Archives for September, 2007

Brief Blog Break: Tenure Edition

Janet Stemwedel is not the only one around here applying for tenure. I am likewise in the process of making the best argument I can for having my school keep me around for a while. Sadly, this is a time consuming process. That, coupled with all the work that isn’t getting done because I’m too…

Ahmadinejad at Columbia

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke at Columbia University earlier today. Judging from this clip, it looks like he made a fool of himself. According to the New York Times, it seems something vaguely evolution related came up: He then gave a speech that meandered from science and religion to creation of human beings and the…

Church and State in Russia

According to The New York Times, Russia is having some church / state issues: One of the most discordant debates in Russian society is playing out in public schools like those in this city not far from Moscow, where the other day a teacher named Irina Donshina set aside her textbooks, strode before her second…

Evolution and DDT

Tim Lambert over at Deltoid links to this article, by Aaron Swartz, about the relentless right-wing smear campaign against Rachel Carson. Carson was the author of the 1962 book Silent Spring, where she argued, among other things, that pervasive use of pesticides such as DDT was leading to long-term, harmful effects on the environment. DDT…

Wilkins Demurs

Received your latest letter today, and while it was just shy of coherence, I think I can see where your bewilderment lies. From your enclosed diagram, it has become apparent to me that for the past six weeks we have been playing two completely different chess games–myself according to our correspondence, you more in keeping…

How Not to Defend Evolution, Part Two

We now continue our discussion of Ian Hacking’s wide-ranging essay on evolution and ID. We left off with Hacking having just completed several paragraphs on the uses of tree metaphors in human history. So far my main criticisms have been with the style, not the substance, of Hacking’s essay. His points are good, but his…

How Not to Defend Evolution, Part One

Here at ScienceBlogs we often debate the best way of promoting science literacy generally, and an understanding of evolution in particular. Is a calm recital of the evidence a good approach, or does that merely come off as an uninspiring “data dump” to non-scientists? Does the vocal atheist wing of the party scare off moderates,…

Greetings to ScienceWoman!!

We have a new Science Blogger! She is ScienceWoman: What I do write about are my experiences as an early career scientist who also happens to be a woman. I share my life as the mother of a spunky seven-month old girl who has already “helped” with field work and seminars. I describe the dramas…

Cranks All Read From the Same Playbook

I’ve just started reading Jonathan Chait’s new book The Big Con: The True Story of How Washington Got Hoodwinked and Hijacked by Crackpot Economics. One of the more remarkable developments in the last twenty-five years of American politics is the takeover of the Republican party by the lunacy of supply-side economics. Chait explains how a…

ERV Smacks Dembski

ERV has a must-read series of posts up (Part One, Part Two, Part Three) about William Dembski’s latest bit of performance art, this time delivered at the University of Oklahoma. Sounds like things went well for the good guys. Lot’s of choice nuggets:

Rebirth of the Flat Earth

Maybe evolution is not the front line in the fight for good science education. Judging from this clip, from Dan Abrams’ show on Tuesday night, it would seem there are more pressing problems in that area:

Moral Dilemmas

Okay, I’m back. Prison Break seems to be off to a rip-roaring, if extremely implausible, start. Guess I’ll keep watching. I’ve followed it for this long, I suppose I should hang around to find out what happens to these guys. Really, though, I’m just marking time to the season premiere of House next week. Towards…

Dawkins Attracts Bugs

I only have time for a quick blog post (Prison Break comes on in twenty minutes!), but do have a quick look at this post over at Richard Dawkins’ site. (Hat tip to Larry Moran for directing me to it). It’s a diagram showing all of the book length responses that have been inspired by…

My Last Post on this Topic. Promise!

My first published piece of writing on evolution and creationism was a review of Ken Miller’s Finding Darwin’s God for Skeptic magazine, published in 2000. In light of my recent posts at this blog, you might find it hard to believe that I actually wrote the following: Like Miller, I deplore the rhetorical excesses of…

Blackford on Dawkins

In the comments to Jake’s post from yesterday, Russell Blackford left a comment that perfectly summarizes my own views on Richard Dawkins and The God Delusion: