Intelligent Design

Can Ben Stein’s Expelled be sued by angry Darwinists?

That’s the warning I received from an anonymous “wellwisher” (?) here at the Post-Darwinist: I do hopw that the makers of “Expelled” are aware of the lawsuits launched against the makers of “What the Bleep…”, given that they obtained their interviews with several biologists unders false pretenses. I asked a contact at the studio, and Read More…

Intelligent Design

Reviewers, reviewers: Booklist and Library Journal reviews of The Spiritual Brain

Reading reviews of a book one wrote is one of the best ways to study popular cultural assumptions about who you are and what you are trying to say: From the Booklist review Neuroscientist Beauregard is no flighty New-Ager or Creationist but, he says, one of a minority of neuroscientists who don’t adhere to strictly Read More…

Off Topic Religion

[Off Topic]Jesus desecrated in Malay newspaper. No riots in Kuala Lumpur?

Here’s an interesting but off-topic story. A newspaper in Kuala Lumpur ran a newspaper article showing a picture of Jesus smoking (a cigar or cigarette or something). The Malay Indians have expressed outrage and asked for apologies (which the newspaper has extended). The Malay Indian Congress has threatened to have the newspaper shut down but, Read More…

Intelligent Design

Dawkins Bravely Opposes Following the Herd (Unless It’s His Herd)

Readers of this blog will know that my favorite game is “spot the irony” (based upon Monty Python’s “spot the looney” game).  Here a colleague from another listserve brings Richard Dawkins’ statement from “The Enemies of Reason” We’ve got to go back to the evidence and see what is true. We must favour verifiable evidence Read More…

Culture Intelligent Design Religion Science

Scientists should unite against threat from religion

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any sillier, now Sam Harris, author of “Letter to a Christian Nation” publishes a letter in Nature calling all good scientists to oppose religion at every turn. Unfortunately for Sam, the letter is frought with inaccuracies and mischaracterizations that would make PiZza Myers proud. He even goes so Read More…

Culture Education Philosophy Religion

The Open Society and Its Secular Enemies

The audacity of the secular humanists never ceases to amaze. Their upcoming conference titled “The Secular Society and Its Enemies” is an ill-conceived rip-off of Karl Popper’s THE OPEN SOCIETY AND ITS ENEMIES. Had they read and understood Popper, they would realize that they are the enemies to which he was referring. I encourage readers Read More…

Culture Darwinism Religion

David Klinghoffer Interview in NRO

David Klinghoffer, author of the new book Shattered Tablets: Why We Ignore the Ten Commandments at Our Peril (Doubleday), gives a disconcerting interview in National Review Online about life in Seattle. Here’s a sample: Lopez: What’s the point of a First Commandment protest rally? Klinghoffer: Oh, I attended one, though it wasn’t spoken of explicitly. Read More…

Evolution

Fossil gorilla teeth push back human evolution even further

Here is ad hoc, paradigm-driven, rationalistic science at its best: (paraphrase follows) “We know that humans and gorillas had a common ancestor. This finding of an extremely early but largely modern gorilla means that the ancestor must have been much earlier than we thought.” This, along with the Egyptian footprints, ought to be telling a different story, it seems Read More…

Intelligent Design

Randy Olson plugs Ben Stein’s EXPELLED (actually, the trailer for EXPELLED)

Responding to PZ Myers’ usual commenters, Randy Olson, of FLOCK OF DODOS fame, remarks: Are you folks really this clueless? You make me think of a baseball team that finishes the season in last place, then spends the off season criticizing all the other teams, as if that will address the problem. I’m sorry to Read More…