I recently once again watched the creationist seminars by Kent Hovind. First of all, I love the creationists for their ignorance, belief and all that crap. The favorite creationist has to be the one belonging to young earth category.
I simply love the idea that my grandpa was a monkey/dragonfly/reptile/fish at the same time, I don't think there exists many grandpas who can do that kind of magic, thankfully at present moment he's just an old human being. The other awesome thing is the age of the earth, and various insightful details about curing cancer in the Bible.
Anyways, I truly believe that masochistic entertainment (not the s&m kind) can be really fun. I like watching really bad movies, documentaries about god and religion, conspiracy theories etc etc... you get the picture. I was watching this kent hovind seminar series on youtube where he declared a prize of 250, 000$ for anyone who has a scientific and laboratory testable proof for evolution. Easy money!
While there are people out there who believe that evolution is just a theory (well, it is just a theory, that's why it's called the theory of evolution!) and there also exist people who believe that it's a wrong/bad/propagandist one, I know a graduate/undergraduate level course taught by Marc Ostermier in Johns Hopkins university which deals with laboratory techniques (there goes the scientific tests) regarding directed evolution (so it does exist!) To add to that story, the whole Ostermier lab works in synthesizing new proteins using techniques of directed evolution. Cool stuff ain't it? I am sure that the lab won't need the 250, 000$ they probably have infinite funding :-) But I can make use of it. So I thought....
To find out more about this curious guy, I wikied (is that a verb yet?) him to find out that the poor soul is in jail for a number of frauds. Apparently he told the police that the property wasn't his (it was god's own :D ) Damn! There goes the easy money. I hope there are more of such monkeys around so that I don't have to find a job when I graduate, I'll just direct them to the course and get rich :-)
On a different note, I had a long debate about some random topic with a dear friend. She was disturbed in the end, though we didn't reach an agreement neither did we agree on our disagreements, she made a remarkable point that the topic of discussion wasn't merely an intellectual debate for her, it was her profession/work/area of study. Maybe not directly but... you get the point. She also said that most of the people who'd talk to her about things will have formed their opinions from the so called main stream. And she was getting tired of repeating the same arguments over and over again.
People who say ayurveda/qoran/astrology and similar rubbish is scientific really really need to understand what is meant by scientific theory. There are descriptions available which are fairly agreed upon by scientist and philosophers which are reasonably non-technical and yet sufficiently deterministic. This is our territory, if you want to pee here, please use our language :-)