Plan 9 and Malachi agree! It’s time to act on Climate Change

Every once in a while, there is a perfect storm. A moment in time when all the elements necessary to define and structure flawlessness of form and function come together. These moments are rare. It takes the magic of coincidence. The alchemy of circumstance, combined with a kind of purity that only occasionally emerges. Such was the case in 1959 when Edward D. Wood Jr. wrote and directed the most astonishing film ever made. Continue reading Plan 9 and Malachi agree! It’s time to act on Climate Change

The Great Global Warming Hoax Hoax

Please read my post on The Las Vegas Stylings of Science before you read this one–it relies on it heavily.

In January 1991 I heard Al Gore give his Global Warming talk. It was in PowerPoint then too. It was at a meeting of environmental statisticians in New Orleans. Of course, then, Brother Gore’s hockey stick graph was a little shorter and we had not had the hot 90’s to add to his arsenal. Continue reading The Great Global Warming Hoax Hoax

Sorry–A quick stop at Intelligent Design (Again)

A pause before I hit Global Warming. I’ve had some exchanges with others who seem to misunderstand what Intelligent Design (ID) is. ID is not just the idea that there is a creator behind the universe. ID is a fundamentalist Christian backdoor attempt to get their version of creationism taught in the schools gussied-up to look like Science. It is not a science and doesn’t even come close, but they are loud and have deep pockets—a dangerous combination anytime. Continue reading Sorry–A quick stop at Intelligent Design (Again)

The Las Vegas Stylings of Science

Getting at what Science is exactly, has not exactly been easy. I introduced Early Wittgenstein last entry so let me start with him again, but with an idea from his later period (but keep in mind the point in my last blog: there are things science can’t touch. This blog is about the things it can). Continue reading The Las Vegas Stylings of Science

The Wittgenstein Merit Badge

It seems hard to reconcile with everything you know is right, but I was once a scoutmaster. Not long mind you. After my first summer camp and the boys all came back without merit badges and believing in evolution and global warming I was quickly called to be the High Priest quorum instructor. You can tell what kind of scoutmaster you were by where you end up after. Good ones are immediately called to be Bishops and Primary teachers. Other kinds land in High Priests where they can’t do much damage. Continue reading The Wittgenstein Merit Badge

Why the Lamanite-DNA Question is Irrelevant (and why this means you should believe in evolution)

I find the Lamanite-DNA question, like, sooo boring.

Consider this : You are only related to your children by half. They only share a half of your DNA. Your grandchildren, half of that again or about a fourth. You loose your genetic contribution to the future at a rate of about 2^N where N is the Nth generation down your line of descendents. So after about 25 generations, or around 625 years, your contribution is only about 1/33,000,000. Because our DNA has about 3,000,000,000 base pairs, and only 0.1% of that varies among humans (the rest are the exact same sequences (which is why we all sort of look alike)). This implies that you will have descendents with no detectable signature of your varying DNA. Continue reading Why the Lamanite-DNA Question is Irrelevant (and why this means you should believe in evolution)

When faith is frightened by science, both lose (A response to those who want us to choose between them)

This entry was precipitated by Gary over at the No Death Before the Fall blog. Obviously I don’t need to point out that Gary and I disagree. Actually, I like his blog and he makes an interesting foil for my thought. I find it useful in exploring how things need to be clarified in the debates about a faithful view of evolution. While I disagree completely with his outlook, I do think discussion is important and opposing views can often end up coming to some sort of dialectic synthesis. There are points on which we agree–Creation, Fall, Atonement for example. I will, however, continue to bicker about the details. Continue reading When faith is frightened by science, both lose (A response to those who want us to choose between them)