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Darwin and Design: The Flawed Origins of a Critique

Aug 4th, 2005 | By Paula Bourges-Waldegg

I agree with Frederick Turner on what he writes about creationists in his article “Darwin and Design: The Evolution of a Flawed Debate”. However, his critique on evolutionists seems rather unfair. My impression is that his opinions were built on several myths and false assumptions. Since most “evolutionists” are scientists, or at least science supporters, and since most scientists are atheists (Larson J. E. & Witham L. 1999), these myths and assumptions can be characterized as follows:

Scientists are dull people who lack imagination and creativity.

Turner writes:

The evolutionists’ sin, as I see it, is even greater, because it is three sins rolled into one.
The first is a profound failure of the imagination, which comes from a

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Aug 4th, 2005 12:45 am | By

This is so horrible! The situation it reports on – and the fact that the guy who wrote it was murdered yesterday.

As has been widely reported of late, Basran politics (and everyday life) is increasingly coming under the control of Shiite religious groups, from the relatively mainstream Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq to the bellicose followers of the rebel cleric Moktada al-Sadr…And unfortunately, the British seem unable or unwilling to do anything about it…Fearing to appear like colonial occupiers, they avoid any hint of ideological indoctrination: in my time with them, not once did I see an instructor explain such basics of democracy as the politically neutral role of the police in a civil society.

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US Journalist Murdered in Basra *

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Particularly incensed about the sharp divide between men and women in the Islamic world.… Read the rest

This Reporter Has Been Murdered *

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British in Iraq strengthen hand of Shiite organizations.… Read the rest

Bible Study in Public High Schools in Texas *

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When urban legends end up in textbooks, that’s a problem.… Read the rest

Rorty, Jacoby, Others on the Uses of Liberalism *

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Liberalism has always been a delicate plant. Perhaps it needs a greenhouse.… Read the rest

Tragically, This Guy is an MP *

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Your daughters, rape, beautiful daughters, rape, slobber, twitch.… Read the rest

David Hirsh of ‘Engage’ on Galloway *

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Now nobody on the left can be in any doubt what Galloway is. … Read the rest

Galloway Has Lost It *

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If you don’t trust the transcript, watch the video clips.… Read the rest

Guardian Reports Hizb ut-Tahrir Conference *

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And does a remarkably bad job of it.… Read the rest

Words Fail Me

Aug 3rd, 2005 2:30 am | By

God almighty. Sometimes things are just too surprising. I was dismayed (from afar) when Galloway was elected – but I clearly wasn’t dismayed enough.

Two of your beautiful daughters are in the hands of foreigners – Jerusalem and Baghdad. The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will. The daughters are crying for help, and the Arab world is silent. And some of them are collaborating with the rape of these two beautiful Arab daughters. Why? Because they are too weak and too corrupt to do anything about it.

It’s hard to know where to begin. Foreigners? Daughters? Your daughters? Your beautiful daughters? The foreigners are doing to your daughters as they will? Rape? It’s difficult not to … Read the rest

More on Shazia Khalid *

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‘They treat a woman like a cow,’ her husband says.… Read the rest

Bagginian Thought Experiments to Play With *

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Bhikhu Parekh, David Goodhart, Roger Scruton, John Carey and others examine some.… Read the rest

Barry Allen Reviews Simon Blackburn *

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‘A relativist is an imaginary being, like Mr. Pickwick or Mephistopheles.’… Read the rest

State Schools Teach Blazerwearing *

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Evangelical millionaire car dealers fund ‘Christian values’ via schools.… Read the rest

Smug Puzzlement *

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‘Clever people disagree with me because they are bored.’ Is that why?… Read the rest

Nobel Prize for Smugness

Aug 2nd, 2005 1:45 am | By

Well, smugness is a good thing, of course, but there is such a thing as too much of it.

Lots of people move to the right as they grow older, and newspaper commentators are no exception…So what are we to make of Nick Cohen, the most uncompromising left-wing columnist in the British press for most of the past decade? How far right is he going?…Cohen, who continues to write for the NS as well as the Observer, argues that the left has gone right, not him. The left should be secular and liberal, he says, but the anti-war movement has, in effect, found itself supporting Islamic fascists. “To read the liberal press,” Cohen tells me, “you would think the authentic

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Two Kinds

Aug 1st, 2005 6:03 pm | By

You want martyr? I’ll give you martyr. Here’s a real martyr.

Mahmud Muhammad Taha argued for a distinction to be drawn between the Meccan and the Medinan sections of the Koran. He advocated a return to peaceable Meccan Islam, which he argued is applicable to today, whereas the bellicose Medinan teachings should be consigned to history. For taking this position he was tried for apostasy, found guilty and executed by the Sudanese government in 1985.

There seems to be a lot of confusion around on this subject.

The funeral of British suicide bomber Shehzad Tanweer was held in absentia in his family’s ancestral village, near Lahore, Pakistan. Thousands of people attended, as they did again the following day when a

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Jacoby v Horowitz on Academic Bill of Rights *

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Horowitz still claiming Fish, Bérubé and Gitlin ‘vetted and approved’ ABR.… Read the rest

The Banality of the Bombers *

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What set Eichmann apart was his ability not to think seriously about what he was doing.… Read the rest