Archives for June, 2007

The only thing left was the big planetarium show. I managed to hook up with my posse on line, and together we went inside. Alas, we ended up sitting in the front row. This meant that even when we took advantage of the tilt back feature of the chairs, it was difficult to see some…

Is Atheism a Civil Rights Issue?

My SciBling Matthew Nisbet says no. I think he really means it, since he put the title of his post in all caps. Matthew writes: One of the common claims that has been amplified by the Dawkins/Hitchens PR campaign is that “atheism is a civil rights issue.” (For an example, see the comments section of…

There was one final movie to be viewed. This one dealt with dinosaurs and dragons. I think the point was that dragon legends have their origin in the experiences people had interacting with dinosaurs. If this is correct, then all those secular geologists who say people and dinosaurs were separated in time by some sixty-five…

Mooney on Yoffe

Blogging over at The Huffington Post, my SciBling Chris Mooney has an excellent post up on the subject of global warming. He is responding to this op-ed from Emily Yoffe, a writer for Slate. Yoffe was trying to present herself as the calm, clear-thinking purveryor of common -sense against the blinkered alarmism of people like…

Miller Reviews EoE

Ken Miller has now published his review of Behe’s latest. He did an excellent job. I think he really nailed some of Behe’s more egregious mathematical errors:

We now come to what one helpful museum employee described to me as “the climax of the museum.” The previous exhibits took us through the first four of the seven C’s (Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion). Now, with one further fifteen minute movie, we would get the final three (Christ, Cross, Consummation). The film was entitled…

A Paradigm Shift in Evolution?

Today’s New York Times has a series of articles up about various aspects of evolution. One that caught my eye was this essay by paleontologist Douglas Erwin. It discusses various challenges to the Neo-Darwinian synthesis. Not the silly, brain-dead challenges of the creationists and ID folks, but the serious challenges from people who actually know…

Let us now ponder more closely a few of the specific exhibits at the big museum. One surprising item in the exhibits is the blunt contempt for human reason. We are constantly told that apostasy begins when human reason is elevated above God’s word. Placards on the walls contrast the conclusions of human reason (evolution,…

Photos From the Museum

You might also enjoy having a look at Professor Steve Steve’s account of his trip to the Creation Museum. Many pictures.

After leaving the theater it was time to enter the museum proper. The nice fellow at the door scanned the barcode on my ticket to verify that I wasn’t trying to sneak in. He advised me that I should allow at least two hours to see all the exhibits, then invited me to go on…

P.Z. Explains It

P.Z. Myers has a very helpful post up explaining the biological details behind the Michael Behe quote mine I reported on here. Basically, Behe’s treatment of the subject was even worse than I realized. Recall that Behe was arguing that straightforward reasoning from Darwinian principles led certain mathematicians astray in resolving problems related to morphogenesis.…

You might think that our corrupt and incompetant Attorney General would find it difficult to find a sympathetic audience these days. But you’d be wrong: Gonzales is scheduled to deliver a 45-minute speech at the Seattle Westin Hotel’s Grand Ballroom on the Justice Department’s efforts to protect intellectual property and combat cybercrime. Justice Department spokesman…

Along with the rest of my crew, I entered the theater. Not just any theater, mind you, but a special effects theater. This meant that at certain points during the film your seat would vibrate ominously and a small spritz of water would shoot out from the seat in front of you. More on that…

Due to some conflicts between MapQuest’s directions and my map of Kentucky, I was nervous during the final leg of my drive to The Creation Museum. After all those hours of driving, the only thing that would have been worse than actually having to walk through that pathetic monument to human ignorance and credulity would…

Quote Mining in EoE

A new ID book, a new selection of yummy delicious quote mines. Michael Behe’s The Edge of Evolution (EoE) offers quite the smorgasbord I’m not surprised that Jerry Coyne would have such a visceral negative reaction to anything Michael Behe writes. He was the victim of one of the more egregious ID quote-mines of recent…