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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Intelligent Design

Here's an old presentation from Neil some of you may not have seen yet. In the talk, Neil discusses the history of Intelligent Design, and why it still persists in society. While I've always liked Neil, and I'm fascinated by his idea that we should carefully study why some scientists are religious, I think at the end of the day, the answer will be quite dull and not very informative: mainly that when you're ...

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Intelligent Design on Trial

If you don't remember the Dover Trials, then this documentary should refresh your memory. I'm not sure how long this video will be up (since I assume it's probably breaking some annoying copyright law), so you better watch before it's gone. Recommend that you play it in the background. This puppy clocks in at almost two hours. Enjoy! ...

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the history of Intelligent Design

Another great presentation by Neil on the history of the "God in the gaps" argument that was so persuasive for so long. In case you can't already tell, he's a huge fan of Newton, and loves to talk about the guy. It's always easier to love someone when you don't have to live with him (Newton was a gigantic prick, but luckily that hasn't tarnished his brilliance much). Video link is here for you mobile people ...

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Intelligent Design gets PWNED. Again.

The hilarious thing about Intelligent Design is it explains absolutely nothing about the natural world. It's proponents would have us believe nature is so complex that only the power of a God (let's not beat around the bush here) could possibly account for the existence of even the most basic forms of life. Because this hypothesis is built on the "God in the Gaps" argument, there is no need for any ID propo ...

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Intelligent Design is a philosophy of Ignorance

Neil is a fun and interesting speaker. Here he is trying to argue that Intelligent Design is a philosophy of ignorance, and if we continue to allow creationists to undermine science, the state of intellectual progress in America is likely to suffer serious setbacks. I think it's sad when people invoke God to explain what they don't know. It's intellectually lazy, and doesn't lead to any real scientific prog ...

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Science fiction and Intelligent Design

They're kinda the same thing, if you think about it. So it's fitting that several sci-fi writers are beginning to tell tales of universes where there really is a Creator. A new crop of science fiction novels focus on what it would mean if Intelligent Design turned out to be the truth. Jay Lake's Escapement is a perfect example, as is Walter Jon Williams' Implied Spaces, both are novels about people in clock ...

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Pope backs Intelligent Design

If you want any solid proof that a Pope is as flawed, ignorant, and uneducated as the rest of us, look no further than Benedict XVI. When he isn't busy making controversial statements about Islam, he likes to take a breather by trying to dismantle evolution by means of Natural Selection by perpetually pointing at dusty old tomes. His latest blunder comes care of an off collar remark asking: "[h]ow many of t ...

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Intelligent Design tries to make a comeback

Just when you were hoping Intelligent Design had gone the way of the Dodo bird, a small town school board always seems to become mired in the controversy. This time, it's the Chesterfield County School District in Virginia, which, in its school memoranda, has decided that it wants students to 'expand their knowledge through research, to debate the concepts as presented, and to develop their creative and ind ...

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The illusion of design

I mentioned before that many individuals believe in religion because of what they perceive to be logical reasons, and it is often based on the illusion of design, both here on earth, and in the cosmos in general. The universe, as far as we can observe, seems to be both extremely complex and mysterious at first glance. Here on earth, the complexity of life is staggering; in a handful of dirt, there are milli ...

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Who needs a lab when you have a green screen?

You know what's great about being an 'Intelligent Design' scientist? You get to save all of the money you would normally be spending on electron microscopes, computers, DNA sequencing machines or a host of other expensive equipment. Why bother to invest in technology when your premise is the world of make-believe is more real than the physical one? The only 'equipment' you need is a lab coat, a Bible, and a ...

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