Debunking: "Evolution & Mutation Can't Increase Information!"

 
Photos: JJjayco/YouTube; quimono (Arek Socho)/Pixabay

Photos: JJjayco/YouTube; quimono (Arek Socho)/Pixabay

 

Creationists sometimes argue that mutation and evolution can't increase the amount of information in the genome—and thus, can't explain how life became more complex over time. Not only is this claim an outright falsehood that can be disproven by many examples, but arguments of this kind are riddled with many flaws.

Debunking Christian Nonsense: Presuppositional Apologetics (Sye Ten Bruggencate)

 
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Photos: TheThinkingAtheist/YouTube; Waiting For The Word/Flickr

 

During his debate against Matt Dillahunty, the presuppositional apologist Sye Ten Bruggencate made a variety of unjustified and ridiculous arguments. Presuppositional apologetics is a branch of theological argumentation that appears confusing and perhaps even convincing at first glance, but it does not withstand a close inspection, as I show here.

In The News (#3): Outrage Culture, Trump & North Korea, EPA Deregulation, CO2 & Obesity

 
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Photos: Michael Vadon/Wikimedia Commons; Neil Grabowsky/Montclair Film/Flickr; Eric Vance/EPA

 

In today's In The News segment, I discuss how I think outrage culture has been going too far lately (e.g., Samantha Bee, Sam Seder, Cenk Uygur, and Al Franken), the upcoming meeting between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un of North Korea (and calls by House Republicans and Trump supporters to award Trump the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts), recent EPA deregulations under Scott Pruitt, and a study which found that injecting CO2 reduced belly fat.

Debunking: "Global Warming Is GOOD For Us & The Environment!"

 
Photos: Avtar Kamani/Pixabay; Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Photos: Avtar Kamani/Pixabay; Gage Skidmore/Flickr

 

Some argue that global warming is actually going to be GOOD—both for humans and for the environment. Although there are a few potential benefits from climate change, these are far outweighed by the many harms that will result. Furthermore, many of the benefits are not as straightforward as they're made out to be, and they, in fact, come with many qualifications.

Debunking: "Record-Setting Cold & Snow Disproves Global Warming!"

 
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Photos: C-SPAN/C-SPAN.org; cwizner/Pixabay

 

Contrary to what climate-change deniers will tell you, record-setting cold or snowy days do NOT disprove global warming. In addition to explaining here what's wrong with these arguments, I also point out how global warming can actually exacerbate certain cold-weather events, and I also break down and refute some arguments made by a climate-change denier on subjects like Arctic Sea ice, Al Gore, and so forth.

Debunking Steven Crowder's Arguments – Defending Social Democracies

 
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Photos: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons; Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons; Political Map of Europe/Mapswire

 

Steven Crowder's criticisms of Bernie Sanders and the social democracies of Europe are inaccurate and misguided. Here, I examine how these countries compare to the United States in a variety of ways, and I also break down and refute some of Crowder's arguments on subjects like health care, education, taxation, and the best way to structure our government.

Debunking The Paranormal – The Existence of Ghosts: Sightings, Photos & Videos

 
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Photos: Rachel Titiriga/Flickr; Waldkunst/Pixabay; tombud/Pixabay

 

The paranormal belief in the existence of ghosts is unjustified because the evidence provided is unconvincing and ample alternative explanations exist. Here, in addition to making my case, I also examine some ghost stories to see if they're impressive enough to warrant belief, and finally, I point out the flaws in arguments made by people who believe in ghosts.

Proof of Creationism: Peanut Butter?!? | Origin of Life & God

 
Photo: Waiting For The Word/Flickr

Photo: Waiting For The Word/Flickr

 

We're told by creationists that life could not originate from non-life without God because of jars of peanut butter. Here, in addition to pointing out the number of problems with this argument, I also describe some of the experimental findings which support the idea that life could have, in fact, originated from non-life on the early Earth.

Brilliant Tactics & Fun Facts From "Warfare in the Classical World"

 
Dun.can/Flickr & Lorenzo A. Castro/Wikimedia Commons

Dun.can/Flickr & Lorenzo A. Castro/Wikimedia Commons

 

Here, I describe some impressive tactics, interesting facts, and amusing anecdotes that I learned reading "Warfare in the Classical World" by John Warry. Examples of such tactics include the usage of war elephants in battle, using the elements to one's advantage, and deceiving the enemy. Notable commanders mentioned include Alexander the Great, Julius Ceasar, Xerxes, Hannibal and Sulla, and forces mentioned include Roman, Greek, Persian, Parthian, Gallic, and Celtic.

Debunking ClimateGate (Pt. 3): Data & E-mail Deletion + FOIA Requests

 
Photos: J.J. at the English language Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons; Robert A. Rohde/Wikimedia Commons

Photos: J.J. at the English language Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons; Robert A. Rohde/Wikimedia Commons

 

In my final piece on the ClimateGate e-mails, I examine the claims that data and e-mails were deleted by the CRU, and I also take a look at whether or not FOIA requests were appropriately complied with, asking what impact, if any, these things would have on the validity of climate science.

Debunking ClimateGate (Pt. 2): "Scientists Suppressed Research & Subverted Peer Review!"

 
Photos: J.J. at the English language Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons; Robert A. Rohde/Wikimedia Commons

Photos: J.J. at the English language Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons; Robert A. Rohde/Wikimedia Commons

 

The CRU scientists did NOT suppress research not supportive of global warming, nor did they subvert the peer review process or pressure into resigning journal editors who allowed publications which went against the global warming consensus, as climate change–deniers allege.