Archives for May, 2007

Matthew and Land look like Nobel Prize winners compared to Bill O’Reilly. He had Kirk Cameron on to discuss the vexing questtion of whether God exists. The video is available here. The interview opened with O’Reilly boasting of having defeated Richard Dawkins in their recent debate. Dawkins couldn’t tell him where the universe came from,…

Evolution on Hardball

On yesterday’s edition of the MSNBC chat show Hardball, host Chris Matthews had the following surreal discussion with Richard Land, President of the Southern Baptist Convention:

Romney on Evolution

According to Michael Luo at The New York Times blog, Mitt Romney has clarified his views on evolution. Here’s the set-up: Mitt Romney expanded on his belief in evolution in an interview earlier this week, staking out a position that could put him at odds with some conservative Christians, a key voting bloc he is…

Nightline is a Disgrace

So I watched Nightline tonight, buoyed by the fact that the clips that appeared on the website earlier today were not too bad from the atheist standpoint (as I described here.) I should have known better. Having just watched the actual show, it is clear that they had no intention of giving any sort of…

Limbaugh’s Delusions

You really have to have a look at this column, from David Limbaugh, posted at Town Hall. It is simply not to be believed. The title: Leftist Thought Control. I’d respond to Limbuagh’s arguments but for the fact that he doesn’t provide any. Instead he simply makes assertion after assertion about how the left does…

Spider-Man, Again

Robert Farley, writing at Tapped, has an excellent review of the new Spider-Man movie. I think he perfectly summarizes the film’s good points and bad points. He makes the point, exactly right in my opinion, that it’s not that Spider-Man III is unusually bad, it’s that Spider-Man II was unusually good. I’ve placed two excerpts…

That Nightline Debate About God

If you have any interest, clips from the big Nightline God debate are now online at the ABC News website. Mostly what you’d expect, though I think things went a bit better for the atheists than I had anticipated. Representing the forces of darkness and ignorance were Kirk Cameron and Ray Comfort. Having seen their…

Spider-Man Three

I saw Spider-Man Three this weekend. I liked it. A lot. The critics have been panning it pretty severely, but they are wrong. They’ve been complaining that there is too much CGI, that there are too many supervillains, and that the story is unconvincing. Actually, I was impressed by how restrained the film is. In…

Last Thursday the American Enterprise Institute sponsored a debate on the subject of Darwinism and Conservatism. A video of the debate is available online, but I haven’t had a chance to view it yet. In the meantime, I’ll have to make do with this article from The New York Times. Over the years evolution has…

In last night’s Republican candidates debate, the topic of evolution was briefly mentioned. As I discussed here, McCain said plainly that he “believed in” evolution, but then quickly qualified his answer by adding that he also believed in God. Three other candidates (Brownback, Huckabee, and Tancredo) raised their hands when asked to affirm their lack…

More Tidbits From the Debate

Moving on, we then had an interesting exchange with Governor Romney: MR. MATTHEWS: Governor Romney, what do you say to Roman Catholic bishops who would deny communion to elected officials who support abortion rights? MR. ROMNEY: I don’t say anything to Roman Catholic bishops. They can do whatever the heck they want. (Laughter.) Roman Catholic…

The New York Times has posted a transcript of the big Republican candidates deabte. So, as promised, let’s have a look at some other items of interest. Here’s Governor Huckabee trying desperately to avoid saying he believes global warming is a real problem:

The Republicans on Evolution

There were a number of interesting tidbits in the Republican candidates debate tonight. There was the spectacle of Mitt Romney desperately trying to explain away his flip-flop on abortion. There was the stampede to declare embryonic stem-cell research immoral and unnecessary, culminating with Colorado representative Tom Tancredo’s declaration that such research is “reprehensible.” But the…

Cordova Steps in it – Again

Ed Brayton, Orac, and the Hoofnagles have already covered this story (click here, here, and here, respectively.) But why should they have all the fun? Over at Uncommon Descent, Salvador Cordova discusses the MacCallum essay, Now, I’ve seen several of Salvador’s public presentations. So I am well aware of his rather imaginative use of quotations.…

Writing in PLoS Biology, Catriona MacCallum offers these wise words on the subject of evolution and medicine. The article describes a conference MacCallum attended on the subject. MacCallum writes: