Creationism

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ID and the age of the earth

Disco. ‘tute “research” director Casey Luskin is sad. Congressional Quarterly wrote about creationism and didn’t say nice things about “intelligent design” creationism. Casey insists that ID shouldn’t be lumped in with young earth creationism or geocentrism, asserting: the vast majority of leaders of the ID movement accept the conventional age of the Earth and the universe…

Ever since Chris Mooney’s Republican War on Science was published in 2005, folks have been looking for a way to argue that Democrats are just as bad. The standard example for this counternarrative, one which Mooney even offered in his book, was vaccine denial – the claim that vaccines cause autism or are otherwise dangerous. Intuitively,…

The University of Notre Dame’s Center for the Study of Social Movements is hosting a dialogue on science and politics, and I’m rather pleased with my contribution: “Will Climate Change Denial Inherit the Wind?” Do check out the other essays in the dialogue, especially Jeffrey Guhin’s discussion of some results from his observations of creationist Muslim…

A month ago, I had a bit of fun at Senator Marco Rubio’s expense over his “I’m not a scientist, man” response to GQ’s question about the age of the earth. I brought up his comments again in my talk last week at the American Geophysical Union meeting, to much audience amusement. It served as…

Rubio and Obama, compare and contrast

Slate’s Daniel Engber is upset.  People are making fun of Marco Rubio’s “I’m not a scientist, man” response to a question about the age of the earth, and he wants to insist that “Willful ignorance of science is a bipartisan value.”  As evidence for this claim, he contrasts Rubio: Q: How old do you think…

After their thrashing in the 2012 elections, Republicans are casting about for a new standardbearer, and Marco Rubio is a leading candidate for that post.  One consequence of that attention is this GQ interview with Rubio, which includes this awesome exchange: GQ: How old do you think the Earth is? Marco Rubio: I’m not a…

Ken Ham is an unreliable guide

The excellent Slacktivist notes, once more, that Ken Ham’s biblical exegesis is just as sound as his science. But there’s a twist.  He writes, “For decades I’ve been having this argument:” YOUNG-EARTH CREATIONIST: The Bible clearly says that God created the universe in six days, 6,000 years ago. ME: No, actually, it doesn’t. [Insert everything I’ve…

Called out

Shorter David Klinghoffer, Disco. ‘tute scrivener: We Called Out Darwinist Critic Carl Zimmer, He Folded, and Now He’s a Darwinist Hero: We called out Carl Zimmer, he kicked our asses, and now we’re butthurt about it. Klinghoffer is peeved that when knowledgeable people are asked to abandon standard tools of scientific discourse in exchange from an…

Lucy and the football

Shorter David Klinghoffer, Disco. ‘tute scrivener, We Called Out Darwinist Critic Carl Zimmer, and He Folded: Why won’t anyone play my game? Klinghoffer is upset that no one will come to the Disco. blog, let Disco. staff ban any outside comment, and debate the merits of the book which several Disco. staffers wrote and which Disco.…

Just imagine

As Steve Benen notes at Rachel Maddow’s blog, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker draws his governing lessons from interesting sources: Just imagine.  Then imagine that Noah had to build his ark in a capitalist market economy, and had to be able to turn a profit on the deal simply in order to start construction.  He might…