There is a terrific new website designed to help teachers and students learn more about evolution that is finally up and available for public use. The Understanding Evolution site was an enormous project that has been under development for quite some time under the auspices of the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) and the National Center for Science Education (NCSE), funded primarily by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Science Foundation. To quote from the site’s… Read more

Georgia school boss Kathy Cox has backed off her announced plan to remove the word “evolution” from the state academic standards. Paul Myers speculates that the whole thing could very well have just been a cover-up for the fact that the new proposed standards water down the teaching of evolution enormously, regardless of whether the word is used. I agree with him. It’s about the only explanation that makes any sense out of the whole sordid bunch of nonsense. Think… Read more

This is beginning to resemble a Monty Python sketch at this point. In my last post I made this statement: “He must know that “presenting the data” is pointless if he has already decided that no data possibly COULD establish what is being disputed.” Rusty replied: “…he has already decided that no data possibly COULD establish what is being disputed” Where have I said that? Honestly Ed, you accuse me of dancing around the issues but you yourself give Fred… Read more

In the last post, I wrote the following to Rusty: On the issue of transitionals, you are still dodging the question. You said that appearance alone cannot prove transition. Therefore wouldn’t you have to say that no fossil evidence could possibly show transition? Fossils can only show appearance, not actual ancestry. So why not just admit that no fossil evidence, regardless of what it shows, could possibly convince you that an evolutionary transition occured? That would at least be honest,… Read more

Rusty has been leaving comments in response to various entries here, but there are two issues that I’d like to move up here to the top so they don’t get lost and solicit a direct answer on. 1. Transitional Forms Rusty has repeatedly declared that there are no transitional forms in the fossil record. I have pointed out that I think this demand is a disingenuous one (not just from him, but from creationists in general) because they would deny… Read more

I’ve just come across a group called Catholic Apologetics International, a very, very conservative Catholic organization founded by Robert Sungenis. How conservative? How about so conservative that they think Pope John Paul was wrong to apologize to Galileo and admit that the earth revolves around the sun? Yes, they are genuine geocentrists. Needless to say, they are also young earth creationists. I’m a little stunned to see this sort of thing from Catholics. The creationist/geocentrist movement in the US has… Read more

Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has an op-ed piece in today’s Wall Street Journal entitled “One Man, One Woman: A citizen’s guide to protecting marriage.” It’s a perfect example of the wild leaps of logic inherent in arguments against gay marriage. He starts out with a statement that he appears to think is uncontroversial:No matter how you feel about gay marriage, we should be able to agree that the citizens and their elected representatives must not be excluded from a decision… Read more

The Talk.Reason Archive has an absolutely hilarious article lampooning the Intelligent Design movement. A few of my favorites: Greater and greater numbers of scientists are joining the ID movement, which is why we keep referring to the same three year after year. We’re not creationists, except for those of us who are, but the rest of us won’t confirm that we’re not. But if you call us creationists, we’ll complain to no end. ID is a widely accepted theory in… Read more

I seem to have attracted the attention of one Mac Swift. Who is Mac Swift? Well, let’s let him answer that:I think I can accurately pride myself on being the ONLY pro-Chick Publications and pro-KJV blog on the Internet.Apparently he regards being pro-Chick Publications as something to be proud of. That speaks volumes right there. Jack Chick, for those of you who don’t know, is an evangelist who produces comic books. You may have seen them laying around in public… Read more

Rusty has again left comments on a post below. Unfortunately, the comments only allow a short message and the issues he raises may require more than 300 words, so I’ll copy them here and respond in more detail. Rusty’s words are in italics, my responses are in plain type. I will take a different tact here and state that I disagree that the order of appearance MUST be as the record shows for evolution to be true. Gould himself stated… Read more

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