Uncommon Dissent

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Question for George V. Coyne (6 comments)

Is randomness the hidden hand of God, or truly unguided? We'll let the clergy settle their own ontological and epistemological differences.

Filed under: Roister in the Cloister.

Elephants Evolving (3 comments)

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Filed under: Power to the People

Friday, December 02, 2005

“SETI and Intelligent Design” (4 comments)

I knew I had heard of Dembski before--he was a minor character in The Princess Bride. Some of his more memorable lines:

Dembski: SETI searches for alien signals without using the criterion of specified complexity? INCONCEIVABLE!
Inigo Montoya: You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

Dembski: I am the Isaac Newton of Information Theory.
Westley: You're that smart?
Dembski: Let me put it this way. Have you ever heard of Plato, Aristotle, Socrates?
Westley: Yes.
Dembski: Morons.

Dembski: A word, my lady. We are but poor, lost street theater performers. Is there a village nearby?

Dembski: Now, a clever man would put the poison into his own goblet, because he would know that only a great fool would reach for what he was given. I am not a great fool, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you. But you must have known I was not a great fool, you would have counted on it, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of me.
Westley: You've made your decision, then?
Dembski: Not remotely! Because iocaine comes from Australia, as everyone knows. And Australia is entirely peopled with criminals. And criminals are used to having people not trust them as you are not trusted by me, so I can clearly not choose the wine in front of you.
Westley: Truly, you have a dizzying intellect.
Dembski: Wait till I get going!
Dembski: Where was I?

Filed under: As You Wish....

ID Spreads Like Mold Over the Planet (1 comments)

Ronald Numbers defines ID rightly:
"Numbers said that at heart, the proponents of intelligent design 'want to change the definition of science' to include God, an issue he predicted would end up in the Supreme Court.

'One of the most successful PR campaigns we've seen in recent years,' he added, 'is intelligent design.'"
Since it builds on work established by (angry, resentful) creationists, this should come as no surprise.

Filed under: And now, the rest of the story...

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Darwinism ID and the Culture of Contempt (2 comments)

Answering contempt with contempt, stereotypes, and a slight touch of homophobia. Brilliant.

"Look to the Brits for the best examples of snootiness." --Bill Dembski

"the Queen of condescension, Eugenie Scott" --havoc

"It’s bulls*** like this that makes me question my belief in free speach." --David, a.k.a. "crandaddy"

"Dene Bebbington is a girly man. As such no one should take his limp wristed opinions seriously." --DaveScot

Filed under: Amen Chorus

How's this for an apology? (0 comments)

Paul Mirecki is an ass.

Filed under: Somebody had to say it.

Interesting Refutation of George Will and Charles Krauthammer on ID (4 comments)

George Will has made one accurate criticism of the idea he so dislikes: "The problem with intelligent design is not that it is false but that it is not falsifiable. Not being susceptible to contradicting evidence, it is not a testable hypothesis." This is true; but he should have added that Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection is not falsifiable either. Darwin's claim to fame was his discovery of a mechanism of evolution; he accepted "survival of the fittest" as a good summary of his natural-selection theory. But which ones are the fittest? The ones that survive. There is no criterion of fitness that is independent of survival. Whatever happens, it is the "fittest" that survive — by definition. This, just like intelligent design, is not a testable hypothesis.

Someone needs to do a little reading.

(But then, you already knew that.)

Filed under: Back to School

A Muslim Perspective on ID (0 comments)

Blah blah blah, evolution turns us into moral relativists, why doesn't Madonna put some clothes on, Darwinism is atheism, same tripe, different day.

Filed under: The Culture Bores