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Young Cosmos

AE Public Forum - Tue, 2014-03-11 21:50
Post by Richardthughes
Sal makes a prediction:

Quote Please do this for every topic point in the Opening Post since this is deep. Provide links to threads that elaborate pro or con, OK? Otherwise this discussion will have 40,000 replies!

Emphasis mine.

Yeah. 40,000.  
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DI EN&V

AE Public Forum - Tue, 2014-03-11 21:28
Post by J-Dog
Quote (Texas Teach @ Mar. 11 2014,16:18) Quote (Lou FCD @ Mar. 11 2014,16:03) Quote (Wesley R. Elsberry @ Feb. 27 2014,11:13)The DI ENV is pushing an article by Stephen Webb that supposedly "schools" Stephen Meredith on IDC and "occasionalism".

Anybody else see the problem in Webb's thing that I do?

      Quote They then test their hypothesis by calculating the probability that a specific set of causes can create new biological forms.

lulz, as if cID theoristsists have ever actually calculated anything, ever.
I'm sure some of them calculated how much money they could make off the rubes.  That's kind of sciency, right?
FTFY! :)

Quote 'm sure some ALL  of them calculated how much money they could make off the rubes.  That's kind of sciency, right?
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Baton Rouge Advocate endorses repeal effort again

The Baton Rouge Advocate (March 9, 2014) reaffirmed its editorial support (previously expressed in 2013) for the attempt to repeal Louisiana's so-called Science Education Act, which, Governor Bobby Jindal told NBC News in 2013, permits the teaching of creationism, including "intelligent design."

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Here's the Cure for Cosmos

ARN ID Update - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:46

At ENV, there will be more to say about Seth MacFarlane's revival of the Carl Sagan vehicle for scientific materialism after we've seen it. In the meantime, you may wish to have access to the antidote handy before grappling with the ailment itself.

For that, you couldn't do better than Illustra Media's series of stunning video documentaries on the theme of intelligent design in cosmology and biology. Most of these are actually viewable immediately as Amazon instant videos. The single most relevant film is The Privileged Planet, but don't forget The Case for a Creator, Darwin's Dilemma, Unlocking the Mystery of Life, Flight and Metamorphosis. Find them on the Illustra website or, on Amazon.

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Cosmos - the antidote for ID?

ARN ID Update - Mon, 2014-03-10 02:40

In an Evolution News & Views...In case you had any uncertainty about the upcoming 13-part Cosmos series, a revival of the Carl Sagan franchise, executive producer Seth MacFarlane has Darwin skeptics and alternatives to Darwinian evolution very much in his crosshairs. This is a major and costly project, though Fox won't say how costly - so it's flattering in a way. In an interview in the Los Angeles Times, MacFarlane says:

We've had a resurgence of creationism and intelligent design quote-unquote theory. There's been a real vacuum when it comes to science education. The nice thing about this show is that I think that it does what the original "Cosmos" did and presents it in such a flashy, entertaining way that, as Carl Sagan put it in 1980, even people who have no interest in science will watch just because it's a spectacle. People who watched the original "Cosmos" will sit down and watch with their kids.

Click here for more...

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2014 Summer Seminars on Intelligent Design

ID the Future - Sun, 2014-03-09 18:03
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Casey Luskin gives some information on the Center for Science and Culture's 2014 Summer Seminars in Seattle. This all-expenses-paid learning opportunity is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the...
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Why Do We Live in a Huge, Yet Finite, Expanding Universe?

With excitement about the upcoming Fox series Cosmos approaching a peak, we asked our resident physicist, Dr. Rob Sheldon, to comment. Rob Sheldon
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New Cosmos Series Has Intelligent Design in Its Crosshairs

Today, materialism of the Carl Sagan variety is overwhelmingly maintained by careful averting of the eyes from counterevidence and counterarguments. David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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"Not By Chance": Drone Engineers Try the Starling Trick

What happens when engineers try autonomous formation flight? Lots of collisions. Evolution News & Views
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Gordon's Diary

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 17:49
Post by steve_h
Dear Diary,

just spent another hectic day monitoring the viral Dr Torley  thread. I just can't believe it, every time I check it's gone up by at least one. Bydand!
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 5

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 16:52
Post by Glen Davidson
Headline at UD:

Quote Researchers: Dishonesty can mean greater creativity

Funny, the IDiots seem to be about as uncreative as anyone can be.

No tradeoffs, there, they just go for the worst possible fate, uncreative dishonesty.*

Glen Davidson

*Not saying that they're consciously lying, but at UD we've mostly got people who are deeply dishonest with evidence and with themselves.
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Wildlife

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 15:15
Post by DaveH
An old photo, but always worth showing for the sake of the comedy potential of the name...

Great tits


Just posted to draw attention to the amazing bit of research about these guys' evolutionary arms race with the pied flycatcher. Carl Zimmer has a summary here . Information Parasites? Who knew? (Except for IDC-ists, obviously....)
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 14:57
Post by k.e..
Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 09 2014,06:31) Quote (Woodbine @ Mar. 08 2014,21:25) Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 08 2014,01:26)I just gave a couple more examples of how I influence science, on a daily basis, by being where the science action is at.
Burger King?
See. With all the clown makeup, you can't even tell who or what they really are.
No one but you Gary would put clowns, burgers and science in the same sentance. If only it was funny. Sad  lonely clown GiGo asks scientists if they want fries  with his offal burnt offering & mistakes cream pie throwers for his friends.
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A Separate Thread for Gary Gaulin

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 13:03
Post by NoName
Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 08 2014,22:31) Quote (Woodbine @ Mar. 08 2014,21:25) Quote (GaryGaulin @ Mar. 08 2014,01:26)I just gave a couple more examples of how I influence science, on a daily basis, by being where the science action is at.
Burger King?
See. With all the clown makeup, you can't even tell who or what they really are.
Well, that's what happens when you smear makeup all over your eyes and start bragging about the improvement of your vision.
Oh, you weren't being self-referential?
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 5

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 12:16
Post by Soapy Sam
KF! Fresh KF! Get yer KF 'ere!
    Quote F/N, FYI — FTR: Any serious commenter intending to be fair would have checked out that NM falsely accused me of deceit in an earlier thread several weeks ago [at roughly Christmas time], as in: “Gish Gallop” . . . as Rational Wiki defines, a very serious accusation of public deceit (and as a rule a patently false accusation, starting with the late Mr Gish himself, who could not have won the vast majority of 3 – 400 debates if he had been doing what he was caricatured as doing by hard core evolutionary materialist ideologues in order to dismiss what he was saying and showing by smearing the messenger, i.e. accuse without good warrant of wholesale “quote mining,” which is itself an informal — and in our experience here at UD, usually false — accusation of deceitful out of context quotation . . . note the in extenso cites I had to give to correct that insinuation and later accusation, regarding especially Gould’s career-long position as a world class expert on what the fossil record actually substantiates and contains).

Pause for breath. That's Sentence 1 over. Aaaaand ...

  Quote That is the context in which I informed him that absent amends for that, he was not welcome and would be removed as a slanderous heckler, cf. 299 above where I pointed this out to F, and 39 on here, where I summarised what happened to JG . . . with links to the scene of the crime. NM chose to double down, and I took disciplinary action for cause. F’s cleverly misleading half-truth on in the same thread, speaks volumes, sadly revealing volumes. Onlookers, THIS is the COMMON level of behaviour by too many objectors to design thought, and if these unscrupulous hecklers are allowed free reign in UD’s threads, there would be a fever swamp race to the gutter. I do this for the record, not to feed the troll who will predictably continue twisting the matter into pretzels. KF
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 5

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 08:48
Post by Quack
Quote (OgreMkV @ Mar. 08 2014,19:44)     Quote (olegt @ Mar. 08 2014,08:53)Kairosfocus has a unique ability to complexify simple things. Here is [URL=http://www.uncommondescent.com/intelligent-design/a-world-famous-chemist-tells-the-truth-theres-no-scientist-alive-today-who-understands-mac



roevolution/#comment-492278]a little GEM[/URL]:
      Quote F/N: The best way to understand a coin is as a physical approximation to a two-sided die. KF
Actually, he's wrong about that too.

A coin is a THREE sided system with an uneven distribution when flipped. But most people don't get it.
Fixed link: a little GEM (I like to fix things.)
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Wildlife

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 08:15
Post by timothya

See the forest in the trees - patterns from Sydney's botanic gardens
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Wildlife

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 05:07
Post by timothya

Juvenile New Holland Honeyeater (Phylidonyris novaehollandiae) Tumut, New South Wales
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 5

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 04:44
Post by CeilingCat
Soapy Sam:   Quote I prefer to think of a die as something you get when you glue 6 coins together and fill in the gaps with corners. 
I prefer to think of "die" as something you get when you go whoring after Jesus and neglect the local Volcano God.
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 5

AE Public Forum - Sun, 2014-03-09 04:37
Post by CeilingCat
Quote (DiEb @ Mar. 08 2014,16:11)I put an comment into their moderation queue:
          Quote           Quote ‘PPS: The surge, of course, also documents that Sci News has credibly had significant impact.’
Call me skeptic: there are other articles  here at Uncommon Descent which have been linked to by "Scientific News", like New Age medic Deepak Chopra responds to Darwin’s man Jerry Coyne in The New Republic. Warning: Messy and To recognize design is to recognize products of a like-minded process, identifying the real probability in question, Part I. They didn't go viral - at least they didn't make the list of most popular articles.

On the other hand, reddit is well known to be able to generate quite an impact.
From the "New Age medic..." thread above:       Quote Actually, if you look into it, you will soon discover that people like Coyne and his wikitroll buddies simply insist, beyond the reach of evidence, that telepathy is false. Not so, it exists as a low level effect greater than chance but not nearly enough to justify the claims of typical psychics (seeThe Spiritual Brain). So now Dense is defending telepathy - at a suitably low level so it can't be detected without Jesus.
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