I'm a cataloging librarian who works a couple hours a week on the reference desk. This morning I had a patron come in to ask me for sources that back up the claim that the probability that life on earth formed by random chance is so small that some kind of divine intervention is more likely. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit
on Feb 14, 2013 -
Looking for recommendations for books on Christian apologetics that take seriously the reality of evolution rather than denying it in favor of the argument from design. [more inside]
posted by huxham
on Apr 3, 2012 -
What are some article length studies readily available on the internets that summarize the evidence for evolution? [more inside]
posted by holdkris99
on Dec 1, 2011 -
Church/State, creationists, private education in the US; why don't all the "intelligent design" folk just send their kids to private religious schools? [more inside]
posted by Jimbob
on Feb 17, 2007 -
What exactly is the problem with the proposed change in the definition of science in Kansas?
Here's the proposed change:
"...continuing investigation that uses observation, hypothesis testing, measurement, experimentation, logical argument and theory building to lead to more adequate explanations of natural phenomena."
And here is what we'll all recognize as the "Scientific Method":
1. Observation and description of a phenomenon or group of phenomena.
2. Formulation of an hypothesis to explain the phenomena. In physics, the hypothesis often takes the form of a causal mechanism or a mathematical relation.
3. Use of the hypothesis to predict the existence of other phenomena, or to predict quantitatively the results of new observations.
4. Performance of experimental tests of the predictions by several independent experimenters and properly performed experiments.
posted by lacus
on May 10, 2005 -
Is this a joke?
Officials from the College Board, the nonprofit entity that administers the Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT, have announced that they are producing a new version of the test for students who live in school districts where creationism rather than evolution is taught in science classes.
posted by lacus
on Dec 16, 2004 -
Is the idea that "we evolved because we did" different from the weak anthropomorphic principle?
posted by timb
on Jan 12, 2004 -