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The Adam Quest

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NCSE's new director

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OK, this is weird.  The NCSE announced today that Ann Reid will take over as director from the retiring Genie Scott.  I'm not entirely familiar with Dr. Reid's work, but she has an impressive CV.

Not much weird about that?  Check out her photo.  Is it just me, or did they secretly clone Genie Scott?



That's Dr. Reid above and Dr. Scott below.  Considering all the possible people who could have taken over NCSE, the resemblance is uncanny.

I don't know what it means, but welcome to the jungle, Dr. Reid.

Read all about it:
NCSE announces new executive director

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Trailer for Aronofsky's Noah

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For those who care, filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, known for The Black Swan, The Wrestler, and Requiem for a Dream, is making a film about Noah and the Flood.  Today, we get a glimpse of the poster and the first two trailers.







Looks kind of impressive, doesn't it?  But then almost any movie can look kind of impressive condensed to two minutes.

For myself, I am wary.  I've already read two different takes on an early script draft (Brian Godawa's and Peter Chattaway's).  Admittedly, they both reviewed early drafts of the script, so the final version is likely to be different, but I am concerned about turning the Noah story into a modern environmentalist fable.  The Flood story is pretty grim to begin with (all of humanity wiped out in a single, global catastrophe?), but the notion that humanity must be destroyed because we're bad for the planet?  That sounds like the stereotypically worst attitudes that the environmentalist movement has to offer.

An article about a month…

Faulkner on entropy

Danny Faulkner has a new paper on thermodynamics and the origin of entropy.  I haven't had the chance to read it all, but from my skim, I can see that he's absolutely on the right track.  Back in the early days of the modern creationist revival, influential creationists like Henry Morris and Emmet Williams maintained that entropy resulted from the Fall and really hammered Robert Kofahl (here and here) when he correctly explained how important entropy is to creation.

Fast forward to 2013: Faulkner also concludes that entropy cannot originate at the Fall.  I could even strengthen his case: entropy governs diffusion and osmosis.  As a result, any biochemical function that works on diffusion requires entropy to work.  Entropy is therefore essential for the correct functioning of pretty much everything in your body: blood, breathing, muscle contraction, digestion, the brain and nervous system, the endocrine system (and therefore growth and maturation), and so on.  We could not exis…

Does Brian Thomas think I'm a fraud?

In the latest creationist commentary on the Dmanisi fossil, ICR's Brian Thomas declares that the claims about Skull 5 border on fraud.  Here's the article:

New 'Human' fossil borders on fraud

Let's think carefully about these claims.  According to Thomas, there are anatomical reasons to conclude that Skull 5 is an ape.  But in my own baraminological analysis of very similar skulls with similar anatomical traits, I found evidence that they are human.  To me, Dmanisi illustrates everything I've been saying about the human baramin: the human family is highly variable, even to the point of producing humans that look ape-like in some of their characteristics.  Even more exciting is that these Dmanisi fossils are basically from the same locality, making it very likely that they're all one highly variable population.  That was the point of the original article, which I summarized previously.  In an unpublished email to a reader, I excitedly pointed out that these a…