Creationist Bingo!

A few people in this thread were suggesting we needed a creationist bingo card — Skeptico obliged earlier this month.


You need a couple of randomized versions of this, but you’ll still have the problem that people all over the auditorium will be shouting “Bingo!” five minutes into the talk, and by the end, you’ll have to give everyone a prize.


  1. #1 J Daley
    September 20, 2007

    I’m considering bringing some of these when Dawkins comes to Chicago in October. (AAAAAAAAAAAAA!) Anyone?

  2. #2 Blake Stacey
    September 20, 2007

    I agree with Traffic Demon (#4). We need randomized versions with the entries drawn from a bank of possibilities larger than the size of the card, so that each card has only a subset of all possible inanities.

  3. #3 IanR
    September 20, 2007

    @jpf – while creationists characterise evolutionary biology that way, how many talks about evolution have you been to that use coded buzz words like that? Could you imagine going to a public talk by an evolutionary biologist about their area of specialisation and hearing them use enough of those terms for anyone to win at Bingo? I’d be surprised if even a talk debunking creationism hit on too many of them. Concepts, maybe, buzz words? Not so sure. But that isn’t a fair comparison (unless Eugenie Scott or Barbara Forrest is speaking) – these are talks about a person’s primary area of professional expertise. Imagine PZ giving a talk to the public on zerbrafish evolution. Now think of a Bingo card which would work for PZ, Eugenie Scott, Francisco Ayala, Rich Lenski, Peter Raven and Richard Dawkins.

  4. #4 MAJeff
    September 20, 2007

    What is this “Abiogenesis” creationist confuse evolution with?

    abiogenesis=begining of life. At least that’s how this non-biologist understands it. Evolution proceeds after that.

    Correct me if I’m wrong….please.

  5. #5 MAJeff
    September 20, 2007

    Question to any of the smart biologists around here. I’m a social scientist and took my last bio course like 10 years ago (and I hated my professor, so I skipped most of it). Yet, I understand the concepts of what a theory means in science (or else I wouldn’t be about to finish a PhD).

    I’m not alone!!!!!!

    My last course, though, was about 15 years ago when I switched from chemical engineering to music, and still managed to pass senior level biochemistry without going to class and taking the exams cold. I was proud that I was actually able to remember how to (symbolically) produce a benzene ring yesterday, after all those years of not even thinking about it.

  6. #6 Sastra
    September 20, 2007

    jpf wrote:

    Again, creationists (of the sort this card is intended to be played with, at least) actually believe that there’s no morality without god, that evolution violates the SLOT, etc. so all you’re doing is making note that they say what they believe. Those who also believe or are open to believe in those things won’t be swayed to think any less of the creationist speaker because of this.

    If you read pop creationist brochures, they not only repeat many of these pseudo-issues, but they often make a big to-do over evolutionists “having no answers.” The assumption is that (gulp) these problems just haven’t occurred to them before. The creationist at the podium often sets himself up as stumping those folks in the audience who came in thinking the case for evolution was air-tight … but now? They’ve been presented with some new arguments that must really make them rethink their position. Someone on the fence might be swayed by this sort of rhetoric, caught up in the Big Daddy-style fantasy.

    Creationist Bingo might help make the point that no, these critiques are not unexpected ambushes out of nowhere. We’ve heard it.

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