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The “Darwin Is Dead” carnival


I love blog carnivals.

In fact, I love ’em so much that I hosted four of them took one over when its creator decided to retire from blogging.

But here’s one that PZ, RPM, Afarensis, and all of the other ScienceBloggers inclined to defend evolution will want to wander over to see just how inane some creationist arguments can be. Indeed, the Pooflinger has already targeted them for some particularly ripe debunkings:

Yesterday marked the launch of an entirely new carnival over at Radaractive called, amusingly, the “Darwin Is Dead” carnival. Oh yeah: and it began with a whopping five (count ’em: one… two…) submissions of such high quality poo target material that I feel I might spend quite a bit of time over there in the coming days.

I can’t wait.

My favorite entry? This one, of course, right there on a blog with a picture of Jesus holding a rifle. It even uses the some of the most easily debunked creationist canards as serious arguments, canards such as the “carbon dating is inaccurate fallacy” (in response to a TalkOrigins piece that points out that the age of the earth has been estimated by Pb/Pb isochron age yet) and the “evolution violates the second law of thermodynamics” canard. Of course, this article mines one of the creationists’ favorites, the “evolution is a religion” territory.

Heck, maybe some of us should submit articles to the next carnival.

By Orac

Orac is the nom de blog of a humble surgeon/scientist who has an ego just big enough to delude himself that someone, somewhere might actually give a rodent's posterior about his copious verbal meanderings, but just barely small enough to admit to himself that few probably will. That surgeon is otherwise known as David Gorski.

That this particular surgeon has chosen his nom de blog based on a rather cranky and arrogant computer shaped like a clear box of blinking lights that he originally encountered when he became a fan of a 35 year old British SF television show whose special effects were renowned for their BBC/Doctor Who-style low budget look, but whose stories nonetheless resulted in some of the best, most innovative science fiction ever televised, should tell you nearly all that you need to know about Orac. (That, and the length of the preceding sentence.)

DISCLAIMER:: The various written meanderings here are the opinions of Orac and Orac alone, written on his own time. They should never be construed as representing the opinions of any other person or entity, especially Orac's cancer center, department of surgery, medical school, or university. Also note that Orac is nonpartisan; he is more than willing to criticize the statements of anyone, regardless of of political leanings, if that anyone advocates pseudoscience or quackery. Finally, medical commentary is not to be construed in any way as medical advice.

To contact Orac: [email protected]

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