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ID/Creationism trolling an academic requirement? Answered

This could explain a lot. (From RichardDawkins.net via Slashdot )

Apparently, the course on "Intelligent Design and Christian Apologetics" at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary has, as a requirement worth 20% of the final grade,

"(4) provide at least 10 posts defending ID that you've made on "hostile" websites, the posts totalling 3,000 words, along with the URLs (i.e., web links) to each post (worth 20% of your grade)."

The next time I see a lengthy, ad-hominem-laden, scientifically dubious argument for Intelligent Design on this site I'm going to wonder whether it is a college student fulfilling course requirements by trolling. I notice that reading the replies to your 3,000 words of propaganda isn't required. Now we just have to find whoever it is offering photocopies of Tesla's secret notebooks and plans for perpetual motion machines if you post enough stuff supporting overunity HHO generators.

Note to those so inclined: this is not flamebait, I'm reporting a piece of news relevant to this community (because of our semi-regular flamewars debates about ID etc.). Flames will be reported as spam and subsequently ignored. Intelligent Discussion will be welcomed.

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kelseymh

10 years ago

"It's always September on the Internet."

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PKMkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

Huh.. I'd never heard that phrase before, but having looked it up it makes sense. I was new to the Internet in 1994 (what with being 8 years old and all that) so never saw it in it's pre-september state. Makes me glad there are still corners of the web worth going to.

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kelseymhPKM

Reply 10 years ago

Great, now I feel old :-) My first online effort was a CompuServe account I got when I was 12 -- I had just bought (with my own money!) a "super fast" 1200 baud modem for my TRS-80.

On a more modern note, I was a grad student at Caltech when SLAC set up the first site-wide Web server in the U.S., and my office mate ran the official CERN Web user client ("browser" wasn't a word back then) on his NeXT cube.

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Lithium Rainkelseymh

Reply 10 years ago

I was born too late to be a super-geek! >sniff< Wait, does having a shrine to Tim in my bedroom closet count? ;D

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kelseymhLithium Rain

Reply 10 years ago

Yes, but in a really disturbing Law and Order episode sort of way :-)

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ChrysN

10 years ago

Course credit for trolling, how obnoxious.

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kelseymh

10 years ago

Hey, wait! If we can cite this as a source, then every one of those postings could legitimately be flagged and deleted at SPAM. Hip hip hooray!

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Bigev

10 years ago

Hm.. education in trolling... We weren't adept at it before?

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=SMART=

10 years ago

... you lost me at "Apparently"

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lemonie

10 years ago

"I believe that God created me in one day." "Yeah, it looks like he rushed it." L

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DJ Radio

10 years ago

Wow, a school encouraging naughty behavior on teh interwebz.