Auckland University of Technology PhD candidate Paul McBride has admirably published a 6-part review of the Discovery Institute’s latest self-published book, Science and Human Origins, which I previously drew your attention to for – yes – trying to argue that the human race could have originated from a literal Adam and Eve. It’s well worth reading in its entirety, but for those without the time or the patience for bad science, the bottom line is:
I have been left wondering why the Discovery Institute, or intelligent design advocates in general, or [...]
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It’s not like it needed any extra confirmation, really, but further evidence that the Seattle-based intelligent design think-tank that is the Discovery Institute is actually a stealth traditional creationist organisation is about to be dropped in August, in the form of a new book. “Science and Human Origins” by Discovery Institute regulars Ann Gauger, Douglas Axe and Casey Luskin (and from Discovery Institute Press), according to the book description on Amazon, is set to “…challenge the claim that undirected natural selection is capable of building [...]
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Wow. Zack Kopplin is my hero: he is a high school student (!) rallying the troops to help repeal the Louisiana Science Education Act, which was passed in 2008. The act allows for creationist or anti-evolution teachers to bring “supplementary materials” into class that could undermine the proper teaching of evolutionary biology, effectively allowing creationism to enter the classrooms of Louisiana.
Zack and his cause recently received coverage from Michael Zimmerman at the Huffington Post:
Zack doesn’t consider himself to be brave. Rather he [...]
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The title of this post may be controversial, but I assure that I haven’t lost my mind… just yet. What I want to address is a point that needs to be addressed if the scientific community, especially the part of the community that communicates science to the public, is to counter the rhetoric that spews from the mouths and fingers of the intelligent design (ID) proponents at the Discovery Institute.
That point is the issue of whether or not intelligent design is creationism – if it is, decrying the movement [...]
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YouTube regularly churns out some excellent videos that communicate science or principles about critical thinking in a beautiful way, and I’m always on the lookout for them, as I know that they can do wonders in getting the general population interested in topics that the skeptical community holds dear.
One such video is “65 Million Years With A Creationist”, by philhellenes. Oh wow, it’s quite special.
Tell your friends, especially PZ Myers. Are you listening, PZ? You should link to this video.
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I recently mentioned Dr. Granville Sewell, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas, El Paso, in relation to a new book of his, filled with essays about intelligent design and evolution, that was recently published by the Discovery Institute. Sewell is an intelligent design proponent/advocate, and due to his status as a professor at a legitimate university, he gets put up on a pedestal by pro-ID organisations (such as the Discovery Institute) as one of the supposedly “many” scientists who reject evolutionary theory in favour of intelligent [...]
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Is it Carnival of the Godless time again? Why yes, it is! And over at Right To Think, no less! Head on over there and check it out.
A favourite post of mine from this edition was from Bay of Fundie, analysing a talk given by young-earth creationist Marcus Ross at the Darwin Was Wrong conference put on by Logos Research Associates. Good stuff. Good, crazy stuff.
And what do you know? The next edition of the Carnival of the Godless will be hosted right here [...]
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NonStampCollector, a prolific YouTube atheist who creates hilarious videos using Microsoft Paint to illustrate atheism, evolution and all that oppose them, has been busy on a new video. And that video is, well, amazing.
Ever argued with a creationist face-to-face? For those who haven’t, here’s a faithful replication of how 99% of those arguments go down.
I’m still laughing…
The Discovery Institute. Never before has an organisation inspired so much backlash from the online biological community. In some respects, I believe they should win an award for this, for diverting countless hours of attention that science students, PhD candidates, post-graduate researchers and professors could have used to further advance the scientific community’s (and the public’s) knowledge of the theory of evolution.
I’m certain they’d accept the award with open arms – Stephen C. Meyer grinning as he lifts the [...]
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The chance to have email debates with creationists is one of the reasons I write this blog – I’m a debate junkie, actually. Nothing’s better than sinking your teeth into a few new arguments that you’ve never heard of, or at least taking the time to explain the problems with some of the classics, hence I jumped at the chance to debate Micah. He first contacted me asking if I wanted to have a discussion with him about evolutionary theory and creationism. How could I refuse?
The following is the [...]
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