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Fight between science and creationism continues at ESPN

Technically Incorrect: After an ESPN baseball writer tweets his creationist views, he is suspended. This week, basketball color commentator Bill Walton tries to persuade play-by-plan man Dave Pasch about science. Pasch is unimpressed.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.


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Bill Walton offers Dave Pasch a scientific gift. ESPN screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

There's one thing missing on ESPN: a show about the philosophy of creation.

There'd have to be a referee, of course. Six points for a compelling argument. An extra point for a conversion.

I have come up with this necessary idea because it seems that the root of all life has become a salient topic among ESPN's employees.

Just a few weeks ago, ESPN baseball writer Keith Law was suspended from Twitter after offering his science-based views to former Red Sox pitcher (and devout believer) Curt Schilling.

This week, the science versus creationism debate crept onto ESPN's live television.

Here we were during a college basketball game. Famed free thinking west-coaster and former basketball great Bill Walton was toasting play-by-play man Dave Pasch.

Pasch had been named Arizona's sportscaster of the year. So Walton bought him a cake. He also bought him a gift. It happened to be Charles Darwin's "On The Origin Of Species."

Clearly, there must have been some debate between the two about where we all came from. So here we were, live on air, with Walton attempting to offer Pasch a little scientific edification and education.

"We want to make sure you believe in evolution," said Walton.

"I don't," replied Pasch, less than impressed.

As the slight awkwardness continued, Pasch revealed he had a book to counter Darwin.

"I believe in science and evolution," insisted Walton. He added: "I've been to the Grand Canyon."

Pasch meanwhile revealed that what Walton needed was a little "irreducible complexity" to straighten him out.

Should you be unfamiliar with this concept, this is the notion that some biological systems are just too complicated to have evolved from the simple elements that existed before them. The eye is one example used by proponents of this idea.

Scientists such as Neil DeGrasse Tyson look upon irreducible complexity with a jaundiced orb. But there are still many who look upon science's claims as the mere self-supporting proclamations of shamans.

It seems clear, therefore, that ESPN must step in to the fray and offer must-see late-night television.

Who wouldn't tune in to see Chris Berman, John Gruden, Schilling and the like debate issues far grander than quarterback rating and ERA?

(Via Deadspin)