(Note to people reading this in a future when they’ve grown up never using a telephone for voice communication with another human: we used to have a game where a message would be distorted by serial whispering, and we found this amusing.) So apparently Thomas Nagel, who’s an honest-to-Cthulhu serious philosopher, published a book last… Continue reading Flaming Telephone
(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?
tl;dr summary: a ranty rant about theology.
IDists’ favorite pastime, apart from slagging evolution, appears to be distancing themselves from young-earth creationists, even though the differences are legion: Age of the Earth: YECs: 6,000-10,000 years old. IDs: No comment. Identity of the designer: YECs: Jehovah, god of the Bible. IDs: No comment. Scientific merit of ideas: YECs: Evolution is just as much… Continue reading But ID Isn’t Creationism, Nosirree!
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
The thing I like about the various e-book reader apps for [insert mobile computing device here] is that they allow me to read the first chapter of most recently-published books, without all the bother of having to brush the Cheeto dust off my shirt, putting on pants, and emerge from my mom’s basement into the… Continue reading Justifying Evil
I keep hearing from cdesign proponentsists that ID is not creationism. That ID is totally a scientific theory with predictions and everything that they’d love to show except the dog ate their lab notes the mean old bourgeois scientific establishment is suppressing the truth. And then Bill Dembski posts this: The 2nd Law of Thermodynamics… Continue reading ID and the 2LoT
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!
Bill Dembski has announced that he has a couple of new books coming out. One of them, cowritten by Michael Licona, is called Evidence for God: 50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science. Fifty bucks says there nothing convincing in there; that Dembski is merely jumping on the gravy train of… Continue reading Sucker Bet, Anyone?
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