I went to R' Slifkin's speech tonight. On The Terror of Dinosaurs. I felt like I got to meet all these famous blogger personalities that I read so much about but never see in real life. Gil Student too! I knew that name years before I was even a skeptic and I thought it was a pseudonym. I mean, an internet scholar named "Student." Come on! Now which one was Godol Hador?
I think Slifkin is a pretty clever guy (had no idea he was British though) and he is a strong believer in both science and Torah - he just goes grasping at straws to reconcile the two. I mean, he goes to Kabbalah of all places to explain the problems in Genesis while admitting that he has no clue what Kabbalah is and that he "isn't really into it."
But still, an A for effort. Though it would likely be better had he not been so obviously evasive about so many topics. Oh, evolution, too complex. The "alleged Abraham," out of scope.
And he was occasionally factually incorrect about things too. Not just "most" dinosaurs were terrestrials - all dinosaurs were. The big old animals in the sea were called ichthyosaurs. And carbon dating is never used to date dinosaur remains, C14 dating is only accurate back a few thousand years. It is other forms of radiometric dating which are used for dinosaur remains.
But even so, I liked his presentation, I thought his arguments were interesting, if not convincing, and I think he's very brave to bring up such issues so directly and openly to a population who still thinks the mabul is a good explanation for anything. (Though he was still too chicken to talk about how unlikely a global flood actually was.)
At the very least he's getting people to think about these things.