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Back in December 2006 I referred to Francis Beckwith as an ID supporter. This resulted in he informing me that he “has never been much of fan [of] design arguments, ever [and that his] interest in the debate focuses on the jurisprudential questions involving the First Amendment and what could be permissibly taught in public…

Mark Chu-Carroll has done it so that you don’t have to … read the Dembski & Marks paper that I mentioned a few days back. Shorter MC-C: “Same old rubbish.” Read his full verdict here. Update (5/11): Dembski “responds” (and apparently cannot bring himself to actually name who makes the criticism) and Mark sets him…

In 2000, Baylor’s Michael Polanyi Center (Dembski’s pet project) hosted a conference title “The Nature of Nature: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Role of Naturalism in Science”. It now looks like the proceedings of the conference are finally appearing: Bruce L. Gordon and William A. Dembski, eds., The Nature of Nature: Examining the Role of…

Another ID Anniversary

Earlier this month we celebrated Paul Nelson Day. Today is yet another ID-related (and as it happens, also Paul Nelson related) anniversary. Four years ago, I posted a piece (reprinted a year and a half later here) on Nelson’s forthcoming monograph on common descent. By now, it has been “forthcoming” for eleven years. At the…

SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009

SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009 went off wonderfully yesterday. Big thanks to Jim Lippard for doing such a wonderful organizational job. The picture above is me beginning my 20 minute gallop through the issue of academic freedom and the intelligent design movement. Shorter – and undoubtedly more coherent –  version is: Evolution is not an unchallengeable orthodoxy…

Over at PT, Hector Avalos is reporting that the deadline has passed for the DI-inspired “Evolution Academic Freedom Act? (HF 183) to move out of committee in Iowa. This one is now officially dead. Thus the scorecard so far looks like: Mississippi – dead in committee Oklahoma – dead in committee Iowa – dead in…

Next week there is a big conference here at ASU – hosted in conjunction with University of Cambridge – examining the concept of “Unchallengeable Orthodoxy in Academia and Science.” The general purpose of the conference is: To critically examine the precept that American and British universities and the scientific communities in these countries are, and…

Apparently Alvin Plantinga and Daniel Dennett debated a week ago at a meeting of the Central Division of the American Philosophical Association. An anonymous individual live-blogged it somewhat hyperbolically  (?The tension between the titans fills the room?) but the account is worth a read, even if it is clear that the blogger is biased towards…

Creationist credentialing redux

Creationists have long used credentials to make their case for them. Demsbki has posted a link to a SSRN (i.e. grey literature) paper by Edward Sisson (who is an architect and lawyer) in which he ?relates lessons learned not only about evolution, molecular biology, and ?intelligent design,? but also about the accumulated ?bad habits? that…

ID in a nutshell

On the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin, William Dembski, research professor of philosophy at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, challenged Darwin’s famed theory of evolution during a seminary chapel service. A fixation with Darwin and a sermon in a chapel. Nothing more to add. <source>