Why the Scientifically Literate Can Believe Silly Things

Jim Kidder pointed to and quoted from a piece in Discover Magazine by Chris Mooney, and this quote from it is worth circulating widely: If you understand motivated reasoning, then you understand that high levels of knowledge, education, and sophistication are no defense against wrongheaded views like climate change denial and anti-evolutionism.  What I’ll call “sophistication” may [Read More...]

Can An Evangelical Christian Accept Evolution?

The blog Questioning Answers in Genesis posted about the fact that there is a need for presentations of the evidence for evolution which treat those who do not yet accept it with respect, and do not merely present the evidence but also address the objections that circulate among such detractors, patiently explaining why such objections [Read More...]

Intelligent Design Criminology

Since the issue of science and naturalism was brought up in connection with a recent post on intelligent design, I thought I would repost something I wrote a few years ago on the subject: The question to ask proponents of intelligent design is this: At what point the police should stop investigating an unsolved murder [Read More...]

Intelligent Design Can Leave You Scarred For Life

Many of us know that movements like intelligent design, and even more so young-earth creationism, can leave their adherents scarred for life if they eventually discover the extent to which they have been lied to and misled by proponents of these ideologies. But probably no such person will be scarred for life as this one. [Read More...]

No Evidence for a Historical Jesus or Evolution?

I am struck once again by how similar the repeated assertion by Earl Doherty and other mythicists that “there is no evidence for a historical Jesus” resembles the similar-sounding claim of creationists that there is “no evidence for evolution.” The truth clearly is both that there is evidence, and that because we are in both [Read More...]

All Major Systems of Thought Assessed in One Cartoon

From Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal (via) [Read more...]

Around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared this image indicating the status of the United States as a statistical outlier in at least one important respect (originally from Calamities of Nature): Alison Campbell tries to clear up the ongoing confusion about fact and theory. John Shuck shared some challenging thoughts inspired by Don Cupitt on solar living (and [Read More...]

Creationism and Bad Science Education around the Blogosphere

P. Z. Myers shared the excellent cartoon below (Jim Getz also mentions it) as well as information about a secret Intelligent Design conference. P. Z. Myers also has a post at The Panda’s Thumb explaining a recent article in Nature and another on a study that uses young-earth creationism’s own dubious methods to demonstrate evolution. [Read More...]

Transitional Forms as Evidence for Evolution: Tiktaalik and cdesign proponentsists (From The Archives)

I wrote this post back in 2007, after I had  just finished watching the episode of NOVA, “Judgment Day”, about the Dover intelligent design trial. What I liked best about it was the way it highlighted the predictive power of evolutionary theory, something often denied by creationists of various sorts. When we hear about the discovery of a [Read More...]

Congratulations to Joel Watts!

One reliable sign that a blogger is taking a stand for truth and open to following the evidence where it leads is when a negative post about them appears at Answers in Genesis. Joel Watts has now had this honor. Keep up the good work! Joel and Rod already have responses and comments posted. I [Read More...]

Around the Blogosphere

As I try to meet deadlines and get ready for travelling, there may be a lull in new blog posts. There have been lots of posts that I’ve noticed or which I have had drawn to my attention, which I wanted to comment on, but am not finding the time. So I’ll share the links, [Read More...]


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