Heartless Evolution

Marc Cortez shared the above image. I think it actually helps get at a serious point. The role of death in the process is the thing that bothers some people about evolution. And yet, as the person who wrote in their own answer realized, death is not a problem unique to one viewpoint or even [Read More...]

Believing in Evolution

The very terminology of “believing” in evolution is controversial. Two contrasting views on the subject popped up on blogs I read yesterday. Paul Braterman emphasizes the problems with using such language. Here is a sample from his post: Evolution, whether we mean changes in the genetic make-up of populations over time, or the common descent [Read More...]

I Have This Book

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Evolution of Humans from Non-Humans

“There is literally more fossil evidence that humans evolved from non-humans than there is fossil evidence that Tyrannosaurus rex is a thing.” Quote from the post “Evolution 101: The Missing Link FAQ” on IO9. There are plenty of sites online where you can learn more about the relevant evidence.   [Read more...]

Anti-Evolutionism: Now With Ultra-Fast Evolution

The Natural Historian blog recently focused on one of the more bizarre aspects of Ken Ham's variety of young-earth creationism: it says evolution as mainstream biology understands it is wrong and impossible, and yet claims that evolution worked much faster than mainstream biology posits, in order to get from the small number of “kinds” in [Read More...]

Intelligent Designer/Underachiever

From People in White Coats via NCSE Just a reminder that tomorrow is Evolution Sunday, an occasion set aside to try to bring serious discussion of evolution, and science more generally, into churches. I always try to do something in my Sunday school class at least this time every year. Why not talk about the [Read More...]

Today on the Drew Marshall Show

Today at 2pm Eastern time I will be a guest on the Canadian radio program, the Drew Marshall Show. Please do tune in to listen, whether on the radio if you are in Canada, or online. The topic will be the recent debate between Ken Ham and Bill Nye.  Joel Baden has a great piece [Read More...]

Ken Ham’s Dog Slide

Oops. This is the disadvantage for charlatans in the technological era. Someone can stop the video and zoom in, and track down the source of the image you used. And in this case, Ken Ham’s slide about dogs evolving after coming off the ark actually shows dogs diverging from 400,000 years ago. [Read more...]

More Reflections After #HamOnNye

There has been more discussion of the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham since I posted my round-up earlier today. And so here is more! Christian pastor Glenn Packiam compares Genesis to other ancient creation accounts. Biologos presents how pre-modern interpreters understood Genesis. The Lead explores what Bill Nye got wrong. Benjamin Corey discusses [Read More...]

What Would Change Your Mind? Exact Quotes from #HamOnNye

I shared an image yesterday that I made, based on the answers Ken Ham and Bill Nye gave to a question about what it would take to change their minds. The image above includes the precise transcripts of their answers, highlighting the beginnings and endings which make the contrast especially clear.   [Read more...]

#HamOnNye Post-Debate Round-Up

Lots of bloggers and news outlets are reflecting on the debate last night, which most agree that Bill Nye won. Below is a collection of what I have come across. But first, here is the debate for those who missed it and want to watch it online: Josh Rosenau of the NCSE reflected in detail [Read More...]


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