Archives for January, 2009

Miller: Real science is debate. Praises standards writers. Votes against amendment. Nuñez is still missing. Knight: Allen said everything that should be said. Craig: This doesn’t restrict discussion, doesn’t infringe rights. It does better at encouraging freedom than old lines. As Cargill speaks, I head out to see if Nuñez can be found. Without him,…

Agosto is playing for time. Praises energy on both sides. Says he’s open-minded. Willing to listen to everyone. He’s the swing vote. Everyone’s hanging on his every word. “I echo Bradley’s comments,” about the amount of commentary, but will vote against the amendment. Standards are good, well-written, he’ll listen to the experts.

Liveblogging Texas Day 2, part 3

Mercer: Teach S&W of everything. It would be illegal to single out evolution. 6500 emails say keep S&W. He’s been battered. This is a battle for freedom of speech. Teachers have a right to allow students to have questions. I note that teachers also have a right to maintain order in classrooms. Darwin, apparently, claimed…

Liveblagging Texas again

1:15 Dunbar just moved to amend the TEKS to restore the bogus S&W language rather than the language preferred by scientific and science education experts. She’s saying it will somehow stave off litigation. NO! It will bring litigation. Now she’s saying other board members are disingenuous. Insists that the language has been on the books…

Liveblogging Texas, day 2, part 6

Dunbar proposes that old TEKS be revise to say: Analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, experimental and observational reasoning and problem solving by examining scientific evidence supportive and not supportive of those explanations. This adds the word “critique,” and the bit at the end. She says the last bit…

Keep beating that drum

Casey Luskin, Disco. Inst’s attack caterpillar, posts an Epilogue on Dr. Meyer?s Texas Testimony: Stephen Meyer Demolishes Darwinist Personal Attacks: The first question the Texas Darwinists asked was whether Dr. Meyer has a Ph.D. in biology. No, Dr. Meyer answered, he merely holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and History of Science from Cambridge University that…

*chopper blades whirr, their flicker blending into the flickering of fluorescent lights in a vast chamber* Austin? crap, I’m still in Austin. Every time I think I’m going to wake up back in the prairie. When I was in the hotel after the first day, it was worse. I’d wake up and there’d be nothing……

Livebogging the execrable Meyer

Forgot to post this last night. He’s back to claiming phylogenetics is circular. Not fair to say that IDers are not there, or that their numbskulls. He is insisting that he’s not a creationist, and yet: Q. Do you accept the general principle of common descent that all life is biologically related back to the…

Liveblogging the interminable Meyer

Leo: I know you won’t defend your Cambridge PhD. Asks about Cambrian. Also, is Disco. creationist? Now she’s getting pissy, and blithering about lots of topics. Meyer: “Do you know what an argument from authority is?” Will you offer one now? Accuses experts of appealing to authority, rather than appeal to expertise which they actually…

Liveblogging Texas MMMLDI

It’s worth noting something about Garner’s statements. He claims that evolution is treated specially, but this is nonsense. The language in question is used everywhere. He claims that the standards related to evolution is somehow less in-depth, that evolution is less scrutinized. Rick Agosto was chatting about investments with a couple of the creationists in…