New 3D computer analysis of Noah’s Ark site

An outfit called the “Satellite Imaging Corporation” has sent out a press release breathlessly announcing a new 3D Terrain Visualization for Mt. Ararat Anomaly [sic]. According to SIC, this could be a major breakthrough in the field of Biblical archeology.

This new 3D terrain model will provide researchers with an engaging new perspective, which could help to resolve an intense geopolitical and religious debate as to whether or not the anomaly could prove to be the remains of Noah’s Ark.

–not.

We already know that this is not Noah’s Ark. If you watch the video, you’ll see a broad, wind-eroded glacier with slightly concave depressions here and there and some random light and dark splotches on the surface. There’s nothing “anomalous” about the formation, and in fact it’s not even clear what the anomaly is supposed to be. The rounded glacier front? The light and dark patches on the surface? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Who’s smarter, God or Darwin?

Over at ScienceBlogs, the topic of “framing” has come up again (and again). I generally agree with Rosenhouse: for science to make peace with irrational superstition so that the two can live side by side in the same society is like the sheep making peace with the wolves so the pack and the flock can mingle. It may cut down on the running around in the short term, but it’s unlikely to be beneficial in the long run (i.e. in however long it takes the wolves to get hungry again). The task of understanding how the world really is, and denial that the world can differ in any way from the dogmatic pronouncements of the Bronze Age, are two fundamentally incompatible things.

However, in the spirit of a good challenge, I’d like to propose a new “frame” for presenting evolution to the creationism-minded. It goes like this: Who is smarter, God or Darwin? If Charles Darwin is smart enough to think up a biological system that would allow life to adapt to changing environments, and to recover from extinctions and other catastrophes, and to flourish in many creative and diverse ways most wonderful, then do you think a divine Creator would be clever enough to come up with a system that was as well-thought-out as Darwin’s?

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More on natural moral law

[UPDATE: the post to which I was replying seems to have disappeared from the original blog it was posted to, so there's not much point in following the link below, I'm afraid.]

Samueljames seems to want to keep the discussion going on the subject of CS Lewis’s “Natural Law” argument. Unfortunately, he’s morphing it into a subjective philosophical exercise about what a good moral system should be, which strays quite a bit from Lewis’s point and my discussion of it.

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The bones of Jesus

In response to the “How God Really Works” post, a commenter writes:

OK, friend, then tell me what “real” person took the body of Jesus Christ from the tomb? And where is the very real body of Jesus today? Don’t go the Jesus-bones-route…that’s played, and proven false.

Investigate the evidence for yourself.

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In the news: Science confronts the supernatural (again)

A common misconception regarding science is that it is so biased against the supernatural that it won’t even look at any evidence which might support it. Science’s opinion about the supernatural, therefore, is not to be trusted, because it’s based on mere narrow-mindedness. Fortunately, recent news from Texas may help demonstrate that slanderous accusation against science is simply not true.

Canion believes she may have the head of the mythical, bloodsucking chupacabra.

“It is one ugly creature,” Canion said, holding the head of the mammal, which has big ears, large fanged teeth and grayish-blue, mostly hairless skin.

Canion and some of her neighbors discovered the 40-pound bodies of three of the animals over four days in July outside her ranch in Cuero, 80 miles southeast of San Antonio. Canion said she saved the head of the one she found so she can get to get to the bottom of its ancestry through DNA testing and then mount it for posterity. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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