Archives for June, 2009

Here’s an interesting tidbit from a blogger for the Indianapolis Star: Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett hurriedly called this morning to be removed from the speakers list at an annual conference on Creationism after accidentally agreeing to speak, said Cam Savage, his spokesman. The Creation Evidence Expo 2009 listed Bennett on the speakers…

Book Fight, Round Two

A few weeks ago I took notice of a looming book fight between Richard Dawkins’ forthcoming The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution and Jerry Coyne’s book Why Evolution is True. I gave Round One to Dawkins on the grounds of having a better title. Now Round Two goes to … Coyne! His…

Kenneth Chang of The New York Times has now weighed in with an article about the big trip to the Creation Museum. A couple of interesting tidbits: Arnold I. Miller, a professor of geology at the University of Cincinnati and head of the meeting’s organizing committee, suggested the trip. “Too often, academics tend to ignore…

Cincinnati, Part One

For me the big paleontology conference began on Wednesday morning when a group of us gathered to go to the Creation Museum. There were a couple of luminaries in attendence, including Eugenie Scott: If you look carefully you can make out my reflection in the glass. I have made several visits to the museum, and…

Cat Blogging

Had a great time in Cincinnati, and will be doing a couple of posts about it shortly. In the meantime, how about some cat pictures to tide you over. Here’s Emily in a pensive mood: And here she is on her favorite bookshelf:

To Cincinnati!

Tomorrow I will be leaving for sunny Cincinnati, Ohio to participate in the 9th North American Paleontological Convention. On Thursday I, along with fellow Panda’s Thumbers Art Hunt and Richard Hoppe, will be participating in a panel discussion on “Countering Creationism.” Of course, I will be sure to emphasize that the really important thing in…

Zingers

Meghan McCain appeared on Bill Maher’s show the other night. One of the other guests was Democratic strategist Paul Begala. The following exchange took place: McCAIN: The Obama administration really has to stop completely blaming everything on its predecessor, completely. And I’m really sick of hearing, oh, we were handed this we were handed this.…

Ruse News

In 2002 I attended an ID conference near Kansas City. Among the speakers was philosopher J. P. Moreland. During his talk he unleashed a broadside against Michael Ruse, accusing him not only of perjuring himself during the famous 1981 Arkansas creationism trial but also of having publicly admitted to his misdeeds. I had an audio…

The Idiot Button

It doesn’t happen often, but there are times when MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews really comes through. Here he is commenting on the difference between Obama’s handling of the aftermath of the Iranian elections and the reaction of his Republican critics: MATTHEWS: What strikes me, David and Bob, is the difference between the president, who is…

An Amusing Brainteaser

A relative of mine just sent me the following brainteaser. Since it never hurts to flex one’s mental muscles, I thought I’d pass it along: It is the month of August; a resort town sits next to the shores of a lake. It is raining, and the little town looks totally deserted. It is tough…

Miller Joins the Party

Ken Miller has now weighed in with a lengthy post criticizing Jerry Coyne’s views on the compatibility of science and religion. Since most of Miller’s essay is focused on specific statements made by Coyne I won’t go point by point through it. I suspect Coyne will post his own reply at his blog, and I…

Coyne Weighs In

Jerry Coyne has posted his thoughts on the subject of methodological naturalism. Here’s a sample: I am a methodological naturalist, but I don’t think that all supernatural claims defy scientific analysis. Moreover, I don’t see that the methodological/philosophical distinction has a lot to do with the dissonance between faith and science. The real dissonance, as…

Methodological Naturalism

I had not intended to go another round with Chris Mooney. But since his latest post mentions me specifically, and does so in a very unfair way, I feel compelled to respond. Chris has decided that Jerry Coyne is confused about the distinction between methodological and philosophical naturalism. In my last post I pointed out…

Surrounded by Paganism

Encouraging news from Newt Gingrich: Two leading voices of the Republican Party’s evangelical wing visited Rock Church on Friday for a forum aimed at recapturing some of the movement’s political momentum. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee urged Christians to get involved in politics to preserve the presence…

Mooney on Dover

Chris Mooney has posted his latest salvo in his ongoing discussion with Jerry Coyne. Sadly, I think he has muffed it pretty badly. Coyne, of course, can take care of himself. I am inserting myself into this discussion simply because I think this is an important and interesting topic. So let’s have a look. The…