Debate Movie Debate Avoidance

The above YouTube video is for an upcoming Christian movie (HT PZ Myers). It was shared by Answers in Genesis on YouTube, who will not allow ratings or comments. It is a movie about a parent challenging a biology professor to a debate about evolution, which really ought to end badly for the parent if [Read More...]

The Bible vs. Observational Science

A commenter suggested not long after the Ken Ham vs. Bill Nye debate that even Ken Ham’s attempt to retreat into so-called “observational science” does not do him any favors. The Bible’s statements are at odds not merely with reconstructed history of the unfolding of astronomical, geological, and biological processes, but with what we can [Read More...]

Creationism Debate: Ignoring the Ground Rules

Bob Cargill drew attention to this mash-up video, illustrating just how many of the issues raised long before in the Non-Stamp Collector video turned up again in Ken Ham’s part of the recent debate. Some young-earth creationist sites have lists of arguments that their adherents should not use. The problem is that the list of [Read More...]

Did Bill Nye Help Fund the Ark Park?

Time magazine and Newsweek are reporting that the debate with Bill Nye is a key reason why the Answers in Genesis ark park now has enough funding to proceed. While some may shake their heads and think this means the debate was a bad idea, I am not so sure. It is not clear that [Read More...]

Recording Of My Drew Marshall Show Appearance

The recording from the episode of the Drew Marshall show that I was on is now available online on the radio show’s website. You can stream it, or download the mp3. Have a listen and let me know what you think! As a reminder, it was me and Jonathan Ryan (of the blog Geek Goes [Read More...]

Debating the Historicity of Jesus

I was notified about this event coming up in April. Given how the Ham-Nye debate went, maybe this is something to approach with hope rather than excessive concern? It is being organized by the Center for Inquiry in Ottawa. A Facebook page has been created for the event. Did a man named Jesus live in [Read More...]

Happy Darwin Day!

The nit-picker in me wants to point out that people do not evolve, populations do. Evolution occurs over generations, not over silent moments. But having said that, my initial reaction to the cartoon above, shared by P. Z. Myers, was to think “My Sunday school class would totally do that.” Loren Crow wrote on Facebook: [Read More...]

Hector Avalos to Debate a Young-Earth Creationist

If you haven’t had your fill of debates about creationism, Hector Avalos (a scholar of the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament who happens to be an atheist) will be debating someone named Juan Valdez on the topic “Is Genesis 1-3 a scientifically reasonable account of the origin of our world?” The debate will take place on February 16th, [Read More...]

Geek Goes Rogue Pre-Debate Interviews #HamOnNye

From Jonathan Ryan, with whom I was on the radio on Saturday. I will mention it on the blog when I see that the recording is available online.   [Read more...]

22 Creationist Questions Translated

You know those 22 questions that people were photographed holding at the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham? There have already been several different responses (see for instance those by Aubrey Hirsch, Phil Plait, Hemant Mehta, Ethan Siegel), but one that seems worth sharing translates each question into other words. I have included one example [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...]


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