Antievolutionism in the Classroom and around the Blogosphere

My freshman “Faith, Doubt and Reason” class yesterday took an unexpected turn, as a discussion of Paul Tillich’s treatment of symbols in his Dynamics of Faith raised the issue of whether faith is necessary in the natural sciences, which led some students (the vast majority, at least of those who spoke) to express a “lack [Read More...]

God and the Evolution Song vs. Rick Perry

Rick Perry offers unimpressive “answers” to a child’s questions to him about the age of the earth and evolution. I bet that the child could answer them! (HT Jim West) Larry Moran shared his explanation of why evolution is a fact and a theory. Irenicum shared the evolution vs. creationism song: See too Tom Verenna’s [Read More...]

The Miss USA Contestants on Evolution

A colleague of mine in biology shared this video, which brings together all the Miss USA contestants’ answers to the question “Should evolution be taught in schools.” The contestant from my own state of Indiana, Jillian Wunderlich, speaks at the 4:25 mark. Although on the one hand I am dismayed by her lack of knowledge [Read More...]

Why the Scientifically Literate Can Believe Silly Things

Jim Kidder pointed to and quoted from a piece in Discover Magazine by Chris Mooney, and this quote from it is worth circulating widely: If you understand motivated reasoning, then you understand that high levels of knowledge, education, and sophistication are no defense against wrongheaded views like climate change denial and anti-evolutionism.  What I’ll call “sophistication” may [Read More...]

Can An Evangelical Christian Accept Evolution?

The blog Questioning Answers in Genesis posted about the fact that there is a need for presentations of the evidence for evolution which treat those who do not yet accept it with respect, and do not merely present the evidence but also address the objections that circulate among such detractors, patiently explaining why such objections [Read More...]

Intelligent Design Criminology

Since the issue of science and naturalism was brought up in connection with a recent post on intelligent design, I thought I would repost something I wrote a few years ago on the subject: The question to ask proponents of intelligent design is this: At what point the police should stop investigating an unsolved murder [Read More...]

Intelligent Design Can Leave You Scarred For Life

Many of us know that movements like intelligent design, and even more so young-earth creationism, can leave their adherents scarred for life if they eventually discover the extent to which they have been lied to and misled by proponents of these ideologies. But probably no such person will be scarred for life as this one. [Read More...]

No Evidence for a Historical Jesus or Evolution?

I am struck once again by how similar the repeated assertion by Earl Doherty and other mythicists that “there is no evidence for a historical Jesus” resembles the similar-sounding claim of creationists that there is “no evidence for evolution.” The truth clearly is both that there is evidence, and that because we are in both [Read More...]

Creationism and Bad Science Education around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared the excellent cartoon below (Jim Getz also mentions it) as well as information about a secret Intelligent Design conference. P. Z. Myers also has a post at The Panda’s Thumb explaining a recent article in Nature and another on a study that uses young-earth creationism’s own dubious methods to demonstrate evolution. [Read More...]

Transitional Forms as Evidence for Evolution: Tiktaalik and cdesign proponentsists (From The Archives)

I wrote this post back in 2007, after I had  just finished watching the episode of NOVA, “Judgment Day”, about the Dover intelligent design trial. What I liked best about it was the way it highlighted the predictive power of evolutionary theory, something often denied by creationists of various sorts. When we hear about the discovery of a [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

As I try to meet deadlines and get ready for travelling, there may be a lull in new blog posts. There have been lots of posts that I’ve noticed or which I have had drawn to my attention, which I wanted to comment on, but am not finding the time. So I’ll share the links, [Read More...]


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