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Darwin’s Doubt: Negative Reviews Undermining Their Own Principles

Darwin’s Doubt: Negative Reviews Undermining Their Own Principles

One would think that self-proclaimed defenders of science would place great stock in the importance of evidence. It seems this should show up in any of their science-related knowledge claims. That does not seem to be the case, however, among those who have written negative reviews of Stephen C. Meyer’s new book Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design.¬†Just what is the place of evidence in reviews of Darwin’s Doubt? It seems there…

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Strategic Advice For Those Who Oppose Intelligent Design

Strategic Advice For Those Who Oppose Intelligent Design

Unsolicited advice is rarely welcome, especially from someone with different views than one’s one, but I’m going to offer some anyway, for the benefit of those who oppose Intelligent Design. This is not tongue-in-cheek advice, nor is it offered in a spirit of sarcasm. It’s genuine. This is not about whether ID is right or wrong, it’s about your rhetorical strategy, which by now you must realize has been horribly ineffective, especially in the U.S. You frequently complain about how…

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Darwin’s Doubt: Too Hot for Science To Handle?

Darwin’s Doubt: Too Hot for Science To Handle?

Book Review Darwin’s Doubt: The Explosive Origin of Animal Life and the Case for Intelligent Design by Stephen C. Meyer. Thirty or so years ago I smuggled some new Christian media into a closed Communist country. I remember the thrill vividly: the sense of risk, the satisfaction of completion. I’ve had a similar sensation lately reading¬†Darwin’s Doubt. It’s the book the evolutionists won’t want you to read. It’s too hot to handle: it might cause you to question whether evolution…

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Darwin’s Doubt Available for Pre-Order

Darwin’s Doubt Available for Pre-Order

They say you can’t tell a book by its cover. Not unless you’re Jerry Coyne, that is. He is quite certain that Stephen Meyer’s forthcoming book Darwin’s Doubt is a sellout on the part of publisher HarperCollins: nothing but God-of-the-Gaps. Nice work to be able to tell that kind of thing without having to bother reading it. Reminds me of Meyer’s last book, Signature in the Cell,which was also roundly pummeled by reviewers who hadn’t read it. At least most…

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“Science Says The Universe Has No Purpose” — Lawrence Krauss

“Science Says The Universe Has No Purpose” — Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss’s book A Universe From Nothing was panned about as effectively as any publication I’ve seen, when David Albert published his review in the NY Times Sunday Book Review. That was on March 22. A Google search on “Krauss nothing” returns dozens of other negative reviews. Just to show that even great criticism has its limits, the LA Times published an opinion piece by Krauss on April 1. (The date is fitting.) I don’t think it’s too late now…

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How To Argue Against Evolution

How To Argue Against Evolution

I just posted on how not to argue against evolution. I want to add a brief word now on how to argue against it. I’m not trying to make this comprehensive, just to list a few quick points covering categories that count against evolution. (I’m still speaking strictly of naturalistic evolution.) Can’t you just see by looking that this world is designed? This objection will suffer snickers from evolutionary scientists, because it lacks testability and definitional rigor. It’s unscientific, they…

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Discovery Institute: Indiana Bill “Bad Science and Bad Education”

Discovery Institute: Indiana Bill “Bad Science and Bad Education”

A press release that just came from the Discovery Institute: Indianapolis – A bill approved today by the Indiana Senate to allow the teaching of creationism in public schools is being criticized as bad science education by Discovery Institute, the nation’s leading intelligent design think tank. [From Discovery Institute – Article Database – Leading Intelligent Design Think Tank Condemns Passage of Creationism Bill by Indiana Senate as Bad Science and Bad Education] I’m afraid a lot of prejudiced people are…

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