Well, it finally opened: the $100 million-dollar Noah’s Ark theme park in Kentucky that features an allegedly life-size model of the mythological boat described in the Bible. It’s 510 feet (155.4m) long, 85 feet (26m) wide, more than three … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Fake Ark, Fake Religion
While 61% of Icelanders say they believe in God, according to a recent poll, absolutely none under the age of 25 believe that their personal hairy thunderer created the world: Less than half of Icelanders claim they are religious and more than 40% of… . . . → Read More: Scripturient: The Rational Gods of Iceland
The answer to that question could be very long. I’ll bet among all the things you thought of buying with that much, you weren’t even once thinking it could buy a 510-foot replica of the mythological Noah’s ark. But that’s what … . . . → Read More: Scripturient: What Would $101 Million Buy?
Citing media “intolerance and bigotry”, anti-science Canadian MP James Lunney has quit the government caucus to sit as an independent. Among Lunney’s claim to the crown as Canada’s least scientifically literate MP are:
He doesn’t believe in evolution He’s a chiropractor He’s claimed there’s a link between vaccines and autism He doesn’t believe the climate . . . → Read More: Terahertz: Lunney unleashed
As the poster for the Centre for Inquiry notes, extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. It’s a popular catchphrase for the skeptical movement, but should be an intellectual policy for everyone. Regardless of what is being claimed, it requires evidence at the same level of the claim. Anecdote is not evidence, please note, especially personal anecdote . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Extraordinary Claims
Some people seem genetically inclined – perhaps I should write doomed? – to believe in nonsense: believe in conspiracy theories, in myths, legends, superstitions and supernatural, in magic, in pseudoscience and pseudomedicine. Nothing – no amount of fact, truth, education, reason or contrary evidence will change their minds. The harder you try to correct them, . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Evolutionary Dead-Ends
Aron Ra begins his series with a nice set up about how the extreme religious tend to frame evolution as being exclusively atheistic. I suppose anything that can be used to flog/frighten people to the cause is fair game for the radically religious.
Filed under: Religion Tagged: Aron Ra, Creationism, The DWR Sunday . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Aron Ra on the First Foundational Falsehood of Creationism
I know, I know, it’s the proverbial fish in a barrel when you critique creationists. They are just so easy to mock. But how can you help yourself when someone like Ken Ham opens his mouth in public? The media just love to pounce all over him. He must take his lessons in PR from . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Those Crazy Creationists
And I, along with countless others, am so, so glad.
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That would probably pretty much sum up the religious fundamentalists’ attitude when comparing science to their literal interpretations of The Bible. The people at Funny or Die decided to run with that sentiment:
Funny or Die’s ‘Creationist Cosmos’: God created everything — except for gay people (via Raw Story )
Creationists who believe God . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: Separate But Not Equal
Where do you draw the line between taking on bad arguments and lending credence to corrosively stupid notions? This was one of the meta-debates that went on before, during and after the Nye v. Ham debate. It is a fine line to walk as savaging creationist stupidity publicly lends said stupidity, a veneer of credibility . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Nye vs Ham – Post Debate Analysis
Bill Nye and Bill Maher offer an entertaining and informative analysis of this growing phenomenon:
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February 12 is international Darwin Day, the day when we collectively celebrate science and reason. And, of course, we recognize Charles Darwin’s birthday: February 12, 1809 (the same birthdate as Abraham Lincoln, by the way). If Collingwood made such declarations, I would propose we recognize the day in our municipality. Other Canadian municipalities have done . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Feb. 12: Happy Darwin Day
It is always a delight when even the crazed religious right begins to splinter. Watch the video below, a five-minute compilation of Bill Nye’s recent ‘debate’ with creationist Ken Ham on evolution, followed by Pat Robertson’s reaction to Ham.
Recommend this Post . . . → Read More: Politics and its Discontents: On A Lighter Note, Even Pat Robertson Is Embarrassed
His mind slid away into the labyrinthine world of doublethink. To know and not to know, to be conscious of complete truthfulness while telling carefully constructed lies, to hold simultaneously two opinions which cancelled out, knowing them to be contradictory and believing in both of them, to use logic against logic, to repudiate morality while . . . → Read More: Blevkog: It’s Not the End of the World
Charles Darwin has long been associated with the phrase, “survival of the fittest.” For a century and a half people have used it to refer to their understanding of his explanation of how species evolved. But it wasn’t his. And it has obscured the understanding of Darwin’s own theory. It came from a contemporary, Herbert . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Survival of the Fittest
Looking at the list of Nobel prizes awarded in 2013 for science, we see three prestigious entries: The Nobel Prize in Physics 2013 François Englert and Peter W. Higgs “For the theoretical discovery of a mechanism that contributes to our understanding of the origin of mass of subatomic particles, and which recently was confirmed through . . . → Read More: Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: Why Creationists Don’t Win the Nobel Prize
Creationism (and it’s dressed-up-in-drag younger brother, “intelligent” design) is the black mold of education. It’s an insidious infection of the mind, an intellectual parasite. And like real-life black mold, it creates a toxic environment – for learning and critical thinking. … Continue reading →
Picking on creationists and their loopy ideas is low-hanging fruit, however, every once and awhile, you find someone who does an exceptional job of skewering cringe worthy creationist ninny-poo while being laugh-out-loud funny. Paul Chartly, in my opinion, achieves this in his video. It is long at twenty seven minutes, so a morning cup of . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – The Theory of Crevolution.
While I firmly believe in a transcendent reality, I have no patience or tolerance for the promotion of ignorance in the guise of religious freedom in education. This intelligent and articulate young man sets the record straight:
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There’s a truly great moment in Shakespeare’s play, Macbeth, when Macbeth voices his last, and perhaps most moving, soliloquy about the fleetingness of life, and the meaning of what we do on this mortal coil. Life is devoid of meaning, … Continue reading →
A few weeks ago I was considering going to a dinner party called “Conscious Collective Gatherings: Non-Denominational Conversation”. It sounded pretty new age hippie-esque, which is totally not me, but I figured “hey, I might meet a few people there that are intellectually curious and not necessarily the left-wing equivalents of young earth creationists”.
Since . . . → Read More: Death By Trolley: What does it mean to be openminded?
I had it all wrong, Creationism actually should be in the classroom and everywhere else. But do not believe me, listen as Mr.Deity lays it all out for you.
Filed under: Atheism, Religion Tagged: Creation in the Classroom, Creation Science, Creationism, Evolution is just a theory, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice
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Or anyone who claims to be rational. I’m not sure how the religious do the whole indoctrination thing with a straight face. Can you imagine?
Child: How were we made?
Parent: Well you see this magic ooga-booga decided to scrape some mud together and breath life into it about 6,000 years ago….
Child: But . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Disservice – Creationism, not Appropriate for Children