Archives for November, 2009

A Quick Note on Arrogance

Here’s an interesting blog post written by a biochemistry professor at Seattle Pacific University. I call attention to it for two reasons. First, it is a harshly negative, but also highly substantive, review of Stephen Meyer’s ID manifesto Signature in the Cell, written from a Christian perspective: So w/r/t this whole book you’ve just written,…

Shermer on Science and Religion

Via Jerry Coyne I came across this brief essay from Michael Shermer on the subject of science and religion. Here’s the part that jumped out at me: If one is a theist, it should not matter when God made the universe — 10,000 years ago or 10 billion years ago. The difference of six zeros…

Brief Blog Break

My calculus students had a test yesterday. Having now graded them I understand, like never before, the meaning of the word “futility.” Their logic is not like our Earth logic. My future elementary school teachers had their test today. About forty minutes in to a fifty minute period, as I was begininning to get nervous…

Slate Indexes Palin’s Book

Sarah Palin’s new book does not contain an index. So Christopher Beam, writing at Slate made one for her! Not that you were planning to read the book anyway, but this will save you the trouble. If for some reason you want to know more about the book, have a look at the review in…

Religion and Gay Rights

Here’s a delightful article from the Washington Post: The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington said Wednesday that it will be unable to continue the social service programs it runs for the District if the city doesn’t change a proposed same-sex marriage law, a threat that could affect tens of thousands of people the church helps with…

Remember that trip to the Creation Museum during the big paleontology conference this summer? Linda Vaccariello has a lengthy, and pretty good, article about it in the current issue of Cincinnati Magazine. Here’s a nugget I liked: Looking over the exhibits in the Dinosaur Den, we learn that the flood killed all the dinosaurs except…

Under the Dome

I already made my trip out to Barnes and Noble today to pick up Stephen King’s new novel Under the Dome. I have not been this excited about the release of a novel in quite some time. No doubt I am setting myself up for a disappointment, but I think this will be a long-awaited…

How Creationists Do History

John Lynch has an important essay in the current issue of the Newsletter of the History of Science Society. I’m sure we are all familiar with creationist abuses of science and philosophy (not to mention their abuses of common decency and basic integrity), but their comparable abuses of history often fly under the radar. Mind…

Seriously! Go have a look. It seems my book The Monty Hall Problem: The Remarkable Story of Math’s Most Contentious Brainteaser made the list! And to think I wasn’t planning to do a blog post today. Browsing through the other entries, it looks like my reading list just got a bit longer. (Of course, they…

Three Vignettes on Faith

Update, 7:32 PM I have revised portions of the second vignette in response to the first comment below. Via Josh Rosenau I came across this post from Todd Wood. Wood is an unabashed young-Earth creationist. What makes him considerably more interesting than most YEC’s is that he sometimes writes things like this: Evolution is not…

For the Crossword Enthusiasts

For anyone who has access to a print edition of The New York Times, today’s crossword was constructed by my cousin Barry Boone! I believe this is his fourth puzzle for the TImes. It has an election day theme, so go have a look.

Ruse, Again

Michael Ruse has a very bad op-ed in The Guardian. Jerry Coyne and P. Z. Myers have already laid into him (here and here respectively), but why should they have all the fun? Ruse writes: If you mean someone who agrees that logically there could be a god, but who doesn’t think that the logical…

Coyne Clarifies His Views

As a coda to the previous post, have a look at this post from Jerry Coyne. Since some of his blog posts have been at the center of the recent dust-ups about accommodationism, he elected to provide a clear statement of his views on this topic. He presents things in a list of six numbered…