To Engage or Not to Engage

I had been meaning to blog for a while about the question of whether it is worthwhile engaging with fringe views, whether those that are just barely represented within the academy, or those beyond its pale. It seems appropriate to return to the topic now, since Richard Carrier has offered two blog posts which react to [Read More...]

Do You Know How To Hovind?

Everyone knows that you can Google. Did you know that you can also Hovind? Notorious charlatan and tax evader Kent Hovind is fairly well known. But his son Eric has followed in his father’s footsteps (with respect to his anti-science stance, not with respect to tax evasion), and has created as search engine that allows [Read More...]

At Least Be Humble

I have a high degree of tolerance for people who promote pseudoscience and pseudoscholarship. I’ve been there and done that myself. One of the reasons I keep blogging is to engage with those sorts of claims. But if you are going to insist that the world’s scientists or historians or any other experts are all wrong, and [Read More...]

Did Noah Get Tax Incentives?

This meme image from God of Evolution made me laugh. It is really funny, if you think about it. Ham is claiming to be able to replicate the ark which he believes was a real thing. He also apparently cannot afford to do it without an injection of cash from multiple sources as well as [Read More...]

Young-Earth Creationism and Unicorns

“Creationism is lousy theology that leaves its proponents looking ridiculous in ways that more intellectually flexible believers are spared. But it’s lousy theology masquerading as actual science — something it’s even worse at than theology. When science asks a question, it seeks the answer — wherever that journey leads, whatever that answer is. When Creationism [Read More...]

Ark Park Financial Troubles: Proof Young-Earth Creationism is Neither Scientific nor Christian

It is like a one-two knockout punch. On the one hand, the fact that Answers in Genesis is going to court to try to uphold its illegal and deceptive tax breaks shows a blatant disregard for what Paul writes about engaging in lawsuits in 1 Corinthians (as well as more general concerns like honesty). On the [Read More...]

Importing Modern-Day Science Into Ancient Texts

I shared a long quote from Mike Beidler a while back, and a discussion occurred about how important his point was, but also how wordy, and thus not meme-friendly. Mike kindly boiled his point down to the above Most Interesting Man in the World meme, and I think it does the job very nicely. Compare [Read More...]

I Just Know

“I just know” replaces systematic reviews at top of evidence pyramid The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) announced today that “I just know” will replace systematic reviews as the top level of evidence available in medical research. For years scientists and doctors have dismissed anecdotes from the likes of anti-vaxxers and pseudoscience pushers, [Read More...]


I shared a link on Facebook to Hemant Mehta’s blog post, which points out the irony of Ken Ham running an advertisement on a billboard in Times Square complaining that religious freedom is allegedly under attack. Steve Caruso responded by adapting Ham’s billboard to feature another supposedly unsinkable ship, and I’ve shared it above.   [Read more...]

Creationist Bingo

Michael Roberts shared the above card for playing “Creationist Bingo.” It seems to have been updated compared to ones that I have seen before. Someone needs to make a full set, with the squares shuffled around, and perhaps some more added/substituted on some of them. And then the next time someone comes here promoting young-earth creationism [Read More...]

Mythicism as Pseudoscholarship on Wikipedia

David Fitzgerald posted this on Facebook: If a “war is brewing,” are you involved in Wikipedia enough, or invested enough in the subject, to get involved? It was interesting to see the comments on Fitzgerald’s post. Some mythicists suggested that Richard Carrier having a peer-reviewed book published somehow proves that mythicism does not deserve this label. [Read More...]