Why Nye Was Right To Debate Ham

George Waye has a very good piece with just some of the reasons that, contrary to the imploring of so many other evolution supporters, Bill Nye made the right choice in opting to debate Ken Ham: The idea that this debate emboldened creationists by giving them a stage is, I think, demonstrably wrong.  First, you [Read More...]

Stream and Comment Upon the Bill Nye/Ken Ham Discussion Here

UPDATE: Below is the video of last night’s completed discussion of creationism between Ken Ham and Billy Nye: Hey everyone. Here’s the link to where you will be able to stream the discussion of evolution and creationism tonight between Bill Nye The Science Guy and Ken Ham The Not Science But Creationism Instead Guy. Please [Read More...]

Creation Stories

Many religions have creation stories.  The Judeo-Christian creation stories are found in the first chapters of Genesis, which is the first book of the Bible.  There is no need to repeat the Genesis stories here.  It can be agreed that there are some metaphorical or analogical correspondences between the Genesis stories and our best science.  [Read More...]

Atheist Fundamentalism?

Kelly: You are an atheist fundamentalist, Jaime. Jaime: That’s impossible, there can be no such thing. Atheism itself is just “a lack of belief”. There is no holy book or other source of “fundamental” positions any atheist must hold. Not every atheist even needs to be an atheist in the same way. Some can only [Read More...]

American Values vs. Fundamentalist Values

Contemporary Evangelical arguments for the mixing of Church and State usually fallaciously assume that for America’s most historically vindicated political, moral, and cultural values to be accepted as good and as true, either theoretically or in practice, or for these values to be preserved and advanced in future generations, Americans must accept and continue to perpetuate [Read More...]

Tyson On How We Can Tell Nature Was Not Designed For Us

A really nice rundown from Neil deGrasse Tyson: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Trainwreck of the Day

A couple Christian kids with a nauseating, badly performed anti-atheist song set to “My Humps” (via Greg Laden, whose categorizations of the video say it all about the video’s contents): And then there’s “Don’t Cha Wish Your Savior Was Right Like Mine”: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

Defending The Apparent Truth Of Evolution’s Mindlessness

Last Christmas Eve, I argued that the belief that God “guided evolution” was not a rationally respectable way to reconcile science with faith but rather it was essentially an effective denial of the theory of natural selection, in its scientifically explanatory sense. Part of the revolutionary character of the discovery of evolution by natural selection [Read More...]

Kansas vs. Darwin

From today through March 12, you can screen Kansas vs. Darwin. Description of the film: Even before they took place, the 2005 Kansas school board hearings on evolution were recognized as a pivotal battle in America’s ongoing war over teaching evolution in the public schools. Organized by believers in Intelligent Design and convened by creationists, [Read More...]

Rebutting “Irreducible Complexity” Claims

A couple of months ago I profiled a spectacular video in which Qualia Soup succinctly, clearly, and precisely debunked the creationist argument that within organisms there are designs which are so irreducibly complex that they could not have evolved but must have been intelligently designed. In reply to that video came criticisms from creationists and [Read More...]