More for amusement than anything else, I sometimes check the latest reviews of my books and those of my colleagues on Amazon. Here’s the beginning and end of a review of Icons of Evolution (authored by my good friend Jonathan Wells) posted three days ago: *********************************************** A review by a medical researcher, June 27, 2006 […]
Spider silk and diatom silica structures are just accidents. We can’t design stuff like this ourselves but when we take these two complex things found in nature and combine them then all of a sudden it’s a design! Wheeeeee! Aren’t we smart! Novel nanocomposites from spider silkÃ¢â‚¬â€œsilica fusion (chimeric) proteins
Check out SALVO: http://www.salvomag.com. It’s hard-hitting and in-your-face without being ponderous. I love the “fake” ads, like The Center for Human Enhancement’s ad that features a stylized human head with the caption “be perfect” and the recommendation to “visit upgrademe.com.” Denyse O’Leary as well as other allies have pieces in the premier issue (autumn 2006), […]
Here is the archive for the NCSE webpage going back to 1996: http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.natcenscied.org. Let me know if you find anything interesting.
Over at evolutionnews.org (http://www.evolutionnews.org/2006/06/whats_up_with_ronald_numbers_a_2.html) Casey Luskin comments on an article coauthored by Ronald Numbers for the Journal of Clinical Investigation (“Defending science education against intelligent design: a call to action”). In this article we once again hear the bogus co-option argument as a proposed refutation of irreducible complexity: “…Michael Behe’s irreducible complexity argument ignores exaptation […]
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Just so storyÃ¢â‚¬Â is a phrase one hears often in the origins debate. Etymologically, the phrase is traced to a series of childrenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s stories by Rudyard Kipling in which he gave comical accounts of how various animals acquired their peculiar traits, including Ã¢â‚¬Å“How the Camel got his Hump,Ã¢â‚¬Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“How the Rhinoceros got his Skin,Ã¢â‚¬Â and […]
This is a follow on to my earlier article urging people to write their congress persons in support of H.R. 2679, Public Expression of Religion Act of 2005. What I want to talk about here is how the people have been stripped of their right to have a jury judge the law – commonly called […]
The Cornell ID Course is open to any participants as long as they abide by the rules of engagement: The following rules will be strictly enforced: Ad hominem attacks, blasphemy, profanity, rudeness, and vulgarity will not be tolerated (although heresy will always be encouraged). However, vigorous attacks against a member’s position are expected and those […]
Scientific American Best Flame Award 2006
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Icons of Evolution Update:
For those of you enjoying the antics of those bungling buffoons over at the PT circus (I know I am!), I’d like to warn you that too much of that stuff will rot your brain. Never fear, however. I’ve got just the thing to remedy that. Bill Vallicella (aka the Maverick Philosopher) has a blog […]
First, my thanks to occasional UD commenter and blogger Larry Fafarman for bringing this to my attention. This bill, introduced in the U.S. House with 50 cosponsers, seeks to bar awarding attorney’s fees in lawsuits involving the 1st amendment establishment clause and limit the awards to injunctive relief. The multi-million dollar attorney fees collected by […]
DaveScot beat me to the punch (see previous post). Just so you don’t have to wade through the 515 (and counting) comments on the Ron Numbers thread (if you must consult it, go here), here are some highlights. It is heavily edited, of course, but what I left out is even dopier than what I […]
Lenny Flank and PZ Myers, both positive atheists, are going for each other’s jugular on Panda’s Thumb. Myers thinks Flank is harming the cause because Flank refuses to agree that theists need to be lined up and shot and Flank thinks Myers is an idiot because Myers is alienating people in numbers so great that […]