Intelligent Design is Counter-Evidence to Intelligent Design

This XKCD cartoon is not new, but seeing it again after a commenter shared a link to it, it struck me in a new way. Read the comic, then see my thoughts below it… The Intelligent Design movement, like young-earth creationism, mythicism, moon landing hoaxers, 9/11 conspiracy theorists and so many others, illustrate the way [Read More...]

Why We Still Have To Take Creationism Seriously

Eugenie Scott of the National Center for Science Education gives a talk on why, even though creationism itself is not serious in any sort of scientific or academic sense, nevertheless as a phenomenon it is crucial that we take it seriously. [Read more...]

Science’s Anti-Rock Ogre Bias

This comes from commenter Darren Pardee: BELIEVER: I believe the Earth was created by giant Rock Ogres not too long ago. Since it’s historical science, and not observational, my theory is just as valid as yours. More so, in fact, because I have a Holy Book the Rock Ogres wrote for mankind before leaving the [Read More...]

You Should Definitely Listen to Ken Ham and Philip Johnson – Carefully!

You should never listen to anyone uncritically, without looking into questions such as their relevant expertise and qualifications, their biases and assumptions, and looking to see whether they are treating the subject they are talking about fairly or are engaging in spin in an attempt to dupe you. But you should indeed listen to them. [Read More...]

The Difference Between Creationism and Science is Like the Difference Between Chicken and…

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The Sheer Number of Young-Earth Creationists and Intelligent Design Proponents

It is difficult to work out the precise number of anti-evolutionists there are in the world, but an experiment to illustrate the sheer number of them has been proposed. If you took all the young-earth creationists and proponents of Intelligent Design, and laid them down head to foot along the equator, presumably some of them [Read More...]

Think Outside The Box (The Cutest Response to Creationism Ever!)

From My [confined] Space via PZ Myers [Read more...]

Quote of the Day (Pete Enns)

“Particularly in the age of the Internet, it is not hard at all to find someone with Ph.D. in a relevant field who lends a countervoice to mainstream thinking. This is true in the sciences, in biblical studies, and I’m sure any academic field. There is always someone out there who thinks he or she [Read More...]

Religion, Science, and Deduction

I find it bizarre that critics of evolution who claim that science is simply guessing, and that one cannot draw conclusions about past biological evolution based in present evidences, do not see how this undercuts their own claims every bit as much, if not more so. Religious fundamentalists, of the sort that offer pseudoscientific critiques [Read More...]

Monkeys, Typewriters and Evolution

It is a famous analogy which has been used by both sides in the evolution debate: If you give one or more monkeys typewriters and an infinite amount of time, supposedly they will eventually produce the works of William Shakespeare. The necessary rationale for that is of course infinity: in an infinite amount of time, [Read More...]

Creationists: Postmodernists of Convenience

Although proponents of both young-earth creationism and intelligent design typically show signs of great (and unwarranted) confidence in their viewpoints, when it suits them, some of them will happily say that they are dealing with the same evidence as mainstream science, and it is only their presuppositions (which they assume are correct) and their interpretation [Read More...]