Archives for June, 2007

Brief Blog Break

From tomorrow through next Wednesday I will be on the road. First up: A trip to the big creationism museum. Then, a visit to a friend and collaborator who live in Bowling Green, KY to talk about math and whatever else it occurs to us to discuss. Alas, I will be away from a computer…

So after writing that last post and fretting that Coyne had provided the ID bloggers with ample fodder for demonstrating the intemperance of their critics, I decided to look around to see if any of the ID blogs had responded. And sure enough, William Dembski has already weighed in on the subject. The title of…

Coyne Lays an Egg

Ronald Reagan famously defined the eleventh commandment to be, “Thou shalt not criticize a fellow Republican.” I’m a big fan of the spirit, if not the substance, of that statement. Generally speaking, I try to avoid criticizing my own side. The way I see it, there are dozens of bloggable items that come across my…

Behe in Washington D.C.

This past Wednesday I saw Michael Behe’s talk at the Washington D.C. offices of the Discovery Institute. The talk, alas, was staggeringly dull, and I frequently found my attention wandering. Unlike Thomas Woodward, who was lying through his teeth at almost every turn and plainly knew next to nothng about science, Behe confined things pretty…

Woodward closed by gushing about Ralph Seelke, who is a biologist at the University of Wisconsin, Superior. His web page carries a large disclaimer that his views do not represent the views of the university. That’s never a good sign. The site also has various pro-ID articles and links. He mentions three of his favorite…

We left off with Woodward about to launch into his favorite talking points. Let’s have a look. Number One: Haeckel’s Embryos. Woodward spent a few minutes gushing about how Icons of Evolution author Jonathan Wells represented a “great success story” of ID. He referred everyone to an essay over at the DI (which I refuse…

As so often happens, this write-up requires more space than I expected it to when I sat down to begin writing it. I had intended this to be the last part of my write-up on Woodward’s presentation, but, having written steadily for the last two hours and seeing no end in sight, it is clear…

Thomas Woodward, author of the new book Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelliigent Design turned up at the Washington D.C. offices of the Discovery Intstitute last night. Since it’s alays nice to have an excuse to hang out in the big city, I decided to check it out. There’s rather a lot to…

Schism!

Let us end the day’s blogging by noting this happy story from The Australian: AN unholy war has erupted between a star of the US evangelical movement and his Australian flock, with claims of bullying and unbiblical behaviour. Former NSW chief magistrate Clarrie Briese, who nearly brought down former High Court judge Lionel Murphy, has…

Meanwhile, the Gonzalez case continues. The President of ISU has turned down Gonzalez’s appeal: Because the issue of tenure is a personnel matter, I am not able to share the detailed rationale for the decision, although that has been provided to Dr. Gonzalez. But I can outline the areas of focus of my review where…

Brownback on Evolution

Meanwhile, writing in The New York Times, Senator Sam Brownback clarifies his views on evolution. Recall that Brownback was one of three Republican candidates to admit to rejecting evolution in a recent debate. He writes:

Ruse and Chu-Carroll on Behe

Meanwhile, the reviews of Michael Behe’s new book The Edge of Evolution are starting to appear. Michael Ruse weighs in with a short review for The Globe and Mail. His verdict:

Farrell on Wikipedia

Sorry for the light blogging lately. I’m furiously trying to finish up some writing projects that have been festering for a while. I’m a painfully slow writer, and there’s a limit to how many hours a day I can stand pecking away at the computer. Alas, this state of affairs is likely to continue for…