Posts Tagged 'intelligent design'

What Michael Reiss said

I’m sure you all remember the fiasco that broke out back in September about the comments made by Professor Michael Reiss, Director of Education for the Royal Society, on the topic of teaching creationism. I just thought I’d take this opportunity to look back and clarify what really happened.

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Expelled: No intelligence allowed?

This month, Canada will see the release of the controversial film Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. The film is a documentary presenting the case that Intelligent Design has been unfairly excluded from consideration by the scientific community and is hosted by the actor Ben Stein. Its opening weekend in the USA made it their third biggest opening documentary, and at this point it is the twelfth largest grossing documentary film. However, the film has been surrounded by controversy and lawsuits from its production to its claims, and was very poorly received by film critics.

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Punks and the USA Christian Right

I couldn’t resist this opportunity to point out that humanists, atheists and secularists are not alone in their passion to keep state and religion separate. Henry Rollins, hero of the punk movement, stand up performer and host of his own TV show, has given a passionate defence of Evolution and a damning critique of Intelligent Design and the Christian Right in the USA. Punk as a movement has always been concerned with personal freedoms and autonomy from the state so religious freedoms and freedom from religion naturally fall into that.

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That Intelligent Design DVD…

I blogged a while ago about a debate on the topics of Intelligent Design and Evolution, and mentioned how the Intelligent Design speakers opened by showing 15 minutes of a DVD presenting their viewpoint. Well, it turns out that the same film‘Unlocking the Mystery of Life’ was shown by the Edinburgh Creation Group at a meeting last night. The Not Quite So Friendly Humanist went along and has a few things to say about it on his blog. Despite the title, he is a nice, friendly person with a good sense of humour and he’s also a fellow Edinburgh student humanist so do go over and read his posts.

Evolution vs. Intelligent Design debated

This Friday the University of Edinburgh Humanist Society and the Humanist Academy jointly hosted a debate entitled “Are we here by Chance, or by Design… or should we ask deeper questions?”. Speaking for Evolution were Professor Roger Downie (Zoology Dept, Glasgow University) and John Wiltshire (Mathematical Physicist,Systems Engineer). Speaking for Intelligent Design were Dr. Alistair Noble (Chemist, Educational Consultant) and Dr. Alistair Donald (Church of Scotland Minister, PhD Environmental Science). Each team of speakers were given 30 minutes to present their arguments, 15 minutes to respond to their opponents’ presentations and then 30 minutes were left for questions from the floor. I was glad to see these issues being properly debated by a well-qualified panel. My only encounters with Intelligent Design theories so far have been the usual extremists and Creationists so I was looking forward to seeing the actual hypotheses presented to the scientific community and their responses.

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