Category: Uncommon Descent Contest

Contest: If humans originated as a chimp-pig hybrid (recent claim) — Judged

Therefore, to properly name this hybrid, we’d need to come up with a portmanteau that combines the first part of the male parent’s name (pig) and the second part of the female parent’s name (chimp), so … more

Contest: If humans originated as a chimp-pig hybrid (recent claim) …

… what should we call our earliest piggychimp ancestor? more

Uncommon Descent contest: Contest offered for mendacity in journalism. But what about science journalism?

Do readers know of examples of actual fraud in science writing since 2000? Or reality avoidance so egregious that … more

Uncommon Descent Contest: Give Darwinist Jerry Coyne’s atheist crusade/jihad a name – judged

It was fun. So many clever entries, so little time away from the grind … more

Uncommon Descent Contest: Give Darwinist Jerry Coyne’s atheist crusade/jihad a name

We need a new Coynage. What should we call Coyne’s battle for incivility toward – and distortion of facts about – traditional religion? more

Uncommon Descent contest List the five books that most helped ID – judged

Here’s the contest: “Uncommon Descent contest: List the five books that helped ID most – written by non-ID researchers.” It riffs off an earlier contest: “List the ten most significant ID books of the last 25 years,” judged here. Briefly: Lots of books whose authors are looking for any solution other than ID have actually helped […] more

Student essay contest: What difference does intelligent design make to science?

Thanks to a kind donor, we can sponsor an essay contest this summer. We’ve all heard what the effect would be of accepting design as a cause in nature alongside of law and chance: Science hurtles back to the dark ages, fascism wipes out democracy, Armageddon arrives, and – worst of all – people who […] more

Uncommon Descent Contest: Why do people refuse to read books they are attacking? First award – judged

The contest is here. The question was, for a free copy of The Nature of Nature , why would a scientist or scholar actually volunteer to trash books unread? It seems to happen frequently to books arguing for design in nature. And the winner is CannuckianYankee at 20 for To inform the public on what […] more

Impress your friends with a piece of Mars – contest judged

Sorry for judging delay. The contest, you’ll recall, riffed off New Scientist’s offer of a Mars rock: Tell New Scientist what the first person to set foot on Mars should say. The winner gets a copy of The Nature of Nature , where Guillermo Gonzalez discusses the constraints of the galactic habitable zone. (Note: That […] more

Uncommon Descent Contest: Is there any progress in the study of human evolution? – judged

Here’s the intro to the contest, riffing off the bewildering soap opera of claims about the relationship between modern humans and Neanderthals, followed by the question, for a free copy of The Nature of Nature , tell us: Do you think we understand the human-Neanderthal relationship better than we did twenty-five years ago? In what […] more

Look, you can win a Mars rock. Why risk slambo for trying to sell a Moon rock?

Yup. In other news: “Woman is detained in NASA moon rock sting,”according to MSNBC (5/20/2011): Tried to sell treasure for $1.7 million in Southern California, authorities say It is illegal to sell moon rocks, which are considered national treasures. more

Uncommon Descent Contest: Is there any progress in the study of human evolution?

[Contest now judged. here. "Impress your friends with a piece of Mars is open until Saturday, May 28, 2011. The "Why do people refuse to read books they are attacking?" contest is open till Saturday June 4.] In this version of the very long-running human evolution soap opera (Ewen Callaway, Nature News, 9 May 2011), […] more

Is Collins or Dawkins the cuter poster boy for selling Darwinism: Contest judged

This was the question: For a copy of The Nature of Nature , explain why either Richard Dawkins or Francis Collins is the cuter poster boy for selling Darwinism. The question was first asked (that I ever heard of) by a prominent Canadian cosmologist, who wrote to a number of peers asking for feedback. He […] more

Uncommon Descent contest: Is Richard Dawkins or Francis Collins the cuter poster boy for selling Darwinism?

(Contest now closed for judging. Results here. ) Yes, a prominent Canadian cosmologist has written to a number of science notables to ask this simple question: Does Richard Dawkins or Francis Collins convert more people to Darwinism? For a free copy of The Nature of Nature , which do you pick and why? The cosmologist […] more

Prize announcement: April 9 contest – Predict Darwin’s doom

Here, kind readers were invited to “predict Darwin’s doom (or not)”, and win free stuff, either an Expelled or a Privileged Planet DVD. Here are the winners: more

Contest Question 23: YOU rank order the Top Ten ID media stories of 2009

Every year, for some years now, the folk at Access Research Network have rank ordered the Top Ten intelligent design stories of the year. Due to volume, this last year, they were broken out into science news, media news, and 2009 resources. The Top Ten media news picks are here. Right now, we are talking […] more

Contest Question 22: YOU rank order the Top Ten ID science stories of the year

How would you have rated the stories differently?
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Uncommon Descent Contest Question 21 reposted What if Darwin’s theory only works 6 percent of the time?

(Note: There was a problem posting entry comments to the original post, so I am reposting this – I think, very interesting – question to give others a chance. I have posted a link from the previous post to this one for purposes of entry. All previous entries will be judged, so no need to […] more

Uncommon Descent Contest Question 21: What if Darwin’s theory only works 6 percent of the time?

(Note: There was a problem posting entry comments here, so this contest has been reposted: Go here to enter. All previous entries will be judged, so no need to repost.) Here’s an interesting article in New Scientist by Bob Holmes on a new approach to how animals become separate species (“Accidental origins: Where species come […] more

Uncommon Descent Contest 20: Why should human evolution be taught in school? Winner announced

Here’s the reason I asked why human evolution should be taught in school: I just came across this fact: Human evolution: Little is known other than basic outline Contrary to widely heard huffing, there are huge gaps in our understanding of early humans. In Nature’s 2020 Visions (7 January 2010) Scroll down to Leslie C. […] more

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