Archives for March, 2007

Read: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four. I walked back to the convention center with the sixteen year old. The rest of the posse went a different direction. He seemed keen to persuade me of the absurdity of attributing consciousness to the purely physical properties of the brain. The most interesting part of…

Read: Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. So I’m standing on line at Subway, contemplating the very long wait between me and my turkey on wheat, when I happen to overhear part of the conversation going on among the people immediately in front of me. There were four people, an older woman and three…

Read Part One and Part Two. Stephen Meyer was next up. Strobel and Richards played their parts well, but, let’s face it, the conference thus far had mostly been amateur hour. Strobel stepped in it every time he mentioned something vaguely scientific, but he’s not exactly thrust forward as one of the major intellects of…

Read Part One of this series here. At this point Strobel and Meyer left the stage. The room grew dark, and a video came on the large screen to my left. It was an excerpt from the The Privileged Planet, based on the book of the same title. The book was written by astronomer Guillermo…

The ID folks put on one of their dog and pony shows in Knoxville, TN this weekend. My curiosity piqued, I decided to check it out. So I left big bowls of food and water for the cats, piled into the Jason-mobile, pointed it South, and wound up in Knoxville six hours later. Things got…

The Carnival of Mathematics!

In the mood for a good brain workout? Well search no farther! The fourth installment of the Carnival of Mathematics has arrived! Just look beneath the fold for some first rate math blogging:

The Howler on Lomborg

Speaking of cranks, all of the recent fuss over Al Gore’s testimony to Congress on the subject of global warming has seen the revival of statistician Bjorn Lomborg. You might remember him as the author of The Skeptical Environmentalist, the book that was going to set us all straight on the subject of environmentalism. According…

Hayes on Dembski

Over at Red State Rabble, Pat Hayes has some further thoughts on the Darwin quote I discussed yesterday. Turns out Dembski’s even more vile than I thought. After reproducing the quote in question, Hayes writes:

Stopped Clock Department

While I was slumming over at Dembski’s blog I cam across a link to this article, by right-wing superhack David Horowitz. Apparently Dembski’s crew thought this little essay was helpful to the cause. Horowitz is discussing the horrors perpetrated by Women’s Studies Departments in the name of “Social Constructivism:”

Dembski’s Decline Continues

In yesterday’s post I remarked that people seem to lose their minds upon deciding to become anti-evolution advocates. There is no better case in point than William Dembski. Ten years ago he was the star of the ID movement. A well-credentialed scholar with shiny new ideas holding down an actual academic position and publishing books…

Brain Injury Changes Moral Judgment

As a companion piece to yesterday’s post, have a look at this article from today’s New York Times. It begins: Damage to an area near the center of the brain, several inches behind the eyes, transforms the way people make moral judgments in life-or-death situations, scientists are reporting. In a new study, people with this…

Monkey Morality?

I only have time for quick blogging today, so why not have a look at this article from The New York Times? It discusses the evolutionary origins of morality. Here’s the opening: Some animals are surprisingly sensitive to the plight of others. Chimpanzees, who cannot swim, have drowned in zoo moats trying to save others.…

Egnor on Paleoneurology

So far I haven’t been participating in the anti-Egnor festivities. For those who don’t know, Michael Egnor is a medical doctor who lately has become the flavor of the month over at the Discovery Institute’s Blog. They get very excited, you see, when someone with actual credentials can be found to parrot their talking points.…

Muffins and Grapefruit

After all of our hard work last week, let us begin with something a bit lighter. Via Larry Moran I came across this post, at Cosmic Variance, regarding the great muffin joke debate. I reprint the joke below the fold. I find it very amusing indeed, but, incredibly, there seem to be others who disagree.…

A Note on Spirituality

While I am laying down the law regarding the proper usage of controversial words, allow me to express a few thoughts about spirituality. P.Z. Myers gave this post, in which he comments on the awarding of the Templeton Prize, the following title: “Spirituality?” Another Word for Lies and Empty Noise. Mark Chu-Carroll took a different…