Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2005

University to Ban Bibles, the headline screams. Brave New Schools, says the tag above the headline. The first sentence reiterates the message: Edinburgh University in Scotland will begin banning Holy Bibles from its student halls of residence due to concern they are the source of discrimination against students of other faiths. The mind boggles. The…

This just keeps getting worse and worse for the White House. The questionnaire that Harriet Miers filled out was so bad that they sent it back to have her redo her answers. How bad was it? The LA Times reports: Asked to describe the constitutional issues she had worked on during her legal career, Supreme…

Behe Disproves Irreducible Complexity

One of the interesting segments of the Michael Behe cross examination begins on page 42 of the Day12AM transcript, and it concerns a paper that Behe wrote with David Snoke. That paper, called Simulating Evolution by Gene Duplication of Protein Feature that Requires Multiple Amino Acid Residues, was based upon a computer simulation that attempted…

Humor in Court

The latest transcript is out. It is the day 12 am transcript, which is part 2 of the cross examination of Michael Behe. There’s a laugh-out-loud moment near the start. Before they began the cross of Behe, our attorneys wanted to alert the judge that they might be using material from the next draft of…

A Joke from Last Night

I forgot to mention this from last night’s dinner conversation. Don told a joke, actually an old Jewish proverb, that is absolutely hilarious. Here it is: 4 Rabbis are out golfing and as they play, they’re arguing about some fine point of interpretation about a Hebrew scripture. After a while it becomes clear that 3…

I’m going to make a series of posts breaking down the testimony of Michael Behe in the Dover trial. The transcript for the direct examination and the first part of the cross examination are available now. Behe is really the only science witness the defense has in this case, with Dembski having been withdrawn earlier,…

Panda’s Thumb in the News

One of the local Dover area papers, the York Dispatch, has an article about the Panda’s Thumb and in particular about the t-shirts, mugs and stickers that Wes Elsberry has put together about the trial, available at Cafe Press. Some of them are fairly amusing.

An Evening with Michael Ruse

Or more accurately, an evening with delightful company interrupted for a couple hours by Michael Ruse. I went last night to an address by Ruse, the inaugural event of a series of lectures on the subject of religion and science. Those of you who have seen Ruse speak will not be surprised by my review…

Partial Behe Transcript

The first part of the cross examination of Michael Behe is now available for download. I’ll have comments when I’ve had a chance to read it later today. This is only the first part of the cross examination, which continued the next day. I’ll have a link up as soon as the next day’s transcript…

Michael Ruse Speech

Assuming my car is finished in time (I’m taking it in for brake work in a half hour and they say they’ll have it done quickly), I’ll be heading to Grand Rapids tonight to hear philosopher of science Michael Ruse speak. Ruse was a key witness in the McLean v. Arkansas case in 1981 and…