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Fraud is Okay

Check out this gem from the London Times: Fraud may also be good for science, according to Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick. Since most scientific duplicity involves researchers “idealising” results that they probably would eventually have achieved anyway, such fact-fiddling actually oils the wheels of discovery. He even questions whether…

Francis Collins’ Morals

We’re not a big fan of Francis Collins around these parts. He’s done some good science and helped lead one of the most important research projects in history. He also has a habit of contradicting or ignoring science when he pontificates on his faith. We don’t dig that. Over at Talk Reason, Gert Korthof takes…

You’re Bustin’ My Balls Nature

Busting my balls, indeed. Check out this headline: Intelligent design gets political Geoff Brumfiel Teaching creationism becomes an election issue in Michigan. Intelligent design didn’t get political in Michigan. Intelligent design is politics. Intelligent design isn’t science; it’s a political movement. And they sure as hell ain’t offering anything new in the philosophy front (Paley…

Jonathan Wells Fails Introductory Biology

Tara has been given the task of pointing out some of the flaws in Chapter 7 of Jonathan Wells’s The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design. From what I can gather, this is the chapter in which Wells claims that biology does not need evolution because evolution has no applications in medicine or…

Science, Faith, and Compromise

Scientific American has an online review of four books: God’s Universe by Owen Gingerich, The Language of God by Francis Collins, The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, and The Varieties of Scientific Experience by Carl Sagan. Here’s a choice quote: “In my view,” [evolgen's least favorite NIH director, Francis] Collins goes on to say, “DNA…

Intelligently Designed College Football

Read this (via The Panda’s Thumb). Here’s a taste: TO THE CHAGRIN OF BAYLOR football fans, once steeped in the steady success of Grant Teaff during his Hall of Fame coaching career that concluded in 1992, their East-Central Texas school is now better known for its controversial role in the dubious effort to move the…

Creationist Probability

ABC News has an article by mathematician John Allen Paulos on how creationists misuse probability in their anti-science arguments. This article is inspired by the Science article on public acceptance of evolution. I especially like how he distinguishes between a priori and a posteri probabilities: Now if we shuffle this deck of cards for a…

Incorrect Guide to Science

The Panda’s Thumb is compiling a chapter by chapter rebuttal of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Darwinism and Intelligent Design. This book is part of a series of shoddy academic endeavors that includes The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History; they could remove the word “politically” from the cover and capture a more accurate representation…

I gave Lawrence Krauss some shit regarding his double standard towards the tolerance of willful ignorance. He’s cool with calling intelligent design proponents ignorant, but won’t go all the way and say all religion is anti-knowledge. Judging by the letters in the NYTimes, there are some people who took umbrage at Krauss calling anyone ignorant:…

Francis Collins Joins the Dark Side

Pharyngula tells us that Francis “Human Genome” Collins is scheduled to appear in a TV special entitled Darwin’s Deadly Legacy. You may remember Frank from such stories as humans have stopped evolving. The extremist religious zealots behind the program claim that “Francis Collins, Director of the Human Genome Project will show why evolution is a…