Judgment Day

This is the PBS NOVA documentary about the Dover trial related to Intelligent Design. HT Jerry Coyne [Read more...]

Young-Earth Creationists Undermine Confidence in the Bible

In a discussion with a young-earth creationist here on this blog recently, it was illustrated once again how those with such a perspective are willing to simply make things up to try to bolster their viewpoint. One example is the evidence for the age of the earth provided by chalk deposits. Chalk is formed through [Read More...]

God Sends Earthquakes

In response to the Oklahoma earthquake (and pastor Paul Begley’s religious interpretation of it) I thought it appropriate to offer an adapted version of an image I’ve shared before: That is of course the impression of God that Pat Robertson and others like him give all the time when they offer similar comments. Rather than [Read More...]

Why is Ken Ham Believed?

That question, “Why is Ken Ham believed?”, is an important, insightful and puzzling one raised by RJS on the blog Jesus Creed. As that post, “Anointed? … Evangelicals and Authority 1,” points out: Ken Ham, with no scientific credentials, no credentials in biblical scholarship, no evidence, and no research program, has become the front person, [Read More...]

Are Science And History That Different When It Comes To Denialism?

Via Phil Plait, a hilarious video from Jon Stewart on how challengers to science do what they do. Since I can’t embed it, here are links to it on Hulu and on the Daily Show web site. Can anyone really say that the real opponents of science that are parodied in the video are fundamentally [Read More...]

Bye Bye, Google Reader Sidebar (Hello Free Bible Versions and The Center for Unintelligent Design)

Google Reader has changed, and since one can no longer share items from Google Reader to a sidebar widget, that feature has been removed from this blog. I’m sorry to see it go. I will continue to share items of interest via Google+, Facebook and Twitter, so please do connect with me in one of [Read More...]

Torchwood: Invisible Eugene, Out of Time, and the Soul of Sci-Fi

The ninth episode of the first season of Torchwood, “Invisible Eugene,” is full of poignant double entendres and symbolism. The title itself reflects the life of an individual who, after failing in a math competition, was abandoned by his father and ignored by most people as he followed a trajectory that involved entering into possession [Read More...]

Can Creationism Be Disproven?

The ideal in science is to come up with testable hypotheses that can be confirmed or proved wrong by evidence, at least in principle. It seems to me that the various forms of pseudoscientific creationisms (young-earth creationism and intelligent design) are inherently unfalsifiable. No evidence is allowed to count against them. If one sees evidence [Read More...]

Prophets of Science Fiction (Exhibit A: Levitation via Quantum Locking)

Like many prophets, science fiction authors have been both spectacularly wrong and spectacularly right at times. SF Signal shared this video trailer for a new series on science fiction authors as prophets of future science which explores those visionaries who got things right (perhaps, like some of ancient Israel’s prophets, because they actually inspired people [Read More...]

Longing for Magic and Miracle (Is Science Fiction Simply Fantasy?)

A question to which I keep returning is whether science fiction is fundamentally different than fantasy. Both have worlds very different than our own, battles between good and evil, monsters, heroes, and usually even energy weapons of some sort. Obviously the difference is that there is at least a pretense of scientific basis in science [Read More...]

Prayers for Parking Spaces and the Problem of Evil

A post at imago*futura got me thinking about just how reprehensible American Christians make God out to be when they attribute their finding of a parking spot to answered prayer (and this post on the topic from about a month ago by Randal Rauser). The belief that God micromanages the universe for the benefit of [Read More...]


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