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UD bloggers tend not to automatically follow the experts or the party line.

Check out this MSNBC debate between two US Congressmen on whether Global Warming was caused by CO2. When the “denier” started to look as if he was winning on the science, the debate moderator inferred he was a creationist and anti-science. He then forced both men to profess their belief in EVOLUTION. Watch in fear!


A transcript is available here.

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Here is another one like the other one.

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32 Replies to “SHOULD BE OFF TOPIC

  1. 1
    ECM says:

    Watching Chris Matthews has been clinically proven to be deleterious to IQ–viewer beware.

  2. 2
    Jehu says:

    Unbelievable. Chris Matthews is such an idiot. “Rasmussen is a Republican poll, we don’t quote that here.”

    How does Matthews deal with the fact that Rasmussen has been the most accurate poll for the last two presidential election cycles? I guess accuracy is a Republican thing that liberals don’t care about? Obviously.

    And can you believe that Democratic congressmen from Virginia? “Hundreds of millions of people live near the ocean and their lives are in danger.” What? That is science?

    AGW is going to be the waterloo for these arrogant consensus=science morons.

    You should do some posts about how Obama’s science czar was promoting forced sterilization in the ’70’s as a way to avoid overpopulation.

  3. 3
    CannuckianYankee says:

    “You should do some posts about how Obama’s science czar was promoting forced sterilization in the ’70’s as a way to avoid overpopulation.”

    They did a couple of weeks ago.

  4. 4

    Thanks for posting this. It’s hard to believe that this is the same Chris Matthews who used to substitute for Rush Limbaugh (back in the 90s). Until the last election, my wife and I would watch Hardball. But during the election it got so biased that we couldn’t bear to watch it anymore.

  5. 5
    Gage says:

    My opinion of Chris Matthews dropped drastically after watching this exchange.

  6. 6
    vjtorley says:

    I happened to be in a bookstore this morning which had a copy of the August 2009 edition of Scientific American . Perusing it briefly, I cam across an article by Michael Shermer, entitled, “Skeptic’s Take on the Life and Argued Works of Shakespeare” at http://www.scientificamerican......n-the-life . I was struck by a remark in the article by Shermer, which I think explains many people’s attitudes towards the issues of ID and global warming.

    In science, a reigning theory is presumed provisionally true and continues to hold sway unless and until a challenging theory explains the current data as well and also accounts for anomalies that the prevailing one cannot. Applying that principle here, we should grant that Shakespeare wrote the plays unless and until the anti-Stratfordians can make their case for a challenger who fits more of the literary and historical data.

    A few comments:

    1. By itself, the principle does not tell us what should be accepted as a theory in the first place, rather than merely a bold speculative hypothesis. The hypothesis of anthropogenic global warming is cetainly a theory; the hypothesis that some one-celled creatures evolved into Chris Matthews over the span of one billion years is not a theory, in my opinion. Intermediate forms need to be specified, and a viable pathway as well.

    2. Fortunately, the tide is turning in the global warming debate. In a recent article entitled, Resisting Climate Hysteria , climatologist Richard Lindzen writes:

    For small changes in climate associated with tenths of a degree, there is no need for any external cause. The earth is never exactly in equilibrium. The motions of the massive oceans where heat is moved between deep layers and the surface provides variability on time scales from years to centuries. Recent work (Tsonis et al, 2007), suggests that this variability is enough to account for all climate change since the 19th Century. Supporting the notion that man has not been the cause of this unexceptional change in temperature is the fact that there is a distinct signature to greenhouse warming: surface warming should be accompanied by warming in the tropics around an altitude of about 9km that is about 2.5 times greater than at the surface. Measurements show that warming at these levels is only about 3/4 of what is seen at the surface, implying that only about a third of the surface warming is associated with the greenhouse effect, and, quite possibly, not all of even this really small warming is due to man (Lindzen, 2007, Douglass et al, 2007). This further implies that all models predicting significant warming are greatly overestimating warming. This should not be surprising (though inevitably in climate science, when data conflicts with models, a small coterie of scientists can be counted upon to modify the data. Thus, Santer, et al (2008), argue that stretching uncertainties in observations and models might marginally eliminate the inconsistency. That the data should always need correcting to agree with models is totally implausible and indicative of a certain corruption within the climate science community).

    3. What would it take to undermine people’s trust in evolution, which (on a very large scale) cannot even be called a proper scientific theory, yet? Any thoughts from ex-believers?

  7. 7
    DATCG says:

    Mr. Chris “Obama makes my leg Tingle” Matthews?

    LOL… no bias there.

    Jehu, good catch on “lives in danger” it was the first thing I was going to post on.

    Can’t wait to see how Diffaxial will talk about hyperbole on this one.

  8. 8
    DATCG says:

    People on the coast – Your lives are in Danger! Run, Run! The Government knows you’ll all be dead shortly if you don’t Tax every single American company, car and cigar. By the way, you better stop making brewskis for the President to drink as well since that ultimately contributes to the dangerous CO2 gas.

    And as a nation we should all come together, hold our breath, and kill all our pets because we create CO2 with every breath we take. PETA will morn, but we must survive, we must save lives!

    LOL… I turned off the GE owned MSNBC long ago. If there should be any new law on the books today. It should be seperation of Media from Corporations with an agenda. The day we allowed corporations to buy out news media is the day we lost any sanity in press coverage.

    Back to subject of climate. The Republican I think was under-estimating the last 7yrs, but I need to verify trends.

    But I did catch Mr. Moran saying glaciers in Alaska are shrinking?

    Well, some, at least one is also growing, at rate of 7ft/day.

    Alaskan Hubbard Glacier Growing… since 1895 keeps advancing – maybe endangering town

    Link above has many other links, but click on link first link to an Alaskan EDU site that is tracking the growth of the Glacier since 2002.

    Hubbard Glacier dips its tongue into salt water about 40 miles north of Yakutat, Alaska, home to about 600 people. Fed by fields of ice so immense that the glacier will rumble forward regardless of how warm the planet gets in the near future, Hubbard Glacier made headlines in 2002 when it bulldozed gravel into Gilbert Point, pinching off Russell Fiord’s link to the sea and creating the largest glacier-dammed lake in the world. Before the gravel dam broke, water within the lake rose more than eight inches each day and threatened to spill into a world-class steelhead stream near Yakutat.

    FearMongoring Mr Matthews? No, say it aint so. Hyperbole much Mr. Moran? Nah…

    People run for your lives!

    A Glacier is going to engulf your town!

    Hurry Chris, hurry, put aside your tingling sensations for teh one and warn the Alaskan people of Glacier Growth!

    I guess the global warming zealots are right about the water rising, but they forgot to say it would be in the form of ICE ICE baby.

    Hahaha… man Obama genetic robots o’man. What will we do with these selfish genes?

    We’re going to save the world by making it colder! LOL.

    That should make this small Alaskan village greatful. I guess they’ll rename their town after Obama or Moran or the Glacier Hubbard.

    There are many more growing glaciers all around the world as well it seems Antartica.

    Ah… found quick story from 2008 on the same link. I was right, global cooling – why? Normal Sun cycle.

    28 Oct 08 – (Condensed) “Alaska’s glaciers grew this year, after shrinking for most of the last 200 years. The reason? Global temperatures dropped over the past 18 months.

    The global mean annual temperature has been declining recently because the solar wind thrown out by the sun has retreated to its smallest extent in at least 50 years.

    This temperature downturn was not predicted by the global computer models, but had been predicted by the sunspot index since 2000.

    Hmmm… scientific models did not predict actual reality. Where have I heard that before? Oh yes, in evolutionary models.

  9. 9
    DATCG says:

    Uhhhhh… Mr. Chris “tingle tingle” Matthews, we have something you should report to the public. That is, if you’re not a demagogue point man for the democrat party.

    Oops. We overlooked 193,000 square miles of ice

    And we’re supposed to trust these people?

    193,000 square miles! That’s the size of Maine, Vermont, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and West Virginia combined! And toss in Washington, D.C. for good measure.

    Let’s watch the newspapers. If a pimple of ice smaller than a city
    should break off an ice sheet, they’d holler to the high heavens.
    But do you think they’ll report this discovery of ‘lost’ ice the size of 10 states?

    As opposed to the NSIDC information, AMSR-E data – compiled in cooperation with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and the Advanced Earth Science and Technology Organization of Japan – shows that sea ice extent in 2009 is running ahead of 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. Perhaps the NSIDC’s prediction of an ice-free north pole is premature.

    Yep, like Al Gore, their prediction is running on Thick ice.

    Fail –

    “In May, 2008, the National Snow and Ice Data Center (NSIDC) predicted that the North Pole would be ice-free during the 2008 melt season because of ‘global warming.’”

    Did Mr. “Tingle” mention this failure?

    Talk about your waterloo-sers.

    Maybe we should do something smart, like work with China and India for clean coal technology to capture and reuse the CO2.

    Any old messiah can do that.

  10. 10 says:

    UDers, the point of this post is not really about global warming, but about the tactics used by media to portray AGW deniers along side IDers and Creationists as a bunch of idiots.

    Forcing these two gentlemen to confess their faith in evolution to make their ideas legiitimate is really silly. In the end, they both agreed that evolution has occurred so where does that leave the debate they just had? If one or other had spoken in support of ID you can bet he would have been laughed out of town.

    With this sort of pressure, there is no level playing field. But in the end these inquisition tactics will prove counter productive.

  11. 11
    jstanley01 says:

    Matthews is merely playing his appointed (annointed?) role as Media Inquisitor. The Mortal Sin his ilk are trying to root out these days isn’t heresy, but what they’ve dubbed denialism

    Denialism “is the refusal to accept an empirically verifiable reality. It is an essentially irrational action that withholds validation of an historical experience or event.”[1]

    Individuals, or groups who reject propositions on which a scientific or scholarly consensus exists are said to be engaging in denialism when they seek to influence policy processes and outcomes by using rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate, when in actuality there is none.[citation needed][2][3]

    The term has been used with “Holocaust denialism”, and “AIDS denialism”.[4][5][6][7][8] Other scientific facts and theories underpinning vaccination,[9][10][11] climate change,[12][13][14] and evolution,[15] have also been subject to attacks by people who deny the the validity of the underlying science.

    Repent, oh ye sinners!

  12. 12
    Diffaxial says:

    DATGC @ 7:

    Can’t wait to see how Diffaxial will talk about hyperbole on this one.

    Nice to be remembered.

    “Hyperbole” may be an understatement. DATGC elsewhere:

    “It is people like you that are bitter zealots who cling to an outdated world. I’ve seen many of your snide remarks here before…

    …You’re so blind to your side and such a zealot…

    …you refuse to acknowledge the truth of just how jaded and fascist like the Darwinistas have grown over the last few decades….

    …It is sickening to see our entire nation being put under the thumb of a few psuedo-intellectuals…

    …I grew up thinking like you Diffaxial, believing like you, on the left…

    …oceans of Egos…

    …I expose them and fight against them when they are wrong and begin invading the private lives of people as if they themselves are gods on this earth.

    …Hyperbole? Where?

    Al Gores 20 room mansion? True
    Al Gores 20x elec usage than avg people? True
    Al Gores yacht? True
    Al Gores flying around in private jets spewing forth millions of tons across the world of greenhouse gases? True.

    I provided the link for everyone to see. Your short, false accusations are nothing but weak attempts to smear my comments.”

    Please, don’t stop.

    What makes this fun is that I’ve posted not one word on global warming on this or any other board. Nor have I commented on DATGC’s measured, thoughtful remarks on same.

    Rather, “hyperbole” describes overheated, personal comments such as the above.

  13. 13
    jerry says:

    “Other scientific facts and theories underpinning vaccination,climate change,[and evolution, have also been subject to attacks by people who deny the the validity of the underlying science.”

    A couple interesting things.

    Global warming and evolution are right up there with The Holocaust and HIV according to Wikipedia in terms of denial. Maybe we could put up on Wikipedia a new form of denial, health care reform denialism. Those that deny we need overall health care reform are in denial. Or to be an all purpose offender we could have terrorism denial or those who deny there is really a terrorism problem. Anything that the runs against the grain of a political movement is now a denial.

    I am certainly less passionate about global warming as about evolution. Mainly because I understand the evolution debate while I haven’t spent the time to understand the technical data for global warming. But I do find the rhetoric similar and wonder just how this new study will be accepted that showed that periodic changes in Pacific currents explain nearly all the recent temperature changes. So like evolution, there was a warming but the mechanism was not due to the conventional wisdom. I am sure these guy from New Zealand and Australia will soon be ostracized from all important cocktail parties and might see their funding dry up.

  14. 14
    Tim AJ says:

    The Republican congressman did a nice job staying with science. What is needed is to be even better at speaking about science and defending truth. They can do this and should do this without loosing there sense of love for the people. What type of radiation is given off by the sun and how does the sun fluctuate? Does the sun fluctuate from year to year? This need for truth is important in all areas of science. The most important reason is not just to win an argument, but the constant need to educate the general population.

  15. 15
    jerry says:

    Also, I find it very interesting that someone from Australia should recognize the absurdity of Chris Matthews. I have friends who went to the same high school as Chris in Philadelphia and once thought he was a decent guy till he drank the kool aid about 10 years ago and now often acts as if he is part of looney brigade. This is twice that Chris Matthews has interjected himself into the evolution debate, something he knows nothing about.

  16. 16
    jstanley01 says:

    Jerry @ 13:
    I tried editing the Wikipedia “denialism” article months ago, in an attempt to nudge it toward some semblance of a “Neutral Point of View,” which is supposed to be the Wikipedia standard. I found out that it wasn’t worth the grief from the politically correct editors there, who guard their turf on the site like trolls under a bridge in Middle Earth.

    Today, however, I made the following comment on the article’s discussion page, directed to the editor who added the current revision’s first sentence (same as the 1st sentence I cite @ 11). He wrote:

    == First sentence ==

    I have found a source that gives a definition for denialism. “denialism is the refusal to accept an empirically verifiable reality. It is an essentially irrational action that withholds validation of an historical experience or event.” (A Cross Too Heavy: Eugenio Pacelli, Politics and the Jews of Europe 1917-1943 by Paul O’Shea, Rosenberg Publishing, 2008. ISBN 1877058718. Unless a source can be found for the first sentence in the article I suggest that we replace the current definition with this one. If other definitions can be found then they can be summarised [sic] into a more complete definition but until such time as that is done this one can be used in quotes.-User:Philip Baird Shearer ([[User talk:Philip Baird Shearer|talk]]) 09:29, 15 July 2009 (UTC)

    I replied:

    Is anthropogenic global warming, err uh I mean climate change, an “historical experience or event”? I think not. Of course, it’s no wonder that the editors of this article — over the course of it’s nearly three year of existence — are having trouble establishing a definition. Covering all the ground that they claim the term covers as a discrete phenomenon — from the Holocaust to global warming to AIDS to evolution to vaccination — is no easy task. In reality, canvassing how the word is used with any semblance of NPOV, shows that it’s a pejorative used in polemics, plain and simple. And clearly, anyone who disagrees with me is merely engaging in, err uh, denialism. ô¿ô 13:17, 1 August 2009 (UTC)

  17. 17
    herb says:

    If we could only get the following graph published widely, everyone would understand better what is really happening:

    Global Annual Mean Surface Air Temperature Change

    See how we’ve been cooling since 1998? OK. Except for 2005, which looks to be an outlier. Bob Carter, one of the authors of that paper everyone’s talking about, predicted this cooling trend and expects it to continue for at least another couple of decades. He suggests that we might even see serious crop failures and 2m of ice on the Thames. I’ll predict now that all this will be touted as evidence in favor of global warming, according to the POMC!

  18. 18
    herb says:

    While I’m here, I thought I would also post the following link in which a global warmer accidentally made a falsifiable prediction:

    When confronted with the fact that the earth’s climate has been cooling since 1998, global warmers will usually mumble something about El Niño and abruptly end the conversation. Referring to the HadCRUT3v data set, Tamino concedes that:

    We see that the most likely single year in which to break the record is year 10 (2008), although there’s still considerable probability that the record will last longer than that. In fact, there’s a 6.9% chance the record will last 14 years — until 2012 — even assuming, as we have done, that global temperature is a steady increase plus random noise. Hence the “95% confidence limit” (the standard in scientific research) is 14 years; only if the record lasts beyond 2012 do we have statistically significant evidence of any change in the global warming pattern.

    So here we have an AGW alarmist admitting that if the HadCRUT3v record from 1998 is not broken by 2012, their entire case falls apart. We’ll see what happens …

  19. 19
    Joseph says:

    In Climate Change Reconsidered, the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) presents the scientific data which demonstrates the global warming alarmists are the modern era’s version of “chicken little”.

    In “Climate Change Reconsidered: The 2009 Report of the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC),” coauthors Dr. S. Fred Singer and Dr. Craig Idso and 35 contributors and reviewers present an authoritative and detailed rebuttal of the findings of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), on which the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress rely for their regulatory proposals.

    The scholarship in this book demonstrates overwhelming scientific support for the position that the warming of the twentieth century was moderate and not unprecedented, that its impact on human health and wildlife was positive, and that carbon dioxide probably is not the driving factor behind climate change.

    The authors cite thousands of peer-reviewed research papers and books that were ignored by the IPCC, plus additional scientific research that became available after the IPCC’s self-imposed deadline of May 2006.

    The Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change (NIPCC) is an international panel of nongovernment scientists and scholars who have come together to understand the causes and consequences of climate change. Because it is not a government agency, and because its members are not predisposed to believe climate change is caused by human greenhouse gas emissions, NIPCC is able to offer an independent “second opinion” of the evidence reviewed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). NIPCC traces its roots to a meeting in Milan in 2003 organized by the Science and Environmental Policy Project (SEPP), a nonprofit research and education organization based in Arlington, Virginia. SEPP, in turn, was founded in 1990 by Dr. S. Fred Singer, an atmospheric physicist, and incorporated in 1992 following Dr. Singer’s retirement from the University of Virginia.

    For a source of information pertaining to “climate change” (ie global warming) please see:

    The Global Warming Hoax

    And also do some research into HAARP

  20. 20
    CannuckianYankee says: “UDers, the point of this post is not really about global warming, but about the tactics used by media to portray AGW deniers along side IDers and Creationists as a bunch of idiots.”

    It seems to me that Chris Matthews is an either/or kindof guy; you are either this way (“my way”) or you are that way (evil). There is no inbetween. He’s not like a Charley Rose or a Larry King, who like to delve into the subtle nuances of a person’s POV. He wants it black and white, and if he can’t get it from you voluntarily, he’ll force it out of you through manipulative insinuation. He’s an anti-intellectual ideologue. There are commentators on the right who do this as well. I won’t name names here.

    The question is – why does anybody bother going on Matthews’ show if they know they are going to be manipulated? Whey don’t a bunch of people (politicians, authors, scientists, educators, etc..) simply boycott his show, and anybody else’s show who isn’t interested in serious intellectual dialogue. I would bet that Larry King or Charley Rose, or Tavis Smiley will give more thoughtful time to the issue of global warming on both sides.

    I think another problem is that a lot of politicians go on shows like O’Reilly and Hardball because it’s easy – it doesn’t take a lot of time, and can be done via phone, or from a satellite station; Whereas Rose, Smiley and King tend to take more time with a sit-down discussion from their studios, which is their usual format.

    Cheap soundbite television from any perspective – FoxNews or MSNBC are going to give us cheap results. Matthews is a master of the liberal soundbite, and that’s all.

  21. 21
    EvilSnack says:

    The proper answer to the “moderator’s” ad hominem against the AGW opponent is: “You are the moderator, right? You are supposed to be neutral, right? Why are you attacking me?”

    This may seem as an ad hominem in turn, but I can live with that.

  22. 22
    kairosfocus says:


    Let’s zoom in a bit closer and do a little “deconstruction” on that opening statement/”definition” in the Wiki article:


    Denialism “is the refusal to accept an empirically verifiable reality. It is an essentially irrational action that withholds validation of an historical experience or event.”[1]

    Individuals, or groups who reject propositions on which a scientific or scholarly consensus exists are said to be engaging in denialism when they seek to influence policy processes and outcomes by using rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate, when in actuality there is none.[citation needed][2][3]


    1] Denialism “is the — refusal to accept — an |empirically |verifiable | reality.

    Notice the cluster of key terms and concepts: Empirically verifiABLE “reality” is not the same thing as “empirically veriFIED rality.”

    In short, claimed consensus of “scholarship” or “science” — i.e. today’s MAGISTERIUM — is being substituted for TRUTH, and that in a context where since scientific theories are inherently inferences to best explanation on provisional and cumulative, correctable empirical findings, they cannot be properly confused with proved REALITY.

    In short we have an institutional bait and switch going on here: TRUTH — that which says of what is,t ha tit is, and of what is not,t hat it is not — has been subtly substituted for by “consensus” of a self-reinforcing circle of alleged experts: the high priesthood of institutional science and/or scholarship.

    And these are the same “postmoderns” who are so quick to spot alleged “totalising metanarratives” and expose the hidden power agendas and want of grounding in reality lurking in them?

    2] It is an essentially irrational action that withholds validation of an historical experience or event

    Now, history is of course in one sense the reality of the past. In the other sense, it is a plausible reconstruction thereof, informed by selected and claimed representative evidence, especially documents.

    In many cases we do find ourselves able to come to a well-grounded consensus, but on issues where “denialism” is most likely to be raised as a challenge — apart from something like holocaust denial — the issue is that here is a question of a rush to conclusive judgement on the part of the magisterium, a conclusion that serves its agendas.

    So, to in that context label those who question as “irrational” is to beg serious questions and to threaten to resolve an unsettled issue not by patient reason guided by evidence, but by force, first of manipulative rhetoric, then of power-based sanctions.

    in this context, for instance, it bears onoting that [i] climate trends are projections based on limited data and computer models that still keep on getting into hiccups, and [ii] the claimed history and driving mechanisms of macroevolution from origin of life through origin of major body plans and onwards to origin of man, are replete with explanatory gaps and are on matters that are inherently unobservable and without record sufficient to establish the dynamics at work. For instance, the fossil record is one of gaps and stasis followed by disappearances, on an overwhelming basis. And — without jumping into broad-brush dismissal of such dates as a whole — the dating of the geological column is subject to embarrassing questions on circularities and inconsistencies across e.g. radiodating techniques. Not even isochrons are without fault.

    3] Individuals, or groups who reject propositions on which a scientific or scholarly consensus exists are said to be engaging in denialism when they seek to influence policy processes and outcomes by using rhetorical tactics to give the appearance of argument or legitimate debate, when in actuality there is none

    And, appeal to a hasty, forced “consensus” of alleged experts is not a rhetorical device that seeks to foreclose legitimate questions and discussion of strengths, weaknesses and limitations of claims?

    Should policy be shaped by magisterial panels of experts from effectively closed classes, or should issues that affect us all be open to inputs from us all?

    In short, the REAL underlying issue is that the framework for self-government of and by and informed, fearlessly free people is being undermined by today’s magisterium and agendas that play the red herring led out to strawmen soaked in oily ad hominems and ignited to cloud, confuse, choke and polarise the atmosphere: divide and rule.

    Let us therefore express the core idea of democratic, publicly deliberative self-government: the majority should rule (directly and/or though their FREELY chosen representatives), while the minority, down to the individual should be civilly heard out and protected.


    See why I am pessimistic about our civilisation?

    GEM of TKI

  23. 23
    jlid says:


    I agree that “denialism” is essentially a rhetorical term used to dismiss the view of an intellectual opponent, and as such has extremely limited value. While clearly there are people who deny well-established realities, I’m not sure lumping them all together into a single term is a good idea, especially in the sciences. Over time, almost all scientific theories are eventually overturned or at least modified; referring to dissent as “denialism” essentially moves scientific theories into the realm of dogma. For example, we would have had to classify Albert Einstein as a “denialist” when he questioned the empirically verifiable reality that was Newtonian mechanics. How useful, then, can this term really be?

  24. 24
    jerry says:

    We occasionally use the term denial to refer to the Darwinist here who use blind faith when they ascribe to a theory with no empirical backing. We do it to irk them because they believe that those who support ID are the ones in denial. It is a tit for tat. However, it must really irk them when it is the pro ID people who use science and the anti ID who use the religious arguments.

  25. 25
    Joseph says:


    I like to tell them that denial is not a river in Africa…

  26. 26
    AussieID says:

    Since this is Off Topic, there’s an interesting local thing down here that serves a world-wide cause: the measuring of sea-levels since 1841. Go here to see:

    So, has there been much change since then? I wonder if there has been any sinkage in the wall in the intervening time?

    Anyway, this sentence intrigues: “Global predictions are for the rate of change to increase, such that by 2100 sea-level will be between 9 and 88 cm above the 1990 global average sea-level.” That is if things aren’t cyclical, then predictions are made upon world-views and not data alone …

    Whatever the results, Port Arthur is a top place to visit!

    Watch this space!?

  27. 27
    Tajimas D says:

    The YouTube links that you’ve provided lead to a page that says “Invalid arguments”, which are—unsurprisingly—what are on display in anthropogenic climate change denialism as well as the IDC movement.

    Perhaps Google has figured out how to detect your particular brands of anti-scientific rubbish.

  28. 28
    Upright BiPed says:


    What are the material properties of thymine, adenine, and gaunine that indicate the termination of gene expression?

  29. 29
    AussieID says:


    Don’t be too harsh with Tajimas D … on the point he provides of Google ‘figuring things out’ to detect so-called anti scientific findings, it was able to do so without any intelligently designed system. It just happened: time and chance was all that was required.

    That’s all you need.

    That’s all you need.

    I wonder if Google left any half-way forms in the ‘sediment’ whilst discovering this pathway that we might one day discover?

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    Joseph says:

    Tajimas D,

    “IDC” only exists in the minds of the willfully ignorant.

    As for “anti-scientific rubbish”- it is very telling that no one can produce a testable hypothesis for your (anti-ID/ non-telic) position.

  31. 31
    Upright BiPed says:

    “I wonder if Google left any half-way forms in the ’sediment’ whilst discovering this pathway that we might one day discover?”

    Ha! too funny

  32. 32
    Cabal says:

    As for “anti-scientific rubbish”- it is very telling that no one can produce a testable hypothesis for your (anti-ID/ non-telic) position.

    Isn’t that what the testable theory of evolution is about? Seems to me a proper complement might be a testable theory of design.

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