Creationism · FFS · Science

Paul Taylor’s Fickle Exactness

Paul Taylor, who helps Eric Hovind run the family misinformation mill in the absence of his father Kent, accuses people who think Noah’s Ark was just a story of not having done our homework: Question 1: How did they all fit on the boat and who put them in there? Don’t forget that there were… Continue reading Paul Taylor’s Fickle Exactness

Creationism · Science

Who Needs an Ultimate Source of Authority?

Over at Creation Today, Paul Hovind (son of Kent “Dr. Dino” Hovind) and Eric Taylor have a video entitled What Is Your Ultimate Source of Authority?. The blurb says, Paul and Eric welcome guest Jay Seegert of the Creation Education Center to discuss the importance of world-views, historical science versus observational science, and the importance… Continue reading Who Needs an Ultimate Source of Authority?

Miscellaneous · Science · Skepticism

I’d Rather Have a Long List of Scary Warnings than Nothing at All

I recently participated in a coversation—or maybe I’m conflating two or more conversations, but no matter—in which my interlocutor said that she prefers alt-med natural remedies because mainstream drugs all have a long list of scary potential side effects. But when I asked whether alt-med drugs actually lower cholesterol or help prevent heart attacks or… Continue reading I’d Rather Have a Long List of Scary Warnings than Nothing at All

Math · News · Religion

Catholic Church 99 44/100% Pure

BillDo has a post in which he plays down the Catholic priesthood’s image problem: Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the findings of the 2011 Annual Report on priestly sexual abuse that was released by the bishops’ conference; the survey was done by a Georgetown institute: The headlines should read, “Abuse Problem Near Zero… Continue reading Catholic Church 99 44/100% Pure

Intelligent Design · Math · Science

What’s Three Orders of Magnitude Among Friends?

(Alternate title: “Numbers Mean Things”.) The increasingly-irrelevant Uncommon Descent blag had a post today, commenting on an article in Science News. Right now, UD’s post is entitled “Timing of human use of fire pushed back by 300,000 years”, but when it showed up in my RSS reader, it was “Timing of human use of fire… Continue reading What’s Three Orders of Magnitude Among Friends?

Evolution · Things I've Learned

Natural Selection in the Fossil Record

table.figure { background-color: #f0f0f0; } table.figure caption { caption-side: bottom; font-size: 90%; padding: 1em; background-color: #f0f0f0; } For quite some time now, I’ve had a question: We can see evolution in the present. And we can see natural selection in the present. And we can see lots of evolution in the fossil record. But can… Continue reading Natural Selection in the Fossil Record