Archives for December, 2006

Orr on Dawkins

Evolutionary biologist H. Allen Orr has this lengthy essay in the current issue of The New York Review of Books. Officially it’s a review of Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, Joan Roughgarden’s Evolution and Christian Faith: Reflections of an Evolutionary Biologist, and Lewis Wolpert’s Six Impossible Things Before Breakfast: The Evolutionary Origin of Belief. Actually,…

Cats

Winter break is the time to complete all of those annoying chores you’ve been putting off during the term. For example, yesterday my car passed its inspection. Woo hoo! And today, Isaac and Emily passed their inspection. By which I mean the vet found that they’re in good health (though Isaac, like his owner, really…

Lynch Sums Up the Year

John Lynch has an excellent summary of what a rotten year it’s been for ID: January Dembski: Just as a tree that has been “rimmed” (i.e., had its bark completely cut through on all sides) is effectively dead even if it retains its leaves and appears alive, so Darwinism has met its match with the…

Cobb County Case Settled

In other news, the Cobb County sticker kerfuffle has now been settled. You might recall that this was the case where a small Georgia school district decided to paste warning labels inside their high school biology textbooks. The labels asserted the following: This textbook contains material on evolution. Evolution is a theory, not a fact,…

Jenner on Meyer’s Paper

In the course of his lengthy discussion of the report on the Sternberg affair, mentioned in the previous post, Ed Brayton links to this discussion of the ID paper that started all the controversy in the first place. The discussion is by Ronald Jenner, of the Section on Evolution and Ecology at the University of…

Brayton on Sternberg

Ed Brayton has the must-read post of the day. Remember Richard Sternberg? He’s the former editor of the journal Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. A while back he published a pro-ID paper in the journal. Sternberg was a research associate at the Smithsonain Institution at the time. It quickly became clear both that…

A Family Portrait!

A while back we Science Bloggers were asked to provide personal photographs to Seed CentCom. This is what they did with them. I’m the strikingly handsome fellow directly behind Shelley’s owl. Go have a look!

Classroom Prostletyzing

The New York Times has has this remarkable article about the high school teacher in New Jersey who was using his class as a mission field: Before David Paszkiewicz got to teach his accelerated 11th-grade history class about the United States Constitution this fall, he was accused of violating it. Shortly after school began in…

Jacoby on Atheism

Writing for The Boston Globe, Jeff Jacoby offers a typically muddled argument against atheism. The column’s title: “Atheism’s Bleak Alternative”. Most of the column describes various atrocities perpetrated by secularists against religious people, particularly in England. But it’s the last three paragraphs that really merit a response: What is at stake in all this isn’t…

Blogging to Hit Peak Next Year

From the BBC: The blogging phenomenon is set to peak in 2007, according to technology predictions by analysts Gartner. The analysts said that during the middle of next year the number of blogs will level out at about 100 million. The firm has said that 200 million people have already stopped writing their blogs. Gartner…

Luskin Keeps Digging

Everyone knows the first rule of holes: When you’re in a hole, stop digging. Apparently no one told Discovery Institute lackey Casey Luskin. He’s still trying to pretend that their inane charges against the Judge in the Kitzmiller decision have any merit. Recall that their latest brainstorm is that Judge Jones, in following standard procedure…

Is Being Smart a Political Liability?

There was a remarkable exchange on the MSNBC show Hardball yesterday, between host Chris Matthews, and commentators Roger Simon and Chris Cillizza:

Sandefur and Brayton on Fire

Time for another installment of, “How bad have things gotten for the ID folks?” It is now almost a year since the big ruling in the Dover case. As I’m sure you recall, that’s the one where the ID folks put their most formidable legal and scientific talent in front of a Court, and the…

New Scientist on Biologic

New Scientist has this article about the latest attempt by ID proponents to pretend they care about science: This is my second attempt to engage in person with scientists at Biologic. At the institute’s other facility in nearby Fremont, researchers work at benches lined with fume hoods, incubators and microscopes – a typical scene in…

Conversion Experiences

Larry Moran has an excellent review of Francis Collins’ silly book The Language of God. You don’t really appreciate Ken Miller until you have contemplated the far daffier arguments made by Collins. Moran writes: The second persuasive argument is the presence in all of us of a God-shaped vacuum. What the heck is that, you…