Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2006

Two sports posts in one day? They’re going to revoke my membership in the Association of Intellectuals. But hey, college basketball is one of my great passions. ESPN has been discussing and debating who would go on the Mt. Rushmore of college basketball for both coaches and players during the ESPN era (which began with…

Offensive Jesus Cartoons, Anyone?

An alternative student newspaper at the University of Oregon, The Insurgent, has printed a set of offensive cartoons that depict Jesus on the cross with an erection, and kissing another man, among others (the cartoons don’t appear to be available at the link above). Naturally, this brought out the Christian censors. William Donohue, president of…

Creationist Speciation: A Case Study

To those who claim that we’ve never seen one species turn into another, I give you the Oklahoma University IDEA Club. It used to be known as the Creation Science Society. In fact, their webpage initially said: Welcome to the University of Oklahoma IDEA Club website! We are no longer the Creation Science Society. Our…

I sent Afarensis a link to this post by Casey Luskin at the DI blog about human evolution, hoping that he would write up a critique of it. And indeed he has. It’s very much worth reading. And it’s another example of why most of the arguments made by ID advocates are not at all…

Someone left a link to this article about the FDA dragging their feet in making Plan B contraception available without a prescription. Take a look at what it says about an internal memo from one of the insiders: In the memo released by the FDA during the discovery process, Dr. Curtis Rosebraugh, an agency medical…

Good News For Duke

And with the mess surrounding their lacrosse program, they could use some. Josh McRoberts, their only returning big man, has just announced that he will return for his sophomore season rather than enter the NBA draft. He was expected to be a lottery pick if he had gone pro, based purely on potential, but decided…

DI in the Dover Aftermath

The Seattle Times has an article about the Discovery Institute and its struggles in the wake of the Dover trial. Prompt the whining from the DI Media Complaints Division in 3…2…1. The most interesting thing in the article, to me at least, was this statement about Bruce Chapman: Chapman said he asked Discovery fellows not…

ID and Theistic Evolution

There is an interesting exchange going on in the comments after my post on ID and Creationism. I want to move part of that conversation up to the top so it doesn’t get lost. In particular, I want to focus on an argument made by Jeremy Pierce, author of the Parableman blog. I want to…

Last week the New York Academy of Sciences held a conference on Teaching Evolution and the Nature of Science, an event I wish I had been able to attend. Several friends and colleagues were speaking there, including Rob Pennock, Glenn Branch, and Ken Miller. Ars Technica has two reports on the conference. The first includes…

Snow Replaces McClellan

In an interesting reversal of tradition, a member of the media has left to become a paid liar press secretary. Tony Snow, Fox News personality, is replacing Scott McClellan as White House press secretary. We’re used to seeing government spokespeople becoming pundits; George Stephanopolous, Dee Dee Myers, Tony Blankley, Pete Williams, Chris Matthews, Hodding Carter…