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Ian Barbour dies

The distinguished scholar of science and religion Ian Barbour died on December 24, 2013, at the age of 90, according to Carleton College (December 27, 2013).

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A milestone for NCSE's archives

NCSE's archives now contain three thousand books!

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Socrates in the City with Eric Metaxas and Stephen Meyer, pt. 1

ID the Future - Fri, 2013-12-27 08:01
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, hear the first segment of an engaging discussion between acclaimed author Eric Metaxas and Dr. Stephen Meyer at Socrates in the City in New York. Tune in as Dr. Meyer...
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#7 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: New Scientific Volume Challenges Neo-Darwinism, Survives Censorship Attempt

Biological Information: New Perspectives contains contributions from prominent proponents of intelligent design, such as Behe, Dembski, Wells, Axe, Gauger, and others. Casey Luskin http://www.discovery.org/p/188
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:40
Post by Patrick
Quote (stevestory @ Dec. 26 2013,18:10)I live in the Deep South. On the way to this taco bell literally 10 minutes ago, I went to a Bank of America drive-thru ATM. There are two atms, separated by 30 feet, so two cars can use the lane at the same time.

The guy who pulled in ahead of me, with me immediately behind him, pulled up to the first machine and used that one while I waited for 5 minutes.

These people exist, Patrick.
I grew up in Maine, at the other end of Appalachia.  The only difference between the cultures is that one has grits and the other has snow.  I know too well that they exist, but I'm enjoying my Boxing Day cheer-based delusions.

Stop popping my damn thought balloons!
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NCSE thanks its Supporting Organizations

As 2013 draws to a close, NCSE would like to thank its Supporting Organizations for their generous assistance during the year. 

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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 23:10
Post by stevestory
I live in the Deep South. On the way to this taco bell literally 10 minutes ago, I went to a Bank of America drive-thru ATM. There are two atms, separated by 30 feet, so two cars can use the lane at the same time.

The guy who pulled in ahead of me, with me immediately behind him, pulled up to the first machine and used that one while I waited for 5 minutes.

These people exist, Patrick.
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 22:36
Post by Patrick
Quote (Quack @ Dec. 26 2013,17:09) Quote "outstanding"
? Sure it isn't an impostor?
I think they're all impostors.  UD is just a long-running piece of collaborative performance art, full of Poes, making the point "How ridiculous would this be, if people really thought this way?"  C'mon, have any of you ever met anyone like that cast of characters in real life?  Even one person?  There's no way any of them could function in normal society.

I'd lie awake nights if I allowed myself to seriously consider the alternative.
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Cornelius Hunter Thread

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 22:31
Post by Occam's Aftershave
LOL!  After all this time Corny Hunter is still managing to come up with new ways to make himself look like a scientifically illiterate boob.  This time it's "Problems With the Canonical Giant-Impact Model of Moon Evolution" disprove evolutionary theory!  Some highlights:

  Quote Modern evolutionary theories attempting to explain the Earth-Moon system go back to the late nineteenth century when George Darwin, son of Charles, proposed that the Moon was made of materials ejected from the Earth by tidal instabilities.
...

The many patches added to evolutionary theories result in high complexity and loss of parsimony. One example that Robin Canup recently discussed is the origin of the Earth-Moon system.

Canup’s acknowledgment of the problem is a rare exception to the rule of declaring evolution to be a scientific fact regardless of the failures.

I won't link to the boob's blog since he has started implementing UD style censoring but go look for yourself if you need a good laugh.   The DI and BIOLA must be so proud to have a science scholar of his caliber on their staff.      
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 22:09
Post by Quack
Quote "outstanding"
? Sure it isn't an impostor?
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 20:18
Post by Patrick
Quote (CeilingCat @ Dec. 26 2013,14:44) Quote KRock December 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

Merry Christmas to all. The work you guys are doing at UD, is “outstanding.” I look forward to a new year of brilliantly written articles… as well as learning about all the new discoveries and advancements in science that continue to loosen the grip of Neo Darwinism.

All the best.

I think that's spelled Crock.

Link
Perhaps someone with a still living sock will ask KRock to list his top three examples of "new discoveries and advancements in science that continue to loosen the grip of Neo Darwinism" from 2013.
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 19:44
Post by CeilingCat
Quote KRock December 25, 2013 at 8:57 am

Merry Christmas to all. The work you guys are doing at UD, is “outstanding.” I look forward to a new year of brilliantly written articles… as well as learning about all the new discoveries and advancements in science that continue to loosen the grip of Neo Darwinism.

All the best.

I think that's spelled Crock.

Link
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 18:39
Post by fnxtr
Quote (Glen Davidson @ Dec. 26 2013,10:02) Quote (CeilingCat @ Dec. 26 2013,11:35)74 - Airplane view of a distant storm and especially 69 - Invisible Reflection make up for a lot of overly long and turgid posts.  

57 - Waterspouts over the Adriatic makes me wonder what the heck is going on there.  I don't think Goddidit is an adequate answer.

Can any duck experts tell us if the wings in #29 - First Flight are actually big enough to fly?
I was thinking first fall when I saw that.

I certainly don't have the calculations or any such thing to say that the wings are too small, but they look about the size of wings of woodducklings when they jump out and fall to the ground.  I don't think any of that fuzz could be considered to be flight feathers, in any case.

Glen Davidson
"Notice 'ow they do not so much fly, as plummet."
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 18:02
Post by Glen Davidson
Quote (CeilingCat @ Dec. 26 2013,11:35)74 - Airplane view of a distant storm and especially 69 - Invisible Reflection make up for a lot of overly long and turgid posts.  

57 - Waterspouts over the Adriatic makes me wonder what the heck is going on there.  I don't think Goddidit is an adequate answer.

Can any duck experts tell us if the wings in #29 - First Flight are actually big enough to fly?
I was thinking first fall when I saw that.

I certainly don't have the calculations or any such thing to say that the wings are too small, but they look about the size of wings of woodducklings when they jump out and fall to the ground.  I don't think any of that fuzz could be considered to be flight feathers, in any case.

Glen Davidson
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 17:44
Post by stevestory
Because of click-bait i almost automatically decline to follow any link with numbers in the title, but that is a great link.
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Uncommonly Dense Thread 4

AE Public Forum - Thu, 2013-12-26 17:35
Post by CeilingCat
74 - Airplane view of a distant storm and especially 69 - Invisible Reflection make up for a lot of overly long and turgid posts.  

57 - Waterspouts over the Adriatic makes me wonder what the heck is going on there.  I don't think Goddidit is an adequate answer.

Can any duck experts tell us if the wings in #29 - First Flight are actually big enough to fly?
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Beyond the Evidence: Scientism as Religion

ID the Future - Thu, 2013-12-26 05:04
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, hear about a few cases of scientism acting as a quasi-religion. For many people, science-- and evolution in particular--gives their lives a sense of meaning, providing an overarching vision of...
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David Berlinski: Is Human Nature Improving? Pt. 1

ID the Future - Thu, 2013-12-26 05:04
Listen Now. On this episode of ID the Future, Senior Fellow Dr. David Berlinski and Casey Luskin discuss Steven Pinker's argument from his recent book The Better Angels of Our Nature that human nature is improving. Tune in to...
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Merry Christmas! It's #8 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Lenski's Long-Term Evolution Experiment, 25 Years and Counting

Richard Lenski's work represents a baleful portent for any theory of evolution that relies exclusively on blind, undirected processes. Michael Behe
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#9 of Our Top-Ten Evolution Stories of 2013: Science Nationalized: Unleashing the Next Generation Science Standards

In the context of scientific controversies from climate change to Darwinian evolution, the buzz phrase of the moment is "science denial." David Klinghoffer http://www.discovery.org/p/209
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