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Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Creating controversy on Roadkill Radio
Kari Simpson and I are back behind the microphones again tonight, with our fifth episode of Roadkill Radio. You can catch the webcast live from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Pacific at www.roadkillradio.com, or listen to the archived show at your convenience.
Tonight's lineup includes an interview with Walt Ruloff, executive producer of the Ben Stein-hosted documentary Expelled, which chronicles conflicts between Darwinism and intelligence design (aka, evolution vs. creationism). I watched the movie recently and found it to be a powerful piece of propaganda--an assessment that takes into account the many detailed critiques of the movie that I have read. It'll be interesting to see how Ruloff, a B.C. resident, answers some of those questions.
We'll also be talking to Alberta human-rights-commission victim Rev. Stephen Boissoin, whose Kafkaesque case is a recounted in Ezra Levant's new book, Shakedown, which has received so much publicity this week in the National Post and Maclean's. Not to be left out of the fun, Kari and I will be interviewing Ezra next week.
Sounds like you've got some great shows scheduled, Terry.
Since Rev. Stephen Boissoin has been banned for life by the AHRC from talking about same sex marriage, it will be interesting to see how he fields your questions.
Maybe he'll defy the AHRC ruling and speak his mind like a free man in a free country.
Posted by: Matthew Johnston | 2009-03-31 2:23:45 PM
If I may make an observation concerning an inaccuracy I wish to point out that the theory being pushed in the education system is not truly Darwinism, since Darwin never claimed anything like random evolution. Neither did he deal with the concept of intelligent design. Therefore it is not evolution versus creationism if the topic is intelligent design. If the discussion is however between a literal acceptance of the biblical story and evolution, which includes intelligent design, it should be made clear.
Posted by: Alain | 2009-03-31 4:38:58 PM
Here is a crazy idea! Teach the theories of evolution, creationism, and intelligent design then let the student decide what they believe.
Posted by: David | 2009-03-31 7:40:59 PM
David, I agree especially they are all theories. I would not even object to the rubbish that is taught in our schools if they had to honesty to identify it as a theory and not the gospel truth. Of course children are also being taught that global warming is the gospel truth without allowing any dissenting views.
Posted by: Alain | 2009-03-31 7:57:26 PM
So you guys would be cool with teaching Druid creation myth along side evolution and intelligent design? How about Muslim creationism? Maybe even ancient Sumerian creation as it's the oldest? Or maybe it just might be better to teach science in science classrooms and leave religion to be taught at home or in religion class.
Posted by: Rudiger | 2009-04-01 1:06:33 PM
There is only one Darwinism. It is the theory of evolution by the mechanism of the natural selection of inherited traits. Darwinism = natural selection.
"Randomness" plays a very tiny, but crucial part in the theory: random variation is the source of potential new traits that can be selected. Darwin understood this, even though he knew nothing about genetics and therefore the mechanism of inheritence of traits.
"Neo-Darwinism" combines the theory of evolution by natural selection with Mendelian genetics, and modern genetic developments. Neo-Darwinism is an established scientific fact.
"Intelligent design," by contrast, is barely a hypothesis in the scientific sense of that word - meaning a testable conjecture subject to falsification. It is certainly not a scientific "theory" - in the sense of a system of inter-related and mutually supporting hypotheses that explains a body of obersavations. Intelligent design merely posits "goddidit" whenever some nitwit's learning runs out.
Posted by: Grant Brown | 2009-04-02 12:55:29 AM
Darwin believes we evolved from apelike creatures. I see proof of this when I look at superstitious monkeys pushing archaic dribble, setting our species back hundreds of years with irrational religious garbage. Evolution cannot be relegated to a mere "theory", and even if it was, ALL THEORIES ARE NOT equal. Good post Grant!
Some people just don't want to wake up from their ignorance. Yep, the world is flat, and only a few thousand years old, and gay people have an "affliction" that can be cured. Good luck with that, knuckle-draggers.
Posted by: Chris222 | 2009-04-02 8:11:36 PM
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