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Cornelius Hunter expectorates: In the life sciences one’s alternatives are to be a Darwinist or to be a Darwinist. Passing grades, letters of recommendation, graduate school admission, doctorate exams, faculty hiring, and tenure promotion all require adherence to the theory of evolution. The lists are long of otherwise qualified candidates who could not take that…

Expertise and opinion

Over at the Pandas Thumb, "ThisIsPerfection" accuses me of using an argument from authority when I posted the composition of the 300 signatories of the DI’s "Dissent from Darwinism" list. I beg to differ. It is the DI itself that is engaging in such an argument. Witness: More than 700 Ph.D. scientists have adopted a…

Dembski pimps an interview with his new bestest buddy, the electrical and computer engineer, Robert Marks "director of the Baylor Evolutionary Informatics Lab" (which is comprised of Dembski, Marks and two students). The Isaac Newton of Information Theory says: I hope you catch from the interview the ambitiousness of the lab and how it promises…

I haven’t spoken of Michael Egnor is a long time. If you remember, he’s the DI’s pet neurosurgeon who, as many have documented, has a penchant for silly arguments. Attacking Egnor is a little like harvesting low-hanging fruit, but I couldn’t let this (lack of) logic go unnoticed … think of it as a teaching…

Jason’s recent encounter with ID-apologist Tom Woodward spurred me to revisit his book Darwin Strikes Back: Defending the Science of Intelligent Design (2006) which I had tossed aside months back due to its breathless, inane cheerleading for ID. Not surprisingly, the talk Jason witnessed follows the book quite closely, so you can save yourself the…

Beating on Behe

Behe’s latest piece of dreck (The Edge of Evolution) has appeared and it has already recieved quite the beatdown from Michael Ruse, Mark Chu-Carroll, PZ Myers, and Nick Matzke, with Nick’s post being fairly damning regarding Behe’s “ability” to do basic research (see here as well). I’ve a copy sitting on my desk here but…

Linn(a)ean quote of the day

From 1788: “I demand of you, and of the whole world, that you show me a generic character, by which to distinguish between Man and Ape. I myself most assuredly know of none. I wish somebody would indicate one to me. But if I had called man an ape, or vice versa, I should have…

I’m shocked, shocked, I say

Headline at Uncommon Descent: The Chronicle says of Gonzalez “a clear case of discrimination” Actual sentence in Chronicle article: At first glance, it seems like a clear-cut case of discrimination. (emphasis mine) Wow. Just, wow.

I’m sure PZ will comment on this, but I couldn’t help but highlight this statement by George Gilder: The notion that “the whole universe contains no intelligence,” Mr. Gilder said at Thursday’s conference, is perpetuated by “Darwinian storm troopers.” “Both Nazism and communism were inspired by Darwinism,” he continued. “Why conservatives should toady to these…

Dembski: Telling lies for Jesus

Dembski seems to think Darwin was a racist when it came to the “careless, squalid, unaspiring” Irish. Pat Hayes points out Dembski’s selective quotation of Darwin and John Wilkins applies the coup de grace. I hope these aren’t the “research” methods that Dembski is teaching to his students at his little bible school.