Jack Scanlan

Jack Scanlan


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285 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - Oh, and I may have for... · 0 replies · +1 points

It took me 3 years, because I didn't do an Honours year - my University is replacing Honours with Masters, hence the Masters. I actually prefer the Masters system, because it means I get to do more advanced coursework, as well as have more time to complete my research project. I should come out the end far more well-rounded.

299 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - "The Designer's Detrit... · 0 replies · 0 points

Have you even read what ENCODE discovered? Please, give it to me in your own words.

299 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - "The Designer's Detrit... · 0 replies · +1 points

It's true that there have been those posts you mentioned (which admittedly were written just after I finished the post), but they haven't actually dealt with any of the scientific issues brought up by people like Larry Moran and T. Ryan Gregory, which I think is telling.

305 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - Curiosity · 1 reply · +2 points

If you're going to accuse me of metaphysical schizophrenia, I think the least you could do is get my name right.

308 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - Patience: lost · 1 reply · 0 points

I have given them years of my life. Nothing has changed. Once I thought I would learn more about why I believed that modern evolutionary theory was the best explanation for the diversity of life if I gave them the chance to discredit everything I thought about biology, but all I've learnt is that some people don't care about the truth, only rhetoric.

313 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - Callout to Creationists · 1 reply · 0 points

Will, what's your opinion of Craig Venter's foray into synthetic biology, given that you think life must necessarily have a "spiritual" side? http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2010/may/20/cra...

313 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - WANTED: Writers who ar... · 0 replies · +1 points

Good thing that nobody believes everything every dead scientist ever said, then, isn't it?

314 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - God made Adam and Eve,... · 1 reply · +1 points

I never said ID is necessarily creationism, just that the Discovery Institute is a creationist organisation. I've argued before that ID and creationism are not synonymous: http://www.jackscanlan.com/2010/07/the-discovery-...

There's probably good reason to roughly divide the possible "teleological positions" into secular ID (called pure ID in the linked post above), ID creationism and traditional creationism. The Discovery Institute publicly advocates secular ID, semi-publicly advocates ID creationism, and privately advocates traditional creationism.

I should probably write a post about the distinctions between the three categories, at some point...

316 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - Callout to Creationists · 1 reply · 0 points

If you think I don't understand transcription and translation, please have a word with the academics marking my exams in a few weeks.

317 weeks ago @ Homologous Legs - Callout to Creationists · 1 reply · +2 points

And Will, how do you know when something is a code?