Evolution

Dispatches from the Creation Wars

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New Anti-Evolution Tactic?

Dembski links to a site called Origin of Life Fairness in Pubic Schools, which seems to be trying out a new argument against the teaching of evolution in public schools. I’ve heard various people use this argument in the past, but no one seriously propose this as a legal argument. It’s really quite laughable. Their…

Hitler the Creationist

Well I watched about half of the abominable D. James Kennedy special about Darwin and Hitler last night, about as much as I could stomach. It was every bit as bad as I imagined, perhaps even worse. The dishonesty absolutely leapt off the screen. At one point they present noted paleontological scholar Ann Coulter claiming…

The Worldnutdaily actually has an article up responding to PZ Myers’ criticism of D. James Kennedy’s ridiculous TV show claiming that Darwin led to Hitler. PZ had initially reacted to the involvement of Francis Collins, head of the Human Genome Project and a staunch defender of evolution (and a committed Christian), in the show. Kennedy…

One of the tried and true tactics of creationists of all stripes has long been to equate evolution with atheism, and thus those who accept evolution become atheists. In a society where surveys show that atheists are, for some bizarre reason, among the most distrusted people, this is good political strategy; it’s also false. It…

Perusing the comments at STACLU can be an amusing way to pass the time. You think the main writers there are clueless? You should see their fans. I particularly liked this little tidbit about evolution from kerwin_brown: To change from horse to a donkey or vise versa requires at least one and possibly two monstrous…

Myers on Sexual Selection

I read Seed’s interview with Joan Roughgarden on homosexuality and sexual selection last week and found it fascinating. It seemed to me, as it did to many others I discussed it with, that she was caricaturing Darwin’s views on the subject, but there was still some important points made in the interview about whether homosexuality…

Zimmer on ERVs

Carl Zimmer has a terrific blog post on the subject of endogenous retroviruses (ERVs) that should be mandatory reading for anyone who still denies common descent. ERVs are viruses that get inserted into the genomes of other organisms and are inherited by the descendants of that organism. He writes: Scientists can identify viruses lurking in…

William Dembski: Prophet for Hire

From an article in a Kentucky newspaper: To William Dembski, all the debate in this country over evolution won’t matter in a decade. By then, he says, the theory of evolution put forth by Charles Darwin 150 years ago will be dead. The mathematician turned Darwin critic says there is much to be learned about…

Forbes in Grand Rapids Press

I picked up today’s Grand Rapids Press and found an article on the front page of the religion section about Greg Forbes, one of my co-founders and fellow board members with Michigan Citizens for Science. Greg is a powerful speaker with an encyclopedic knowledge of evolution. He has trained thousands of teachers to teach evolution…

Kentucky’s Governor and Evolution

Reed Cartwright has the full text of a letter from Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher to the Kentucky Academy of Sciences. Fletcher is a creationist who has urged local school districts in that state to teach creationism. His argument is patently ridiculous. He actually argues that evolution conflicts with the Declaration of Independence. No, I’m not…