C4ID, ‘Expelled’ and dishonesty

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

Free schools must teach evolution

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 not so irreducible complexity of the mousetrap

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

Sean Eddy on Junk DNA

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

Thursday linkage

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

Information Input Theory – A Trademarked “Research Field”?

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!

The Grindon Hall Creation Policy document

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