Creationist Kent Hovind accepts evolution happens, just don’t call it that

In a recent release on YouTube from Potholer54, he demonstrated that convicted fraud, Kent Hovind accepts that evolution happens – regardless of what he wants to call it.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-ilMYc5xdQ

It’s fascinating that he can both declare evolution is both happening, and not happening – that takes some solid mental gymnastics.

AronRa’s Foundational Falsehood Series

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In an effort to make it easier to promote science and critical thinking, I have made short links of AronRa’s “Foundational Falsehoods of Creationism”; the descriptions are rather brief, but if you have not watched the series, I highly recommend it.

AronRa puts forward much of the basis for why we know evolution happens, and exposes the fallacious arguments creationists use to refute evolution.

You can share *this* page with this link http://bit.ly/FFoCseries, or the image above: Feel free to use the image however you like.

ALL LINKS ARE CASE SENSATIVE

http://bit.ly/1stFFoC
Acceptance of the evidence for Evolution is not exclusive to atheists.
http://bit.ly/2ndFFoC
On Bible, focusing on the problems of claiming it was written by Yahweh, rather than people.

http://bit.ly/3rdFFoC
Absolute truth does not exist, and scientists don’t claim to have all the answers.
This episodes focuses on a raft to biblical errors (assuming you take the bible literally)

http://bit.ly/4thFFoC – Belief is NOT the same as knowledge
Focuses on the requirement for evidence to support claims, and tears in to evangelicals for proclaiming knowledge they do not have.

http://bit.ly/5thFFoC
The misrepresentation of evolution and the clumping together of dozens of fields of study as “evolutionism” for systematic denial.

http://bit.ly/6thFFoC
Explaining what evolution IS and is NOT.
Runs over mutations.

http://bit.ly/7thFFoC
Evolution is NOT random;

http://bit.ly/8thFFoC
On the misrepresentations of Genetic Mutations
http://bit.ly/9thFFoC
On Transitional Fossils
http://bit.ly/10thFFoC
On the classification of living things
http://bit.ly/11thFFoC
Speciation and Macroevolution
http://bit.ly/12thFFoC
Creationism is NOT science, it is apologetics.
http://bit.ly/13thFFoC
Evolution is not a work of Fraud.
http://bit.ly/14thFFoC1
Creation is NOT evident (Part 1)
http://bit.ly/14thFFoC2
Creation is NOT evident (Part 2)
http://bit.ly/15thFFoC1
Evolution is NOT “just a theory” (Part 1)
http://bit.ly/15thFFoC2
Evolution is NOT “just a theory” (Part 2)

QualiaSoup: Evolution

A while back I came across QualiaSoup, a UK artist and secular humanist discussing critical thinking, science, philosophy & the natural world. Their YouTube channel has a number of well-produced videos and after having a friend recently share with me a video from QualiaSoup, I thought I would share one each week as a way to promote the videos.

This weeks’ video from QualiaSoup is about Evolution,Addressing some misconceptions and explaining some of the basics.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vss1VKN2rf8

I strongly recommend looking at the rest of the videos on the channel, or you watch the select few that I Post here. Check them out at QUALIASOUP.

Websites to make Kids Wonder

My cousin is currently (2011) nine years old, and I have only just started looking at what he’s interested at, and trying to nurture those interests, in addition to instilling some critical thinking skills, and a good working knowledge of the world he lives in.

I’m not exactly in close proximity to him – In fact, I’m about an hours’ drive; and my work ours are a bit weird, so getting to him can be difficult. However, thanks to technology, this isn’t such a problem. He recently got an iPod Touch, which I have set up with an E-Mail address so that he can asking me questions, and I can e-mail him answers; either from me, or from websites, videos, pictures, or whatever it is.

To collate information, I add the RSS feeds of websites to http://reader.google.com/ and use MobileRSS on my iPhone to e-mail the links to my cousin. This means that even if something isn’t relevant now, I can still save a draft of the for letter till later.

This will be a growing list of websites that I’ll be using to present stuff that he likes to him. If you have suggestions, I’d love to hear them.

So far he has told me that he likes:

  • Dinosaurs,
  • Space, and
  • Mysteries

I can identify with that – I liked the same things too when I was his age!

So, here are websites that I pull information from:

Dinosaurs

Still waiting on a good one! Suggest one to me at bayanimills [at] gmail [dot] com!

Space

Blog: Science News for Kids

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

The blog provides short bursts of info with an image; the posts are broken down in to various categories, so you can select the feed you want from the relevant pages.

Feed: NASA Space Image of the Day

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/index.html

Various space images – often breathtaking.

Mysteries

Blog: Skeptoid

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/

The blog provides short bursts of info with an image; the posts are broken down in to various categories, so you can select the feed you want from the relevant pages.

Science

Blog: Science News for Kids

http://www.sciencenewsforkids.org/feed

This general feed provides short bursts of info with an image. Visiting the websites, you can select particular feeds if you wish from the categories available.

Blog: Charlie’s Playhouse

http://charliesplayhouse.blogspot.com/

Provides information on some contests they run, videos where children talk about evolution, and some of the posters and other merchandise they have available.

Junk DNA: Garbage can be useful!

“There’s a revolution under way in biology. Scientists are coming to understand that genetics isn’t just about genes. Just as important are smaller sequences of DNA that control genes.

These so-called regulatory elements tell genes when to turn on and off, and when to stop functioning altogether. A new study suggests that changes in these non-gene sequences of DNA may hold the key to explaining how all species evolved.

To better understand this revolution in biology, we have to go back about a century. At that time, the notion of a gene was fairly simple. A gene was responsible for a particular trait.

“There was a gene for blue eyes, a gene for curly hair, etc.,” says Gregory Wray, a geneticist at Duke University. But genes were just a concept in those days. Nobody really knew what a gene looked like. That changed in 1953, when James Watson and Francis Crick showed that genes were made of DNA, and that DNA was the chemical that allowed genes to be passed from parent to child.”

Read more at: http://www.npr.org/2011/08/19/139757702/dont-throw-it-out-junk-dna-essential-in-evolution

Evolution in to Multicellular organisms in the Lab

Lab yeast make evolutionary leap to multicellularity

Original Article by Bob Holmes, June 23rd 2011

IN JUST a few weeks single-celled yeast have evolved into a multicellular organism, complete with division of labour between cells. This suggests that the evolutionary leap to multicellularity may be a surprisingly small hurdle.

Multicellularity has evolved at least 20 times since life began, but the last time was about 200 million years ago, leaving few clues to the precise sequence of events. To understand the process better, William Ratcliff and colleagues at the University of Minnesota in St Paul set out to evolve multicellularity in a common unicellular lab organism, brewer’s yeast.

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