Archives for October, 2007

Back in June, Brown University biologist Ken Miller published this review of Michael Behe’s book The Edge of Evolution in Nature magazine. Considering the venue, Miller quite appropriately focused on Behe’s rather dubious scientific arguments and showed that they were entirely incorrect. Miller has now published a second review (not freely available online), this time…

At least, that is the conclusion you would inevitably come to if you read Town Hall on a regular basis. The wesbite that boasts of being the first conservative web community seems to have a yen for anti-atheist propaganda. For example, here’s Mike Adams in a column entitled, “Understanding Atheism::

Former World Chess Champion and current political activist Garry Kasparov appeared on Bill Maher’s program the other night. The entire, seven minute interview is worth watching, but I especially liked this part:

An Evangelical Crack-Up?

This week’s New York Times Magazine has this lengthy article suggesting that the evangelical voters are modertaing their views a bit: So when Fox announced to his flock one Sunday in August last year that it was his final appearance in the pulpit, the news startled evangelical activists from Atlanta to Grand Rapids. Fox told…

Insanity From Cato

Writing at the Cato Insititue blog, Chris Edwards believes he has found the Ann Coulter of the left: For those who think that it’s just conservatives, such as Ann Coulter, who are mean-spirited, they should check out the new book by Jonathan Chait, a senior editor of the New Republic, entitled The Big Con: The…

D’Souza vs. Hitchens

Another day, another debate between Christopher Hitchens and a defender of the faith. This time it was Dinesh D’Souza. The video of the procedings can be found here. It was a frustrating debate. Through most of it I felt D’Souza and Hitchens were talking about different things. Hitchens focused primarily on whether the major claims…

Columbia University Law Professor Michael Dorf uses the Dumbledore flap as a teachable moment: These principles may seem obvious enough when considering the relation of a fiction writer’s intentions to her text, but they are highly contentious when it comes to legal documents. In the balance of this column, I will explain why James Madison…

Christian apologist John Mark Reynolds answers no: Recently, J.K. Rowling announced to the world that one of her characters, the heroic mentor of Harry Potter, Dumbledore was gay. Nonsense. There is no evidence of it in the books and the books (at this point) are all that matter. I have always thought the books deeply…

O’Reilly and Stein Transcript

I see P.Z. Myers already has the video of Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Ben Stein. But just in case you’re at work and don’t want to get caught watching such filth, I have taken the liberty of providing a transcript below. Read it and weep:

Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling made some news at Carnegie Hall the other night: But when the questions began — they had been submitted by audience members before the event — she came into her own. Finally able to talk freely about the end of a series that had been so long-anticipated, she left nothing out. The big…

A while back I wrote an opinion piece (PDF Format) for BioScience magazine entitled “Leaders and Followers in the Intelligent Design Movement.” The intent of the essay was to draw a distinction between the rampant dishonesty among the leaders of the ID movement, with their blatantly out of context quotations and cartoon versions of modern…

Slate has an interesting piece on som erecent dinosaur finds in Argentina:

Fodor Follow-Up

In my blog entry of a few days ago regarding Jerry Fodor’s poorly argued essay in The London Review of Books, I remarked that Fodor divided his criticisms of natural selection into both an empricial and a conceptual criticism. I focused entirely on the empricial side of his essay. Happily, Bob O’Hara has taken care…

I Need A Banner!

It’s been pointed out to me that the banner residing atop my blog is a bit dull. There’s a very good reason for that. I haven’t the faintest idea how to make a snazzier one. Apparently other people have had contests to find a banner. That sounds good. Make other people do the work. I…

Religion Fracas in the Sacramento Bee

From the public editor of The Sacramento Bee: There they were, two stories on the Metro cover last Monday about a common topic: religion and beliefs. Yet they were as opposite as night is to day. The headlines said it all. “Atheists stand proud,” said one. “Church’s members unite to aid schools,””said the other. The…