Should We Teach Scientific Criticisms of Neo-Darwinism? Many Authorities Say YES!

1. Various States and School Districts have successfully implemented such a policy: Minnesota: “Explain how scientific and technological innovations—as well as new evidence—can challenge portions of, or entire accepted theories and models including …[the] theory of evolution…”1 South Carolina: “Summarize ways that scientists use data from a variety of sources toinvestigate and critically analyze aspects of evolutionary theory.”2 Texas: Science standards require that …


From computers to airplanes to life-giving medicines, the technological marvels of our world were made possible by the human use of fire. But the use of fire itself was made possible by an array of features built into the human body and the planet. In Fire-Maker, biologist Michael Denton explores the special features of nature that equipped humans to to harness …

Darwin’s Poisoned Tree

Legitimate scientific theories like evolution should not be disbarred from science classrooms simply because of the religious (or anti-religious) views and activism of their proponents. Therefore, in order to preserve the teaching of evolution, it may be necessary to revise legal tests that are applied to assess the constitutionality of teaching biological origins. To put it bluntly, if evolution is to be continued to be taught in public schools, courts must abandon inquiries which look at the historical associations between a viewpoint on origins and religion (or non-religion). Read More ›

What is the Science Behind Intelligent Design?

Intelligent design (ID) is a scientific theory that employs the methods commonly used by other historical sciences to conclude that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. ID theorists argue that design can be inferred by studying the informational properties of natural objects …

Excerpt from Darwin Day in America

Darwin Day in America was first published in the fall of 2007. A year later, the United States elected Barack Obama as president. Obama’s election may have proved to be a watershed in the ongoing debate over science, scientism, and American society. Obama began invoking the authority of science right from the start, promising during his first inaugural address to “restore science …

A List of Fine-Tuning Parameters

“Fine-tuning” refers to various features of the universe that are necessary conditions for the existence of complex life. Such features include the initial conditions and “brute facts” of the universe as a whole, thelaws of nature or the numerical constants present in those laws (such as the gravitational force constant), and local features of habitable planets (such as a planet’s distance from its host star). The basic idea is that these features must fall within a very narrow range of possible values for chemical-based life to be possible. Read More ›

Stephen C. Meyer Full-Length Bio

Stephen C. Meyer received his Ph.D. in the philosophy of science from the University of Cambridge. A former geophysicist and college professor, he now directs Discovery Institute’s Center for Science and Culture in Seattle. He has authored the New York Times best sellerDarwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design (HarperOne, 2013) as well as Signature in the …

3. The Mission of School

THE MISSION OF SCHOOL MAY SEEM SIMPLE. HOWEVER, I FOUND very little agreement on what is the mission of school. In fact, I would argue that this lack of a common understanding is one of the ma- jor reasons schools and school districts fail to effectively educate such a large percentage of their students. The development and solid support of …

Are Young People Losing Their Faith Because of Science?

SUMMARY: Young people leave their faith for a variety of reasons, but for a significant number of them beliefs about science play an important role. These beliefs are often formed before young people enter college, which means that churches need to address the relationship between science and faith when young people are in middle school and high school, if not earlier. …

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Specious Speciation

The TalkOrigins Speciation FAQ, titled “Observed Instances of Speciation1 (herein “FAQ”), claims it “discusses several instances where speciation has been observed.” For years, this FAQ has been cited by pro-Darwin internet debaters as allegedly demonstrating that neo-Darwinian evolution is capable of producing significant biological change. However, an analysis of the technical literature regarding many of the examples discussed in the FAQ2 reveals that such claims are clearly incorrect. This assessment finds:

  • NOT ONE of the examples demonstrates the origin of large-scale biological change.
  • The vast majority of the examples do NOT even show the production of new species, where a “species” is defined according to the standard definition of a“reproductively isolated population.” Only one single example shows the production of a new species of plants via hybridization and polyploidy, but this example does not entail significant biological change.
  • Only one of the examples purports to document the production of a reproductively isolated population of animals—however this example is overturned by a later study not mentioned in the FAQ.
  • Thus, not a single bona fide example of speciation in animals—e.g., the establishment of a completely reproductively isolated population—is given in the FAQ.

I should note from the outset that my purpose is not to deny that speciation can occur in nature, especially when speciation is defined merely as a reproductively isolated population. When trying to assess the creative power of the Darwinian mechanism, that definition is trivial. Rather,my purpose is to test the FAQ’s claims. In that regard, if the FAQ is correct that “Many researchers feel that there are already ample reports [of speciation] in the literature,” then ananalysis of the literature cited in the FAQ suggests those researchers are wrong.

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