June 11, 2004

There are few things quite as amusing as watching ID advocates pretend that ID is not about promoting a particular religious view. It’s just fun to see them wiggle and dance when they get caught up in this web of pretend objectivity. A perfect example of this is Casey Luskin, of the IDEA club, a group that starts pro-ID groups on college campuses. Luskin seems to have a particular problem with getting caught distorting reality, then getting all huffy when… Read more

June 11, 2004

John Wilkins, fellow contributor to the Panda’s Thumb, has begun his own blog, Evolving Thoughts. John is a brilliant guy, with a PhD in history and philosophy of science. And like virtually every Aussie I’ve ever known, he’s extraordinarily funny. His blog should be both fun and informative, so check it out. Read more

June 10, 2004

Ray Charles has died at the age of 73. While Reagan’s death will obviously gain more attention, and rightfully so, Ray’s death has far more emotional impact on me. He was a music legend who recorded classic songs in a number of genres – gospel, blues, soul, jazz, even country. Van Morrison, another of my all time favorite singers and songwriters, said of Charles,”His sound was stunning — it was the blues, it was R&B, it was gospel, it was… Read more

June 10, 2004

ABC has pulled Jimmy Kimmel’s show off the air for a day because he commented on his show, in a joking manner, that if Detroit wins the NBA championship, the fans in Detroit will burn the city down. Jesus Christ, someone needs a humor transplant. He’s right, the people in Detroit (and most other cities that win championships, strangely) DO riot and burn things down when their teams win. It happened in LA a couple years ago too. But talk… Read more

June 10, 2004

I just went to my local grocery store to pick up a few things for home and there were 2 women outside the store canvassing for signatures on a petition. As I walked out of the store, one of them asked me if I would sign their petition to “restore voting rights to the people of Michigan.” I said I wasn’t aware that our voting rights in Michigan had been taken away. She said that the state government had passed… Read more

June 10, 2004

Good game this week, I won $85. That’s a bit below my average in this game, but a win is a win. And most of the winnings came on 3 big hands. I had the nut flush twice, slow played it both times, got bet into both times, and had my large check-raise called both times, once by a small straight and once by trips. Also had pocket 4s turn into a full house, 4s over 2s with someone else… Read more

June 9, 2004

One of the hallmarks of my business is that I spend an enormous amount of time waiting. As I sit in my office all day long, I don’t really do all that much work, but the work I do is in five minute increments here and there. I print up docs and fax them off, then I have to wait for someone to fill them out and fax them back. I fax off a client’s loan application and credit report… Read more

June 8, 2004

One of the issues involved in the evolution/creationism battle is the question of demarcation – what separates science from non-science? One of the most popular and, in my view, compelling arguments against Intelligent Design Creationism (IDC) is that it is not a genuine scientific theory at all because it has none of the hallmarks of science. The most commonly stated requirements of a scientific theory or model is that it must meet three criteria: A. It must be testable B…. Read more

June 7, 2004

The leadership of several religious groups, including the Presbyterian, Lutheran and Episcopal churches, has sent an open letter to Congress opposing the Federal Marriage Amendment that would ban gay marriages nationwide:”Although we have differing opinions on rights for same-sex couples, we believe the Federal Marriage Amendment reflects a fundamental disregard for individual civil rights and ignores differences among our nation’s many religious traditions,” the letter said. The United Church of Christ and the Unitarian Universalist Association, which recognize same-sex marriages,… Read more

June 7, 2004

From my colleague Glenn Branch, the deputy director of the National Center for Science Education, a new article assessing the latest anti-evolution strategies being thrown at school boards around the nation. The ID crowd, who are as good at public relations as they are bad at doing science, have come up with slogan “teach the controversy” to sell their snake oil, and it’s a compelling turn of phrase. But like all catchphrases, it hides a much deeper reality. As Glenn… Read more

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