Hell’s Handmaiden vs. Intelligent Design

April 2, 2006

Intelligent Design proponents are propagandising via the Internet, and their blogs are truly a sight to behold. Their posts are sometimes so galling and perplexing that I literally sit agape at my computer as I read their takes on evolution and ID.

I am at times tempted to address their posts, but given the volume it seems like an insurmountable task. Hell’s Handmaiden nonetheless does a fantastic job of tearing them to logical shreds. Here’s a collection of recent posts and responses.

If the ID issue is of concern to you, Hell’s Handmaiden and the blogs he links to and discusses are valuable additions to your feed aggregator.


Chagnon on human-induced climate change

March 29, 2006

There was an interesting comment on my “Debunking Science with Handwaving and Bullshit” post by Chagnon, who is apparently an atmospheric scientist. I thought it deserved attention, so I’m reposting it here:

Rescuing Reason » Blog Archive » Debunking Science with Handwaving and Bullshit

If the “jury” were to consist of atmospheric and oceanic scientists, the verdict on human-influenced climate change would be a very nearly unanimous “guilty”, as one could easily determine through a search through the relevant scientific literature on the topic. The trial in which these jurists have been participating is one that demonstrates phyical evidence supported by simple theoretical expectations. A lovely compendium of the relevant “case law” is available on http://www.realclimate.net . Cutting edge research intended to assign better probabilities to prediction of climate change scenarios is being undertaken at http://www.climateprediction.net . If nonscientists, bloggers, and journalists should like to question the reality of global warming, then they are obliged to examine the scientific case and demonstrate the flaws therein. As an atmospheric scientist, I can admit that the problem is quite complex and challenging, but that careful and creative techniques are succeeding in reducing the uncertainty. To me, it appears that FoxNews and journalists like Steve Milloy have made up their minds without any consideration or appreciation of the science. There are still important debates to be had on the science, and notable skeptics such as Richard Lindzen should be heard, but in the context of a debate with equally prominent and knowledgable scientists. Journalists would do well to facilitate such a debate, in proper context, rather than editorialize on issues that they don’t understand.

Did we find the missing link?

March 26, 2006

If this is the long-sought ‘missing link’, it wouldn’t really add that much strength to evolutionary theory (it’s farily strong already), but it might help shut some people up about how we haven’t found it.

CNN.com – Could Ethiopian skull be missing link? – Mar 25, 2006

The cranium dates to a time about which little is known — the transition from African Homo erectus to modern humans. The fossil record from Africa for this period is sparse and most of the specimens poorly dated, project archaeologists said.

The face and cranium of the fossil are recognizably different from those of modern humans, but bear unmistakable anatomical evidence that it belongs to the modern human’s ancestry, Sileshi said.

Chimps found to be even more like humans

March 25, 2006

Say it with me — we may be special because we’re so smart, but we share a common ancestor with modern apes. 

But, no. That can’t be… we exclusively were created in god’s own image. We’re that special.

Chimps point to spot they’d like groomed | Science Blog

“The more we learn, the more we see chimpanzees employing remarkable, seemingly human-like behaviors,” Mitani said. “To me that is one of the lessons of this little paper.” The findings appear in today’s issue of Current Biology, in a paper entitled “Referential Gestural Communication in Wild Chimpanzees.”

Do you want to be treated with modern medicine, or the unevolved stuff?

March 17, 2006

A cute and to-the-point comic linked by Kevin, M.D.

Kevin, M.D. – Medical Weblog

Ohio schools have ecome officially atheistic, godless, and toxic…

March 17, 2006

I don’t really have words for this. The Atheist Mama had a few though.

The Columbus Dispatch – Editorials

In December, I submitted a resolution to the State Convention of Baptists in Ohio, urging pastors and parents to investigate the indoctrination of our young people into the homosexual agenda and to encourage concerned Christian parents to remove their children from public schools.

At the heels of the recent 11-4 decision by the State Board of Education to censor any criticism of Darwinian evolution, it has become clear that our young people are being indoctrinated into not only a pro-homosexual, but a humanistic religion, as well. Ohio schools have become officially atheistic, godless and toxic, morally, intellectually and spiritually, to our precious children.

Sounding both intelligent and reasonable

March 17, 2006

There’s a rather uninteresting post from the ID camp, except for one little line, quoted below (emph mine)

Evolution News & Views: The Scotsman: Intelligent Design Evidence-Based

Scotsman Alistair Donald recently engaged Peter Jones concerning intelligent design and the age of reason, and came off sounding both intelligent and reasonable.

This is the cornerstone of ID — sounding intelligent and reasonable. The average Joe or Jane may have a difficult time discerning real science from something that sounds intelligent and reasonable. This includes politicians. Thus, a large group of creationists gets together, makes a concerted effort to seem legit, and are subsequently percieved as scientific skeptics who just want to make sure that we’re dilligent in our skepticism.

It’s important in trying to limit the impact of ID that we understand the social and psychological manipulation perpetrated by its proponents.