Emails. I get them, sometimes. They’re mostly corrections (usually minor, thank goodness), links to things I might find interesting and/or undeserved thanks for what I write, but sometimes I get questions or challenges, usually from ID proponents and creationists. Because the emails are relatively infrequent, I’m happy to respond, but I often feel like I could educationally capitalise on the time I spend writing them by posting the original email and my response to the blog
Intelligent design news from the 14th of April to the 20th of April, 2011.
Another week, another lot of ID blog posts to wade through. Not a lot I want to mention in this intro, particularly, except for perhaps this recent post of mine responding to an Uncommon Descent post about ID’s supposed scientific predictions. It was going to be included in this post, but it needed a larger amount of specific attention, given how important the topic is.
Other than that, this week wasn’t particularly noteworthy. Nothing [...]
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Intelligent design news from the 5th of January to the 11th of January, 2011.
Yes, I know, I haven’t posted the 2010 annual review of the intelligent design movement yet. But it’s taking much longer than I fully appreciated – I have to search back through all the Discovery Institute’s blog posts and pick out only the notable ones, then filter them by category and month, then write funny and serious things about them… It’s a nightmare. But I’ll get through it.
Anyway, onto what really matters at the present [...]
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If you’ve been around any of the major intelligent design blogs over the past year, you’ll probably be familiar with BIO-Complexity already. For those unfamiliar, it’s an online, open-access, pro-intelligent design journal that claims to incorporate peer review – an essential part of the modern scientific process – into its operations. However, peer review doesn’t mean much when all your peers are highly sympathetic to your hypotheses and conclusions, and the intelligent design community has always been partial to letting sympathetic scientists endorse [...]
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Intelligent design news from the 31st of June to the 5th of July, 2010.
News from the world of the Discovery Institute was slightly slow this week, so I’m going to take that as a sign that we “Darwinists” were less religious in our thinking, more correct about the science of evolutionary biology, and uncovered fewer ground-shaking pieces of evidence against evolution that we refuse to acknowledge the implications of than the past few weeks. Okay, I can believe that… I suppose.
What really shocked me, beyond the lack of [...]
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19th century biologist Ernst Haeckel’s embryo drawings remain one of evolutionary biology’s most controversial subjects, even more than 130 years after their original publication, least not due to the recent attempts by Discovery Institute fellows Casey Luskin and Jonathan Wells to bring the drawings back into the “discussion” about evolutionary biology and intelligent design. Casey and Jonathan’s obsessions with the drawings have lead them to attack certain biology textbook writers and, by extension, evolutionary biologists, playing up the issue as another supposed act of deception by the “Darwinian establishment”, brainwashing [...]
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Intelligent design news from the 15th of June to the 21st of June, 2010.
Finally, a new This Week in Intelligent Design! As of last Friday, my exams were all finished for this semester, so now it’s officially Party Time. However, my version of Party Time involves more reading of both intelligent design-related blogs and books about evolutionary biology than others’ would, so you’re unlikely to see me passed out in a bar any time soon. Unless of course I saw Stephen C. Meyer in the bar and decided [...]
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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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A new video! Do you understand gene duplication and its role in evolution? If not, watch this video. If so, still watch this video.
This is basically a video version of this post, but a lot more ramble-y. Oh well, that’s what happens when you put me in front of a camera.
(For those without a detailed knowledge of anatomy, the ulnar nerve is the one struck when someone hits their “funny bone”. Ohoho, I’m so hilarious.)
Oh Casey Luskin, what would the Internet do without you? It’s people like you, Denyse O’Leary and Cornelius Hunter that constantly remind the online evolution community how vigilant they need to be – if we don’t get on our game, things like this intriguing post on Evolution News & Views get by unchecked.
In “Jonathan Wells Hits an Evolutionary Nerve”, Casey [...]
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