Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2005

Much Ado About Nothing

I’ve not commented on the brouhaha that has surrounded Harvard President Lawrence Summers’ comment at a conference last week that the relative lack of women in math and science might reflect innate differences rather than the effects of socialization. Let me do so now. Bottom line: *shrug*. I think the whole situation is one giant…

More Dishonest Nonsense About the ACLU

The Worldnutdaily continues its campaign of outright dishonesty toward the ACLU with this ridiculous screed by William Simon. The lies begin in the very first sentence: Believe it or not, there was a time when the American Civil Liberties Union was a respected organization that fought to protect civil liberties for all Americans. But that…

Koufax Award?

It seems I have been nominated for something called the Koufax Award for best blog series, specifically for my Idiot of the Month series of posts. I haven’t received a single vote so far, and frankly can’t imagine that I deserve to get one for that particular series. But you should go there just to…

Pat Hayes has an update on the proposed changes in the Kansas science curriculum. It’s back to the future for Kansans. I have no doubt that Jack Krebs, Liz Craig and the rest of the great folks at Kansas Citizens for Science will work tirelessly to prevent this absurd rewriting of those standards as they…

Fritz Stern on Hitler and Religion

Fritz Stern, a distinguished historian from Columbia University whose family fled Nazi Germany in 1938, was recently awarded the Leo Baeck Medal from the Leo Baeck Institute. The LBI is devoted to studying the history and culture of German-speaking Jews and is named for the leader of Germany’s Jewish community, sent by the Nazis first…

Two new studies are showing the dangers of abstinence-only sex education. Both are reported here. Because abstinence-only programs are forbidden to even mention that condoms can help prevent pregnancy and STDs – it is literally illegal for them to mention anything about condoms other than failure rates – teens who take abstinence-only classes tend to…

Pro-Science Editorials

With the legal controversies in Dover and Cobb County raging, the media is taking notice and publishing lots of articles and op-eds about it. Time magazine has weighed in with an article entitled Stealth Attack on Evolution that traces some of the history of attempts to weaken the teaching of evolution by religious groups who…

Johnny Carson, RIP

As I went to bed this evening, I turned on the TV to watch a little bit before I fell asleep and found out that Johnny Carson had died. I could not turn it off, as I watched clips of his shows and reminiscences from his friends. And I felt compelled to write something. Like…

ID Apologists as Cheating Husbands

Psychologists tell us that one of the primary manifestations of guilt is to accuse others of doing what one is guilty of themselves. This is why, for instance, a cheating husband will often exhibit jealous paranoia about his wife cheating on him, and vice versa. They know the lies that they’ve been telling, so they…

From Bruce Gordon, former Discovery Institute Fellow: Design theory has had considerable difficulty gaining a hearing in academic contexts, as evidenced most recently by the the Polanyi Center affair at Baylor University. One of the principle reasons for this resistance and controversy is not far to seek: design-theoretic research has been hijacked as part of…