Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Dembski's question #4 is just perfect

PZ and others have all over the story about Demski's course on Intelligent Design, and its trolling requirement. What struck me as particularly ironic was this question from his 2007 final exam for this course:

3. You are an expert witness in the Dover case. You’ve been asked to summarize why you think intelligent design is a fully scientific theory. Do so here. Sketch ID’s method(s) of design detection and then show how it/they apply (or might apply) to biological systems. Further, indicate how ID is testable: what evidence would confirm ID and what evidence would disconfirm ID? Also, indicate how ID differs from creationism and from natural theology. Finally, what would you say to the charge that ID is “pseudoscience”? What would you say to the charge that ID is “religion”?

Dembski, of course, was scheduled to be a witness in the Dover case. He was to be called by the defense as an "expert", to provide exactly this type of testimony. But before he could be deposed in the case, Dembski withdrew as a witness.

Ironic, to say the least.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Welcome back, Randi

Friday, April 3, 2009

A plea - and a suggestion - to VenomFangX

This is a video by a devout theist, who points out to VenomFangX that his misrepresentations of the natural world are wholly counterproductive to his efforts to evangelize: When a person lies about one thing, folks tend to tune that person out from then on.

Monday, March 30, 2009

WTF? YouTube has banned the James Randi Educational Foundation

YouTube, what the heck is going on? You ban Thunderf00t, you turn a blind eye to votebot attacks, and now this:

Monday, March 16, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Ovechkin is God

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Happy Darwin Day!

From one primate, to another.