Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2004

Here is a perfect example of why you should never accept at face value how the work of scientists is reported in the non-scientific media. They almost always get it wrong. Look at this report in the Associated Press on the new Pierolapithecus catalaunicus find and compare it to the report in Nature, a scientific…

Saturday’s Visits

I had a wonderful day on Saturday visiting with old friends and new ones. First, I had lunch with Dan Ray and his lovely wife, Kim, and got to find out what busy really is. You think your life is hectic? How about having two pre-teen children, working full time Monday-Friday and going to law…

The Pistons-Pacers Brawl

Okay, since I’m a basketball fan, I gotta weigh in on this. I’m sure by now everyone has seen the footage of what happened after the Pistons/Pacers game on Friday night, as Pacers players went up into the stands after fans who were pelting them with beers and bottles and chairs. The NBA has just…

From Noam Chomsky’s blog: The outcome was a disappointment, but there have been disappointments before. Take 1984, when essentially the same gang of thugs–a little less tilted to the extreme reactionary statist side–won by a 2-1 margin, with about the same percentage of the electoral vote as today. About the same percentage of the electoral…

Out to Lunch. And dinner.

I’m off for the day. Having lunch with Dan Ray and his wife, doing a little shopping, then having dinner with an old friend from debate that I haven’t seen in some 13 or 14 years. So it’s a day for new friends and old friends and lots of good conversation. Hope everyone has a…

These Are a Few of my Favorite Blogs

I’ve been rather lax lately about reading other blogs and linking to articles that my readers might enjoy. To my delight, lots of other people have continued to write thoughtful stuff even while I wasn’t there to read it (perhaps this suggests an answer to that “if a tree falls in the forest” question). So…

Bork Refutes Bork

Here’s a quote you aren’t likely to have seen from our old pal Robert Bork: [I]t is naive to suppose that the [Supreme] Court’s present difficulties could be cured by appointing Justices determined to give the Constitution its true meaning,” to work at “finding the law” instead of reforming society. The possibility implied by these…

Quote of the Day

The only way to make a government tolerant, and hence genuinely free, is to keep it weak…Thomas Jefferson, the greatest of all American political philosophers, saw this clearly, and so he was in favor of keeping the government as weak as possible. He believed that in any dispute between a citizen and an official, the…

Rowe on the Naturalistic Fallacy

Jon Rowe has a fascinating couple of posts up about the naturalistic fallacy (also called the is/ought fallacy), natural law, natural rights, and whether public laws should regulate private morality. I hope to return to this subject and give some of my own thoughts when I have more time, but I urge you all to…

Seth Cooper Likes Bork

Seth Cooper, the Discovery Institute counsel I mentioned a couple days ago, has now written, rather surprisingly perhaps, that he supports Arlen Specter for the chairmanship of the Judiciary Committee. But in the course of his rather lukewarm endorsement, he makes this statement: In fact, I find Sen. Specter’s treatment of Judge Robert Bork in…