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March 28, 2008

It could be argued, successfully I think, that I started this blog as a reaction to getting banned at Uncommon Descent some time ago… maybe a month ago? I do not remember.  Anyhow, I am annoyed at those folks: they don’t do good science over there, and should be called on it.  I can’t do that any longer, but I can still comment on the vacuous nonsense being spewed by the Creationists of UD.

Tribune7 said of the Cambrian Explosion:

“…most of the major forms of complex life appeared almost simultaneously about 530 million years ago.”

Right.  The Cambrian Explosion lasted nearly 50 million years. Almost simultaneously is not accurate. Creationists seem to think that the Cambrian events blow a hole in evolutionary theory. Now, I’m not saying that Tribune7 thinks like this, but it made me think about this particular distortion.  

The Cambrian rocks, for reasons unknown to us, have a very good preservation record.  Conditions were right to allow the fossilization of more tissue types than, say, the Mesozoic.  Life may have been quite diverse before the fossilization conditions changed.  If this is true, then the “explosion” will have taken even longer.

Additionally, hard body parts show up in the Cambrian, soft tissue doesn’t fossilize well, and this most certainly accounts for the “sudden” radiation of creatures.

Recently, I was very annoyed to discover that an idea I have always favored has been purloined by a gang of miscreants and liars. Intelligent Design. I sort of played around with the notion that the Universe had a purpose, that the “Heavens declared the glory of God” and that sort of thing.

The idea still intrigues me; I am not an atheist… not yet anyway.

Here is the question for today: Why do the leading lights of ID publically claim that the Designer is unknown, but in in “friendlier environs,” admit that the Designer is God? I have my own answers to this question, but I’d like yours.

“Our strategy has been to change the subject a bit so that we can get the issue of intelligent design, which really means the reality of God, before the academic world and into the schools.” — Phillip E. Johnson, American Family Radio, January 10, 2003

“This isn’t really, and never has been a debate about science. It’s about religion and philosophy.” — Phillip E. Johnson, World Magazine, November 30, 1996

“To replace materialistic explanations with the theistic understanding that nature and human beings are created by God.” . . . “Design theory promises to reverse the stifling dominance of the materialist worldview, and to replace it with a science consonant with Christian and theistic convictions.” The Wedge Document, a 1999 Discovery Institute pamphlet

Darwinian Fascism? WTF?

March 28, 2008

Darwinian Fascism? WTF?
Over at Uncommon Descent, DLH has just composed a steaming pile of crap for us to step in this morning.Fitna vs Expelled – Is Islamofascism similar to Darwinian fascism?There is no such thing as Darwinian fascism! I’d be over there right now, explaining the difference between good science and bad science, but that I was banned from UD after implying that some folks think Jesus is due to return “any second now.” I looked around, and some folks beleive this, so Screw you, Davescot.

Ahem… Where was I? Oh, yes… The secret commandment of so-called Darwinian Orthodoxy is this: Do. Good. Science.

I’m sorry, guys, if I’ve let the cat out of the bag there, but there it is. If you don’t do good science (and ID is very bad science, if anything) you don’t get to play. If you only raise c. $22000 for your school, you don’t get to play. You rig a publication, you don’t get to play. You knowingly and incorrectly apply basic statistics to “debunk” the most eloquent and tested theory of the past 160 years… you don’t get to play.

I was gonna write about Pulsar Planets, but DLH annoyed me. Maybe tomorrow.