with which we disagree, or "non-binding laws." These, according to Hittinger, are not laws but "forces." We do not obey forces, we merely comply to them, often times because we are coerced to.

This is the way I view the current state of science education in our nation when the issue of evolution and intelligent design is raised. Students today are forced to accept and explain the "validity" of evolutionary theory while they are often "disciplined" for even mentioning intelligent design.

This is not because evolution is overwhemlingly accepted by the scientific community, rather this is because of the great dissent concerning evolution in the scientific community. Because so many scientists now doubt the theory of evolution, those who subscribe to it fear their theory will no longer be accepted and so they resort tactics typically deemed formidable in the academic arena.

This shows two things about the evolution lobby. First, it shows the immenent demise of the evolution as a sophisticated scientific theory and second, it demonstrates that evolutionists have no care for the education of today's students. They have no worries about the future of the United States and other nations. They are focused on one thing and one thing alone, their success and the success of the tyranny of evolutionary thought.

Evolution has no binding force as is required by a law. However, evolution has succeeded in scaring students into compliance. It is, in my estimation, time to stand up against this compliance and to challenge the domination of evolutionary thought in today's science classrooms.

New Darwinalia Product Line

Originally Posted: Thursday, September 15, 2005, 9:57:04 PM

Dr. William A. Dembski recently introduced a new line of "Darwinalia" products. The first of these products is "Darwin in a Vice" and the second is an interesting computer game called "Panda-Monium." This is a neat line up of new products and should help intelligent design supporters relieve the frustrations caused by the elementary actions and attitudes of many evolutionists. (To those who are truly elementary, I do apologize for insulting you with that comment).

The link to these products will be in the new section of my website, called "Darwinalia Products." Click here.

Unintelligent Evolution on the Daily Show

Originally Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005, 11:00:56 PM

Dr. William A. Dembski, Dr. Edward Larson, and Ms. Ellie Crystal finally made their appearance on the Daily Show tonight. While Dembski and Larson did well presenting their views, Crystal was quite the opposite. Her arguments seemed weak, if they existed at all, as she attempted to defend "metaphysical consciousness reality."

Dr. Larson brought up an interesting point when he said that there is nothing wrong with teaching alternative views but we cannot cease teaching evolution. The reason I say that this is interesting is because intelligent design advocates are exactly that--intelligent design advocates--not "anti-evolution in school" advocates. In fact, ID-advocates want more of evolution taught, both evidence supporting and opposing the theory. The true censors of science are the evolutionists who deny any possible fault or error with their theory fact.

After demonstrating his lack of knowledge concerning the intelligent design movement, Larson proceeded to display his lack of reason. He claimed that science teachers shouldn't be told what to teach in their science classes, citing Dover Area School District as an example. What Larson overlooks is that having any curriculum is telling a science teacher what to teach in the science classroom. These teachers are either listening to us, taxpayers in the community, or to someone else, but everything they teach they are instructed to teach. So, to say that teachers shouldn't be told what to teach is to say that teachers shouldn't teach. Actually, that's not too far off from what exists in many public school science classes already.

Dembski, though he was fighting a stomach virus, did very well on the show. He answered Stewart's questions with his own sense of humor. However, as we probably could have predicted, Larson was granted the last word on the show. I suppose that is only fair, however, since he probably had to evolve to the level of being a panelist and probably wasn't ready until the last few minutes of the show.

So what did we learn from the show this evening? We learned about intelligent design (Dembski), evolution (Larson), and that some people make design and evolution look bad (Crystal). I still suggest watching the Daily Show for the rest of the week.

Clarification on the Daily Show

Originally Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005, 1:35:24 AM

It is now clear that Dr. Dembski should be on the Daily Show tonight (Wednesday, September 14th). He is appearing with Dr. Edward Larson and Ms. Ellie Crystal.

Again, tonight's Daily Show with Jon Stewart is well worth watching, as the entire week is.

Evolution Schmevolution on the Daily Show

Originally Posted: Tuesday, September 13, 2005, 3:36:34 PM

I apologize to anybody who watched the Daily Show with Jon Stewart this past Monday, expecting to see Dr. William A. Dembski. I am not sure why the segment with Dembski did not air. Instead, there was a young man who understands intelligent design to the same degree that Jon Stewart is serious on his show.

The Daily Show will be discussing the issue of evolution this entire week. I think the show is worthy of watching and hopefully Dr. Dembski will make his appearance soon.

Dembski to appear on Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Originally Posted: Saturday, September 10, 2005, 3:54:22 PM

Dr. William A. Dembski, Ph.D., Ph.D., a leading proponent of intelligent design, and Dr. Edward Larson, Ph.D., Ph.D., a proponent of evolution, will both be featured on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. The show will air on Monday, September 12, 2005 on Comedy Central. The entire week of September 12-16 on the Daily Show will be a discussion concerning intelligent design and evolution.

Dr. Dembski holds several degrees including two Ph.D.'s and has done several postdocs. He has taught at five colleges, universities, or seminaries and has written eight books. In addition, he was awarded the Templeton Prize in 1999 and the Texas A&M Trotter Prize in 2005. He has lectured at prestigious institutes and hosted the famous "Nature of Nature" conference at Baylor University.

Dembski is one of the greatest thinkers of our generation. He possesses an incredibly fast mind and a unique sense of humor. It would be well worth watching him on the Daily Show on September 12th. In fact, the Daily Show is worth watching this entire week.

Modern Intellectual Slavery

Originally Posted: Friday, September 09, 2005, 5:46:35 PM

I had the honor of attending a lecture today by Dr. Thomas Hibbs, Ph.D. a philosopher and the Dean of the Honors College at Baylor University, where I attend school. Dr. Hibbs spoke on the subject of "Subversive Natural Law: MacIntyre, Aquinas, and African-American Thought."

During his talk, Hibbs proposed the idea that "modern slavery" is actually worse than "ancient slavery." (Ancient slavery refers to the slavery during such eras like that in Egypt, Rome, Greece, etc.)

Why would anyone suggest such an idea? As Hibbs explained, the slavery experienced in Egypt, Rome, Greece, and around the world was slavery of the body. Slaves inherently didn't own their own bodies, didn't own their own possessions, etc. However, in the United States during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the form of slavery was what Hibbs calls "modern slavery." More than a slave not owning his or her own body, the slavery of this era had the dangerous hold on one's mind. Such a hold is much greater and possesses worse implications.

What is the modern slavery in today's society? I believe it is intellectual slavery and I find it flourishing well in institutes of higher learning such as universities and colleges and even high schools.

Evolution is the prime example of modern intellectual slavery. When has a theory become so dogmatic that students are not permitted to question or challenge it? When has a theory been so important that students must be denied the freedom of thought while studying it?

Good science and good education would allow students to question the science and validity of evolution. Unfortuantely, many scientists and educators today find students too obtuse to think and believe that they must be fed out of a bottle, or at best, spoon-fed.

This grip on students' minds is not only an insult but it is the highest form of slavery: modern intellectual slavery. Just as the abolitionists campaigned for freedom in the 1800s and even the 1900s, we need to likewise push for academic freedom today.

"Samuel Chen Conspiracy?"

Originally Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2005, 4:46:40 PM

A fact few of you know is that Emmaus High School has launched an investigation into my activity and leadership with Third Eye Open, a think tank-like student organization which has since been shut down. I am interested in knowing who originated the concern that I am "part of some movement and/or organization that is trying to weed out teachers with whom you [I, Samuel Chen] disagree politically...." The many false presuppositions made in and created by this statement make those who believe it ignorant and those who start and spread it laughable. Is there a "Samuel Chen Conspiracy" rising at Emmaus High School? I didn't think that I was so important that I could get anything, especially not a conspiracy, named after me. I find this investigation humorous and am interested in seeing the results it yields.

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