Mysteries Do Not Invalidate Knowledge

A key point I emphasize in my classes is that, just because a range of views about a topic may be held by experts, that does not mean that all views are compatible with the evidence. Nor is it the case that, just because we are uncertain about the answers to some questions, everything is uncertain. [Read More...]

The Sinister Tentacles of Young-Earth Creationism

This cartoon from Answers in Genesis, shared on Facebook by Ken Ham and drawn to my attention by a friend, gets things precisely backwards in an important sense.   While it is true that what one thinks and considers outside of church will impact what happens inside it, that is neither surprising nor to be [Read More...]

George Lucas on Intelligent Design

  Through the poster above, which was shared on Facebook, I had my attention drawn to some comments George Lucas made about Intelligent Design, evolution, God, and the Bible. Click through to read the interview in which he made the comments, if you are interested. He is obviously neither a scientist nor a theologian, but [Read More...]

Now, There Is This Competing Theory…

It should of course be captioned, “If math was taught like some people want science to be taught, but thankfully in most cases it isn’t…” [Read more...]

Grumpy Cat on Theories

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This is Not a Textbook

Does anyone know what “textbook” this is a photograph of? After I asked that question, a commenter quickly informed me that it is from Behold Your God: Magnifying His Majesty by Frank Hamrick and Jeff Hedgepeth. Take a look: The image has been making the rounds, appearing on BoingBoing and IO9 among other places. Let’s work [Read More...]

Evolution Doesn’t Make the Problem of Evil Worse

I continue to encounter – and to find incredibly puzzling – the claim that depicting God creating through evolution portrays God less favorably than depicting God creating directly and instantaneously. Here is why: In either view of creation, the world includes suffering, starvation, carnivores eating other animals, parasites devouring hosts alive, illnesses of a variety [Read More...]

Fringe: Humans, Animals, and Anomalies

Yesterday’s episode of Fringe, “Anomaly XB-6783746,” had a less explicitly theological focus than the one before it. But it raised crucial questions of another sort: what makes a human being, what does it mean to be an animal, and what does evolution have to do with it – whether evolution that occurs naturally, or resulting [Read More...]

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...]

Truth in Education

Indiana State Senator Dennis Kruse is the man behind several past attempts to pass creationist legislation in Indiana. Having been unsuccessful, he is trying something else, which ironically highlights the challenges for science educators. He says of his newly proposed “Truth in Education” legislation, “If you’re teaching something, then a student could question that and say, [Read More...]

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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