[Einar] Proof by Assertion

Proof by assertion is an interesting logical fallacy. Basically, it’s just saying things that haven’t been proved has, and hoping people believe you. The Institute of Creation Research evidently love this one. I was glancing through the articles on their site today. a good 75 to 90% follow this format: Here’s a recent scientific paper. …

David Attenborough and the Botherers of God

I was going to write about this, but I was too lazy to look for an English-language source. Luckily, Martin Wisse has been more dilligent: Dutch broadcaster censors DavidRichard David Attenborough on evolution: The Dutch public broadcaster EO (Evangelische Omroep/Evangelical Broadcaster) has a reputation to uphold when it comes to broadcasting quality wildlife documentaries, both …

[Adam Cuerden] Baraminology, Part II: It sounds better in words of four syllables or more

Part I I’m afraid I may have been a bit misleading with my quotes in Part I: It’s actually very unusual for them to use relatively simple language, even in introductory pages. For instance, take today’s article, which opens with: We believe that phylogenetic discontinuity is obvious for most groups approximating the family level and …

[Adam Cuerden] Baraminology, Part I: Defining Terms, For Fun and Profit

Among the many criticisms in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District was that ID was not science, that it offers no testable hypotheses, and is not subject to change as new evidence comes to light. Indeed, during the trial clear evidence of this was shown: Although in Darwin’s Black Box, Professor Behe wrote that not …