Theoretical Cosmoses and Historical Jesuses

I almost opted for the alternative plural forms of both words in the title of this post – “Theoretical Cosmoi and Historical Jesi.” Just in case anyone was wondering. But I figured it was better to have the words in the title be recognizable. I am constantly surprised when mythicists regard the number of theories about the [Read More…]

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Observable Evidence of Macro-Evolution Meme

While I was writing my last blog post, Tyler Francke was hard at work making a meme inspired by the same Facebook conversation. And so here it is! Click through to read his further reflections on the topic. [Read more…]

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Observable Proof of Macro-Aging

In a discussion on Facebook, a young-earth creationist demanded “observable proof of macro-evolution.” I realized that the demand is rather akin to someone asking for observable proof of aging. Perhaps one can see “micro-aging” as it occurs in one’s cells. But what proof do you have that the younger person in the photo albums in [Read More…]

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Approaching Failure Scientifically

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The Clergy Climate Letter

Readers of this blog will be familiar with the Clergy Letter Project, which gathered signatures from clergy indicating that they do not oppose the teaching of evolution or find science in conflict with their faith. There is a new letter project along similar lines, developed by Peter Hess for the National Center for Science Education, focused [Read More…]

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No New Information About Young-Earth Creationism and Intelligent Design

Intelligent Design proponents and young-earth creationists tell lies. That isn’t new information. One of the lies they tell is that genetic mutations do not produce new information. This video addresses this lie of theirs. [Read more…]

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Misunderstanding Peer Review

Dudley Chapman has written a really helpful blog post, addressing a popular misunderstanding about peer review – and thus also the way some have misunderstood the significance of retractions and other such things that have been in the news lately. Click through to read it. Of related interest, the New York Times just featured an article [Read More…]

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Recycled Holy Water

My pastor recently mentioned the fact that, because Earth’s water is a closed system, the water we drink is likely to include, sooner or later, water that was part of the wine at the last supper, or in the Jordan river when Jesus was baptized. Pliny the In-Between turned that scientific fact into an image [Read More…]

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Temper Your Criticism With Kindness

The quote is from Sagan’s book The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, and was drawn to my attention in an article from Junior Skeptic magazine shared on the Skeptic website. [Read more…]

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Evolution and the Environment

Josh Rosenau took the Pew data on churches’ acceptance of evolutionary biology and of climate science, and made a chart. The correlation is clear and striking. Jim Kidder also shared it, together with some thoughts of his own. [Read more…]

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Science Saints

A while back, Nerdist shared some stained-glass images of scientists. I think the depiction is worth reflecting on. Are scientists the saints of the modern era? In your opinion, is the contribution of scientists greater than, comparable to, or beneath the contribution of people whose lives were characterized not by discoveries about the natural world, but [Read More…]

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