Intelligent Design

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Here’s an idea that occurred to me today: by making such a huge deal out of his denial of tenure, the DI and their apologists are actually hurting Gonzalez’ chances of landing another tenure track appointment at another university. The DI went so far as to encourage their followers to call and email the ISU…

Specification and Probability

DaveScot has a post at UD that perfectly demonstrates the vacuity of creationist probability arguments and Dembski’s “specified complexity.” What he intends as a defense of the concept actually provides all of the ammunition necessary to show why analogies between non-biological processes and biological processes, as they relate to probability, are ultimately meaningless. He admits…

The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article that casts a great deal of doubt on the DI’s persecution claim by examining Gonzalez’ publication record in detail. The DI makes a big deal out of the fact that Gonzalez has 68 published articles, but the Chronicle examined his publication record and found that virtually all…

You may know by now that Guillermo Gonzalez, the pro-ID astronomer, was just denied tenure at Iowa State. If you know that then you also know that the ID crowd is in full cry and wail at this outrageous persecution. That was predictable, of course; the ID movement, being primarily about public relations and not…

Sal Cordova’s Rank Dishonesty

I know we’re all used to seeing creationists dishonestly quoting something written by scientists, but folks I’m about to show you one of the most egregious examples you will ever see of it. This is as bad as Morris and Whitcomb’s famous distortion of Ross and Rezak’s paper on the Lewis overthrust, where they literally…

ID and Junk DNA

Pim Van Meurs has an excellent post at the Panda’s Thumb about junk DNA and ID. As he notes, many IDers like to crow every time an article appears that concludes that some portion of non-coding DNA has a previously unknown function. They do this to make one of two arguments: either that it shows…

The Endless Irony of William Dembski

Two of my fellow ScienceBloggers, Matt Nisbet and Chris Mooney, have an article in last week’s issue of Science on the subject of issue framing. The article is a summation of their views on how the scientific community can do a better job of countering the rhetorical strategies of the intelligent design movement. And here…

April Fool’s Joke or Real?

Pete Dunkelberg has a post at the Panda’s Thumb where he puts up a quote about the mass of information that is staggeringly stupid and asks if you can discern whether it’s a genuine quote from a major ID advocate, or a clever parody. I’ll paste the quote below the fold:

How Dishonest is Michael Egnor?

You know, I was almost starting to feel sorry for Michael Egnor after the beating he’s taken from so many over the last few weeks. Almost. But not after seeing this stunningly dishonest bit of tripe at the DI blog where he attempts to answer Orac’s challenge to come up with an example of a…

Dembski Kills Me

What can you do but laugh when you read things like this: Barrett Brown and Jon P. Alston, who appear only recently to have entered puberty judging by their obsession with sex… This from the guy who edited in fart noises over the top of his Alvin and the Chipmunks impersonation of Judge Jones. In…