The Stupid-Driven Life — Part XV

Welcome to our “Stupid Driven” series, in which we offer disconnected observations we’ve made while reporting on The Controversy between evolution and creationism. These nuggets are usually taken from our earlier articles, but all of them were inspired by reading and analyzing the “work” of creationists. And yes, our title is a crude spoof on The Purpose Driven Life.

The last one of these was a year ago: Part XIV. It has a link to the previous episode, and so on. Everybody ready? Okay, here we go:

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Discoveroids are always saying that because of all their blog posts, self-published books, podcasts, etc., the mere volume of what they’re cranking out is evidence of a genuine debate about their “science,” so it should be taught in the schools. It’s their Teach the Controversy campaign. However, if you add up all the stuff that’s been produced about astrology, the volume is probably even greater. But no one thinks there’s a scientific controversy about astrology that deserves to be taught in our schools.

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You should always be on the alert for examples of what we call the Creationist Scientific Method:

1. Select a conclusion which you hope is true.
2. Find one piece of evidence that possibly might fit.
3. Ignore all other evidence.
4. That’s it.

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Last year we posted Don’t Forget ’15 Answers’ from Scientific American. It’s still good advice. The full title of their article is 15 Answers to Creationist Nonsense. It was published eighteen years ago, and it still debunks most of what creationists are claiming.

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And now, a little poem to announce what you’ve all been waiting for:

Mars is red, Uranus is blue,
This is a Free Fire Zone
Just for you.

You know the rules, dear reader. Have at it!

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19 responses to “The Stupid-Driven Life — Part XV

  1. According to Dutch YEC blog Logos.nl cosmology belongs to evolution theory.

    https://logos.nl/hoe-lang-duurden-de-eerste-drie-scheppingsdagen/

    “Volgens de evolutionistische modellen zijn eerst de sterren ontstaan (dag 4) en toen pas de aarde (dag 1).”
    “According to evolutionist models the stars came first (day 4) and only then the earth (day 1).”

  2. There have been several articles in various sources about the discovery of phosphine in the clouds of Venus, and the relevance to to the possibility of life in the clouds of Venus. There is a article in Wikipedia on “Life on Venus” which covers this latest. It was also in the major news media, as well as the National Geographic, etc.
    In brief, there are telescopic observations of Venus which show the presence of the chemical PH3, which is seemingly too much to account for, although very small amounts, by any known inorganic process, while some organic processes could account for it. The observations have to be checked by other observers, and maybe someone can come up with an alternative. Perhaps, even, there is good reason to seen a probe to Venus.

  3. Michael Fugate

    https://salvomag.com/about
    Ever wonder what Casey is up to? 5 years since he left the DI. The link above has him as an editor, but he last wrote an article in 2015. It is a pretty silly magazine with ties to the DI like The Stream. No recent articles any where….

  4. I hadn’t noticed this, but the
    Ig Nobel Prizes
    were announced September 17. One can find the winners in the Wikipedia article.
    And this reminds us that the
    Nobel Prozes
    will be announced starting on, I believe,
    Monday, October 5

    And BTW there is the upcoming change
    of seasons with the
    September Equinox
    on Tuesday, September 22, 13:33 UTC

  5. Ignobel prices 2020:

    https://www.skeptical-science.com/people/the-2020-ignobel-awards-ignobel/

    The medicine price this year – it drew quite some attention in The Netherlands – is a bit misplaced. Suffering from misophonia is not something to laugh at. Thinking it weird and wacky is rather a sign of lack of empathy.

  6. Well, one could scarcely find a better exemplar of applied Creationist Scientific Method than the political omnishambles which continue to shred the Britain Formerly Known as Great—and all direct, deleterious, and entirely foreseeable consequences of our exit from the EU last January. More accurately, such consequences were not only foreseeable but widely foreseen—and actively ignored by the Creationist-style emotional ‘thinking’ of the Brexiteers.

    Many examples abound, but here’s just a couple of the more grimly amusing. Among the many Brexiteers promises prior to leaving the EU was of course the promise of superior trade deals around the world—and not just superior, but a cinch to secure, videlicet:

    “The day after we vote to leave, we hold all the cards and we can choose the path we want”

    Michael Gove, 9 April 2016

    “Getting out of the EU can be quick and easy – the UK holds most of the cards”

    John Redwood, 17 July 2016

    “The free trade agreement that we will have to do with the EU should be one of the easiest in human history”

    Liam Fox, 30 July 2017

    And at the time those government luminaries were spouting this BS, they were also steadfastly avoiding offering an answer to the the Brexit border problem. Would the border run down the island of Ireland, or down the Irish Sea? The Brexiteers claimed that, miraculously, neither would be necessary…

    But now we know the actual answer: the UK will tear up two international treaties for the sake of…well, for the sake of ideological purity and some emotional feel-good, no matter how damaging the consequences. Brilliant!

    And what about all those fabulous other trade deals with the RoW? Well, the UK has finally signed a trade deal with Japan (which represents 2% of our global trade) with much hoopla—but the truth is, it is barely comparable and likely inferior to our previous trading deal with Japan via the EU: see £1.5bn GDP boost from UK-Japan trade deal is not on top of existing EU-Japan deal benefits

    Well, never mind: at least we can puff our chests out in pride and burst into a national chorus of Sinatra’s My Way as we forge ahead…or maybe not: They’re the wrong satellites, Boris, and they’ll go wrong

    Happy days!!!

  7. “change of seasons ”
    As far as the term “season” is still appropriate.

    https://www.weer1.com/europe/netherlands?page=month&month=September

    “Nederland heeft in september temperaturen tussen de 13°C graden en 18°C graden. ”
    “The Netherlands has temperatures between 13°C and 18°C in september.”

    Last Tuesday it was 30°C – yet another record.

    “Nederland verwacht gemiddeld 15 tot 22 dagen regen.”

    “The Netherlands expect 15 till 22 days rain on average.”

    Less than five thus far. Today is yet another bright sunny day. According to the weather forecast the daily maximum temperature will drop below 20°C only Thursday 22nd …..

    The big Dutch problem always has been how to drain water, but since two or three years it has become how to prevent it from flowing to the sea.
    More than ever “season” only seems to be meaningful for the daylight hours. Only at Friday 25th there will be less than 12 hours of daylight in Amsterdam. The Grand Old Designer (blessed be MOFO!) was a bit sloppy once again.

  8. Michael Fugate

    As if the UK didn’t have enough problems…
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/20/the-qanon-conspiracy

  9. Michael Fugate

    I see complaints that many people don’t believe in democracy, but yet again missing the point that democracy was the last thing the US founders wanted.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections

  10. @ Michael Fugate: Thanks for link to QAnon article. It would be an interesting Venn diagram showing the large intersection of anti-vaxxers, Creationists, white supremecists and Brexiteers–and yes, for the most part, the Brexiteers peddle a conspiracy theory just as daft as those others. From the article:

    Earlier this year, the Observer reported that John Mappin, a Scientologist and supporter of Nigel Farage and Donald Trump, was flying the QAnon flag over his castle in Cornwall. Mappin is a central figure behind Turning Point UK, the British arm of the pro-Trump American student organisation Turning Point USA, whose founder, Charlie Kirk, has been accused of pushing pro-QAnon narratives based on debunked statistics produced by the movement’s supporters.

    Turning Point UK has been endorsed by several leading Conservatives, including the home secretary, Priti Patel, and Jacob Rees-Mogg. Mappin, who has declared that “Q is 100% valid”, has used YouTube to promote QAnon.

  11. Michael Fugate

    The arguments by the more conservative founders against universal white male suffrage in the 1780s are still being used against voting rights today – mob rule, law and order, voter fraud, etc. Democracy is only good if you vote like me.
    The Right to Vote: The Contested History of Democracy in the United States. Basic Books. 2001. ISBN 978-0-465-02969-3. Alexander Keyssar. (2000) revised 2009

  12. Michael Fugate, thanks for the article on voter turnout. It reminds some, and will reveal to others, that what is touted as “democracy” established by the U.S. Constitution was in fact institutionalized oligarchy, often glossed over with the euphemism “representative republic.” Over time a larger and larger fraction of the original “out” groups have been grudgingly let in institutionally, in the face of continuing efforts, both institutional and otherwise, to keep them out. Along the way, many members of the electorate have become afflicted with learned helplessness, manifested as apathy.

    Now far be it from me to come down hard on apathy. Apathetes never take the trouble to initiate atrocities, and I deplore the fashion of placing the blame on them for the appalling acts we are led to commit by zealots. It does seem to me, though, that things go better when people with a stake in decisions feel empowered to participate in them–and go ahead and exercise that power.

    Maybe the Australian voting system Dave Luckett explained recently would encourage more people to exercise their power.

  13. Charley Horse X

    https://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap200916.html
    The image shows rocks being ejected from the asteroid.
    QUOTE A BIT: Robotic OSIRIS-REx arrived at 101955 Bennu in late 2018, and is planned to touchdown to collect a surface sample in October 2020. If all goes well, this sample will then be returned to Earth for a detailed analysis during 2023. Bennu was chosen as the destination for OSIRIS-REx in part because its surface shows potential to reveal organic compounds from the early days of our Solar System, compounds that could have been the building blocks for life on Earth.

  14. 8100 light years.
    Not particularly special, just another reason for accepting that the universe is older than 6000 years.
    From phys.org, “VLBA makes first direct distance measurement to magnetar”https://phys.org/news/2020-09-vlba-distance-magnetar.html

  15. From EurekAlert.org,
    “Scientists identify gene family key to unlocking vertebrate evolution”
    ” the traits that make vertebrates distinct from invertebrates were made possible by the emergence of a new set of genes 500 million years ago,”
    “”Every animal essentially has the same basic core set of Lego pieces to make them. What this paper shows is that vertebrates have a few special pieces in addition to that, and we identify those special pieces,”
    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-09/uoca-sig091620.php
    Original research article in Nature (abstract free)
    https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-020-2720-z

  16. Michael Fugate

    Now that we know new genes were required, the “designer” aka DI’s god had to have intervened ~500MY bp.

  17. My understanding is that the new genes were made possible by a duplication in an old gene, so that the old function could be carried on by one copy, while the other copy was free to change in acquiring a new function. I bring this up because i am not a biologist, and would like to get correction on my naive understanding.

  18. Michael Fugate

    There are many ways new genes can arise.
    https://carlzimmer.com/where-genes-come-from/
    There are some more recent papers, but a start codon is all that is needed.

  19. “Every animal essentially has the same basic core set of Lego pieces to make them. ”
    “Nothing prevents the Grand Old Designer from using that same basic core set over and over again. Given His omniscience it’s to be expected – they are the best possible.”
    (The opposite is also to be expected, of course).