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New Mexico joins the horde …

NCSE is reporting that a ?strengths and weaknesses? bill is on the table in New Mexico. It?s your typical ?academic freedom? bill that the DI has been shilling for a while now: The department, school district governing authorities and school administrators shall not prohibit any teacher, when biological evolution or chemical evolution is being taught…

ID and YEC in Britain

New data on creationism in Britain. The, ahem, “highlights” 51% agree that "evolution alone is not enough to explain the complex structures of some living things, so the intervention of a designer is needed at key stages." 40% disagree. 32% agree that "God created the world sometime in the last 10,000 years." 60% disagree. Thus,…

Brian Metscher has reviewed the ID ?supplementary textbook? Explore Evolution for the journal Evolution & Development. Metscher describes the work as 159 glossy pages of color-illustrated creationist nostalgia All the old favorites are here ? fossils saying no, all the Icons, flightless Ubx flies, irreducible flagella, even that irritating homology-is-circular thing. There are no…

[Book] Davenport’s Dream

It is always cute when the anti-evolutionists (in all their guises) try to do history; witness here, for example. Veteran observers are not surprised to find them trying to warp history (see here, here, here & here for that). Nowhere is this warping more evident than in how DI-hacks such as John West & Richard…

SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009

Jim Lippard is organizing SkeptiCamp Phoenix 2009. A SkeptiCamp is “a conference whose content is provided by attendees. Where BarCamp is focused on technology, SkeptiCamp instead focuses on topics of interest to skeptics, including science, critical thinking and skeptical inquiry.” The event is planned for February 21st and I’ve already agreed to talk on “Academic…

Just a quick update on the book I mentioned last night. It appears that it will be published by Dembski’s vanity press (for which Flannery is in charge of publicity and marketing). The work is not an edited series of papers, but a re-issue of Wallace’s World of Life (available for free here) with an…

Dembski just announced a forthcoming book for which he is apparently writing a foreword: Michael A. Flannery (ed.) Alfred Russel Wallace’s Theory of Intelligent Evolution: How Wallace’s World of Life Challenged Darwinism. Flannery (MA, MLS) is associate director for historical collections at Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham and…

NCSE is reporting that the first anti-evolution bill of 2009 will be from Oklahoma. Senate Bill 320 (document), prefiled in the Oklahoma Senate and scheduled for a first reading on February 2, 2009, is apparently the first antievolution bill of 2009. Entitled the "Scientific Education and Academic Freedom Act," SB 320 would, if enacted, require…

Ian Musgrave piles on Luskin

From here: Casey also chides Miller for not doing any knock-out experiments on blood clotting systems. This is heavily ironic as no ID proponent, not even Behe, has done any experiments on the blood clotting system. As I point out in my post Behe vs Lampreys, it’s the evolutionary biologists that have been doing all…

You’d *almost* feel sorry for Luskin

Over at PT, Nick piles on Luskin: One aside: the fact that Behe wrote a chunk of Pandas is important in several ways apart from pure history. First, this makes Pandas, rather than Darwin’s Black Box (or really, a few of his web articles), the first published expression of Behe’s IC argument. Second, it means…