Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Darwinist Disagrees with Current View of Evolution

Dr. Jeffrey H. Schwartz, Ph.D., a professor of anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh recently said that, while he is still an evolutionist, evolutionary theory as it is commonly viewed and taught is incorrect. Dr. Schwartz, the author of the book The Red Ape has two issues with modern evolutionary theory, two issues that most evolutionists hold to as key elements in the foundation of the theory.

The first is gradualism. Schwartz argues that the fossil record does not back up the view of gradualism, something argued before by the late Dr. Stephen Jay Gould, a paleontologist from Harvard University, as well as others in similar fields. Schwartz also claims that gradual evolution defies logic. He believes that Gould's "punctuated equilibrium" version of evolution, which does away with the gradual aspect of evolution, is far more accurate than gradual evolution.

Schwartz, however, does not accept "punctuated equilibrium" for he says that it still embraces adaptation, which is his second problem with modern evolutionary theory. Schwartz does not believe that creatures evolved according to their surrounding environment, but rather, that the creatures were simply produced by random evolution and can survive in a variety of different environments.

Whether Schwartz's views are accepted by the evolution community or not, he poses two difficult questions for evolutions who accept gradual changes and adaptation. The article about Schwartz and his studies can be found at:

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/06149/694046-85.stm

Friday, May 26, 2006

Federal Court Throws Out Ruling in Cobb County Trial

On Thursday, May 25, 2006, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled in favor of keeping an open mind. The federal court, made up of three justices (one appointed by former President Bush, one by former President Clinton, and one by current President Bush) voted unanimously to send back the case discussing the constitutionality of disclaimers in science texts to the trial court. The earlier decision in the case Selman v. Cobb County School District ordered that disclaimers be removed from biology textbooks in the Cobb County School District in Georgia.

The disclaimer at the center of the controversy read: "This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact, regarding the origin of living things. This material should be approached with an open mind, studied carefully, and critically considered." The complaint, voiced during the trial, from evolutionists, such at Dr. Kenneth Miller, Ph.D., a professor at Brown University and co-author of the biology textbook Biology, was with the phrase "this material should be approached with an open mind...."

This decision stops short of declaring the disclaimer constitutional, but it demands that more evidentiary hearings be held before a ruling be rendered. While disclaimers are not the best way to approach the ID and evolution issue in schools, to demand a disclaimer removed that makes no mention of intelligent design and asks students to keep an open mind is unreasonable. The court made the right decision in throwing out the lower court's decision.

Friday, May 05, 2006

Debating Darwin: Stephen Meyer vs. Peter Ward

Dr. Stephen Meyer, Ph.D. and Dr. Peter Ward, Ph.D. recently debated on "Intelligent Design vs. Evolution" in Seattle. The debate can be heard here.

The two previously debated on the Dori Monson Show and that transcript is avaliable here.

Another Take on Judge Jones in Time Magazine

Casey Luskin wrote a piece on Judge Jones' appearance in Time Magazine. He discusses the ten questions he would ask Judge Jones if he had the opportunity. It is entitled "Judge Jones Extendes his Time in the Spotlight" and can be found here:

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2006/05/my_dream_interview_with_judge.html

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Judge Jones: Influential in this "Time?"

Judge John E. Jones, III, the judge who ruled in the recent Kitzmiller v. Dover trial, has appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in their recent issue featuring the 100 most influential people. What did Judge Jones do that was so influential? He attempted to privatize all liquor stores in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as the Chairperson of the Liquor Control Board. He failed on that attempt, however. What else did he do that was so influential? He banned "Bad Frog Beer" on the grounds that its label was obscene.

But he won this honor as Judge John Jones. What did he do as a judge that was so influential? Oh yes, that's right, he banned the mention of intelligent design from science classes, he revoked freedom of academia and freedom of thought from students, and he demonstrated his great lack of knowledge concerning intelligent design, evolution, and the U.S. Constitution. So how, exactly, is Judge Jones influential?

Perhaps he is influential because very few, if any, federal judges before him has displayed so much ignorance. Or perhaps he has influenced others to make unreasonable decisions to destroy the education of students. Maybe Time was thinking along the lines of other historical figures that have won "Man of the Year"-- people like Adolpf Hitler (1938), Joesph Stalin (1939, 1942), Nikita Krushchev (1957), and Ayatullah Khomeini (1979).

Either way, congratulations to Judge Jones on joining a long line of famous, or infamous, leaders. Hopefully the dictatorship he aims to set up in education falls like the dicatorships set up in governments by Hitler and Stalin.