An insider’s guide by a former young-Earth creationist [more inside]
Step inside this surreal world where religious piety meets psychedelic softcore porn, led by the world’s foremost Islamic creationist.
"Followers of Harun Yahya (1
) wear drag make-up and practice a “sexed-up, Disney version of Islam” that helps promote conservative Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s vision of a modern, Muslim Turkey."
The Thinking Atheist
Another atheism site on the internet, featuring a handy list of bible contradictions
, a forum
, etc. Most notably, they feature a series of slickly produced videos
on various religious topics. [more inside]
Affirmed evolution (and anti-intelligent design) biologist Francisco Ayala has won
the 2010 Templeton Prize
. In 1981, Ayala was a pivotal expert in overturning an Arkansas law
that required the side-by-side teaching of creationism
and evolution. Besides his nationally recognized work in evolution and genetics
, the former Catholic priest has sought to reconcile evolution with religious belief
, noting that science and religion are not mutually exclusive. [more inside]
Dr Kent Hovind
(seen here previously
) claims to hold a doctorate, but both he and its awarding institution (Patriot Bible University
) have refused to publish his dissertation in any form. The WikiLeaks
site has obtained a scanned copy; highlights include "the truth about cave men", the co-existence of humans and dinosaurs, and a null reference list.
The Producer Cites Religious Controversy.
The Director points to a recessionary trend against "serious" movies
. A new film about Charles Darwin's life ("Creation
") is reportedly having difficulty finding a US distributor. ( Creation: IMDB / Official Site / Trailer / Spoiler-laden review from Roger Ebert / LA Times review // Darwin: Previously on MeFi).
scientifically summarises the scientific field of Creation Science (warning: science) [transcript]
Charles Pierce, author of the 2005 essay "Greetings from Idiot America"
decrying the rise of faith-based anti-intellectualism, has expanded his rant into a full length book: Idiot America: How Stupidity Became a Virtue in the Land of the Free
. (via) [more inside]
AronRa has done some really nice YouTube vids on science (previously)
In this latest vlog An Archaeological Moment in Time
, he take(s) a look at how different societies are advancing at different rates on the same date in the distant past.
Bracing for Islamic Creationism
(PDF). "To avoid a vast rejection of evolution in the Muslim world, scientists can present the theory
as the bedrock of biology
and can stress its practical applications
16% of US science teachers believe human beings have been created by God within the last 10,000 years
. 25% of science teachers spend some time teaching about creationism or intelligent design. 12.5% teach it as a "valid, scientific alternative to Darwinian explanations for the origin of species". 2% say they do not cover evolution at all. Teachers who have taken more science courses themselves devote more time to evolution - "This may be because better-prepared teachers are more confident in dealing with students' questions about a sensitive subject."
The Inner Life of an Intelligently Designed Cell?
Remember The Inner Life of a Cell
animation (discussed here
)? Apparently the Discovery Institute
(recently discussed here
) is showing it in presentations
with a new title and narration, and without attribution.
For those of you curious about the newly opened $27 million dollar Creation Museum, but unable or unwilling to travel to Kentucky for a visit, Zachary Lynn has posted a photo essay of his visit
(sadly missing is the opening diorama or human babies playing with dinosaurs).
Ancient tsunami devastated Mediterranean
possible root of flood myths and current major religious belief.
"Who's afraid of evolutionary biology?"
(I've linked Bede before, but this piece bears a much more important message to Christians who feel it their biblical duty to get hot and bothered over evolution and origin-of-life issues.) Also see a Christian response to "Young Earth" apologetics
, and the Young Earth Argument Index
, both from "Old Earth" Creationists who disagree with 6-Day biblical literalism. (Note that Old Earthers may still be Intelligent Design advocates. Heaping spoonsful of salt
all around.) If that's still too "Christian" for you, Talk.Origins
has a summary of other Genesis interpretations.
Fig-leaf-eating Velociraptor Scandal!
Look, I've got nothing against religion but if you believe a word of it you are, in the words of Robert Burns, "a dumbass fuck".
Are evolution's advocates giving fire to creationists?
So says Michael Ruse
, "philosopher of biology (especially Darwinism)", who claims that outspoken evolutionists (e.g. Richard Dawkins
) should do more to make evolution compatible with religion, rather than touting it as a worldview of its own.
Tell that to Nosson Slifkin
(NYTimes, login required), an Orthodox rabbi whose books were banned by a number of eminent rabbis for "seek[ing] to reconcile, rather than to contrast, sacred texts with modern knowledge of the natural world."
That said, will those like Slifkin and Rev. Dr. Arthur Peacocke
be able to make a difference, or will they be ignored and scorned?
Scientific American to stop reporting science, more creationism. There's no easy way to admit this. For years, helpful letter writers told us to stick to science. They pointed out that science and politics don't mix. They said we should be more balanced in our presentation of such issues as creationism, missile defense and global warming...But spring is in the air, and all of nature is turning over a new leaf, so there's no better time to say: you were right, and we were wrong.
"The purpose of the Fellowship Baptist Creation Science Fair
is to get kids excited about Creation and motivate them to discover the truth of our Lord on their own."
Winning exhibits this year include "My Uncle Is A Man Named Steve (Not A Monkey)", "Women Were Designed For Homemaking", and "Using Prayer To Microevolve Latent Antibiotic Resistance In Bacteria".Via
Noted British atheist Antony Flew
has changed his mind
, persuaded by scientific evidence that God exists
and that "intelligence must have been involved" in the origin of life. As Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at the University of Reading and the author of several influential books
on the subject of atheism, Flew was once one of rationalism's leading lights. He now compares his beliefs with the predominantly American concept of Intelligent Design
. "My whole life has been guided by the principle of Plato's Socrates: Follow the evidence, wherever it leads," he says.
Faith-Based National Parks?
The National Park Service
has recently approved the display of three bronze plaques
bearing biblical verses at the Grand Canyon, as well as the sale of a creationist book
on the canyon's origins (here's a review of the book
by a professor of geology,) while at the same time blocking park rangers from publishing a scientific rebuttal
to creationism. The NPS also wants to remove images of gay rights
, pro-choice and anti-Vietnam War demonstrations from a videotape shown at the Lincoln Memorial, though they may be relenting
Don't believe in evolution? Don't get a recommendation.
The Justice Department has been asked to look into the case of a Texas Tech biology professor who has made it clear that you won't get a recommendation from him if you believe in creationism. In his online notes to students
, Dini writes "If you set up an appointment to discuss the writing of a letter of recommendation, I will ask you: 'How do you think the human species originated?' If you cannot truthfully and forthrightly affirm a scientific answer to this question, then you should not seek my recommendation for admittance to further education in the biomedical sciences." The Liberty Legal Institute
, calls the policy "open religious bigotry." Texas Tech supports Lini, saying the decision on whether to recommend someone is a personal one. Clearly, it should be a professor's call on whether to give a student a recommendation or not, but did Lini make himself a target by laying out this criteria this way?
First there was the evolution in schools
thing. Now, people are complaining about history books
(in Texas no less), with such problems as "Margie Raborn said she wants all U.S. government books to describe the United States as a republic based on biblical beliefs."
Ohio school board considers adding "Intelligent Design Theory" to science curriculum.
I wish I could find better links than these. I've been hearing about this on NPR every morning this week, but have been unable to find any news links - I can't even find the Ohio State School Board site. They are debating whether or not to start teaching IDT, which seems to be Creationism with a pseudo-scientific background. Here
is a transcript of comments that were given to the board by John Calvert, J.D., a supporter of IDT. Anybody know any more about this theory?
XP demonstrates "Intelligent design."
You mean they didn't evolve it with genetic algorithms
? Boy, I could swear the past versions were composed of randomly generated code fragments. (Do read the original article