Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2004

After reading this, I just have to ask….where’s my hate mail? By the way, the Discovery Institute copied Hunter Baker’s article on their website today with no mention of the replies that were made to it. They also listed Hunter Baker as a “freelance writer in Texas”. Not as the grad assistant of the person…

One of the most powerful lines of evidence for common descent (the theory of evolution) is often referred to as molecular phylogenetics. In brief, it’s the use of protein sequences to discern how closely two species are related. As the National Center for Biotechnology Information explains it, Evolutionary theory states that similarity among individuals or…

I Like This Quote

Found on another blog: I believe in life, liberty, and the pursuit of those that threaten them. Here here. Or “Hear, hear”, as Jim Foley just reminded me. Take your pick.

DI distorts a letter

http://www.montanaforum.com/rednews/2004/03/11/build/education/id-feds.php?nnn=6

Does ID = Creationism?

One of the main arguments that Lawrence VanDyke makes, both in his Harvard Law Review book note and in the ongoing exchange over Brian Leiter’s criticism of that note, is that ID is not creationist. His evidence for this is that the two largest Young Earth Creationist (YEC) organizations have said they don’t consider ID…

Scientists Respond to ID

Here is an excellent example of a scientist taking on the claims of an ID advocate and pretty much leveling them. The University of Rochester biologist Allen Orr takes on Dembski’s No Free Lunch, a book that attempts two basic tasks – to apply the No Free Lunch theorems to biological evolution, and to shore…

2nd Response to VanDyke

Lawrence VanDyke has posted a response to me on the Exparte blog, the blog of the Harvard Federalist Society. I will reply to that as well as a comment he made to my first post on this subject. VanDyke’s response begins with Adam White saying: Lawrence VanDyke continues to defend himself against the vicious attacks…

Response to Lawrence VanDyke

Lawrence VanDyke has left a comment below, which I would like to bring up here to address in more detail. Lawrence wrote: I left out the “in support of ID” because I assumed that much was obvious in context. You make it sound like I was trying to make Leiter say ID proponents haven’t published…

One of the best blogs to read on both legal issues and evolution is that of Brian Leiter, director of the Law and Philosophy Program at the University of Texas Law School. He writes fairly extensively on evolution and the ongoing controversy of Intelligent Design. Recently, he took to task a young Harvard law student…

Moderate Muslims

One of the things I find disturbing lately is how many Americans have lumped all Muslims together into one monolithic group labeled “terrorists”. You hear a lot of tsk tsking over this from those of us who are inclined to try not to demonize an entire group based on the most extreme among them, but…