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How bad does the environment have to be for RABBITS to be an endangered species?

How bad does the environment have to be for RABBITS to be an endangered species?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060417/ap_on_sc/cottontails What’s next on the endangered list?  Mosquitoes?

April 18, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Why did God design useless animal parts?

Why did God design useless animal parts?

Here’s a partial list: Wings on flightless birds. Small Leg bones on modern whales. Eyes that are found in blind animals such as Astyanax fasciatus (a species of fish) and moles. Because I wanted to know more about these useless animal parts, I checked some popular creationist web sites: Investigating Genesis Series advised me that the […]

April 17, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Sylvester McMonkey McBean is at it again.

Sylvester McMonkey McBean is at it again.

Does it all seem like déjà vu?  It should.  Most of us first heard the unfolding national story while sitting on our parents’ laps, courtesy of Dr. Seuss.  A con artist comes to town to exploit a glaring weakness: the willingness of the citizens to act out of bigotry. In the Dr. Seuss version, a […]

April 16, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Would a deadline for troop withdrawal create fewer American dead?

Would a deadline for troop withdrawal create fewer American dead?

One of the Sunday morning pundits today (4/16/06) made an excellent point.  He observed that President Bush has refused to give a firm date for withdrawing US troops from Iraq, because, Bush says, such an action would embolden the terrorists to just wait us out.  However, Bush then ignored this principle when he mentioned that the […]

April 16, 2006 | By | Reply More
A lesson on speaking out in ignorance

A lesson on speaking out in ignorance

As part of his Easter homily, Pope Benedict XVI invoked evolution in describing Christ’s resurrection:  If we may borrow the language of the theory of evolution, it is the greatest ‘mutation,’ absolutely the most crucial leap into a totally new dimension that there has ever been in the long history of life and its development: […]

April 15, 2006 | By | Reply More
Darwin’s “theory of evolution” isn’t evolution; it’s natural selection

Darwin’s “theory of evolution” isn’t evolution; it’s natural selection

I can always tell when an opponent of Darwin’s “theory of evolution” has never read Darwin, because they try to claim that Darwin’s “theory of evolution” means that “evolution is a theory.” Unfortunately for them, the phrase “Darwin’s theory of evolution” does not mean evolution was Darwin’s theory.  Scientists recognized evolution long before Darwin came along, and […]

April 14, 2006 | By | 13 Replies More
Good Friday – Good Grief!

Good Friday – Good Grief!

I was raised Roman Catholic. Many things about the church puzzled me, Good Friday perhaps being the most puzzling of Holy Days.   On the lighter side, the kids at Catholic school insisted that it always rained on Good Friday, usually in the afternoon while Jesus was dying on the cross.  Whenever it did rain this was […]

April 14, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
Why does “irreducible complexity” sometimes demand a creator and sometimes not?

Why does “irreducible complexity” sometimes demand a creator and sometimes not?

So here’s my question:  creationists (a subset of Fundamentalist Christians) claim that life on earth is too “irreducibly complex” to have arisen spontaneously, without an “intelligent designer,” so how do they explain the existence of God, who is, presumably, infinitely more “complex” than any life on earth?  Was God designed by a yet more “intelligent” supernatural […]

April 14, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
The true importance of Diversity

The true importance of Diversity

. . .  To explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before. Star Trek Mission Statement When I hear the term “diversity” I become suspicious.  For many people, diversity refers to the mechanical process of gathering different-looking people and assuming that doing […]

April 13, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More