That’s a Fact

From Joe Heller via Open Parachute. I don’t think the scientist does a good job of conveying scientific knowledge. It is rarely “just the facts.” We sometimes choose to speak that way, but when we do, it is often unhelpful, because denialists regularly think that they are looking at the facts, too. And so one needs [Read More...]

YEC: First Step Towards Atheism

It is entirely possible that Ken Ham genuinely believes that his life’s work is filling holes in the cracks in the dam that he thinks keeps the flood of atheism from sweeping over weak Christians. But as I’ve pointed out here before, the truth is quite different. The flood he fears actually includes much that [Read More...]

Dangerous Debates?

Some predicted that the overall harmful effects of debates such as Bill Nye’s with Ken Ham would outweigh the benefits. What do you think? Hemant Mehta shared a talk Nye gave recently in which he talked about the debate (among other things): IO9 shared a famous example of the danger of engaging a fanatic in debate. The article’s [Read More...]

Whirlwind Creation Museum

A post on the blog Internet Monk recently explored the idea of a different sort of “creation museum,” one that accurately depicts the natural world (unlike the Creation Museum in Kentucky), and takes its inspiration more from the end of Job than the beginning of Genesis. The ending of Job depicts God as pointing to creation, not [Read More...]

Defining Pseudoscholarship

Scholarship involves the building of consensus and the challenging of thereof, and so it is easy to find oneself confused about when a view is merely a minority or even a fringe scholarly viewpoint, and when it has crossed the line into pseudoscholarship. And so I thought this comment by Paul Regnier deserved to be [Read More...]

Do Your Own “Research”

Open Parachute shared these three images, and I thought I’d pass them along, given their relevance to discussions we have here. [Read more...]

Not Qualified to Comment

  The image above came to my attention via the blog God of Evolution. The sign really does help make an important point about scientific matters. If you not only aren't sufficiently informed about biology to know that evolution does not claim that humans descended from babboons or any other species currently in existence, but [Read More...]

Crocoduck Discovered

It turns out that I was wrong and Kirk Cameron was right. Evolution should be able to produce a crocoduck. And it did. Hemant Mehta pointed out on his blog that a paleontologist Paul Sereno described the recently-rediscovered Spinosaurus aegyptiacus as “a chimera — half duck, half crocodile.” See Science magazine for more details. And [Read More...]

Creationism, Mythicism, and University Conspiracies

Creationism says: universities are so much under the grip of atheism that creationism cannot get a fair hearing. Mythicism says: universities are so much under the grip of Christianity that mythicism cannot get a fair hearing. Aren’t these two claims like antimatter? When they collide, don’t they cancel one another out in a spectacular release [Read More...]

Sleight of Hand

The fundamental problem with Ken Ham and his ilk is—and always will be—not science, but biblical hermeneutics. That is, how one understands and interprets the Bible as sacred writ. The sleight of hand trick that the Creationist overlords play on Christian flocks is: if they can convince people to interpret Genesis literally and without critical [Read More...]

Scourge-Making Intelligent Designer

I was struck by these words of Michael J. Behe, quoted in a post by Larry Moran: “Malaria is a horrendous scourge…” Behe also treats malaria as evidence of intelligent design. And at least he is consistent, since in The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism he writes: “Maybe the designer [Read More...]


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