Archive for February 21st, 2009

Orchids are back at the Missouri Botanical Garden

| February 21, 2009 | 2 Replies
Orchids are back at the Missouri Botanical Garden

Once again the orchids are on display at the Missouri Botanical Garden. I snapped some photos or these incredible beings. After all, they are our cousins. Richard Dawkins estimates that animals diverged from the plant kingdom about two billion years ago.

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I’ve written previously about Darwin’s fascination with orchids here. For today, I will simply paste in a few new photos of these incredibly beautiful plants. I’ve posted many more of my photos of today’s show at one of my public web albums at Picasa.

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Comfort – Discomfort

| February 21, 2009 | 2 Replies
Comfort – Discomfort

Iconic anti-evolutionist Ray Comfort has come forward again. He’s written a book entitled, “You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think: Answers to Questions from Angry Skeptics“. Plenty of scathing reviews are available. F’rinstance:

His style of writing can barely be called argumentative. He posits no compelling evidence for his beliefs, makes blind assertions, and clearly does not understand natural forces such as evolution by natural selection and by writing a book which mischaracterizes science, is undermining observation, experimentation, rational thought and critical thinking.

or a 5-star review, presuming Poe:

Ray is the master of satire. While reading this fine book I could just picture him sitting around, getting wasted, and dreaming up all of these hilarious proofs. He is a genius!

The reviews discuss how every point made in the book had already been debunked thoroughly on or around Comfort’s online publications (blogs, videos, etc). Why, they ask, does he keep shutting down blogs and popping up new ones? Who is this book going to reach that hasn’t already made up their minds?

Granted, one can also apply that last argument to pro-science books like The God Delusion or The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark.

Meanwhile, Qualia Soup has produced a concise video clearly explaining what evolution is and isn’t, in 10 minutes. It implicitly refutes every point we’ve seen Comfort make, without the discomfort of mentioning Comfort.

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