Apologetics: The Evolution Debate Continues on Big Think and Youtube
From 2011-2014, Daniel Honan was the Managing Editor at Big Think. Prior to Big Think, Daniel was Vice President of Production for Plum TV, a niche cable network he helped launch in 2002. The production team he oversaw won over two dozen Emmy awards. Daniel has created numerous shows and documentaries for television, and his film credits include Stealing the Fire, a documentary on the black market for nuclear weapons technology.
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If you haven't yet seen Bill Nye's video on evolution versus creationism, watch the video here:
This debate, of course, is not a new one. Indeed, it is deeply embedded in our culture. Consider, for instance, the so-called Scopes Monkey Trial of 1925 that was dramatized in the classic 1960 film Inherit the Wind, starring Spencer Tracy.
At Big Think, we are looking to keep this debate going, and invite all viewpoints. To that end, we will be featuring rebuttals to Bill Nye in the coming weeks. In the meantime, we suggest you watch William F Buckley's 1997 A Firing Line Debate: Resolved: That the Evolutionists Should Acknowledge Creation.
This debate pits proponents of intelligent design such including Buckley, law professor Phillip Johnson, biochemist Michael Behe, and the Discovery Institute's David Berlinski against proponents of Evolution: philosopher Barry Lynn, anthropologist Eugenie C. Scott, philosopher of biology Michael Ruse, and molecular biologist Kenneth Miller.
Will this debate is a decade and a half old, and some of the references might be out of date, we find it to be one of the most interesting and well-argued debates on evolution that we have seen.
Watch the debate here:
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Is everyone's favorite Thanksgiving centerpiece really to blame for the post-dinner doldrums?
- Americans kill around 45 million turkeys every year in preparation for the Thanksgiving meal, only to blame our favorite centerpiece for the following food comas.
- Rumor has it our after-dinner sleepiness results from the tryptophan found in turkey.
- However, it is the meal's overall nutritional imbalance, not just the tryptophan, that make us want to leave the dishes for tomorrow. Or maybe the next day.
Pfizer's partnerships strengthen their ability to deliver vaccines in developing countries.
- Community healthcare workers face many challenges in their work, including often traveling far distances to see their clients
- Pfizer is helping to drive the UN's sustainable development goals through partnerships.
- Pfizer partnered with AMP and the World Health Organization to develop a training program for healthcare workers.
The famed author headed to the pond thanks to Indian philosophy.
- The famed author was heavily influenced by Indian literature, informing his decision to self-exile on Walden Pond.
- He was introduced to these texts by his good friend's father, William Emerson.
- Yoga philosophy was in America a century before any physical practices were introduced.
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