Tag Archive for debate

Facts may no longer matter in this election but fact-checking and skeptical activism works

It’s the day after the big debate and media outlets like Politifact, Factcheck.org, AP, and NPR have their fact-checking (FC) machines churning at full speed since 9PM last evening. As a Skeptic who values solid evidence and empirical facts, I deeply appreciate FC but I strongly suspect that facts and examinations of truthfulness and accuracy…

Evidence-based skepticism in the spotlight thanks to Bill Nye’s debate

It’s so very exciting to see the reverberation of the Creation-Evolution debate continuing. And I am very happy to see Skeptical Inquirer play a role in it. This current issue of SI has an exclusive piece written by Bill Nye, The Science Guy himself, discussing the behind-the-scenes goings on that took place before and during…

Is Bill Nye the captain of our national scientific debate team? (UPDATE: Another score for Nye)

Now he takes on the topic of global warming. “Meet the Press” to host climate change “debate” between GOP’s Marsha Blackburn and Bill Nye “the Science Guy” – Salon.com. This Sunday, “Meet the Press,” the renowned televised political news forum, will host a discussion of climate change — perhaps the single most pressing issue of…

The Great Debate: Science trumps Creationism

Ham on Nye: Deny deny deny… In a sometimes frustrating, sometimes boring, but consistently civil discussion about the definition and importance of science, two speakers with opposing worldviews presented their evidence to a sellout crowd and hundreds of thousands of online viewers. Who Won Bill Nye’s Big Evolution Faceoff? – NBC News.com. Bill Nye the…

Intelligent design: The stupid that keeps bobbing to the surface

It may hurt your brain to read this article. It’s so full of brain-stopping moments of nonsense. It is only countered by Josh from the National Center for Science Education. Intelligent design teaching stirs debate. The room was packed as more than 500 people listened intently to Paul Nelson talk about genetics. Some fervently took…

Duane Gish, Creationist, dead at 91

Duane Gish, Senior Vice-President Emeritus for the Institute of Creation Research, anti-evolutionist, died on March 5 at the age of 91. Gish was one of the world’s most infamous Creationist writers and debaters. His ploy was to not use the evidence (which Creationism lacks) in an argument but to use rhetorical devices. He was best…

BioLogos promotes civil discussion about religion and evolution

I encourage you to read this whole article to get a new perspective on a community many don’t see. Some interesting things in there. Hopeful, actually. Evangelical scientists debate evolution online with Southern Baptist seminary professors Witness the gracious dialogue taking place between Southern Baptist seminary professors and evangelical scientists on the BioLogos website. In…

Poll shows very high support from all voters for including science in debates

New Poll: Even religious voters overwhelmingly want candidates to debate science A national public opinion poll was conducted online in March 2012 by JZ Analytics for ScienceDebate.org in partnership with Research!America. The poll had a sample size of 1,005 likely U.S. voters with a theoretical sampling error of +/-3.2%. It revealed some surprisingly high support…

Richard Dawkins and the Archbishop of Canterbury debate origin of man

“The nature of human beings and the question of their ultimate origin”. Richard Dawkins, ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author of books, such as “The God Delusion” and “The Selfish Gene” will be debating the Archbishop of Canterbury about evolution and human nature at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, Thursday, 23 Feburary 2012 4.00-5.30pm. The discussion will…