So, what do we have this week? A focus on the wars between science, reason, and rationality against creationism, lunacy, and arrogant ignorance. A very creative “demonstration” of how random mutations along with selection pressure
make evolution not as improbable as creationists would like us to believe. A round of misinformation
from creationists, regarding the Altenberg meeting of leading evolutionary biologists. Also answer to the questions “what really happened at the Altenberg meeting
“, and “does atheism require faith too?
- Over at Happy Jihad’s House of Pancakes, Bing discusses a recent show by a creationist spewing out ignorance coupled with the usual arrogance. But what I really liked from this post, was the simple yet very creative demonstration of how random mutations along with natural selection (where there is nothing random about it!) create a not-so-improbable evolutionary mechanism as creationists would like us to believe.
The example is quite interesting and you can find it somewhere in the middle of the post (if you do not feel like reading the whole article).
- Nick Matzke, at The Panda’s Thumb, discusses the various distortions originating from the Intelligent Design (ID) camps, as to the contents of the Altenberg meeting of 16 evolutionary biologists. The *actual* meeting agenda was about “discussing the current status of evolutionary theory, with a particular emphasis on developments — some of them under intense debate — that have occurred since the last version of it has been in put in place back in the 1930s and ‘40s” as the meeting organizer himself, Massimo Pigliucci, has put it.
But, of course, according to ID proponents and creationists (aren’t these the same thing?) the meeting was about finding an alternative to neo-Darwinsim (wtf?) because evolution is, apparently, currently a theory in crisis!!! Those guys… they never learn from their humiliating mistakes…
- To continue on this story, as it is quite important, Massimo Pigliucci is publishing notes from the Altenberg meeting on his blog, Rationally Speaking. Part 1 here, part 2 here, part 3 here, and the final statement which was signed by all participants, can be found here.
- Finally, Skeptico discusses why the argument “Atheism also requires faith” is as ridiculous as the rest of the theist/creationist/ID proponents arguments. Get over your lack of arguments and just accept that faith is a personal thing, based on no evidence whatsoever -this is why it’s called “faith”, remember?