Monday, April 14, 2008

Further on Conservapedia

In the spirit of impartiality, I registered with Conservapedia to try and correct a small mistake they had in their section on militant athiest Richard Dawkins.

It was regarding the 1986 Huxley Memorial Debate, in which Creationists and Evolutionists debated the hypothosis:

"That the Doctrine of Creation is more valid than the Theory of Evolution"

Conservapedia had this to say on the topic:

"In 1986, Wilder-Smith and Edgar Andrews debated the two leading evolutionists in Britain, Richard Dawkins and John Maynard Smith, at Oxford – a lions’ den with the two strongest Darwinian lions in Europe. Yet even there, over a third – almost half – of the staunchly pro-evolution audience voted that the creation side had won the debate."

I wanted to correct that paragraph because it's completely incorrect. In actual fact, the records of Oxford University list 198 votes for the noes and 15 for the ayes - meaning only one in ten of those at the debate supported the creationists at the conclusion of the debate.

Upon entering that information, however, my edit was swiftly deleted and my account blocked.

I wonder how Conservapedia creator Andrew Schlafly justifies the slogan 'The Trustworthy Encyclopedia' with an attitude like that?

3 comments:

katie said...

Roland! why can i not get on your blog from my links!?

anyways, you have a wonderful week! :)

PQG said...

You can edit it if you like.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conservapedia

Nicktf said...

Have you seen their stats page? Seems they may have some issues to work through judging by the top 10 searches

http://www.conservapedia.com/Special:Statistics