Archives for August, 2015

Great Moments in Evolution Debates

I’m in the mood for something light-hearted today, so here’s a YouTube clip for you: It’s from the Firing Line debate in 1997 about evolution and creationism. Representing darkness and obscurantism were William F. Buckley, Phillip Johnson, Michael Behe, and David Berlinski. Sunshine and goodness were represented by Barry Lynn, Eugenie Scott, Michael Ruse, and…

Musing About the Burden of Proof

I see that Barry Arrington is blogging up a storm lately over at Uncommon Descent. It’s all his usual silliness–bad arguments coupled with denunciations of anyone who dares disagree with him–but this post was eyebrow-raising even for him. The set-up is this: Arrington is in the habit of making big bold claims about what is…

Planned Parenthood heroically provides medical services to a great many women who otherwise would receive little or no health care at all. This can be thankless and even dangerous work, because there are fanatics out there who do not like what they do. They perform abortions, you see, though this is a tiny fraction of…

Comedy on College Campuses

It used to be a major American art form for white actors to cover themselves in make-up and pretend to be black. This persisted for roughly a hundred years, from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. What a golden age for comedy that must have been! As recently as the 1970s we had shows like…

Two New Additions To the Family

I’m finally home again after all my recent travels. Back to back math conferences is fun, but also a bit stressful and tiring. While I was away, my extended family welcomed two new additions: Meet William and Charlotte. Charlotte is the one with the white detailing. My brother and sister-in-law just adopted them from a…