You know, this has been happening for a while, but I just didn’t notice it. It took another post by intelligent design proponent David Klinghoffer for me to make the connections – was I oblivious before because I’m a lowly undergraduate? Hah.
The Discovery Institute has a strange relationship with online criticism. On one hand they hate it, because – naturally – it shows how wrong they are about most things. On the other, they love it, because they can derive thousands and [...]
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If that title doesn’t draw you in, I don’t know what will, honestly. It’s not misleading, either.
The lovely folks over at TBA - Ben Vernel, Tess Armstrong and Andy Balloch – were kind enough to invite me on their excellent podcast to discuss all things science… and quite a few things not-science. I share some amazing science-themed pick-up lines (which I’ve never, ever used, I promise you), Tess asks me about random topics, Ben just sits there being a bit of [...]
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This video has been making the rounds in the skeptical blogosphere, and for good reason: it’s a goodnatured jab at the skeptical community from the inside. Everyone loves making fun of themselves. Well, almost everyone. There’s nothing wrong with analysing your own movement every now and again!
I’m sure we all have our favourite lines, but mine is “We should totally start our own podcast!” Ahh, so true, so true…
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There are so many great webcomics out there that every time I mention another I feel as though I should have already brought your attention to it. Scenes From A Multiverse is no exception. It’s clever, funny, and due to its sci-fi nature, often touches on areas in science and related topics.
Of course, this means that intelligent design was bound to come up sooner or later.
Click on the image to see the full comic!
Hat-tip to my good friend [...]
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What? You haven’t heard of Louis C.K.? Really? Then you’ve been missing out on one of the best stand-up comedians alive today. His bits on the inquisitiveness of young children and why the world is amazing, yet nobody cares were formative in my appreciation of good comedy. He’s a comedy [...]
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Wil Anderson is a well-known Australian comedian, who has hosted such TV programs as The Glass House and The Gruen Transfer (the latter happens to be one of my favourite shows: just imagine a comedian and some sympathetic advertising executives sitting around talking about good, bad and ugly advertising strategies for half an hour – it’s incredible). He’s also an atheist and rather rationally-minded in general, so it was always possible that he was going to develop some bits based around creationism and intelligent design. Thank goodness he eventually did.
The following [...]
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…or not. But wouldn’t that be good? For one thing, it would mean that life-after-death via neurocybernetics is possible, which could only end with either world peace or the fiery destruction of Earth under the reign of ruthless cyborgs. I’m willing to take that risk.
So, I’ve had two weeks of university holidays and I couldn’t find the time to blog. But let’s think for a second: in a purely deterministic universe (or even an indeterministic universe ruled by quantum uncertainty), can I be blamed? Technically no, but socially yes. [...]
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I’ve been… far too busy. I’ve started a volunteer position at lab near my university (more on that later on, I promise), mid-year exams are coming up and I’ve had a lot on my mind – leaving little time for blogging, I’m afraid.
The TWiID that should have been posted a couple of days ago will instead be rolled into next week’s one, which is actually okay, considering the rather limited selection of blog posts on offer from the Discovery Institute lately… I’ve noticed downward trends in [...]
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No This Week in Intelligent Design tonight, sorry. See this is why we can’t have nice things I shouldn’t promise posts at certain times – things always come up and spoil it for everyone.
As another attempt at appeasing you all, I was going to post a great song by Andrew Bird, one of my favourite musicians, entitled “Tables and Chairs” (I thought it was nominally appropriate), but apparently YouTube embedding isn’t working at the moment. So here’s something at least as good.
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Sometimes life gets in the way of blogging, and the past week and a bit has been one of those times. Don’t worry! I’m not going anywhere! I was just inundated with uni work, various miscellaneous socialising and fascinating science – you know how it is.
To make it up to you, here’s one of my favourite webcomics ever, Dinosaur Comics, talking about, well, you’ll understand.
(This Week in Intelligent Design will be out tomorrow! Expect a double-length one to compensate for everything! [...]
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