Oh, lovely. The Disco ‘Tute is suing the California Science Center. Technically, the suit is about the California Science Center (I was going to say “CSC”, but that’d be confusing) not releasing certain documents that Disco asked for under FOIA. But what really chaps their hide is that scientists have a bias against bullshit pseudoscience:… Continue reading Disco Tute Sues
For those who don’t know, David Berlinski is one of the Disco Tute’s pet “scientists”. If you’ve seen the movie Expelled, he’s the one who spent his entire interview practically lying on his couch, spouting airy nonsense filled with sesquipedalian words. The IDists love him because in addition to being an evolution denialist, he’s also… Continue reading Is David Berlinski Redecorating His Home?
The Center for Inquiry is holding a blasphemy contest on the occasion of blasphemy day. So put your thinking caps on and come up with something that fits on a T-shirt, and also, in another time or place, would also get you arrested or killed for wearing said T-shirt. What’s more amusing is that this… Continue reading Awww! They Hurt Bill’s Feelings!
Huh. Looks like Bill Dembski got a paper published in IEEE Transactions on Systems, Man and Cybernetics, Part A: Systems and Humans, Volume 39 Issue 5, Sept. 2009. I haven’t had a chance to read this yet, but here’s the abstract: Abstract—Conservation of information theorems indicate that any search algorithm performs, on average, as well… Continue reading Bill Dembski Gets A Paper Published
If you don’t recognize the name John A. Davison, see here for the backstory. Basically, he has a history of not understanding the difference between posts and comments, and of starting blogs with one post and hundreds of comments. So you understand why I was surprised to see that his new blog has a whole… Continue reading Who Says You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?
Here’s the video of a talk PZ Myers gave at George Mason University last year, at an event organized by the GMU Rational Response Squad. http://www.youtube.com/p/2CE5C13A27FEE16C&hl=en&fs=1 It’s possible that you might be able to catch a glimpse of me there. (HT Shelley.)
Remember Expelled, the wretched movie starring Ben Stein in which he argued that science — and evolution in particular — causes things like the Holocaust? Now, at BeliefNet, David Klinghoffer has an article in which he insinuates the same claim about von Brunn, the guy who recently walked into the Holocaust museum downtown and started… Continue reading Win Ben Stein’s Argument
The latest new project by the Disco Tute’s Center for the Renewal of Science and Culture is faithandevolution.org. Evidently the new creationists are feeling threatened not only by their traditional enemy, outspoken atheists like Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers, but by people like Ken Miller and Francis Collins, who are not only outspoken devout theists,… Continue reading Disco ‘Tute Fails Some More
Back in the stone age, when I was a student, there was this thing called Usenet, which had a newsgroup called talk.origins, where creationists and evolution proponents argued. I saw a pattern emerge: the evolution side had a number of people who produced data to back up their claims, like experimental results, pictures of fossils,… Continue reading Typical Evasion
Barry Arrington’s ID FAQ question 2 isn’t much better than question 1. 2] No Real Scientists Take Intelligent Design Seriously Yes, they do. For simple instance, in telecommunications work, we start by distinguishing the intelligent signal from the naturally occurring noise that tends to garble it. One obvious problem with this is that in telecommunications,… Continue reading ID FAQ 2