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      Welcome to ARN-Announce
      by Dennis Wagner
      Number Twenty, January 31, 2002
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      a.. New ARN Video--Bacterial Falgella: A Paradigm for Design by Scott

      b.. ARN Videos with Phillip Johnson to be featured on UCTV and EchoStar
      DISH TV

      c.. William Dembski�s new book now available: No Free Lunch

      d.. Jonathan Wells Replies to Critics

      e.. Now Available in Paperback: Icons of Evolution by Jonathan Wells

      f.. Now Available in Paperback: A Case Against Accident and

      This month we have a host of goodies for you to peruse. We start off
      the release of a new one-hour lecture video in which Scott Minnich describes
      how he used the design paradigm to make new discoveries in his bacterial
      falgella research. Next, some of our original video lectures with Phillip
      Johnson may be coming to a Satellite TV dish near you next month. We are
      also happy to announce that you can now order Bill Dembski�s new book �No
      Free Lunch�. Two popular books are now available in paperback so you can
      hand them out by the dozens to your friends and neighbors including �Icons
      of Evolution� and �A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization�. Finally,
      Jonathan Wells responds to the critics at NCSE with his own detailed reply
      that makes a wonderful teaching tool for high school science students. I
      hope you enjoy spending a few moments learning about these great resources.



      Michael Behe made the bacterial flagella a popular argument for
      intelligent design in his book �Darwin�s Black Box� when he used the
      flagella to illustrate the concept of irreducible complexity. In this video
      lecture presentation, Professor Scott Minnich, a geneticist and Associate
      Professor of Microbiology at the University of Idaho, takes the argument to
      the next level by describing how the design paradigm led to new insights in
      his research. Minnich has been studying the bacterial flagellum for over 15
      years and presents a detailed overview of his work including:

      1.. An overview of design theory and irreducible complexity
      2.. A description of the structure and function of a bacterial
      3.. An assembly blueprint of the bacterial flagella
      4.. A description of the transcriptional/translational regulator
      5.. Integrating motility with signal transduction: the chemotaxis
      Find out why some scientists have called the bacterial flagella the
      �most efficient machine in the universe� with its: 1) self assembly and
      repair; 2) water-cooled rotary engine; 3) proton motive force drive system;
      4) forward and reverse gears; 5) operating speeds of 6,000 to 17,000 rpm; 6)
      direction reversing capability within 1/4 of a turn; and 7) it�s hard-wired
      signal transduction system with short-term memory.

      To order a copy of this 1 hour video lecture recorded at Westmont
      College for $24.95 go to: http://www.arn.org/arnproducts/videos/v021.htm



      ARN will hit the airwaves across the U.S. in February when two of our
      videos featuring Phillip Johnson will be broadcast by the University of
      California TV on the EchoStar DISH Network. UCTV is part of the Public
      Interest Channel line-up on the EchoStar Nationwide Channel 9412, and
      available to over 5 million subscribers. To find out when the programs will
      broadcast go to www.uctv.tv/, click the Programming Schedule button and type
      �Darwin� in the Keyword search box. You should see the following two ARN
      programs listed. Each program will be broadcast multiple times during the

      Darwinism: Science or Philosophy Debate
      Two eminent professors, Phillip Johnson of UC Berkeley and William
      of Cornell University, come to grips with the most important of all
      questions: Do we owe our existence to a creator? Can the blind watchmaker of
      natural selection take the place of God? Vigorous arguments and a lively
      question and answer period illuminate the contemporary debate between
      naturalistic and theistic ways of understanding our existence.

      On Darwinism
      In this fascinating interview, UC Berkeley's Professor Johnson offers his
      unique insight into the philosophical basis of modern Darwinian theory and
      the many scientific problems which confront it. With his breadth of
      knowledge and keen intellect, he brings a fresh perspective to the timeless
      issue of origins.

      Some cable channels also carry UCTV, so check your local cable TV
      listings. We are hoping to have more ARN videos broadcast on UCTV in the
      future. If you are interested in helping us underwrite the financial
      expenses for this project, we would love to hear from you.



      Darwin's greatest accomplishment was to show how life might be
      explained as the result of natural selection. But does Darwin's theory mean
      that life was unintended? William A. Dembski argues that it does not. In
      this book Dembski extends his theory of intelligent design. Building on his
      earlier work in The Design Inference (Cambridge, 1998), he defends that life
      must be the product of intelligent design. Critics of Dembski's work have
      argued that evolutionary algorithms show that life can be explained apart
      from intelligence. But by employing powerful recent results from the No Free
      Lunch Theory, Dembski addresses and decisively refutes such claims. As the
      leading proponent of intelligent design, Dembski reveals a designer capable
      of originating the complexity and specificity found throughout the cosmos.
      Scientists and theologians alike will find this book of interest as it
      brings the question of creation firmly into the realm of scientific debate.

      Chapter 1 presents a non-technical summary of Dembski�s work on
      inferring design and makes the connection between his previous work and
      Darwinism explicit.

      Chapter 2 rebuts critics who argue that specified complexity is not
      a well-defined concept and cannot form the basis for a compelling design
      inference. In particular, Dembski offers a simplified account of

      Chapter 3 translates the design-inferential framework of chapters 1
      and 2 into a more powerful information-theoretic framework.

      Chapter 4 shows how this information-theoretic approach to design
      withstands and then overturns the challenge of evolutionary algorithms. In
      particular, Dembski shows that evolutionary algorithms cannot generate
      specified complexity.

      Chapter 5 then shows how the theoretical apparatus developed in the
      previous chapters can be applied to actual biological systems.

      Finally chapter 6 examines what intelligent design means for

      To order your copy of No Free Lunch for $35 go to




      If you are looking for a good �critical thinking� exercise for your high
      school student, we have a great suggestion.

      A year ago, Jonathan Wells posted �Ten Questions To Ask Your Biology
      Teacher About Evolution�, which you can read at

      On November 28, 2001, The National Center for Science Education (NCSE)
      posted its answers to Wells questions at

      The NCSE introduces its answers to Wells� Ten Questions by calling many
      his claims �incorrect or misleading,� and by maintaining that they are
      �intended only to create unwarranted doubts in students� minds about the
      validity of evolution as good science.� The evasions and falsehoods listed
      above, however, make it clear that it is the NCSE�s answers that are
      incorrect or misleading. If students have doubts about the scientific
      validity of evolution, their doubts are amply warranted not only by the
      systematic pattern of misrepresentations in biology textbooks, but also by
      the false and evasive statements the NCSE makes in defense of those

      Good science is the search for truth, and it searches for truth by
      comparing theories with the evidence. A good science education should
      present the evidence truthfully--especially the evidence for and against a
      theory as influential as Darwin�s. Yet biology textbooks invariably present
      this evidence with a pro-Darwin spin, indoctrinating students rather than
      educating them. It seems that the National Center for Science Education,
      despite its title, wants students to inherit the spin.

      Jonathan Wells has written a detailed response to the NCSE answers which
      you can read at http://www.arn.org/docs/wells/jw_inheritthespin.htm

      Have your student sit down with these three articles and a copy of their
      high school biology textbook. It won�t take long for most students to
      realize the difference between good science and �political� science.



      a.. Icons of Evolution
      b.. A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization
      These two popular books are now available in paperback. At these prices
      you must have a couple copies on hand to pass out to friends and neighbors.

      Icons of Evolution
      Jonathan Wells has news for you. Everything you were taught about
      evolution was wrong. Every iconic image--from the "primordial soup" to the
      changing colors of moths in industrial England, to the ascent of man--is,
      says Dr. Wells, either inconclusive, incomplete, or even outright
      fraudulent. Wells commands readers to sharpen their critical thinking and
      challenge the integrity of scientific thought, while arguing for greater
      honesty in the continuing, contentious debate over evolution. Wells argues
      that the most famous case studies for evolution "no longer convey the spirit
      or substance of science, but have become instruments of indoctrination--the
      icons of evolution." These icons deserve to be toppled for the falsehoods
      that they are. Icons of Evolution is a book that will light the fires of
      controversy and force scientists to give us a more honest and objective
      report on what we've truly discovered about evolution in the past 100 years.

      To order a paperback copy of Icons of Evolution for $13.50 go to:

      A Case Against Accident and Self-Organization
      In this illuminating book, Dean L. Overman uses logical principles
      and mathematical calculations to answer the questions that have long
      perplexed biologists and astrophysicists: Is it mathematically possible that
      accidental processes caused the formation of the first form of living matter
      from non-living matter? Could accidental processes have caused the formation
      of a universe compatible with life? Are current self-organization scenarios
      for the formation of the first living matter plausible?

      Overman reviews the influence of metaphysical assumptions in
      analysis, and discusses the principles of logic applicable to these
      questions, examining the limitations of verbal and mathematical logic. He
      proceeds to demonstrate that it is mathematically impossible that accidental
      processes produced the first living matter.

      The author also examines other issues related to the creation of
      universe, including Stephen Hawking's no boundary proposal, the need for a
      Creator as the preserving cause of the universe, and the explanations
      offered by the weak and strong anthropic principles. Acclaimed by
      theologians and scientists alike as well-argued, coherent, and persuasive,
      "A Case Against Accicdent and Self-Organization" is a fascinating study of
      the origins of life and our universe.

      To order the paperback edition of A Case Against Accident and
      Self-Organization for $13.25 go to:



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