I had this idea come to me during a discussion in a hangout recently. Imagine for a moment that a defense attorney in a murder case used the kind of argument that young earth creationists use against, say, radiometric dating. In response to every piece of evidence presented, they would name all the “assumptions” being …
Category Archive: Evolution and Creationism
Mar 07 2014
Mar 03 2014
The video of the debate between cosmologist Sean Carroll and William Lane Craig is finally up. I haven’t had a chance to watch it yet, but people I respect a lot thought that Carroll really put Craig on the defensive in a way that few others have. Video below the fold.
Feb 25 2014
A high school biology teacher in Goshen, Indiana (just across the Michigan border) has apparently been showing videos from Kent Hovind to his classes. The Freedom From Religion Foundation has written a letter to the school demanding that it be stopped.
Feb 22 2014
Tony Perkins, head of the Family Research Council and a man of staggering ignorance and dishonesty, babbled incoherently about evolution and climate change on his radio show this week. Evolution is wrong because he can list some phrases he doesn’t understand at all and there’s more evidence for God sending bad weather than for global …
Feb 17 2014
Scientists have announced an incredible find, a fossil bed in the same formation as the Burgess Shale that contains a staggering number of well-preserved, soft-bodied organisms that should provide a massive amount of new data to fill in some gaps in the fossil record of the Cambrian era.
Feb 17 2014
Cameron Smith has an interesting column in the Skeptical Inquirer that I think makes a valuable point. People have a difficult time accepting evolution even if they aren’t particularly religious. Why? At least partly because our brains seem biased against non-teleological thinking:
Feb 11 2014
The Worldnetdaily had some guy named Tom Flannery write a review of the debate between Bill Nye and Ken Ham and the results are pretty much exactly what you’d expect. He repeats a bunch of falsehoods from Ham and adds a few new ones, all of them debunked long ago.
Feb 07 2014
Buzzfeed asked a bunch of creationists who were at the Ken Ham/Bill Nye debate on Tuesday to make some signs with questions they’d like to ask of those who accept evolution. The results were pretty much exactly what you’d expect, which was serious ignorance. Like this one:
Feb 07 2014
Creation Ministries International, like most Christian right groups, has a rather bizarre conception of what the First Amendment means. In the delusional world they inhabit, it’s not a violation of the Establishment Clause to teach their religion in public schools, but it is a violation for Congress to commemorate the achievements of Charles Darwin. Rep. …
Feb 06 2014
I watched only a little bit of the Ken Ham – Bill Nye creationism “debate,” enough to be highly irritated by both participants. But one part of what I did watch really jumped out at me from Ham, his ridiculous attempt to dismiss the results of a brilliant experiment by Richard Lenski. Let me give …
Feb 04 2014
The finding of a 4000 year old artifact from Babylonia that tells an earlier version of the flood myth than is found in the Bible has fundamentalist Christians in a bit of an uproar, spouting nonsense and pretending that the find doesn’t undercut their beliefs. Ken Ham’s “logic” is exquisite:
Feb 04 2014
Wednesday is the 15th anniversary of a very important event in the battle against creationism. On Feb. 5, 1999, for the first time, the famous wedge document was leaked to the public in a Usenet newsgroup by Tim Rhodes. You can see his full message here. Let me explain the importance of this document for …
Feb 04 2014
A new bill in the South Dakota legislature, sponsored by six senators and seven representatives, would allow public school science teachers to teach intelligent design “or other related topics.” It would forbid school administrators from preventing them from doing so:
Jan 31 2014
There have been lots and lots of news reports about the ancient Babylonian text about the building of a round ark, a text that predates the Biblical texts by nearly 2000 years. I’m sure it won’t surprise anyone to find out that Pat Robertson’s CBN “News” handled the find with their usual dishonesty:
Jan 30 2014
What happens when an ignorant git comes into contact with information that he doesn’t understand? He makes absurd claims about it without bothering to look at the information. Because actually looking at the information might put one’s beliefs in peril and that can’t be allowed. Here’s a textbook example: