Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2006

You Say It’s Your Birthday…

We have happy birthdays to hand out for two of the good folks at the National Center for Science Education. Yesterday was the birthday of the NCSE’s associate director Glenn Branch. And today is the birthday of information project director Wesley Elsberry. They are both really nice guys and Wesley in particular has, over the…

In an interesting turn of events, Geoffrey Stone of the University of Chicago Law School has come out against the confirmation of Samuel Alito. His argument is based solely on Alito’s views on executive power: Whatever else Judge Alito may or may not have made clear about his views on such issues as abortion, federalism,…

Todd Zywicki has an interesting post reacting to this article by Alan Dershowitz, in which Dershowitz suggests some changes in the Senate confirmation process for Supreme Court nominees. Dershowitz argues that the Senate judiciary committee lacks the expertise to ask good questions to judicial nominees (he is certainly correct there) and that they ought to…

Have We Fallen This Far?

As a measure of just how far our political system has fallen, the White House has actually put out the word that President Bush is now taking unscripted questions from audiences when he makes appearances around the country: Bush has been taking questions from audience members in recent speeches, and the White House says none…

In Utah, there is a bill in front of the state legislature to require teachers to to offer a disclaimer when teaching evolution. That disclaimer would state that A) not all scientists agree on the theory of evolution and B) the state does not endorse the theory of evolution. In Michigan, there is a bill…

DaveScot Beats Up a Straw Man

In a new post, Dembski’s faithful manservant Cato has built a perfectly inaccurate straw man and proceeded to beat the heck out of it while pretending to actually engage an argument being made by the anti-ID side. To wit: The Vatican Newspaper published an article distancing itself from ID and (once again) embracing Darwinian Evolution.…

Orson Scott Card, Take 2

At the bottom of Card’s article there was a place to leave comments, so I decided to do so. It’s a message board on his website. I posted a message to begin this thread and the reaction of one of his acolytes was quite ridiculous. He tried two claims to explain away the absurd claim…

Orson Scott Card on ID

Orson Scott Card has a patently absurd essay on ID and evolution, which PZ Myers has already done an admirable job of fisking. But there’s one argument that Card makes in particular that is just infuriating in its outright dishonesty and I want to highlight it again. Here’s his argument: 3. Expertism is the “trust…

Duke’s First Loss

Well, my Blue Devils just lost their first game, to Georgetown on the road by 3. What made this a fascinating game is what it tells us, both good and bad, about this Duke team. This game simultaneously showed why this Duke team will have a difficult time winning the national championship this year, and…

This is funny. Repent America – the same organization whose leaders were arrested in Philadelphia for protesting a gay pride event (the charges were eventually dropped, and I believe rightly so) – has rented out the Dover High School auditorium to hold a creationism seminar and “teach the truth about God’s creation.” But remember, this…