Fisking Absurdity

Dispatches from the Creation Wars

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- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund A little over four years ago, Ed blogged about a possible new explanation for how the dinosaurs went extinct (a second impact, in this case). A month later, in late December 2006, a guy named John L. posted a link to a crackpot alternative explanation (the author is a…

A Christmas Bonus

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Despite some people begging for coal, I just didn’t feel right without doing something like a real fisking. So I thought I’d write a little about some recent papers by some of the more prominent cdesign proponentists. However, since this is just a bonus, I won’t do a full-on…

Bones Grow Together!

And start thankin’ God. Seriously, check out the 35 second mark in this video of a Robert Tilton “faith healing” (part of the Prime Time Live debunking I alluded to last post). After pastor Bob commands the fellow’s broken bones to “GROW TOGETHER,” he tells the guy to move his arms around and thank God.…

Edward Tarte

I haven’t seen this guy yet discussed on Scienceblogs (I could be wrong). But his atheist/skeptic arguments seem interesting to me. He’s a former Roman Catholic Priest and a cancer survivor. As an aside, I have no desire to debunk religion like he and the new atheists do. I do get the sense the problem…

Here’s one short video clip of thirteen of Mr. Nugent discussing the Palin TLC series; it also provides an illustrative example of his overtly-florid rhetorical style in promoting hunting. He goes completely off the grid at about 1:35 when he refers to Sarah Palin (and her family): What a perfect, mystical lifestyle. Davey Crockett, Daniel…

Here’s a trailer promoting a 12-DVD series titled, Resisting the Green Dragon, which is almost exclusively comprised of slanders against science, scientists, and environmentalists. Some of the biggest names of the religious right are promoting this video: Tony Perkins, David Barton, Wendy Wright, and Richard Land. Some of the most absurd quips:

Fair and Balanced

A couple weeks ago, I was chided by a couple of readers for only attacking rightwing lunacy and leaving leftwing lunacy alone. Let me rectify that for the moment with a look at this amusing bit of balderdash from Leonard Shlain, a professor of surgery from UCSF. It’s an excerpt from his book The Alphabet…