When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground.
~ Cersei Lannister, HBO’s “Game of Thrones”
Bit of a dramatic quote, isn’t it? But for some reason it entered my mind when I read what David Klinghoffer wrote about me and my views on the dismissive rhetoric of the scientific community towards the intelligent design movement (which I maintain is understandable, given the history of ID and creationism), in [...]
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2010 has come and gone: the year of the iPad, the year of the drama surrounding Wikileaks, the year I first gained university access to scientific papers… But what happened in the intelligent design movement during that fateful year? Did anything important happen to the Discovery Institute, the infamous Seattle-based ID think tank?
I’ll be going back through the Internet archives to find out what 2010 held for the ID movement, what “research” was published, what books were released, what lawsuits exploded, among other things. I wrote [...]
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Today’s science link is the YouTube channel of QualiaSoup.
Science and critical thinking communication can be tough through the medium of text. Sure, you can have a few pictures in there now and again, but the majority of the information must be absorbed through people sitting there and actively reading what has been written. While that’s legitimate and all well and good, it’s obvious that most people would prefer to watch a visually-stimulating and entertaining video than read text, no matter how well written it is.
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Intelligent design news from the 29th of December, 2010 to the 4th of January, 2011.
It’s 2011! Welcome to a brand new year of intelligent design. In the next few days (hopefully) I’ll be putting out my annual review of the intelligent design community, focusing on the Discovery Institute, for 2010. As you might know, I did a similar thing for 2009, but this time I’ll be splitting the review into sections based not on months, but on activities (research, arguments etc.).
But enough about what I’m about [...]
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Intelligent design news from the 15th of December to the 21st of December, 2010.
It’s the 5th anniversary of the Kitzmiller vs. Dover decision this week, a seminal court case that provided legal precedent to rule the teaching of intelligent design unconstitutional in the United States. The York Dispatch has written a retrospective piece, including interviews with some of the key voices in the trial – I recommend you check it out.
But what about the ID proponents? Surely they’re feeling bitter, reminiscing over their defeat [...]
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This is a special edition of This Week in Intelligent Design, for the month of November 2010.
It’s been a while! November was a busy time, with exam preparation and the exams themselves from the start to the middle, and TAM Australia at the end. I’m finally free from such frivolity and back into what is really important: finding out what those pesky intelligent design proponents have been up to.
The format of this post will be a little different from the usual – instead of commenting [...]
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Intelligent design news from the 29th of September to the 5th of October, 2010.
Another week, another round of blog posts by intelligent design proponents. Much like last week, it’s more of the same – in fact, the ID movement revolves around a series of patterns that someone can easily identify if they have spent time sussing them out. One common pattern starts off with the “Scientific Study X supports ID because it goes against a tenant of ‘Darwinism’ that we have arbitrary defined as necessary for its continuation as [...]
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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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As every teacher and parent knows, children and young people will one day take over the world, including the scientific community. Get people while they’re young and ideologically-malleable and they’ll carry assumptions and falsehoods to the grave.
It’s this idea of reaching out to the younger generation that no doubt initiated the Discovery Institute’s 2010 Summer Seminars program – eight days of pure intelligent design-related content from some of the “leading lights [of] the intelligent design community” between the 9th and 17th of July, 2010. Aww yeah, [...]
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