Don Prothero Exposes Ham’s “Observational” vs. “Historical” Science for What It Is: Pure bunk!

You may recall that Don Prothero, the prominent American paleontologist, geologist, and author of great books like Evolution: What the Fossils Say and Why It Matters coached Bill Nye in his debate vs. Ken Ham. In an earlier post, I referenced his behind-the-scenes perspective. Now Prothero addresses that annoying bit of vocabulary we heard Ham use over and over: “observational” vs. “historical” science. If you thought that sounded fishy when Ham used it, you were right and Prothero tells us why when he explains that:

In reality, all science is a seamless mix of things we observe directly, and things we infer using natural laws extended into the realms of the past, the very distant, or the very tiny (what is called “uniformitarianism” or “actualism”).

He includes some great examples of how science works including this forensic science one:

If a crime is committed and no one saw the criminal, does the CSI just shrug their shoulders and say “we can’t solve it”? NO! The whole point of the show is that there are many clues all over the place that allows us to reliably infer things about the past, whether a few hours after a crime, or a few million years ago. Let’s say a burglar robbed Ham’s house while he was not at home. Would he insist that the CSIs stop working the crime scene because Ham doesn’t believe in “historical science”? NO! He’d want them to use any science that would solve the crime–just like real scientists use any evidence available to solve the mysteries of nature.

I won’t recount the entire post here because as always, Don Prothero does it best. For the entire article, check out: Skepticblog » “Observational” vs. “historical” science? Pure bunk!.

Petition Has Katy Perry Dark Horse Video Altered Because It ‘portrays blasphemy’

Over 60,000 people have signed an online petition to remove the Katy Perry Song, Dark Horse from YouTube. See the BBC’s screen capture below. The reason for the offence, according to Shazad Iqbal, who started the petition, is that: The video is considered as highly controversial to its viewers as a result of its portrayal … Continue reading

Prayer Robot & Atheist Books for Kids

At first I was amused that an Iranian teacher, Akbar Rezaeie built a robot to teach prayer mostly because he applied “some mechanical modifications such as adding two extra engines…to let the robot perform praying movements, such as prostration, more easily.” I figured this would probably be the first robot to rebel … Continue reading

Canadian AA Without Religion

Joe C a commenter on Diana’s post “Alcoholics Anonymous, Without the Religion – NYTimes.com” provided information on Canadian AA meetings for agnostics and atheists: AA Agnostica: a “space for AA agnostics, atheists and freethinkers worldwide.” AA Toronto Agnostic: a “site for agnostics, atheists and free thinkers in Alcoholics Anonymous in the … Continue reading

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