Archives for August, 2008

Time to wrap this up. So here are a few more interesting moments from the conference. The one genuinely interesting talk I attended had nothing to do with science at all. It was entitled “A Critique of the Precreation Chaos Gap Theory,” and was delivered by John Zoschke, a pastor from Kansas. Zoschke was keen…

McCain Picks Palin

By now I’m sure you have heard that John McCain has chosen Alaska governor Sarah “Teach the Controversy” Palin to be his running mate. I think The New Republic has the most sensible take, by Peter Scoblic:

The Flipside of Christian Science?

This article, from Mother Jones, has some smirk-worthy quotable bits. It’s subject is the recent convention of the Fellowship of Christian Magicians:

Urgent! Subtitle Needed!

The big Monty Hall book is working its way through production. Just received the proposed catalog copy on my destined for a Pulitzer masterpiece. Seems my book is, among other things, “light-hearted yet ultimately serious.” Why yes, come to think of it, I suppose it is! But we’re having a little trouble coming up with…

Here are a few more vignettes from the big conference. A fellow named Mark Matthews gave a presentation arguing that the Earth was located at or near the center of the universe. Most of the talk was given over to a discussion of the so-called “Fingers of God.”

An interesting exchange took place during the Q and A of a talk entitled “Georgia Public School Board Members’ Beliefs Concerning the Inclusion of Creationism in the Science Curriculum.” The speaker was Kathie Morgan of LIberty University. The talk itself was unremarkable, even by the crushingly low standards of creationist scholarship. The premise was that…

USA Takes Third in Math Olympiad

As the Beijing Olympics comes to a close, let us take a moment to congratulate the United States Team for their third place finish in the recently completed International Mathematical Olympiad, held in Madrid. The U.S. Team included Alex Zhai, who obtained one of only three perfect scores in the entire competition. China placed first,…

Buckland Weighs In

Only time for quick blogging today, so go have a look at Peter Buckland’s interesting post in response to my reports of the big creationism confab. Here’s a taste: That stereotype exists, but it’s not nearly complete as I have surely learned by attending local Science and Religion forums at a local church. Most people…

On Hanging Out With Creationists

Some of the comments to my posts on the creationism conference reminded me of a scene from the movie Heat, released in 1995. Al Pacino played Vincent Hannah, a detective for the LAPD investigating a crew of professional bank robbers. Robert DeNiro played Neil McCauley, the leader of the crew. (Short review: Pretty good movie,…

Monty Hall Deniers?

My account of the big creationism conference will resume shortly, but I really must take time out to discuss this article by Brian Hayes of American Scientist. He is discussing the Monty Hall problem, you see.

Here’s a picture to warm your heart: It comes from the closing presentation of the conference, entitled “The Creation Model: It’s Past, Present and Necessary Future,” by Andrew Snelling. Here’s another one:

Usually I write these accounts in strict chronological order. I will break from that tradition this time since one of my most interesting experiences at the conference came right near the end. I had made a pest of myself during several of the Q and A’s after the talks, meaning that by the third day…

Why We Should Teach Evolution

My account of the big creationism conference will go up soon, but in the meantime you can tide yourself over with this op-ed from yesterday’s New York Times. Olivia Judson explains a few of the reasons it is important to teach evolution in science classes. I especially liked this: The third reason to teach evolution…

To New York Via Pittsburgh!

EvolutionBlog will be going dark for the next two weeks or so. I will be leaving my cozy digs in Harrisonburg to enjoy some serious wandering. First is a drive up to Pittsburgh for the International Conference of Creationism. How could I pass that up? Then I will explore the fine points of the Pennsylvania…

The all-consuming, all-devouring, ScienceBlogs collective has assimilated another victim. Go say hi to Matt Springer, who blogs about physics over at Built on Facts. Matt is a graduate student in physics at Texas A & M university. He writes: New posts generally appear every morning, including weekends. I can’t promise the schedule will be absolutely…