Sunday, March 29, 2015

The answers are here to the PZ Myers quiz

Time to explain some of the wrong answers to the honorary PZ Myers pharyngula quiz.

The answers are here to the PZ Myers quiz

Thanks to everyone who dared try my devlishly hard pharyngula quiz. Or maybe it's a poll, since I only wrote one question. In case you're curious about the wrong answers:

1. is the description of the uvula, 2. is the baculum - as readers of Carnal Knowledge might remember, 3. I just made that up. 4. I made that up too but I've heard PZ Myers has claimed it as his own so I think it should be officially named the pharyngula. 5. is the candiru and 6. is the original pharyngula, which I should also mention is an embryonic stage that demonstrates our relatedness to our fellow vertebrates.

I wrote the quiz in honor of the appearance of PZ Myers in Philadelphia to celebrate the last Friday the 13th ever. PZ and I now share an email crank named David Buckna. Mr. Buckna has been sending me some very long-winded messages. One included this list of what might be considered levels of evolution acceptance/denial, or perhaps if inverted it could represent the levels of the inferno to which we'll be sorted on Judgment Day(May 21). I'd like to be in the one with Carl Sagan please. I'm betting that's where they'll throw the best parties.    

ATHEISTIC NATURALISM  God does not exist. There is no real design  (only apparent design) and nature is all there is. [eg. Carl Sagan:"The Cosmos is all that is, or ever was, or ever will be."]

 AGNOSTIC NATURALISM  One is unsure whether God exists. Though nature may not be all there is, nature is all that matters.

 THEISTIC NATURALISM  God exists. He designed the natural laws. There is no design in the strict sense, and although _in principle_ nature is not  all that matters, _in effect_ it is.

 THEISTIC EVOLUTION (WEAK DESIGN). God designed the natural laws so that their ordinary operation would result in the intended outcome.

 THEISTIC EVOLUTION (STRONG DESIGN).To ensure the intended outcome, God not only designed the natural laws, but also determined their initial conditions.

 INTERVENTION To ensure the intended outcome, God not only designed the natural laws and determined their initial conditions, but also intervened in subsequent conditions.

 SPECIAL CREATION [old universe/old earth/recent global flood] To ensure the  intended outcome, God designed the natural laws, determined their initial conditions, and intervened in subsequent conditions. God created the universe billions of years ago. Although micro-evolution /speciation occur, it is viewed as variation within created "kinds" (baramins) eg. the cat "kind". Macro-evolution has never occurred.

 SPECIAL CREATION [young universe/young earth/recent global flood] To ensure the intended outcome, God designed the natural laws, determined their initial conditions, and intervened in subsequent conditions. God created the universe only thousands (not billions) of years ago. Although micro-evolution /speciation occur, it is viewed as variation within created "kinds" (baramins) eg. the cat "kind". Macro-evolution has never occurred.

 

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Faye Flam - writer
In pursuit of her stories, writer Faye Flam has weathered storms in Greenland, gotten frost nip at the South Pole, and floated weightless aboard NASA’s zero-g plane. She has a degree in geophysics from the California Institute of Technology and started her writing career with the Economist. She later took on the particle physics and cosmology beat at Science Magazine before coming to the Inquirer in 1995. Her previous science column, “Carnal Knowledge,” ran from 2005 to 2008. Her new column and blog, Planet of the Apes, explores the topic of evolution and runs here and in the Inquirer’s health section each Monday. Email Faye at fflam@phillynews.com. Reach Planet of the at fflam@phillynews.com.

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