Archives for March, 2007

On Tuesday I discussed a post by my SciBling Rob Knop on the subject of spirituality in an age of science. In that post I made three main points: (1) That Rob was badly mischaracterizing the views of Richard Dawkins on the question life’s ultimate purpose, (2) That in downplaying the role of God as…

Newsweek on Human Evolution

Allow me to direct your attention to the cover story from the current issue of Newsweek. It provides a useful summary of recent developments in human evolution. It’s a decent article, and I recommend reading it through to the end. There are, however, a few irritating points:

Replying to Knop

That last post makes a nice lead-in to this post, from my fellow Science Blogger Rob Knop. This post is a follow-up to this previous post, in which Knop professed his own Christian faith, and protested what he perceives as a bias towards atheism here at SB. The present post is entitled, “What is the…

Summer for the Gods

I’ve just finished rereading Ed Larson’s book Summer for the Gods. I first read this book in graduate school, before I had developed any serious interest in evolutionary biology. The book is about the Scopes’ trial and its aftermath. As an account of the trial itself, it pales in comparison to L. Sprague de Camp’s…

Carnival of Mathematics!

I’m a little late to the party, but do go have a look at the third installment of The Carnival of Mathematics over at Michi’s Blog. Lots of good procrastination material! The fourth installment is set to go up on March 23. And I will be the host! If you write any sort of math-related…

The Myers Semicentennial!

It seems tha P.Z. Myers is is turning 50 today and, following the example of Richard Dawkins, we’re all supposed to write him a poem. Seems like a good way to wrap up the week’s blogging. So here’s my poem, with apologies to Edgar Allen Poe:

The Evolution of Religion

With all the fuss lately about the atheistic books of Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, it is easy to overlook another glut of books that tend to threaten religion. I am referring to the series of books intending to provide a scientific basis for the prevalence of religious belief. Examples of the genre include Daniel…

According to this news brief, the Idaho Science Teacher’s Association has come out against teaching ID in science classes: Science teachers in Idaho are officially against teaching intelligent design in the state’s public schools. The Idaho Science Teachers Association has approved the official position, saying teachers in public schools are charged with teaching methodology that’s…

Have a look at this brief account of a recently unearthed fossil dinosaur. As reported by the International Herald Tribune, it provides yet another example of those transitional forms creationists say do not exist: Ryan named the new dinosaur Albertaceratops nesmoi, after the region and Cecil Nesmo, a rancher near Manyberries, Alberta, who has helped…

Fox Gets Cartoonish

I realize there’s nothing Earth-shattering about documenting right-wing bias on the Fox News Channel. But yesterday’s panel on Hannity and Colmes really had to be seen to be believed. To discuss the conviction of Scotter Libby for perjury and obstruction of justice they had three guests. They were right-wing radio host Laura Ingraham, right-wing pundit…

Books on Atheism Raising Hackles?

On a recent trip to the local Barnes and Noble, I noticed a remarkable thing. On the main kiosk, the place where the Stephen King and John Grisham books are located, there were two prominently placed volumes that caught my eye. One was The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, the other was God: The Failed…

Kramnik Wedding Photos

File this one under, “It’s my blog and I’ll post what I want to post!” Late last year world chess champion Vladimir Kramnik got married in Paris. Some photos of the wedding have now been posted at Kramnik’s website. No real news here, but one of the pictures includes former world number one Boris Spassky,…

Kasparov Leads Putin Protest

My parents have been in town for the past two days, so I’m a bit behind on my blogging. So how about we get back into the swing of things with a little chess news. Sunday’s New York Times had this article about a protest held in St. Petersburg against the government of Vladimir Putin.…

Berlinski in Turkey

On February 24 there was a pro-ID confab. in Istanbul. Among the attendees was David Berlinski, whose boneheaded essays for Commentary appear with depressing regularity. The conference website includes a brief abstract for Berlinski’s talk. So, how about we wrap up the week’s blogging by having a look:

Plantinga on Dawkins: Part One

Christianity Today has published this lengthy review of The God Delusion. The review’s author is Alvin Plantinga, who is often described as America’s foremost philosopher of religion. As regular readers of this blog are aware, I find the central truth claims of Christianity to be rather implausible, to put it kindly. I am also aware,…