Archives for November, 2007

The 1920s. It was a sad, sad time in America. All the biologists got together and, inspired by Darwinian writings, embarked on a campaign to sterilize those they perceived as unfit, the campaign known to us as Eugenics. From Eugenics grew other evils, such as Planned Parenthood, Modern Evolutionary Biology, and The Nazis.

Lipid Rafts and Everything…

In Genesis 4, we see specific reference to herdsmen and farmers as distinct groups, represented by Abel and Cain, respectively. God indicates a preference for the results of herding over planting, and the sibling troubles that ensue result in the world becoming a difficult place to farm, and humans becoming more nomadic, as herders. This…

Devil vs Darwin

Headline: Poll finds more Americans believe in devil than Darwin

Ancient Jade Exchange in Southeast Asia

Hot off the presses from PNAS, we have a paper on ancient jade exchange in Southeast Asia. From the abstract: We have used electron probe microanalysis to examine Southeast Asian nephrite (jade) artifacts, many archeologically excavated, dating from 3000 B.C. through the first millennium A.D. The research has revealed the existence of one of the…

PZ Myers at Pharyngula examines this question in an entirely different case. This is the case of 14 year old Jehovah Witness Dennis Linberg. Dennis died on Wednesday night at a Seattle area hospital because he refused to accept a life saving transfusion on religious grounds. This is, indeed, a parent’s worse nightmare. Your child…

Is religion a form of child abuse?

This is the tag line for an article in yesterday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune: Where punishment drifts into abuse is the issue in the case of a father who hit his son 36 times. In this case, the “drifting” occurred because… When Shawn Fraser’s discipline failed to rein in his 12-year-old son, he turned to his…

Don’t be a Closed Source Moron

Morons are so annoying. Even the ones that are just passing by, the ones you don’t really have to talk to. These days I often have lunch in a public dining area where most of the patrons are scientists or geeks, or students learning to become scientists or geeks. The other day two geeky scientist…

Wikipedia: Bad for ID, DI

The blog Afarensis brings us an amusing yet at the same time disturbing discussion of the Discovery Institute’s Casey Luskin concerns about the reliability of Wikipedia as a source of information for students. This is hysterically funny because of the fact that Casey Luskin and all the others at the Discover Institute are a pack…

War on Christmas Update

12 Days of the War on Christmas (Fox Style)