Uncommon Descent Silences Its Critics 01 Feb 2008Posted by Jessa in Non-Science, Religion, Science.
Tags: creationism, debate, evolution, geoffrey simmons, intelligent design, pz myers, uncommon descent
…but not in a good way.
PZ Myers was invited to debate Geoffrey Simmons (of the Disco Institute) on Christian radio station KKMS. The topic (which was changed at the last minute) was “Are Darwin’s Theories Fact or Faith Issues?”. I listened to the debate, and while it probably didn’t change any minds, it certainly made Dr. Simmons look bad. There were several points where Dr. Myers looked like the more knowledgeable participant, specifically in the area of transitional whale fossils, which Dr. Simmons should know about since it’s apparently in his book.
It seems that even cdesign proponentsists felt that Dr. Simmons’ performance was lacking. Several commenters on Uncommon Descent (where commenting is strictly moderated and generally limited to those who agree with ID) left messages such as:
If I had to use this debate to judge the validity of NeoDarwinism, I would be a Darwinist. Simmons is a terrible dissappointment. I shall pass on his books, though they haven’t been on my short list.
And surprise! That post is now 404! Typical UD tactic: if you don’t like what people are saying in a thread, delete it.
Unfortunately for them, nothing that is posted on the internet can be completely deleted; a poster at Antievolution managed to save a copy.