Archives for May, 2007

Tonight’s edition of The O’Reilly Factor featured a discussion of the brand new creation museum outside Cincinnati. Guest host John Kasich was sitting in for Bill O’Reilly. Representing darkness and ignorance was creationist impresario Ken Ham, president of Answers in Genesis. On the side of sunshine and puppies was Case Western physics professor Lawrence Krauss.…

Alexander Shabalov took clear first place in the just completed U.S. Championship. He scored seven points out of nine (six wins, two draws, one loss) in a field of 36 players. For a while Shabalov seemed on course to match Bobby Fischer’s mind-boggling 11 wins, no losses, no draws performance in the 1963-1964 editiion of…

From last night’s Hardball:

Nature on Gonzalez

And speaking of bad science journalism, here’s Nature‘s take on the Gonzalez situation: He’s a young astronomer with dozens of articles in top journals; he has made an important discovery in the field of extrasolar planets; and he is a proponent of intelligent design, the idea that an intelligent force has shaped the Universe. It’s…

The Times on the Creation Museum

The New York Times gives us sneak peek at the big Creation Museum opening in Kentucky this weekend: The entrance gates here are topped with metallic Stegosauruses. The grounds include a giant tyrannosaur standing amid the trees, and a stone-lined lobby sports varied sauropods. It could be like any other natural history museum, luring families…

Gingrich on Radical Secularism

I only have time for quick blogging today, but we ought to tak a quick look this account, from The Washington Post, about Newt Gingrich’s speech to the graduates at Liberty University: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich decried a “growing culture of radical secularism” Saturday morning as he hailed the life of Liberty University’s late…

Over at BeliefNet, Gregg Easterbrook writes the following: Israelis and Palestinians are killing each other by the hundreds in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza. Hindus and Muslims are slaughtering each other in India, herding neighbors into house or trains then setting them afire. Catholics and Protestants continue to kill each other in Northern Ireland.…

Blogging Les Miserables

And now for something completely different. As a high school freshman I was assigned to read a heavily abridged version of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Miserables. I loved it immediately. Later I resolved to procure a copy of the full, unabridged version, complete in all of its 1200+ page glory. I finally got around to…

More Nuggets From Town Hall

Two other items caught my eye while I was slumming over at Town Hall. First, here’s William Rusher warning us all about the pernicious influence of junk science: As regular readers know, I seldom review books in these columns, preferring to leave that important job to professional reviewers. But every once in a while a…

Giles on Atheists

The next time you see someone criticize Richard Dawkins for not giving adequate treatment to the modal logic version of the ontological argument, remind him that this column, from Town Hall columnist Doug Giles, is far more representative of the depth of American religious thought:

The Gonzalez Situation

Well, I guess it’s about time I weighed in on the Gonzalez situation. Guillermo Gonzalez is an astronomer at Iowa State University, but he is best known as the coauthor (with Jay Richards) of The Privileged Planet, published by Regnery. Richards and Gonzalez present a novel, and especially vapid, gloss on the old fine-tuning argument.…

One Year on Science Blogs!

Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of my call-up to the bigs! Since then I have done 339 posts and have received over 6100 comments. Seems like a good opportunity to thank Seed for putting together this little party, and to all the readers and commenters who have shamelessly enabled my blogging addiction. Here’s to another…

The Matt and Chris Show!

I spent the day in Washington D.C. yesterday. My SciBlings Matthew Nisbet and Chris Mooney were speaking at the annual meeting of the AIBS (that’s the American Institute of Biological Sciences). The subject: How to communicate science effectively. They make a number of persuasive points, and I certainly agree with their basic thesis. Scientists definitely…

Neurontic on Battling God

Since I’m criticizing my SciBlings today, permit me a few words about this post from Orli over at Neurontic. Orli is unimpressed with the recent glut of atheist books. She begins by reproducing a segment from a previous post:

Myers on Romney

P.Z. Myers does not agree with my take on Mitt Romney’s statement regarding evolution. Now, I agree with P.Z. on about 99% of everything in life. But on this one, and on theistic evolution generally, he is way off. Let’s start with his title: “Mitt Romney, theistic evolutionist…and this is supposed to be a good…