All posts tagged evolution

What’s in the gaps?

The Apologetics 315 blog quoted William Dembski of the Discovery Institute not too long ago, making what I’m sure he and they thought was a clever argument: “Scientists rightly resist invoking the supernatural in scientific explanations for fear of committing a god-of-the-gaps fallacy (the fallacy of using God as a stop-gap for ignorance). Yet without […]

Review: Science and the Bible

Ted Burge’s Science and the Bible: Evidence-Based Christian Belief is another book I found for myself at the library. It sounded like exactly what I was hoping my Christian friend would have recommended to me. I thought, “All right, if someone’s going to answer my problems with the bad science in and lack of trustworthy […]

Why we argue vs. why we should

Cognitive biases are difficult, some might even say impossible, to conquer. The best that most of us can do is to attempt to remain conscious of them in order to be able to reject irrational assumptions and find the truth. Now, there may be a twist. The NYT reported on “the argumentative theory of reasoning” […]

Friday Link Roundup #33

The Bible says both that atheists are fools, and that anyone who calls someone a fool is liable to burn in hell. Formerly atheist cartoonist Box Brown converts to Christianity. The Atheist Experience gets pwned by infamous troll “DM.” (For context, see here or here.) The European Court of Human Rights ruled that, since a […]

Review: The Selfish Gene

I’ve remarked here before that I’ve never actually read any of Richard Dawkins’ books. That’s soon to change, as I’m about to finish reading his 1976 bestseller The Selfish Gene. (It’s the 30th anniversary edition, so at this point there’s an introduction, two prefaces, a forward, and endnotes, much of which has been added in […]

I don’t care about evolution!

Oh, I care about science. I find it fascinating for its own sake, and I also recognize the amazing contributions that scientific knowledge can make toward improving our quality of life. Biology, including the theory of evolution, is no exception. But if you want to convince me to give up atheism and believe in your […]

Answering questions about evolution

I recently had someone find my site by searching “when a fire and brimstone christian questions evolution.” I hope they found some interesting stuff here about “fire and brimstone” Christians, and about evolution as well, but I’m sorry to say I didn’t have anything to answer their particular query. Before today, that is! So, what […]

Tibetan DNA shows natural selection

I could do without the use of the term “Darwinism” at the end, but I like this news from the BBC: University of Utah researchers found 10 genes which help Tibetans thrive at heights where others get sick. Two of the genes are linked to haemoglobin – the substance in blood that transports oxygen round […]

Ayala wins Templeton Prize

The Templeton Prize was recently awarded to Dr. Francisco J. Ayala, a professor of evolutionary biology and philosophy at UC Irvine. Congratulations to him, I guess. I’ve been conflicted about the Templeton Prize for as long as I’ve known about it, and the coverage of Ayala’s work and stance makes me uneasy as well. If […]