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A Creationist in Boston: Recaps Are In!

Over on Boston Skeptics, I’ve just posted a recap of our adventures last night at the Harvard-educated creationist’s lecture. I also link to several other recaps by science-loving folks from the area who attended.

The event was pretty awesome, actually, thanks to an impressive group effort on the parts of the Boston Skeptics, the Boston Atheists, and stray individuals who caught wind of the event and wanted to represent for reality. The Q&A was the intellectual equivalent of watching a heavyweight boxer wail on Spencer Pratt, and made me proud to live in a town with that kind of brain power.

Anyway, go read the recaps for an idea of what to expect should Nathaniel Jeanson, or any other stooge from the Institute for Creation Research, come to your town.

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Rebecca Watson

Rebecca is a writer, speaker, YouTube personality, and unrepentant science nerd. In addition to founding and continuing to run Skepchick, she hosts Quiz-o-Tron, a monthly science-themed quiz show and podcast that pits comedians against nerds. There is an asteroid named in her honor.

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  1. The description reminds me of Will Ferrell as George W. Bush when they did the debates on Saturday Night Live, and he would cringe when ever they asked a complicated question like he was being slapped.

  2. Creationist Astronomy: FAIL
    Even a high school graduate like me can detect such an egregious error like that. What he has to know about big bang cosmology is inflation. At some very early point in the universe’s history, it expanded super quickly, making everything uniform, and it does indeed explain a lot of data. I don’t know all of its flaws, but it is reasonable given what we know. Also, the Earth being in the center is just an illusion, it would look the same way if you were in Andromeda or in one of those galaxies in the Hubble deep field image.

  3. Such a position as creationism is far beyond logic. There is no arguing with these people. So when I read that he was utterly humiliated I feel sorry for him, For .25uS, then I realize what garbage he was spewing and smile. Well done! I also am proud that Boston represented!

  4. I can’t believe that this guy got a Phd in Science from Harvard! Is this what it has come to? The young earthers get a guy to spend what eight years of his life going to school and then using them to spread their dogma. Then there is the idea that a person can spend all that time in a school like Harvard and he can just not get it. What does that say about the way he was taught? I mean they spent time in class showing you how they came up with scientific theory right. You would think that a switch would be thrown in his brain and it would be sort of an epiphany for him. Do the young earthers send these kids to some sort of dogma reinforcing school so they can not be swayed by logic or facts? What a waste of talent. What a waste of a life. I would kill for a Phd in Science.

  5. I liked your Blog @Aaron
    I think you did a good job. It would have been better to have a debate format in that case. You could have gotten your point across better and forced him to answer point by point questions. One question per person and no follow ups is hard to deal with.

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