Intelligent Design

Just Because We Can’t Define It Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Science

You may want to save this post at Uncommon Descent, in case it disappears down the memory hole. If you’ve been following Intelligent Design, you’ve probably run across William Dembski’s notion of Complex Specified Information, or CSI. Basically, the argument is that if a system has CSI above a certain level, then it was intentionally… Continue reading Just Because We Can’t Define It Doesn’t Mean It’s Not Science

Atheism · Creationism · Evolution · Religion · Science · Skepticism

The “Don’t Be A Dick” Heard Round the World

I feel chastised. Undoubtedly the most controversial, most thought-provoking talk at TAM 8 was Phil Plait‘s “Don’t be a dick” talk, in which he decried what he sees as the rise of incivility in the skeptical blogosphere. He wrote it down ahead of time so as not to ad lib and accidentally say something he… Continue reading The “Don’t Be A Dick” Heard Round the World

Creationism · Evolution

Another Creationist Myth Bites the Dust

We’ve all heard about the peppered moths of England: how soot from the Industrial Revolution turned English trees dark, and how as a result, peppered moths went from being mostly light-colored to being mostly dark. One argument in creationsts’ bag of misinformation is that peppered moths don’t rest on tree trunks. Therefore, a textbook that… Continue reading Another Creationist Myth Bites the Dust