The Woolly Mammoth, Created on Day Six

You've probably heard by now about the idiotic controversy in South Carolina over a little girl's suggestion that the state name the woolly mammoth the official state fossil. The creationists lost their minds over it and tried to block it, managing to get this bit of educational malpractice into the bill: … [Read more...]

A Creationist Answers Questions

Allen Clifton challenged creationists to answer ten questions to see if they could provide an answer that makes any sense at all. Lo and behold, one of them did try to answer them. The result is exactly what you would expect, nonsensical answers and non-answers. A few examples. … [Read more...]

Comfort vs Tyson: TKO

Ray Comfort took on Neil deGrasse Tyson and the new Cosmos on his show this week. Talk about trying to punch above your weight class. Even for a young earth creationist, his arguments are breathtakingly stupid. And he has absolutely no idea what science is: … [Read more...]

Creationists Want Equal Time on Cosmos

Okay, this is just hilarious to me. Young earth creationists are whining that they're not allowed to make their case on Neil deGrasse Tyson's remake of Cosmos. It's just unfair, you see, that he isn't giving them equal time on his TV show. You know, like preachers always do in churches by letting scientists rebut their sermons every week. … [Read more...]

Peroutka: Teaching Evolution is ‘Disloyalty to America’

Right Wing Watch found a video of Michael Peroutka, former presidential candidate of the Constitution Party and a confirmed Christian theocrat, saying that evolution is "dangerous" and "anti-American" that teaching evolution or an old age for the earth is "disloyalty to America." This video really must be seen to be believed. … [Read more...]

How to Expose Creationist Science Teachers

Hemant has the story of a 500 page book that a public school science teacher gave to his students to teach them creationism instead of evolution. That was about a decade ago, but the book itself just became available. It's every bit as bad as you might imagine. This went on for 15 years before someone finally exposed it, anonymously. If no one blows the whistle on it, this kind of thing can go on forever. And we know from surveys that an astonishing percentage of science teachers are really … [Read more...]

If Attorneys Argued Like Creationists

I had this idea come to me during a discussion in a hangout recently. Imagine for a moment that a defense attorney in a murder case used the kind of argument that young earth creationists use against, say, radiometric dating. In response to every piece of evidence presented, they would name all the "assumptions" being made. … [Read more...]

The Carroll-Craig Debate

The video of the debate between cosmologist Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig is finally up. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but people I respect a lot thought that Carroll really put Craig on the defensive in a way that few others have. Video below the fold. … [Read more...]

IN Biology Teacher Using Hovind Videos in Class

A high school biology teacher in Goshen, Indiana (just across the Michigan border) has apparently been showing videos from Kent Hovind to his classes. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written a letter to the school demanding that it be stopped. … [Read more...]

Perkins Babbles About Science

Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and a man of staggering ignorance and dishonesty, babbled incoherently about evolution and climate change on his radio show this week. Evolution is wrong because he can list some phrases he doesn't understand at all and there's more evidence for God sending bad weather than for global warming. … [Read more...]

Awesome New Cambrian Fossil Find

Scientists have announced an incredible find, a fossil bed in the same formation as the Burgess Shale that contains a staggering number of well-preserved, soft-bodied organisms that should provide a massive amount of new data to fill in some gaps in the fossil record of the Cambrian era. … [Read more...]

Why People Don’t Accept Evolution

Cameron Smith has an interesting column in the Skeptical Inquirer that I think makes a valuable point. People have a difficult time accepting evolution even if they aren't particularly religious. Why? At least partly because our brains seem biased against non-teleological thinking: … [Read more...]