Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Ed’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1

Many of the other ScienceBlogs authors are posting “greatest hits” links so that new readers can get acquainted with some of their previous writings. I figured I’d do the same, since I know I’ve picked up a lot of new readers in the last few weeks. These links will open up the original post from the archives of my old blog, but I ask you not to leave comments there because the main page of that blog is no longer accessible and no one will notice. If you want to leave comments, please do so here. Here are some of my favorite posts on various subjects.

On Intelligent Design

Dembski’s Designed Duplicity
When Scientists Misrepresent Science
The Discovery Institute’s Misplaced Outrage
Reply to John West on ID and Metaphysics
The Unintentional Irony of William Dembski
Bush, Intelligent Design, and the Art of Marketing Slogans
Answering Dean Esmay on ID in Science Classrooms
DI and the Cambrian Explosion
The Passion of the ID Advocate

On Law and Liberty

Olson on Rights and Ethics
Response to Olson on Rights and Ethics
Third Response to Olson on Rights
Bush Seeks Judicial Activism to Overrule First Amendment
The Truth About “Judicial Activism”
The Logical Leaps of anti-Gay Marriage Arguments
Robert Bork and the 9th Amendment
The Right to Die, Personal and Political
The 9th Amendment and Unenumerated Rights
Robert Bork and the Martyr Myth
Fulfilling the Promises of Freedom
Reply to Patterico on Unenumerated Rights
The Danger of Robert Bork
The Historical Basis for 14th Amendment Incorporation
Unenumerated Rights and Legitimate Authority

Personal and Poignant

That’s My Father – this is about my father, written on the occasion of his 70th birthday last year
The Meaning of Life is That It Ends – this is the story of my mother’s death. I’m very proud of this essay.


The Lunatic Rev. Moon
An Open Letter to Gay Marriage Opponents


  1. #1 FishyFred
    January 19, 2006

    “The Meaning of Life is That it Ends” link does not work.

  2. #2 Ed Brayton
    January 19, 2006

    Oops, should work now.

  3. #3 Brent Rasmussen
    January 20, 2006

    Hi Ed – don’t forget the cross post of “An Open Letter To Gay Marraige Opponents” at UTI that generated more than 80 comments. I still get comments on that every now and then.

  4. #4 Inoculated Mind
    January 20, 2006

    Ed, thanks for linking these old ones, there were some that I had not yet read. But mostly, thanks for taking the time to shred the swiss-cheese logic and kraft-brand rhetoric employed by the IDers. I gave you a special mention in one of the first posts on my blog:

    I was curious, in one of your essays, you said that Dembski was paid about $100,000 in total, where did you find that information?

  5. #5 Ed Brayton
    January 20, 2006

    Inoculated Mind-

    That information is incorrect, and I thank you for finding it for me. I recall reading somewhere that it was that much, but that information appears to be false. I think someone confused the number of hours (which I believe was 112) with the dollar figure. I think it was more along the lines of $20,000 (112 hours at $200 an hour). I intended to fix that and it slipped my mind. I’ll fix it now. My apologies to Mr. Dembski for having mentioned that figure from memory without confirming that it was accurate.

  6. #6 Inoculated Mind
    January 20, 2006

    Ok, thanks, I couldn’t find it said anywhere else. It’s ok to make mistakes, but the difference between how you and Dembski on this is that you will admit when you have made a mistake. He, instead, will cover it up or call it street theater. Now I shall correct the disrepancy on my post.

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