attorney; specialist in school law and litigation; former member of Colorado House of Representatives
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Driving Down the Piles

In a post earlier today Denyse responded to a student’s charge that ID is a “God of the gaps” scientific show stopper.  Apparently, the student assumes if a researcher performs a scientific investigation of a phenomenon and concludes that design by an intelligent agent is the best explanation for the phenomenon, the matter is then settled and Read More…

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Illusion of Knowledge III

In Illusion of Knowledge I and II we discussed epistemological categories.  In particular, we analyzed what it means to “know” and whether there is a difference that makes a difference between scientific conclusions supported by “direct” observations and scientific conclusions based upon inference.  We also discussed how certain we have to be about a conclusion Read More…

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Looking Past the Blinders

The term “blinders” is tossed about a lot, but some folks may not know what they are.  Blinders are a part of a horse’s or a mule’s tackle.  They are small blocks of leather that fit on the outside of the animal’s eyes to keep it from looking to its side.  Their purpose is to Read More…

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Causation, Primary and Secondary: A Response to Edward Oakes

Denyse’s post below (What did Hitler believe about evolution?) quoted Edward Oakes, a writer of great erudition for whom I have a tremendous amount of respect.  Although Oakes frequently sends me scrambling for my dictionary, I look forward to reading his articles and book reviews in First Things and his posts on First Things’ blog.  Read More…

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BarryA Responds to His Critics at Panda’s Thumb

As I write this there have been 80 comments to my posts about the evidence issues implicated by the plaintiffs’ literature bluff at the Dover trial.  Our friends at Panda’s Thumb have also opened a thread to discuss my posts see (here) and also (here).  For those interested in my response to PT, read on.

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Let’s Grade Mr. Than’s Journalism Project

Denyse, I would be interested in how you would grade Mr. Than’s article (see a couple of posts down)  if it were a project in a journalism class you were teaching.  I am not a journalist, but from my lay perspective he gets points off for: 1.  Value laden language.  Depending on one’s perspective, “near the Read More…

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U.S. Lags Behind Europe, Japan in Acceptance of Evolution

So reports Ker Than a Staff Writer for Space.com and LiveScience.com.  You can get the whole story here:  http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,207858,00.html.  Mr. Than reports that a new study compares attitudes toward evolution in 34 countries.  The US ranks “near the bottom” when it comes to public acceptance of evolution.  Other findings: