A few years ago, a bizarrely deceitful film was released: Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. This pro-Intelligent Design creationism production made a variety of assertions, and did feature some interviews with the likes of Richard Dawkins – obtained by misrepresentation and edited to significantly alter the interviewees’ opinions. See for example what they did to Dawkins. The
No sooner had I noted that the jolly old Discotute wannabees C4ID had been rather quiet of late than I received an email update, representing something of a review of 2012. Apparently We’ve had a very productive year and it has been an exciting 12 months for the advance of Intelligent Design (ID) more generally.
From Stars to Stalagmites – How everything connects World Scientific 2012 ISBN 13 978 981 4324 97 7 Paul S. Braterman* I am a pretty avid reader of popular science books, but generally speaking I’ve mostly read books with a general emphasis on biology, particularly evolutionary biology. From Stars to Stalagmites is therefore a bit
There’s an article in today’s Guardian which indicates that all these free schools which form part of Michael Gove’s misguided concept of state centralisation of education must teach evolution (Free schools must teach evolution, ministers announce). All free schools will be forced to present evolution as a comprehensive and central tenet of scientific theory, ministers
The rather nice Bioimplement blog, which alas is updated somewhat infrequently has a particularly detailed overview of the history of the mousetrap. The mousetrap is often cited to illustrate the concept of irreducible complexity: a device which could not function with one of its parts missing. Irreducible complexity is one of those important concepts of Intelligent
This link arrived via the HHMI Twitter feed – Sean R. Eddy’s FAQ on Junk DNA: The C-value paradox, junk DNA, and ENCODE. The HHMI tweet refers to this as an upcoming Current Biology article. It’s a spectacularly clear and lucid exposition in a historical context of what junk DNA is. It clearly explains why
Since my time available for blogging has somewhat disappeared at the moment, I’m merely going to briefly link to postings generally relevant to creationism. Peer reviewed Intelligent Design creationism? Claims of Peer Review for Intelligent Design examined … and debunked – Dave Gamble reviews the supposedly peer reviewed publications of intelligent design creationism, focussing on
I see the ignorant, stupid, devious and downright dishonest within the creationist cohorts have been joined by the Centre For Intelligent Design, which is delighted by the junk DNA misinformation circulating in the media. I received an email from C4ID’s Dr Alastair Noble: Who would have thought it? ‘Junk’ DNA, the widely-promoted ‘killer’ argument for
Here’s an odd website that popped up in my news feed. It proclaims itself the “International Laboratory of ID Science“. Apparently it’s all about something called Information Input Theory. A phrase which apparently has been trade marked. And with supreme irony, given the text on the home page, the website is subtitled Evidence and Reason!
In a rather incoherent* article in the Sunderland Echo, the Principal of Grindon Hall Christian School has made interesting claims about the much-discussed ‘Creation Policy’ document (Headteacher blasts claims his city school teaches creationism – All News – Sunderland Echo) Chris Gray, principal of Grindon Hall Christian School, slammed a report that claimed the Pennywell