|Wesley R. Elsberry
Joined: May 2002
I've made another table for "vendors" so that the data model is closer to the desired state of relational databases. I've got most of the forms set up and am testing the functions. The system will be set up on "antievolution.org".
ST>Is there any argument against using the Index of Creationist Claims (IOC) as the primary template for distinguishing between various creationist claims?
Isaak's is the only organized hierarchy of creationist claims that I know of. It seems like this does a chunk of the work needed.
ST>for issues not contained within the IOC, should we discuss what heading they should be created under here? I assume we will need some consistency.
I'd say that someone finding a new argument should attempt to identify the major heading from Isaak's hierarchy that the argument fits under. We can, of course, make Mark aware of any such instances. He has done an excellent job so far of expanding the resource to accommodate newly found instances.
ST>will submissions simply be on random acquisitions, or will there be "fact finding missions"?
I'm thinking that each person should be given responsibility for cataloguing the claims within an identified part of a source, whether that is a specific book chapter, the whole book, a film, a web page, etc. We can use this thread to coordinate who is doing what.
ST>will conclusions eventually be drawn and a summary statement or response be submitted at some point, or will this be a more open-ended project that simply acts as a repository of information?
I certainly intend to use the resource for drawing conclusions. If this gets enough young-earth creationist and intelligent design works catalogued, I think that it will be of use in various pending litigation concerning whether ID is to be treated as essentially different from "creation science". So I definitely see a purpose in the short term and not that this is just a exercize in purely academic concerns.
There may be further coding that I will need to do down the road to compare the arguments used in each category of resources or between two particular sources. This came up, as you will recall, due to a claim that young earth creationist materials are so different from "evidence against evolution" or "intelligent design" materials that you could build a libel case upon this difference. To be useful in that context, there is a bit of a time crunch.
Edited by Wesley R. Elsberry on April 29 2005,10:20
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