Tag: Evolution

Creationism vs Logic: Gaming the gaps in the fossil record

June 9, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
Creationism vs Logic: Gaming the gaps in the fossil record

The discussion this week about cognitive dissonance has gotten me thinking about creationism, a religious “theory” that virtually screams with cognitive dissonance.  Let’s look at how creationists game the gaps in the fossil record.  Let’s imagine we start with two fossils — we’ll call them A and Z to illustrate that they are widely separated […]

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Bill Maher video on evolution: no need to teach “both sides”

June 3, 2006 | By | 1 Reply More
Bill Maher video on evolution: no need to teach “both sides”

This zany bit really hits the mark.  It’s short (about 4 minutes).  Enjoy!

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Who gets to be “on top”? Science versus Religion

May 27, 2006 | By | 45 Replies More
Who gets to be “on top”? Science versus Religion

For centuries, established religions have asserted that science should be viewed through the lens of religion.  Over the past few years, scientifically-oriented writers have turned that view on its head.  They have asserted that it is more appropriate to view religious practices through the lens of science. The recent flurry of books includes the following: […]

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God’s attractive nuisance: the Tree of Knowledge

May 12, 2006 | By | 70 Replies More
God’s attractive nuisance:  the Tree of Knowledge

Imagine for a moment that you go into your neighbor’s home one day and discover a large homemade bomb sitting in the middle of his living room.  “Don’t touch that.” your neighbor tells you, “If you do, the bomb will explode and our entire block will be destroyed.”  How would you react?  If you have […]

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Pump up your tires to save Alaska

May 8, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Pump up your tires to save Alaska

“HOW ALASKA CAN HELP MEET AMERICA’S ENERGY NEEDS” is an article to which Republican Senator Jim Talent of Missouri refers his constituents.  That article argues that we need to start drilling for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) of Alaska, because it holds 10 billion barrels of economically recoverable oil, “enough to produce […]

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The importance of pop quizzes

April 5, 2006 | By | 7 Replies More
The importance of pop quizzes

You’ve just noticed several people carrying signs that say “Down with Ice Cream.”   You approach them to ask what is so bad about ice cream.  After listening to them for a few minutes, it becomes clear to you that there is a misunderstanding.  To them, the phrase “ice cream” actually means kicking dogs.  They are against kicking […]

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Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

April 2, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
Be Conscious of Your Unconscious to Set you Free

A lot of people are beating up on old Sigmund Freud these days.  More than a century ago, however, Freud hit a particular ball out of the park and it’s still sailing:  he concluded that many important thought processes are unconscious.  In Philosophy in the Flesh (1999), Mark Johnson and George Lakoff listed some of the […]

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I Give Homage to God. I am Morally Superior.

March 23, 2006 | By | 6 Replies More
I Give Homage to God.  I am Morally Superior.

People who don’t believe in God are constantly disparaged as immoral by those who do.  Many conservatives believe that most of what they perceive to be wrong with the world can be traced to secular humanism, a phrase they can barely utter without spitting.  For them, secular humanism is a nasty weed that sprouts from […]

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The Biggest Computer

March 12, 2006 | By | 2 Replies More
The Biggest Computer

Complexity at its best: God created the evolutionary algorithm, but had to create a world too, to see where it would all lead. The world is the smallest device capable of accurately computing where it will all lead. He’s still watching and He is often quite surprised.

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