Evolution

Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Category archives for Evolution

Observation and Proof

Mark Creech, the head of a group called the Christian Action League of North Carolina, has a pretty typical creationist response to the Clergy Letter Project. In the process, he manages to completely mangle how science operates and misrepresent the relationship between observation and proof. And of course, he trots out a couple of tried…

Evolution Sunday

Feb. 12, 1809 was the day on which both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born. Though we now celebrate Lincoln’s birthday on President’s Day, Feb. 12th is still referred to as Darwin Day and celebrated around the world. This Sunday, it will be celebrated in churches as well. The same folks who put together…

James Q. Wilson on Evolution and ID

James Q. Wilson has a terrific op-ed piece about evolution, ID and the nature of science in the Wall Street Journal. Perhaps the most important part of the column is a section about the meaning of the word “theory”. This is by no means a revolutionary passage, but the colloquial meaning of the word is…

In looking for reactions to yesterday’s ruling from legal scholars, I found this post on a Federalist Society blog by someone named P.A. Madison. The arguments, which run the gamut from the false to the downright silly, would make a great exam answer for my buddy Dan Ray to grade. I can almost see him…

Beer and Evolution

Here’s an unusual couple of stories, coincidentally brought to my attention within days of each other but apparently unrelated. The first is that a brewing company in Utah, irritated by Sen. Buttars’ attempts to weaken science education in that state by attacking evolution, has renamed one of its brews “Evolution Amber Ale”: Wasatch Beers is…

An almost complete skeleton of a primitive mosasaur has been discovered and is reported in a geoscience journal this month. Mosasaurs were reptiles that moved back into the oceans and came to dominate shallow marine ecosystems between 65 million and 95 million or so years ago. The new fossil find still has its limbs intact,…

A year ago I had a fairly memorable exchange with Dean Esmay on the subject of evolution and creationism. He showed pretty clearly then that A) he doesn’t have the first clue what evolution actually says and B) he has even less understanding of the dangers of creationism in public school science classrooms. So it’s…

Evolution Guides New Research

Here is a great example, from the irreplacable Carl Zimmer, of how the theory of evolution helps to guide new research that may provide enormous benefit to us in understanding and combatting diseases that are based in genetic causes. Since I can’t possibly express it any better than Zimmer, I’ll let him do it: Claes…

Conservative Leaders on Evolution

A reader sent me this link to an article in the New Republic (he thought he’d be the millionth person to send it to me, but in fact it’s the first I’d seen it, so thanks!) about how many prominent conservatives feel about evolution. The good news is that many of them were strongly supportive…

Joseph Farah, the blowhard owner of the Worldnutdaily, is once again demonstrating that one need not let little things like ignorance of the subject stand in the way of pontificating about that subject. In this case, the subject is evolution and his ignorance of that subject is on display for all to see. He begins…