New Mexicans for Science and Reason
NEWS OF THE MONTH
Darwin Days are Here! Feb. 9th and 12th, 2014...
Darwin Days 2014 are here! Sunday, February 9th and Wednesday, February 12th, 2014 Two separate days of activities and talks celebrating the birthday (Feb. 12th) and life of the founder of modern evolutionary biology, Charles Darwin. Most events are at the NM Museum of Natural History and Science; Wednesday's Darwin performances are at ¡Explora!. Lots of hands-on activities and talks by many New Mexico scientists and speakers!
SUNDAY FEB. 9th PROGRAM (PDF DOC):
WEDNESDAY FEB. 12th PROGRAM (PDF DOC):
FULL PROGRAM: http://www.nmsr.org/meetings.htm#latest
So, who won the Debate?
Here follow links to various takes on the "Ham-on-Nye" Creationism/Evolution debate of Feb. 4th, 2014.
"Why Bill Nye the Science Guy is trying to reason with America's creationists" by Zack Kopplin:
"The Creationists Have Already Won Tonight's Bill Nye vs. Ken Ham Debate" by Abby Ohlheiser:
"How Bill Nye Won the Debate" by Josh Rosenau of NCSE:
Poll on ChristianToday.com no consolation for Ken Ham:
Even Pat Robertson wants Ken Ham to shut up:
"Did Bill Nye Hurt Science?" by Dan Arel of the Richard Dawkins Foundation:
It happened. Bill Nye faced off against Ken Ham to discuss evolution versus creation. Though this had been strongly advised against, it carried on as planned. Of course, it should have because the fallout of pulling out a debate would have been worse than the debate itself.
So what happened during the debate? Did it hurt evolution? Not at all. Nye presented a powerful and strong case for why the theory of evolution is the best explanation for the diversity of life on this planet. He presented understandable slides that show geological evidence for the age of the earth and explained how species diverged over billions of years. ...
What really lost this whole debate for Ham was the question, “what would change your mind?”
Nye listed all the things that would change his mind, and it all revolved around evidence, and not far-fetched stuff. Honest scientific evidence that would unravel the timeline, and Nye would change his mind. Ham’s answer was in short, “nothing.”
How can you have an honest worldview and claim to care about evidence when nothing can change your mind? This showed that Ham was not interested in the truth at all. He cared about one thing and one thing only, his opinion. Ham shined here as the charlatan that he is.
So the aftermath, was this debate a mistake? Yes. Regardless of how well Nye did, and he did better than many predicted he would, Ham still got airtime. Ham still stood in front of more people than he can normally grab on his own and espoused his gospel and Ham still ignited his base. There is very little doubt donations will be pouring into Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum over the coming weeks and months.
Let’s not end on that note though. Nye presented a great case. The evidence was on his side and he answered questions with confidence and honesty. He understood the arguments that Ham came prepared with and was able to combat every creation claim put in front of him. For that, Nye deserves to be commended.
And maybe, just maybe, a handful of kids around the world were inspired by Nye and his presentation and will look at the world a little differently and question the beliefs that are being jammed down their throats. Maybe a child being raised in a creationist environment can watch this debate and become the next great scientist of their generation."
NEW POSTINGS AT NMSR...
FEBRUARY 2014 PUZZLE - "The Seating Planner"
FEBRUARY 2014 NMSR REPORTS ON-LINE - Darwin Days Program, Puzzles,
Nye/Ham Debate, Quadro Tracker Debunked, MORE!
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