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...]

To Engage or Not to Engage

I had been meaning to blog for a while about the question of whether it is worthwhile engaging with fringe views, whether those that are just barely represented within the academy, or those beyond its pale. It seems appropriate to return to the topic now, since Richard Carrier has offered two blog posts which react to [Read More...]

Creationist Bingo

Michael Roberts shared the above card for playing “Creationist Bingo.” It seems to have been updated compared to ones that I have seen before. Someone needs to make a full set, with the squares shuffled around, and perhaps some more added/substituted on some of them. And then the next time someone comes here promoting young-earth creationism [Read More...]

Science Denial Mad Libs

Also note how well this works: The scholarly consensus regarding the historical Jesus leaves something to be desired. If Jesus is historical, then why are the details of his life absent from Paul’s letters? Besides, Richard Carrier, Robert Price, and others have challenged the views of scholars like Mark Goodacre and James Dunn, proving that the historicity [Read More...]

Scourge-Making Intelligent Designer

I was struck by these words of Michael J. Behe, quoted in a post by Larry Moran: “Malaria is a horrendous scourge…” Behe also treats malaria as evidence of intelligent design. And at least he is consistent, since in The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism he writes: “Maybe the designer [Read More...]

“Intelligent Design Research” Means Listening to Elton John

Jerry Coyne has shared a close look at the details of a Discovery Institute promotional video. They have made backgrounds that are supposed to look scientific. But if you take a screenshot and look at the details, you find things like whiteboards filled with nonsense – and the words “Rocket Man.” What else do you [Read More...]

Unreasonable Demand of Antievolutionists

The above image comes from, which has a whole page dedicated to intermediate fossils and the evidence they provide for biological evolution. [Read more...]

Icon of ID

Via Pharyngula   [Read more...]

Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

The quote is from the conclusion of a recent post on John Pieret’s blog, “Thoughts in a Haystack”: Now, it is true that, within the scientific community, there are more atheists and fewer “traditional” believers than in the population at large. But whose fault is that when the “traditional” believers drill into their children’s heads [Read More...]

It’s Wisdom

The quote from Rachel Held Evans (“It’s not capitulating to culture to change your mind based on new information. It’s wisdom.”) was a Facebook status update. The background image comes from the Archaeology News Network. It seemed to me an appropriate image to go with the quote – people unearthing new data. Of related interest, [Read More...]

Ancient Cosmologies and Modern Cosmologists

A talk offering visualizations of ancient cosmologies came to my attention. I will embed the first part below, but click through to see the rest, including the slides posted separately. IO9 (among others) raised the question once again of how some top-notch physicists – and a starship captain! – came to be involved in a [Read More...]