The Mousetrap Argument and Intelligent Design

The “mousetrap argument” is popular among proponents of Intelligent Design. A mousetrap is supposedly irreducibly complex and thus evidence of direct design by a cosmic Designer. But what we find in real-life organisms is evidence of evolutionary kluges, solutions cobbled together from whatever was already there to work with. The image made me smile as [Read More...]

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The U.S. Constitution’s Intelligent Design (Lecture by Judge John E. Jones)

Judge John E. Jones, who presided over the Dover Intelligent Design trial, gives a lecture with the title “The U.S. Constitution’s Intelligent Design.” Shared by Bruce Prescott. It is more focused on the nature of the United States judicial system and Constitution, and notions such as “activist judges,” than specifically on ID, although the latter is [Read More...]

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Just a Theory

One more meme image that came to my attention on the theme of creationism: To be fair, in popular usage, the word “theory” does indeed get used regularly for a hunch or worse – after all, we talk of “conspiracy theories.” So perhaps we should spend less time blaming people who have little science education [Read More...]

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Why Some Students Prefer Creationism

The classes depicted below are shorter and simpler than ones that involve actual scientific information and research. No wonder some students would prefer them… For those actually interested in legitimate science, National Academies Press has a book available that you can download for free: Science, Evolution, and Creationism. The latest issue of Evolution: Education and Outreach [Read More...]

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Creationists and Nobel Prizes

I came across this image on Facebook and realized that it manages to sum up a crucial point in few words: When someone offers evidence and does research that radically changes our understanding of the world, or decisively disproves something that was previously accepted, they make news headlines and win science prizes. The next time [Read More...]

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From the Dust

I had the movie From the Dust drawn to my attention yesterday. It focuses on the creation-evolution controversy, but with attention primarily focused on how the various viewpoints of our time are reading and interpreting the Bible. The web site for the movie has some bonus clips, including this one with several New Testament scholars talking [Read More...]

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Prometheus

At long last I got around to watching the movie Prometheus – aka Intelligent Design: The Motion Picture. It is a great film for those interested in the intersection of religion and science fiction. And I am therefore delighted to learn that there are plans for a sequel, Prometheus begins with the discovery on the [Read More...]

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Young-Earth Creationists Don’t Believe That Creation Was Finished in Six Days

I have been having an interesting conversation on Facebook with someone who describes himself as a young-earth creationist. I was surprised when this individual said that it is a problem for Christians who accept evolution that God is said thereby to have made diseases and other things which Christ fought against. It seems to me [Read More...]

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Differentiating Between Debate and Denial

IO9 (in an article entitled “How to distinguish crap denialism from legitimate scientific debate”) linked to an article on the NIH website by Wendee Holtcamp, with the title “Flavors of Uncertainty: The Difference between Denial and Debate.” Both focus on the challenge the media and the general public faces in our day and age, when (to quote [Read More...]

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Competing Denialisms

Steve Douglas drew my attention to the above comic from SMBC. As someone who deals both with denialists who attack mainstream science, and denialists who attack mainstream history, I don’t know that I think one is worse than the other. And since both evolutionary biology and ancient history deal largely with theories that make sense [Read More...]

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Teach the Controversy about Another Major Scientific Theory

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