kottke.org posts about intelligent design

Last week, PZ Myers, an outspoken criticMar 24 2008

Last week, PZ Myers, an outspoken critic of creationism, was booted from a screening of Expelled, a film defending intelligent design co-written by Ben Stein.

They singled me out and evicted me, but they didn't notice my guest. They let him go in escorted by my wife and daughter. I guess they didn't recognize him. My guest was...

Richard Dawkins.

Here's an account of the affair in the NY Times and a review of the film by Dawkins called Lying for Jesus.

Biologists Helping Bookstores is a guerilla effortJul 29 2007

Biologists Helping Bookstores is a guerilla effort to reshelve pseudo-scientific books (books on intelligent design, for instance), taking them from the Science section and moving them to a more appropriate area of the store, like Philosophy, Religion, or Religious Fiction. (via mr)

An Intelligent Designer designs a cow. "HowMar 22 2007

An Intelligent Designer designs a cow. "How about we give it three, no eleven, no four stomachs! Four stomachs! For the efficient eating, of the grass. I am truly inspired! Don't stop there. How's this? This animal should urinate milk. From its groin, no less."

Esther Dyson: Google is blind evolution, YahooFeb 06 2006

Esther Dyson: Google is blind evolution, Yahoo is intelligent design. I'm not sure that's the right metaphor to use if you want to put Yahoo on the same level as Google.

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti MonsterDec 27 2005

The Gospel of the Flying Spaghetti Monster available for preorder at Amazon. It comes out on March 14, 2006.

The Dover, PA evolution vs. intelligent designDec 20 2005

The Dover, PA evolution vs. intelligent design ends with the judge ruling against the teaching of ID in the classroom because it violated the "constitutional ban on teaching religion in public schools". "We find that the secular purposes claimed by the board amount to a pretext for the board's real purpose, which was to promote religion."

Interview with Richard Dawkins about religion, evolution,Dec 15 2005

Interview with Richard Dawkins about religion, evolution, and intelligent design. "If it's true that [evolution and natural selection] causes people to feel despair, that's tough. It's still the truth. The universe doesn't owe us condolence or consolation; it doesn't owe us a nice warm feeling inside. If it's true, it’s true, and you'd better live with it."

Interview with "incompetent design" theorist Don Wise. "Dec 08 2005

Interview with "incompetent design" theorist Don Wise. "The only reason you stand erect is because of this incredible sharp bend at the base of your spine, which is either evolution's way of modifying something or else it's just a design that would flunk a first-year engineering student."

There's a Charles Darwin exhibition at theDec 01 2005

There's a Charles Darwin exhibition at the Natural History Museum in NYC through May 2006. A tidbit not reported in the US press: the exhibition failed to attract corporate sponsorship because "American companies are anxious not to take sides in the heated debate between scientists and fundamentalist Christians over the theory of evolution". Pussies.

Update: This letter sent into TMN throws some doubt on the whole lack of corporate sponsorship angle. (thx, chris)

Introduction from Edward O. Wilson's new bookNov 30 2005

Introduction from Edward O. Wilson's new book on Charles Darwin's "Four Great Books".

Not only is Intelligent Design bad science,Nov 29 2005

Not only is Intelligent Design bad science, it's also bad religion. "Self-defeating and incoherent, Intelligent Design is worse than useless, not only as science but also, one imagines, for religious folks who might be attempting to understand God by working backwards from the world as their body of evidence."

Kansas is in quite a stateNov 10 2005

I know I'm not supposed to be paying attention to anything other than my Asia trip, but I read about the Kansas Board of Education approving the teaching of "theory" of intelligent design in public schools in the South China Morning Post this morning and...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRGGH!!!!!!!!!

What the hell, Kansas? And those poor science teachers in Kansas public schools...what are they supposed to do? Teaching pseudoscience as real science, that's like asking the math teachers to tell the kids that 2+2=5 because God said so. You can't quit, because then those kids will really be lost. If you don't teach that ID is valid science, you'll probably get reprimanded or fired. So what to do? I have a couple of suggestions:

1) Teach your students about evolution, and then tell them about intelligent design, just as the state curriculum says. Then spend some time going over what science is, what a theory is, and so on. Apply the definition to each. That way, you've taught ID by the books and then demonstrated its relationship to science.

2) Or, as long as you're teaching your students that a higher power designed the world/universe, why not take it a step further and tell them about your personal and scientific belief in The Flying Spaghetti Monster? As long as science can include anything now, why not a supernatural being made from pasta?

Update: There appears to be hope. In Dover, Pennsylvania:

In that small, relatively conservative Pennsylvania town, voters booted all eight Republican pro-intelligent design school board members who were up for re-election and replaced them with Democrats who oppose the curriculum policy. Dover is not some bastion of liberal politics; it's more like Kansas than parts of Kansas are.

(thx, steve)

Bobby Henderson, creator of the Flying SpaghettiNov 07 2005

Bobby Henderson, creator of the Flying Spaghetti Monster, has gotten an $80,000 advance to write a Pastafarian Bible.

"The only debate on intelligent design thatOct 21 2005

"The only debate on intelligent design that is worthy of its subject". Hootingly funny. (And I have no doubt that someone from the other side of the debate could construct something equally as amusing, so...)

Astrology is valid science?Oct 19 2005

Not from The Onion: US biochemistry professor admits that astrology would be considered valid science according to his own personal definition. Said a spectator of Pennsylvania ID trial: "I can't believe he teaches a college biology class".

In the real world, the process ofOct 17 2005

In the real world, the process of design depends on evolution: "To consider the iPod, it did not spring fully formed from the mind of a powerful Designer, but rather it represents one distinct point on a long evolutionary timeline." Intelligent design is bad science and bad design. That doesn't leave much.

Regrading this: Summer Movies Other Than MarchOct 05 2005

Regrading this: Summer Movies Other Than March of the Penguins That Conservatives Are Rallying Behind. "The Dukes of Hazzard: Not once is the word 'evolution' used in this movie. Many pundits proclaim this to be a tacit endorsement of intelligent design."

Quick interview with Bobby Henderson, Prophet ofSep 21 2005

Quick interview with Bobby Henderson, Prophet of the church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

March of the Penguins has become aSep 13 2005

March of the Penguins has become a favorite for conservative moviegoers, who cite it as making a good case for monogomy, intelligent design, and a pro-life stance on abortion. I wonder if liberals watch the film and come out advocating universal health care...all those dead penguin babies could have been saved with proper medical care.

Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne on intelligentSep 06 2005

Richard Dawkins and Jerry Coyne on intelligent design: "You cannot have it both ways. Either ID belongs in the science classroom, in which case it must submit to the discipline required of a scientific hypothesis. Or it does not, in which case get it out of the science classroom and send it back into the church, where it belongs."

Daniel Dennett on why intelligent design isn'tAug 30 2005

Daniel Dennett on why intelligent design isn't science. "Evolutionary biology certainly hasn't explained everything that perplexes biologists. But intelligent design hasn't yet tried to explain anything."

Pharyngula rips Deepak Chopra a new oneAug 25 2005

Pharyngula rips Deepak Chopra a new one regarding his skepticism of evolution. Skepticism is fantastic, but Chopra seems to be deeply engaged in an impressive display of uninformed hand-waving. Deep, put down your cup of invigorating tea and at least read a little about what evolution is so that next time, you actually sound like you know what you're being skeptical about.

Inspired by Kent Hovind's $250,000 prize for evidenceAug 19 2005

Inspired by Kent Hovind's $250,000 prize for evidence of evolution, Boing Boing is offering a $250,000 prize to anyone providing "empirical evidence which proves that Jesus is not the son of the Flying Spaghetti Monster". I'll throw another $250,000 into the pot.

David Galbraith has "a new theory -Aug 11 2005

David Galbraith has "a new theory - Unintelligent Design, which is the same as Intelligent Design, except that the creator is either a moron or Satan". Hee.

An open letter to the Kansas School BoardJun 23 2005

An open letter to the Kansas School Board. "Let us remember that there are multiple theories of Intelligent Design. I and many others around the world are of the strong belief that the universe was created by a Flying Spaghetti Monster."

Scientists are opting out of public debatesJun 22 2005

Scientists are opting out of public debates on evolution vs. creationism or intelligent design.

Why intelligent design isn'tJun 06 2005

Why intelligent design isn't. "Biologists aren't alarmed by intelligent design's arrival in Dover and elsewhere because they have all sworn allegiance to atheistic materialism; they're alarmed because intelligent design is junk science."

Creationism: God's gift to the ignorantJun 03 2005

Creationism: God's gift to the ignorant. Richard Dawkins on the "deceitful misquoting of scientists to suit an anti-scientific agenda" and other creationist follies.

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