Fair Enough – Bill Nye’s Defence

I read Bill Nye’s defence of why he chose to engage in a debate with Ken Ham. While I think the biggest risk was that a Bill Nye defeat would somehow restart the old “Creationist Wars”, his arguments put him squarely in the victory camp.

But his defence also makes sense, even though Ken Ham may have profited monetarily, Bill Nye probably sowed the seeds of sufficient doubt to encourage children and indeed parents to start questioning the applied theology of creationism. [Read more…]

If Only Ken Ham Made These Arguments! – A Rebuttal

This one’s also from the Christian Post and was part of a request by a creationist who took umbrage to my posts on evolution. Upon insisting that these 5 Christian Arguments are solid, and that had Ken Ham pulled these out, Bill Nye would have crumbled.

I was intruiged, because I came up with a similar argument. With regards to the anti-vaccine “debate”, I found that asking anti-vax about the basics of how the human immune system functioned would often cause them to stop talking altogether as there is no real response to it that supports an anti-vax standpoint.

So it is with interest we delve into this creationist equivalent of the ultimate weapon. [Read more…]

Creationism and Surveying the Evidence

There is a reason why creationists wish to debate and not do research. For starters? There is nothing to research. Biblical research with regards to creationism boils down to “It was magic all along”. There is no divine finger print that can be detected, merely evidence that can be misunderstood.

It is why creationists are claiming the recent discovery of the gravity waves that could be the “echo” of the Big Bang is a victory for creationists. Why? Because they called shotgun on it. There is no actual reason, just tortured Bible verse. It is the attribution of great knowledge to the past and denigration of progress. It is a laughable concept, the Bronze age Jews knew about gravity waves but not iron.

But that’s how they work. The reason they want to do debates is because it lets them display their wares. Now most of them were quiet for a few years thanks to the efforts of people like Christopher Hitchens and Dawkins and because they were not good at debates. While science made colossal strides and progress, creationists trotted out crocoducks and ideal bananas and failed to realise that there was a ball of fire in our sky. [Read more…]

Jewish Chronicle – I do not think we should teach creationism in schools

This one’s by Abraham Hilsenrath on the Jewish Chronicle.

It is rather puzzling to hear non-Christian and Islamic creationists, we often forget that Jews share the same creation mythos and while they may pay lip service to the story they don’t “actively” believe in it.

But there are conservative Jews who do if we think about it. The difference is that Jews don’t try and foist creationism on schools as much as Islam and Christianity do. [Read more…]

Rejection of Some Creationism Still Doesn’t Make Your View Right

It’s getting closer to the Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham debate and creationists are girding their loins for what they think is yet another assault on religion/attempt to do science. But there is a schism between the Intelligent Designers and the Young Earthers with what’s right and what’s wrong.

Which is like arguing over which is more real, the tooth fairy or the cyclops. This one’s from Stephen Altrogge whose gripe with Ken Ham is just amusing. [Read more…]

Do I get a special Atheist Prize for being Quote Mined by Ken Ham?

Well do I? I mean isn’t that the gold standard of having made it as a “professional atheist”? Is that not what separates rank amateur from Richard Dawkins? When Ken Ham badly quotes you?

And not just that! He’s also drumming up support using me to get his supporters into the pews.

But Ken is being naughty. No, not Naughty with a capital N which in his case would involve golden calves and realising that his book can be taken allegorical and that the world is older than 6000 years old. No Ken’s standard of Biblical adherence is so great that he seeks to personally ensure the sin of Adam and Eve is not repeated. [Read more…]

Ken Ham takes on atheists, progressive Christians and Bill Nye

Ham’s debating Bill Nye.

We all know this, we all got the news. Ham vs. Nye, Dr. Dino’s successor as “Creationist Of the Day” vs. The Science Guy. My take on it? Bill’s not going to achieve anything.

Science does not progress by debate, Either Bill Nye has to be packing some serious debate firepower or Ham’s going to apply the Gish Gallop and there is literally no defence since it’s effectively vomitting fallacious information in such a volume that it’s impossible to refute. [Read more…]

The Banana Man Cometh

[important]This marks my “first” post back to the blog after a week off to heal my hand. I would have posted something yesterday but the blog decided to crash and “eat” my entire post. And I really cannot be asked reading through Bill O’Reilley’s war on Christmas rant about Atheists Pinheads again. You cannot make me.[/important]

It is shocking to a Brit who’s country carries Darwin on the currency to hear the “rise of Creationism” in the USA.

When I was younger, I participated in the great creationist battles of the Internet. Back when a lot of the creationists genuinely figured that their research matched science.

But the legacy of those still remains. Many creationists “won their fights”. Hovind was one of them, with his mocking of science and utilisation of the common fallacies that people have with regards to evolution, Hovind managed to enthral millions with his bumbling biblical maceration of what evolution is.

But the poster child for all this was Ray Comfort. Him and Kirk Cameron’s unwittingly homo-erotic banana argument became the butt of nearly every joke. Far more than that stupid crocoduck that Hovind kept flogging.

And that argument rides again. [Read more…]

Creationist Medicine – A Review of a Creationist Medical Paper

Just because you have a degree in a science doesn’t mean what you do is scientific.

I have long pointed out that there exist “Doctors” such as Mayer Eisenstein and Suzanne Humpheries who despite being arguably well educated and probably better trained than myself, do not hold themselves with the scientific rigour associated with medicine and instead profit from their quackery.

Elizabeth Mitchell is Tommy Mitchell’s wife and is indeed a doctor. A doctor who practiced for 15 years before qutting her job to home school her kids. In fact Dr. Mitchell has not practiced medicine since 1995. Meaning she has NOT been practicing medicine since qualifying for her medical degree for a longer period of time than she has been practicing medicine.

This means that she is not up to date on modern medical theory and achievements in her field. And AIG’s website claims she has covered topics ranging from Egyptian History (Damn! I only learned Sumerian in my Anatomy class!) to embryonic development and childbirth. And er… Unicorns (non-existent) to Aliens (They may exist but we got no proof that they buzz the earth for laughs).

Dr. Mitchell is best known for authoring AiG’s weekly web feature “News to Note” since April 2011. The wife of popular AiG speaker Dr. Tommy Mitchell, “Elizabeth operates under the conviction that accurate history never violates biblical history, that correct scientific understanding of our past will never contradict God’s eyewitness account in the Bible, and that genuine understanding of God’s Word builds faith in Jesus Christ.”

Which effectively means that science is only science if it validates the Bible and if it doesn’t it is clearly satanic bunkum to be ignored.

And she’s written what can only laughably be called a “paper”. A paper that’s on AIG’s website called “Do Medical Schools Need To Teach More Evolution“.

So let’s take a look at what we have here.  [Read more…]