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Creationist Myths

Via this press release I learned about this book: The Top Ten Myths About Evolution. The book deconstructs ten myths that creationists propagate while spreading misinformation. It also gives me an excuse to post cute pictures of furry primates. The official website lists the ten myths: 1) Survival of the Fittest; 2) It’s Just a…

Nonoverlapping Magisteria and Extremism

My university has been hosting panel discussions on science, religion, and teaching. I missed the first installment, which consisted of faculty members from science and humanities departments and a local clergyman. The second discussion was led by four students from a course cross listed in Science and Technology Studies and Philosophy. The topic of this…

Update on Carl Zimmer’s Ford Pinto

Last week I linked to Carl Zimmer’s take down of Casey Luskin. Notice how the text containing the link to Carl’s post says “Casey Luskin”. It’s called a Google bomb — we’re trying to make Carl’s post the number one search result when one enters Casey Luskin as a query in Google. It only works…

The European Creationism Problem

Remember Maciej Giertych? He’s the Polish representative to the European Parliament who wants creationism taught in schools alongside evolution. And he’s got a degree in tree physiology, but he claims to be a population geneticist. Anyway, his letter to Nature made it seem like Poland has this big problem with creationism. Boy was I mislead.…

Colin Purrington, he of the great textbook disclaimer stickers (and whose website is a treasure trove of information), is looking for some prison statistics: A common theme in anti-evolution writings is that teaching kids about Darwin will cause them to lose all touch with morality, and will end up committing crimes. It might follow that…

The Discovery Institute‘s Evolution News and Views blog neither reports news on evolution nor offers interesting views. One of their bloggers, Casey Luskin, is notorious for misunderstanding and misrepresenting science — which is par for the course at the Disco. Casey recently decided to attack a piece published in National Geographic on the evolution of…

The Dumb Polack Jokes Write Themselves

Nature has published a correspondence from Maciej Giertych, a Polish biologist, defending his view that evolutionary biology is bullshit. He’s actually striking back at Nature for this news item on creationism in Poland. Long story short, the League of Polish Families (LPR), a group led by Roman Giertych (Maciej Giertych’s son), has been pushing for…

Darwin as a False Idol

Sorry to beat a long-dead horse, but I thought I saw a leg twitch: Atlantic Books have begun to publish this year a series of texts titled ‘Books that shook the world’, which, rightly, includes a new biography of Charles Darwin’s Origin of Species by Janet Browne. And some new shaking definitely seems to be…

Chuck Norris doesn’t “believe” in evolution. And he’s writing about it in the Wing Nut Daily. I won’t link to the actual article, but you can read about it here. Thanks Bora for ruining my appreciation for the Texas Ranger. To make up for bringing you that bad piece of news, here are the first…

…and Geico Commercials

Some biologist in Poland said this: “A scientist showed me a picture of an American boxer. He had all the traits of Neanderthal man. These people are among us. They are part of the human race, probably more prevalent once upon a time, but who still exist.” Apparently those dudes from the Geico commercials are…