October 9, 2018

Post report on the Tetrapod Zoology Conference and PEP update. Hi. I’m Steve (Owen), the project manager for/of (?) the Phylogeny Explorer (Project) – you know, that big web of string that Aron has created, with little knots in it that all have strange Latin names, that he somehow thinks people might be interested in looking at. Yes, that’s the one! But seriously, lots is happening and it’s going to take some time to update you on everything. First, TetZooCon…. Read more

September 26, 2018

A troll on my videos dropped a few attempted stump questions in the comments, but this is an opportunity to share a summary explanation of a topic that often confuses the laity. 1. Are scientific theories ever proven? Not in the mathematics sense that scientists typically use, but they can be in a colloquial sense, if we use the legal definition of “proof” as an overwhelming preponderance of evidence indicating a particular conclusion beyond reasonable doubt. In this sense, we… Read more

September 16, 2018

On September 11th, 2018, the Texas State Board of Education heard additional testimony following their last hearing in June: which itself was just a continuation of the same discussion from four years ago. My testimony then can be seen here. On each of these occasions, I was there to contest the Board’s continued attempts to rewrite history and integrate church and state by implying that the United States is somehow a Christian country. This time around, I followed a line… Read more

August 10, 2018

A couple months ago, I heard from a church in Arizona that was looking for an “evolutionist” to participate in one of their scheduled events. It wasn’t described as a debate but as an “open discussion” with an “informal format” relating to evolution vs creationism, where me and some Christian apologist would “each share your thoughts and beliefs on the existence of God or not”. That’s what the email said. In that initial invitation, I was asked to compose questions… Read more

July 17, 2018

Seems everything I post about is based on comments or messages in my email. I’m sharing this latest message as a blog post on the expectation that someone who understands physics better than I do will either correct my ignorance of the subject or they’ll correct the sender of this message. Because I don’t know what he’s talking about, and I don’t think he does either. I copied his email below in italics: ________ Everything that humanity had been taught… Read more

July 17, 2018

Yesterday I blogged about the type of criticism I most often read from believers commenting on my videos. I don’t just get complaints of course. There is another type of comment that I’ve often gotten. My new favorite example of that was in my inbox this morning and is copied below. I’m sure you get plenty of letters thanking you for what you do, and I’m sure you get just as many (if not more) letters that are angry with… Read more

July 16, 2018

Every day it seems I hear from some anonymous internet nobody who must never have spoken to an atheist before, because it’s always the same handful of fallacies. Today I got a massive block of text, one giant whole page paragraph of the same old nonsense; too much I think for a typical troll to waste time on. Normally a whole page of text would be dismissed as “tldr”, [too long, didn’t read] but I decided to use this guy… Read more

July 13, 2018

I got an email from a Christian creationist having a crisis in faith, at least with regard to the creationist part of his beliefs. He said he wants to be honest and to have a “rational faith”, though he admits the irony in that phrase. He saw my video series disproving the Biblical flood and said that he “found it compelling, but incredibly jarring and difficult to absorb”. He wants to understand the evidence and be intellectually honest about it…. Read more

June 18, 2018

Once again, my wife and I testified before the Texas State Board of Education in Austin; this time regarding the content of our Social Studies textbooks. To their credit, the board is now considering removing some things that we told them four years ago should not have been included in the first place. They want to promote American exceptionalism, which means they don’t want to teach any of the mistakes our country has made. They don’t want students to know that… Read more

June 9, 2018

Should Texas students be told that Moses and Judeo-Christian Biblical Law influenced the founding of our laws? According to the Texas Freedom Network, the Texas School Board will be hearing testimony on this on Tuesday, June 12th, and some other culture war questions that politicize history such as: Was the Civil War about State’s Rights? Was McCarthyism justified? Is the separation of Church and State a key constitutional principle? As a Thomas B. Fordham Institute recent review of Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills… Read more

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