Tuesday, December 11, 2012

What's Underway Here

Just as I took a minute to check my emails today, I came across a mass email from John West of the Center for Science and Culture. Plenty of details were contained in that email about what they plan on accomplishing next year.

I'm pretty stoked about what they have in mind. In particular, an ID curriculum that is in the works seems pretty awesome.

Which brings me to this blog's project. Essentially this blog will provide a kind of syllabus of responses to critics of key ID books. Just to show that this project is still under way, I thought I'd post what the first five of these books are:

  1. Darwin's Black Box - This is a fundamental book, and the criticisms are both predictable and unchanged from what they were several years ago.
  2. Edge of Evolution - Goes more in-depth than DB2, and much can be gained for someone can understand how to defend the merits of this book.
  3. The Design Revolution - Goes into deeper depth about some of the common as well as deeper criticisms of Intelligent Design.
  4. Signature in the Cell - Technically an entire book already exists for defending this one, so I'm listing it only as a fundamental read.
  5. PIG to Darwinism & ID - It looks like this is the easiest to read for beginners to the whole debate, and it covers quite a bit of ground.

These are all good starting points for the debate over ID. I'll start gathering/producing responses to critics on this blog for each of these soon. Each book will have it's own post, and they will all be linked to from the "But It's Already Been Refuted!" page.

Looking forward to seeing how far this goes!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

"But It's Already Been Refuted!" A List of Key Responses to Criticisms of Intelligent Design

UPDATE: As of 10/11/12 (LOL that date's in sequence) I am getting some assistence from a few comrades in trying to dig through the endless archives of material on the Discovery Institute website. I hope they categorize and organize that stuff better so people just getting into Intelligent Design can realize with less trouble that the books advocating it are far from refuted. Anyways, this is a work in progress and will see some MAJOR changes this month.

This is a series of links to key articles that defend various ID books or the concepts within them. We hope this will serve as a good one-stop source for those who feel overwhelmed by the level of back and forth debate over various ID books and want to learn as much as possible without endless searches.

---"Darwin's Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution" & "The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism"---

http://www.discovery.org/a/3718 - "Do Car Engines Run on Lugnuts?"

http://www.discovery.org/a/4119 - "Sean Carroll Fails to Scale The Edge of Evolution: A Rebuttal to Sean Carroll's Anti-ID Book Review in Science"

http://www.discovery.org/a/3408 - "About Irreducible Complexity" (an excellent collection of several links is deposited there)

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2011/03/michael_behe_hasnt_been_refute044801.html - "Michael Behe Hasn't Been Refuted on the Flagellum"

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2012/08/did_michael_beh063271.html - "Did Michael Behe State Exaptation has been "Shown" to Produce Irreducible Complexity?"

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2007/11/rebuttal_to_paul_gross_review004428.html - "Rebuttal to Paul Gross's Review of Michael Behe's The Edge of Evolution - Error #1: A Calculation Is not "A Mere Guess'"

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2007/11/rebuttal_to_paul_gross_review_1004429.html - "Rebuttal to Paul Gross' Review of The Edge of Evolution - Error #2: Failing to Stay Positive"

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2007/11/rebuttal_to_paul_gross_review_2004430.html - "Rebuttal to Paul Gross' Review of The Edge of Evolution - Error #3: Ignoring Behe's Rebuttal of Exaptation Speculation"

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2007/11/rebuttal_to_paul_gross_review_3004431.html - "Rebuttal to Paul Gross' Review of The Edge of Evolution - Error #4: Misrepresenting the State of Thinking in Cosmology"

http://www.evolutionnews.org/2009/10/richard_dawkins_the_greatest_s026651.html - "Richard Dawkins' The Greatest Show on Earth Shies Away from Intelligent Design but Unwittingly Vindicates Michael Behe"

---That Pitifully Ruled (but increasingly less relevant) Dover/Kitzmiller Trial---

http://www.discovery.org/a/4207 - "Response to Barbara Forrest's Kitzmiller Account"

---"Icons of Evolution: Why Much of What We Teach About Darwinism is False"---

http://www.discovery.org/a/1106 - "Well's Defense of Ten Questions to Ask Your Biology Teacher"

http://www.discovery.org/a/1180 - "Critics Rave Over Icons of Evolution: A Response to Published Reviews"


http://www.discovery.org/a/2228 - "One Long Bluff"


More to be added in the years to come... This post is going to turn into one long collection :-D

Friday, October 5, 2012

Welcome to the Insurrection


At the turn of the century, a group of students at the University of California at San Diego founded the Intelligent Design and Evolution Awareness Center - more commonly known as IDEA Center. What was originally a small club at that university alone eventually developed into an entirely new organization altogether.

Intelligent Design is a theory which holds that certain observable characteristics within the fields of cosmology, physics, chemistry, astronomy, and biology are best explained as being the product of an intelligent cause and not the accident of blind/undirected processes.

To put it in simple terms: Intelligent Design is a damning concept that makes the outrageous suggestion that there might be more to life and the universe as a whole than just particle collision and matter/energy interactions - perhaps mind really did precede matter.

The purpose of IDEA Center was to encourage any willing persons to set up IDEA clubs. Within these you can discuss matters regarding various theories on origins and have a number of other benefits from IDEA Center staff as well (more on how that's been going later).

---This Blog's Purpose---

This blog is mean to serve as a kind of archival center for stuff related to an IDEA club that was originally approved in 2009. To be honest the "club" had been pretty sparse during the first few years it was even set up. It was really just an off and on kind of thing, until now.

As of just a few weeks ago, things have REALLY picked up in terms of club activity now that we finally have a surge in interest and a game plan for discussions and activities. The sky is really the limit now, and the momentum seems to be building up even more each week.

This blog will organize defenses of key ID books, as well as any other points of discussion we deem to be worth posting here. As time goes on, we hope this blog will help serve additional discussions outside the IDEA clubs that branch out from the one we started.
---How Cyber IDEA Works---
Now comes the real meat of this post. If someone has told you to read this to understand how an existing Cyber IDEA club or potential new one would work, here is the time to pay close attention.
Unlike most "clubs" that typically meet in person, most of what a Cyber IDEA club does involves discussions via email. That way they are private and don't require someone to publically reveal to the world wide web what their views on origins are (which is why Facebook is not recommended for any of this), but most of all these allow people to participate in the confort of their own home without having to show up at public meetings.
Sometimes we can meet in person once a month or so, or more if we like. But most of our discussions work by creating contact groups in our email accounts and/or email client apps. From there you just send an email to everyone in the group (which forms the club) as if you were having an email discussion with all of them at once. When new members join, you just add their email to the contact group and then they add existing member's emails to a group list on their email account.
This means that a wide variety of people can talk about various things related to Intelligent Design and go from there. So far it looks like discussions about books, blog posts, or videos are what will dominate most discussions. Planning subject matter can be done informally or it can be announced here if we want.
So far it's hard to say how many members will be in each "club" division. Whenever a discussion group reaches beyond a dozen people or so, it looks like we will just start a new group where a contact list can grow. No clue how many of these "listserv" style discussion groups will emerge, but the goal right now is to start at least a dozen active ones in the next five years.
More details about these club discussions will became available soon. In the meantime, whoever referred you to this post should be taken seriously. ;-)