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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…

The Texas State Board of Education has long been a key battleground in the evolution/creationism controversy and the Discovery Institute and their allies have long advised the board on how to handle the issue. This article in the Houston Chronicle looks like good news on the surface, but it really just shows what the next…

The DI is engaged in their usual dishonest spin, this time over the issue of the origin of the ID movement. They’re responding to this post by Nick Matzke at the Panda’s Thumb where he points out that “intelligent design” was chosen as a new label for “creation science” after the 1987 Edwards v Aguillard…

ID and Junk DNA, Part 2

The ID crowd has been all abuzz lately over junk DNA after a very bad article in Wired appeared on the subject. Whenever there is an article in the scientific literature proposing a possible function for some specific type of non-coding DNA, the ID advocates immediately jump up to make one of two types of…

When the controversy over Richard Sternberg and the publication of the now-infamous Meyer paper broke, we heard quite often that Sternberg was not an ID advocate, merely an open-minded scientist (contrasted, of course, with the more-infamous – and mostly mythical – Darwinian Establishment that daily grinds to dust anyone who dares to question evolution). Jack…

There’s a very interesting post on the Newsweek blog by science journalist Sharon Begley about the existence of genes for synapses in the sea sponge, which has no need for such structures. Begley is discussing an article in PLoS One that found that the same genes that code for synapses are present in sea sponges,…

Myers Shreds Luskin on Haeckel

I missed this post the other day, but it’s worth a look. PZ Myers does a great job of dismantling Casey Luskin’s continued distortions about Haeckel’s embryo pictures in modern textbooks. The DI has been flat out lying about this issue for years.

Michael Behe’s new book The Edge of Evolution is now out and being heavily promoted by the Discovery Institute. I’m sure it will come as no surprise to my readers to hear that lots of us involved in defending evolution against the attacks of creationists, neo- and paleo-, have been having a bit of fun…

Dover the Sequel?

It appears that we may be set to begin principal shooting on Dover: The Sequel, this time in Virginia. There has been some uproar in the Chesterfield County School District lately, where the school board has been in the process of ordering new science textbooks and has been under pressure from some in the community…

Dembski Offers Money Again

You’d think that ol’ Billy Dembski would learn to stop making these monetary offers and bets; they seem to backfire on him every time or turn out to be pointless. Remember when he offered cash for anyone who could send him Jeff Shallit’s deposition (or was it expert report?) in the Dover trial, which had…