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Forum: Diavlog comments 11-09-2010, 06:43 AM
Replies: 223
Views: 27,154
Posted By dpc
Re: Boldness Edition (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

I don't think people care about whether Obama feels their pain. People want financial security as well as some sense of that financial security remaining stable into the future. Obama's job prospects...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-14-2009, 10:10 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 27,814
Posted By dpc
Re: Who is more anti-science: Secular Left or Secular Right?

I don't think it is so much that the science is hard (although I agree that much of it is difficult to understand). What is more important in driving denial is two things:

1) whether the evidence...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 03:48 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By dpc
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

He does not do research in the area for which he is famous. His books (Darwin's Black Box, Edge of Evolution) are not about his own work. Just because he used the scientific method in an honest way...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By dpc
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

Please provide an example of where Behe has followed the scientific method to show the evidence for design or against evolution.

He does not test his ideas (he does not come up with a testable...
Forum: Apollo diavlog comments 11-10-2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 37,422
Posted By dpc
Re: Another

I agree that impact factors are highly misleading. Unfortunately, they are 'important' for getting jobs and promotion. I am an ecologist and non-ecologists within a biology department usually do not...
Forum: Diavlog comments 11-09-2009, 09:58 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 59,012
Posted By dpc
Re: He's Baaack (John McWhorter & Glenn Loury)

I agree that as teachers, we need to submit evidence for the skeptics. Not only that but we need to encourage honest skepticism.

However, virtually no other field has to deal with these issues as...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 09-03-2009, 09:41 AM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,012
Posted By dpc
Re: Sean Carroll and Carl Zimmer quit Bloggingheads for promoting creationism

I am not sure where you are getting your definitions of selection but the important component here is relative fitness not simply whether an organism survives or not. Adaptation is thus a relative...
Forum: General comments on Bloggingheads.tv 09-01-2009, 02:35 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 16,012
Posted By dpc
Re: Sean Carroll and Carl Zimmer quit Bloggingheads for promoting creationism

Here are some problems with your post:

1) The circle that Zimmer et al. go around in (mutation and selection -- don't forget drift and migration!) are supported by thousands of studies. Each study...
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