Games Creationists Play: 7 Tricks to Watch Out For

Smoke (and mirrors)

Suppose you’re a conservative politician and you want to pick and choose your science based on how it pleases you. How do you justify that? Here are some tricks to use if you want to support that agenda (or to watch out for if you actually care about the science). [Read more...]

Darwin Day Response to Creationist Chick Tract

Darwin Day Creationism

Happy birthday Charles Darwin! Let’s fillet a gospel tract that imagines that evolution is flawed. [Read more...]

Evolution is Crazy, Says Man Who Thinks the Earth Was Created 6000 Years Ago, All the Animals Were Saved on a Boat Built by a 600-yo Noah, and our Loving Creator Drowned Everyone

evolution creationism debate

Much could be said of the Bill Nye/Ken Ham debate, but I’ll focus on the low points of Ken Ham’s Creationist message. [Read more...]

Dismantling Irreducible Complexity

Roman arch

A system is irreducibly complex when every part is necessary. Remove any part, and the system breaks, so how could such a system have been built, piece by piece, by nature? Any precursor would have been useless and therefore selected against by evolution. But an example with which we’re all familiar undercuts this argument. [Read more...]

It’s Funny Until Someone Gets Hurt, then it’s Hilarious

Yes, dinosaurs and people lived together (in Ken Ham's imaginary world)

There is a bit of malicious joy in sitting at the sidelines watching nutty Christian extremists make their nutty anti-science statements. Turns out that there’s a lot more harm to the Christian community than simply making fools of themselves. [Read more...]

Lawyer Thinking, Revisited

Lawyer thinking vs. scientist thinking in apologetics

A podcaster has pushed back against my recent “Scientist Thinking vs. Lawyer Thinking” post. Let’s give him a hearing and see what that does to my argument. [Read more...]

Reject the Scientific Consensus? How Do You Justify THAT?

Explain why you reject the consensus

Is a scientific consensus inconvenient? Then just handwave a reason to reject it! Though this is a popular response to unwanted scientific conclusions, it is intellectually indefensible. [Read more...]

Scientist Thinking vs. Lawyer Thinking


Consider two kinds of thinking. Each has its place, but we fool ourselves when we use one but pretend that we’re using another. [Read more...]

Tips for Dealing with Creationists

Ray Comfort’s fabled “crocoduck”

Creationists say the craziest things. I’ll save for later a critique of the actual errors in their arguments against evolution. Let’s look instead at some of the higher-level errors they make. Consider this a dose of Creationist vaccine. [Read more...]

World Premiere: The Magician’s Twin

Clive Staples Lewis

I attended the premiere of the Discovery Institute’s new video about C.S. Lewis and science. Though well produced, the agenda showed through. [Read more...]