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Climate Change Debate: Coming Soon to a School Near You

June 20, 2014 by Allie Bidwell

Opponents of new science standards have said they promote ‘anti-human’ messages and atheism.

Political debates surrounding climate change and creationism are now making their way into America’s schools, as more states are deciding whether to adopt or reject new common science standards that put a greater emphasis on controversial topics like global warming and evolution.

Critics of the standards have said they do not present the issue of human influence in global warming objectively and do not consider “all sides” when discussing evolution.

Twelve states and the District of Columbia have already adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, which were developed by a group of national science and education organizations, including Achieve – one of the groups involved with the development of the Common Core State Standards. But Wyoming became the first state to officially reject the standards when Republican Gov. Matt Mead approved a budget in March precluding the use of state funds to review or adopt the science standards after they were heartily endorsed by the state’s teachers union. South Carolina lawmakers blocked the adoption of the standards in 2012, before the final draft was published.

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Out on a limb: Arm-swinging riddle is answered
July 28, 2009 by AFP

So a presumption made to fit this phenomenon into an evolutionary mindset turns out to be false, yet the presumption of evolution remains unquestioned.

PARIS (AFP) – Biomedical researchers on Wednesday said they could explain why we swing our arms when we walk, a practice that has long piqued scientific curiosity.

Swinging one’s arms comes at a cost. We need muscles to do it, and we need to provide energy in the form of food for those muscles. So what’s the advantage?

Little or none, some experts have said, contending that arm-swinging, like our appendix, is an evolutionary relic from when we used to go about on all fours.

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“MISSING LINK” FOUND: New Fossil Links Humans, Lemurs?
May 19, 2009

Meet “Ida,” the small “missing link” found in Germany that’s created a big media splash and will likely continue to make waves among those who study human origins.

Ida: the Missing Link at Last?
May 19, 2009

For all the headlines and proclamations, this “missing link” story includes an amazing amount of hot air.

Even Darwinists doubt latest ‘missing link’

June 3, 2009 by Pete Chagnon

A spokesman for the Discovery Institute says the alleged “missing link” find is nothing new.

missing link bigDiscovery Institute senior fellow John West says the recent fossil hailed as the missing link between humans and primates is nothing more than “hype.” The fossil known as “Ida” was recently unveiled during a press conference in conjunction with a book, website, and a documentary that aired on The History Channel.

“And it’s interesting if you actually look, many evolutionists themselves are saying that this was just hype,” he contends. “Because in fact, evolutionists themselves cannot agree on what this is supposed to be a missing link to.”

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Head of state education board denied reappointment for supporting creationism
May 29, 2009

AUSTIN, TX – Democrats in the Texas Senate have blocked the reappointment of a creationist to head the state board that sets standards and policies for Texas public schools.

The 19-11 vote was one vote shy of the two-thirds approval needed to support Gov. Rick Perry’s nomination of Don McLeroy as chairman of the State Board of Education.

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Coincidence qualifies as scientific proof, for atheism

RNA world easier to make
May 14, 2009

“So coincidental that one would have to believe it” qualifies as scientific proof, as long as no God is in the mix.

An elegant experiment has quashed a major objection to the theory that life on Earth originated with molecules of RNA.

John Sutherland and his colleagues from the University of Manchester, UK, created a ribonucleotide, a building block of RNA, from simple chemicals under conditions that might have existed on the early Earth.

Sutherland, though, hopes that ingenious organic chemistry might provide an RNA synthesis so convincing that it effectively serves as proof. “We might come up with something so coincidental that one would have to believe it,” he says. “That is the goal of my career.”

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Chris Matthews to Mike Pence: Do you or don’t you believe in evolution?
May 5, 2009 by Allahpundit

For your amusement or dismay, as the case may be, five minutes of increasingly awkward ducking o’ the question. “I think you believe in evolution,” says Matthews at one point, “but you’re afraid to say so because your conservative constituency might find that offensive.” Actually, my hunch is that he doesn’t believe in it but is afraid to say so lest he be deemed a total crank by the media. I thought the standard line for creationist Republican politicians when asked this question is to say yes, of course they accept Darwin, before quickly adding that that’s not strictly incompatible with belief in a Christian God. That way you get to have your cake and eat it too. Why would Pence decline to do so unless he couldn’t utter both parts of that rote answer in good faith?

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Scientists Tell Texas: Time to Evolve
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Now hear this: you are not permitted to question evolution

March 24, 2009

Several leading scientists have sent a letter to the Texas State Board of Education urging board members to reject an amendment that attacks one of evolution’s key principles, that all life on Earth is descended from a common ancestor.

Among other things the pending amendment says students should “analyze and evaluate the sufficiency and insufficiency of common ancestry.” But scientists say there is no real argument about common ancestry, one of the foundational concepts of evolution.

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Dinosaur find raises debate on feather evolution
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Why are there so many instances of a new discovery presenting a major challenge to common evolutionary thought?

March 18, 2009, by MALCOLM RITTER

NEW YORK (AP) — A small dinosaur that once roamed northeastern China was covered with a stiff, hairlike fuzz, a discovery that suggests feathers began to evolve much earlier than many researchers believe – maybe even in the earliest dinosaurs. Scientists had previously identified feathers and so-called “dinofuzz” in theropods, two-legged meat-eaters that are widely considered the ancestors of birds.

But the Chinese creature is only distantly related to theropods, and the hollow filaments of its fuzz may be primitive feathers, say the scientists who report the find in Thursday’s issue of the journal Nature.

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To The Brain, God Is Just Another Guy
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March 9, 2009, by Jon Hamilton

Two stories: one suggesting early humans evolved or invented religion when their brains grew complex enough to handle it, and the other showing us only recently discovered “proof” chimpanzee brains are more complex than we thought. Does any one see the implication maybe our “experts” don’t really understand ancient humans as much as they think they do?

Grafman says that probably means religions appeared as humans evolved the ability to handle complicated social interactions during the past 60,000 years or so.

Joseph Bulbulia, an expert on the cognitive psychology of religion at Victoria University in New Zealand, says most evidence of religious behavior only dates back about 10,000 years, raising questions about why humans didn’t become religious sooner.

Planning of the Apes: Zoo Chimp Plots Rock Attacks on Visitors

March 9, 2009, by Coco Ballantyne

Think people are the only ones who can plan for the future? You may change your mind when you hear the story of Santino the chimpanzee, whose premeditated attacks on zoo visitors are described today in Current Biology.

At least one perspective of the story shows there is biological justification for religion, and that it is not a “cultural virus” as Richard Dawkins thinks.

Our brains are wired up for god

March 10, 2009, by Leigh Dayton

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Fossils: Fact or Fallacy?
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December 16, 2008, by Sean McDowell

While the fact of ape-to-human evolution is not as simple as she made it out to be, she was right about one thing: fossil reconstructions of ape-like creatures fill museums throughout the world (they also fill your biology textbooks). The idea that ape-like creatures morphed into upright walking humans is one of the most common examples given to support evolution. Yet despite the popularity of the ape-to-human story, the evidence is not as straightforward as it appears. Let’s consider three key problems with the evidence for ape-to-human evolution.

One problem with common knowledge is that once the myth is propagated it is extremely difficult to correct. The news story below describes “Lucy” as a human ancestor with many ape-like features, rather than actually an ape. Upon closer inspection it seems Lucy is actually just a ape, not an ape-human hybrid.

The Shoe Fits! 1.5 Million-Year-Old Human Footprints Found

February 26, 2009, by Jeremy Hsu

Filed under: creation, evolution, fossils, science




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