I thought I had an original idea with my play on the name of Dembski’s blog. As it turns out, there is a blog dedicated to parodying Dembski’s blog called – you guessed it – Uncommon Dissent. It is allegedly maintained by none other than T. H. Huxley, reports of whose death were apparently, like the reports of the imminent demise of evolution, “greatly exaggerated”.There was also a book published in 2004 entitled Uncommon Dissent, with the subtitle Intellectuals who… Read more

Has anyone else noticed how hard it is to get one’s comments to actually appear on Bill Dembski’s blog, Uncommon Descent? I’ve posted lots of times on Richard Dawkins’ site, as have lots of other religious believers (mostly fundamentalists). Sites like that of the Discovery Institute don’t even have forums. One way to interpret this, of course, would be that whereas Dawkins and others like him are confident that intelligent discussion and evaluation of relevant evidence leads to truth, the… Read more

I’m been reading Sean B. Carroll’s book Endless Forms Most Beautiful: The New Science of Evo Devo, which is thoroughly fascinating. One can almost understand the response of proponents of intelligent design to the marvels of the workings of our genes, which mirror the workings of logic circuits. But of course, this is a reaction appropriate to someone who hasn’t read the whole book, and ID proponents are very much in that situation. It was rather ironic that, upon the… Read more

This was my last actual entry on my old blog, and I’ve decided to offer it as the first ‘real’ post on my new blog site as well…I’ve already said plenty, I imagine, on the problem of homogenizing the creation stories in Genesis 1-3. But what about “Pasteurizing” them? Before this is dismissed as nonsense, let me explain. Young-earth creationists regularly refer to Pasteur’s work disproving spontaneous generation, and suggest that Pasteur’s conclusion that “life does not arise from non-life”… Read more

This is my first entry using Blogger rather than Easy Blogs. I will keep my old blog entries archived at the same addresses as previously, with the old front page available at: http://blue.butler.edu/~jfmcgrat/blog/index2.htm Read more

The title of the posting will presumably clue you in to the fact that this is an attempt to create a “sequel” to my blog. I will be interested to see both whether this works and also whether I can somehow save my old blog entries in the process! Read more

As you click on the link you realize the danger to which you have subjected yourself. As the future blog post opens a time portal, you find yourself sucked in, and end up, not in the future, but in the past. It is early in the year 2001, and you will have to wait almost 8 years before your quest for the identity of NT Wrong. You also cannot watch the final seasons of Friends until they come out on… Read more

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