The Internet isn’t a very structured place. Sure, there are central nodes of activity, such as Twitter, Facebook and popular blogging networks, but you don’t have to run your content by any formal body or group in order to place it up on a personal website. There are many reasons why this is a good thing – it encourages creativity and freedom of expression, for example – and nobody who values such a “free marketplace of ideas”, as the Internet has been called, would want to change it.
But this [...]
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Reasonable Doubts, as I’ve said before, is one of my favourite podcasts on religion and atheism. Their most recent episode is a recording of a debate between their own Jeremy Beahen and Cliffe Knechtle, a Christian pastor, on the topic: “Is Christianity Rational?” It was a rather structured debate and one of the things I loved about it was its civility – Jeremy in particular didn’t raise his voice, didn’t get flustered or angry in his responses, even when stating that his opponent didn’t [...]
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I thought you might be all interested in this fascinating debate between Kenneth Miller (whose book “Only A Theory” I’m currently reading – it’s great, you should definitely buy it) and Robert Pennock, two vocal critics of intelligent design, and William Dembski and Michael Behe, two of the most prominent intelligent design proponents from the Discovery Institute. The debate was held in 2002 at the American Museum of Natural History, and was moderated by Eugenie Scott from the NCSE.
It’s funny how the pro-ID arguments haven’t really changed [...]
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Do I spot a Darwin picture? Yes, I do, because…
…it’s that time of year again – the 12th of February – the birthday of Charles Darwin, the co-discoverer of evolution by natural selection and all-round nice guy naturalist. If Darwin were still alive today, he’d be turning 201 and celebrating the 151st anniversary of the publication of his famous book, On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection.
To find out more about Darwin Day, you can go to its official website – [...]
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Back in May, a blogger named Dan (or facilis on this site) posted a response to one of my rare articles on religion and atheism on his blog, Dante’s Inferno. I, of course, being the argumentative person that I am, had to respond.
Dan, after much thinking/real life work, presumably, has returned fire, addressing all of my main points in some description. What else can I do besides respond again?
For those who didn’t read the first post, this is a debate about five arguments a [...]
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I love debates and arguing. Not sure why, perhaps it’s just the cynical skeptic in me who wants to lash out at things I don’t agree with and pull them down a peg or two. And by “lash out”, I mean in an intellectual way… Oh, why do I even need to qualify that? The violent atheist stereotype should be long dissolved by now, the operative word there being “should”, of course. Pity it’s not.
This post is kind of about that. Well, not really, it’s more about sharing ideas [...]
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I’ve been having a few conversations/debates with a friendly person on Twitter by the name of Adam4004, who happens to be, of course, a Young Earth Creationist. Let me just tell you now, debating on Twitter is tricky: a maximum of 140 characters per message puts vast restrictions on what you can say at any one time.
Anyhow, a certain topic came up in a loose discussion involving both me and Adam4004, as well as two other Twitter users, askegg (from the website Godless [...]
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Marcus responded to my previous post! Since I asked some questions of him in it, I really shouldn’t be surprised. But, anyway, here’s his response… to my response… to his response: Take Red Pill, Naon Tiotami, Not Blue Pill.
And, of course, here’s my response… to his current response.
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I’m really excited, because a creationist actually wrote a blog post about me. Okay, to be fair, I did comment on one of his posts, sent to me by Dave the Happy Singer, but that’s not really the point. The point is, he responded to what I said with a blog post!
The post in question is about Tiktaalik, a transitional fossil between fish and amphibians discovered in 2004 on an island in northern Canada, and its status as such a fossil. The creationist blogger in [...]
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