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...]

A Literalist Account of Noah Preparing for the Journey on the Ark

Via Bob Cargill and Scott Bailey. I agree with Bob that trying to think through and fill in the details of the story in this literalist manner is probably the best and most convincing argument for not taking the story as literally, factually true. [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...]

The Defeat of Flood Geology by Flood Geology

The article “The Defeat of Flood Geology by Flood Geology” by Phil Senter is the centerpiece of the latest issue of Reports of the National Center for Science Education, available online. [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...]

Evolutionary Videos around the Blogosphere

First, one Barton shared a video of another Barton saying something utterly ridiculous: Arni Zachariassen shares a link to a video of Michael Nowak speaking about evolution and Christianity. And Mason shares how his view on evolution has changed over a decade. [Read more...]


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