State the negative to find out about the positive – that’s the method behind the Antiview project, run by Australian journalist Max Opray. It’s a fascinating series of interviews with priests, sportspeople, futurists, writers, and more, and I was lucky enough to be asked by Max to be a part of it. He posed some interesting negatively-framed questions… You want to know how I answered them, right?
Here’s a taste:
What don’t you enjoy about science?
Real science, good science, proper science, tends [...]
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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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The Pseudo Scientists – Test of Faith Panel
On the 16th of April, I took part in a panel discussion with two fellow atheists and three Christian scientists on the topic of the compatibility of science and religious belief, entitled “Test of Faith”, as a part of the Reason for Faith Festival in Melbourne. Well, finally, I’ve been able to release the audio of the event as an episode of The Pseudo Scientists podcast. It’s been lightly edited for coherency and microphone levels, [...]
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Intelligent design news, commentary and discussion from the 2nd of December to the 8th of December, 2011.
It’s well and truly holidays now, and after getting all the fiddly, tricky things out of the way first – such as doing a domain transfer and dealing with responses from the Discovery Institute – it’s time to get back into TWiID and see what the online presence of the intelligent design movement has been like over the past seven days.
What are the notable posts about this week? [...]
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This might be as wise as plunging an apple corer into my leg and then pouring molten metal into the wound, but I need some help: I don’t have a clue what the term “accommodationism” means, in the context of atheist/theist debates and the “New Atheist” movement in general. People seem to like throwing the term around, but whenever its meaning is clarified, it never seems to accurately represent the beliefs of the people who are being associated with it (at least in the few cases I’ve seen).
My friend [...]
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The intelligent design (ID) movement has been around for over 20 years, and few (if any) of its stated and implied goals and plans have thus far come to fruition. While contributing factors to this lack of success are certainly the hard work of the scientific community and its friends, as well as the fact that ID has never been adequately formulated as a scientific idea, a significant proportion of the responsibility for the outcome should be laid upon the ID movement itself. It has, in arguably many respects, [...]
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Intelligent design news and discussion for August 10th to August 18th, 2011.
This week, the Discovery Institute did something rather strange. Well, actually, it’s been leading up to it for a while, but it was only in the last week that this trend became completely apparent: Evolution News & Views, its main blog, is now devoting serious amounts of space in its written output to posts on religion and atheism. Often these posts have seemingly little or nothing to do with the stated purpose of the blog, which is to [...]
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Intelligent design news and discussion for July 1st to August 9th, 2011.
Did the ID movement miss me whilst I was gone? Maybe, maybe not. I don’t pretend to believe I’m important enough to be noticed, so I’ll leave that there. But then again, I don’t blog to necessarily be noticed and to directly engage with the ID crowd: I blog in order to disseminate correct information and to share a passion for science and demonstrable truth (as tacky as that phrase is - I apologise).
So, yes, this is a TWiID [...]
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EDIT: It appears the post has been restored on the site. So I guess this means Egnor isn’t ashamed about it at all? Somehow that just makes it worse.
I said I wouldn’t go into the detail of what Michael Egnor writes about over on Egnorance, his new blog, but I couldn’t pass this up.
My feed reader recently saved a post by Egnor entitled “Closing arguments in trial of Florida woman for abortion of post-term fetus”, a satirical piece likening abortion to [...]
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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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