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It’s a new year, and it will be a busy one here in Iowa when it comes to evolutionary biology. I want to highlight two upcoming events: Iowa City’s first annual Darwin Day celebration featuring a lecture by Massimo Pigliucci, and an upcoming symposium on evolution and intelligent design, featuring John Haught and Wesley Elsberry.…

Credulity is for suckers!

Aka, the 49th Skeptics’ Circle, and it’s a serious piece of work. Even if you don’t normally hit the carnival links, you really oughta check this one out–I don’t even want to think about how much time was put into this one.

Yesterday’s Ames Tribune, the paper that originally carried Republican lieutenant governor candidate Bob Vander Plaats’ comments supporting the teaching of intelligent design in schools contained an article noting Republican governor candidate Jim Nussle’s dismissal of Vander Plaats’ position:

Iowa/Vander Plaats update

I mentioned the situation with Lieutenant Governor candidate Bob Vander Plaats and his support of intelligent design last week (posts here and here). A group of us have put together an editorial discussing Vander Plaats’ position and why it matters to Iowa voters (letter and signatories can be found here at the Iowa Citizens for…

Is this Iowa? No, it’s Heaven

At least, that’s the setting for the latest Skeptics’ Circle hosted by Left Brain/Right Brain.

The failure of alternative medicine

I previously blogged an editorial by NBC medical correspondent Robert Bazell, where he told scientists to “quit whining” about intelligent design and instead work on teaching “values.” While I agreed with him there on the science (he made it clear he gave no respect to “intelligent design” and other types of creationism), his suggestion that…

Regular readers out there will already be familiar with the groups of people who deny evolutionary theory, who deny that HIV causes AIDS, even those who deny that germs cause disease, period. Wilhelm Godshalk is even on the record for denying gravity. I don’t know what it is about this site, and science blogs in…

A Tale of Three Vaccines

I write on a somewhat regular basis on here about vaccines: new research, new shots, addressing skepticism about how well they work or if they’re related to autism, etc. Recently, several vaccine stories have been in the news that I’ve not gotten to yet, so consider this a vaccine meta-post. More after the jump.

Orac on the HIV/viral load paper

Orac has a post up on this new JAMA paper as well. He brings up some better examples than the one I gave: Does anyone in this day and age still believe that smoking doesn’t cause lung cancer? The epidemiological evidence of the association is bulletproof. However, the majority of smokers don’t get lung cancer.…

More anti-evolution rumblings in the UK

Via Dean and Science, Just Science comes this story about a new group trying to get ID into class in the UK: Parents are being encouraged to challenge their children’s science teachers over what they are explaining as the origins of life. An organisation called Truth in Science has also sent resource packs to all…