Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Forensic Science vs. Empirical Science: take 1

Wow, just think! Yesterday I could not even spell blogggger, and now I are one. I guess federal Judge Jones in the recent Dover, PA, school board case put me over the edge and into the blogosphere.

Anyway, I am really tired of seeing the creation and intelligent design movements slammed instead of fairly and carefully evaluated.

More about the recent Dover, PA, court judgment later. For now, one example a few months ago was Evan Cornog's polemic "A new wind to inherit" (Oregonian, August 22,2005). Cornog and the rest of his ilk (such as Dover's Judge Jones) don't get it. They are clueless about the distinction between empirical-operational science and forensic-historical science. Empirical science has to do with how things work day-to-day, requiring observability, repeatability, and falsifiability. Forensic-historical science seeks to understand the if and how of a one-time event (for example, to ask "Did it?"). Evolutionists almost invariably make the fundamental error of insisting that only operational science ("natural" processes without intervention) can be used to explain origins. To make that error once could be excused, but to arrogantly perpetuate it is preposterous and fundamentally dishonest. More later.
Respectfully, D.U.


At December 29, 2005 12:57 AM , Blogger Pontherion said...

Several items. One I am glad to see another Creationist Blogger. We need more and sharper folks as you appear to be. Btw, my return address is

Two. It's a pain in the arse to use your Blog service and try and make this VERY simple reply. I have now wasted 1/2 hour of my life and a dozen tries --each time meeting some assinine "computer generated objection" to trying to leave a Comment. I imagine you may have had several folks try to Reply, but just got exasperated at the structure of this Blog service, and left. Notice now, that I still have not SAID ANYTHING as I am bitching about your Blog service.

Did you read the Discovery Institute analysis of the goofy Jones decision at Dover PA? Did you read any of the "legal analysis" of John West legal analysis and which is at the Ponda's Thumb (intentionally misspelled)?

I'll have more to say but DAMN this is a troublesome blogger: "Does not allow anonymous comments....GEEZ what a pain! Bye and God Bless.

At December 29, 2005 11:52 AM , Blogger CoalitionRealityEnlightenmentAndTruthEducation-PSU said...

Hey undertaker:

Portland State University Coalition for Reality, Enlightenment, and Truth in Education (CREATE) gies out free DVD's about creation apologetics. If some of your folks in the blogosphere want to know more, try our blog


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