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.
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 a recent appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience, Dave Rubin made a series of ridiculous and unjustified arguments on deregulation, the role of government, and the net effect of the Trump administration. Here, I refute and explain the folly of these viewpoints.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Usage of homeopathy is widespread, yet, as I argue here, the theoretical foundation of homeopathy is unjustified nonsense, and the scientific evidence makes clear that homeopathy is not effective. I also respond to several counter-arguments made against my position by defenders of homeopathy.
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.
Here, I refute flawed arguments and false claims made about health care by Ben Shapiro. Topics include why U.S. health care is so expensive and how it compares to the rest of the developed world.
Here I discuss the recent US, UK, and French bombing of Syria in response to an alleged chemical attack by Assad, calls for Facebook to crack down on hate speech, and the Donald Trump & Stormy Daniels scandal.
Here I discuss the Laura Ingraham advertiser boycott triggered by her Tweet about David Hogg, the recent Syrian chemical weapons attack, and a Huffington Post article on police shootings.
Here, I debunk some of the flawed arguments and falsehoods put forth by Dave Rubin in a recent David Pakman interview. Topics include the left vs. the right, the Trump administration, and gay marriage.
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.
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.
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.
Contrary to what climate change deniers claim, the ClimateGate e-mails actually do NOT discuss the destruction or hiding of data, and they certainly don't call into question or prove as a hoax global warming in general.